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407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham

The Rakess
A | BN | K | AB
Today, I’m talking rakes, rakesses, and historically ferocious women with Scarlett Peckham. We talk about what she calls her feminist primal scream book, The Rakess, about steely steadfast cinnamon roll heroes, and we deep dive into what we love about characters who destabilize and unpeel one another emotionally and, uh, literally.

Also: a sneak peek into what’s next in her Sirens series and for the Charlotte Street series!

TW/CW: talk about sexual harassment, the price of being female and speaking up for yourself, the challenges of owning sexuality, domestic violence, workplace harassment and assault, and specific crimes against women – to quote Feminist Survival Project hosts Emily and Amelia Nagoski, Patriarchy, UGH.

Thank you to Jacqueline, Carrie, Aarya, Leigh, and Claudia for the questions!


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  1. 1
    Erin says:

    The Rakess was the first book I was able to read since literally March, and I adored it.

    Thank you, Scarlett Peckham, and I can’t wait for the next one.

  2. 2
    Stefanie Magura says:

    Did she actually answer questions about the Charlotte Street Series? I know you asked it, but I don’t remember hearing that in the podcast.

  3. 3
    Ren Benton says:

    @Stefanie Magura: It comes up waaaaaaaay after the question:

    And then I am also sort of thinking about my next Charlotte Street book, which is going to be the fourth in the series, and there’s this woman called Elena Brearley who’s been in the background of all of the books. She is the owner and head governess at a whipping house, and she’s, like, one of my favorite characters that I’ve ever written, and she’s going to be the heroine of the next book, and it’s going to be kind of like a girlfriend experience trope? I’m not sure that even is a trope, but I want to make it one.

    I’m also thinking of doing some erotic shorts for the Charlotte Street series.

  4. 4
    Ren Benton says:

    Thanks to Garlic Knitter for the transcript that made the above easy to find.

  5. 5
    Leigh Kramer says:

    This was such a fantastic episode! Thank you for asking my question.

    Also: I read an ARC of Written in the Stars and absolutely loved it!

  6. 6
    Stefanie Magura says:

    @Ren Benton:

    Thanks. I was pretty sure I had just missed it.

  7. 7
    Stefanie Magura says:

    It was my fault not rewinding or fast forwarding to that part.

  8. 8
    SLMiller says:

    Ok, after a week at sea, I have the podcast in my queue and the e-book on my Kindle. Should I read first or listen first?

  9. 9
    SB Sarah says:

    @SLMiller – we don’t spoil anything in the episode, so feel free to choose whichever you like! Scarlett talks about the inspiration for the character and what kinds of relationships she likes to write, but we don’t give away any major details. Happy reading and listening to you!

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