28 episodes

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.

Black Romance Podcast Julie Moody-Freeman

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

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.

    Patricia Vaughn

    Patricia Vaughn

    This week historical novelist Patricia Vaughn talks about her experiences writing and publishing her first two historical novels in the 1990’s. She discusses how her agent Vivian Stephens helped her to publish her first historical novel Murmur of Rain with Pocket Books in 1996 and talk about her second Shadows on the Bayou.
    Thanks to @cbddepaul and @romancewriters for sponsoring this podcast.
    Creator, producer, and host of the Black Romance Podcast: Julie E Moody-Freeman
    Sound Editor: Randall Spriggs with @rsvideophoto_media. Website is www.rsvideophoto.media
    Artwork: Kyle Gabb @Marciano_arts
    Murmur of Rain: https://www.amazon.com/Murmur-Rain-Patricia-Vaughn/dp/0671520040
    Shadows on the Bayou: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671520059/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

    • 28 min
    Frederick Smith and Chaz L Cruz

    Frederick Smith and Chaz L Cruz

    In today’s episode I talk with Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar Cruz, co-authors of In Case You Forgot and their recent release Busy Ain’t The Half Of It. We discuss their co-authored books as well as many other topics, including: the importance of publishing love stories between Black queer characters; how Frederick Smith’s romance novels Right Side of the Wrong Bed and Down For Whatever, published by Kensington, were inspirational to Chaz; their path to becoming co-authors; and how Chaz’s career as a poet shapes both language and style in their novels.
    Besides being co-authors of two novels, Frederick Smith has published three additional novels centering the romantic lives of Black and Latinx queer characters. Chaz L. Cruz is a writer/poet/creative and a lead writer of Handsome the series.
    Busy Ain’t The Half Of It: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/busy-aint-the-half-of-it-by-frederick-smith-and-chaz-lamar-cruz-3621-b
    In Case You Forgot: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/in-case-you-forgot-by-chaz-lamar-cruz-and-frederick-smith-2991-b
    Play It Forward: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/play-it-forward-by-frederick-smith-948-b
    Right Side of the Wrong Bed: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0758219261/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3
    Down For Whatever: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0758209797/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4
    Frederick Smith’s website: http://fredericklsmith.com/about-the-author/
    Chaz L Cruz’s website: https://chazlcruz.com/about
    Thanks to @cbddepaul and @romancewriters for sponsoring this podcast.
    Creator, producer, and host of the Black Romance Podcast: Julie E Moody-Freeman
    Sound Editor: Randall Spriggs with @rsvideophoto_media. Website is www.rsvideophoto.media
    Artwork: Kyle Gabb @Marciano_arts

    • 57 min
    Farrah Rochon

    Farrah Rochon

    Best-selling writer Farrah Rochon and I talk about her new release The Dating Playbook and also deep dive into several topics: how she wrote and published her 2007 debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers Series; we talk about her New York Sabers Football Series; Bayou Dream Series; Moments in Maplesville Series; and The Boyfriend Project.
    Rochon was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. She has been a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year. 
    Thanks to @cbddepaul and @romancewriters for sponsoring this podcast.
    Creator, producer, and host of the Black Romance Podcast: Julie E Moody-Freeman
    Sound Editor: Randall Spriggs with @rsvideophoto_media. Website is www.rsvideophoto.media
    Artwork: Kyle Gabb @Marciano_arts
    Farrah Rochon’s website: https://www.farrahrochon.com/
    The Dating Playbook: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PV5JRHM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
    The Boyfriend Project: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PV5JRHM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
    The Holmes Brothers Series https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074BZMHBB?ref_=dbs_p_mng_rwt_ser_shvlr&storeType=ebooks
     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Barbara Keaton

    Barbara Keaton

    Barbara Keaton’s first romance novel, All I Ask, was published in 2000. Since then she has gone on to write thirteen romance novels, which celebrate black love. In this episode, we discuss: her experiences publishing with Genesis Press, working with Romance Slam Jam, the mentorship a community of Black writers have provided her, and we deep dive into her novels Nights Over Egypt, Heat at First Sight, and Show Me!.
    In addition to her books, Keaton has also written several articles and editorials that have appeared in various publications: Today’s Black Woman Magazine; The Chicago Crusader; The Chicago Defender; The Chicago Reader; Bronze Thrills; True Confessions; and, Affaire de Coeur.
    Barbara Keaton’s website: https://www.barbarakeaton.net/
    Nights Over Egypt: https://www.amazon.com/Nights-Over-Egypt-Barbara-Keaton-ebook/dp/B08DZJJDGJ
    Show Me!.: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Show+Me+Barbara+Keaton&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss
    Heat at First Sight: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Heat+at+first+sight+Barbara+Keaton&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Chilufiya Safaa

    Chilufiya Safaa

    Chilufiya Safaa is a romance novelist whose books put a fresh twist on African and African American love themes and allow readers to examine what they thought they knew about African and African American people. In this episode, we talk about Safaa’s first four novels, A Foreign Affair, Passionate Encounters, The Art of Love, and Stay the Night, which were all published by New York publisher Kensington Publishing, her fifth and sixth books, Stolen Dreams and Bittersweet, that were independently published. Safaa also talks about her relationship with Vivian Stephens, the writing coach for her first three books and about her career publishing traditionally and self-publishing.

    • 50 min
    Veronica Mixon

    Veronica Mixon

    Veronica Mixon, my guest today, was an editor at Doubleday for fourteen years from 1974 to 1988. She was hired as assistant to an editor of Romance and Science fiction novels and then promoted to editor when her boss left the press. 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. And in an unexpected turn of conversation, she talks about working with Octavia Butler on an article for Essence magazine and advocating with the editor for higher pay for Butler’s books.
     

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Neat-OOOO0987654321 ,

Excellent, Informative Interviews

Julie Moody-Freeman has conducted amazing interviews with authors whose personal stories need to be heard. Very interesting and well done.

BreeHill ,

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!!

Observe_monster ,

Fantastic!

I’m so happy to be able to hear the stories of more romance authors. This is a very important and fun podcast!

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