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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!

WGP-Ep. 83-Talking Heads-Beach Reads-What are they?

So, here we are. Another conversation. This time we are discussing beach reads. Bill and I have differing ideas, but basically, a beach read is whatever a reader wants to make of it. Mostly it is a good book that you take on vacation. Bill takes the side of beach reads being small, insignificant reads that we can put down at any time. I take the side of big reads, an investment of your time. Usually a WOMEN’S FICTION – see this interview.

We also talk about e-readers and how people get their beach reads. And whether one type is better than another.

Check out this great conversation (argument) about beach reads and what they can be, or not.

Beach reads are on our minds – tell us your thoughts!

Leave us your opinion. And be sure to listen to the end of this podcast to see what special we are offering our subscribers!!!! If you are a social media content creator, this will help you!

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Once Upon a Tablecloth by Leslie Hachtel

Recently, I had the privilege to sit down and discuss writing and books with the fabulous Leslie Hachtel. Leslie is the author of multiple books and she is a real-go-getter. When she told me she had a promotion coming up for one of them, I asked to please promote it on my site.

Here in all its glory is your intro to the world of Hachtel:

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.

 

Inside the Book

Title: ONCE UPON A TABLECLOTH
Author: Leslie HachtelPublisher: Independent
Pages: 334
Genre: Romantic Suspense

BOOK BLURB:
Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn’t count on falling in love.

Or that someone wants to kill her.

And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love?

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May all beings be happy at heart — Buddha

Listen to the podcast here or read the text below.

So here we are you guys, it’s October 2017– they keep promising Fall is on the way, but I dont hardly believe it–it’s still in the mid to upper 80s here and well… you know a little cooler weather would be nice.

Looks like for a while, you guys, I’m going to be doing the podcast solo-because I just don’t know how to go about conducting an interview and make it turn out right — video-wise —and all the things that my husband used to do – it’s kind of a technical malady going on here– so instead I guess I’ll just talk to yall– I’ll just do some podcasting solo —

You’re going to get the benefit of my knowledge and well, an awful lot of what’s inside of my brain. These are going to be a lot more like those fly-by episodes that I did sometimes. But I hope that I can bring something of value to you using the podcast platform.

I know there’s an awful lot of podcasts out there I know your time is valuable and I just want to say thanks for listening to my podcast, to writer groupie dot net podcast.

You know it’s an honor really for you to allow me to take up your time and it’s–you know– it’s kind of an honor for you to get the benefit of listening to my terrible southern drawl. So actually if you think about it, we’re benefiting each other.

You know it’s a shared human experience, podcasting is. The sound of my voice going into your ear-bones. Well, something like that.

And so, lets talk about a few of the things that are going on in the world. You know just yesterday was the Las Vegas Massacre. At least that’s what the news media’s calling it. I kind of agree, it was a massacre. Somebody described  it as shooting fish in a barrel and that I agree with also.

It was totally, utterly, decidedly planned. Now what sort of opinion this man had of population, what this man’s mental status was, the reasons behind the massacre could be just about anything. I don’t think anybody really knows at this point, and you know, he shot himself, so we may never know.

We may never know what made this man go to such extremes to injure, maim, and murder others. So many others they’re calling it the worst massacre in this country.

But I have to say, even in the most horrible circumstances some of the best and the brightest things come to light. Kind of like a beautiful moth appearing under the street lamp because it’s drawn to the light.

Good is drawn to the light. And even though there’s evil in the world, I really truly believe there’s an awful lot of good. And you’re good, and I’m good, and we’re good together. And we can do good for each other. And I think that it’d be really remiss of me if I didn’t say things to you like, spread kindness.

You know, kindness is free.

It doesn’t cost anything and it takes a lot of various forms. You know, a kind touch, a kind word, even just a smile would make somebody’s day.

You know, and you never know the burdens other people are carrying, and your kind touch, your kind word, even your smile can make that sorrowful day that they may be enduring a whole lot brighter.

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So, please, please, please, try and be kind. Try to have peace in your heart. Try to have love for your fellow man. Because you know, there’s evil in the world. And the only way to overcome evil is with love and with kindness.

You know it’s just … it’s just the way the Good Book says, those kinds of  benefits… those kinds of types of personalities that can exhibit kindness and love even in the worst circumstances…man, that’s the kind of stuff you want to pay attention to and you want to pattern yourself after.

So, if you don’t know anything about how to be kind or how to exhibit love, listen to some of these news stories about the people who took care of those who were injured and dying. I think you might find the cue. I think you might find the key.

Well, that’s about all I can tell you. That’s all I can give you out of the depths of my mind. I’m a little bit soul-sore. And I guess maybe you are too, I think all of our spirits are a little bit dinged right now. Because we’re all sad because this is a terrible tragedy.

Anytime there’s a massive loss of life, I mean, it’s…it’s a tragedy.

But we can overcome. WE can always overcome. Don’t forget what I said about kindness. That’s kind of important. Until next time….signing out.

Happy New Year to WGP fans and followers!

2017

I have had a major setback in my personal life and have taken a small hiatus from the podcast for a while. I cancelled all my scheduled podcasts for the now, and I apologize to all my guests.

If it were not serious, and necessary, I would never do such a thing.

But I will try to do a few flyby episodes here and there until my load lightens. Thanks to everyone who has stayed the course with me through all the tumult.

 

Merry Christmas to all our fans and followers. May your holiday celebration be filled with love and laughter and all things good.

We will be back on December 27 with an interview with the ever-fabulous, Jack Wallen. Feel free to click on his name and check him out NOW.

Until we meet again, Joyeux Noelnoel

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

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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!

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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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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 Episode 63: Rich Zahradnik, mystery

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Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series from Camel Press. Last Words is the first novel in the series and was published October 2014. Drop Dead Punk came out August 2015.

Drop Dead Punk won the gold medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). It was also named a finalist in the mystery category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Last Words won honorable mention for mystery in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards and the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs.

Zahradnik was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter, often writing news stories and analysis about the journalism business, broadcasting, film production, publishing and the online industry.

In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York’s Center for Fiction.

He has been a media entrepreneur throughout his career. He was founding executive producer of CNNfn.com, a leading financial news website and a Webby winner; managing editor of Netscape.com, and a partner in the soccer-news website company Goal Networks. Zahradnik also co-founded the weekly newspaper The Peekskill Herald at the age of 25, leading it to seven state press association awards in its first three years.

Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches elementary school kids how to publish the online and print newspaper the Colonial Times.

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

BOOK ONE
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BOOK TWO

PRE-ORDER BOOK THREE

In this episode we learn:

Show Notes