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