Episode 13: Rheea Mukherjee

May 1, 2019

This week we’re joined by an author from the other side of the world: Rheea Mukherjee dials in from Bangalore to chat with Kristen and Layne about her debut novel The Body Myth, crafting complicated love stories, and women who don’t behave the way they’re “supposed” to (our favorite kind!).

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Episode 12: Rachel Howzell Hall

April 17, 2019

Kristen chats with Rachel Howzell Hall about her new novel They All Fall Down (which features not just one but SEVEN unlikeable characters!), why unlikeability is in the eye of the beholder, and what it’s like to write unlikeable female characters as a woman of color.

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Episode 11: Mediocre White Men

April 3, 2019

Kristen, Layne, and Wendy take a short break from discussing unlikeable female characters to take on some unlikeable real-life men in the publishing industry. Where’s the line between having mediocre white man confidence and just being a dick? Unclear, but these dudes have definitely crossed it.

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Episode 10: Amina Akhtar

March 20, 2019

Wendy interviews #FashionVictim author Amina Akhtar (live and in person at the Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles!) about celebrity sightings, how many calories serial killing burns, and meeting a shaman named Britney. Also: we’re giving away copies of Amina’s novel to 3 lucky listeners! Visit the podcast Twitter for info about how to enter.

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Episode 9: Mindy McGinnis

March 6, 2019

This week we chat with prolific and badass YA writer Mindy McGinnis (author of The Female of the Species, This Darkness Mine, Heroine, and many more) about being an unlikeable female character in small-town Ohio, writing realistically flawed teenage girls, and why you better watch out for band geeks.

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Episode 8: Oscar Movies

February 20, 2019

Just in time for the Oscars, Kristen and Layne chat about some of their favorite awards-season movies featuring unlikeable female characters, including The WifeCan You Ever Forgive Me?, WidowsMary Queen of Scots, and (of course) The Favourite.

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Episode 7: Megan Collins

February 2, 2019

This week on Unlikeable Female Characters, Layne interviews Megan Collins (author of The Winter Sister, out now from Atria Books!) about poetic prose, badass women of mythology, and the Margaret Atwood-related heist they may or may not be plotting together.

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Episode 6: Pitch Wars

January 23, 2019

It’s a Pitch Wars interview extravaganza! This week, we celebrate the amazing mentoring program that brought us all together. We’re joined by Pitch Wars Managing Director Kellye Garrett as well as our mentees Halley Sutton, Nigar Alam, and Wanda Morris. Get a sneak preview of their manuscripts (all of which happen to feature unlikeable female characters!) before the Pitch Wars Agent Showcase starts on February 6th.

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Episode 5: Gone Girl

January 9, 2019

Whether you love her, hate her, or love to hate her, there’s no doubt Amy Elliott Dunne is one of the greatest unlikeable female protagonists of all time. This week on the podcast Kristen, Layne, and Wendy do a deep dive into this fascinating and infuriating character. Are you #TeamAmy?

Also, don’t forget to check out the new Unlikeable Female Characters Book Club (started by our listener Laura Roberts) on Facebook or Goodreads!

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Episode 4: Amy Gentry

December 26, 2018

Merry belated Christmas, bitches! Our gift to you: an interview with Amy Gentry, badass feminist author of Good As Gone and the new revenge thriller Last Woman Standing. We talk about #MeToo, man-hating, and why murder makes everything better.

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