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WGP Episode 59 Dr. Robert Williscroft, Hard Sci Fi

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Dr. Robert G. Williscroft is an adventurer, deep sea diver, nuclear submariner, polar explorer, and author to name a few of his accomplishments. See his website here at this link to see what all he has done in his life. He will educate and entertain you all in the span of the first five minutes of our interview. Robert’s many achievements encourages us to greater heights with our work by the knowledge that we CAN DO THIS! We are only limited by gravity, as I am known to say.

Robert has written six books and has been interviewed by 41 radio talk shows on 38 radio stations across the nation, several of them twice or more. I am very lucky to have him on Writer Groupie again, and believe me, you will love this show.

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A reviewer said of his book Slingshot 


In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Dr. Williscroft tells us what he’s been doing since we last met
  • He tells us about hard sci fi and how it is important to get the research right if you want to write it
  • We get insight into his journey as a scientist, adventurer, and author
  • He tells us how he ended up at the South Pole conducting research
  • We learn how the book The Chicken Little Agenda came into being
  • He gives us inside details about diving (and the serious problems it can create if you don’t come back up properly)
  • Details about Operation Ivy Bells and how that book is based on facts
  • Robert shares with us the things he is doing to promote his work, including what Linkedin Pulse has to offer
  • He gives insider details about his book Slingshot and how it was featured at a conference and how he offers to anyone who wants to get an autographed hardback copy he will get them a special coffee mug also.
  • Details about how he got 30,000 followers on Twitter

AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!

A few of his books:

THE STARCHILD COMPACT

OPERATION IVY BELLS

SLINGSHOT

THE CHICKEN LITTLE AGENDA

STARMAN JONES-A Relativity Birthday Presemt (children’s book)

Coming soon!

THE IAPETUS FEDERATION

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You can find her online at his Facebook page Robert Williscroft and on Twitter @RGWilliscroft
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WGP Episode 58 Nova Ren Suma, YA author

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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Walls Around Us, now available from Algonquin, which is a finalist for the Edgar Award and named the #1 Indie Next Pick on the Spring 2015 kids’ list and a Best Book of 2015 by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, The Horn Book, and Book Riot.

Nova also wrote the YA novels Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) and 17 & Gone (Dutton, 2013), both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her first book, the middle-grade novel Dani Noir (S&S/Aladdin, 2009), was reissued in paperback as Fade Out (Simon Pulse, 2012) and was named a Top 10 Editors’ Pick for 2009 by Amazon. Her short story “The Birds of Azalea Street” appears in the new YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (Dial, 2015) and she will have an essay in the YA anthology Feminism for the Real World, forthcoming in 2017. She is now at work on a new YA novel coming from Algonquin.

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There is a lot more info about Nova and her books at her Amazon page also, at:

Nova Ren Suma’s Amazon page

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Insight into Nova’s name and how she came by it and what she longed to be called instead
  • Details about her book, The Walls Around Us, and info on her journey as a published author including her work life as a production editor or copy editor at Harper Collins
  • She mentions the book that set her off into the world of YA, it is called FEATHERED and you can check it out below in the image section
  • She tells us about working in publishing and what is important as an employee there
  • Insight into how an author becomes a NY Times Bestseller
  • Details about what it takes to break into traditional publishing
  • Insider info on an author’s willingness to write something new if what they are writing isn’t working.
  • We discuss her Edgar nomination and how that all played out
  • She tells us what her weakness is in writing and how she feels like she got accepted in spite of it
  • We learn which book is the book of her heart and why it is special to her
  • AND SO MUCH MORE including her best advice for aspiring authors!

    Her current book:

    Her previous books:

    FEATHERED

    You can find her online at her website NOVA REN SUMA and on Twitter @novaren
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    WGP Episode 57: Sean Grigsby, author

    Traditionally published author Sean Grigsby has been working in the shadows since 2008. His work has appeared in many print anthologies and a creepypasta on Youtube. He is a reviewer and slush reader for Grimdark Magazine, and former associate editor for Dark Recesses Magazine. He is now repped by an agent at the Donald Maass Agency.

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    There is a lot more info about Sean and his work at his Amazon page also, at:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sean-Grigsby/e/B0038MSZPY

    In this episode, we learn about:

    Show Notes

  • We learn how Sean got an agent and why he chose traditional publishing over indie publishing
  • Insider info on Sean’s first attempt at writing a novel
  • His opinion and thoughts on synopis writing and how his first novel experience helped him
  • Details about his accepted work and what the concept is for the book that was picked up by his agent
  • Information about “the call” when it came
  • How he writes
  • Inspiration from Sean about having a heart for what you do
  • Insider details about his own experience as an interviewer and how he finds time to do that with two babies and a full-time job
  • Details about his time with the Nielson-Haydens (of Tor Books) at Mid-South Con
  • We discuss Tor Books and what they accept and how
  • Information about what is coming up for Sean
  • His thoughts about indie publishing
  • His best advice for aspiring authors
  • Books Sean is reading: (click the image to go to Amazon and get yours!)
  • Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell
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    Bentley Little’s The Summoning
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    Sam Sykes’s The City Stained Red
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    AND SO MUCH MORE

    You can find him online at his website http://www.seangrigsby.com and on Twitter @SeanGrigsby

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    WGP Episode 56: Eliza Gale, Interviewer

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    Eliza Gale runs, Eliza Gale’s Interviews which is a website on which she interviews writers, actors, and other artists about their jobs and their dreams. She is a part-time proletarian and part-time professional blogger, whose work has appeared on AXS, Examiner, Portland Metro Live and other websites.

    Ms. Gale is a published poet and a produced playwright. Her play, “The Little Nebbish” is about a disgruntled telemarketer who plots to destroy the coworkers who bully her and the roommate who uses her.
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    Her novel, “Papaya Paltrow, The Psychic and The Time Machine” will be released on April 11, 2016. The book is about a fake psychic who stumbles across a real time machine in her roommate’s closet. She uses the technology to advance her career and become a clairvoyant to the stars. One day she travels too far into the future where America has become a positive thinking police state.

    This is an audio-only episode so put your earbuds in and have a listen!

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Show Notes

  • How long Eliza has been doing interviews
  • Why she chose interview format to produce
  • She explains what a proletarian is
  • She tells us about her play, The Little Nebbish
  • Discussion about her as an interviewee rather than the interviewer and why others don’t reciprocate when they are asked to give an interview
  • Insider details about her site page called Page of Flakes and what it really is
  • How many subjects do not answer all their questions
  • Her 8 rules for interview subjects and why it is important
  • Insights into one particular interview and how the subject tried to hide behind a fake persona
  • Her most memorable interview with Ric O’Barry
  • What her perfect subject would be
  • Advice for someone looking to start a blog to interview subjects
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

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    Her site is: http://www.elizagalesinterviews.com

    Click the cover to go to Amazon to purchase this great work!

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    WGP Ep 55- The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman

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    is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Show Notes

  • Book launches and how checking the numbers is sort of universal
  • The author’s book list and how this one is different for him (memoir to fiction)
  • Inspiration: he talks about how he was inspired and how author’s should write what calls to them
  • Insider details: how reading got his writing really going (structure, flow etc.)
  • How writing a prologue meant a lot to this book and how they can be effective and necessary
  • Information: Details about what/whom The Charm Bracelet is based on and the true human experience that inspired the writing of it
  • The important things in life that helped to write the book ie. setting, characters, etc.
  • The truth factor of fiction and how much of our life ends up in our books
  • What’s coming up next for Wade in the “heirloom” series.
  • How long it took to write The Charm Bracelet and how he went about writing it
  • How his agent helped the writing of it
  • His AHA moment during the writing of this book
  • Editing and how he loves that part of writing and how long he spends during that process
  • What other writing he does that helps in the editing process
  • What his best advice is for an aspiring author
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

    AUDIO

    Links
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    WGP Episode 54 – JD Rhoades, hardboiled mystery author

    Born and raised in North Carolina, J.D. Rhoades has worked as a radio
    news reporter, club DJ, television cameraman, ad salesman, waiter,
    attorney, and newspaper columnist. His weekly column in North Carolina’s
    The Pilot was twice named best column of the year in its division.
    Author of The Devil’s Right Hand, Good Day in Hell, Safe and Sound,
    Breaking Cover, and Broken Shield, he lives, writes, and practices law
    in North Carolina.

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    There is a lot more info about JD Rhoades and his books at his Amazon page also, at:

    http://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Rhoades/e/B001ITYJKE

    In this episode, we learn about:

    Show Notes

  • JD’s writing life and how he broke into the trad pub market (St. Martin’s-Minotaur) and subsequently went hybrid
  • Information about his covers which truly do brand his genre and books
  • We talk a bit about Jason Pinter and Polis Books
  • Insider info on the hardboiled PI genre and how it appealed to JD
  • The explanation of redneck-noir and how it came to be and how Ice Chest was a departure from his norm in genre/book
  • Insight into his southernistic point of view (JD is a North Carolina man) sometimes encouraged by what he reads
  • Details about the writing of Good Day in Hell and how he makes the setting and character step off the page
  • Info about what JD thinks will happen in the industry as we go along based on the changes that have already occurred (ie. Joe Konrath and how he has led the way for indies)
  • His opinion about how indies need to make their work indistinguishable from trad pub books
  • How Polis Books took publishing in a new direction by giving authors like JD a new opportunity and how social media became a part of it
  • Insider details: JD offers a few new authors to try that are with Polis YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
  • Virtual reality, Oculus Rift, and JD Rhoades (totally funny)
  • Insight: If JD went wide, or stayed exclusive with Kindle and his opinion about both
  • AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!!!

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    The latest Jack Keller novel:

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    You can find him online at his website http://www.jdrhoades.blogspot.com and on Twitter @JD_Rhoades
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    WGP Episode 53- Interview with David Wilma, historical fiction

    Continuing my interviews with authors of all types and genres, this is the interview with David Wilma. I met David through the podcast, and Twitter, and when he sent me a contact form telling me about his work, I agreed, very excitedly. This is a fun and informative interview that you will LOVE!

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    David Wilma is a writer and historian in the Pacific Northwest with seven books, the script for a video documentary, and hundreds of encyclopedia essays to his credit. In prior careers he was a federal law enforcement officer, a policeman, and a volunteer advocate in court for foster children. He splits his time between a home in the city and one on an island where he has a wood shop and an amateur radio station.

    Show Notes

    • David tells us about himself and his writing life, including how he left his day job in the federal government and started writing full time
    • Insider details about his book, Down the River which is based on actual events
    • Information about writing history and how much research is needed
    • We learn why David decided to write from the first person perspective of an illiterate slave and who this storyteller is
    • What he tried to accomplish in the dialect of his subjects
    • How he felt as he wrote through scenes of brutality and terror
    • We discuss who he used to be when he was in law enforcement and how it has affected his writing
    • How he believes racism has always been a part of our society and the undercurrent that is beneath everything having to do with slaveholders
    • We discuss the followup book to Down the River called The Guardian, and how it is based on events surrounding the Underground Railroad
    • David tells me what he thinks the most difficult part of being a writer is today
    • He gives his best advice for an aspiring author

                                        Down the River by David Wilma (click on cover to purchase)

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    The Guardian by David Wilma (click on cover to purchase)

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    You can also find David Wilma at:

    Website: http://www.davidwilma.com

    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/David-Wilma-Books-1041396969244452/

     

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    WGP Episode 52- Cynthia Vespia, supernatural fantasy

    Welcome Groupies! Here we are at episode 52 – which means we have done one whole year’s worth of podcasts. Well, of course, more with my flyby episodes, but 52 INTERVIEWS. Isn’t that great??? And today, I chat with a fun and busy author, Cynthia Vespia. The Original Cyn, as she is sometimes known. You are going to love this interview! Be sure to subscribe to the iTunes feed or the Youtube channel and leave ratings and reviews! And look for Cynthia’s links at the bottom of this post.

    So, off we go…and on with the show!
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    Cynthia Vespia, “The Original Cyn,” is an author, graphic designer, and video editor. Her novels are adventure-based, designed to keep pages turning and hearts pounding. With a focus on supernatural suspense and dark fantasy, Vespia weaves varied genres into her work that deliver cross-over appeal for readers. She has been nominated for a “Best in Series” award for her fantasy trilogy Demon Hunter.

    She has also turned her creative energy into Original Cyn Creative Services, an award-winning copy, design, and video source for the development of promotional content. With over a decade of experience her background has included feature writing for a variety of publications; web design; national marketing and promotional campaigns via print and copy; script writing; video trailers and montages for authors and entrepreneurs. Her creative work has won awards for “Most Artistic Trailer” Demon Hunter 2: Seek & Destroy; “Best Video” Bloodlines; and a nomination for “Best Cover Design” Demon Huntress: Destiny Unleashed.

    During her downtime she enjoys getting lost in a good book or movie, and keeping active through martial arts and weight training.


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    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • the Original Cyn brand and how it came to be
  • cover design and how it is very important in today’s book industry
  • what important elements are included in a book cover design
  • insider details about typography
  • how Cynthia got started doing design work
  • whether she would prefer to be known for her design work or as an author
  • insider details about her trilogies, Demon Hunter, and Demon Huntress
  • info about a continuing series and how they can keep readers entertained
  • where she finds the time to write so many books, and have a busy business also
  • advice for aspiring authors
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!

    Find Cynthia Vespia on these sites:

    Cynthia’s website
    Cynthia’s facebook
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    WGP Episode 51- Jordan Nasser, romance author

    Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 51 of the podcast, and today I chat with Jordan Nasser.

    Jordan left his dream job behind and took the opportunity to re-examine his life—an experience he highly recommends if you ever have the chance. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he was raised in the South before moving to New York City. He currently lives and writes in Stockholm, Sweden and Nice, France.

    In his debut novel, Home Is a Fire, he drew upon his experiences growing up in the South. Outstanding reviews placed the book on the Amazon top ten rated LGBT fiction list. That story continues in his second novel, The Fire Went Wild.

    So, here we go…on with the show!
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    Jordan’s a quiet-spoken, interesting writer. I am excited to have him on Writer Groupie Podcast. Be sure to check out his sites at the bottom of this post.

    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn:

  • How Jordan’s book mimics real life.
  • Why he wrote the second book, first.
  • Insider details about how he wanted the book to be received.
  • Why he chose to indie-publish.
  • Information on what Jordan would tell an aspiring author today.
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!
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    Find Mr. Nasser on these sites:
    Jordan Nasser’s website
    Jordan’s Facebook page
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    WGP Episode 50-Robin Murphy, paranormal mysteries

    Interview with Robin Murphy

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    Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 50 of the podcast, and today I chat with Robin Murphy. Robin was born in the small coal mining town of Windber, Pennsylvania and remembers a wonderful childhood with her parents and two older brothers. She’s written a paranormal mystery series, beginning with Sullivan’s Secret and I know you will get a lot out of our time together.

    So, here we go…on with the show!
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    Robin is full of great information for authors seeking help with their work. I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast. Be sure to check out her sites at the bottom of this post.

    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about:

  • Robin’s writing journey which spans nearly 10 years now.
  • Why the first book morphed into a series.
  • Insider details about her “how-to” book for writers.
  • How self-publishing has grown and changed through the years.
  • What Robin misses about DIY in books.
  • Insider info on what Robin would want to know if she were starting over as an indie author.
  • How writing series of books benefits an author.
  • If setting the first book to free works for an author today.
  • How being an indie author allows freedoms that makes writing fun.
  • Details on being a graphic design artist and how covers are a big part of a book’s success.
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!

    Find Robin Murphy on these sites:
    Her Website
    Rookie Writer Solutions
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