Episode 413: Self-Knowledge, Sex-Positivity, and Empowerment in Romance—Interview with Taylor Hahn

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Today, Lori is interviewing Taylor Hahn. They’ll be talking about her debut romance novel, The Lifestyle.

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In this episode Taylor Hahn and Lori discuss:

  • What makes a sex scene fun to read and her advice on how to write one.
  • How to make a flawed, meddlesome character likable to your readers.
  • The rise of emotional intelligence and communication in Millenial romance.

Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

About Taylor Hahn

Taylor is a second-grade teacher turned lawyer turned author. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, she joined Teach for America and taught in Brooklyn for two years before attending Fordham University School of Law. She then worked as a litigation associate at a firm in Manhattan and then LA while working on her novel in her spare time and taking fiction writing classes. The Lifestyle is her first novel. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and THE best dog in the universe.

You can find her on her website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram

The Lifestyle

The best Emma retelling since Clueless! This sexy romantic comedy follows Georgina as she dives headfirst into the NYC swingers’ scene in an attempt to save her marriage … and meddle in everyone else’s.

Georgina Wagman has it all—a great marriage, a great job at a prestigious law firm, and great friends. She’s living the life she always wanted, and everything is perfect. Until, that is, she walks in on her husband Nathan in a compromising position with a junior associate. Georgina has a moment of crisis. But divorce is not a part of the five-year plan, so she comes up with an idea to save her marriage and recapture the spark. She and Nathan are going to become swingers.

Georgina isn’t going to embark on this adventure alone, though. Her friends Felix and Norah and their respective partners decide to tag along for the ride. They’ve got relationship woes of their own that swinging just might fix. Georgina, convinced Felix and Norah belong together, is thrilled. What better place to reignite romance between two people destined to be together than a swingers’ party? Her plan is foolproof, until she runs into a college ex at the first party. When they reconnect, Georgina will find herself torn between her head and her heart, with her very happiness hanging in the balance. Full of heart and humor, The Lifestyle is a bold, hilarious new addition to the rom-com canon.

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