08/05/2013 05:12 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Romance Authors Explain Why Writing LGBT Romance Is Refreshing (VIDEO)

During this age of e-books, self-publishing and "50 Shades of Grey," one genre that has seen an explosion in sales is the romance genre, but more specifically than that, romance novels starring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters.

This past Friday on HuffPost Live, a group of romance authors were brought together to discuss what it's like writing LGBT characters and how their relationships can often be more interesting than straight relationships.

Author Kate Douglas goes into detail on why gay relationships can be a breath of fresh air from the usual straight romance writing:

We have all written female to male romances and having a whole different dynamic to write, which is two men together, and trying to work that out -- it's not about the sex or the explicit relationship, it's about the relationship, the emotional relationship. When you're writing with the men you have two powerful characters. We're all used to writing the alpha male -- when you have two powerful characters you're writing, it's so much fun to write. It takes you in a whole different direction!

To find out what else the authors had to say about writing LGBT romance novels, check out the clip above and to watch the full segment, click here.