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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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Bethany C. Morrow on the Social Horror Genre & The Importance of Nuance In Audiobooks

Bethany C. Morrow on the Social Horror Genre & The Importance of Nuance In Audiobooks

April 4, 2022

Today's guest is Bethany C. Morrow, author Cherish Farrah. Bethany joined me today to talk about the rising genre of social horror, the importance of nuance and performance in an audiobook, unreliable narrators, and those of us who operate within the social contract... as well as those of us who don't. 

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Janet Sternburg on Hindsight & Tackling Hard Family Truths In Writing

Janet Sternburg on Hindsight & Tackling Hard Family Truths In Writing

January 10, 2022

Today's guest is Janet Sternburg, a writer of memoir, essays, poetry and plays, as well as a fine-art photographer. Her books include two memoirs, White Matter: A Memoir of Family & Medicine and Phantom Limb: A Meditation on Memory, as well as the classic two volumes of The Writer on Her Work. Janet joined me today to talk about writing hard truths concerning your own family, how to do it, how to approach it, and how to tackle responses.

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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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Matt Haig Talks Anxiety, Panic, Depression & Writing As Therapy

Matt Haig Talks Anxiety, Panic, Depression & Writing As Therapy

October 5, 2020

Today's guest is Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library, a Good Morning America Book Club pick for October. Matt joined me to talk about mental health as a writer, and how to manage during the pandemic.

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Lori M. Lee on Pivoting to Digital Marketing & Managing Depression During COVID

Lori M. Lee on Pivoting to Digital Marketing & Managing Depression During COVID

September 28, 2020

Today's guest is Lori M. Lee, author of the YA Fantasy Forest of Souls. Lori joined me to talk about launching a book during the pandemic, pivoting to online marketing and promotion, and how she handled depression and anxiety during the ongoing epidemic.

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Stephanie Wrobel on Researching Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy & the Value of an MFA

Stephanie Wrobel on Researching Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy & the Value of an MFA

April 13, 2020

Today’s guest is Stephanie Robel whose debut novel, Darling Rose Gold, is available now. Stephanie joined me today to talk about her research involving Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in order to write her novel. Also covered, how being a copywriter and having an MFA helped Stephanie transition into the publishing world.

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Making Art Even When You’re Lost with Andrea Hannah

Making Art Even When You’re Lost with Andrea Hannah

July 8, 2019

Today’s guest is Andrea Hannah, an award-winning author, essayist, and workshop leader. She teaches on living a healthy creative life at her Wild Heart Retreats and writes about making art on Twitter and Instagram (@andeehannah). Andrea joined me today to talk using the same process whether she’s writing fiction or non-fiction, and the constant hustle of being a successful freelancer, how her upcoming release A Map for Wild Hearts, is designed to help creatives find their way through the obstacles blocking their artistic goals, and writing through chronic pain, illness, and depression.

 

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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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Portraying Mental Illnesses Responsibly in Fiction: S Gonzales

Portraying Mental Illnesses Responsibly in Fiction: S Gonzales

October 15, 2018

Today’s guest is S Gonzales who writes Young Adult contemporary books with twisty plots and a generous dose of romance, featuring witty yet vulnerable characters. She joined me today to talk about landing her agent, Twitter contests, and balancing time difference while living in Australia and interacting with her American audience and publishing contacts. Also covered: Why publish with an initial standing in for her first name? Writing about mental illnesses responsibly and rom coms for queer people. 

 

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