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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!!!!!!!

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    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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    Episode 71 S.C. Hall, Book Critic and Book Reviews

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    INTERVIEW WITH S.C. HALL
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    Since the age of 11, S. C. Hall has been in the world of writing. Throughout the years his mediums of word form have steadily evolved. From poetry to articles, then to short stories and critic work. When asked why he writes He simply replies, “To stay sane,” due to his struggles with bipolar/depression. He uses writing as an outlet to help process his depression. This is evident in his first project titled “You Are Not Alone,” which will be a collection of short stories all focused on the reality of what it is to live with depression.
    When not writing he is killing Zombies and other forms of gaming enemies. He also enjoys the cinema and building or refurbishing furniture.

    To get any of the books we discuss in this interview simply click the cover!

    LINKS To BOOKS

    In this episode we learn:

    Show Notes

    • Who S.C. Hall is and what he does as a book critic
    • The difference between a book critic and a reviewer
    • How the process of book critic works and how S.C. Hall manages his time with a book
    • What specific things he looks at when critiquing a book and how a book critic is something like an editor
    • Whether an avid reader could consider themself a book critic
    • Info on book reviews and how Mr. Hall handles those (see links below)
    • We learn about his work with Hydra Publications and other small presses and how he promotes them as clients.
    • He defines his work ethic and whether he works with indie authors or not.
    • How he keeps bias out of his opinions
    • Why bringing something new to a genre is always a great way to interest a reviewer/critic
    • Insider details about Hall’s collection of short stories and how he hopes it helps the community of people who suffer from mental health issues.
    • and his BEST advice for aspiring authors!

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

      You can find S.C. Hall online at:

      LINKS

      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragoncritic
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/s.c.hallwriting
      Twitter: @SCHallWriting
      Email: s.c.hallwriting@gmail.com
      Blog: https://www.dragoncritic.blogspot.com and https://schallwriting.blogspot.com

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    Episode 70: James Patrick, political thrillers, Blood Profits

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    Jim Patrick is a former Senior Executive and is an author, life coach and a specialist in world affairs, trend analysis, business development and startups.

    Jim was deeply involved in the political arena during the late sixties and during the time of the Watergate scandal. He managed political campaigns at all levels and was a well known strategist in regards to the emerging ‘baby boomer’ vote. He served on the advance team for the White House and attended numerous White House receptions and got to know all of the key players at that time in our country’s history.

    He has 45+ years of experience at all levels and has worked with or for some of the top business and government leaders globally.

    To get a copy of Jim’s book simply click the cover!

    BLOOD PROFITS

    Interview with Jim Patrick

    Show Notes
    In this episode we learn:

    • About Jim and his career in politics and writing
    • What led Jim to write Blood Profits and who KT Frog is
    • Why Jim wrote the book in serial fashion and how it has to do with corruption
    • Why Jim wrote all the landmarks in the book from real places
    • How Jim put together the characters and all their info and how he wove the cast together
    • What made Jim decide to write political thrillers
    • We discuss whether it is a character-driven or plot-driven sort of series
    • Brief reference to book two (which is upcoming!)
    • We learn if Jim thinks the series will make it into the movie industry
    • How this election year has become like the movie “Network”

    and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

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

    You can find more about Jim Patrick and his work online at:
    Blood Profits, The Lithium Conspiracy
    Amazon
    Blood Profits’ Facebook Page
    Twitter page

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    Episode 69 – Co-authoring and the Survivalist series, with Sharon Ahern

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    Sharon Ahern, along with her late husband Jerry Ahern, is the co-writer of over ninety novels, some short stories, magazine and newspaper articles and even an unpublished song or two.  Best known of their work is THE SURVIVALIST series which ran from 1981 to 1993 and then picked up and continued in 2013 by Sharon with fellow friend and writer Bob Anderson. The series has been considered men’s adventure, science fiction and soap opera with a twist of in your face social commentary thrown in.  Two spinoffs have evolved from the SURVIVALIST series, EVERYMAN, also co-written with Bob Anderson, and CAMP ZERO, a young adult series, written by Sean Ellis. 

    An avid researcher, Sharon has traveled around the world during various times in history via national geographic and Britannica searching for information to broaden the scope of their stories and make them as fact based as possible.  In some cases, looking for a particular piece of information has led to the inception of still another story idea. Some days, all it takes is listening to the news.

    Sharon is also a professional photographer and a small-time antiques and collectibles dealer. She’s an avid reader and enjoys anything that requires getting dirty such as refinishing furniture and gardening and has lost a lot of her thumbprints using hot glue guns.  She is the proud mother of two children and five grandchildren and lives in Northeast Georgia with her hound dog Shelby and two goldfish.

    Her upcoming book LODESTAR will be the 34th book in the series. It will be available at Speaking Volumes http://www.speakingvolumes.us 

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    To get her other books simply click the cover!

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    Interview with Sharon Ahern

    Show Notes
    In this episode we learn:

    • How the Survivalist Series came to be (1980s) and how Sharon and her late husband, Jerry, used the series to kill off the population of Atlanta.
    • Who published the series in the early days, and why it was considered men’s adventure rather than science fiction.
    • Why Axel Kilgore and Jerry Ahern are closely affiliated.
    • Who made up the stories for the series
    • Sharon’s thoughts on series writing and how to know when the end of the series should happen
    • What co-authoring is like and if it is easy or hard to accomplish
    • How authors create characters when co-authoring
    • What Jerry wrote specifically and what Sharon wrote – and how they acted out scenes in real life
    • One huge mistake can make a reader stop reading your book and Sharon shares how this happened to Jerry and what the outcome was
    • Sharon shares what she thinks the formula for success is for a long-running series

    and so, so much more, including BEST advice for aspiring authors

    Listen to the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

    You can find Sharon online at:
    WEBSITE: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/sharon-ahern/
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jerry.ahern.73
    AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Ahern/e/B001HP264U
    SPEAKING VOLUMES:  http://www.speakingvolumes.us/

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    WGP Episode 68 – Sean Ellis, action adventure novels

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    Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored more than 20 action-adventure novels, including the Nick Kismet adventures, the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series with Jeremy Robinson, and the Jade Ihara adventures with David Wood. He served with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University. Sean is also a member of the International Thriller Writers organization. He currently resides in Arizona, where he divides his time between writing, adventure sports, and trying to figure out how to save the world.

    To get Sean’s books simply click the cover!

    BOOKS

    Interview with Sean Ellis

    Show Notes
    In this episode we learn:

    • All about Sean and his writing career and how Indiana Jones influenced his writing.
    • How he got published through small presses and how networking worked for him.
    • What co-authoring is like for Ellis
    • Insider info about his latest book, Camp Zero, a futuristic thriller that teaches about survival skills
    • Discussion about the imagery on the cover and what it means – pitch for our NEXT guests Jerry and Sharon Ahern
    • Details about categories and how our books get put there thanks to algorithms-where Ellis’s books are listed and why he thinks they are there
    • How many books are planned for this series beginning with Camp Zero.
    • Insider info about being a serial writer and whose series has excited Ellis.
    • Discussion about readers and how they operate with a series, beginning with book one and going forward.
    • Problems with writing series of books (great info for authors!)
    • Details about Sean Ellis’s process of writing.

    and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

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

    You can find Sean Ellis online at:
    Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Ellis/e/B002E74G1G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476630337&sr=8-2-ent
    Speaking Volumes author page: http://speakingvolumes.mybigcommerce.com/sean-ellis/

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    WGP Episode 67 – Rich Meyrick, travel adventures

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    Rich Meyrick is the fingertips behind everything associated with Jaspa’s Journey. Born in Wales, he developed a fascination in geography, history and the environment at an early age, interests which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a post-doc at the University of Waterloo (Canada). In 2000, Rich accepted a position as an environmental scientist in Weimar, Germany, at a research station of the renowned Senckenberg Institute. Four years later he married Sue and returned to Waterloo, this time permanently. Since then, when he and Sue aren’t actually travelling with Jaspa, Rich spends his days writing books and blogs about Jaspa’s adventures. It’s a Journey he hopes will continue for many years to come.

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    Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration


    Follow the thrilling adventures of Jaspa, a distant relative of the giraffe only three inches tall.He and his equally-small Ses friends must take on The Journey – a perilous, 800-kilometre ordeal across Africa’s Serengeti Plain in the company of the immense herds of the Great Migration.

    Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London


    Jaspa and his friends are at it again! This time they embark on a whirlwind tour of London,attempting to solve the riddles of The Path in order to help their new friend Ernest, a Ratses, become a member of the clandestine Ses society known simply as The Pride.

    Interview with Rich Meyrick

    Show Notes
    In this episode we learn:

    • How Rich and his wife, Sue, met and how his writing journey got underway
    • What Rich thinks is the most enjoyable and straightforward part of the writing journey
    • How Rich helps with the administrative part of the family life and how his writing life fits into it
    • Where research comes into play with his books
    • Rich’s opinion about editing and how it works
    • We learn about Jaspa’s Journey and how he and his wife have created the world of it
    • How Jaspa got his name
    • Where the settings are from in the books and how they set the tone of each
    • Insider details about the cover art of his books and a little about the artist, Brad Hughes
    • Why Rich and Sue went with an indie publisher, Speaking Volumes, rather than going it alone
    • Discussion: How marketing has remained a big black box for Rich and why he feels like it is not his forte
    • The total country count for Jaspa and how he is a very well traveled little plush toy
    • Info about his blog

    and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

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


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    You can find Rich Meyrick online at:

    Website : http://www.jaspasjourney.com/
    Blog : https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/
    Goodreads : www.goodreads.com/author/show/3083164.Rich_Meyrick
    Twitter : https://twitter.com/richmeyrick
    Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/jaspasjourney
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Jaspa-48561121909/

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    WGP Episode 66 David Hardiman, non-fiction author

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    David Hardiman is the author of the novel, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan. And you will LOVE the bond between this fabulous man and his service animal.

    A Christian, David R. Hardiman lives with his wife of forty-six years in Arlington, Texas. He has served in numerous community leadership roles and as trustee for one of his previous colleges. David is the father of three daughters and the grandfather of six precious grandchildren. Bailey, a double-pedigreed shih tzu and special friend, completes the family as his beloved service dog. She arrived seven years ago with a remarkable plan to help David face his new life challenges. Bailey became the inspiration for David’s life story, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan.

    Interview with Mr. Hardiman and Bailey

    To get David’s book simply click the cover!

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    In this episode we learn:

    Show Notes

      • David tells us about his family and how the book came to be when Bailey came along
      • The circumstances that required David to need a dog like Bailey
      • What was going on when David was born and how it shaped his future-a future colored by a veteran related trauma
      • The official name of his disorder (no, you cannot say it fast even once) and how Bailey knew from the start that he had something that needed her attention
      • Insider info on the catalyst that sent him to the writing chair
      • How faith changed his life and his situation with this disorder (which is very rare)
      • Discussion about Shih Tzus (and Bailey steps in for a visit!)
      • How this dog picked her owners instead of the other way around! (we had a glitch in the audio-but when it straightened out- I continued my story about my Tinkerbell and how we got Darby who also picked us)
      • Great info about service dogs and certification
      • Why David believes in angels and how Bailey fits into that belief
      • Where David is coming from, in regards to the message of this book, and how it is for Christians and non-Christians alike

    and so, so much more, including David’s BEST advice for aspiring authors or anyone struggling! DO NOT MISS THIS!

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

    You can find David Hardiman online at:

    Website : Bailey’s Remarkable Plan
    or through his wonderful publicist, Stephanie Patrick at Cottage PR and Consulting.

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    WGP Ep 65 Thom Reese, Spec Fic Author

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    Thom Reese is the author of the novels, THE INFUSION OF ARCHIE LAMBERT, A SAVAGE DISTANCE, THE DEMON BAQASH, DEAD MAN’S FIRE, CHASING KELVIN, and THE EMPTY, along with the short story collection, 13 BODIES: SEVEN TALES OF MURDER & MADNESS. The first in the trilogy of novels, THE DRACULA JOURNALS, will be released in fall of 2016. Thom was the sole writer and co-producer of the weekly audio drama radio program, 21ST CENTURY AUDIO THEATRE. Several of Thom’s audio dramas have been published on CD and MP3 formats. A native of the Chicago area, Thom currently makes his home with his wife in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    He has also been contracted to write a Dracula Trilogy titled THE DRACULA JOURNALS. These are intended to be sequels to the original Bram Stoker novel with the first acting as both a prequel and a sequel. As with Stoker’s masterpiece the books will be written as a series of journals and correspondences. Unlike Stoker’s novel, Dracula’s own journal will be included, thus allowing the reader to get a glimpse into the vampire’s thoughts and motivations as well as his origins as a vampire.

    To get any of Thom’s books simply click the cover!

    The Demon Baqash

    Dead Man’s Fire

    13 Bodies: Seven Tales of Murder & Madness

    In this episode we learn:

    Show Notes

      • Thom tells us about his radio drama experience
      • Short discussion about turning books into movies
      • Thom’s experiences as a writer and how he found his publisher
      • We discuss briefly a bit about Kurt Mueller and Speaking Volumes, his publisher, and you can find them here
      • Details about Thom’s genre, speculative fiction, and exactly where he thinks he would be in a bookstore, and what cross-genre books have to contend with
      • (We had a glitch in the audio at this time and some of the info got repeated-sorry!) Thom tells us about his most recent work, Infusion of Archie Lambert
      • Insider Details: Thom’s most difficult part of the writing life, marketing
      • Thom’s love of story creation and especially character development

    and his BEST advice for aspiring authors!

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

    You can find Thom online at:

    Speaking Volumes Website: http://www.speakingvolumes.us/authors/thom-reese/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/thom.reese.7
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThomReese @thomreese
    Amazon: Thom Reese’s page on Amazon

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    WGP Episode 64: Marie Lavender, author

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    Welcome to Writer Groupie Podcast! Episode 64 with Marie Lavender

    Marie Lavender is the bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. She has the honor of such titles as:
    March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe.

    Her books, SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK, placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. She has been nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. She was the poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest.


    Some other notables are:

    The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015.
    Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards.
    Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition.
    Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award.
    Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014.
    Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com.
    Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

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    Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

    COMING SOON!
    Upon your love-001-second cover attemptUPON YOUR LOVE

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    Show Notes
    In this episode we learn:

    WGP Episode 61- Michael Bowler, YA author

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    Michael-J-BowlerMichael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels–A Boy and His Dragon; A Matter of Time (Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite); The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards; Honorable Mention from Reader Views and the Southern California Book Festival), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America; Spinner (Seal of Approval – Literary Classics; Winner – Young Adult – Hollywood Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite; Runner-Up – Young Adult – Southern California Book Festival; Honorable Mention fro m Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, San Francisco Book Festival, Halloween Book Festival; Recommended Read from US Review of Books), and Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot.

    His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.
    He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

    He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

    He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

    He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

    He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet President Clinton in the Oval Office.

    He is currently working on a novel based on his screenplay, “Like A Hero.”
    His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

    In this episode, we learn about:

    Show Notes

    • We learn how Michael’s disability led him to write books and how screenplays came to be the dominating field for his efforts
    • How his love of working with kids got him interested in writing books for teens
    • Insider details about his experience with kids with learning disabilities
    • Info about his book Spinner and how it came to be
    • Inspiration about his process of writing and how he turned screenplays into books
    • Discussion about how writing a story unfolds in our head like a movie
    • Information about how cross genre fiction can make marketing difficult sometimes
    • What Michael thinks his strength is as a creative
    • Where Michael sees himself in the next five years, career-wise and personally

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

    AUDIO LINK

    You can find him online at:

    Website: http://www.michaeljbowler.com
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/wmichaeljbowlerauthor
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