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Coffee Break 039: Robert Tanenbaum

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What is the real value of writing in the modern world? Does it still possess the power to move people or capture the values of an entire nation? My guest today reminds me that the written word is still very much a force to be reckoned with.

“Doing a novel is… about many different things that matter to me. The integrity of the characters is reflective of my views of the integrity of the system. The fun part is: what is the story I want to tell that will highlight the kinds of things that we care about?”

I am very excited to share today’s Coffee Break with you, friends. I had the honor of speaking with attorney, politician, and popular American novelist Robert Tanenbaum. We talk about his latest novel, Infamy, and his newest work-in-progress, Without Fear or Favor, coming this September. But the conversation soon shifted toward such compelling topics as the virtue of the American judicial system, the essence of a great story, and the genius of our nation’s forefathers.

“We have to uplift the system of our government. Lying is not sufficient. Within the rule of law in our country, we’re capable of doing anything right.”

Having written over 30 crime novels and works of non-fiction, Robert captures the American ideal of justice and reminds readers that the honor and history of our nation’s most sacred institutions are worth upholding and defending. I hope todays’ episode moves you to inspire others through your own writing. I always encourage people to make their mark in the literary world. But don’t take my word for it. As Robert puts it:

“I believe most of us have at least one book in us.”

Check in with Robert to see how his latest novel is coming along! You can find links to his entire collection of work in the links below. Thanks for listening and keep writing!

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Coffee Break 038: Renita Bryant

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We talk a lot on this podcast about what it takes to write every day. We even delve into branding and marketing your platform. But what happens after you’ve finally published your book? In many ways, proofing your final draft is the beginning of the real work. Today’s guest shares the joys of publishing her first book as well as some nitty-gritty details of publishing you may not have considered.

“I was so excited and so happy when I finally had my book in my hand. That’s something that nobody can take away.”

Renita Bryant is the author of Yesterday Mourning as well as the owner of independent publisher and consultant Mynd Matters. In today’s Coffee Break, she talks about her transition from Corporate America to indie writer, publicist, and advisor.

“It was very trying at times. Deciding that I was going to publish was scary and it was overwhelming. I was concerned that people would hate it or nobody would want to read it. Or what would my family think?”

Renita now shares her experience with her clients, advising new authors to “know their numbers” and manage money while on promotional tours and book signings. She admits things can get a bit wild once you publish your book. But throughout the entire process, she is constantly reminded of her greatest asset: her peers.

“People are so willing to help you. There’s something about being a part of the indie community that felt like you have partners here; you have friends here; you have people that actually care. And they’re trying to help each other.”

Renita is currently working on her second novel. Click the links below to check in with her or just to say hi!

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Coffee Break 037: Mya Kay

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My friends: I really enjoyed this conversation with full-time YA author, collaborator, and entrepreneur Mya Kay. An eight-time published novelist who recently set a record for the number of books dropped in one day, Mya is smart, savvy, and full of great advice for writers of all ages and backgrounds who want to find success writing and selling books.

“I am changing the world with words.”

Image of Battling Brelyn, the first book in The Clover Chronicles by Mya Kay.Mya writes YA fiction with a message of inspiration and faith, and touches on important issues that YA readers face, such as diversity, entrepreneurship, lupus, and the family issues that may arise in the life of a biracial teen girl.

“My biggest pet peeve is seeing writers who don’t treat their writing like a business.”

Mya treats her writing career like a business and encourages all writers to do the same. She also encourages writers to create every day (even if they can’t write every day), and is passionate about sharing the message that while writing is a difficult process, it should never be scary.

“Writing a series is a dream come true for me.”

Follow your dreams, and click the links below to follow Mya.

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Coffee Break 036: Barbara Kyle II

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Oh, my friends. I have a treat for you today. Barbara Kyle (from Coffee Break episode 001) is back, and this time she’s talking about what makes a book a real page-turner—from characters to story structure, style, and even business.

“What is it that makes people want to keep reading long into the night?”

I always love talking with Barbara, who is an accomplished novelist and dedicated writing mentor to many. She has a knack for boiling down complex story creating and structuring advice into simple steps, and is always wonderfully positive and inspirational.

“Most people who are working on a novel have full-time jobs… and have to constantly fend off the well-meaning family and friends who ask, ‘Are you still working on that book?’ and ‘When can I find your book in the bookstore?’”

Today, Barbara and I discuss what makes for a page-turner, why it pays to help others along the way, how it feels to be misunderstood by family and friends as a writer, and much more.

“Nothing interests me as much as talking about writing. Well, my grandchildren do. But aside from that…”

Be sure to click the links below to learn more about or get in touch with Barbara!

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#pageturner

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Coffee Break 035: Kale Lawrence

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For me, there’s nothing better than looking at a book on my shelf and thinking, “Wow, I have literally met that author!” So you can imagine my excitement at interviewing today’s Coffee Break guest in person. South Dakota native Kale Lawrence is working on the second book of her young adult science-fiction/steampunk fantasy series, Alex in Wunderstrande.

“Any author that’s ever written a series is amazing, and I look up to them because it is such hard work.”

Image of Alex in Wunderstrande BookIn addition to writing a book series, Kale and I talk about interacting with local authors and writing communities, taking the time to ensure your writing looks and feels the way you want, and the hardest (and often most overlooked) step of self-publishing.

“Self-publishing is a beast. I would recommend self-publishing to those who…have the ability to have someone either help them with marketing or are in marketing and understand the process.”

We also discuss the surprises that crop up in a writer’s life. There are always interesting people to meet and life experiences to draw upon. But sometimes the biggest surprise of all emerges from your own spontaneity!

“My strongest writing comes out in those chapters. That why I left some of the things unplanned.”

Be sure to click the links below to learn more about or get in touch with Kale!

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#wunderstrande

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Coffee Break 034: Jonathan White

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Today’s episode of Coffee Break explores some truly wonderful paradoxes — the natural and spiritual world, science and myth, even human generosity and criticism.

All of these themes can be witnessed within the subject of the ocean’s tides. The ebb and flow of this elemental force has captured the imagination and curiosity of Jonathan White, writer, sailor, educator, and today’s special guest.

“It wasn’t something I planned… it was something I fell into. I’m fascinated by the natural world. I’m really fed by it.”

Jonathan is the author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, a half-poetic, half-scientific documentary of some of the most spellbinding locations and people on the planet. In fact, during a decade of study and personal encounters, Jonathan has often found himself with a foot in two different worlds.

“You can have a spiritual/mythological perspective of the tide. But you can also have the modern science of the tide. It’s not like you have to fit them together or make them fit. They can coexist.”

In today’s episode, we discuss the great lengths in which writers sometimes must go in order to satisfy their curiosity. Jonathan shares the time and trials of assembling a book over the course of ten years and the criticism he attributes to its success. He also shares his stories of enigma and human generosity as he travels the globe in search of the many influences of the tides.

“There’s a time when you just have to go somewhere. I really did come to a point where I had to close my computer down and say ‘I just have to go and see what’s going on there.’”

I hope you’ll join us for this interesting conversation. But more than anything, I hope you’ll be inspired to act upon your curiosities and passions as well as seek out the people who share them.

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Coffee Break 033: Jay Greenfield

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Today’s episode of Coffee Break proves a point that I’ve been trying to make for years. And that is: it’s never too late to start writing.

No matter your background, profession, or passions, everyone has a story to tell. And, as far as stories are concerned, today we are in for quite a treat!

“I had an extremely good teacher who was very encouraging… but he also was very realistic that this was not a good way to make a living.”

My guest today is Jay Greenfield, born and raised New York author of Max’s Diamonds, a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age novel set in post-World War II America. At 84 years young, Jay draws upon his rich life and prominent career in law to give depth and personality to his writing.

“Putting words on paper is easy. Making them weave well and editing is tough.”

In today’s episode, Jay and I talk about his life and career choices that led to publishing his first novel as well as the influences that have made an impact on the stories he tells.

“You really can’t do anything well unless you’re willing to give it a total commitment.”

I’ll let Jay speak for himself, but I hope listeners can connect with his honesty and gain inspiration from his accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your life and your wisdom with us, Jay, and good luck on your next book!

Mentioned in this episode:

#amwriting

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Coffee Break 032: Sandy Kreps

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What’s the best way to break into professional writing? Sometimes you just have to fly by the seat of your pants! This week on Coffee Break, we talk about what it really takes to become a full-time writer.

“It isn’t until you take your job intentionally and deliberately… that people start to care.”

My guest today is Sandy Kreps, freelance writer, ghostwriter, and blogger on Modern*Simplicity, a website dedicated to helping people create stress-free lives. She and I talk about transitioning to becoming a full-time writer, the tools and attitudes it takes to get there, and the magic of connecting with people from around the world.

“It’s so rewarding to be able to throw something out there and get so much back in return.”

Sandy shares the honest ins and outs of her writing career, including the many hats a modern writer has to wear. Through multiple sources of income and her trusty bullet journal, she offers a fresh approach to paying the bills while also making time for passion projects. I hope today’s episode shows you some new ways to support a writing career. Thanks, Sandy!

“No matter what stage you are as a writer, the most important thing I could say is just do it and do it fearlessly.”

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Coffee Break 031: Jake Heilbrunn

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For me, it’s fascinating to look back and see an author’s humble beginnings through their earlier work. But it’s even more of a treat to witness a writer’s craft develop as they grow as people. This week on Coffee Break, we take a look at transition, self-discovery, and the pursuit of joy, both through writing and finding yourself through a “leap of faith”.

“I feel like my story is just a metaphor for having the courage to listen to your inner voice and take that leap.”

My guest today is Jake Heilbrunn, blogger, motivational speaker, and author of Off the Beaten Trail: A Young Man’s Soul-Searching Journey Through Central America. We spoke about the personal struggles that motivated his yearning for travel, the people whose stories he tells along the way, and what it took to leave his entire life behind.

“I felt like I needed something to nourish my soul that was so far from anything I could understand… Your willpower is finite, but your environment can change everything.”

We also spoke about the learning process of self-publishing, the secret to writing over 100,000 words in three months, and the importance of a mindset of gratitude. But the themes of transformation and personal betterment prevails throughout our conversation.  And, as Jake assures us, all of us are united in the need to discover ourselves.

“The first step is the hardest part. No one’s ever fully ready.”

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Coffee Break 030: Janna Maron

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Sometimes the best way to share an intimate experience is to just tell it like it is. In this episode of Coffee Break, we explore the fascinating world of creative nonfiction and how to use storytelling to connect with readers on a more personal level.

“The creative nonfiction genre allowed me to do more self-reflection than I think is allowable in fiction.”

My guest today is Janna Maron, creator and editor of Under the Gum Tree, a reader-supported quarterly literary arts magazine. Under the Gum Tree features storytelling in the form of creative nonfiction and visual art, encouraging writers to share “stories without shame”.

“You ultimately have to create whatever community or support that you want for yourself.”

Today, Janna and I talk about discovering a passion project, the time and effort it takes to build it from the ground up, and the joys of sharing yourself with others. I hope Janna’s story inspires you to create something meaningful and have the courage to share it with complete strangers. You just may find your readers saying “Me too!”

“If you don’t see the thing that you want in the world, maybe that means you should be part of creating it and bringing it to life.”

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Coffee Break 029: Paul Sating

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FRIENDS! On today’s Coffee Break episode, I’m featuring a kind of storytelling that I’ve never featured before: the audio drama!

“I wanted to tell fresh stories… It keeps me loving the art of writing.”

With us today is veteran podcaster and storyteller Paul Sating, whose Subject: Found and Diary of a Madman are (respectively) delightfully lore-filled and spooky-fantastic.

“I can’t wait for my alarm to go off in the morning because I get to go write one of those things.”

Today, Paul and I talk about audio drama, podcasting, waking up excited about writing, not getting discouraged, and tons more. I hope you enjoy it — and more than that, I hope you are inspired to start your own audio drama (or at least work on your own project) today!

“It’s just so much fun to experiment with the world you’ve already built.”

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Coffee Break 028: David Galef


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OK, so I might be biased, but I think today’s conversation with David Galef is awesome.

David is the author of more than 15 books, a former professor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and is now an English professor and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

“I like trying to excite people with possibility.”

Novels, poetry, short stories… if you can name it, David has probably written it. His latest book, Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, documents the history of flash fiction and provides tips and techniques for writing in this condensed genre.

“Readers interject themselves anyway into a good short storyI think they have to do it even more in a piece of flash fiction.”

Today, David and I talk about his new book, the power of brevity in writing, compartmentalizing your life to make room for good writing habits, and so much more. Seriously, this episode is packed with David’s wisdom, so get out a notebook and enjoy!

“I don’t want to dismiss any kind of flash fiction. I think there’s a huge tent. What I wanted to do in this book was write about the various kinds and explore the possibilities.”

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Coffee Break 027: Jocelyn K. Glei

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Hey friends, I am thrilled this week to bring you an inspiring conversation with Jocelyn K. Glei. Jocelyn is a writer living in Los Angeles and is the former Founding Editor and Director of 99U. She has written several books on productivity and business and recently made the transition to writing full time.

“You’re shifting because you have to develop completely different habits, right?  You have to develop habits of, like, writing most of the day versus you know kinda working in an office environment…”

Jocelyn’s latest book, Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done tackles the very real problem of e-mail taking over so much of our time every day and gives practical tips on how to get your e-mail habits under control so you can be more productive.

“Writing is a way of thinking, or figuring out what you think, or clarifying your thoughts.”

In our conversation we talk about the balance between business and creativity, how she’s making the transition to writing full time, what keeps her focused, and the importance of learning from everyone around you. I think you’ll really enjoy it!

“Nothing worthwhile in life comes with instructions.”

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Coffee Break 026: Patrick Hicks

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My friends. I am so stoked to bring you this week’s podcast episode — a conversation with Patrick Hicks, poet, author, and the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. (Whew!)

“Whatever scares you to write… that’s what you should be writing.”

Patrick has written more than 10 books and has a wonderfully thoughtful take on the writing process and the publishing industry. His most recent novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, explores the death camps of the Holocaust and the people who worked at, lived in, and rebelled against them.

“I find it more useful as a fiction writer to write what I don’t know.”

Patrick and I talk about fiction as a shared dream between writer and reader, what it’s like to write (and research) a historical novel, how to see the world through a writer’s eyes, how traveling can change the way you write, how to deal with fear, and so much more. I hope you enjoy it!

“One of the things that I learned very quickly when my first poetry collection came out… we opened some champagne and I was like, Wow, this is great — look, it’s my book! Look, it’s my book! And about an hour went by, and my wife said, Patrick, you’ve still gotta take the garbage out.”

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#wordpower!

Note: I am INCREDIBLY sorry about the crackling noise in the middle of this week’s episode! I hope it doesn’t drive you too mad, and that you’re still able to enjoy Patrick’s amazing message!

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Coffee Break 025: Fauzia Burke

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Oh my gosh you guys. I loved talking to Fauzia Burke, the founder of FSB Associates, a PR firm that promotes books online. She is smart, insightful, optimistic, and experienced, and has a great laugh that will keep you smiling throughout this episode.

Oh yeah, and she’s here with us today to talk to you about marketing your book online.

“That was sort of my love affair with the web — it started with that one click.”

Fauzia went from working in traditional publishing back in 1995, when the internet was just beginning, to being the digital consultant who built Sue Grafton’s first website.

“There is a little bit of that in the self-publishing market… that whole idea of optimism, of joy, of just getting things done, of not waiting for permission… I think there’s a lot of empowerment in that.”

In today’s episode, Fauzia and I talk about the New York book publishing bubble, the joy and experimentation that come with self-publishing, being a Writer with a capital W, work/life/writing balance, social media marketing, the future of book marketing, taking risks, and more. I hope you enjoy it!

“Double down on what’s working — and ditch what’s not working.”

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Coffee Break 024: Ginny Carter

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Hey friends! I had a lovely time speaking with Ginny “The Authormaker” Carter, a professional ghostwriter and writing coach.

“You don’t want to get halfway through and then realize [you’re writing] the wrong book.”

I sometimes feel like I spend a lot of time podcasting about fiction writing and neglecting nonfiction, so hopefully today’s episode makes up for that. 😀

“Building up a whole new audience for a book is a lot harder work than using the one you’ve already got when you come to sell it.”

Ginny and I have a lovely conversation for you about the nonfiction book-writing process, different modes of publication, and Ginny’s favorite aspect of being a writing coach. I hope you enjoy it!

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Coffee Break 023: Kevin T. Johns

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You guys! I had a blast talking with author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns (who just also happens to be a fellow podcaster as well)!

M School, Kevin's new novelKevin is the author of several books, including M School, a novel about teenage assassins that comes out October 29, 2016. He is also a really smart dude with some great insights about what it takes to be a successful writer.

“One of the secrets to success is just sticking with it. It’s just not giving up, knowing that nothing happens overnight, and that… if you really just fight through the hard times, somewhere down the road, there’s going to be some sort of payoff.”

One of my favorite segments from today’s show is about the expectations that aspiring writers have about what it means to be a writer — and the actual reality of being a writer.

“The doors that opened to me from publishing a book were none of the ones I expected, but it’s completely changed my life.”

Kevin and I had a fun and honest conversation about being too busy, the difficult choices that successful writers make, and making the most of the time we have.  Enjoy!

“Someone might hear, oh, Kevin has 3 kids and a day job and a couple businesses and he’s got a new book coming out — wow, Kevin can do it all! But the reality is like, I’m not that good at my day job, I don’t spend as much time with my kids as I wish I could, I’m utterly exhausted… things give.”

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#sacrifices!

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Coffee Break 022: Honorée Corder

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Today I am proud to share with you a conversation I had with the wonderfully wise and delightful Honorée Corder.

Prosperity for Writers Cover ImageHonorée is a speaker, business coach, writing coach, and Writer with a capital W. She is also a smart, sassy, and successful entrepreneur who has published 20 books (including Prosperity for Writers) and knows what it takes to sell them.

“Nothing takes as short a period of time as you would like it to take… Everything’s going to take longer, cost more money, and require more effort, and so what? Just keep doing it.”

Honorée provides a refreshing voice for hopeful writers in a world that says all artists must be starving artists. Essentially, her goal is to help writers quit doing the things they don’t love so that they can do the things they do love.

“I want people to do what they love and recognize that they can make an abundance of money from that.”

Honorée and I had a great conversation about being a Writer with a capital W, self publishing, leveraged income, “BOLO-ing”, the four hurdles to becoming a prosperous author, and tons more. This is a great episode and I hope you enjoy it!

“The harder and smarter I work, the luckier I get.”

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#bolo!

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Coffee Break 021: Jenny Bravo

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Aside from having an amazingly perfect name, Jenny Bravo is the author of These Are The Moments, as well as the Jenny Bravo Books (formerly Blots & Plots) blog.

Image of These Are The Moments BookJenny works a full-time job in addition to writing and blogging and producing online courses, so she was a natural fit for this show.

“I’m a planner by survival… So if I’m going to sit down on my lunch break and write… I’d better know what I’m writing.”

Jenny’s full-time job is in insurance — which isn’t glamorous, but it does afford her the creative energy to write over her lunch break and when she gets home.

“We have to stop wishing that our circumstances were different and just be OK with what they are and figure it out from there.”

Jenny and I have a beautifully honest conversation about writing sprints, not editing as you write, handwriting with pen & paper, being distracted from writing by the internet, keeping a scene list, our mutual love of Twitter, and tons more. I hope you enjoy it.

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Coffee Break 020: Andrew Coons

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Happy Monday, my lovelies (and yes, there is such a thing!). On today’s show we’re talking with poet and filmmaker Andrew Coons, whose very first book, Sin Eater, came out this month.

Image of Sin EaterAndrew and I had a great conversation about career writing, putting yourself in the environment you want to be in, anxiety, depression, self-worth, and getting back into the things you love after putting them on hold for college and a career.

“The fear in the past has always been — what am I writing for… and can I be good enough? But by letting that go and writing for the sake of writing, then I find that whatever pops into my head, I’ll run with it. And it becomes a lot more rewarding.”

Despite his love for all different types of writing, Andrew finds himself drawn most to creative writing, like poetry and novel writing.

“Even though I’m a corporate screenwriter, I am a writer. And I can take that badge and apply it to the creative outlets.”

Andrew also gave me some insights that I needed to hear about self-care and sacrifice, which I hope you find enlightening as well. All in all, it was a really great conversation.

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. You can listen to it using the controls above or on iTunes — and, while you’re at it, be sure to get your own copy of Andrew’s book, visit his website, or follow him on Instagram. 🙂

Bonus: A screenshot from our Skype conversation:

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Coffee Break 019: Hend Hegazi

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Hello, my friends! Today’s show is an interview with Arab-American author Hend Hegazi, who has just published her second novel about gratefulness, forgiveness, and the universal yet hidden struggles we all deal with.

“Sometimes you’re missing that forgiveness in your own life, or you’re missing that love in your own life. And when you can write it down — when you can make a story — then you can get to feel those emotions that you so desperately need.”

Hend, who currently lives and writes in Egypt (and had to Skype in at something like 1:00 a.m. to make this call happen), is originally from the state of Massachusetts in the USA, where she studied at Smith College in preparation to become an optometrist — until tragedy struck her family.

“I try to be grateful for everything… but that doesn’t mean my life is free from difficulty.”

I loved Hend’s frank honesty, sense of humor, and insights about truth, faith, love, hatred, inclusivity, and being different — both as a Muslim-American in her life in the USA and as an educated, English-speaking woman living in Egypt.

“I’ve been a minority my entire life… When you’re the only girl in your high school who wears hijab, you get used to it. You have no option but to just be strong enough to deal with everything that comes your way.”

And bonus — Hend treats us to a reading from her newest book, Behind Picket Fences.

I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. You can listen to it using the controls above or on iTunes — and, while you’re at it, be sure to get your own copy of Hend’s books, visit her website, or follow her on Facebook. 🙂

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Coffee Break 018: Mark Messick

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Oh, hey there, friends. I have a new guest for you this week — meet Mark Messick, the 16-year-old bestselling author of more than eleven books.

“The reason I’m successful is because I was naive.”

Mark decided that he wanted to become an author at age 10, and found his chance as his family transitioned to a new home. During that time, he also transitioned to being home-schooled, which gave him the unique opportunity to focus and hone  his writing and marketing skills.

“Whenever I write a new book, I learn new things about myself… Sometimes I think that I learn more writing books than reading them.”

Mark has a great attitude and tons of positivity and optimism about the future, even though he admits that he has no idea what it may hold.

“I think it’s important to have something to strive for, even if it’s not necessarily super-attainable.”

You can listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to get your own copy of Mark’s books, visit his website, take his Kindle course*, or follow him on Twitter.

“I think if you’re determined enough to do something, you can find a way to do it. “

*Disclaimer: Please note that this podcast episode is not an endorsement of Mark’s video course, as I have not taken the course myself. 🙂

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Coffee Break 017: Andrew Chapman

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OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS I fully realize it has been approximately 700 years since I last released a podcast episode. I should probably do what all of the SMART podcasters do and simply announce a “Summer Schedule” just because of all the stuff that goes on in the summer that keeps me from podcasting. But I’m not that smart.

Anyway, I am simply thrilled to be back, this time featuring screenwriter and television producer Andrew Chapman. In addition to writing scripts for Disney’s Pocahontas and TNT’s spy thriller “Legends“, he has also sold pilots to ABC, Fox, Amazon, ABC Family, and Sony, and published his first novel, The Ascendant, in 2014.

In short: Andrew is a way cool dude and I think you’re really going to enjoy our lively conversation about the upsides (and downsides) to television writing, novel writing, staying true to your voice as a writer, the apprentice system in Hollywood, creating an “addictive” book or TV show, and tons more.

The King of Fear Book CoverAnd oh, hey! Andrew has also just published his second novel, The King of Fear, which was initially released in serial form (i.e., three novellas or “episodes”), much like Dickens used to do back in the day.

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Coffee Break 016: Melissa Johnson


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I am so excited today to bring you a delightful conversation with my good friend and mentor Melissa Johnson.

“Your soul needs to create.”

Melissa is a successful entrepreneur several times over, as well as a professional speaker and writer for the Jon Gordon Companies. But what I wanted to focus on for this episode of Coffee Break was the book she recently wrote for herself.

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This book, Fingers in the Frosting, came out of Melissa’s deep need to simply create. But when you run two businesses, take care of your family (and new foster daughter!), and attend the necessarily social functions of life, how do you find time for creative writing?

“Each and every one of us has so many facets — we have so many pieces to our lives.”

Today, Melissa and I talk about how to fit creative writing into a busy schedule, the benefits of “morning pages”, the spiritual side of creativity, and the necessity of mentorship.

“It takes bravery to protect that creative space.”

I always learn so much from Melissa, and I hope that today you do, too. She is also the first interview guest, I believe, who has ever asked me a question.

“I think it’s so important as writers that we never shut that door.”

Listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to get your own copy of Fingers in the Frosting, visit Melissa’s blog, or check out her two businesses: Oh My Cupcakes and Oh My Word Paperie.

Bonus:

The official word of the year (2016) is No. But in a good, freeing way. 🙂

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Coffee Break 015: Karan Bajaj


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Oh my gosh. I absolutely loved interviewing bestselling Indian author (& striving yogi!) Karan Bajaj for this week’s episode of Coffee Break. Karan has an amazing story and a wonderful heart, and I’m so excited to be able to share both of these with you today.

“All you need to really get by in life is a floor in an ashram.”

Karan lives his life by a self-imposed 4:1 rule — he works very hard for four years in a high-powered executive role, and then takes one “goal-less” year off to explore the world, live life, and gather material for his creative writing.

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He recently completed his third 4:1 cycle and his newest book, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, came out in May 2016.

“I felt the need to write, and I honored it.”

In today’s Coffee Break episode, Karan shares with us his thoughts on living a “baggage-free life”, which was wonderfully freeing and eye-opening.

We also talk about (and I’m going to bullet-point these so the list doesn’t turn into a super-dense wall of text):

  • shedding emotional materialism
  • intentional spontaneity
  • the importance of silence for writers
  • the burden and freedom of a creative habit
  • combining entertainment and meaning
  • the experiential nature of fiction
  • breaking down the mystical
  • the power of a journey
  • the value of humility
  • …and tons more. 🙂 (Seriously. There is a lot of great stuff here!)

“I think you have to be a little forgiving of yourself… rather than feeling guilty about it all the time.”

Karan also has two small children (with two more on the way!), and discusses how he balances his sabbaticals, yoga, writing habit, and career with his family life.

“I just make it a point to create every day… That act of creation each day keeps me honest, you know?”

I learned SO MUCH from my conversation with Karan, and I hope that you take away something useful of your own.

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Read Karan’s article in the New York Times!

Listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to follow Karan on Twitter, get your own copy of The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, check it out on Goodreads, or visit his website.

You can also read more from Karan Bajaj in the New York Times, where he’s written an article called “A Hard-Driving Executive’s Year of Learning to Let Go”.

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Coffee Break 014: David Faux

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I’m excited to bring you a special guest for this week’s Coffee Break — science fiction writer and all-around wonderful person David Faux.

David is a church-custodian-turned-tow-truck-driver, but he is also in the process of querying his first novel, a space western called Sidewinder. And he has a beautiful message to share with you.

“Writing became where I could find my identity.”

Today, David and I are talking about the value of writing retreats and sabbaticals, the TV show Firefly, creating worlds, and how we react through writing when life throws both wonderful and terrible things our way.

“Being around certain people does allow me to open up and shine in a way that I can’t when I’m alone.”

David lost his 7-year-old daughter to cancer in 2002 and still uses novel-writing as a way to process the grief and pain. I am so grateful that David was willing to share his story with us, and I hope you find it as moving and meaningful as I did.

“I want to write a story to tell them that there’s hope.”

Listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to follow David on Twitter or visit his blog, Roadwalker Media.

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Coffee Break 013: Diane Vallere

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Today our guest is fashion mystery writer Diane Vallere, who has written four cozy mystery series and is a self-described mix of Barbie, Trixie Belden, and Rocky Balboa.

Also, a teddy bear inspired her to write her latest mystery series.

(Seriously, how delightful is that?)

“Those risks… those are what make us feel alive.”

Diane was working as a buyer for a top luxury retailer before she took the leap and, as her website puts it, “traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder.” She writes full-time now and loves every minute of it.

“You have to believe that what you’re doing is valuable, that it’s not just an exercise in creative writing. That there’s a point to it.”

We talk about finding the courage to do what you love and love what you’re doing, the ups and downs of self-publishing vs. working with a publisher, the elements of a good cozy mystery, and what it’s like to be a “pantser”. I think you’ll enjoy it.

“The best thing you can do to improve your writing is to read. A lot.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to follow Diane on Twitter or visit her website.

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Coffee Break 012: JoAnna Ver Meer

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Oh my friends, I am so very excited about today’s Coffee Break episode (a.k.a. Tea Breakjust for today). That’s because I’m talking with my good friend & poet JoAnna Ver Meer, and I think that, by the end of this episode, you’ll adore her as much as I do.

“I don’t think I would be a happy person if I couldn’t write every day.”

Today’s episode is a celebration of JoAnna’s newest book of poetry, Syllables and Other Poems (published under her maiden name of JoAnna Tatman), and a look at how this poet balances her creative writing life with her technical writing life.

“There’s so much beauty around us that we miss it.”

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JoAnna is a gentle and quiet spirit who has worked to develop a writer’s mindfulness, read widely from the classics, and find confidence amidst her natural shyness.

Listen to today’s episode using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to follow Jo on Twitter or snag her books Walking After Rain or Syllables and Other Poems. (Again, her books are published under her maiden name of JoAnna Tatman.) Enjoy!

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Coffee Break 011: Matt Paulson, Take 2

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You might remember Matt Paulson from one of my very first Coffee Break episodes, where we talked about his digital publishing company, automating the writing process, and blogging, as well as a book he had recently written.

Five months later, Matt is publishing another book. It’s called The Ten-Year Turnaround and it’s about achieving financial freedom within a ten-year time period.

“All writers are entrepreneurs, whether they realize it or not.”

Want to feel even more inadequate by comparison? Matt wrote this entire book while walking on a treadmill.

“Fitbit tells you ‘good job, you got your steps in,’ and you also got a bunch of work done.”

During today’s Coffee Break, we’re talking about multitasking, being smart enough to know when you’ve hit a wall, the perks of self-publishing, and writing on the treadmill. Also, I recorded this after a very long week and while incredibly sleep-deprived, so I am in rare form. (You’ll see.)

And #neverforget:

“Be a tool.”

…Which reminds me, you can help support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast and Coffee Break spinoff by pledging $1 or more per episode on Patreon! 😀

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Anyway, give today’s episode a listen using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, be sure to visit Matt’s website, snag his latest book, or listen to our previous conversation.

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Coffee Break 010: Kaitlyn Mirison

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Kaitlyn Mirison was one of the first people to get in touch with me when I first launched the Coffee Break offshoot of the Write Now podcast. And I am so grateful that she did.

Kaitlyn is the author of An Artist’s Pillars, and host of the Potential & Possibility Podcast, both of which encourage creative folks like you & me to believe in ourselves and deepen our experience of living.

“It felt like I was standing on the sidelines of my life.”

For years, Katilyn worked as an accounting executive, a role in which she was successful but ultimately unfulfilled. She had dreamed of being a writer ever since she was a little girl, but those dreams had been crushed by fear and self-doubt.

“At the very core, I didn’t believe that I was valuable as a person.”

In this beautiful and moving episode, Kaitlyn talks about finding the permission you need to write, going against well-intentioned advice when necessary, making peace with your inner critic, and discovering your self-worth & value as a person.

“When I started writing my book… that’s when I felt like I was coming home.”

Give today’s episode a listen using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you’re at it, check out Katilyn’s book and podcast. They are both as lovely as she is. 🙂

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Coffee Break 009: reShoUNn Foster

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Welcome to another Coffee Break episode of the Write Now podcast. I’m so glad you’re here.

Today I’m talking with beautiful poet, corporate writer, anthroponymist, jazz den owner, community builder, & kindred spirit reShoUNn Foster, who is working to invigorate Detroit with the art of words through her Out My Write Mind and Hip n Zen in the Northend projects.

“Facebook saved my life.”

In today’s episode, reShoUNn shares her story of what she went through during a long period of depression (she terms it her “Job period”), as well as the importance of having a writing identity, the healing power of journaling, writing, poetry, & friendship.

She also speaks passionately about developing communities through teaching individuals to develop themselves and learn all they can about who they are.

Check out reShoUNn’s projects, and be sure to look out for her new website & podcast, coming soon.

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Coffee Break 008: Deane Barker

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Hi friends! Welcome to your monthly Coffee Break episode of the Write Now podcast.

Today I want to share with you the delightful and fun conversation I had with Deane Barker, who has been an authority in the web content management space since the mid-’90s and is wrapping up his first book on the subject.

So! Even if you’re not in to nonfiction (or especially if you are), Deane’s insights about finding time to write, getting “friend-zoned” by your dream, dealing with writers’ block, “parking lots” for ideas, imposter syndrome, chronic & acute editing fatigue, and giving yourself permission to fail (AND SO MUCH MORE!) are incredibly insightful and valuable.

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Also: cats!

Curious to learn more about Deane? (I wouldn’t blame you; he’s a crazy-intelligent & super-awesome dude.) Check out his blog at Gadgetopia or his profile at Blend Interactive, grab your own copy of his book, Web Content Management, or follow him on Twitter at @gadgetopia.

Oh, and if you were interested in checking out the link to Deane’s raw, unedited “parking lot” full of notes for this podcast episode (per our conversation about collection systems), you can find that here.

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Coffee Break 007: Vanessa Blakeslee

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Hi friends! Welcome to your weekly Coffee Break.

Today I’m talking to Vanessa Blakeslee, the acclaimed short-story writer (and, I can add, distinguished and delightful personage) who has published her first novel, Juventud.

Juventud (or “Youth“) is a beautifully and vividly written coming-of-age novel set in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and follows the story of Mercedes Martinez, a young woman who is in love and determined to make her own choices in life — until tragedy strikes.

Image of Juventud by Vanessa BlakesleeVanessa was a pure delight to talk to and I think you’ll enjoy our conversation, which delves into the agency that we give our characters when we write about them, the differences between crafting a novel and a short story, giving your subconscious the time to “stew” over your story, and more!

Curious to learn more about Vanessa Blakeslee? Check out her official website, snag your own copy of Juventud, or enjoy her award-winning volume of short stories, Train Shots.

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Coffee Break 006: Kate Dyer-Seeley

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My friends, I have to admit: this episode of Coffee Break almost turned me into a hypocrite.

Earlier this week, I released an episode of Write Now titled Letting Go, especially re: perfectionism. I proclaimed, several times, that “done is better than perfect!”

This episode of Coffee Break really challenged that belief. The audio quality is not very good, thanks to a shoddy Skype/internet connection and echo-chamber-like setting, and my interview questions were total lame-sauce. I considered simply deleting this episode and sending an effusive apology letter to the interviewee, Kate Dyer-Seeley, who despite my flailing was absolutely delightful.

But I couldn’t do that, because on top of everything else I am stubborn as heck. So instead I’ll apologize to you, lovely listener, for the substandard audio quality, let it go, and move on. 🙂

Kate Dyer-Seeley on mystery plotting, hiking, & the magic of editing:

Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-SeeleyToday’s Coffee Break focuses on Pacific Northwest author Kate Dyer-Seeley. She’s the author of several mysteries in the “cozy” genre (one of my faves), and a pure delight to talk to.

Mystery writers need to be particularly strategic with their craft to keep the reader guessing, and Kate very graciously goes into detail about her strategizing and sketching process, from mapping out the murder on her whiteboard to creating suspect sheets, “adding the magic back in” with editing, and more.

We also talk a bit about the New Adult genre, writing places as characters, “NaNo-ing” throughout the year, and more.

Talking to Kate just really made me want to go home, shut myself in my office, and WRITE. I hope our conversation makes you feel the same way. 🙂

Curious to learn more about Kate Dyer-Seeley? Check out her official website, or curl up by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa and one of her delightful cozy mysteries.

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Coffee Break 005: Abraham Allende

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It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy another episode of Coffee Break.

I love talking with people who have interesting stories to tell. And Abraham Allende — former Cleveland sportscaster and current bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA — has many.

Language has been a central part of Bishop Allende’s career, from teaching high-school French to broadcasting Cleveland Indians games under the name Allen Davis. And he continues to speak, teach, and write professionally today — though now it’s from the pulpit.

Despite any misgivings you may have about organized religion, I think you’ll enjoy our conversation about the power of language and the messages we choose to share.

We also talk about what it means to be called to a vocation. (You know, like writing. Or teaching. Or whatever it is you feel called to do.) Oh, and the importance of being authentic. All good stuff.

Visit Bishop Allende’s blog, or read more about him at Cleveland.com.

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Coffee Break 004: Dave Booda

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It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy another episode of Coffee Break.

Dave Booda (that’s him, with the magnificent man-bun) of the Darken the Page podcast got in touch with me a while ago about recording a podcast episode together, and I thought it sounded like a great idea.

SO THAT IS WHAT WE DID. Enjoy our banter about the creative process and all the STUFF that comes with it. 😀

Please note: This episode originally aired as Episode 43 of the Darken the Page podcast, but Dave very generously let me use it for today’s Coffee Break as well. Thanks, my friend!

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Coffee Break 003: Matt Paulson

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Hey friends. It’s time for another Coffee Break!

Today, I’m speaking to my good friend Matt Paulson, the author of two books and finance blogger-turned-entrepreneur.

Matt is a smart dude who did something really interesting. He built a software program to gather financial data and generate blog posts about it. So today he’s talking to us as the writer who literally built his own robot replacement.

It’s like science fiction, but it’s REAL LIFE! And Matt has seen an incredible amount of success.

That left Matt the writer with nothing left to write — so he started writing books. One of those books he wrote in just 18 days (which you’ll hear more about in this episode), and it’s about an aspect of being a writer that often gets overlooked or pushed to the sidelines — marketing.

Matt’s newest book, Email Marketing Demystified, is a great and accessible way to gain a following for bloggers, novelists, and writers of all kinds. He spills some secrets in this episode about when to start collecting email addresses through your website, how to use them, and more. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty cool stuff.

Get a free copy of Matt’s book!

Want to learn how, as a writer or a blogger, to get started with email marketing? Matt’s book, Email Marketing Demystified, is available free on Kindle through October 4, 2015, and if you’d still like a free copy after that, please contact him through his website.

And while you’re there, you can sign up for his email list. 🙂

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Coffee Break: Mad Like Alyce

Episode 002: Mad Like Alyce

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Welcome to another episode of Coffee Break! This week, I’m talking to lifestyle blogger Mad Like Alyce, who offers a special focus on living a healthier life with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic pain.

This is a great podcast episode for any writer who has a blog or is thinking about starting a blog!

In our conversation, Alyce & I talk about the importance of selecting a niche for your blog without letting it confine or label you, how to draw inspiration from other bloggers while maintaining your own voice, how much time to spend writing a post vs. how much value it provides to your readers, and so much more.

Alyce is not only a writer but a tech geek like myself, and so you’ll also get some tips on starting your blog on a shoestring budget, using Google Analytics to understand and grow your blog traffic, and finding the right blogging platform.

I hope you enjoy it.

Visit Alyce’s blog.

You’ll find Alyce online at madlikealyce.com, where she blogs about living a happier and healthier life with PTSD and chronic pain. She also offers fun lifestyle features highlighting new music, fashion, recipes, and more. Check it out.

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Welcome to the very first episode of Coffee Break, in which I speak with the elegant and gracious Barbara Kyle about what it means to write professionally and craft a true page-turner.

Ms. Kyle is the author of the popular Thornleigh Saga, a series of historical novels set in the court of King Henry VIII.

However, she has also has a fascinating past as an actor — she starred in the TV daytime drama High Hopes, among other roles on screen and onstage.

In this conversation, Barbara talks about the importance of outlining or storylining your novel, the role of empathy in storytelling, and how she came upon writing as a second career.

I hope you enjoy it.

Visit Barbara’s website.

If you’re interested in learning more about Barbara, you can visit her website, where she offers a series of webinars for writers and talks about her upcoming symposium this October in Toronto, called “Crafting the Page-Turner”.

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