Do you enjoy romance literature, sex toys, and good tropes?

If the answer is YES, you are going to love this episode!

Today on the show, Lauren welcomes debut author, Thien-Kim Lam to chat about all things diversity in writing, sex toys, and the importance of own voices.

Thien-Kim had been writing for years. However, it wasn’t until May of 2021 when she published her first book Happy Endings, a romance story of an interracial couple with unfinished business. 

In today’s episode, Lauren and Thien-Kim discuss the process of getting our guest’s book out into the world as well as her journey from professional writer to debut author, her take on romance tropes, what the term own voices mean, her experience with Avon open call, her sex toy business, and more.

Connect with Thien-Kim Lam:
Website –
Instagram – @bawdybookworms
Twitter – @bawdybookworms
Facebook Group – Bawdy Bookworms Insiders

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Resources mentioned in this episode:
-Make marketing yourself as a writer easy, go to to learn how.
Romance Writers of America.
Avon Books.
Bawdy Quickie subscription box.

Book recommendation of the week:
– Find all books from Elia Winters, Adriana Herrera, and Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters, HERE!

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About Thien-Kim Lam:

Thien-Kim Lam writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. A recovering Type-Asian, she guzzles cà phê sữa đá, makes art, and bakes her feelings to stay sane. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on NPR, BBC America, and NBC.