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WGP-Eps 81-Talking Heads – The Inner Editor

Talking heads on the Inner Editor

in his episode, we discuss writing prep and how oftentimes it can go awry due to that aggravating inner editor. Listen as I describe my own fears and foibles and also to the fine advice Bill gives me on how to overcome it.

We didn’t mention it this time, but you can still send in those audio clips and we will air them next Wednesday. Or if you want us to to it for you, check out the Paypal link at the top of the page and send us your info.

Here is the audio only version for you. IF you want to use our podcast player it is at the bottom of the post

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WGP- Eps 80-R. Weir, author of The Front Range Butcher

Welcome to Writer Groupie Podcast!

R. Weir lives in the Mile High city with his wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, he relaxes by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in a motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes him. His writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. His oddball sense of humor is much like his author’s, though he’s not nearly as tough and fearless. Though no evil stands a chance against Mr. Weir’s written word!

COMING TO AMAZON IN MARCH 2019

Recently, R. Weir and I had a nice chat about his latest book, THE FRONT RANGE BUTCHER and his writing journey. Here are a few of the things we discussed:

  1. How he has been writing since his teens and how it all began with poetry.
  2. About three novels that remain in his archives and how he may pull them out one day and revisit them
  3. We discussed looking over old work and how we are sometimes impressed with our own former writing style.
  4. How his character of Jarvis Mann originally began in a short story that when it was updated became the first in the series.
  5. We traded insights on how writers spend a lot of time with their characters and all about Jarvis Mann, tough, snarky, and sometimes not too bright.
  6. Why Robert B. Parker helped to shape Jarvis Mann
  7. How he keeps the series going by growing his character’s personal life.
  8. How he weaves his plots and subplots to keep the reader in a deep dive inside the book
  9. Insider details on how sometimes books write themselves.
  10. We discussed The Front Range Butcher and Randy tells us how his research took him into dark places that he lost sleep over.

ENJOY THIS AUDIO ONLY LINK!

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AND listen to the end for HIS BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS! You do not want to miss this!

The Front Range Butcher by R. Weir


R Weir
Author of the Amazon Bestselling Jarvis Mann PI books
Witty, sarcastic and tough
You want this Denver P.I. fighting for you
You can find them at:
Https://www.rweir.net &
https://www.amazon.com/R-Weir/e/B00JH2Y5US

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WGP-Eps 79 -Talking Heads – REJECTIONS

This week, Bill and I are discussing that dreaded rejection letter, why you get them, and what you can do to not get them. One thing to always remember: don’t feel like YOU are the rejected one. It is not YOU. It is the work you submitted.

We discuss the show and what all is going on, and also, our upcoming guest, R. Weir on Episode 80. We hope you will join us!

Here is the link to the audio only version of the show – the podcast player is at the bottom of this post.

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WGP-Ep 78-Dan Stout, author of Titanshade

Recently, I had the privilege of chatting with Dan Stout, the author of the new noir fantasy thriller coming from Daw entitled TITANSHADE. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and Nature.

Website: http://www.danstout.com

About the book:

Carter’s a homicide cop in Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art, disco rules the radio, and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels. It’s also a metropolis teetering on the edge of disaster. As its oil reserves run dry, the city’s future hangs on a possible investment from the reclusive amphibians known as Squibs.

But now negotiations have been derailed by the horrific murder of a Squib diplomat. The pressure’s never been higher to make a quick arrest, even as Carter’s investigation leads him into conflict with the city’s elite. Undermined by corrupt coworkers and falsified evidence, and with a suspect list that includes power-hungry politicians, oil magnates, and mad scientists, Carter must find the killer before the investigation turns into a witch-hunt and those closest to him pay the ultimate price on the filthy streets of Titanshade. 

In the interview

First let me say that the audio and video in this Skype interview are really not great, but we persevered and with a little creative editing on Bill’s part, we ended up with a decent recording.

In this episode, Dan and I talk about great things such as:

  • Titanshade and when it makes its debut, and what kind of interesting fantasy it is and all of the aspects of writing in a sort of mixed genre
  • I fan-girled a bit over what I have read in the book, and I tried not to give too much away
  • Dan’s inspiration behind Titanshade and how 90 minutes changed his life
  • What challenges Dan faced with the writing of Titanshade
  • His favorite part of writing Titanshade
  • How Dan created a patchwork quilt with his writing
  • Collaborative efforts and if that is in the future
  • How writing a series is a juggling act, and ways to keep it going
  • AND DAN GIVES US THE **BEST** WRITING ADVICE EVER!!!!!

And soooo much more!

Here is the audio only version of the show –

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WGP Episode 76 – We’re BAAACK!

Hey everybody! We are back and this is our inaugural episode although it is numbered as though there was never a TWO YEAR BREAK! And of course, I have said in the video that this is episode 75 – and it is NOT. I would never take the limelight from Lori Roberts and her wonderful episode. You can go listen to it here. It is the real episode 75 not this one.

In this episode (76) you will hear:

  1. What has gone on for the last two years
  2. Who is now doing audio/video production for the show
  3. When you can get on the show for YOUR episode!
  4. A great new idea for you to get an audio clip of your book in front of OUR fans!

Things I still have to do:

  1. Figure out how to get this stuff uploaded to YouTube once again
  2. Ditto for iTunes
  3. Get a format down so that you guys are familiar with how it goes

Not that having a format is all that important for the interview segments. You are totally fine to make it the “Mr or Mrs My Book and all about me” show. But if you have some other sites you frequent that you would like to see our show go up at, please do let me know. (I am going to check out Twitch soon)

But, enough of my jabber. The latest episode is below and I hope you enjoy it.

PODCAST LINK

The link below will take you to a podcast player. Or you can just click on the one at the bottom of this post. Alternatively, clicking on the iTunes icon below will magically take you to your iTunes player.

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Bound to Morocco by Leslie Hachtel

Bound to Morocco – New Release! 

Bound to Morocco

by Leslie Hachtel

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

What if your family sold you to a Sultan’s Harem?

Drugged and kidnapped, Shera finds herself on a ship to Morocco to serve the Sultan. Abandoned and alone, Shera must find a way to escape and confront the people who betrayed her. She gets help from an unlikely source: the man who kidnapped her. But, he has his own secrets. And, when their partnership turns to love, the two must face constant danger to endure. But will they ever be free?

 

Purchase now on Amazon for Kindle and in PRINT!
Click on cover to go to AMAZON now!Also available at these retailers:

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-to-morocco-leslie-hachtel/1128923180?ean=9781720802112

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-to-morocco

for other retailers not listed contact the author at her website:

http://www.lesliehachtel.com 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense. Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
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Episode 75 – Lori Roberts, author and living historian

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Lori Roberts is an author, educator, historian and presenter for historical events and workshops. Lori has been an educator for more than twenty years, currently teaching United States History at the Middle School level.

Lori as a living historian, often portrays Mrs. Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

She has spoken at Civil War events in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. As a presenter, Lori has given first-person programs to the Southern Indiana Education Center/Living History Fellowship Grant, Journey Through the Hallowed Ground Conference, George Mason University. Lori was a 2011 nominee for the Guilder Lehrman Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Lori has a passion for history, and bringing history to life for her audience. Bringing characters to life through historical interpretation is one method Lori uses to engage her students in the classroom.

Lori and I chat via audio podcast only for this show and you can see what books she has below.

Links to books (click on cover to be magically transported to purchase)

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In this episode with Lori Roberts, we discuss:

SHOW NOTES

  • Her journey as a writer and living historian
  • How she can begin another book even in the midst of the current one
  • What she did about writing during Nanowrimo this year
  • How being a teacher has influenced what she writes and how sometimes hinders her writing
  • Discussion about free-writing and if an author can or should do it
  • Why she chose the Civil War era and if it was related to a familial connection
  • How Gone with the Wind influenced her decision about the era to write in
  • If she might write in another era-say, medival history
  • Insider details about how research has played a part in her writing life
  • Insights on how current opinion has affected writing historical fiction esp. in the CW era
  • AND SO MUCH MORE! INCLUDING HER ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS

    PODCAST LINK

    You can find Lori Roberts online at:

    LINKS

    Website : http://www.stonewallswife.com
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lori.crecelius.roberts
    Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Roberts/e/B0089A94EG

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Episode 74 Gerald Hausman, storyteller and author

gerald Gerald Hausman chatted with me about his work and the writing life.

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Gerald Hausman is the author of more than 70 books. His live storytelling has been praised by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, History Channel, and the Bank Street College of Education. He and his wife have received numerous awards in the field of children’s literature.

“As a writer I have often been called a scribe. This is because in the gathering of oral tales, I have always tried to get the story right. To capture the flavor, the region and the moral as the original storyteller gave it to me. The NYT Book Review called my collection of American Indian stories, Tunkashila ‘an eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.'”

In addition to his 22 years of story gathering and telling in New Mexico, Gerald also spent 13 summers on the island of Jamaica where he ran an informal writing school with his wife, Lorry. Together they collected Anansi stories, stories from and about the Kebra Nagast, and traditional West Indian ghost stories.

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“I remember when History Channel filmed tales from my book “Duppy Talk”. My best friend Roy was not an actor, but because of his handsome face he was cast as the man who was enchanted by a mermaid. When I saw him on film, I asked Roy how he was able to do the underwater scene and keep that look of astonishment when he saw the made-up mermaid smiling on the river bank. He told me, ‘That look on my face comes from the fact I can’t swim. I was very scared.'”

Gerald teaches writing workshops in various parts of the United States and is most recently the author of “The American Storybag” — 40 years of story gathering on and off the road. He lives on a barrier island in Florida.

Links to books (click on cover to be magically transported to purchase)

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In this episode with Gerald Hausman, we discuss:

SHOW NOTES

  • We learn where Gerald started creating his stories and how his mother was instrumental in his idea development for stories
  • Why Gerald writes
  • What Gerald did when he quit writing for two years and how it brought him back to the writing of stories
  • We learn a bit about sun signs and moon signs and what that means for writers and creatives
  • Insider details about the Guns anthology that Gerald edited (mostly collected the stories from the interesting authors) and contributed to, and how some of the most famous characters in classic stories had ancestors and historians contribute to this book
  • Gerald reads to us from GUNS (Billy the Kid)
  • We get a great insider look at guns and how a spiritual life to a gun is a part of this anthology
  • How asking the right questions can get a book created
  • How listening to the answer to the questions can also bring about the story
  • We talk about audiobooks and how it impressed Gerald with its resonance
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!
  • AUDIO ONLY LINK

    Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

    You can find Gerald Hausman online at:

    LINKS

    Website : http://www.geraldhausman.com
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/gahausman
    Publisher : http://www.speakingvolumes.us
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gerald-Hausman/e/B000AQ4WEO

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    Episode 73 Janie Franz, acquisitions editor

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    This week we welcome Janie Franz, the new acquisitions editor for MuseItUp Publishing. Janie is an accomplished author in her own right.

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    JANIE’S BIO
    Janie Franz comes from a long line of liars and storytellers with roots deep in east Tennessee. Her work is honed by the frigid winters of the Northern Plains and the high desert and mountains of New Mexico and influenced by her degree in anthropology. She is an author, a professional speaker, and reviewer. Previously, she ran her own online music publication (Refrain Magazine) and was an agent/publicist for a groove/funk band, a radio announcer, and a yoga/relaxation instructor. She is the author of eleven novels (fantasy, thriller, and contemporary), a freelance writing manual, and co-author of two wedding how-to books. “Refrain,” the second book of The Lost Song trilogy, was a Top 10 Finisher, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 2013 Preditors & Editors Reader Poll.

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    In this episode with Janie Franz, we discuss:

    SHOW NOTES

  • Janie tells us about her new “hat” as an acquisitions editor
  • We learn about what MuseItUp Publishing is looking for and when someone can submit
  • Insider info about the New Adult or NA category
  • Details about what an acquisitions editor does
  • We talk about the Muse It Up Conference and other cons Janie attends and speaks at
  • What the main thrust of MuseItUp Publishing is and what they offer authors
  • Info about cover art and distribution at MIU, including foreign translations
  • Details about author participation in promotions and marketing their work in today’s industry
  • Janie’s thoughts about Imaginarium, the con we both attend in Louisville, KY
  • Discussion about pitch sessions and how they are handled at a con (there are differences!) and why you should develop a good elevator pitch
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!

    AUDIO ONLY LINK

    Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

    You can find Janie Franz online at:

    LINKS

    MuseItUp Publishing site : http://www.museituppublishing.com
    Janie’s Website : http://janiefranz.fourfour.com/home
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Janie-Franz-Author-115142155208007/

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    Episode 72 Kathryn Sullivan, YA Sci-fi and Fantasy

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    This week, Kathryn comes back on WGP to discuss her experiences as an orphaned author and how it wasn’t necessarily the end of her writing world.

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    Kathryn Sullivan was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Berkeley, Illinois, where she started writing her first stories. Kathryn now lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffsides on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world.

    Her first published novel was The Crystal Throne, which won the 2002 EPPIE for Best Fantasy, and its sequel, Talking to Trees, was a finalist for a Dream Realm Award for Best Young Adult. Her short story collection, Agents & Adepts, won the 2003 Dream Realm Award for Best Anthology. Her children’s picture book, Michael & the Elf, has been reprinted by Guardian Angel Publishing.

    A Chick who has dug Time Lords for many years, she has an essay, “The Fanzine Factor”, in the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and a review in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Doctor Who stories by 160 writers.

    Her recent works are short stories “Search and Rescue” and “The Oracle of Cilens” (Amazon) as well as “The Taste of Treasure” in Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells, and “The Theft of the Royal Jewels” in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star and Plunder (Dark Oak Press).

    She also has a review in Outside In Boldly Goes: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories By 117 Writers. She is a proud member of Broad Universe and EPIC. Any birdlike beings in her books only slightly resemble her cockatoo owner.

    Links to books (click on cover to be magically transported to purchase)

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    In this episode with Kathryn Sullivan, we discuss:

    SHOW NOTES

  • The changes that have taken place in Kathy’s writing life since last we met at Imaginarium. Link to previous interview HERE where she was my 40th interview on WGP
  • Her Eppie nomination on Search and Rescue and how she went with self publishing it
  • How many books and stories she had with Amber Quill Press (her former publisher)
  • Insider details about small publishing woes including when they go out of business etc. and Kathy’s advice on what to do
  • How networking with others can be of help to orphaned authors
  • Why spreading your work out among more than one small press is smart
  • Why waiting for a little while after losing one’s publisher before looking for a new one might be a good plan for some
  • How Kathy shopped around for other publishers
  • What to tell your prospective publisher about repub and genre
  • What authors are faced with so far as promo and cover art etc. when losing a publisher
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!

    AUDIO ONLY LINK

    Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

    You can find Kathryn Sullivan online at:

    LINKS

    Facebook: Kathryn Sullivan, author
    Website: Kathryn Sullivan, author website
    Amazon page
    : Kathryn Sullivan, author page at Amazon

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