On this very special Unlikeable Female Characters, Kristen, Layne, and Wendy say goodbye (for now) with a look back at their favorite episodes and what they’ve learned in four years of being professional bitches on the internet.
Episode 99: Treacherous Times with Wanda M. Morris
Wendy welcomes Wanda M. Morris to discuss her new historical thriller ANYWHERE YOU RUN, what it takes to make the past come alive on the page, and finding joy and hope in dark books (and darker times).
Episode 98: No Body, No Crime with Kelly J. Ford
Kristen is joined by author Kelly J. Ford to discuss her new Southern noir novel REAL BAD THINGS, the maddeningly minefield of apologizing as a woman, and why we’re in a golden age for writing weird queer shit.
Episode 97: Reaching the Boiling Point with Cou...
Layne welcomes Courtney Summers to the show for a chat about her harrowing new novel I’M THE GIRL, the significance of writing about girls who are super gay for each other, and how to hype yourself (and your work) without apology.
Episode 96: From Sex Cults to Rom Coms with Ash...
Layne talks with Ashley Winstead about her absolutely badass new novel THE LAST HOUSEWIFE, the problem of female pleasure under the patriarchy, and how she stays sane by toggling between thrillers and romantic comedies.
Episode 95: Rage & Rule Breaking with Gwendolyn...
Layne’s celebrating spooky season early with feminist horror author Gwendolyn Kiste! Tune in for their chat about Gwendolyn’s feminist as hell DRACULA meets JANE EYRE mashup RELUCTANT IMMORTALS, why women are so good at controlling our murderous urges, and what makes horror the ideal genre for rule-breaking, rage-fueled fiction.
Episode 94: Red Flags & Future Selves with Sara...
Layne interviews Sarah Zachrich Jeng about her speculative feminist thriller THE OTHER ME, why selfishness is necessary to make art, and the men we should all watch out for.
Episode 93: Eat Slay Loathe with Amina Akhtar
Layne welcomes Amina Akhtar (and her celebrity pup Bean!) back to the show to talk about her new novel KISMET, the Christopher Columbusing of wellness culture, and why we’re all getting weirder.
Episode 92: Hot Goth Summer with Isabel Cañas
Layne celebrates Hot Goth Summer with Isabel Cañas, author of THE HACIENDA (remember that Hot Priest book from our summer reads episode? This is it, bitches!). Plus: how the hell Isabel completed this book while also getting her PhD, why we all love a forbidden romance, and which classic Gothic heroine drove her so batshit crazy she had to rage-write about it.
Episode 91: Stubborn as Hell with Margarita Mon...
Layne chats with author Margarita Montimore about her new novel ACTS OF VIOLET, writing stories based on your personal obsessions rather than what’s popular, and why success comes to those who stay stubborn as hell.
Episode 90: Surviving & Thriving with Tess Gerr...
Layne talks to legendary thriller author Tess Gerritsen about the unlikeable female character she just couldn’t kill off, the secret to keeping a long-running series feeling fresh, and why older women make the best spies (and serial killers).
Episode 89: A Thrill You’ll Never Forget with S...
Kristen and Layne welcome multi-talented multi-genre author Sandra SG Wong for a chat about her new suspense novel IN THE DARK WE FORGET, the challenges of crafting a main character who has no idea who she is, and what it’s really like to road trip with a thriller writer.
Episode 88: Get in Losers, We’re Screaming Abou...
Kristen and Layne recorded this feminist rant about abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade back in May, but unfortunately it’s even more relevant now.
Episode 87: Spice Girls and Sisterhood with Jun...
Kristen and Layne chat with author Juno Dawson about her new novel HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN, how to create a truly inclusive magical world, and the eternal power of the Spice Girls.
Episode 86: Queen Shit with Hannah Whitten
Layne welcomes Hannah Whitten for a chat about her new sisterhood-centric fantasy novel FOR THE THRONE, the power of being your own biggest fan, and how Adam Driver brings people together.
Episode 85: Screw the Sun, Let’s Read All Summer
Covens, creepy houses, weddings gone wrong, gay drama, disappearing acts, and plenty of men who deserve what’s coming to them—Kristen and Layne share their epic list of summer reads that’ll last you all the way until spooky season.
Episode 84: Unlikeable Until Proven Guilty
Kristen and Layne share a good scream about the disturbing public spectacle of the Depp v Heard case, how Amber Heard’s unlikeability has been used against her, and the bullshit myth of mutual abuse.
Episode 83: Power and Empowerment with Tori Eld...
Badass author (and actual ninja) Tori Eldridge returns to the show to discuss her new globe-trotting, century-spanning dark fantasy novel DANCE AMONG THE FLAMES, writing fiction that doesn’t give a damn about genre, and why power-hungry female characters can be so empowering.
Episode 82: Wuthering Heights: The Musical! wit...
This very special episode is an Unlikeable Female Characters first: a sneak peak at soon-to-be-premiered musical! Layne welcomes playwright and composer Hannah Gregory for a chat about her original folk musical based on WUTHERING HEIGHTS, classic unlikeable female character Cathy Earnshaw, and the perils of white feminism past and present.
Episode 81: Be Gay, Do Crime with Wendy Heard
Our own Wendy Heard returns to the show for a chat about her latest YA thriller DEAD END GIRLS, how to fake your own death for fun and profit, and what’s on her personal gay agenda.
Episode 80: Queen Bees and Judgmental Nerds wit...
Kristen and Layne are joined by authors Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson to chat about their new co-written YA mystery THE AGATHAS, why you should never underestimate a teenage girl, and the enduring cultural power of OG Plot Twist Queen Agatha Christie.
Episode 79: Shoulder Pads and Scandal with the ...
Layne hosts a rad roundtable with her YOUNG RICH WIDOWS co-authors Kimberly Belle, Cate Holahan, and Vanessa Lillie.
Episode 78: The Virtues of Unlikeability with T...
Kristen and Layne are joined by one of their all-time fave authors, Tara Isabella Burton, to discuss her new queer dark academia novel THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE.
Episode 77: Are Movies Bad Now?
It’s Oscar season, and Kristen and Layne are full of loathing. Join them for a bitch sesh about the nominated movies they hated, loved, or loved to hate this year.
Episode 76: Keeping It Real with Kellye Garrett
Kristen and Layne welcome THE Kellye Garrett to discuss her new domestic suspense novel LIKE A SISTER.