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169. An Interview with Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sarah interviews Rebekah Weatherspoon about writing across multiple genres, starting out in fanfic, reader responses, working in television, and the challenges facing writers of color. We also talk about Rebekah’s latest books, including a May-December novella, and a trilogy about personal trainers in LA.

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  1. I love this podcast!

    Rebekah did almost no self-pimping, so let me do some for her. I think her books are absolutely fabulous. She is funny and smart and I feel like her books are written for me.

    If you need to just hang back and take a break, can I recommend SO SWEET as a “here, put up your feet and enjoy yourself” kind of book? Get it for the holidays. You will need it sometime this December. I promise. There will be a night where you’ll have like an hour before bed and you’ll be tired and grumpy and exhausted and thinking to yourself, “I want to read, but I don’t want something that will piss me off” and then you’ll remember I told you to read SO SWEET. DO IT. DO IT NOW.

    Full disclosure: I read my first book of Rebekah’s (Treasure–also excellent) before I talked to her much at all and loved the book before I knew she was a really great person. But then I met her at RWA and now she’s one of my favorite people, even if this podcast did just make me spend $40 on books.

    Okay I’m going to stop squeeing and get back to work.

  2. Great podcast as usual. It was great to put a voice to a name with Rebekah. The point regarding Nalini Singh being an author of cover was well made. It’s funny and sad how easy it is for some publishers to be “color blind” when it comes to authors who are successful, and still claim it’s difficult to find quality diverse authors. Every day I find new to me authors and get excited about reading their stories. The romance genre is full of voracious readers. So the audience is there. It always has been.

  3. SB Sarah says:

    I have a Part II with Rebekah where she talks about Women of Color in Romance (because I felt so bad about neglecting to ask more about it – despite a note that said ASK ABOUT THAT – that I asked her to record with me again). I’m editing it now so stay tuned for more from Rebekah!

  4. Rebekah is an author who works hard at her craft and the results show!

  5. bookworm1990 says:

    I CANNOT WAIT for “Forbidden.” I’m so ridiculously excited.

    Wonderful podcast.

  6. Hayden says:

    I just read Fit, Tamed and Sated and they were amazing!!! So in love with this author. Thanks DBSA!!

  7. SB Sarah says:


    You are so very, very welcome!!

  8. allyn lesley says:

    Thank you for always broadening our listening palate.

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