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May 19, 2022

This novel has its roots in Karen seeking answers as a mother as to how to raise a good son which eventually resulted in her fulfilling her lifelong dream to live on a Greek island for a year, where she was disciplined enough to write her first draft, despite the lure of the seaside location. We talk about...


May 12, 2022

Hear how C. took events from her own life, including her Italian heritage, her closeness with her grandfather, and her love of cooking, and worked it into her debut novel. We delve into the fallout that occurred with her initial publisher, her decision to indie publish rather than starting back at square one, and...


May 4, 2022

Here how the inspiration from this story came from a “what if” moment while Penny was hiking with friends in the mountainous Tsitsikamma region of South Africa where she lives, how she had to change the ending of her novel because her character insisted on it, and how after years in fact-based journalism...


Apr 28, 2022

I love Elizabeth’s suggestion to “put your pen on the paper and see what happens.” When she did that to an earlier manuscript that she initially conceived of as a romantic comedy, the result was a story of three sisters dealing with the aftermath of their mother’s suicide when they were children. We discuss how...


Apr 21, 2022

This week’s podcast guest is Julee Balko (The Things We Keep, GenZ Publishing, July 2021). The impetus for Julee’s book was her own grief following the death of her mother and her frustration at not finding books which dealt in a realistic and honest way with this crucial life experience. We discuss what it was like...