I’m not a big podcast person; this is my preface. I don’t even like being read aloud to, so I’m not going to listen to a podcast just to have droning noise on in the background or something. I certainly can’t listen to podcasts while writing and listening to them on the subway can be hit or miss, depending on how noisy the subway feels like being that commute.
But I’ve found two that I really like, so figured I’d share!
The first is a podcast from the women behind the website Smart Bitches, Trashy Books called Smart Bitches, Trashy Podcast. It’s about romance novels and the romance genre and occasionally, episodes of squeeing all about Outlander. I’ve listened to the episodes featuring author interviews, because on a podcast, an interview can go as long as two hours and it’s totally awesome to hear authors like Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, Beverley Jenkins and others talk about their work, what they’re reading, their latest release, what odd bits of research they’ve picked up along the way (since all of the authors I just named write historical romance).
The other podcast I’ve really enjoyed is History Extra, which is a podcast from BBC History Extra magazine. They tend to interview historians and authors about their latest book or TV broadcast. The last one I listened to was historian Lucy Worsley talking about her new biography of Jane Austen. The other day, I listened to an older episode where Phillipa Gregory talked about writing historical fiction (I was listening to it on my walk to the bus stop and nodding along with a lot of what she had to say). The other half of that episode was an interview with a writer who researched, wrote, and released a book called Killing the Flower Moon, which is about these 1920s murders in Oklahoma of Osage tribal members, who were murdered for their inheritance of headrights–that is, mineral rights to oil-rich lands which made the Osage hella rich, but they had court-appointed white guardians to manage the money.
Also, honorable mention goes to Living the Dream with Rory O’Malley. Rory is a Broadway actor and he interviews theater people on his podcast. I’ve only listened to one episode so far, but it was a good one, touched on a lot of issues and topics and was as open and gushy as you expect theater people to be.
So, yeah. Clearly, this is my brand: romance and women’s fiction and history, with some theater thrown in.
I think I’d like to be on a podcast someday.
Do you listen to podcasts?
Also, Happy Pride weekend, NYC!