What the heck is a romance analyst? For many years Diane has suffered from a peculiar affliction -- a compulsion to keep extensive records in gigantic databases. It might have been caused by all the time she spent working in libraries. She contemplated the ways to put this obsession to good use because she is, after all, a practical person. She joined the nearby chapter of RWA where she met romance authors, studied the craft of writing, and learned more about the romance industry. Diane became fascinated with patterns in romance novels, particularly the recurring story elements, or tropes.
Today Diane is involved in a project for the Romance Writers of America. She has studied information in the organization's archives and is compiling a history depicting the role of RWA in the development of the romance industry, focusing on the RITA winners and finalists. She continues to make connections with romance authors and readers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads in order to learn all she can about the romance community.