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The Feminist Romantic

The Feminist Romantic podcast is hosted by Cara McKinnon, author of the Fay of Skye fantasy romance series. Cara talks about books, writing, romance, and misc pop culture/media from a feminist/sex positive/diversity encouraging point of view.

Dec 20, 2017

Although in North America, the bulk of the available holiday romances are Christmas-oriented, Cara searched for stories from other faiths and traditions to include in this episode as well. 

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Dec 6, 2017

Revising a novel is largely the same regardless of the genre, but there are some things that are specific to each. Cara specifically focuses on character and plot revision for romance.


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Nov 9, 2017

What is NaNoWriMo, and what is the point of trying to write 50,000 words in a month, exactly? Cara talks about what she thinks NaNo is all about, and why she does it, as well as her personal history of writing (winning and losing) for NaNo.

Note: there is new theme music! It's the beautiful "Gemini" by Pipe Choir. 

Oct 30, 2017

On this special Halloween episode, Cara delves into the niche genre of Horror Romance. Sometimes called Dark Paranormal, these books don't simply borrow elements that were once the sole province of horror (demons, shifters, vampires). They truly seek to terrify their readers, as well as providing a satisfying romance...

Oct 12, 2017

What makes a romance series? For the most part, the word "series" in romance means something different than it does in any other genre. In this episode of the Feminist Romantic, Cara McKinnon explores the traditional romance series and contrasts that with a few examples of series that follow other genre models but still...