Ep. 21 Eva Leigh: Counting on a Countess

This week we’re joined by Eva Leigh, a historical romance novelist who also writes as Zoe Archer. Her latest release in her London Underground series is Counting on a Countess.

We discuss her four pen names, what it’s like to be married to another romance novelist, intersectional feminism, and historical orgies.
You can follow Zoe/Eva on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook or find her on her website.

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Highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her intro to romance.
  • How and when she started writing romance.
  • What her earliest writing looked like at age 6.
  • How her heroines embody the fearlessness that she wishes she had.
  • What it’s like being married to a fellow romance author and how her husband, Nico, got his start writing romance. Check out Nico’s website!
  • What it’s like having two writers in their household.
  • How mindfulness can be useful for writers.
  • What it’s like juggling four pen names: Ami Silber, Zoe Archer, Eva Leigh, and Alexis Stanton.
  • Why writing romance is a feminist act.
  • Why work by women for women is so easily dismissed.
  • The importance of intersectional feminism.
  • Why it’s important to know when to shut up and listen to other people’s experiences.
  • How feminism is about choices and is not going to look the same for everyone.
  • Historical orgies and underground sex clubs and how she’ll be exploring that in the third London Underground book.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh

Books by Jude Devereaux

Books by Johanna Lindsey

Skies of Gold by Zoe Archer

Taken to the Limit by Nico Rosso

Dare to Love a Duke by Eva Leigh

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Perils of Pleasure by Julianne Long

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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