348. Upbeat Fiction for Unpredictable Times: Live at East City Books with Mia Sosa, Tracey Livesay, and Sally Thorne!

This episode was recorded live at East City Books in Washington DC on April 11, 2019. I moderated a panel with Sally Thorne, Tracey Livesay, and Mia Sosa, titled Upbeat Fiction for Unpredictable Times. It was a great panel, and a wonderful audience, too. If you were there, thank you for coming out!

We talked about all the things, including comfort reads, and comfort foods. Tracey Livesay talks about how being a romance reader influences how she reads and watches tv. Mia Sosa tells the most amazing TMI story and talks about the history characters carry with them through their books. And Sally Thorne talks about writer’s block, and how she slowly reveals a story from a character’s very deep point of view. Plus they recommend books based on their most recent reads.

Two notes!

  1. There is some digital buzzing during some of the questions. I’m sorry about that. I did what I could do minimize it and clean it up.
  2. There is a question at the end that may not be audible in the final track. That person asked about an interview with Danielle Steel and asked if the stigma and negative press surrounding romance has changed at all. Sally Thorne and I both address the question.

I want to thank Tracey Livesay, Mia Sosa, and Sally Thorne for a wonderful evening, and I want to thank Darbi and the others who stepped forward to ask questions during the evening, and extra large, effusive thanks to everyone at East City Books for making this recording possible.

And if you enjoyed this, I’m going to be back at East City Bookshop on May 8, 2019, in conversation with Rachel Hawkins for the release of her book, Her Royal Highness. They’re wonderful at East City, so do stop by to bookshop if you’re in the area!

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

So many links!

You can find Sally Thorne at her website, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

You can find Tracey Livesay at her website, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

You can find Mia Sosa at her website, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

The folks at East City Bookshop are marvelous. You can find out about upcoming events on their calendar, and I definitely want to mention May 8 when I’ll be at East City Bookshop in conversation with Rachel Hawkins!

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This Episode’s Music

Caravan Palace double album set of Caravan Palace and Panic Our music is provided each week by Sassy Outwater, whom you can find on Twitter @SassyOutwater.

This is from Caravan Palace, and the track is called “Queens.” Obvious reasons.

You can find their two album set with Caravan Palace and Panic on Amazon and iTunes. And you can learn more about Caravan Palace on Facebook, and on their website.


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