Ep. 108 Penny Reid: Part 1 Featuring Joy Nash

We’re joined once again by New York Times Bestselling author Penny Reid, but this time she’s brought along actress and voice actress Joy Nash who narrates Penny’s audiobooks. You might recognize Joy from Dietland, Twin Peaks, or the Mindy Project. We chat about what it’s like for them working together as author and narrator, Penny’s latest books (and why it’s not her fault if she makes us cry), how Joy got her start narrating audiobooks, what they fangirl over, and much more! This is part one of two episodes with Penny Reid. Be sure you don’t miss part two, which will feature Penny Reid with Cathy Yardley!

In case you missed it, Penny was previously a guest on the show! Check it out here: Ep. 70 Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker on Toxic Masculinity

You can also catch the Heaving Bosoms Podcast chatting about Beard Science!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Penny didn’t really want to write the Winston Brother’s backstory, but she did it for her readers
  • Why Beard With Me was such an emotional book to write
  • What Penny’s research process looks like
  • Joy’s acting experiences and how she translated that into voice acting as an audiobook narrator
  • How Penny feels like Joy adds a dimension to the story that goes beyond simply reading the text
  • How Penny started writing with fan fiction
  • Our mutual obsession with Lore Olympus
  • How Penny approaches her books as a brand, but how that was a transition after initially thinking of writing as a hobby
  • The brand new Smartypants Romance universe (which we’ll discuss in more detail in part 2)

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You can find Penny on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To learn more about Joy, you can check out her website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! Be sure you don’t miss Part 2 with Cathy Yardley on 12/4!

Support for today’s episode comes from NYT Bestselling author Anna Zaires who has the first in a new, super steamy contemporary series out called Wall Street Titan

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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