Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Rhythm and Romance with Ashley M. Coleman

Ashley interviewed Ashley M. Coleman about her debut novel, GOOD MORNING, LOVE. In the interview, Ashley asked about world building in the music industry, writing a meaningful boss who is a Black woman, developing characters with dreams and insecurities, writing Black men who are vulnerable and evolving, and her platform for BIPOC writers, Permission to …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Reflecting Colonialism in Horror: A Discussion of Poscolonial Gothic and The Hacienda with Dr. Isabel Cañas

Mariquita talks with Isabel Cañas about her debut novel, The Hacienda, a terrifying and thrilling Postcolonial Gothic set in 1820s Mexico. They also touch on what makes a strong female protagonist, the legacy of colonialism on generations of indigenous people, the enduring role religion and the caste system have in oppression, and just how all …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Lip Service, Objectivity, and Criticism with Tajja Isen

Tayler sits down with Tajja Isen to talk about her new essay collection, as well as her thoughts on objectivity, culture, and social justice. Tajja Isen is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the author of the essay collection Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service. Books mentioned: Body Work by Melissa Febos …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

What We Inherit From Family with LaToya Watkins

Ashley interviewed LaToya Watkins, author of her debut novel PERISH to be released August 2022. The conversation includes LaToya deciding character names, the importance of saying their names, writing and researching Texas where she is from, and bringing her debut from mind to the page. This was LaToya’s first interview for PERISH.  Book content warning: …

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Blog, Book Reviews

She’s Unlikeable: And Other Lies That Bring Women Down: A Book Review

I was part of the wave in 2020 that binged Indian Matchmaking on Netflix during quarantine. I’m not sure what made me watch except that learning more about matchmaking seemed very fascinating to me. She’s Unlikeable Aparna Shewakramani was someone I was instantly annoyed with. No one was good enough for her. She was too picky. …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Labyrinth of Lineage and Education with Kimberley Baker Guillemet

In this episode Ashley interviews Kimberley Baker Guillemet about her memoir, Black Prep: Life Lessons of a Perpetual Outsider. In the interview, Ashley and Kimberley discuss family lineage, writing about childhood, being a Black girl receiving an outstanding education, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination.  Books mentioned: Black Prep: Life Lessons of a …

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