We asked Malle Vallik, Editorial Director of Harlequin’s Digital Editorial Initiatives, who heads this new line, how they planned to marry “Happily Ever After” and “Happy Right Now”?
MALLE: Great question! Most of our heroines will be in their twenties so I think Happy Right Now may lead to Happily Ever After. While I am a fan of the happily ever after story and read them all the time, I think these shorter (30,000) word stories featuring women living and loving and figuring out their lives and how to achieve the happily ever after can mean finding the great guy who may be the forever guy, but these books can also include plot lines where she realizes she is better off kicking him to the curb and considering his friend who didn’t lie or isn’t afraid of commitment. These stories will be truly current romances. Cosmo readers and romance novel readers will enjoy the HEA but I believe they will also be more than accepting of the heroine having a slightly untraditional HEA.
Congratulations to Harlequin, Cosmopolitan, Malle and Sylvia!♥