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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April 19, 2019
A bonus episode for my listeners! I was recently interviewed by my local radio station, and thought I would re-broadcast for you.
December 18, 2017
Today’s guest is AC Gaughen the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief and Lion Heart) and the Elementae quartet which will start with REIGN THE EARTH in January 2018. She serves on the board for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how she began to query as a fourteen year old, and how her own love of reading historical and fantasy influenced her writing both then and now, how she knew her own skill set was better suited for traditional publishing rather than self-publishing, and how teaching writing can be inspiring.
The Medici’s Daughter by Sophie Perinot
November 13, 2017
Host Mindy McGinnis talks with Tori Rigby, author of the dark fantasy DREAMCATCHER series, as well as the contemporary YA novel, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. Topics covered include not letting excitement make decisions for you early on in your career, red flags to look for while searching for agents, why Tori disagrees with writing under different pen names for different genres, and knowing when to take your work to a small press.
A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo
November 6, 2017
Today's guest is Geoffrey Girard, Bram Stoker nominee and author of CAIN'S BLOOD, PROJECT CAIN, TRUTHERS, and MARY ROSE. Geoff joins Mindy to talk about how losing an agent doesn't end a career, learning craft through writing shorts, how small indie pubs can teach you a lot, and the art of table selling.
THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo
VIAL THINGS by Leah Clifford
October 9, 2017
Today’s guest is Elsie Chapman, whose work includes the YA Sci-Fi series DUALED and DIVIDED, as well as the upcoming ALONG THE INDIGO. Born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of UBC with a degree in English Literature, Elsie Chapman currently lives in Tokyo with her family.
Elsie joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how so much of the pain of publishing goes unspoken, the luck of hitting a trend, the downside of that trend falling out of style, writing the book of your heart even when you know it might not get published, and putting together teams for theme focused anthologies.
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta
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July 10, 2017
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Today's guest is Tara Dairman whose debut novel All Four Stars, about an 11 y/o restaurant critic moonlighting for New York’s biggest newspaper was published in 2014, followed by The Stars of Summer and Stars So Sweet in 2015 and 2016. A new standalone middle-grade novel, The Great Hibernation, will hit the shelves on September 12.
Tara joined me to talk about how a contest helped her gain an invitation to query a closed agency, how to navigate social media when your target audience may not be there, and the question of who you write for when you write middle grade – the kids, or the gatekeepers?
Miss Snark's First Victim
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June 19, 2017
Author Tiffany McDaniel, an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows, joins host Mindy McGinnis. She is the winner of The Guardian's 2016 "Not-the-Booker Prize" for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything. The novel is a current nominee for the Lillian Smith Book Award, and a finalist for the Ohioana Literary Award and the Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award for Outstanding Debut. Tiffany talks about eleven years of rejection, making sure that human emotion and characters trump the setting, being a female author who prefers to write dark themes, and the cons of using technology in your manuscript.
The Summer That Melted Everything