The Black Romance Podcast features weekly conversations with Black writers, editors, and scholars of historical and contemporary popular romance fiction. Julie Moody-Freeman and guests talk about a range of experiences: their difficulties trying to publish love stories with Black characters; their favorite books; writing and teaching about black romance fiction; traditional vs self-publishing; publishing queer romance fiction; and their recently released books.
Veronica Mixon, my guest today, was an editor at Doubleday for fourteen years from 1974 to 1988. She recounts her experiences during these years: creating Doubleday’s Starlight Romances, working with many writers, including Barbara Stephens, Millie Ragosta, and Rochelle Alers, building relationships with other Black editors at the time like Marie Brown at Anchor and Vivian Stephens at Dell.
Eboni Snoe is the best-selling author of seventeen books. In this episode, we discuss her experiences publishing her first romance novel A Shiek’s Spell with Odyssey Books in 1992 as well as her experiences publishing with Arabesque and Avon Book. We deep dive into her novels Beguiled, Tell Me I'm Dreamin’, her forthcoming autobiography The Altar, and her publishing company Beyond Maya Press.
Celeste Norfleet, a best-selling writer of over twenty-five novels, joins me this week. We talk about her 2002 debut novel Priceless Gift and its curious ending, which became the inspiration for the novels in her well-loved Mama Lou Matchmaker Series. She discusses her experiences at the beginning of her career, the supportive environment of Romance Slam Jam, and her current release One Night in Georgia.
Adriana Herrera, a USA Today bestselling author, talks about her experiences as an immigrant, the dissonance she felt between her Black Feminist studies and the colonial images she read in romance, her need to affirm the existence of immigrants during the 2016 elections, and her need to create romance novels that center Black and LGBTQ characters, her Dreamer series, Finding Joy, Mangoes and Mistletoe, Here to Stay, “The Duke Makes Me Feel,” and her newest release One Week to Claim it All.
Today’s guest is Katrina Jackson, best-selling writer of over twenty novels. Katrina discusses some of her early reading practices, writing her first romance, and why she publishes affirming images of Black women. She also recounts how her life as a pre and post tenured historian in the Academy informs some of her novels’ themes. She and I also discuss several of her books: From Scratch, Office Hours, The Hitman, Encore, Grand Theft New Year’s Eve, and her current release Back in the Day.
Best-selling writer Piper Huguley joins Julie to talks about her experiences writing, publishing, and marketing historical novels with African American Christian characters. She talks about developing her online platform to self-publish her novels, including her first The Lawyer’s Luck and the books in her “Home to Millford College Series.” In addition, she talks about A Virtuous Ruby and forthcoming books, Sweet Tea, and By design: The Story of Ann Lowe, Society’s Best Kept Secret.
Excellent, Informative Interviews
Julie Moody-Freeman has conducted amazing interviews with authors whose personal stories need to be heard. Very interesting and well done.
A Must Listen
As both a history student and lover of romance, I am so grateful for this Podcast. The host puts in so much time and effort, dedicated to researching the genre and I love so much her conversations with these romance writing GIANTS! Thank you for preserving this oral history. Keep up the amazing work, we are rooting for you!!
I’m so happy to be able to hear the stories of more romance authors. This is a very important and fun podcast!