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Crystal Swain Bates On Promoting Diversity In Children’s Publishing

Crystal Swain Bates On Promoting Diversity In Children’s Publishing

June 14, 2021

Todays guest is Crystal Swain-Bates, a celebrated children's book author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing, which was founded in order to address the lack of diversity in children's literature. Crystal has written and published 12 children's books, which have been seen on platforms including CNN and Huffington Post. Her book Big Hair, Don't Care is one of Amazon's most highly reviewed black children's books on the market.

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Laura Hankin On Female Power & A Special Place For Women

Laura Hankin On Female Power & A Special Place For Women

June 1, 2021

Today's guest is Laura Hankin, author of A Special Place for Women. Laura joined me today to talk about female power and how it plays out among women, as well as the idea that "women can't be funny."

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Kathleen West on Writing Unlikeable Characters

Kathleen West on Writing Unlikeable Characters

May 17, 2021

Today's guest is Kathleen West, author of Are We There Yet? We talk teachers who are writers, writers who are teachers, and the effect of social media on all of us - youth and adults.

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Robbie Couch Talks LBGTQ Issues And Small Towns

Robbie Couch Talks LBGTQ Issues And Small Towns

May 3, 2021

Today's guest is Robbie Couch, author of THE SKY BLUES. He joined me today to talk about writing honestly about LBGTQ issues and forward thinking in small communities.

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Abigail Dean Talks Writing Psychologically Flawed Characters

Abigail Dean Talks Writing Psychologically Flawed Characters

April 19, 2021

Debut author Abigail Dean talks about writing Girl A, one of 2021's Most Anticipated Books, writing psychologically flawed characters, and the pressure of following up a hugely successful debut.

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Inclusivity In Children’s Books & How Publishers Find Illustrators

Inclusivity In Children’s Books & How Publishers Find Illustrators

April 5, 2021

Today's guest is Maria Dismondy, of Cardinal Rule Press. Maria is dedicated to having her publishing company produce picture books that empower children with timeless messages of hope, courage and the Golden Rule. She works diligently to have Cardinal Rule Press release children’s literature that represents today’s diversity while remaining dedicated to messages that make a difference. 

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The Sanatorium Author Sarah Pearse on Writing Closed Room Mysteries & Strong Women

The Sanatorium Author Sarah Pearse on Writing Closed Room Mysteries & Strong Women

March 15, 2021

Debut author Sarah Pearse joins me to talk about her novel The Sanatorium, an instant New York Times bestseller as well as a Reese's Book Club pick. Sarah talks about how writing a closed room mystery helps amp up the thrills, and how women can be strong in more ways than one.

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Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

March 1, 2021

Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates joined me to talk about how to build an online platform, the author as the product, social media, SEO, newsletters, building an author website, and the importance of fresh content.

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Landall Proctor On the Vulnerability of Writing Memoir

Landall Proctor On the Vulnerability of Writing Memoir

February 15, 2021

Today's guest is Landall Proctor, author of Headwinds, his personal story of an aborted to attempt to ride his bicycle around the perimeter of the US. Landall joined me today to talk about the vulnerability of writing memoir, including the question -- who wants to hear my stories?

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Eliza Jane Brazier On the Popularity of True Crime With Female Audiences

Eliza Jane Brazier On the Popularity of True Crime With Female Audiences

February 1, 2021

Today's guest is Eliza Jane Braizer, author of If I Disappear. Eliza joined me to talk about the draw that true crime seems to have for female audiences, as well as the impact of parasocial relationships.

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