The Best Plus-Size Romance Characters to Love

Today’s interview is with Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone as we discuss their new plus-size heroine in “A Merry Little Meet Cute.”

Learn why body positivity in our characters is so important and how the romance industry is changing to feel more inclusive.

This spicy romance discussion includes what they learned from forming this new “odd couple” writing partnership and how they rose to new creative challenges.

Julie and Sierra both have also worked as librarians and share five book recommendations with curvy characters we should add to our book stacks immediately.


Julie Murphy is a librarian turned #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels for all ages including Dumplin’ (now a Netflix original film), Dear Sweet Pea, and If the Shoe Fits. Julie lives in North Texas with her spouse, who loves her; her dog, who adores her; and her cats, who tolerate her.

Sierra Simone is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling former librarian. Her notable works include Priest, American Queen, and Misadventures of a Curvy Girl, and her books have been featured in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. She lives with her spouse and family in Kansas City.

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone

The Best Plus-Size Romance Characters to Love: An Interview with Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone (Podcast)

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Mentioned in this episode:

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Vault of Ambience YouTube Channel

Samsung Frame TV (that we all own now- hahaha!)

Tazo Tea Turmeric Bliss

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Priest by Sierra Simone

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez

Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience by Rebekah Weatherpoon

Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson

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Published October 28, 2022 by:

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