Episode 62-Wendy Walker

Today on the podcast I have novelist Wendy Walker. Her latest novel is the psychological suspense tale ‘The Night Before’. She is also the author of ‘All is Not Forgotten’ and ‘Emma In The Night’. On today’s episode we talk about her transition to from writing women’s fiction to psychological thrillers. She speculates why so many lawyers or former lawyers are good at writing suspense novels. In addition she tells us a lot of her next book and we talk quite a bit about online dating and how it inspired ‘The Night Before’.

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Episode 61- Shamim Sarif

Today on the podcast I have author, screenwriter and director Shamim Sarif speaking to me from London. She’s here to talk about her new novel ‘The Athena Protocol’ which is an all-female contemporary action thriller. Her debut novel ‘The World Unseen’ was inspired by her family’s South African Indian heritage. The book won a Betty Trask award and the Pendleton May First Novel award. She’s also the author of the novels ‘ I Cant think Straight’ and ‘Despite The Falling Snow.’ Her First 3 novels have all been made into feature films written and directed by Shamim, featuring actors such as Charles Dance, Rebecca Ferguson, Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. Her films have won 47 awards internationally.

https://shamimsarif.com/

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Episode 60-Nancy Richardson Fischer

Today on the podcast I have YA novelist Nancy Richardson Fischer. Her newest YA novel is ‘The Speed of Falling Objects’ was released yesterday. Nancy is a returning guest. She was also my guest last year (Episode 20, Nov. 2018) to promote her debut novel ‘When Elephants Fly’, one of my favorite books of 2018. If you enjoy this episode please go back and listen to episode 20, where we talk about her time working for the Circus, writing for LucasArts and about the numerous athlete autobiographies, such as Julie Krone, Béla Károlyi, and Monica Seles that she worked on. Nancy is one of my favorite writers and she has been truly generous in recommending several fellow writer friends to be on this podcast. Her newest book takes place in the Amazon. It’s the story what happens teenage girl, her remote reality-star father and a young, hot male teen mega movie star get stranded in the forest, with only each other to depend on for survival. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording this episode. “The Speed of Falling' Objects’ is also included in our Sponsors UniverseBound ‘Simple Read and Relax’ October BookBox. You have until the end of the month to sign up for this months box. You can sign up by going to time.universebound.space. Enter the code THESPEEDOFFALLINGOBJECTS for $10.00 off the Simple Read and Relax bookbox 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. (The code THESPEEDOFFALLINGOBJECTS is good until October 16th, 2019)

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Episode 59-M.G. Hennessey

Today on the podcast I have Middle Grade author M. G. Hennessey. She’ s here to talk about her newest novel ‘The Echo Park Castaways’ about a group of foster children who come together and create their own small family as they navigate the LA foster care system Her previous novel was ‘The Other Boy’ about a transgender teens journey towards acceptance. In addition to writing books she mentors teens at the Lifeworks program/LA LGBT Center and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with L.A. foster kids. She's also the dean of Camp Transcend Family Camp, and an organizer of the Gender Odyssey LA conference. Additionally she’s a supporter of the Transgender Law Center, Gender Spectrum and the Human Rights Campaign.

https://www.mghennessey.com/

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Episode 58-George Brewington

Today on the podcast I have George Brewington to talk about his debut middle-grade book ‘The Monster Catchers: A Bailey Buckleby Story’ . George writes fantasy stories for both adults and children. His short stories have been included in several anthologies including DARK MAGIC: WITCHES, HACKERS & ROBOTS and PICK YOUR POISON. The sequel to The Monster Catchers- REVENGE OF THE WHIFFLES - arrives on July 14, 2020.

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Episode 57-Victoria Lee

Today on the podcast I have author Victoria Lee. Her debut novel is the YA sci-fi thriller ‘The Fever King’ This is the first book in ‘The Feverwake’ series. Book two ‘The Electric Heir’ will be out in March of next year.

http://victorialeewrites.com/

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Episode 56-Catherine McKenzie

Today on the podcast I have author Catherine Mckenzie. Her newest novel is ‘l’ll Never Tell’. Catherine’s previous novels SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN, SMOKE, FRACTURED, and THE GOOD LIAR are bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. SMOKE was named one of the Top 100 Books in 2015 by Amazon and one of the Best Books of October 2015 by Goodreads. FRACTURED was named one of the Best Books of October 2016 by Goodreads.

www.catherinemckenzie.com

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Episode 55-Janna King

Today on the podcast I have writer and novelist Janna King. Her most recent book is ‘Malibu Bluff’ the sequel to her previous novel ‘The Seasonairres’ Janna has worked in TV, Film and Theatre. She’s also a freelance journalist and blogger, co-founding the website, The Broad Life.

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Episode 54-Gwendolyn Womack

Today on the podcast I have author Gwendolyn Womack. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller’ and the award-winning reincarnation thriller ‘The Memory Painter’. Her newest novel is ‘The Time Collector.’ Gwendolyn is originally from Houston, Texas. She moved to Alaska for college to become an environmental scientist and ended up in the theater department writing plays. Later she went on to receive an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. Currently she resides in Los Angeles. The Time Collector is also included in our Sponsors UniverseBound ‘Simple Read and Relax’ August BookBox. You have until the end of the month to sign up for this months box. You can sign up by going to time.universebound.space. Enter the code THETIMECOLLECTOR for $10.00 off the Simple Read and Relax bookbox 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

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Episode 53-Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

On todays’ episode I have Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke authors of ‘The Two Lila Bennetts’. This is their fifth novel together. Their previous books include ‘Girls Night Out’, The Good Widow’ and ‘The Year We Turned Forty’ ‘The Two Lila Bennetts’ is also included in our Sponsors UniverseBound ‘Simple Read and Relax’ August BookBox. You have until the end of the month to sign up for this months box. You can sign up by going to embrace.universebound.com On the episode today we talk about their approach to writing as a duo and how they went from best friends to writing partners. We also talk about what developmental editors and copy editors do and how important they are to the whole process. And we hear about the time they hit a rough patch in their writing partnership and how they worked their way through it.

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Episode 52-Kira Jane Buxton

Here are a few things you need to know about my guest today Kira Jane Buxton, the author of the new novel ’Hollow Kingdom’; not only has she written the funniest and most wonderfully bizarre book you will read this year, but she also has a dog named Ewok, three cats, 2 crows and a charm of hummingbirds. She loves puns and wordplay. And she has written pieces for The New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus and Huffington Post. ‘Hollow Kingdom’ is narrated by a snarky, American Crow named S.T. who loves humans, almost as much as he loves Cheetos. Things change when he has to reconnect with his non-human neighbors once it appears that humanity may be on the brink of extinction. On the episode today we talk about her past life in LA pursing an acting career, she drops some bird knowledge on us and we talk about the possibility of an animated ‘Hollow Kingdom’ series coming to AMC.

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Episode 51-Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Today on the podcast I have two very special guests- Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb the co-authors of the new Novel Meet Me in Monaco set to the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, featuring a French perfumer and a British press photographer, whose fates are linked with Grace’s over twenty years of friendship, love, and tragedy. This is their second collaboration, their first was Last Christmas in Paris which was also a Globe & Mail bestseller. They were both kind enough to take time out during their book tour to speak with me. Heather is the award-winning and international bestselling author of historical novels Becoming Josephine, Rodin’s Lover, The Phantom’s Apprentice, and Hazel is an award-winning, New York Times, USA Today and Irish Times bestselling historical novelist. Her novels include The Girl from The Savoy, The Cottingley Secret and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter.

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Episode 50-Shan Boodram

To celebrate our 50th episode and the one year anniversary of the podcast I have a very special guest today: Shan Boodram the author of the brand new book ‘The Game of Desire: 5 Surprising Secrets to Dating with Dominance--and Getting What You Want’ Shan is the Internet’s most sought-after, certified sex educator, dating coach and relationship expert with over 35 million YouTube views. She’s also known for her work on MTV's Guide to Sex and was the executive producer of the Fullscreen series, Your Perfect Date and the host and a consulting producer for Facebook Watch’s relationship series, Make Up or Break Up. Shan is an ambassador for AIDS Healthcare Foundation and WomensHealth.gov She is a certified sexologist. I can’t think of a more fun person to celebrate our 1 year anniversary with than Shan. I had a blast hanging out with her and I think you will too.

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Episode 49-Sarah Rose Etter

Today on the podcast I have writer Sarah Rose Etter to talk about her novel ‘The Book of X’, published today by Two Dollar Radio. Sarah is the author of the short story collection ‘Tongue Party’ Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, Guernica, VICE and more. She is the co-founder of the TireFire Reading Series, and a contributing editor at The Fanzine. She has also served as an arts columnist at Philadelphia Weekly. On today’s episode we hear how an art exhibit inspired the story of The Book of X. She talks about surrealist writing as a mode of feminism. We find out what it was like writing the book during her residency in Iceland. We touch on how the place you’re writing in shapes what you’re writing and we find out if our dogs really love us.

You can find out more about her at https://www.sarahroseetter.com/

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Episode 48-Cerece Rennie Murphy

My guest on todays episode is author Cerece Rennie Murphy. She is here to promote book two in the ‘Wolf Queen’ series, which comes out in October. Book one of the series:The Wolf Queen: The Hope of Aferi’ is included in our Sponsors UniverseBound ‘Simple Read and Relax’ July BookBox. You have until the end of the month to sign up for this months box. You can sign up by going to embrace.universebound.com Cerece earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively. On todays episode we talk about her childrens book series "Ellis and the Magic Mirror' We chat about our equally bad typing skills and how using a dictation app has been a saving grace for her. We find out she came up with the idea for her ’Order of the Seers’ book series while washing the dishes. We hear about how her naivete about exhibiting at New York Comic Con as a unknown writer worked in her favor We explore how what's happening in your life at at given time always informs what story you write. We also talk about her website NARAZU- an online platform designed to deliver the best in indie sci-fi content and comic culture. And we touch briefly on our mutual love of Game of Thrones. Enjoy!

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Episode 47-Pam Jones

Today on the podcast I have Pam Jones, author of the brand new novel “Ivy Day” (Spaceboy Books)  Pam studied Creative Writing at Hampshire College and is also the author of The Biggest Little Bird (Black Hill Press/1888Center, 2013), Andermatt County: Two Parables (The April Gloaming, 2018) Her short fiction has appeared in The Cost of Paper, Boned, and Heavy Feather Review.  

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Episode 46- Amber Smith

I’m very excited to have New York Times bestselling YA author Amber Smith on the podcast today. She is here to talk about her most recent novel ‘Something Like Gravity’, which is the story of Chris and Maia. Maia has recently lost a sister and Chris has come out as transgender. What develops is an unexpected story of first love, as they both learn how to be the most authentic version of themselves. It’s a story about how ‘finding the right person at the right time can really save you’ This is Amber’s third novel. She is also the author of the YA novels ‘The Last to Let Go’ and ‘The Way I Used to Be.’ Amber is also an advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, including sexual assault and domestic or intimate partner abuse, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. On today’s episode we talk about how todays’ YA is continually taking on challenging issues and topics. We also hear about what her experience was coming out as a queer woman and her work today with Time Out Youth-Charlotte a North Carolina organization provides services and programs and a safe meeting place for LBGTQ youth. She also teases the middle grade novel she’s working on and we find out how she ending up writing fiction after coming from painting and working in the art world.

Buy “Something Like Gravity’ here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1534437185/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1534437185&linkCode=as2&tag=asmithauthor-20&linkId=af9a3dba8308860a61a63d52e6fa573e

Learn more about Amber here:

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Episode 45-Aminah Mae Safi

Today on the podcast I have YA author Aminah Mae Safi. She’s here to talk about her brand new YA romance ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel”. This is Aminah’s second time on the podcast. She’s one of my favorite people to talk to, so I think you’ll enjoy this episode. She was previously my guest on Episode #8 of GiantPanda last September to promote her ebut novel ‘ Not The Girls You’re Looking For’. Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats.

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Learn more about Aminah here:

http://www.aminahmae.com/

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Episode 44- Mary Kay Andrews

My guest on the podcast today is the New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews. She has written 26 novels, including ‘The High Tide club’, ‘The Weekenders” and ‘Summer Rental.’ She is also the author of ‘The Beach House Cookbook’. Her newest novel is ‘Sunset Beach’. On the episode today we talk about her beginnings as reporter writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. And her coverage of the murder case that inspired the book ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and evil’. She talks about how and why she transitioned from journalist to mystery writer to a prolific novelist producing a new summer beach read every year. We also hear about what provided the spark for her newest book ‘Sunset Beach’

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Click on the link to learn more about the author

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Episode 43-Jessie Kwak

Today on the podcast I have freelance writer and novelist Jessie Kwak. Her latest book is ‘ Double Edged: The Bulari Saga’, which is part of The Durga System series. This book is also included in our Sponsors UniverseBound ‘Simple Read and Relax’ June Bookbox. The deadline for this months box is June 15th. More information on this can be found at https://www.universebound.com/. Jesse is also the author of the books ‘Starfall’, ‘Deviant Flux’ and ‘Shifting Borders’.  On todays episode we talk about how she write action scenes. And she describes her most recent Sci-fi novel as The Godfather meets Firefly. We touch on some of her favorite writers and she recommends books by Fonda Lee and Ian McDonald. She tells us about her freelance writing work and her upcoming non-fiction book ‘From Chaos to Creativity’ : Building a Productivity System for Artists and Writers which is out October 11th.

You can buy her books here:

http://www.jessiekwak.com/

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