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Mag Dimond On Using Mindfulness To Write During the Pandemic

Mag Dimond On Using Mindfulness To Write During the Pandemic

May 4, 2020

Today's guest is Mag Dimond, author of Bowing to Elephants, which recently won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT PRAY LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space. Mag joined me today to talk about using mindfulness practice to help ease your writing experience during the pandemic.

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Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

February 10, 2020

Today’s guest is Michael Tougias, the author of many true rescue stories, including THE FINEST HOURS, which was adapted into a Disney film. His latest, INTO THE BLIZZARD has been adapted for middle grade readers from his adult non-fiction book about the Blizzard of 1978. Michael joined me today to talk about the difference between seeking publication with fiction versus non-fiction, and the challenge of adapting his own work for a younger audience. Also covered, research, and the process of interviewing your subjects face to face.

 

 

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Kelly Notaras On Helping Authors Write Their Nonfiction & Memoir

Kelly Notaras On Helping Authors Write Their Nonfiction & Memoir

October 7, 2019

Today’s guest is Kelly Notaras, founder of KN Literary Arts, an editorial book studio specializing in self-help, personal growth, and spirituality. She joined me to talk about the niche in the marketplace for a how-to book on writing narrative non-fiction and memoir, and how Kelly filled that with her release, The Book You Were Born to Write. Also covered: untangling the baby steps toward creating your author platform.

 

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Writing Memoir Through the Veil of Fiction with Melanie Thorne

Writing Memoir Through the Veil of Fiction with Melanie Thorne

May 27, 2019

Today’s guest is Melanie Thorne, who earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, where she worked with Pam Houston and Lynn Freed. Her thesis there was the first draft of what later became her debut novel, Hand Me Down which has been widely praised. Melanie joined me today to talk about presenting a memoir through the veil of fiction, and how the reading audience sometimes gets a thrill out of the consumption of another’s pain.

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

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

February 17, 2019

Today’s guest 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.

Hilary joined me today to talk about her own diagnosis, moving past illness as an identity, and to share tips for dealing with anxiety and depression as well as managing your own self-care and dealing with chronic pain while still functioning as a professional.

 

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Kim Dinan: Writing Memoir

Kim Dinan: Writing Memoir

June 12, 2017

Today’s guest is Kim Dinan, author of the memoir, The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life Changing Journey Around the World. She has backpacked to over twenty-five countries on five continents. Her love of the outdoors landed her a coveted job on Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour and has compelled her to climb mountains in the Himalayas, raft frigid rivers in Patagonia, and walk five hundred and fifty miles across Spain on her own. Her popular travel blog, So Many Places, was named one of the best outdoor blogs by USA Today and has been featured online by such sites as Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.

Kim joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the difference between querying fiction and non-fiction and her need to write that started with a blog, and culminated with a memoir, as well as writing the truth in non-fiction even when it’s not flattering to yourself or others, and trying not to take reviews personally when you write memoir. Also, Kim’s journeys around the world and her take on active motherhood.

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