Ep. 51 Maya Rodale: Duchess by Design

We’re joined by bestselling author, Maya Rodale! We discuss her outstanding new release, Duchess by Design…as well as how she started reading romance, some of the real historical inspiration for her books, why the Gilded Age is so awesome, feminism, and much more!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

To find out more about Maya, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Highlights from our conversation include:

  • Listen to Jenny fangirl over her love of Duchess by Design
  • The real historical people and places that inspired the book
  • How Maya was introduced to romance novels and how that led to her publishing a nonfiction book about romance: Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained
  • Why a dress with pockets can change the world
  • What’s coming next in the series
  • What makes the romance genre so powerful and endlessly fascinating
  • How she started writing romance
  • How her husband reads and provides feedback on her books
  • Her amazing fantasyland workspace

Books mentioned in this episode:

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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