Ep. 61: Feminist Romance Novelist Sarah MacLean Gives The Female Gaze Its Turn
"The journey of the romance novel isn't just about one woman finding the love of a good man. It's often about that sort of interplay of women coming to terms with who they are and how they exist in a society and finding men and often proving to men or showing men their power. Invariably the heroine of a romance novel has all the power."
New York Times bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America. Sarah talks about why romance novels are feminist -- they are by, for, and about women, and they feature women finding their power. She shares her career journey of writing her first four books as a side hustle while working full-time, the importance of finding your tribe, and how her writing has inspired women to make changes to their lives.
"There are a lot of people who judge the books and judge the work and you have to be willing to cut those people out of your life and stay focused on what you believe is the right path. That's particularly difficult when those haters should have been people who loved you. That's the hardest part: finding your tribe. But once you do, it feels like anything is possible."
What you'll learn:
"I think the disservice that we do as creators is letting the rest of the world believe that our work is magic and not work."
There's fear in eliminating toxicity because there is a safety in toxicity; if a person says you can't do it then you can't fail because anything is a success.
Sometimes the best work is the stuff you've had to restart because you have no choice but to overcome the fear of throwing it all out and starting again.
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