I recently read a heated discussion about gender bias in another genre (thrillers). That post was concerned with a specific award, but it made me think about the issue in a more general way, and as it applied to the genre I write in.
There are several men publishing in romance, but a large number of them do so under female or androgynous pseudonyms. More men have now started writing under their own names, but just from my own knowledge, I think that this trend is still quite new.
As a reader, do you think you’d pick up a romance if you knew it had been written by a male? Personally, I think I’d give the first book a go if only out of curiosity – the rest would depend on the strength of the writing. But the author's name is something that I would notice when I usually only recall that if I really love the book, which fact sort of speaks for itself.
What're your thoughts on this?