386: The Art and Craft of Writing a Romantic Comedy – Interview with Tammy Lough

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing someone very special. Aside from being an author of a hilarious romantic comedy, she is also a mainstay of the DIY MFA community. This person is, of course, Tammy Lough.

Growing up, Tammy had dual-career goals, she wanted to be a nurse and a writer. When she was three she played nurse to her dolls when they got sick, fell off her bed, or broke their bones. She also began writing poems and stories and never stopped.

In later years, when multiple sclerosis forced her to leave her career as an intensive care nurse-manager, she came back to her writing with the same passion and drive she brings to everything. This past year, Parallel Pathways published her first romantic comedy and debut novel, Lacey’s Deception.

Tammy is a mom of two sons and grandma to three adorable grandchildren. She writes a monthly column, “On the Back Page with Tammy,” for Saturday Writers, a Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and South West Writers. She is also the Romance Columnist for DIY MFA.


In this episode Tammy Lough and I discuss:

  • How mistaken identities can be a vehicle for humor, especially in a rom-com.
  • Why she thinks the middle can be the best part of the writing process. 
  • What role the rule of three plays in building the tension and humor in her novel.


Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/386

Post a comment:


Type at least 1 character to search
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No feed found.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to create a feed.