Season 1: Episode 11

A Drink with Alyssa Cole

May 17, 2018

Today we chat with Alyssa Cole, award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her latest series, Reluctant Royals, starts with A Princess in Theory -- which we totally use this chance to gush about the book with the author! ...Excuse Kate & Tasha while they fangirl.

This week, we discuss:

  • Writing historical romance in a period "no one wants to read about"
  • Bringing those mundane, frustrating experiences into fiction
  • Serendipitous timing - publishing in the time of Black Panther and Meghan Markle's wedding
  • Working with the publisher on cover design and dress designer AdornedbyNicole (Etsy)
  • Anxiety and writing, and the pressure of having readers looking forward to your next book
  • Living up to the opportunity of traditional publishing when you're a woman of color
  • Thinking about all those heavy things you don't put on the page as a writer and a human being
  • Choosing writing projects based on what's great for your mental health
  • Mechanisms for coping with anxiety so you can write

You can find more about Alyssa Cole at or follow her on social media at @AlyssaColeLit (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). Her books, including A Princess in Theory are available wherever books are sold!