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Black Romance Podcast

Jun 29, 2021

Adriana Herrera, a USA Today bestselling author, joins me this episode to talk about a converging series of experiences and events that led her to write and publish romance: her experiences as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic; the dissonance she felt between her studies on Black Feminist Thought and the colonial images she read in romance; the demoralizing rhetoric about immigrants in the 2016 elections and her need to affirm the existence of immigrants; and her need to create romance novels that center diverse characters who are Black and LGBTQ. In this conversation, she and I also talk about her Dreamer series as well as her additional publications: Finding Joy, Mangoes and Mistletoe, Here to Stay, “The Duke Makes Me Feel,” and her newest release One Week to Claim it All.

Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured on The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal and The Washington Post. Her debut, American Dreamer, was selected as one of Booklist’s Best Romance Debuts of 2019, and one of the Top 10 Romances of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle. She is one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective:

Thanks to @cbddepaul and @romancewriters for sponsoring this podcast.

Creator and Producer of the Black Romance Podcast: Julie E Moody-Freeman

Sound Editor: Randall Spriggs with rsvideophoto_media. Website is

Artwork: Kyle Gabb; Marciano_arts

Adriana Herrera’s website:

One Week to Claim it All:

American Dreamer: An LGBTQ Romance:

Finding Joy:

Mangoes and Mistletoe:

Here to Stay: