Research For Middle Grade Historicals & Incubation as Inspiration with Anne O’Brien Carelli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91vWBcdBlPk Today’s guest on the podcast is Anne O’Brien Carelli author of Skylark and Wallcreeper, a middle grade story that alternates between Brooklyn in 2012 and the German-occupied town of Brume in 1944. Anne joined me today to talk about writing for children, and the amount of research required to write historical fiction – no … Continue reading Research For Middle Grade Historicals & Incubation as Inspiration with Anne O’Brien Carelli

Unlikeable Female Characters

It's the new buzzword, unlikeable female character... funny how that came right on the heels of strong female characters, huh? I was recently a guest on the podcast Unlikeable Female Characters, with all my thoughts. Thanks to hosts Kristen Lepionka, Layne Fargo, and Wendy Heard for the great conversation! https://open.spotify.com/episode/3yhBPOhbwFwEvf9HNOpaZs

Writing While Managing Anxiety, Depression & Chronic Pain With SickBiz Founder Hilary Jastram

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrvEDz3OymY Today’s guest on the podcast is Hilary L. Jastram owner of J. Hill Marketing, specializing in copywriting and book editing for entrepreneurs. She is an author and contributor to multiple media as well as the founder of Sick Biz, a non-profit supporting sick and disabled entrepreneurs. Hilary also hosts the podcast Sick Biz Buzz. … Continue reading Writing While Managing Anxiety, Depression & Chronic Pain With SickBiz Founder Hilary Jastram

The Enduring Qualities of Myth & Publishing Without An Agent With Elizabeth Tammi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsnSoRtV0kI&lc=z23uitqrpkzbcpfwb04t1aokg45gfeyj5ptmnb3le5bcbk0h00410 Today's guest on the podcast is Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind which released from Flux  in 2018, and the forthcoming The Weight of a Soul, coming in December of 2019. Elizabeth studies creative writing and journalism at Mercer University, where she works for her college’s newspaper and literary magazine. Elizabeth joined me … Continue reading The Enduring Qualities of Myth & Publishing Without An Agent With Elizabeth Tammi

Writing From A Place of Pain & How Process Can Change For Each Project With Anica Mrose Rissi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-erBnDjoW0 Posting the newest episode of the podcast early for everyone who is stuck indoors this weekend! Today’s guest is Anica Mrose Rissi the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture books Watch Out for Wolf! and The Teacher’s Pet, as well as a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, … Continue reading Writing From A Place of Pain & How Process Can Change For Each Project With Anica Mrose Rissi

Poetry, Typewriters & How A Slower Process Can Boost Your Creativity with Sean Petrie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx0tnQ66EMA Welcome back to the guest format of the podcast! I hope you enjoy my new lineup for 2019. Today's guest is Sean Petrie, a founding member of the poetry group Typewriter Rodeo and co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: Real People, Real Stories, Custom Poems (Andrews McMeel Universal 2018). He has six short children's books coming out in … Continue reading Poetry, Typewriters & How A Slower Process Can Boost Your Creativity with Sean Petrie

10 Writer’s Resolutions for 2019 & 10 Things NOT To Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vB-2s1-uLo Regular readers know that it took me ten years to find an agent, and another six months after signing with her to land a book deal. During that time, every New Year's Eve I'd stare down into my drink and resolve that this year I was going to get published. That is not a good resolution. … Continue reading 10 Writer’s Resolutions for 2019 & 10 Things NOT To Do

When To Walk Away From Your Manuscript & When To Hire A Professional Editor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wF1S-QhJus Lots of questions coming at me in the past few weeks, most of them from Facebook. I’ll start with Jessica who asked for tips for motivation to keep writing if you’re feeling very stuck. Good question. Here’s the thing – writing is hard. It sounds like you already knew that, but I think it … Continue reading When To Walk Away From Your Manuscript & When To Hire A Professional Editor

Inspiration & Making the Leap From Fan-Fiction

The newest episode of the podcast is up! Listen below, or scroll for the transcript. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA0G1r06svI Inspiration is a bear. It’s either falling from the sky, a lightning bolt to the head that brings about a divine delivery of characters, world-building, plot and voice in a single moment. That does happen, but it’s rare. Most … Continue reading Inspiration & Making the Leap From Fan-Fiction

Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel … Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write