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

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

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Two of my favorite writers. This was awesome!

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Episode 4: Christi Caldwell

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Two of my favorite writers. This was awesome!
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Journeys of Romance

Latest release on Apr 07, 2020

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

Rank #1: Episode 25: Courtney Milan

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Talking to USA Today and NYT Bestselling author Courtney Milan and Jess Michaels talk about emo poetry, what she calls her horrible process, traditional publishing changes, and a tiny bit about a very good dog. 

Feb 05 2019

1hr

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Rank #2: Episode 49: Damon Suede

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On December 23, 2019, Romance Writers of America censured author Courtney Milan over a dubious ethics complaint. Since then, much has come out regarding the involvement of the president-elect of the organization (now president, as of December 28), who happens to be Damon Suede. I do not condone any of the actions taken and am deeply troubled by his involvement. I have chosen to leave this episode up as a testament to transparency. I interviewed Damon long before the events of December 23. This is that interview.

Read the timeline of the situation with RWA in full: https://www.claireryanauthor.com/blog/2019/12/27/the-implosion-of-the-rwa

Jess talks to Damon Suede about the inherent core to voice, checking in with your Keep It Real Crew, how opportunity and preparation really do go hand in hand, the changing industry and his remarkable journey to success as a romance writer. 

Jul 23 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #3: Episode 29: Alyssa Cole

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Jess Michaels talks to Alyssa Cole about good man heroes, the impact of representation in fiction, the impacts of social media, how failure isn't failure, feeding creativity with variety and developing the process that works for you.

Mar 05 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #4: Episode 58: Samantha Kane

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Jess is joined by historical, contemporary and sci-fi romance author Samantha Kane. We talk about the very NON romantic life of the average romance author, being jolted into following her dreams, figuring out her writing weaknesses and learning how to strengthen them, her process, pivoting after loss (professional and personal) and whether or not working to the bone is a good thing. 

Nov 05 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Episode 18: Beverly Jenkins

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Jess Michaels speaks to the amazing Beverly Jenkins about diversity, the green room in her head, the many changes in publishing and the movie of her book Deadly Sexy (and so much more). 

Dec 11 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: Episode 4: Christi Caldwell

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Jess Michaels talks to Christi Caldwell about staggering into writing, the "formula" to "churn out books" and how to fake it when your guest's audio drops out for a second and you get confused.

Sep 04 2018

58mins

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Rank #7: Episode 48: Talia Hibbert

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Jess talks to the remarkable Talia Hibbert about taking the chance on a dream, writing young, starting indie, becoming a hybrid and her ever changing process. 

Jul 16 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #8: Episode 5: Mackenzie Walton

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Editor extraordinaire Mackenzie Walton and Jess Michaels discuss the importance of libraries, how children's stories steer us toward romance and how she saved my career.

Sep 11 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Episode 62: Happy New Year 2020

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Jess is joined by her husband Michael where they talk about the explosion of RWA, a roundup of 2019 and hopes for 2020. 

Dec 31 2019

56mins

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Rank #10: Episode 51: Danielle O'Farrell

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Jess talks to actress Danielle O'Farrell about recording audiobooks, acting, creating characters from a voice perspective and living as a creative. 

Aug 06 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 37: Lenora Bell

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Jess talks to USA Today bestselling historical romance author Lenora Bell about obsessively reading romance, finding her true voice and the recurring theme of community building with other authors.

Apr 30 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: Episode 50: Sabrina Jeffries

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Jess talks to NYT Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries about helping others without losing yourself, moving from academia to writing, swimming against the current and getting to where she needed to be, the push of "the fear" and her process.

Jul 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #13: Episode 10: Stacy Reid

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Stacy Reid talks to Jess Michaels about how not to plot, building characters and bringing daring into your books (and your life).

Oct 16 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: Episode 6: Suleikha Snyder

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Jess Michaels talks to Suleikha Snyder about how soaps and fan fiction inform can build writing skills, the pleasures of writing short and learning from the ghosts of books past.

Sep 18 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Episode 23: Alexis Daria

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RITA winner Alexis Daria and Jess Michaels talk about finding the "right" system and your core values, the joy of helping others and going from being a panster to a plotter and a trad to an indie.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: Episode 59: Angela James Part 2

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Editor Angela James talks to Jess a second time, this time about transitioning and redefining throughout our careers, we wax poetic about Becca Syme and understanding your strengths, publishers losing the trust of authors, the advantages of traditional publishing, managing expectations, creating broader diversity from the top of publishing and the rare beauty of long term strategy. 

Nov 19 2019

57mins

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Rank #17: Episode 55: Anna Campbell

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Jess talks to historical romance author Anna Campbell about pen names, giving up writing, the importance of community in writing, her process, not wearing pants and we accidentally plot a book (or three). 

Sep 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Episode 3: Melissa Blue

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Author Melissa Blue and Jess Michaels talk about impostor syndrome, the hopefulness of the romance genre and working all the angles when it comes to writing and publishing.

Aug 28 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #19: Episode 41: Nalini Singh

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Jess talks to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh about discovering prolific authors, her journey to publishing, all the balancing acts between heart and head, her process, crafting a long running series and cover art.

May 28 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: Episode 16: Priscilla Oliveras

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Priscilla and Jess talk about creative minds trying to deal with technology, learning and living before publication and how much representation matters.

Nov 27 2018

1hr 15mins

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Episode 69: Louisa Bacio

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Erotic romance author Louisa Bacio speaks to Jess about creating accountability for creativity, her process, the advantage of the system of traditional publishing, relationship building in romance and a little about RWA.

Apr 07 2020

1hr 1min

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Special Episode: Cover Models Drew Leighty and Courtney Rood

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Jess talks to cover models Drew Leighty and Courtney Rood about modeling vs acting, coming to romance covers, working together on The Broken Duke and how it lead to the illustrated version, Graham: The Broken Duke. 

Mar 31 2020

47mins

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Episode 68: Vanessa Riley

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Jess talks to rising star Vanessa Riley about fairytales and historical romance, bringing faith into historical romance journeys, breaking the mistruths of what we "know", her publishing journey, telling stories that are important to you, making career decisions with larger goals, adding historical fiction to her repertoire, balancing her day job and writing, her process and believing in it.

Mar 24 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 67: Reese Ryan

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Reese Ryan talks to Jess about being a high producer and life intervening, her process and how it has changed over the years, the importance (and challenges) of love scenes, being a hybrid author, her gorgeous and groundbreaking covers and RWA. 

Mar 10 2020

1hr 13mins

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Episode 66: Cat Sebastian

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Bestselling historical romance author Cat Sebastian talks to Jess about how she started writing romance, the path to her first sale, queer historical romance, outside stuff impacting output, the value of experience in knowing what you can do, finding your ceiling and letting it adjust, her indie experience, her process, the getting to know characters during writing, and editing when things change mid-book. 

Feb 25 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 65: Elizabeth Bright

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Jess speaks to fellow historical romance author Elizabeth Bright about puns and Schitt's Creek, writing book reports for allowance, what we lose when Society is judgmental of romance novels, her process, understanding the beats of romance by reading it and deconstructing them, balancing (or not balancing) life and a full-time job, the current demand to produce and produce, the issue of fraud and book stuffing especially in historical romance, is there really room being made at the table for all the voices, enjoying the editing process and RWA.

Feb 11 2020

59mins

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Episode 64: Piper Vaughn

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Piper Vaughn joins Jess Michaels to wax poetic about Good Omens and The Mandalorian, their publishing journey, the process of co-writing versus individual work, taking ideas from real life, the nerves of writing OwnVoices and boy do we get into Dreamspinner.  

Jan 28 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 63: May Peterson

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Jess speaks to author and editor May Peterson about processing our own experiences through writing, how reading was a refuge to her, the perception and reality of diversity in romance, her ever-changing process, making micro and macro decisions in a book, how being an editor influences her process and sensitivity editing is different than developmental editing.

Jan 14 2020

1hr 5mins

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Episode 62: Happy New Year 2020

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Jess is joined by her husband Michael where they talk about the explosion of RWA, a roundup of 2019 and hopes for 2020. 

Dec 31 2019

56mins

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Episode 61: Minx Malone

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USA Today bestselling and RITA winning author Minx Malone joins Jess today. We talk about Twitter relationships, working with a writing partner, linking brand to voice, taking the risk of going indie and her groundbreaking RITA win. 

Dec 17 2019

1hr 7mins

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Episode 60: Jackie Barbosa

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Jackie Barbosa joins Jess to talk about sweeping romantic sagas, Star Wars fanfic, creativity meaning more than fear, her process, grief and writing, providing a voice to issues in our books and taking a hard look at our own biases. 

Dec 03 2019

1hr 3mins

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Episode 59: Angela James Part 2

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Editor Angela James talks to Jess a second time, this time about transitioning and redefining throughout our careers, we wax poetic about Becca Syme and understanding your strengths, publishers losing the trust of authors, the advantages of traditional publishing, managing expectations, creating broader diversity from the top of publishing and the rare beauty of long term strategy. 

Nov 19 2019

57mins

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Episode 58: Samantha Kane

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Jess is joined by historical, contemporary and sci-fi romance author Samantha Kane. We talk about the very NON romantic life of the average romance author, being jolted into following her dreams, figuring out her writing weaknesses and learning how to strengthen them, her process, pivoting after loss (professional and personal) and whether or not working to the bone is a good thing. 

Nov 05 2019

1hr 5mins

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Episode 57: Felicia Grossman

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Jess speaks to historical romance author Felicia Grossman about coming into chick lit and romance, learning to write from reading, finding Twitter writer friends, hearing advice the right way and in the right moment, writing multiple drafts before getting input, developing your process with time but knowing what you need to keep, the boxes of historical romance and writing outside of them, how she's introduced her own Jewish faith and history into her stories and having truth called anachronistic. 

Oct 22 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 56: Kwana Jackson

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Jess talks to USA Today Bestselling author Kwana Jackson about why talking about writing is so fun, going back to past work and judging yourself, her journey in fashion and coming into writing, being influenced by visual creativity, her process, the benefits and frustrations of trad publishing, addressing diverse romance and shifting some of the onus onto publishing and not just writers, and the demand for TRAUMA in romances with black characters.

Oct 08 2019

59mins

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Episode 55: Anna Campbell

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Jess talks to historical romance author Anna Campbell about pen names, giving up writing, the importance of community in writing, her process, not wearing pants and we accidentally plot a book (or three). 

Sep 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 54: Angela James

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Jess speaks to former executive editor of Samhain and Carina, Angela James about impostor syndrome, choosing books as an editor, taking on the issue of diversity in publishing from the publishing side, disruptions in publishing, letting go of ego, her recent departure from Carina and what's next for her and in publishing.

Sep 10 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 53: Anna Zabo

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Jess talks to Anna Zabo about the fan fiction gateway to original work, the stress of release day, the Seton Hill MFA program, going from pantser to plotter, the influence of social media on calling out issues in our industry and tattoos.

Aug 27 2019

58mins

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Episode 52: The One Year Anniversary Pod

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Jess Michaels is interviewed by her husband/assistant Michael about the positives in rejection, her process, writing fast and the new podcasting schedule. 

Aug 13 2019

58mins

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Episode 51: Danielle O'Farrell

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Jess talks to actress Danielle O'Farrell about recording audiobooks, acting, creating characters from a voice perspective and living as a creative. 

Aug 06 2019

1hr

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Episode 4: Christi Caldwell

By SusanF430 - Sep 09 2018
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Two of my favorite writers. This was awesome!