Today my guest is Editor and Digital Grandmaster Angela James. Angie and I have known each other for a long honking time – over 14 years, we think. So in between snort laughing and talking about friendship, we talk about her new editorial venture and business following the elimination of her position at Carina Press. If you’re curious about editing and how that process works, get ready to learn all the things. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You … Continue reading 380. Tropes and Good Books are Eternal: A Snortlaugh with Angela James
Welcome to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books! Each Friday, I talk with authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians, or combinations thereof, and share the fun and mayhem with you. Frequent topics include romance fiction, the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers, along with a hefty side order of silliness. Plus, we always recommend some books we’re reading and really enjoying.
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This week’s theme is: “This is fiction and it’s not far from reality.” If you’re queuing up podcasts for travel journeys, I hope you’ll add this one, as it’s immediately one of my favorites. Alyssa Cole and I start off talking about her Audible Original, The AI Who Loved Me, which releases December 3, 2019, and the many things she put in her imaginary near future that are now coming true. We also talk a … Continue reading 379. Dystopian Futures, Burnout, and More with Alyssa Cole
Recorded on a cold, cold evening on 13 November 2019, live from East City Books: my conversation with Andie J. Christopher about Not the Girl You Marry. We talk about the book (obviously – but I promise no spoilers) and about gender-updates of familiar stories and tropes. We discuss what exactly should happen to the term, “unlikeable heroine,” and what stories we want to read. How many times will we mention Chris Evans? Take a … Continue reading 378. Owning Your Anger and Being Yourself: Live from East City Books with Andie J. Christopher
Recorded during release week for The Kingmaker, her latest book, we are going behind the scenes with Kennedy Ryan to talk about the development of the cover art for her All the King’s Men duology, and the work the image does to represent the books inside. Ryan is also a journalist – since she was 17! – and we talk about how her experience with conducting interviews has influenced her research and her writing process. … Continue reading 377. Finding the Story: A Conversation with Kennedy Ryan
Two live recordings, back to back! This week, I’m in conversation with Sherry Thomas, author of the Charlotte Holmes series. I recorded this on Friday, 25 October, 2019, at the Loyalty Bookstore in Washington DC. As usual, I had questions from my nosy brain and from the SBTB community – and in the middle we have crashing cups, a spontaneous reading from the author, and a special additional guest: audiobook narrator Kate Reading came to … Continue reading 376. A Conspiracy of Deadline Cakes: Live at Loyalty Books with Sherry Thomas!
From the DC stop on their book tour to promote Twice in a Blue Moon, I’m in conversation with Christina Lauren at One More Page Books in Alexandria, VA! I recorded this on 23 October in front of a live and most excellent audience, and I had questions both from my brain and from the community on SBTB, too. We talk about their newest book, the themes therein (no spoilers, I promise!) and about writing, … Continue reading 375. Beautiful Friendships: Live at One More Page Books with Christina Lauren
Today I’m chatting with Jeff Adams and Will Knauss from the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, and the Big Gay Author Podcast. We talk about, big surprise, podcasting, about writing, and then we celebrate together that we were both featured in Oprah Magazine online in an article, “21 of the Best Book Podcasts to Listen to When You’re Not Reading,” written by McKenzie Jean-Philippe. Special thanks to Melonie Johnson for sharing her recording setup with me … Continue reading 374. Artisanal Podcasting Under the Big Gay Umbrella: A Conversation with Jeff Adams and Will Knauss
This week my guest is DEI Consultant and Romance Fan Sunny Lee-Goodman. You might recall her name from my recent conversation with Dowager RWA President HelenKay Dimon. Sunny is the DEI – Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Consultant working with RWA, and her experience in this field is incredible. In our conversation we talk about tolerance, owning the possibility that you might be wrong, and how to be aware of your own point of view. I … Continue reading 373. Being Purveyors of Hope: Diversity, Education, Inclusion, and Romance with Consultant Sunny Lee-Goodman
I have sat next to author JN Welsh at book signings – Ws! It’s where the A/C is! – and we’ve had the best conversations. I thought you might like to listen in! What do we talk about in this episode? Attending DJ school and how her love of music found its way into her writing Her work as an adjunct professor of American Sign Language The importance of showing, not telling, in every aspect … Continue reading 372. Hanging Out in the Ws with Sarah and JN Welsh
I’m chatting today with Amanda and AJ. AJ is one of our new reviewers, and AJ and Amanda both are obsessed with Gideon the Ninth. They both have book hangover. There might be Halloween costumes in the planning stages inspired by this book. They are dying to talk about someone with it. So, we connected and recorded their conversation, and tried to answer a lot of questions. What genre is this book? Who were their … Continue reading 371. Amanda and AJ Have Major Book Hangover from Gideon the Ninth
Today I’m chatting with RWA Past President HelenKay Dimon, whose term as president ended on 31 August 2019. We talk about the past year in RWA, the RITAs and the continued evolution of the contest, and the binary of “fix it” or “burn it all down.” We also talk about the changes in this year’s RITA contest, and the board’s work on earning trust, fixing many things, and rethinking everything. We also talk about her … Continue reading 370. RWA, The RITAs, and the Future: A Conversation with Dowager RWA President HelenKay Dimon
Today I’m chatting with Olivia Waite about everything. We talk about being romance nerds, lost historical details, the hidden arts of embroidery and sewing, textile porn romances, and making a home. We squee about tv shows we love, books we adore, and we talk about what she’s working on now, both in her column at Seattle Review of Books and in her romance fiction. Do we take a side trip to Finnish declensions? Sure, why … Continue reading 369. It Never Stops Being Magical: History, Books, and Romance with Olivia Waite