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Neurodiversified: New Representation In Romance Novels

An illustration of a young woman with light brown skin and dark brown, curly hair lying on her stomach on a light purple sheet. She's wearing pink socks on her feet, which are crossed at the ankles behind her, and she's reading a book with a purple cover. there are two other books on the sheet next to her. There are two speech bubbles containing hearts around her face, and the word "Neurodiversified" is in the upper-right corner.
Charnel Hunter
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Anita's idea of relaxation often involves a good book. She's begun exploring the vast world of romance novels and was surprised to learn how much more diverse the genre has become since the days when Fabio was the only inspiration for sexy book covers. Three neurodivergent authors tell her about writing the characters they longed for as readers and making space for new takes on the "happy ending."

Meet the guests:

  • E.S. Yu, author of the paranormal romance “Human Enough” talks about the way indie publishing has welcomed her as a reader and writer
  • Ceillie Simkiss, author of two romance novella series, including "Learning Curves" shares her favorite romance tropes to upend in her writing
  • Emery Lee, author of "Meet Cute Diary" talks about the art of writing neurodiverse characters in young adult books

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Kaia Findlay is a producer for Embodied, WUNC's weekly, live talk show on health, sex and relationships. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Audrey Smith is a writer, educator, and temporary producer of "Embodied" based in Greensboro, NC. She holds a Master's degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Oregon State University (2021).
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.