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.

72: EE Ottoman
May 19 • 60 min
My apologies for the sound quality this episode. I messed up my mic so I’m a bit echo-y.EE Ottoman joins us today to talk about finding welcome as a queer writer and reader in Sci-Fi Fantasy versus Romance, fan fiction filling voids, the opportunity of…
71: Moni Boyce
May 5 • 62 min
Author Moni Boyce talks about pizza reward programs, coming from the film industry (and what that’s brought to her writing and career), transforming her process, being entirely indie, cover shoots and flexibility in the time of COVID.
70: Andie Christopher
Apr 21 • 67 min
USA Today Bestselling romantic comedy author Andie Christopher talks to Jess about big bags of romance novels, representation in romance and writing her own background, “difficult” heroines, her process (when not in a pandemic) Chris Evans, not ever…
69: Louisa Bacio
Apr 7 • 61 min
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.
Special Episode: Cover Models Drew Leighty and Courtney Rood
Mar 31 • 47 min
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.
68: Vanessa Riley
Mar 24 • 62 min
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…
67: Reese Ryan
Mar 10 • 73 min
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.
66: Cat Sebastian
Feb 25 • 72 min
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…
65: Elizabeth Bright
Feb 11 • 59 min
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…
64: Piper Vaughn
Jan 28 • 75 min
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…
63: May Peterson
Jan 14 • 65 min
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,…
62: Happy New Year 2020
Dec 31, 2019 • 56 min
Jess is joined by her husband Michael where they talk about the explosion of RWA, a roundup of 2019 and hopes for 2020.
61: Minx Malone
Dec 17, 2019 • 67 min
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.
60: Jackie Barbosa
Dec 3, 2019 • 63 min
Jackie Barbosa joins Jess to talk about sweeping romantic sagas, Star Wars fanfic, creativity meaning more than fear, her process, providing a voice to issues in our books and taking a hard look at our own biases.
59: Angela James Part 2
Nov 19, 2019 • 57 min
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…
58: Samantha Kane
Nov 5, 2019 • 65 min
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…
57: Felicia Grossman
Oct 22, 2019 • 64 min
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…
56: Kwana Jackson
Oct 8, 2019 • 59 min
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…
55: Anna Campbell
Sep 24, 2019 • 69 min
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).
54: Angela James
Sep 10, 2019 • 61 min
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…
53: Anna Zabo
Aug 27, 2019 • 58 min
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.
52: The One Year Anniversary Pod
Aug 13, 2019 • 58 min
Jess Michaels is interviewed by her husband/assistant Michael about the positives in rejection, her process, writing fast and the new podcasting schedule.
51: Danielle O’Farrell
Aug 6, 2019 • 60 min
Jess talks to actress Danielle O’Farrell about recording audiobooks, acting, creating characters from a voice perspective and living as a creative.
50: Sabrina Jeffries
Jul 30, 2019 • 61 min
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.
49: Damon Suede
Jul 23, 2019 • 87 min
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.
48: Talia Hibbert
Jul 16, 2019 • 64 min
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.
47: Seressia Glass
Jul 9, 2019 • 65 min
Jess talks to the amazing Seressia Glass about doing goal check ins, choosing the right project out of all the ideas in the head, indie publishing and the fear of making that transition, and our shared love of anime.
46: Sabrina Sol
Jul 2, 2019 • 62 min
Jess talks to the enormously patient (so many technical problems) Sabrina Sol about finding time to write, changing the process that works best for you, our shared love of true crime, finding support in the romance community and making even more…
45: Megan Frampton
Jun 25, 2019 • 65 min
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…
44: Manda Collins
Jun 18, 2019 • 64 min
Jess talks to historical romance author and old friend Manda Collins about falling in love with romance, creating a space for all kinds of stories, finding her voice and learning to work with it, going from pantser to plotter and her path of traditional…
43: Kathryn LeVeque
Jun 11, 2019 • 58 min
Jess Michaels talks to USA Today Bestselling and Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn LeVeque about having many avenues of publishing and how she came to her own, her process, why she became a publisher to other authors and what she sees coming in the future.
42: Piper Huguley
Jun 4, 2019 • 64 min
Jess Michaels speaks to the amazing Piper Huguley about the weirdness of names, learning from first books, being a planster and her process, the issues in the CBA and making strides with characters of color in Christian fiction.
41: Nalini Singh
May 28, 2019 • 68 min
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.
40: Cathy Maxwell
May 21, 2019 • 63 min
Jess talks to New York Times bestseller Cathy Maxwell about introducing newbies to romance, how she writes every single book differently and letting go of what we can’t control in the industry.
39: Holley Trent
May 14, 2019 • 57 min
Jess talks to USA Today Bestselling author Holley Trent about the joys of childhood book fairs, being hybrid, navigating rights return and her process.
38: LaQuette
May 7, 2019 • 61 min
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.
37: Lenora Bell
Apr 30, 2019 • 69 min
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.
36: Erica Ridley
Apr 24, 2019 • 61 min
Jess talks to New York Times bestseller Erica Ridley about how we know each other, her history as an elementary school playwright, creating smaller, more realistic goals, strategizingas a publisher and how HEA is not limiting.
35: Darcy Burke
Apr 16, 2019 • 71 min
USA Today Bestseller Darcy Burke talks to Jess about when people you know read your book, her journey to indie and traditional publishing and her repeatable process, along with dukes!
34: Sue London
Apr 9, 2019 • 66 min
Jess Michaels talks to Sue London about converting readers to the Church of Romance, finding your groove in the genre, the emotional toll of writing, advantages and disadvantages of long series and I give Sue some stuff to think about.
33: Adriana Herrera
Apr 2, 2019 • 58 min
Jess Michaels talks to Adriana Herrera about her debut release, the inspiration to write, industry pushback…and not, using her experience in social work in her writing and the (sometimes toxic) relationship of trauma and romance.
32: Robin Bradford
Mar 26, 2019 • 67 min
Jess Michaels speaks to RWA Librarian of the Year Robin Bradford about acquisitions, her journey to the library, how indie authors can position themselves and the defense of romance.
31: Caroline Linden
Mar 19, 2019 • 64 min
Jess Michaels talks to USA Today bestseller Caroline Linden about conferences for writers, trusting and working with the team you have around you, realistic goals and hitting the USA Today Bestseller list.
30: Mia Hopkins
Mar 12, 2019 • 60 min
I talk to Mia Hopkins about unoriginal jokes about romance, what we learn from writing shorter work, reader push back/feedback, and a really honest look at the struggles of writing and publishing.
29: Alyssa Cole
Mar 5, 2019 • 61 min
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.
28: Kate Pearce
Feb 26, 2019 • 60 min
New York Times bestseller Kate Pearce talks to Jess Michaels about RWA parties, being too polite to call your dead agent, writing multiple projects, the joys of writing novellas, creating a solid team and figuring out what works best for yourself.
27: Elizabeth Boyle
Feb 19, 2019 • 60 min
Jess Michaels talks to New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Boyle about L.M. Montgomery, piracy law, digging up the bones of a story, writing something completely different, and always learning.
26: Nicola Davidson
Feb 12, 2019 • 63 min
Fellow historical author Nicola Davidson talks to Jess Michaels about the fascinating way we all write differently, how fun it is to not figure out what’s happening next, walking the line between plotter and panster, the importance of representing and…
25: Courtney Milan
Feb 5, 2019 • 60 min
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.
24: Rose Lerner
Jan 29, 2019 • 70 min
Jess Michaels talks to author Rose Lerner about all the ways we may or may not know each other, learning from fan fiction and pop culture, reacting to revision letters, writing outside of the aristocracy and shifting the market.
23: Alexis Daria
Jan 22, 2019 • 65 min
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.
22: Janna MacGregor
Jan 15, 2019 • 64 min
Jess and Janna talk about coming to writing late in life, character as plot, finding balance in your life and sex in historical romances!
21: Melanie Hooyenga
Jan 8, 2019 • 60 min
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.
20: Michael Petersen
Dec 25, 2018 • 61 min
Jess Michaels talks to her husband and assistant, Michael Petersen about weird stories from our life, the support and feeding of your author and managing a publishing business.
19: KJ Charles
Dec 18, 2018 • 64 min
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.
18: Beverly Jenkins
Dec 11, 2018 • 64 min
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).
17: Maggie Marr
Dec 4, 2018 • 71 min
Jess Michaels and USA Today Bestselling author Maggie Marr discuss her fascinating journey from attorney to literary talent agent to author and literary attorney, plus the many opportunities to writers at this time in the industry.
16: Priscilla Oliveras
Nov 27, 2018 • 75 min
Priscilla and Jess talk about creative minds trying to deal with technology, learning and living before publication and how much representation matters.
15: Aliza Mann
Nov 20, 2018 • 64 min
Jess talks to Aliza Mann about author photos, finding romance novels at the bus stop and developing as a writer through working with professionals.
14: Elizabeth Essex
Nov 13, 2018 • 63 min
Elizabeth Essex and Jess Michaels do a deep delve about creativity, the terror and joy of going indie and the importance of the romance genre.
13: Eliza Knight
Nov 6, 2018 • 60 min
Jess talks to USA Today bestseller Eliza Knight about making hard eye contact while Regency dancing, catching the writing bug as a child and flexibility in publishing.
12: Carrie Ann Ryan
Oct 30, 2018 • 58 min
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!
11: Erica Monroe
Oct 23, 2018 • 65 min
Historical romance author Erica Monroe talks to Jess Michaels about accidentally writing romance, outside of the box characters and an excessive amount of Bob’s Burgers chat.
10: Stacy Reid
Oct 16, 2018 • 61 min
Stacy Reid talks to Jess Michaels about how not to plot, building characters and bringing daring into your books (and your life).
9: Kimberly Dean
Oct 9, 2018 • 62 min
Jess Michaels talks to Kimberly Dean about being secretly introverted, the differences between writing short and long and that everyone writes differently and that’s ok.
8: Madeline Martin
Oct 2, 2018 • 60 min
Jess speaks with USA Today bestseller Madeline Martin about overnight success after five years of hard work, writing through personal pain and being present in everything you do.
7: Lexi Ryan
Sep 25, 2018 • 63 min
NYT Bestseller Lexi Ryan talks to Jess Michaels about “foolhardy beliefs” (that aren’t so foolhardy), giving herself the call for the RITA awards and putting energy into the world.
6: Suleikha Snyder
Sep 18, 2018 • 61 min
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.
5: Mackenzie Walton
Sep 11, 2018 • 61 min
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.
4: Christi Caldwell
Sep 4, 2018 • 58 min
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.
3: Melissa Blue
Aug 28, 2018 • 62 min
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.
2: Shana Galen
Aug 21, 2018 • 54 min
Shana Galen and Jess Michaels discuss traditional publishing, hybrid publishing and pantsing a story.
1: Jenn LeBlanc
Aug 14, 2018 • 63 min
Jess Michaels speaks to Jenn LeBlanc about her journey to writing romance, incorporating her photography background and thinking outside the box in publishing.