Episode-37-Author Darrell Fusaro

Today on the podcast I have artist Darrell Fusaro. In addition to being a fantastic cartoonist and illustrator Darrell is a sought after speaker on the topics of Leadership and Positive Mindset.  He is the Author of What if Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug? Leading With The Heart Instead of The Chin a compilation of personal stories to inspire and entertain illustrated with Darrell’s hilarious cartoons. Every chapter is a bite sized example of practical spirituality sure to ignite your creative spirit . He is also co-host of the internationally popular podcast, Funniest Thing! With Darrell and Ed.  He’s exhibited with Andy Warhol, worked as a Hollywood stunt coordinator, and as producer of the Emmy-nominated "Local Edition" on CNN. On today’s episode we talk about his work at CNN and how he went from ‘job security’ to ‘stepping out boldly’ and writing and publishing What If Godzilla Just Wanted A Hug?’ We find out How the little rascals inspired him and how he went from art school to the Coast Guard. We learn how a group of Marines in Hawaii turned out to be the unlikeliest spiritual guides. We also hear how he learned to be kind and loving to himself. We see if we can make “failed it’ happen and what impact recovery had on his way of thinking. This is also the episode where I call Andy Warhol a ‘hack’. I know! Just listen.

You can buy Darrell’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HXI954Y/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

You can learn more about Darrell here: http://www.darrellfusaro.com/

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Episode 36-Author Katrin Schumann

Today on the podcast I have Katrin Schumann, author of the new novel The Forgotten Hours, a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. The book is about a young woman dealing with the aftermath of her father being accused and sent to prison for the sexual assault of her best friend, when she was just a teenager. Katrin was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn and London and now live in Boston and Key West where she is the Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshops. Her work has been featured multiple times on TODAY and in Woman’s DayThe London Times and on NPR. Although she’s published several non-fiction books, The Forgotten Hours is her first novel******WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE FORGOTTEN HOURS*****

You can buy ‘The Forgotten Hours here: https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Hours-Novel-Katrin-Schumann/dp/1542040035

You can find out more about her here: https://katrinschumann.com/

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Episode 35 -Author Shelley Sackier

Today on the podcast I have YA author Shelley Sackier. Her newest novel is the YA romance/fantasy ‘The Antidote”. She is also the author of the historical romance “The Freemasons Daughter” and ‘Dear Opl’. In today’s episode we talk about her new book, her time in Scotland learning about whiskey and why it’s so important to embrace failure.  We also hear about Shelley’s life as ‘Frontierswoman’ in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she lives with her two children, a dog, a cat and two sheep.

You can buy ‘The Antidote” here: https://www.amazon.com/Antidote-Shelley-Sackier/dp/0062453475/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534180297&sr=8-1&keywords=the+antidote+by+shelley+sackier

You can find out more about Shelley here: https://shelleysackier.com/

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Episode 34-Author Kathleen Burkinshaw

Today on the podcast I have Kathleen Burkinshaw author of the middle-grade novel The Last Cherry Blossom, which takes place in Hiroshima during the war before and after the atomic bomb is dropped. It is told through the eyes of Yoriko, a 12 year old girl. Based loosely on Kathleen’s mother’s firsthand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Kathleen is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She has presented her mother's experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 8 years. The Last Cherry Blossom is one of BOOK RIOT's "30 Fascinating Historical Fiction Books for Middle School Readers"! The book was 2018 Finalist Sakura Medal Japan and 2018 & 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club Selection

You can find out more about Kathleen here: http://kathleenburkinshaw.com/

You can buy her book here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781634506939

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Episode 33-Author Victoria Namkung

Today on the podcast I have novelist Victoria Namkung. Her most recent book is These Violent Delights. Victoria is a Los Angeles-based author, journalist, essayist, and cultural commentator. Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, NBC NewsVICE, Washington Post, USA Today, and InStyle, among other publications. As an expert, Victoria has appeared on BBC World Report, SIRIUSXM, and That's Racist with Mike Epps. The daughter of a Dublin-born Jewish mother and Korean father, Victoria was raised in Orange County, California and maintains dual citizenship in Ireland.

You can buy her book here: Griffith MoonAmazonBarnes & NobleiTunesKoboPowell's, and IndieBound

You can find out more about here: http://victorianamkung.com/

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Episode 32-Author Poppy Nwosu

Today I’m speaking to YA author Poppy Nwosu about her debut novel Making friends with Alice Dyson. Poppy is originally from North Queensland, but now lives in Adelaide, Australia. You can find out more about Poppy here: http://www.talltaleswithpoppynwosu.com/about.html

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Episode 31-Author Jenny Torres Sanchez

Today on the podcast I have YA author Jenny Torres Sanchez. She is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She is the author of: The Downside of Being Charlie, Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia and Because of the Sun. Her newest book is The Fall of Innocence.

You can find out more about her here: https://jennytorressanchez.com/books/

You can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074S66BM7/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

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Episode 30-Author Julie Kagawa

Today on the podcast I have YA/Fantasy author Julie Kagawa. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series and her newest book is Shadow of the Fox.

You can find more about her here: http://juliekagawa.com/wordpress/

You can buy here new book here: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Fox-Julie-Kagawa/dp/1335145168/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=shadow+of+the+fox&qid=1551236623&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Episode 29-Author C.H. Armstrong

Today on the podcast I have C.H. Armstrong author of the brand new YA novel ‘Roam’ about a homeless teen and her family. C.H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for twenty-six years.  A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in History . ‘Roam’ is her second book. Her first novel was The Edge of Nowhere inspired by her own family’s experiences in rural Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression. She’s currently working on her next full-length novel about the current very real issues surrounding sexual assaults on college campuses.

You can buy her new book here: https://www.amazon.com/Roam-C-H-Armstrong/dp/1771681519/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550721944&sr=8-2

You can find out more about her here: https://charmstrongbooks.com/

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Episode 28-Author Gytha Lodge

Today on the podcast I have Gytha Lodge speaking about her debut mystery novel She Lies in Wait. This is the first of three books in her crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens.  The first book is the story of a teen girl who’s missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in an absorbing novel featuring a small-town cop determined to finally get to the truth. Gytha Lodge studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. She is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. 

You can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/She-Lies-Wait-Gytha-Lodge-ebook/dp/B07CRDN9BD/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=gytha+lodge&qid=1550115489&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

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Episode 27- Author Kelly DeVos

On today’s episode I have Kelly Devos, author of the YA novel Fat Girl on a Plane. This is the story of Cookie Vaughn, a 17 year old high-school student who wants to be the next big fashion designer, but thinks she needs to lose weight in order to achieve her dream. The book manages to be both funny and entertaining and at the same time takes an incredibly incisive look at body -size, body image and the way our society views plus size women. On the episode today we talk a lot about her new book and the real life incident that happened to her while catching a flight that inspired the book. We talk about why companies don’t design and market clothes for plus size women and if this is starting to change. She tease her next book Day Zero and mentions her unpublished teen detective novel that she hopes no one ever sees. Kelly was a great guest and it was an incredibly insightful and in depth conversation.

You can learn more about Kelly here: https://www.kellydevos.us/ and you can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Girl-Plane-Kelly-deVos-ebook/dp/B076B9YTDN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549508653&sr=8-1&keywords=kelly+devos

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Episode 26- Author Taylor Adams

Today on the podcast I have Taylor Adams author of ‘No Exit’ a fantastic thriller that you won't want to put down. His book has received lots of well-deserved attention and praise, including raves from authors Joe Hill and A.J. Finn. He is also the author of the novels ‘Eye Shot’ and “Our Last Night.’ On today’s episode we talk about the film he made " I Feel Fine' and the difference between writing screenplays and novels. We also talk horror writers and horror movies. And of course, we talk a lot about his new book.

You buy his book here: https://www.amazon.com/No-Exit-Novel-Taylor-Adams/dp/0062875655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548866558&sr=8-1&keywords=no+exit

You can find out more about him at https://tayloradamsauthor.com/

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Episode 25 -Author Emma Rous

Today on the podcast I have author Emma Rous, speaking about her debut novel The Au Pair. The book has been on numerous lists for the most anticipated books of 2019 and gotten lots of advance praise. So, I feel very lucky to have gotten her as a guest on the podcast. On today’s episode we talk about her time working as a veterinary surgeon and what it’s been like to finally realize her dream of publishing her first book. We also touch how she wrote her first draft of the book so quickly. She tells us about her second book , which she’s working on now and we talk a bit about her balancing having a family and being a full time writer.

You can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Au-Pair-Emma-Rous/dp/0440000459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547622929&sr=8-1&keywords=emma+rous

You can find out more about her here: http://emmarous.com/author.html

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Episode 24-Author Marit Weisenberg

Today on the podcast I have YA author Marit Weisenberg. We talk about her two book YA romance/sci-fi series ‘Select’ and Select Few’ We find out if this is the last book in the series and she tells us a little bit about her next book.  We learn about the interesting way she wrote and finished the first book in story and how quickly she wrote the second book. She also shares with us how she got an agent and how it really feels to put your first book out in to the world.

You can buy her books here:

https://www.amazon.com/Select-Few-Marit-Weisenberg/dp/1580898297/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547009770&sr=8-1&keywords=marit+weisenberg

https://www.amazon.com/Select-Book-1-Marit-Weisenberg/dp/1580898068/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1547009770&sr=8-2&keywords=marit+weisenberg

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Episode 23-Author Kristi Wientge

Today on the podcast I have Kristi Wientge author of the debut middle grade novel KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE.KRISTI WIENTGE is originally from Ohio where she grew up writing stories about animals and, her favorite, a jet-setting mouse. After studying to become a teacher for children with special needs, she spent several years exploring the world from China to England, teaching her students everything from English to how to flip their eyelids inside out before finally calling Singapore home. Now, all her adventures revolve around her four children and within the contemporary MG books she writes.

You can purchase her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Karma-Khullars-Mustache-Kristi-Wientge/dp/1481477706/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1546444066&sr=8-1

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Episode 22-Author Janet Clare

Today on the podcast I have author Janet Clare speaking about her debut novel ‘Time is the Longest Distance’ This is the story of an American woman, a New Yorker, who ends up in Australia tracking down her estranged father. It also follows them on a strange and awkward long hike through the outback as she tries to get know him. It explores what can happen when you take people far outside of their comfort zones and stick them together in the middle of nowhere. On today’s episode we talk about how she came to set her story in Australia and how she captured the landscape and mood so well. We also talk about how she came to writing fiction late in life and her career before she started writing full time.

You can find out more about Janet at https://janetclare.com/ and buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Longest-Distance-Janet-Clare-ebook/dp/B07H843FB5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545201300&sr=8-1&keywords=janet+clare+time

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Episode 21-Author Isaac Marion

Today on the podcast I have author Isaac Marion author of The Warm Bodies Series, which includes the books, Warm Bodies, The New Hunger and The Burning World. Today he is here to talk about the final book in the series The Living. On the episode today, we talk about how he came to the decision to self-publish the final book in the series and the challenges he’s encountered in this process. We also talk about his recent move to a ‘cabin in the woods’ on Orcas Island after living the city life in Seattle for 13 years. We also talk about his original plan to be a professional musician and his current band “Thing Quartet.

The ebook of The Living is available now on his website and on amazon. You can pre-order the hardcover now on his website isaacmarion.com

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Episode 20-Nancy Richardson Fischer

Today on the podcast I have author Nancy Richardson Fischer speaking about her debut YA novel ‘When Elephants Fly.’ On today’s episode in addition to her new book we talk about her time working for the Circus, working for LucasArts and how she went about researching Schizophrenia for her new book. We also discuss animals in captivity and what can be done to best care for animals outside of the wild. She also teases her next book. Her new novel is one of my favorites of 2018. She writes about the subjects of mental illness and animals in captivity in a subtle and thoughtful way. And yes, it is a story of a girl and an elephant, but it is never sentimental or manipulative. It was a joy to talk with her and I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did the conversation.

Her website: http://nancyrichardsonfischer.com/

Buy her book:

 https://www.amazon.com/When-Elephants-Nancy-Richardson-Fischer/dp/1335012362

 https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335012364

 

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Episode 19-Katya Apekina

Today on the podcast I have Katya Apekina, author of the brand-new novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish published by Two Dollar Radio. The book has already been named ‘Best Fiction of 2018’ and ‘Best Debut Fiction of 2018’ by Kirkus Reviews! Katya Apekina's short stories have appeared in various literary magazines. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George grant, an Olin Fellowship, the Alena Wilson prize and a 3rd Year Fiction Fellowship from Washington University in St. Louis where she did her MFA. She has done residencies at VCCA, Playa and Ucross. Her prose and poetry translations from Russian appeared in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky (FSG 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award.

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Episode 18-Demetra Brodsky

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is safe and sound and enjoying the holiday! Today on the podcast I have Demetra Brodsky. She is the author of one of my favorite books of 2018, Dive Smack, a suspenseful, gripping and thrilling YA novel. On the podcast today we talk about what genre her book falls into. We also talk about what the books title means, the origin of the fantastic cover art and her previous career in graphic design. She also talks about being a self- taught writer and her road to getting a literary agent. Buy the audio, kindle and physical book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dive-Smack-Demetra-Brodsky/dp/0765396955/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542823225&sr=8-1&keywords=dive+smack

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