Rank #1: Episode 6: Suleikha Snyder
Sep 18 2018
Rank #2: Episode 10: Stacy Reid
Oct 16 2018
Rank #3: Episode 55: Anna Campbell
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
Rank #4: Episode 25: Courtney Milan
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
Rank #5: Episode 5: Mackenzie Walton
Sep 11 2018
Rank #6: Episode 48: Talia Hibbert
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
Rank #7: Episode 38: LaQuette
Jess talks to LaQuette about the relationship between soaps and romance, the unique challenges of writing a multiple book arc for a couple, how white authors can help in the diversity fight too, her own hybrid path and how she balances everything.
May 07 2019
Rank #8: Episode 19: KJ Charles
Jess Michaels talks to KJ Charles about her insights about the publishing industry, seeing mistakes even as you make them and how to deal with critics of the genre.
Dec 18 2018
Rank #9: Episode 18: Beverly Jenkins
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
Rank #10: Episode 54: Angela James
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
Rank #11: Episode 49: Damon Suede
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
Rank #12: Episode 41: Nalini Singh
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
Rank #13: Episode 39: Holley Trent
Jess talks to USA Today Bestselling author Holley Trent about the joys of childhood book fairs, being hybrid, navigating rights return and her process.
May 14 2019
Rank #14: Episode 53: Anna Zabo
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
Rank #15: Episode 56: Kwana Jackson
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
Rank #16: Episode 58: Samantha Kane
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
Rank #17: Episode 12: Carrie Ann Ryan
Jess Michaels talks to New York Times bestseller Carrie Ann Ryan about starting romance late, finding your own voice, navigating grief through creativity and also she shares some news!
Oct 30 2018
Rank #18: Episode 45: Megan Frampton
Jess talks to her old friend, Megan Frampton about fashionista inheritances and the safe space of women at conferences, comparison with other authors, her process, being honest on social media, her experiences on the publishing side of publishing and dukes.
Jun 25 2019
Rank #19: Episode 57: Felicia Grossman
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
Rank #20: Episode 21: Melanie Hooyenga
YA author Melanie Hooyenga talks to Jess Michaels about the importance of balance, the challenges of writing to a YA audience and being a very plotting writer.
Jan 08 2019