Novels Review

515. Celebrity Romance and Juicy Narratives with Elissa Sussman

Written by ibxis

Elissa Sussman joins me to talk about her book, Funny You Should Askand about:

  • Writing a horny heroine’s POV
  • Dual timelines
  • Celebrity profiles
  • Life as a celebrity and managing a fandom
  • Things that do, and do not twitch

Elissa is an extremely fluent fan of the romance genre, and we talk a lot about romance conventions we love and loathe, and what it means to subvert and rough some very familiar dynamics, characters, and tropes.

If you love celebrity profiles, the narratives that construct fame, and behind the scenes details, you’ll like this book, and you’ll probably really like this conversation. Please join us!

Thank you to Melissa Folds and Courtney Mocklow at Penguin RandomHouse for setting up this interview!

So – what’s your favorite celebrity profile? Do you follow celebrity gossip narratives? What sites are your faves? Email me – I would love to know. I personally love the FauxMoi subreddit (not the instagram feed itself). Tell me yours?


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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Elissa Sussman on her website,

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And we also mentioned Shana’s review of A Lady for a Duke.

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