Catherine LaRoche writes historical romance fiction for Simon and Schuster/Pocket Star. LaRoche is the romance pen name of Catherine Roach, who is a professor of cultural studies and gender studies at the University of Alabama. Catherine won the Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant in 2009 and in 2016 published Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (Indiana University Press). This general audience book explores Romancelandia as the site of our most powerful narratives in popular culture. A lifelong reader of romance novels, Catherine combines fiction writing of romance with academic writing about the genre for the best of both worlds. When not writing, reading, or teaching, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending family summers at a lake in her native Canada, where her loon call is known to sometimes fool the local loons.