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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Episode 17-Author Alex Owumi

Today on the podcast I have Alex Owumi, He’s a fiction writer and pro-basketball player. His new book is The Man in Forest Hills, a new detective/mystery novel. He is also the author of the Fire Raven Series. In addition to this he is an author of the non -fiction book Qaddafi’s Point Guard about his time in Libya playing for Al-Nasr, a Libyan basketball team owned by the family of Momar Gaddafi, during the Libyan civil war. He’s originally from Lagos, Nigeria and lives in Atlanta, but most of his year is spent in England, where he plays for the Worthing Thunder, a National Basketball League team. On the episode today we talk about what it’s like to be a pro- athlete and writer, his time in Libya and growing up in Nigeria. He was a great guest. This was one of the easiest and most interesting conversations I’ve had so far. I hope you enjoy it! Also you can buy his new book by going to https://www.amazon.com/Man-Forest-Hills-Alex-Owumi ebook/dp/B07JDJDXPH/ref=sr_1_1ie=UTF8&qid=1542170211&sr=8-1&keywords=the+man+in+forest+hills

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Episode 16-Author Francesca G. Varela

Today on the podcast I have Francesca G Varela. At the age of 25 she has already published 3 novels-Call of the Sun Child, Listen and her newest book The Seas of Distant Stars a sci- fi novel about a human girl kidnapped from earth who grows up on an alien planet. She lives and works in Portland Oregon for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. In today’s episode we talk about her work with this organization, her new book and she talks about her writing process. We also talk about the term “Ecological Fiction, where it came from and what it means. You can buy her new book at https://www.amazon.com/Seas-Distant-Stars-Francesca-Varela/dp/1947003925 

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Episode 14-Author Simona Grossi

Happy Halloween Everybody! Today on the podcast I have author Simona Grossi. She’s the author of ‘Looking for Clara’ and the new book ‘Frozen Butterflies’. Simona was born and raised in Italy and is a woman of many passions and talents. In addition to being a wonderful writer she is also a professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. And along with that an accomplished pianist. (and loves to bake too!) On today’s episode we talk about her study of classical piano, her time spent as a practicing lawyer and her journey to publishing her first book. We also talk about her return to playing piano after a twenty year hiatus and how she came to study and work in California. Enjoy the episode and ‘Don’t forget to stay spooky!’

You can buy her new book ‘Frozen Butterflies” here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DYGBHPP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2

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Episode 13-Author Christine Taylor-Butler

Today on the podcast I have author Christine Taylor-Butler. She has published more than 75 children’s books and now has a new YA sci-fi book series The Lost Tribes. A graduate of MIT, Christine holds dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Art & Design. On today’s episode we talk about her Lost Tribes book series, her experience in book publishing as both a children’s book and YA author. We also touch on her time as a process engineer at Hallmark, what it was like to attend an exclusive new England boarding school and we discuss an essay she published arguing for diversity in science fiction and fantasy. You can find out more about her at http://www.christinetaylorbutler.com/aboutme.html# and read her essay The Importance of Dreaming: Why Diversity Matters in Science Fiction and Fantasy at https://christinetaylorbutler.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/the-importance-of-dreaming-why-diversity-matters-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy/

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Episode 12-Author Amy Meyerson

Today on the podcast I have Amy Meyerson author of the new book ‘The Bookshop of Yesterdays” I had a blast recording this. On this episode we talk about the influence of The Tempest on her new novel. We talk about independent books stores and why they’re important, her time at Weselyn and USC and the teachers that made a special impact on her. We also touch on her writing habit, her ‘writing shed’ and writing for yourself versus writing for readers. She also tells us about the book she’s working on and gives her current reading recommendations. You can find out more about her at https://www.amymeyerson.com/ and buy her book at https://www.amazon.com/Bookshop-Yesterdays-Amy-Meyerson/dp/0778319849/

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Episode 11-Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Today on the podcast I have Chaya Bhuvaneswar. Her short story collection ‘White Dancing Elephants’ comes out today. This a completely original, beautiful and powerful collection of stories. Chaya is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse and queer women of color. She has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference scholarship and Henfield award for her writing.

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Episode 10-Author Marion Winik

Today on the Podcast I have Marion Winik. Her new book ‘The Baltimore Book of the Dead comes out today. Longtime All Things Considered commentator (1991-2006) Marion Winik is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books.The host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast, she reviews books for Newsday, People, Kirkus Review and other venues; she is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her Bohemian Rhapsody column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com has received the "Best Column" and "Best Humorist" awards from Baltimore magazine, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun and many other publications. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. She has appeared on Today, Politically Incorrect and Oprah.

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Episode 9-Author Sara Flannery Murphy

Today I talk to author Sara Flannery Murphy, author of The Possessions. This is a very relevant and riveting thriller. The Possessions is her first novel. Her shorter work has appeared in The GuardianLitHubStoryglossia and Tammy. Todays episode is one of my favorites so far! It was a really fun and engaging conversation. We talk about what types of things inspired the story of her debut novel, growing up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas-an artist community in the Ozark Mountains and what it was like transitioning to university after being homeschooled.

The Possessions ( book description taken from https://saraflannerymurphy.com/)

“The Elysian Society is an underground organization where grieving clients reconnect with lost loved ones. The employees, known as bodies, spend their days in a numb routine as they channel the dead. Edie has worked at the Elysian Society for five years. She’s a loyal employee, turning blankness into an art form. When she takes on an enigmatic new client, her quiet life cracks open.

As Edie grows closer to Patrick Braddock, moving deeper into his life, she learns unsettling details about the death of his wife, Sylvia. Strangers start to seem familiar; memories leak into waking life. Edie can’t tell whether this is Sylvia’s growing influence or her own walls breaking down. Secrets are circling closer, threatening the precarious balance that Patrick and Edie have created.”

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