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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!

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You can find him online at:

Website: http://www.michaeljbowler.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/wmichaeljbowlerauthor
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/BradleyWallaceM
Blog: http://www.sirlancesays.wordpress.com
tumblr: http://michaeljbowler.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/michaelbowler/pins/
Instagram: StuntShark
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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 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 Ep 55- The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman

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    VIOLA SHIPMAN

    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

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

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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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    Thank you for visiting Writer Groupie Podcast! For more writing information and education, try the Articles page (from the home page click on Articles for Writers).
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