Ep. 96 J.R. Ward: The Black Dagger Brotherhood

We’re joined by #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, J.R. Ward. She’s chats with us about her rocky path to publishing success, why it’s her fault Jenny became a dominatrix, her advice for women, and her writing process. She’s everything we dreamed she would be…and more!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she started reading romance with any Harlequin Presents she could get her hands on
  • How she first got published prior to the internet
  • Her first few attempts at publishing that didn’t go so well before she landed on The Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • “You don’t have to win by miles…winning is often an ugly process.”
  • Why it’s her fault Jenny became a dominatrix
  • “I don’t have a fuckin’ B Plan…The stories are what they are.”
  • Why she’s an outliner
  • “The bottom line is I write seven days a week, no excuses. Sit the fuck down and do your work.”
  • “No one has to give you permission to be a writer…You need to own that space in yourself.”
  • Why she encourages women to take up space.
  • Enjoy the moment Jenny asks about self care…
  • Her fascinating experience of writing and storytelling
  • Why Zsadist is one in a million
  • Why she decided to become an author when she was a successful lawyer
  • How The Black Dagger Brotherhood came to her

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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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