Kat Mayo and Rudi Bremer are the team behind the BookThingo podcast, an Australian podcast about romance fiction. As you might imagine, I’m a fan – and I’ve known Rudi and Kat for a long time. Our conversation meanders all over the place, and we discuss:
- Podcasting, the process, and learning how to get the show done
- What podcasting and the podcasting community is like in Australia
- Kat’s recent trip to Manila and her episodes with the #RomanceClass authors
- Reading books that reflect the experience of living between two cultures
- Representing and discussing nuance in Indigenous Australian writing – and the overwhelming Whiteness of Rural Australian romance
We also take a deep dive into kinship rules in different cultures and communities, and how the concept could provide conflict and setting for an entire raft of romance novels. And of course, we have recommendations.
Stay tuned after the show for a special audiobook sample of The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, brought to you by our sponsor, Hachette Audio! Thanks, y’all!
Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:
So Many Links!
If Rudi’s name sounds familiar, it may be because she designed the most excellent romance novel shoes, which I have seen in person, and they are glorious.
We discussed Kinship systems, and how kinship works in some Aboriginal communities. Need some links?
- Common Ground.org.au has information about Kinship Systems
- The Central Land Council also has an exploration of Kinship Systems.
You might have noticed Rudi uses “blackfella,” a term particular to Aboriginal English. More about the term, and appropriate Indigenous terminology in Australia can be found on this PDF on Appropriate Terminology, Indigenous Australian Peoples.
We also mentioned a ton of podcasts:
Kat was also a guest on the podcast before: Episode 104. Another Interview with Kat Mayo.
And finally, this episode is dedicated to the memory of Orville, Feline Executive Sound Engineer Extraordinare. I’ll miss you, buddy. See you again someday.
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This Episode’s Music
Our music in each episode is provided by Sassy Outwater, who is most excellent.
Today’s podcast is sponsored by The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, and brought to life by the brilliant dual narration of Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon. If you like Penny Reid, Helen Hoang, slow-burn romances, rom-coms, or even just stories where the hero and heroine actually *like* each other (scandalous, we know), *this* is the audiobook for you.
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