August 12, 2013
Plot Twist: Scholars Get Serious About Romance Novels
Mary Bly leads two lives. By day she teaches Shakespeare and freshman composition at Fordham University, where she's a professor of English. By night, or whenever she can make time to write, she turns out best-selling romance novels under the pen name Eloisa James.
Ms. Bly (daughter of the writers Robert Bly and Carol Bly) has more than 20 published novels to her credit but kept her creative life a secret from her academic colleagues until she'd earned tenure. For a scholar to admit