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212. Gin & Tonic, Bacteria, and the US and UK Romance Markets: An Interview with Rhoda Baxter

Sarah interviews author Rhoda Baxter about writing scientist heroines and her most excellent pen name origin story. Along the way they chat about books, television, and movies, the differences between the US “romance” market and the UK “romantic” market, and gin & tonic baked goods.

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  1. Love this! Great DNA tip, Rhoda. You’ve left me craving cupcakes and yearning to stick my hands in those rubber gloves in the air chamber thingy. 😉 Sarah, I can totally identify with the points you mention in Please Release Me. The calendar moment was very poignant. Fab interview, ladies! Well done. xx

  2. SB Sarah says:

    Thank you! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it!

  3. Bea says:

    To paraphrase Alan Rickman, they’re not chick-lit. They’re books about “very interesting people.”

  4. Jenni Keer says:

    Brilliant podcast. Had been meaning to look up Sarah after her fab talk at RNA conference and then this popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. Interesting and amusing discussion, but then you are both interesting and amusing ladies.

  5. James says:

    Because you asked, Sarah:

    Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

  6. SB Sarah says:

    You are an honorable and excellent person, sir. Thank you.

  7. Rashmi says:

    I loved this interview!! I am a scientist, an Indian woman, a compulsive romance reader and a big fan of Monsoon Wedding! I liked everything from this episode and ‘one click bought’ so many books mentioned in this episode. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  8. SB Sarah says:

    Hey Rashmi – welcome! Nice to meet you! I am so happy you enjoyed the episode. It was so much fun to talk to Rhoda, and I am glad you liked it so much!

  9. Rhoda says:

    So glad you enjoyed it!
    Thanks for having my on the podcast Sarah. It was so much fun to do. I’m always up for conversations about cake (alcohol flavoured or otherwise).

  10. Pippa says:

    Hi Sarah

    I just had to pause listening to this podcast (which is awesome) because you’ve just flipped out over gin and tonic cupcakes. Right this very second I’m halfway through baking lemon and gin cakes, in the shape of little baboushka dolls. This recipe was suggested to me by a British girl I used to work with and now is the weekly baked favourite of my partner. It’s particularly good because A gin and B it uses a lot of eggs which were always trying to use because we have backyard chickens. Hope you enjoy it .

    Also thank you a thousand times for th podcast and cast, it’s awesome sauce.

  11. Jule says:

    these were converted by a friend to Scottish Prisoner cupcakes since we had a girls Outlander weekend! 3 kinds of booze

  12. Statch says:

    Loved this episode. Please Release Me doesn’t sound like my kind of book at all…so of course I bought it immediately and am loving it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  13. SB Sarah says:

    The fact that all of you are sharing boozy cupcake recipes makes you the very best. Thank you so much!!

  14. Helen R-S says:

    SB Sarah – sorry to hear you’ve been sick! I hope you’re feeling better now.

    And yes, I got a flu shot earlier this year (before the Australian winter) 🙂

  15. Heidi says:

    Thanks for this! Rhoda, I read Dr. January and liked it a lot. Can I say, re Sri Lankan characters, I would love to see a spin off for Vik!! I kept thinking of it as I was reading…

  16. Kareni says:

    Thanks for this enjoyable interview. I hadn’t recognized the author’s name; however, when the Sri Lankan connection was mentioned I realized I’d read/enjoyed Please Release Me.

  17. JR says:

    Replying to second the Monsoon Wedding suggestion! Also Bend it Like Beckham, Dil Chahta Hai, 3 Idiots, Queen, Piku, Barfi! … I’m just naming my favorite movies now so I’ll stop.

  18. Rhoda Baxter says:

    Ducking back in here to say that Vik’s story (it’s a short story) is available now

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