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Ep. 101 Angela James: Editor Extraordinaire

We’re joined by editor Angela James! We discuss her departure from Harlequin, her work at Carina Press, her advice for writers, and her Before You Hit Send self editing workshop! She demonstrates how she does a Candid Cold Read to evaluate the first pages of Jenny’s manuscript, giving us a fascinating glimpse into the way an editor’s brain works.

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You can find Angela on her website, Twitter, or Facebook! If you’re a writer, be sure to check out the workshop we talked about–Before You Hit Send!

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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You can find J.R. Ward on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 95 Karelia Stetz-Waters: Out in Portland

We’re joined by lesbian romance author Karelia Stetz-Waters who chats with us about her Out in Portland series, why she’s on a quest to spread “cliteracy” across the country, and how she’s using her work as a romance writer to teach readers about female sexual anatomy, desire, and pleasure.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Full show notes to come when Jenny (finally) catches up!

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Ep. 93 Abby Jimenez: The Friend Zone

We’re joined by USA Today Bestselling author, Abby Jimenez! Abby is also a Food Network champ who founded the Nadia Cakes bakery out of her home kitchen back in 2007. Nadia Cakes has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. We chat about her fascinating journey from one of the lowest points of her life to the wonderful successes she’s achieved and the risks it took to get there. We discuss her debut novel, The Friend Zone, her hilarious dogs, and so much more!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her day job running a bakery and how she transitioned from that to writing romance
  • How she got a literary agent and sold her first book
  • The dick joke she included in her query letter
  • All about The Friend Zone
  • Her dogs and why they have their own Instagrams–Stuntman Mike and Tess
  • What it was like when she lost her job during her third back to back pregnancy and how it resulted in her starting to sell cakes out of her house
  • The risks it took to start a bakery
  • Her experiences on Food Network shows (and that one time she met Tom Hiddleston)
  • Debut author review bingo

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You can find Abby Jimenez on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 92 Sarah MacLean: Brazen and the Beast

We’re joined by Sarah MacLean who is not only a NYT Bestselling author, but is also a cohost of one of our favorite podcasts, Fated Mates. We chat about her latest book, Brazen and the Beast, how podcasting has impacted her writing, and the fabulously bananas books she’s been reading lately.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Goodreads is brutal for authors
  • Sarah’s favorite bad review
  • Why Brazen and the Beast is Jenny’s new favorite of Sarah’s books!
  • Why getting a puppy is a terrible idea! 
  • How podcasting has made her think differently about her own writing
  • The bananas planet books she’s been reading

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You can find Sarah MacLean on her website, Twitter, or Facebook!