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Writing Alchemy Episode 12 Summary

In this romance-themed interlude episode, Yolanda Wallace reads from her contemporary lesbian romance 21 Questions, in which Kenya Davis meets bartender Simone Bailey for the first time. Then we delve into themes, representation, and inspiration in Yolanda’s writing.

21 Questions: Kenya Davis’s ability to find the perfect employee is unparalleled. Her ability to find the perfect mate? Not so much. After she takes a chance on speed dating, she finds herself with not one but two chances to find true love. But with her spotty romantic track record, how can she be sure which woman is Miss Right and which is only Miss Right Now?

Simone Bailey works as a bartender at one of the hottest nightclubs in South Beach, has more female attention than she knows what to do with, and spends her spare time following her musical ambitions. Then she meets Kenya Davis. After her initial attempt to charm her way into Kenya’s heart fails, she resolves to reach her ultimate destination one question at a time.

Story: 21 Questions by Mason Dixon (Yolanda Wallace)
Guest: Writer Yolanda Wallace

Photograph of a large book taken from the side so that there is a clear view down the inside of the spine. The book is open and the center two pages have had their ends curled back into the middle so that together they form the shape of a heart.

Photograph of a large book taken from the side so that there is a clear view down the inside of the spine. The book is open and the center two pages have had their ends curled back into the middle so that together they form the shape of a heart.

 

Show Notes:

Today’s story
An excerpt from 21 Questions (this excerpt is available online): https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/21-questions-by-mason-dixon-1889-b

Fay’s Links
You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
The RSS feed of this podcast is: http://writingalchemy.net/feed/podcast

Yolanda’s Links
Mason Dixon books: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/searchresults?q=mason+dixon

Yolanda Wallace books: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/searchresults?q=yolanda+wallace

Blog post on the correlation between writing and music to be released November 22: https://boldstrokesbooksauthors.wordpress.com/

Women of Color in Romance Blog: http://www.wocinromance.com/

Image Credit
From DariuszSankowski: https://pixabay.com/en/paper-romance-symbol-valentine-1100254/

Music Credits
Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Podcast announcements: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro: Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

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