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424. The Duke Who Didn’t: Courtney Milan Answers Your Questions

The Duke Who Didn’t
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Courtney Milan’s new book The Duke Who Didn’t is out this week, and you had questions! In this conversation, we talk about narrative structure, writing, the impact of conflict, finding joy in the process of creating, and managing the emotional ups and downs of the current hellscape. Special commentary from Pele, and thanks to Amanda, Claudia, Malia, Olivia, Shana, Catherine, Rhode, and Emily for their questions!


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  1. 1
    Emily C says:

    Omg… I’m only halfway through this episode, and having finished the book I can say she was so successful in giving me that “dopamine hit” in exactly the right way with the reveal. I love this book even more now that I understand why it was written, and what Courtney was trying to do with creating conflict in a new narrative way. I truly can’t wait to see how she uses this next!
    Any recommendations for other books using that same narrative structure?

  2. 2
    Kareni says:

    Thanks for yet another enjoyable interview!…and for the transcript.

  3. 3
    chacha1 says:

    That was a very good bad joke. 🙂

    I have ‘The Duke Who Didn’t’ ready to download as soon as I finish reading this one other thing. Over the weekend I went through my Kindle and removed a lot of downloads, they are back in the ‘save for later’ space because I realized I do not actually have to a) read them right now b) read them in the order in which they were purchased c) read them at all. Someday maybe, not now. Now I want romance.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this interview and was also ‘wow okay’ because I just posted something about conflict. There was a lot of mental YES YES THAT’S IT while I was reading that part.

    So glad Courtney recovered/is recovering. I know a few other people who’ve had the virus, everyone’s experience is different but nobody was saying ‘oh it’s no big deal.’ Take care, everybody.

  4. 4
    Jo says:

    I loved this episode, Courtney has such an interesting perspective on romance, can’t wait to read her new book. Hoping she is fully recovered from Covid. Also, Grey Dawn sounds fantastic. Sold.

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