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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