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301. Making Up Stories With Theatrical Inspiration : An Interview with Lucy Parker

This week I’m chatting with author Lucy Parker, who wrote some of my recent favorite contemporary romances (you might have heard me talk about Act Like It once or twice?). She’s just signed a new contract for new books in this series, so of course I ask for details. I also came to this interview armed with questions from the Patreon community, and their questions are terrific.

We also talk a lot about her newest book, Making Up, which came out on 28 May, and we discuss how she develops characters, what her process is like, and what characters she loves to write.

CONTENT WARNING: at around 22:30, we discuss abusive relationships, gas lighting, and emotionally manipulative romantic partners, all of which are part of the discussion of Making Up. The duration of that part is about 30 seconds, so you can skip over it if you would like to.

We talk about mental health, anxiety, and toxic masculinity , and we answer some questions, including:

Who are the characters in her new books?

What’s her favorite type of plot? Hint: she’s written it once and it’s part of her next book in the London Celebrities series.

Who is – and is NOT – a heroine of one of her upcoming novels?

What actors or characters influenced her characters so far?

And of course, we talk about what she’s been reading and enjoying recently.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Lucy Parker on her website,, and on Twitter @_LucyParker.

You can also find a bonus short story from Act Like It on her site, and you can find text conversations between Lainie and Richard on Elena’s Bookblog, both the 2017 and the 2018 editions, both of which are adorable.

And finally, after we’d stopped recording, I mentioned the bonus short story penned by Lauren Willig at reader request so Turnip has sexxytimes. She hadn’t been aware of it, so of course I have to share with her and with you: Away in a Manger, by Lauren Willig, (PDF) with a cover designed by Joyce Martin as part of a cover design contest here at SBTB.

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  1. 1
    Katty says:

    Sarah, you talk about your new earphones in this episode, but I couldn’t find the link in the show notes here. Am I missing something or did you maybe forget?

  2. 2
    SB Sarah says:

    @Katty: Nope, my fault. I forgot – and I’ve just added it. Here it is:

    Visit the Sudio website to check out their options. You can get 15% off your order with code SBTB at checkout!

    Sorry about that!!

  3. 3
    Deborah says:

    …so is three days after the release of book 3 too soon to ask when book 4 will be out? Because it sounds AMAZING. And I just want to leap through time to read the hypothetical book 5. Freddy was my second favorite thing about Pretty Face (with first-fave honors going to Richard and Lainie’s guest appearance).

    Don’t mind me. Just sitting here fangirling.

  4. 4
    SB Sarah says:

    @Deborah: I’m so excited about book 4, too, and Freddy. She and Richard and Lainie in Pretty Face were a highlight for me, too!

  5. 5
    ReneeG says:

    Jus finished Making Up this afternoon! So very glad there will be more books – Lucy Parker is an absolutely wonderful writer!

  6. 6
    Kareni says:

    Thanks for an enjoyable interview!

  7. 7
    greennily says:

    OMG, you used my question about the plays! I’m so ridiculously pleased and flattered! 😀 Also love Lucy Parker’s accent, fangirling like crazy and waiting for her next book so much!!!

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