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216. Bending the Gender of Sherlock Holmes: An Interview with Sherry Thomas

Bestselling author Sherry Thomas talks with Sarah about her new historical mystery series, featuring a gender-bent Sherlock Holmes, and her keynote address at RWA in 2016. They also discuss languages, learning English by reading romance, and writing in several genres. And of course, what Sherry’s reading and recommending lately – plus learning a word that will be tremendously useful for everyone.   

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And yes, polyorchidic is TOTALLY a word!

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  1. Stefanie Magura says:

    If you’re a fan of words, you all should listen to the Says You radio show. It is probably carried by your local NPR affiliate if you are in the U.S. I don’t know about other countries. Ms. Thomas’ nonfiction recommendation reminded me of this.

  2. Crystal says:

    I’ve been eyeing that book since you started posting about it a few months ago. Gender bending Sherlock Holmes is basically a concept that’s going to make sit up like a happy otter.

  3. SB Sarah says:

    @Crystal: I have a review copy, and oh, my gosh, it’s wonderful fun so far. I especially like how you discover Holmes through the eyes of other people, especially her sister, Livia. You’re going to love it, I think!

  4. Christine says:

    That was delightful–thank you! I also really loved her RWA speech. Sarah, I think it’s so true that hearing or reading the English of somebody who has learned it as a second language is a wonderful reintroduction to something that you start to take for granted when you talk to native speakers all the time. It really makes my brain happy to hear English used in a different way. (My husband learned English as a second language, but he’s mostly too good at it now for me to get that brain-teasing unfamiliarity and innovation when I listen to him.)

  5. Susan says:

    How wonderful to have Sherry Thomas as your podcast guest. I hate being pinned down on my favorite whatever, but I’d probably pick Sherry Thomas as my favorite romance writer if pressed. Certainly, Not Quite a Husband and His at Night are right at the top of my go-to reread books. And I was just finishing up The Luckiest Lady in London again when I saw the podcast. How is possible to love a book even more the umpteenth time you’ve read it? I know she’s got a lot on her plate right now, but I really hope she writes another romance since TLLIL was released in 2013 and I’m ready for another! (OK, enough gushing.)

    I was really struck by her writing process–that she’s not visual, that she has a vision of the ending but not necessarily all the steps getting there, etc. Very different.

    And thanks for mentioning her RWA speech–I checked it out on YouTube.

  6. Kareni says:

    Thanks for an enjoyable interview and transcript. It was fun to read Ms. Thomas’ thoughts about writing and more. I’m a big fan of her book Delicious.

  7. Hazel says:

    Thank you so much for this interview. I’m going to look for Sherry Thomas’ books now. In fact, I’ve downloaded several samples of the books discussed. They look pretty good.

    Oh dear. 🙂

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