Journeys of Romance

Journeys of Romance

Join USA Today Bestselling historical romance author Jess Michaels as she talks to other authors about their journeys to writing and publishing romance.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 63 min

Author Adele Buck talks to Jess Michaels about Twitter name changing, her covers, what surprised her with her debut release and her process.

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February 9, 2021 62 min

USA Today Bestselling Author Maya Rodale joins Jess to talk about living in the Regency era (or NOT), her journey to publication, her process and the frustrations when romance is maligned by people who don't know the genre. 

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January 26, 2021 68 min

USA Today Bestselling author Tamsen Parker joins Jess to do a deep dive into the 50 Shades phenomena and how it brought her to romance, the prude police, writing what you want to read and her utterly fascinating process!



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January 12, 2021 60 min

Romance for the Runoff auction winner and historical romance author Clyve Rose talks her process, deciding what details to include or leave out of romance and being more honest about mental health. 

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December 29, 2020 47 min

A recap of 2020 and all its insanity and looking forward to 2021. Happy New Year! 

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December 15, 2020 65 min

Award-winning author Tracey Livesay talks to Jess about being a fan as well as a writer, becoming comfortable with your own process, taking the Strengthfinder class and how it helps with that process, generative pain, her publishing path and we go into a deep questioning of the premise of having to be on ALL THE TIME on social media.

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December 1, 2020 79 min

USA Today Bestseller Zoe York joins Journeys to talk about all the factors that make each other different, from cannon entry to publication path to writing direction to everything in between. We also cover her process, how to pick the metrics that matter to you AND all the things we don't talk about in Romancelandia. 

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November 17, 2020 65 min

Georgina Kiersten joins Jess to talk about the importance of teachers, the joy of tropes and archetypes, snark as seduction, their process and cracking open all the paths for publication, marketing and writing. 

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November 3, 2020 62 min

Historical Romance author Liana De la Rosa joins Jess to talk historical romance, writing projects for herself, 'unlikeable' heroines and the false narratives of 'historical accuracy', plus the joys of pleasure without guilt. 

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October 19, 2020 69 min

Becca Syme joins Jess to discuss starting with fanfiction, planting the seeds of what we love to read and write, her process and a deep dive into Clifton Strengths, including why she formed the remarkable Better, Faster Academy and how all of our brains work differently and that's *ok*. 

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October 5, 2020 71 min

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone talks to Journeys of Romance about pretty planners, being a high producer, how the entire scope of a writing and publishing journey matters, writing category versus single title and traditional versus indie, the joys of DNFing and creating escape.

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September 21, 2020 61 min

Cheris Hodges talks about meeting our idols and being the idol someone meets, the importance of writer friendships, the impact of her journalism career on her romance writing, her process and how it's developed and been influenced by friends and how much has changed since we started.

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September 7, 2020 37 min

Jess talks to Jack Harbon about how he started publishing on Wattpad and moved to KU, designing covers and how it impacts his creativity, plotting heavy but discovering character through writing, chronic pain and creativity and turning point books! 

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August 24, 2020 66 min

Olivia Dade joins Jess to talk about her process to find a plot, sexy scenes, the joy and safety of writing, chasing the high of golden days and a deep dive into illustrated covers. 

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August 10, 2020 50 min

Love Sweet Arrow bookstore duo Marissa and Roseann Backlin join Jess Michaels to talk about the joys of the romance genre, their first year in business and the impact of covid on it all. 

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July 27, 2020 62 min

USA Today and NYT Bestselling author Katee Robert talks to Jess Michaels about pandemic writing and reading, embracing problematic joy, being a fast writer, her journey to publication and I go on and on about Your Dad Will Do.

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July 13, 2020 73 min

USA Today Bestseller Mia Sosa joins Journeys of Romance to discuss the importance of finding your community and bonds, being a better/more intentional recommender, the evolution of reflection in romance, how she started writing (and writing full-time), her process and grabbing on to the good stuff! 

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June 29, 2020 60 min

Author Joanna Shupe talks to Jess about her journey to writing and publishing, how there are no wrong choices in writing or publishing, not wanting to be boring and the horror of the middle of a book. We also do a deep dive into diversity in historical romance, the eraser of our true history and facing that truth of history in historical romance and the lie of "historical accuracy". 

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June 15, 2020 59 min

USA Today Bestselling, award winning author Farrah Rochon joins Jess to talk about how Romancelandia is a little big town, learning from terrible first books, her journey in both traditional and indie publishing and the influence of her late sister on her career and how it's changing now that she's gone. 

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June 8, 2020 66 min

Ruby Lang joins Jess to talk about tricking ourselves into losing romance for literary fiction, the concept of "very well read" in romance, processing emotions in what we write, her process, the ever changing parts of writing, her publishing journey, trying to explain our industry to people not in it and the nuances of the issues around illustrated covers.

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