Ep. 11 Christine Feehan: Judgment Road


In this episode, we’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Christine Feehan. We’re so excited to share it with you, but we need to acknowledge and apologize that this isn’t our normal audio quality. Technology can be wonderful, but this time the interweb overlords got the best of us. Please bear with us—it improves after a few minutes and Christine is by far one of the most fascinating people we’ve talked to—a kickass romance novel heroine in her own right! Her latest book, Judgment Road, is the first in a new series called Torpedo Ink.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

-How she managed to write while parenting her 11 children (there goes my every excuse!)

-Her background in martial arts–she’s a third degree black belt in Tang So Do Mu Duk Kwan and taught martial arts for 20 years.

-Her hilarious early mistakes in publishing–she hung up when they said they wanted to buy her book!

-Her advice for dealing with internet trolls after facing more than her fair share.

-Where the idea for Torpedo Ink came from and how she set up a brand new series.

-How the response to men who have been abused as children can be different from women and how that informed Reaper’s story.

-How her martial arts background impacts her writing.

-Where she thinks writer’s block originates–from the author inserting their own motivations and reactions into the story in place of the characters’ authentic reactions.

-How an extreme low point in her life led her to martial arts and how those experiences still influence her stories.

-All about her writing process–why she doesn’t outline, competitive “power hours” with her son, and how much she hates doing edits.

-Some of her unconventional yet awesome parenting practices.

-How ridiculously cool her steampunk writing den is.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Bound Together by Christine Feehan

The Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them–please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you’re in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store–it’s magical! In a few cases, the books weren’t available through the store, so we’ve linked directly to Amazon.

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett!


About the Author
Jenny Nordbak earned a B.A in Interdisciplinary Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she spent two years leading a double life, working in healthcare construction by day, while secretly working as a Dominatrix at a dungeon in LA by night. Her memoir, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an LA Dungeon (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), is a candid look into that time in her life. Jenny is an advocate for sex positivity and female empowerment. She writes the Stocks and Bondage column for Penthouse and has been featured as a sex expert on The Doctors. She contributes to Men’s Health and has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. She is currently working on developing her memoir for TV and finishing her next book, a romance novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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