This week we welcome special guest Dave Thomas (no, not that Dave Thomas), a writer of literary fiction–and founding editor of Lockjaw Magazine–who, with his wife, has recently taken a turn toward writing romance novels. Dave felt that the romance novels we’d read in the past were all pretty terrible, and wanted us to read a good one. So his book pick was by Julia Quinn, whose Regency-era novels are praised for their humor and for featuring strong, complex female characters. The specific book we read is called The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, and it’s the fourth in a series about the Smith-Smythe family (though each book is also meant to stand alone).
We talk with Dave about what separates a good romance novel from a bad one, and why he and his wife decided to write their own. You can find their books under the author name Josephine Banks.
We also talk to Dave about being an expat in Australia, how living there compares to living in the U.S., whether he eats a bloomin’ onion every day–or only every other day–and how many practice-hours it takes to become an expert at the didgeridoo.
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