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This week we have something a little different lined up. As Rekka is recovering, we wanted to give her a break wherever possible and so for this episode, we are happy to bring you an episode of Rekka's previous podcast: The Hybrid Author. In this episode, Rekka interviews Alexandra Rowland, author of "A Conspiracy of Truths" and one of the hosts of the Hugo-nominated podcast 'Be the Serpent'. Alex and Rekka spend this episode talking romance and all of the ways to incorporate it into your story. It can be an awkward part of the writing process but it doesn't have to be! Alex has a lot of advice and insight into the process of making your characters kiss and they won't even make you blush while telling you how!
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Episode 34: Making Characters Kiss with Alexandra Rowland
transcribed by Sara Rose (@saraeleanorrose)
K: Hey everyone! Welcome to another episode of the We Make Books podcast, a show about writing, publishing, and everything in between. I’m Kaelyn Considine and I’m the acquisitions editor for Parvus Press.
R: And I’m Rekka. I write science fiction and fantasy as R.J. Theodore.
K: And, uh, this episode is a throwback. It’s a throwback so far that it predates our podcast!
R: Yes! [laughs] Many of you may know that I previously hosted, or co-hosted and then solo-hosted, a podcast called Hybrid Author. I lost my co-host and it wasn’t really fun doing it by myself, so when Kaelyn made herself available to become a co-host on an entirely new podcast, I was all too eager to jump ship. But there were some good tidbits on that podcast, including a couple of interviews that, now that we’ve needed to come up with some additional back-up episodes, for whatever’s going on in my health and treatment and everything like that—
K: Rekka’s recovering and just to make sure that everyone’s healthy and—
R: That we have options, you know.
K: —not straining themselves, we thought this would be a great episode to put out there. So Alex Rowland is a published author of two books, right now, called A Conspiracy of Truths and A Choir of Lies, and they came on this podcast to discuss writing romance with Rekka.
R: Yes! Well, not this podcast, as we’ve already mentioned.
K: Oh, yeah. Sorry.
R: But, yes, Conspiracy of Truths was out when Alex recorded this. This was actually recorded on February 5th, 2019. So that’s where this falls in the whole realm of time. And A Choir of Lies, as I was speaking to Alex, had just had its cover reveal that morning on Barnes and Noble’s website. So that’s where we were in time, was February 5th, 2019. But it was a good conversation with Alex. One of the things I realized is that we call this a podcast abo