Author Discussion

  • Episode 140B – Erica Schaef – WRITERS:What advice should I follow?

    Overview Being a new writer, Erica can relate to getting advice and being overwhelmed with what to follow. We discuss various advice but also what we’ve chosen to follow. Of course, we give some advice ourselves. Her Book YouTube Transcript Let’s talk a little bit of author stuff and find out about some of your […]


  • Episode 138B – Val Collins – Authors: How Not to Throw Away Words

    Overview Val has learned lessons about writing while she worked on her four books. One thing she’s learned, that we discuss in this episodes, is that it helps to plot. She likes to writie thrillers, and one of her favorite thriller writers, Lee Child, gave some advice that has stuck with Val and she changed […]


  • Episode 137B – Joanna Vander Vlugt – Authors: Perseverence

    Overview Joanna is back, and this time we discuss perseverance for writers. She discusses ideas she has used to help market her books and what it takes to keep writing through highs and lows. Her Book YouTube Transcript We are going to move on and talk to some about some other stuff. So our topic […]


  • Episode 136B – Derrick – Authors: Reluctant Author

    Overview Derrick didn’t set out to be a writer, he started as just a GM. We discuss the fun reasons people start to write and what it can lead to. His Book YouTube Transcript All right, so let’s move on. Talk a little bit of author stuff, and we have an interesting topic, which I […]


  • Episode 134B – Caroline Ailanthus – Authors: Play vs Serious

    Overview Caroline has a serious job and working on her author career is serious work. Which is in contrast to the fun writers achieve when writing. We discuss how authors can balance the two. Her Book Roland’s Website https://indestructibleauthor.com YouTube Transcript Before we get to our topic of playfulness and seriousness do you have any […]


  • Episode 133B – Rachael Biggs – Changing Self Publishing

    Overview Rachael published her first book 10 years ago and her second book is going on sale soon. In that time, self publishing has changed dramatically. We discuss those changes and the good things that have come about with self publishing. Her Book YouTube Transcript So let’s move on, talk some author stuff and before […]


  • Episode 132B – Freddy Cruz – Owning It

    Overview Freddy is back to talk about his writing process. We discuss how author’s need to be proud of their writing and to do everything they can to get it to their readers. His Book YouTube Transcript All right, so let’s move on to some author stuff. And we have an interesting topic today owning […]


  • Episode 131B – Shannon Felton – Theme

    Overview With horror, theme can be even more important than other genres and you can get a theme that you didn’t expect. Shannon has developed her own way of finding her theme, and we discuss that in this episode. Her Book YouTube Transcript Okay, so let’s move on and talk author stuff, and I think […]


  • Episode 130B – Matt Hughes – Beginnings

    Overview Matt has been a professional writer for over 40 years. One of the hardest aspects of writing is the beginning – both the beginning of the book but also starting a book. His Book YouTube Transcript Let’s move on and talk some author stuff. And we have a really good topic today. A lot […]


  • Episode 129B – Ken Macqueen – Conventions

    Overview Ken recently attended a great convention and we discuss why authors should attend conventions and conferences. There are things that an author should do before going to one and there are things you should be aware of while attending. We discuss all of this and Ken gives us some information about the police writer’s […]


  • Episode 128B – Roger Leslie – Stellar Starts and Fine-Tuned Finishes

    Overview Roger discusses a problem many authors face – starting strong but not finishing. Or not knowing how to finish. We talk about tactics that can be used to help finish your book. His Book YouTube Transcript So before we get onto our topic of discussion let me move my notes a little bit. What […]


  • Episode 127B – Diann Boehm Floyd – Keep on Writing

    Overview We have a great discussion about how to keep on writing. Many authors find it difficult to move on to the second book and Diane has some advice to help with that. Since we write for kids, we include some discussion about working with kids and getting their imaginations going to write some great […]


  • Episode 126B – David Bowles – Whiskey Marketing

    Overview David marketed throughout his career and has used that information to get his books into bookstores. Book YouTube Transcript Let’s move on and talk some author stuff for all the authors listening. So before we talk about our topic, which is going to be lessons learned in marketing what are some things you personally […]


  • Episode 125B – Steve Leshin – Developing a Series

    Overview Steve attributes the success of his series to his great character, Joshua Oates. He had the idea for the series because he had the character so well developed. We discuss how focusing on the character helped him to create the series as a whole. Book YouTube Transcript All right. So let’s talk some author […]


  • Episode 124B – Charles Degelman – Being a Professor for Young Writers

    Overview Charles is a professor and works with young adults on writing. We have a great discussion about helping the next generation learn to write and what is important in that process. This isn’t just about learning to spell or diagram a sentence. We discuss exercises and learning about editing. His Book YouTube Transcript So […]


  • Episode 123B – Lisa Solod – Time Constraints

    Overview Lisa is back and talking about time constraints. As a mother, she had limited time to write because of all her other duties and responsibilities. Even if you aren’t a writer, we all face time constraints and it affects how much time we can write. Book YouTube Transcript so let’s talk some author stuff. […]


  • Episode 122B – Randi-Lee Bowslaugh – Burn Out

    Overview Randi-Lee is back talking about mental health and authors. Too many authors suffer from getting burnt out, which can be a different problem that is manifested in burn out. In her book, Embracing Me, Randi-Lee discusses how we can lead a happier life, and these lessons are applied to authors to avoid times when […]


  • Episode 121B – Kristina Rienzi – Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

    Overview Kristina has written both fiction and non-fiction. This is more than most authors, so we have a great discussion on what it’s like to write both – how they’re different and what to expect. YouTube Transcript Let’s do some author talk. So before we get onto our topic You’ve been writing for a while […]


  • Episode 119B – Emily Wolf – Current Events in Writing

    Overview Emily included a legal abortion in her story that she wrote several years ago. Little did she know that when she released that book, legal abortions would be in jeopardy and controversy would surround her story. We discuss how world event affect writing and how to handle it as a writer. YouTube Transcript Okay, […]


  • Episode 118B – Bill Kiraly – Real People in Stories

    Overview Bill has written stories that reference real people. This is a hot topic for many authors. We discuss the best way to use real people and whether you should or not. YouTube Transcript All right, so let’s talk some other stuff and we have an interesting topic that we’ve not. Discussed with anyone before. […]


  • Episode 117B – Jocie McKade – Amazon Book Returns

    Overview Jocie and Stephen discuss the problem of Amazon book returns. Their policy hurts authors. What are the alternatives and possible solutions? We have several and some related issues that we discuss. YouTube Transcript let’s talk some author stuff and we have a good topic coming up about people returning books to Amazon. But before […]


  • Episode 116B – JP McLean – Hiring Services

    Overview JP is back to talk about her experience with hiring book services, especially an editor. We discuss things new authors should know and think about and how that may change as you become more experienced. YouTube Transcript All righty. Which I have author questions, but let’s go back to earlier. What we, what you […]


  • Episode 115B – Chris Denmead – Collaborators

    Overview Creating a graphic novel involved working with others, so we discuss working with collaborators. Many authors are looking into collaborating and this is great information. YouTube Transcript [00:00:47] Stephen: Well, let’s talk some other. okay. When, when you first started writing at 19, what are some things that you’ve [00:00:54] Chris: learned? I really […]


  • Episode 114B – Gary Wietgrefe – Lessons Learned

    Overview Gary and Stephen discuss using tools like Pro Writing Aid and why you shouldn’t only depend on those. Not everyone wants to hire an editor, but it helps you improve your writing in ways you may not understand at first. YouTube Transcript Let’s talk a little bit on some author stuff. So before we […]


  • Episode 113B – Diane Bator – Playwright

    Overview Diane is not only a cozy mystery writer, she helps run a theater and has written plays. This is a topic that most authors don’t know much about and she divulges quite a bit of great information about her process. YouTube Transcript So Diane, let’s talk some author stuff. You’ve written multiple books at […]


  • Episode 112B – Thorsten – German to English writing

    Overview Thorsten speaks German but now writes in English. We discuss writing in two different languages and getting your work translated. YouTube Transcript [00:00:46] Stephen: All right, so let’s talk some author stuff, and this will be a great conversation. I’m looking forward to it. But before we talk about our topic, what are some […]


  • Episode 111B – Armin Shimerman – Choosing to Write

    Overview Armin has vast experience as an actor, but enjoys a playhouse also. He has studied Shakespeare and teaches students about Shakespeare. And yet, he had the desire to write. We have a great discussion about the different activities he does along with writing and why he chose write in the first place. Authors, there […]


  • Episode 110B – Jim Christina – Podcast and Radio

    Overview Besides writing, Jim does a live radio show each week that talks to a variety of authors. This gets turned into a podcast. We discuss the pros and cons of a podcast and why an author may want to, or may not, decide to include podcasting in their repetoire. YouTube Transcript [00:00:46] Stephen: All […]


  • Episode 109B – David Kelly – Book Covers and Trailers

    Overview David is unique among authors in that he not only has book trailers, but he creates them himself. We discuss how to do this and problems you need to be aware of. YouTube Transcript [00:00:49] Stephen: authors. This episode is usually meant for you. It’s not about the book. It’s about writing an author […]


  • Episode 108B Paul Bahou – Post First Book

    Overview Paul finished his first book and is working on his second. Unlike many, he wants to get the first one out and not hold onto it while he works on the second one. Being a musician, there are some comparisons he makes to publishing. There are some things that are different, but we discuss […]