Feb 26, 2021 • 30M

Episode 252 How to Write a Post-Covid Romance with Alisha Rai

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Alisha Rai writes fun, joyful contemporary romances about smart, mature people who still struggle to find love. And by mature, we don’t mean old—I mean, these characters make good choices and try to understand themselves and other people, but it’s still not easy.

We talk about those character choices, but before we dig in, we discuss Alisha’s decision to set her current book, First Comes Like, in a post-Covid world with special attention to what it’s going to be like as we emerge from a period of loneliness and loss—and still write a funny, entertaining, diverting romance.


KJ: First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Sarina: Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry

Alisha: Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Find Alisha:

On Twitter: @AlishaRai

On Instagram: @AlishaRaiWrites

On TikTok: @TheRealAlishaRai

Wish you had someone to discuss settings and characters and possible post-Covid worlds with as you work on your current project? Or do you wish you could be that sounding board for other writers? Our sponsor, Author Accelerator, can help you find a book coach or become one. Find out more at authoraccelerator.com and bookcoaches.com/amwriting.