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Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast, Episode No. #24. An Interview with Nalini Singh

Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast, Episode No. #24. An Interview with...

Surprise, surprise, Nalini Singh was in our hotel room, so we tied her to a chair and Sarah Wendell interviewed her. She’s live, not on Skype, and it’s a really fun and casual conversation because we didn’t plan to do this. We had the microphone and a half hour to chat. We did attempt to get real answers out of her, and were totally unsuccessful, despite threats and stares of doom.

You’ll hear about how Nalini approaches her writing and her series, and we talk about heroines, reality television, reading romance, and Gwen Stefani, too.

Here are some of the books, foods, and songs we talked about in the podcast:

Gwen Stefani – I’m Just a Girl

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If you have content suggestions, tips on how to do this whole thing better, or general wtf-ery comments, email us. It’s all welcome because a) we are new to this and b) we don’t really know what we are doing so the wtf comments are probably all valid. The email address for the podcast is [email protected].

Thanks to Jane, and to Sassy Outwater, who provided the new and original music for this podcast, and will be featured in future podcasts as well. This week’s song features Sassy on the fiddle and JD on the piano, and is called “Fiddler on the Loose.”

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Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast, Episode No. 22, The Romance Canon

Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast, Episode No. 22, The Romance Canon

This is a big ol’ podcast: we start out talking briefly about novellas and short digital reads that I liked, but our main topic is the canon. What romances form the genre’s canon for historical, contemporary, and paranormal? We talk in circles a good bit (sorry about that) and we discuss what a canon is, and why it means different things to different groups. Writers and readers, for example may have different ideas of what their romance canon would be.  By the end, I’m convinced that what books belong in the canon depend in large part on how you define the canon. I’m not sure I know what the definition is.

I’m sure there’s many writers you think have been left off, and so if you’d like to add or subtract from our list, you can email us at

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Or, and this is new, you can call and leave us a message at our Google voice number: 201-371-DBSA. If you want to tell us why we’re wrong (or right!) about something, leave us a message, and please don’t forget to give us a name and where you’re calling from so we can work your message into our next podcast.

The music this week is, as always, provided by Sassy Outwater, and yes, we are all about the peatbog! The track is called “Room 215″ and it’s by the Peatbog Faeries from their albums, which are available at their website. You can find them at iTunes as well.

If you like the Podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us at PodcastPickle.

Here are some of the books we mentioned in this week’s edition:

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