Ep. 13 Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Date

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We’re joined in this episode by debut author, Jasmine Guillory, who is as adorable as her “sexy gem of a novel”, The Wedding Date. You can find Jasmine on Twitter or Instagram or on her website.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her Dad’s reaction to reading her romance novel.
  • Why she doesn’t want to write historicals despite having a history degree and loving to read them.
  • What her journey to publication looked like–querying, pitching to publishers, and ultimately seeing her book on shelves.
  • Why lawyers can make successful novelists.
  • The modern realities of dating and how those come into play in contemporary fiction: texting, social media, and the amusing intricacies of dealing with them.
  • How she chose to handle race in her book–as something that is present, but not a point of conflict between her characters.
  • The future of diversity in romance.
  • How food plays into her stories.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Books by Julie James

Books by Jill Shalvis

Books by Ruby Lang

Books by Jenny Holiday

On Writing by Stephen King

Bird by Bird Anne Lamott

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Books by Beverly Jenkins

Books by Alyssa Cole

Books by Alisha Rai

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Betsy Tacy books

*We have included Amazon links above for ease of ordering digital copies, but if you plan to read in print, please consider purchasing from The Ripped Bodice and supporting one of our favorite small businesses! There may also still be some signed copies of The Wedding Date at the store.

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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