Episode 44- Author 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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Episode 43-Author 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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Episode 42-Author Erica Ferencik

Today on the podcast I have novelist Erica Ferencik. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. Her newest novel is the thriller “Into the Jungle” In it a love-struck 19 year old American woman follows a man back to his native Bolivian village and has to survive in ‘ a ruthless  new world of lawless poachers, bullheaded missionaries and desperate indigenous tribes…” On the episode today we talk about the month she spent in the rainforests of Peru doing research for the book.  And she recounts the true story that inspired the novel. We also talk about her first novel “The River at Night” which takes place in the Allagash Wilderness of Maine.

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https://ericaferencik.com

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Episode 41-Translator Janet Livingstone

Today on the podcast I have Janet Livingstone. Janet is the translator of Seeing People Off and Away! Away! by Slovak author Jana Beňová. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and ventured to Czechoslovakia just after the 1989 Velvet Revolution. In total, she spent 15 years in Bratislava in Slovakia. In 2003, she began translating films and plays from Slovak to English and hasn’t looked back since. Her full-length book translations are Master your Stage Fright by Slovak master violinist, Bohdan Warchal and Piata loď (working title: Boat Number Five) by novelist Monika Kompaníková. In addition to Jana Beňová, her current translation projects include the novels The Best of All Worlds by Slovak-Swiss author Irena Brežná and The Arab World—Another Planet? by Emire Khidayer.  Janet lives in Seattle with her two children and also speaks French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and elementary Japanese to anyone who will listen.

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Episode 40-Author Constantine Singer

Today on the podcast I have Constantine Singer. He is the author of the YA, Sci-fi novel ‘Strange Days” He’s a full time high school teacher, part-time writer who lives in Echo Park and works in South L.A. On today’s episode we talk about his book and how he came to write YA. And since I had a school teacher on the podcast I figured he was a good person to talk about one of my favorite topics- the topic of ‘boys and reading’. Do boys read? If not, how do we get them to like reading? Do boys read YA? Who is YA marketed to? It turns out he had a lot to say on this topic. We also how talk how about schools can both create young readers or turn kids off from reading all together.

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Episode 39-Author Sofia Segovia

Today on the podcast I have author Sofia Segovia speaking to me from her home in Mexico. I’m speaking with her about her newest book “The Murmur of Bees’ published by Amazon Crossing. This is Sofia’s first book to be translated into English. She is also the author of two other novels ‘Night of the Hurricane and ‘Pilgrims.’ On todays episode she talks about how literature can erase borders and force us to see each other in a different way. We talk about how the place you live shapes how you see things and how sometimes fantasy and magic makes better sense of our world than a literal re- telling of events. She also tells a little about the craft of translation and why typically more books aren’t translated in to English. We also hear what it was like to work with her translator for this book, Simon Bruni.

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Episode 38-Author Christie Grotheim

Today on the podcast I have author Christie Grotheim talking about her debut novel “The Year Marjorie Moore Learned To Live” Christie is a New York-based writer whose personal essays and creative non-fiction have been featured on Salon.com, The New York Observer, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood and Smithmag.org

Find out more about Christie here

https://www.christiegrotheim.com

Buy her book here

https://www.amazon.com/Year-Marjorie-Moore-Learned-Live/dp/1942762461/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1553977257&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

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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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