Ep. 57 Emma Barry: Free Fall

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We’re joined this week by author Emma Barry who chats with us about the latest book in her historical astronauts series, Free Fall as well as the fan favorite from that series, Earth Bound. We discuss how she went from never having read a romance novel to writing and teaching about them in less than seven years and we have fun assigning Hogwarts houses to her characters! Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:
  • How Emma started reading romance after her twins were born
  • She thought she would only read one romance and picked the first one on the All About Romance List
  • How her astronauts series came about
  • Why the 60’s space race makes for such a compelling setting
  • Why punishing kisses are terrible
  • How not wanting to write her dissertation helped her to write romance instead
  • How the idea for Free Fall came about
  • Our complicated feelings about the surprise pregnancy trope
  • How Earth Bound came about
  • What Hogwarts houses her characters would be in and our thoughts on different pairings
  • What it’s like writing novels set in a political world when real life politics are madness
Books mentioned: You can find more about Emma Barry on her website or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!
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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