Ep. 16 Jenny Holiday: One and Only


This week we’re joined by Jenny Holiday, a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical, gay and straight romance. We discuss her new release, One and Only, the epidemic of bridezillas, our theories on the romantic lives of Canadian ice dancers, and how she balances writing and motherhood.
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Other highlights from our conversation include:
  • How she didn’t discover romance novels until she was in her 30’s–and once she did how Harlequin historicals changed her life.
  • How she then transitoned to writing romance.
  • Hilariously bad misconceptions she hears about romance–“Your publishers give you the ideas for the books, right?”
  • Theories about the love lives of Canadian ice dancers Virtue and Moir and our need for Jenny to write the romance novel version of it for us.
  • The madness of modern weddings and how that translates into her fun and sexy new series. The first book is One and Only.
  • What her querying process looked like.
  • Her experiences with indie publishing vs traditional publishing, and the reasons she hasn’t enjoyed indie publishing.
  • Her transition from historical to contemporary.
  • Her PhD in Urban Geography and why she took it all the way to that point and then chose a different career path.
  • How her first forays into fiction were Mulder/Scully fanfic.
  • How she handled the transition to motherhood and eventually learned how to carve out time for herself to write.
  • Her physical aversion to butterflies.

Books mentioned in this episode:

 One and Only by Jenny Holiday

 It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

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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