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458. Hard Sell and Revolutionary Romance with Hudson Lin

Hard Sell
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My guest this week is author Hudson Lin (she/her) whose new book Hard Sell is out 25 May! Hard Sell is a trope-tastic queer romance between Daniel and Tobin, who have a secret affair while working opposite sides of a business deal. Lin and I talk about the writing process and how she portrays Daniel’s professional burnout in the story (no spoilers, I promise). We also discuss why Lin thinks romance is a revolutionary genre, and how it’s disruptive to existing power structures.


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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Hudson Lin on her website, and you can find her podcast, World of Stories wherever you find and access your podcast listening!

This is Safe Space cross stitch with a queer rainbow triangle above the wordsThe cross stitch project we mentioned in this episode can be found on Etsy.

And the shows Lin and I mentioned were:


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  1. 1
    Kareni says:

    Thanks for this interview, Sarah and Lin. And for the transcript, garlic knitter. That Confucius quote is thought provoking, Sarah; it may feature as lunchtime conversation today.

  2. 2
    Pear says:

    I read the summary for HARD SELL before listening to the podcast, and I thought, “oh no, I have to read this” because I work in Daniel’s field / Lin’s former field or an adjacent one, though not in a traveling role. Having listened to the episode, I am very intrigued and have just preordered! I’m anticipating having to put it down in places to process some overlap in feelings, especially re: interacting with entitled bros.

  3. 3
    chacha1 says:

    I’m looking forward to HARD SELL. 🙂 I have a book of my own coming out in July that features a venture capitalist, and I’m very glad I wrote it before Lin’s book crossed my radar!

  4. 4
    Kareni says:

    Can you share more information, @chacha1, or a link to your book? Congratulations!

  5. 5
    chacha1 says:

    Hi Kareni, Thanks! The pre-order assembly is in process. 🙂 There will be a launch post on my blog (click my handle to link).

  6. 6
    Kareni says:

    Thank you, chacha1!

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