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119 - Bringing the Past to the Present: Historical Romance for the Modern Reader

Updated: Feb 11, 2023



Way back in October of 2022, I (Kelsey) was fortunate enough to moderate a panel discussion at the Historical Romance Retreat in San Diego, CA. This discussion features authors Jennifer Ashley, Jade Lee, and Amalie Howard. We spoke about how writing romance has changed through the decades. Books that featured heroes/heroines outside tradition became best sellers, allowing authors to draw inspiration and create the more dynamic books we enjoy today. There is also discussion on how the publishing industry, the gift that is Shonda Rhimes, and how we can still enjoy common tropes featuring characters that are more representative of our world.


This episode was filmed and recorded from an iPhone and is presented unedited (but mastered). Both the audio and video versions can be enjoyed below! Subtitles in lieu of a transcript can be turned on via YouTube.


Thank you so much to Jennifer Ashley, Amalie Howard, and Jade Lee! To find out more about them or purchase any of their books, please check out their respective websites:


Want to listen to a certain segment? Here is our outline this week:

0:00 - 02:38 Intro

02:38 -1:30:41: Panel






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