Friday, June 14, 2024

E132: YOUTHJUICE with E.K. Sathue


Today I have E.K. Sathue on the show to chat about her new book, YOUTHJUICE. We discuss the toxicity of beauty culture, including the wealth privilege that accompanies it. We look at various inspirations for this novel, from the historical figure of Elizabeth Bathory to social media influencers. We also chat about the gruesome body horror she leans into as a writer. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, June 7, 2024

E131: Cronelit with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Today I welcome back Sarah Wendell from the beloved Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog and podcast. We talk about CRONELIT, in other words, why books that center women of a certain age are having a moment. We also discuss books that address aging within a youth obsessed culture. 

At the time of recording, I didn't yet realize THE UNDERMINING OF TWYLA AND FRANK (by Megan Bannen) centers a widowed woman with grown children finding love with her long-time best friend in weird western zombie fantasy book. It’s glorious and definitely falls in this catagory. Stay tuned for interview with Megan Bannen on that story. 

We mention the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books "Bookfinder" at the top of the episode, so follow the link if you're interested in trying it out for yourself!

Books discussed in my episode are all in the CroneLit Bookshop link for the show, but here is a graphic for some of the titles:

Thursday, May 23, 2024

E130: THE LAMPLIGHTER with Crystal J. Bell

NEW EPISODE! Today I have Crystal J. Bell on to chat about her YA Gothic novel, THE LAMPLIGHTER, about a young woman in a coastal village where sinister things lurk in the woods, the fog, the ships, and the people of the town. It’s a book that revels in gothic atmosphere while centering new story elements. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

E129: THE HONEY WITCH with Sydney Shields


Today I have debut author, Sydney Shields, and I’m releasing this episode early because she was such a delight and her book, ⁠THE HONEY WITCH⁠, hit every note that many of us need right now. I simply couldn’t wait to share this conversation with all of you. We chat about aging, wisdom, feminism, body autonomy, tattoos, and bees. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

E128: Katherine Arden and THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS

Today I have Katherine Arden on the show to discuss THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS, her lastest book that explores historical horror set during World War I. We discuss ghosts and memory, common ground with fantasy and horror, and her thoughts on the early 20th century and steampunk. 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

E127: Gwendolyn Kiste and THE HAUNTING OF VELKWOOD

Today, Gwendolyn Kiste returns to the show to discuss ⁠THE HAUNTING OF VELKWOOD⁠, her lastest book about childhood friends that return to their haunted neighborhood decades after escaping it. We discuss the brutality of youth, the gothic and stasis, as well as horror through the lens of older women.

The following are trailers to both movies discussed on the show, RIVER'S EDGE and BAD BOYS

Thursday, April 25, 2024

E126: Nalini Singh and ARCHANGEL'S LINEAGE


Today, Nalini Singh joins me to talk about ARCHANGEL’S LINEAGE, her lastest book in her Guild Hunter series. We discuss genre merging, the immortal appeal of angels as characters, her writing schedule, and what’s next in her Psy-Changeling series. 

The following are links include a preorder link for PRIMAL MIRROR, as well as the thrillers we discussed in the episode.