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Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction young adult

Episode 26 – Shay Siegel – Fractured

Shay Siegel wrote her first novel, Fractured, based on trials she’s dealt with during her life. As a young girl, she experienced selective mutism, which would not allow her to talk in certain circumstances.

Her book is a YA that has a football player discovering that other people in the world has problems that he wasn’t even aware of. She hopes to continue writing more books dealing with mental health issues in teens and young adults.

https://www.shaysiegel.com/

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Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction

Episode 25 – Stephen Batt – 10 Things About People in Cars

Stephen lives in New Zealand, but has traveled the world when he was younger. His experience allows him a unique perspective in his art and books.

His earlier experience in screenwriting – including Jules Verne Mysterious Island – allowed him to realize he wanted to write.

https://stephenbatt.com/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112089/fullcredits/

Here is a couple short films that Stephen has made:

Warm Gun – A short film I made a few years backhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxkbfFELAfM
The Making of Gotcha – A TV pilot I made a few years backhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJzvUzRgMWU

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Discovered Wordsmiths fantasy Fiction young adult

Episode 24 – David Kouri – Elyria

Today I talk with David Kouri from Texas. He is a thrill seeker and loves sports. In his past life he acted in theater and for TV before switched to behind the camera and writing.

His first book, Elyria, is a YA fantasy. When the main character discovers he is a 99 year old vampire and he’s meant to save the galaxy, his life changes.

Visit his website: https://www.davidkouri.com/
This link is on his website as well but it is a direct link to read free chapters from the book: https://451a74f0-3559-4533-8004-71cc838e1292.filesusr.com/ugd/361fd0_1a19f92a5e7e4287b9d87014bb6e5a48.pdf

One of his favorite bookstores is Book People:

https://www.bookpeople.com/

And Edgar Alan Poe is a favorite author

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adventure Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction thriller

Episode 23 – Thomas Brigger – Beyond the Higher Ground

Thomas A. Brigger is a businessman, entrepreneur, traveler and author of Beyond the Higher Ground, a novel about intrigue and suspense amid the opioid crisis in Appalachia. With a background including construction worker, small business owner, instructional writer, real estate developer, builder, consultant and corporate executive, the author draws from his experience to recognize the nuances of human behavior. Proclaimed by a former instructor to be “potentially one of the great writers of the century”, Brigger set aside his business interests to concentrate on writing fiction, a craft that he mastered by writing short stories for most of his adult life. He writes from his home in Southwest Ohio, where he focuses on the variants of American life and matters of importance to American people.

Beyond the Higher Ground

Book Description: Tasked with an assignment to manage the construction of a prison on a remote Appalachian mountaintop, Tucker Mason sees an opportunity to restart his life past the death of his wife and the recurring demons of his childhood. But strange occurrences at the house that he rented on Bright’s Mountain and the suspicion of drugs being smuggled through the prison construction site create distractions that lead to violence, intrigue, and his own imperilment. Struggling under the weight of loss and guilt, he encounters a world that he never knew existed in the shadow of the emerging prison. With a unique perspective on the human condition, Beyond the Higher Ground takes its reader through a historical glimpse of Southwestern Virginia to a powerful exposition of the drug crisis that has devastated the region and the abject brutality of those who deliver it.

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adventure Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction middle grade

Episode 22 – David Konrad – Project Adventure: Heart of the Island

David is a stay at home dad living in Munich, Germany with his wife and twin boys. He has lived throughout the world and uses his experience with various cultures to write a series of adventure books for kids.

He began writing while staying at home and has turned it into a career. The stories are action, adventure stories that kids (and adults) can easily love.

David Konrad author website

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Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction young adult

Episode 21 – Laurie Douglass – The Uncommon Thread

Laurie grew up in a military family and has used her love of various cultures to influence her books. She currently lives in Maryland, U.S. and because she’s always loved storytelling, she wrote a YA book that contains parts of fantasy and mystery thriller.

https://www.lauriedouglass.com/

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Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction mystery

Episode 20 – Victoria Tait – Fowl Murder

Victoria Tait lives in England, but has lived in multiple countries because her husband is in the army.

The various living locations has helped inspire her writing and she has written a unique series of Cozy mysteries based in Kenya.

Victoria Tait author website
Free book in Victoria’s cozy mystery series

Her favorite series, that she reads often, is Lord of the Rings:

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Childrens Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction

Episode 19 – Jessica Kane – The Butterfly who was afraid to fly

https://www.jessicalaurelkane.com/

Today I talk with Jessica Laurel Kane about her kids books. She has written several kids books with themes that help kids understand the world around them.

We had some unexpected audio problems – first there is terrible lag and then my audio disappears completely. I still thought it important to get her story out. So please, bear with us in the audio – any pauses were me talking and asking questions.

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Discovered Wordsmiths fantasy Fiction

Episode 18 – Dave Tamanini – Tituba the Intentional Witch of Salem

I talk to Dave Tamanini today about his book Tituba. It is a fiction account about one of the slave caught up in the witch trials.

Dave’s early career was as a lawyer dealing with civil rights, which led him to this account of the Salem Witch trials from a viewpoint not typically looked at. It is an interesting choice as an older white man, but he has a passion about the story that comes through when he talks about it.

https://www.davetamaniniauthor.com/

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adventure Discovered Wordsmiths Fiction

Episode 16 – LT Kay – Feeding the Leopard

Larry has traveled throughout the world – he was born in India and has been to England and South Africa. He grew up in Rodesia and spent his life working in industry.

His first book – Feeding the Leopard – is set in Africa and is an adventure that involves a conspiracy.

Despite being retired, he is interested in the technical aspects of publishing and enjoys working with computers.

https://www.facebook.com/ltkays2/
https://ltkay.com/