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Jamie Lyn Smith On Writing Appalachia & Short Stories

Jamie Lyn Smith On Writing Appalachia & Short Stories

June 27, 2022

Today's guest is Jamie Lyn Smith, author of Township, a collection of short stories set in Appalachia. Jamie joined me today to talk about writing literature of place, the art of the short story, and ways to make money on your short fiction. 

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R.S. Mellette, Matt Sinclair & Elephant’s Bookshelf Press on Indie Authoring & Publishing

R.S. Mellette, Matt Sinclair & Elephant’s Bookshelf Press on Indie Authoring & Publishing

May 30, 2022

Today's guests are R.S. Mellette, author of Kiya & The Morian Treasure, as well as his publisher Matt Sinclair, founder and CEO of Elephant's Bookshelf Press. They joined me today to talk about what works in indie publishing versus trad in terms of marketing and publicity, as well as the function that indie publishers serve - providing a home to not easily categorized works.

 

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Dan Koboldt on Putting the Science in Fiction & Putting the Fact in Fantasy

Dan Koboldt on Putting the Science in Fiction & Putting the Fact in Fantasy

May 2, 2022

Dan Koboldt joined me today to talk about two wonderful resources for writers - Putting the Science in Fiction & Putting the Fact in Fantasy - both of which edited. Originally published to help genre writers, these collections are a great addition to any writer's shelf, covering topics as broad as mental illness, to moving through the woods.

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Farah Jasmine Griffin On Race and Politics & How Literature Illuminates Both

Farah Jasmine Griffin On Race and Politics & How Literature Illuminates Both

March 28, 2022

Farah Jasmine Griffin joined me today to talk about her new book from WW Norton, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and LiteratureAlso covered - the importance of education, freedom of political thought, book banning and the impact of literature on those whose voices are silenced. 

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Fading Fame: Pam Munter on Women, Aging in Hollywood, & the Casting Couch

Fading Fame: Pam Munter on Women, Aging in Hollywood, & the Casting Couch

August 30, 2021

Today's guest is Pam Munter author of Fading Fame: Women of a Certain Age in Hollywood. Pam joined me to talk about the Golden Age of Hollywood, how things have changed since the casting couch was a permanent fixture in studios, and how acting and performance have informed her writing.

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Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett Talks Short Stories: Get In & Get Out

Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett Talks Short Stories: Get In & Get Out

March 9, 2020

Today’s guest is Reuben "Tihi" Hayslett who confronts identity politics, racism and homophobia in his debut short story collection "Dark Corners," which has been selected by Kirkus Reviews as best book of the year (2019).  Hayslett’s characters, most of them black, brown, and/or queer, have their personal problems complicated by their outsider status, by ominous politics, and by occasional eruptions of madness and the macabre. Tihi joined me today to talk about writing and art as a form of protest. Also covered: looking inward to step into your power before taking your work outward for a broader audience, and the art form of the short story, and how sometimes being succinct is how you allow your reader to fill in the blanks.

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Writing Modern Teens With Lauren Gibaldi

Writing Modern Teens With Lauren Gibaldi

September 17, 2018

Today’s guest is Lauren Gibaldi author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, AUTO FOCUS and THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD. Lauren is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in Literature and Master’s in Library and Information Studies. 

Lauren joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about landing her agent, and how her process of being a punster can occasionally backfire, but nothing is ever wasted. Also covered: how being a librarian has helped Lauren feel more connected to teens and benefited her writing career, as well as portraying artistic teens in fiction.

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Call For Submissions! Betty Bites Back: Horror Stories for Young Feminists

Call For Submissions! Betty Bites Back: Horror Stories for Young Feminists

March 26, 2018

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Robert Mellette: Pros Of Indie Publishing

Robert Mellette: Pros Of Indie Publishing

January 22, 2018

Today’s guest is Robert Mellette who has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film and television for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000.Robert's novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, is available on Amazon from Elephant's Bookshelf Press. For novelists, Robert blogs for From The Write Angle.

Robert joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how working in film and television taught him skills that translated over to novel writing, and how working with small, indie publishers can be beneficial, writing your story for the sake of the story, not a micro-targeted audience, and advice for aspiring writers on how to process critiques without sacrificing their voice.

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Kate Watson: Promoting A “Quiet” Book

Kate Watson: Promoting A “Quiet” Book

October 30, 2017

Today’s guest is Kate Watson. Her debut novel, SEEKING MANSFIELD, came out May 16th, 2017, with the companion novel, SHOOT THE MOON to come in 2018.

Kate joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about her unusual route to finding an agent, why Mansfield Park resonated with her more so than other Jane Austen novels  and how to use your existing connections online to help promote a quiet book, as well as NaNoWriMo – how to use this program to begin and finish projects, or just produce words on the page in the month of November.

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