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EPISODE 245E Spider-man is one of my favorite superheroes -- a regular guy with an unexpected and ginormous change in his life tries to figure out how to make the best of it. He's a good guy, although not perfect. He makes mistakes but mostly he's trying to figure out how to use his gifts in the best way, how to help other people, and he's also inc…
 
EPISODE 244I Today's guest is Dr Debra Holland, award-winning romance author as well as psychotherapist and grief counselor. Dr Debra taught an online class for our Romance Writers of America chapter once called "Understanding Men." It was so helpful, I've never forgotten it -- and I asked if we could talk about it on the show. With humor and insig…
 
EPISODE 243E HAPPY EASTER!! This month's Encouraging Words episode focuses on taking time to find renewal in your life and in your writing. It's important to take time to pause and think about whether we're still headed in the direction we meant to go. Things have changed a lot for everyone this past year. Is there anything we need to do to smooth …
 
EPISODE 242I Today's guest is best-selling and award-winning author Irene Hannon. We're talking about the latest book in her Hope Harbor series, Blackberry Beach, which releases April 6, 2021, with more books in the series coming. Irene shares about standing at the fork in the road when she had to decide between pursuing psychology and something in…
 
EPISODE 241I Today's guest is Ricardo Fayet, one of the founders of Reedsy, a one-stop shop for writers. At Reedsy, authors can find editors, book cover designers, marketers and more to help with the business of publishing a great book. Writers can also use the Reedsy Book Editor, and learn a ton from the blog, Reedsy Live (live webinars), and Reed…
 
EPISODE 240I Today's guest is author and literary agent, Cynthia Ruchti. Her newest book, Facing the Dawn, has just come out with Revell. With over 30 years' experience on radio, Cynthia learned to write for the ear, how a passage sounds, and that experience shines through in her novels. She encourages listeners to think about how very many ways th…
 
EPISODE 239I Today's guest is Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of the brand new Dreams Rekindled, book two in the Mesquite Springs series. Amanda has strong feelings about goal, motivation, and conflict (GMC) and choosing the internal and external conflict of her main characters. Don't like to think of all the ways you can make your hero's life wor…
 
EPISODE 238E Not only should we "give it up for our writing" as in applaud and cheer, but sometimes we need to make choices about what we're going to give up in order to get more writing done. What are you willing to spend a little less time on in order to move your writing business another step forward? I gave up TV 6 days a week for Lent, and wow…
 
EPISODE 237I Today's guest is the wonderful Lisa Cron sharing with us about her new book, Story or Die: How to Use Brain Science to Engage, Persuade, and Change Minds in Business and in Life. While Lisa's previous books, Wired For Story and Story Genius, were aimed more at writers, Story or Die is for everyone who is trying to understand someone el…
 
EPISODE 236I Today's guest is John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting music fame. In addition to writing and performing music, John is also an inspirational speaker. John shares with us how he views art and creativity, how he gets out of a funk, and the importance of doing things you love. He encourages us to find new creative challenges in addition to …
 
EPISODE 235I Today's guest is Jill Cruz, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and the founder of Work with Your Nature Weight Loss. I asked Jill to help us understand how we can be more creative in our work and keep up our good health even though most of us sit in front of a computer all day. She explained what some call the five pillars of healt…
 
EPISODE 234I Today's guest is Jennifer Deibel, whose debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, just came out! Jennifer tells us about life as a debut author, and how she started writing. She lived in Ireland at the time, and felt she'd finally found her heart there. That made her want to write about Ireland in a real way, not how it's portrayed in some movi…
 
EPISODE 233I Since it's barely past the beginning of the year, I figure some people are having challenges in getting back into their writing on a regular basis. I know I've had some challenges trying to get my head out of vacation mode! So I came up with some ideas that might help you. I took my own advice and got a little more writing done this we…
 
EPISODE 232 Today's guest is Patricia Bradley, romantic suspense author of the brand new book, Obsession. This is book two in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Patricia shares lots of information about the Natchez Trace area, the kind of law enforcement in the U.S. National Parks, and how she came up with ideas for where the bad guys can bury …
 
EPISODE 231I Welcome to season one of 2021! We'll now produce ten episodes every quarter, plus the monthly Encouraging Words episode. With the extra time, we're able to make some improvements to the show -- including a full transcript for each episode. Enjoy! Today's guest is Ben Hughes, Business Development Manager at IngramSpark. Ben has a long h…
 
EPISODE 230E Today's short episode is packed with encouragement for your new year! Taken directly from the fabulous T-shirt I received when I attended Mirasee's Teach Your Gift conference last month: Dream Big! Don't Give Up! Reach Beyond Your Comfort Zone! Teach Your Gift! This January, more than ever, is a great time to rethink what you're doing …
 
EPISODE 229I Today's guest is story coach Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story and Story Genius, returning to the show to talk about editing your first draft and why NaNoWriMo is not the best way to write your story. Lisa is known for approaching story through brain science, helping writers craft stories that will impact readers. Her new book comes…
 
EPISODE 228I Today's guest is Ally Machate, professional editor, expert publishing consultant, and founder of The Writer's Ally. Ally shares the steps on what to do after you finish the first draft. First -- put it away! Don't look at it for at least a week. Then you can come back to it with fresh eyes. Next, read it all the way through and make no…
 
EPISODE 227I Today's guest is agent Julie Gwinn from The Seymour Agency. With a decade in publishing and another two in marketing, she has a great perspective on what moves an author's career forward. Julie gives us lots of great advice about how to get from the end of a first draft to a published book. We talk about how to create your best chances…
 
EPISODE 226I In the second of five episodes all about editing, debut author Elysia Whisler and her agent Sara Megibow join us to discuss all of the aspects of editing from the author to the agent to the editor at the publishing house. Elysia tells us about her writing journey, and how Rescue You became her first published novel (although it's not t…
 
EPISODE 225E In our final Encouraging Words episode of the year, we talk about making a list of everything that has gone right this year, all the positives. Set a timer for two minutes and see how many things you can list! This is also a great time of year to not only make a list of what went well, but also to journal about your dreams (things you …
 
EPISODE 224I Today's guest is Jennie Nash, founder and CEO of Author Accelerator. Her book coaching clients have landed six-figure book deals with Big 5 publishing houses, so I asked her to come share with us her best tips for editing your book. This is the first of five episodes this month all on this one topic! Jennie starts with explaining the k…
 
EPISODE 223I Today's guest is screenwriter Hilary Galanoy, co-writer with Elizabeth Hackett of the Netflix romantic comedies Love, Guaranteed and Falling Inn Love. (Note: You MUST watch the Disclaimer at the end of Love, Guaranteed - it's hysterical!) Hilary shares with us how she and her partner and friend work together to write their screenplays,…
 
EPISODE 222I Today's guest is Bryn Donovan, author of paranormal romance as well as books for writers, whose new book just released on Tuesday. Blank Page to Final Draft will take you through the process of writing a book from the very beginning to the point of having a publishable manuscript. Our discussion is chock full of helpful advice from an …
 
EPISODE 221I Our guest today is award-winning author Teri Wilson, whose latest book, Christmas Charms, came out last month with Hallmark Publishing. After sharing her story of how she started, Teri jumps into all things writing. We talk about how she came up with many of her ideas, the pros and cons of writing first person versus third person point…
 
EPISODE 220I Today's guest is award-winning and bestselling author, Davis Bunn. His newest book, Burden of Proof, just released this week and it is awesome! Davis talks to us today about a lot of things - how his career has evolved over the years, how his two writing names (Davis Bunn and Thomas Locke) may become joined together because of his work…
 
EPISODE 219E It's always a good time to think about unity - feeling a sense of connection with others. In this Encouraging Words episode, I talk about finding a sense of unity with other writers and people in general. If we focus on our similarities, we can keep our differences from wrenching us apart. I hope this episode encourages you this week!…
 
EPISODE 218I Susan May Warren is back with us today to show us her new 2021 My Brilliant Writing Planner! This is my favorite planner! And this year you have four styles (and price points) to choose from. Susie May and I also talk about all kinds of time and energy management tips from our own experience and our years of teaching on that topic for …
 
EPISODE 217I This week's guest is Rachelle Dekker, author of the new suspense book, Nine. In addition to talking about writing and the writing life, you can hear me rave about how much I loved this book! We had such a great time talking about writing, what we learn through the process, and what themes you find yourself writing again and again. For …
 
EPISODE 216I Today's guest is Bryan Litfin, author of the brand new novel, The Conqueror, an action adventure story set in the time of Constantine in the third century. When Bryan wrote that he wants to write books with the action and adventure of the Indiana Jones movies, I was hooked - I had to interview him. What follows is a fun and informative…
 
EPISODE 215E In this month's Encouraging Words episode, I talk about the idea of before and after photos in any area of our life. We see them all the time selling things like diet plans, gym memberships, and personal trainers. But can we use our imaginations to see our before and after photos for today's challenges? What will I look like in a month…
 
EPISODE 214I Today's guest is bestselling author Rachel Hauck. Her newest book, To Love a Prince, came out in August and is book one in her new True Blue Royal series. Rachel has 30+ books out, and has taught dozens of writers how to improve their craft. From this perspective, we talk about worldbuilding in stories, whether contemporary or historic…
 
EPISODE 213I Today's guest is debut author, Amanda Cox. Her novel, The Edge of Belonging, came out in September and completely captured my heart! Amanda tells us how, while in the process of getting an editor's attention and selling her novel, she took a story told in a single timeline and changed it to become two linked stories in their own timeli…
 
EPISODE 212I Joining us today is bestselling romance author, Roxanne St. Claire. Rocki's latest book, Man's Best Friend, releases September 25, 2020, the day after this episode airs. If you like romance and fun and dogs, you'll love this book! Rocki started her career in traditional publishing, first with Pocket Books at Simon & Schuster, and then …
 
EPISODE 211I Our guest today is Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, screenwriter, author, international speaker, and forensic specialist. Her father was a medical examiner with a home office, so Jennifer grew up around death. She participated in her first fatality investigation when she was eight years old, and she's been involved in writing about crime eve…
 
EPISODE 210E Our Encouraging Words episode today is about reaching out when you need a word of encouragement. I posted on Facebook last week saying I need some encouragement and the response overwhelmed me! It made me think that we all need a reminder that there are a lot of people out there willing and ready to encourage you in whatever you're goi…
 
EPISODE 209I Today's guest is Leigh Duncan, author of Hallmark's first contemporary romance series. The first two books are already available, A Simple Wedding and A Cottage Wedding, set in the town of Heart's Landing. A Waterfront Wedding will be released in April 2021. She tells us how she got started with Hallmark Publishing - and how you can, t…
 
EPISODE 208I Today's guest is Liz Johnson, author of the brand new A Dazzle of Diamonds, final book in the Georgia Coast Romance series. Liz shares her fun story about beginning to write stories at age 7 and selling her first novel at 27. We talk about the fun of research and how to find just the right elements from a research trip to add into your…
 
EPISODE 207E After eating some of the most delicious strawberries since last summer, I got to thinking about harvests - how grateful I am for the harvest of fruit in its natural season rather than that grown off-season in a greenhouse - and about the harvests in our own lives. In order to have a harvest, you need to plant. What am I planting in my …
 
EPISODE 206I Today's guest is Quinton Litchfield, pastor of C3 Church in Malmö, Sweden, and 2-time burnout survivor. Quinton talks freely about how he hit the wall, and things we can do if we find ourselves approaching the same point. He reminds us that no one is going to thank us for working so hard that we burn out. Some periods of life require s…
 
EPISODE 205I Today's guest is Melissa Kosci, co-author of the new suspense book, A Dream Within a Dream, cowritten with Mike Nappa. Melissa tells us how she came to be cowriter of a series that already had two books in it, and what it was like to help finish telling the story. (I read book one of the Coffey & Hill series, Annabel Lee, and didn't re…
 
EPISODE 204E In this weird world we live in with a pandemic going on around us, restrictions on our movements coming and going, and too many terrible things happening and crowding the news, it can be really difficult to find balance in your life. I share my own experiences and what I've been doing to try to keep practicing living a more balanced li…
 
EPISODE 203I In today's episode, we hear from Jeremy Dronfield, author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz, and many other titles. Jeremy tells us how he got involved with writing this story, the research he did, how he had to work to convince the survivors to trust him with their story, and the path to publishing the book - twice. Al…
 
EPISODE 202I Today's guest is Susie Finkbeiner, author of the new novel, Stories That Bind Us. We have an interesting discussion on when writing can be a healthy escape for us, and when it's an avoidance tactic keeping us from dealing with our own issues. Writing is a great way to process life, and we want to help our readers do the same. Susie tal…
 
EPISODE 201E I read this amazing book last year called The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben about how trees that are connected to each other can help and protect each other through their connections, and how a single tree off by itself doesn't have the same protections. There are so many hidden things happening in people, too. We can have a …
 
EPISODE 200!! Today’s guest is the wonderful Joanna Penn, author, podcaster, speaker, and all-around lovely lady! When I asked myself who, in my wildest happy dreams, I would like to be a guest on my 200th episode, Joanna was my first thought. And lucky me, she said yes! :-D I asked Joanna to start by taking us on a quick tour of her journey, how s…
 
EPISODE 199I Today's guest is first-time author, Sue Reynolds. In her debut book, The Athlete Inside, Sue tells how at age 60 she lost 200 pounds and began her journey toward finishing sixth at the World Triathlon Championship. She tells us how one day her "why" changed - that she stopped thinking about her weight in terms of others' expectations o…
 
EPISODE 198 Today's guest is the multi-bestselling humorous women's fiction author, Kristan Higgins. Her newest book, Always the Last to Know, releases on June 9, 2020. Kristan's books tend to be funny and heart-warming, with gut-wrenching difficulties, laugh-out-loud moments, and immensely satisfactory endings. Interviewing her was a very similar …
 
EPISODE 197I Today’s guest is the lovely DiAnn Mills, bestselling author of the brand new romantic suspense novel, Airborne. The story of that novel coming out now is one of several great ones DiAnn tells during the interview. She starts with the story of how her husband challenged her to stop saying she was going to write a book some day and just …
 
EPISODE 196 Our guest today is Bethany Turner, author of the hilarious new Hadley Beckett's Next Dish. If you like romantic comedies, or if you love celebrity chefs and their cooking shows, you'll love this book! Bethany and I talk a lot and laugh a lot, but there's a lot of little things to pick up and consider for your own writing. For instance, …
 
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