Name: Heather Rose Jones
“From” is such a complicated question! I live in California in the San Francisco Bay Area (but not in SF itself).
Why this topic for a podcast?
For several years now I’ve being doing the Lesbian Historic Motif Project as a blog and I was casting about for ways to bring the content to other audiences. I also wanted a chance to bring some of the historic texts to life more. People don’t necessarily find the time to read long text excerpts in a blog, but doing readings in an audio format felt like it might work better.
If someone is new to your podcast, how would you describe it?
I tell stories about women in history and literature who might be lesbians if they lived today.
What kind of person will enjoy your podcast most?
I hope everyone will enjoy it! But it would appeal to people who are interested in people, places, and times different from their own. People who who enjoy having their minds expanded and their myths exploded.
What is the biggest reward of being a podcaster?
Hard to tell at this point. I’ve only had a couple of episodes go live so far and haven’t really gotten any feedback on their reception yet. So the rewards are all internal currently. Mostly a chance to play around with different formats.
What is the biggest challenge of being a podcaster?
My biggest challenge is working up to a balance between a pre-written script and simply talking spontaneously about my subject. I think you can still hear the seams beween the two modes in my current episodes.
What would listeners find most interesting/surprising/unique about you?
Probably something different than what I’d predict! (And the answers for interesting, surprising, and unique are all different.) I have some very broad interests and I’ve done a lot of odd hands-on projects relating to my historical interests. From a writing point of view, people might be most surprised to learn that my first published book was Baby Names for Dummies (under the pen name Margaret Rose).