BT031. Sandra Antonelli: Silver foxes and heroines over 40

BT031. Sandra Antonelli: Silver foxes and heroines over 40

Guest: Sandra Antonelli | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 21/08/2016 RWAus

Australian author Sandra Antonelli has always been an advocate for older protagonists in romance fiction. So when I had a chance to chat with her at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference last year, it was the perfect opportunity to explore the idea of older heroes and heroines — why are they so hard to find in romance, and what sorts of biases do we have when we think of characters over 40 in romance? If you’re a reader looking for these kinds of books, Sandra also recommends some communities, books and authors that you might enjoy.

I tweeted last week that we might have to go back to monthly podcasts because Rudi and I have been unbelievably busy these past couple of months. But I think we’ve caught up, and we’ll be staying on a fortnightly schedule for the foreseeable future. We just finished recording a wrap-up of the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Convention, which segues into a bunch of other topics. You know what it’s like when we’re in a studio together! :)


Sandra Antonelli — Author of contemporary romance featuring older heroines and heroes:


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