Ep. 72 Adriana Herrera: American Dreamer

We’re joined by debut author Adriana Herrera to chat about American Dreamer, the details she included about Afro-Latinx cuisine that made us hungry when we were reading, and how romance could handle stories that include trauma better.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she started reading romance
  • How her stories intersect the many pieces of her identity
  • Her day job working with refugees and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse– and how that impacts her writing
  • How domestic violence is not based on feelings but on beliefs…and is a choice
  • Why using domestic violence as a plot device without thoroughly exploring it or examining it with any authenticity is harmful
  • All about American Dreamer!
  • What’s coming next in the series
  • Some of the depictions of masculinity that bother us
  • Afro-Carribean food!!

Books mentioned:

We also mentioned Adriana’s episode on Fated Mates and the article she did with Jen for SBTB.

You can find Adriana on her website, 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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