Ep. 22 Lenora Bell: What a Difference a Duke Makes

This week we’re joined by Lenora Bell. She is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical.

In this episode we discuss her Mary Poppins-inspired historical romance What a Difference a Duke Makes and some of her other works. We also learn about her writing process, including the pop culture references she always includes and the rituals that help her stay focused and creative. She gets candid with us about some of the struggles of being a writer, including imposter syndrome and the difficulty of getting that second book out.
You can find out more about her books on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
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Highlights from our conversation include:
  • Her earliest memories of writing to how she got her start as an author.
  • Her long road to publication.
  • Where she gets her book ideas from.
  • How she builds her stories around her heroines.
  • How romance as a genre and her stories are a part of the conversation around consent.
  • The strong, powerful, fascinating real life women that she bases many of her characters on.
  • How much she struggled to write her second book even after succeeding with the first–especially with feelings of inadequacy and imposter syndrome.
  • Her writing rituals.
  • How fear (of failure or not being good enough) was at the heart of her crippling writer’s block.
  • How supportive the romance community can be and how she wants to pay it forward.
  • How she finds meditation to be helpful for writing (and life!).
  • How important travel is to her and how it has changed her life.

Books mentioned:

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell

For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell (Coming Sept 27)

How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

Books by Tessa Dare

Books by Eloisa James

Books by Alisha Rai (Check out our interview with Alisha!)

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

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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