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122. Ponies, Ebola, and Historical Romance: An Interview with Jennifer McQuiston

Sarah sits down with one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year, romance author Jennifer McQuiston, who earlier this year went to Sierra Leone to help fight the spread of the ebola virus. Nothing goes with historical romance like a thorough discussion of ebola, right? Of course!

You may recognize McQuiston’s name because Elyse reviewed two of her books here at SBTB: What Happens in Scotland and Summer is for Lovers. But in addition to writing romance, McQuiston works at the CDC the Center for Disease Control – as the Scientific Advisor for Public Affairs. During this interview, we talk about the CDC, ebola, polio, vaccination efforts in rural Africa, as well as historical romance, what she’s writing, and what she’s been reading (aside from ebola information). Then we talk about what television shows we’re watching because why not?

Also: a correction. I mistakenly attributed the original source of the material of Jane the Virgin to a Mexican telenovela. The original was Venezuelan – my apologies, Venezuela! Lo siento!

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This Episode's Music

Adeste Fiddles Album CoverOur music is provided by Sassy Outwater. This is Deviations Project, again again again, from their album Adeste Fiddles.

This track is Favourite Things, originally composed by Rogers and Hammerstein for the musical The Sound of Music.

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  1. Agreed about the Miss Fisher series – I’ve actually started to listen to the books on audio, and even though they were written in 1988, they TOTALLY hold up. >happy sigh<.

  2. kathy cole says:

    Thanks so much to you and Jennifer for this podcast – both the update on her work and the books :). Really enjoyed it.

  3. StarOpal says:

    Two things about Miss Fisher the show (someday I’m gonna to the books I swear!)

    1) I love the approach of sexuality, especially concerning Phryne. It never feels exploitative or slut shaming, she’s very ‘I like men, so yeah.’ But at the same time shows that it, sex, isn’t necessarily the same experience or mean the same thing for everybody and, hey, that’s okay too because everyone is different. So good on you show.

    2)The way Nathan Page’s Det. Jack looks at her… it’s wow.

  4. Kerry Greenwood is the author of the Phryne Fisher mysteries. First book is Cocaine Blues. The tv series ia also available on subscription service; they had the second season before Netflix.

  5. […] McQuiston’s books as their new favorite comfort reads – now that’s a huge compliment! Plus, McQuiston’s podcast episode with us,  is one of the most popular in the […]

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