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Interview with Neda Disney, author of Planting Wolves

Recently, I had the privilege of connecting with Neda Disney, the author of Planting Wolves. Please see below for how to get this book! You can find out more about Neda at her website, http://www.nedadisney.com

Neda Disney, author

Interview with Neda

Can you share a little of your current work with us? (short synopsis of Planting Wolves)

It’s about people with not a lot of self awesomeness. A few are really more seekers for the meaning of their paths.

It’s a very visual book because it contains magical realism which to me, makes their confusion and human longing gorgeous.

What inspired you to write your first book? – Do you have a specific writing style?

I was in an in-between phase in my life. I was very much in need of questions to answer and choices to make. I think writing brought my desires into high relief.

How did you come up with the title?

It’s a phrased used in conservatism to describe putting endangered animals, in this case wolves, somewhere where they can proliferate and thrive.

It’s a metaphor. There are no wolves in the book and no wolves were harmed in the writing of this book.

What book are you reading now?

I have an 8-year-old daughter so I’m reading a lot of more complicated children’s books. It’s difficult to know if the books’ plots are informed by the interests of children or are forming those interests.

Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?

No. I’m fairly suspended in time at the moment. Plus, I don’t like to read when I’m working on writing. I’m writing my new book so I can’t read anything but goods about tummy aches and making new friends. To be clear- kids’ books.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

It’s difficult to sit still. I’m very social and extroverted.

As for travel- I do travel but not for writing.

But I talk a lot to strangers, I make acquaintances quickly and I know immediately who I will be friends with.

I people watch, go out a lot. I call this micro travel. My mind and spirit become refreshed by other people and how they move me.

Who designed your covers?

It is a photo of a painting I did. I studied painting which as I said is very related to writing. A computer designer person worked with the image and made it into a lovely book cover.

I absolutely must learn the name of this difficult profession so I don’t disrespect an entire career path which is not easy to master.

Thank you for your fun and smart questions.

How can I get Planting Wolves?

Get yours today!

Genre: Literary Fiction, Magic Realism, available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio

Blurb For Planting Wolves by Neda Disney

A writer in a purgatory bar, an art collecting housewife who time travels, a movie Production Assistant with stigmata, a codependent AA sponsor, a sex addict, a movie star with issues, a two-time liver transplant recipient and an abusive TV costumer who gets what’s coming to her. All connected to one another but completely and utterly alone.

For more author interviews see this one:

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The problem with YouTube

In case you haven’t been paying attention, YouTube was fined a very large sum of money by the FTC in September of 2019 and because of that, they have decided to change a lot about the platform.

I am blogging to tell you that I am not too certain that I wish to continue producing content on YT because of this. *now…a podcast, maybe still in the offering…*

First, don’t forget to check their TERMS of SERVICE right now: go here:

https://www.youtube.com/t/terms?preview=20191210

What has happened? Watch the video below to find out:

Because of this, your video if you have been interviewed by Writer Groupie may suddenly disappear, and in fact, the entire channel may come down. I believe in protecting kids. I really do. But I believe in protecting myself and my family too. A $42,530 fine for a video that “may” interest a child under 13, that was TRULY not intended to do so, well…it comes under the heading of NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

Just a little heads up to all you guys.

Thanks for the memories.

Hey, everyone, welcome back to Writer Groupie. We are chatting with Janie Franz, author of the paranormal fantasy series starting with Ruins, this time, Ruins Legacy .

Ruins Legacy by Janie Franz

We interviewed Janie a while back, at this link for episode 73 : Janie Franz, Acquisitions Editor

I hope you will listen to both of these great chats. They are linked (the two videos) in this one at YouTube. I am trying to create playlists there of dual/multiple interviews. If you like playlists, have a look on our Youtube channel and see what it looks like.

This time Janie and I have a good chat about the latest goings-on at Muse It Up Publishing, who is currently closed to subs, but you can bookmark the site anyway by going here: MuseItUpPublishing

And we also talk about her latest book, Ruins Legacy, which just came out in March.

Also, the audio in this chat is not as good as it needs to be…we were Skyping during a thunderstorm of epic proportions. Sorry about that!!!

You guys should try to glean all you can from our chat though, as Janie is very experienced at editing and writing, and she shares a lot of good info. Writers like me can learn a lot from her.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Eps 84 – R Weir-Mann in the Crossfire

Mann in the Crossfire

This is my second interview with Randy Weir, author of Mann in the Crossfire, his latest novel. If you want to see the first interview go here : https://youtu.be/JrB_la9bjNU

…or just read the blog here http://www.writergroupie.net/wgp-eps-80-r-weir-author-of-the-front-range-butcher/

Randy has just gotten back from a conference and he tells us all about what happened there, and if it was a good one for you to plan on attending.

We also discussed the latest book Mann in the Crossfire and how Randy hopes it is well received as it may be the last in the series. We talk about how to know when a series has reached its natural end, and what may be coming in the future.

There is a lot of good discussion about writing and the writing life in this video and I hope you will enjoy it.

You can get R Weir’s previous work, Front Range Butcher here at Amazon – this IS an affiliate link.

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Front Range Butcher by R. Weir

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R. Weir, author of the Jarvis Mann PI series
Website: http://www.rweir.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.weir.524
Twitter : https://twitter.com/RWeir720

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Florida beauty

This is a short video of the mud hen family near where Writer Groupie resides. We have decided to start posting up some talking head segments again until we can get more guests booked. If you have a topic you would like for us to tackle, chat it up in the comments.

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Podcast update

Arts festival

Hey everybody! We have finally taken the plunge and moved to Florida. Getting things situated and the podcast up and running again is taking a little more time than we expected (no desk big enough to house everything!) – so I am posting up a snippet of a video of a young lady singing in the nearby arts festival that we had occasion to visit. We are already on the hunt for people to interview, and so if you are interested, leave us a comment or drop us a line!

WGP-Eps 82- Jack London, Historical Fiction

Jack Woodville London

Jack Woodville London recently chatted with me about his career as a writer and his historical fiction series called the French Letters Series. His stories are like listening to living history, along with a good bit of  geography thrown in.

Highlights of our interview:

  • Why his English teacher, Mrs. Bones, who encouraged Jack as he was learning his craft, did not end up a character in his work.
  • How the Eve of St. Agnes inspired Jack to write and edit his manuscripts
  • How his name has been a handicap, but it has worked out for him (he is on my podcast, after all!)
  • What is the French Letter Series? (he tells us the very interesting story of each book and how they each feed into the next)
  • How conflicts became Jack’s favorite part of writing the series
  • AND! He gives some of the very best writing advice you will ever hear!
Children of a Good War
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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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