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.

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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:

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    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.

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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

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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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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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Can You Officially Call Yourself a WRITER? #writer #writinglife

Are you a writer?

There are a few things that I have been asked that have been pretty thought-provoking. I decided I would blog about the biggest one. This one is something that a lot of aspiring authors ask themselves. I guess they ask others too because here I am blogging about it.

In my early career, I refused to tell anyone I was a writer. I thought you had to be a NYT bestseller to call yourself that. I thought you had to have a bazillion books out at bookstores. I thought you were someone akin to celebrity status.

Ha. Them was the days, I tells ya. So much has changed though. Now if I were just starting out, I would be a lot freer with answers.

So, what is this big question? Are you ready to think? It’s a toughie.

When can you officially say you are a writer?

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Well, that’s an interesting question. First, when someone asks that of me, I tell them the answer lies in the question.

You can officially say you are a writer.

Yes, that is the answer.

And the sooner you do that, the better. You can call yourself a writer at any time. You write, right? Then you are a writer. The question really should be-what do you write? Because when you introduce someone to the fact that you are a writer, you will be bombarded by the oh really? what do you write? thing.

So, you are a writer. You take a pen and pad with you everywhere because you like the tactile experience of writing. Or you have a cool app to facilitate that habit you have of jotting down ideas when they strike you. So, at what point did you decide that doing a longer work should happen?

No – that’s a real question.

Leave your answers in the comments below. I want to know!

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.

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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

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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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Writing Guru Law Of Attraction

Writing Guru: The Law of Attraction

 

Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

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Welcome Groupies – peace, love, and all good things to you.

Today I want to talk about something called the Law of Attraction – and how it can and probably does affect your writing life.

The Law of Attraction is simply a belief that when you think positively – good things will result and when you think negatively – the opposite occurs.

Whenever you are asked about your writing, how is it going, or what have you done lately, you will get an emotional response in your body. Either you will feel happy about it or you won’t. But I want to discuss whether those feelings we have about our work affect whether we will derive good results for it or not.

I am sure no one would argue that to maintain a negative attitude about a writing project will never bring about a good result. Case in point: when I began writing my first book – I was so overwhelmed with fear that I was doing things wrong, or it would be received the wrong way, that I constantly sought out others for their opinion.

The problem that resulted was pretty bad. I ended up with a manuscript that belonged to everyone else and ended up not being my story at all. I definitely recall NOT hearing good things, so I derived a negative attitude about my story, and guess what? That book doesn’t even exist anymore.

A certain lack of authority and positivity over our work (and as a side note – our lives) can end up being a magnet for negative results.

Think of it sort of like cooking a casserole.

If you only use fear, negative attitudes, stress and worry in your dish, you cannot expect to get a finely written, interesting story out of the oven of your mind. It doesn’t work that way.

So, the Law of Attraction says, take some positive affirmations, throw in a few sprinkles of kindness and love to yourself, add a dash of compassion to your work, and voila! You have attracted positive results.

It’s simple, really.

It’s how you treat yourself and your work. When you love what you are doing, and believe in it, you will attract others who love it and believe in it. You will also enjoy the process, which admittedly, at times can be grueling. Writing is a lonely endeavor. We have to be our own best friend while the process takes place.

Now, if you are one of those who are not prone to excessive bouts of positivity, let me say, I wasn’t either.

But when I finally committed to writing the story…it became even more of a terror to me. It seemed the closer that I came to completing that first tome, the worst my fear became.

I began to doubt whether I could even finish it. I wondered what I was thinking by thinking I could even write. Who would ever want to read it?  The what ifs of story ideas dwindled down and the what ifs of my negative thought processes took over. I was truly an insecure writer.

Then, I discovered a group of like-minded people who were not trying to tear me down to “toughen me up” so to speak. When I heard good things about the potential of my story and my ability to tell it, my attitude began to change.

Suddenly, the positive feedback I was getting about the story I was writing began to take root, and a published novel resulted from those efforts.

Positive in equals positive out.

Now, this sort of mental approach to writing and the writing life, can work. It can mean the difference between failure and success as you endeavor to get more ideas on paper. Just remember you have to have something to edit in order to get your career as a writer underway.

 As the old adage goes, you cannot edit an empty page.

You cannot develop any sort of attitude about an empty page, either.

So, get busy. Write like you know what you are doing, and love it. Tell others how much you love it. Be positive about everything you put down in written form. Refuse to let anything negative creep into your writing life.

I bet the law of attraction will work for you. I bet your positive attitude will bring others of the same mindset directly into your circle of friends.

Good luck!

And…peace out, Groupies.

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Six ways to fuel creativity

Ways to fuel creativity when you have no idea how to get started.

How on earth do I get started writing a book? I can hardly make it through writing a letter. Is there something special that I have to do to get the words in my head out on paper or on screen?

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Here are six ways to fuel your creativity.

Create a morning routine.   Everyone who is an early morning person generally has a routine that they like to use. For myself, it is coffee first, then work out, then writing time. But I admit that is not perhaps the best method for anyone else. Maybe you don’t drink coffee, or maybe you don’t exercise. That’s totally fine. Just remember that writing is something that SHOULD be a part of your morning routine, and be sure to include it. And don’t forget the power of free-writing. Give fuel to your writing day by sitting down and tapping the keys. See what happens!

Exercise. For me, getting on the treadmill and going to the gym are both a part of my life. Regular exercise helps me to mentally escape from the world and get into the realm of my characters. I can write entire scenes while listening to quiet music and moving. The added energy it gives me helps to keep me in the writing chair longer, also. Exercise is the fuel that keeps a body in motion.

Don’t read.  I know it sounds counter-productive, but going on a reading diet really helps me to solidify story ideas. When I am actively involved in books (I read more than one at a time) I just do not feel like my ideas are there in full force the way they are when I am not engaged with someone else’s writing. I take a break from reading other people’s work in order to hear the voices in my head clearly and know they are not just a rehash of the book I am reading. Nothing fuels my writing life like hearing my characters telling me what to write!

Get really quiet.  I find a lot of inspiration in solitude. I can sit on a park bench and listen to the wind, the birds, and other nature sound, and create vividly.  Finding solitude and harnessing its power has been the backdrop for meditation lovers everywhere. No, it is not necessary. No, you can meditate anywhere. But it seems to help elevate the creative spirit inside when you can find a few moments to just breathe in and out and enjoy being alive and able to create. Writing fuel is stoked when we can relax and enjoy our art.

Find inspiration in others.  Every week I meet with other authors in a face-to-face setting. We discuss our writing trials and successes, our marketing efforts and what has worked or bombed, and we enjoy sharing ideas, supporting each other, and being with someone who understands this crazy writing life. I highly recommend meeting with other authors in a real world setting, not just online. My group, Linda, Kimberley, Kristi, Robin, and Angela, are some of the best writers I know, and just being allowed to be involved with them fuels my writing in a big way.

Never say no.  When you are cranking out your ideas, there is nothing that is taboo. You can write about anything you want to, even if it sounds a little crazy. To squelch your creative spirit in the beginning by saying no to an idea is just soul-crushing. Don’t do it. Nothing takes fuel OUT of my writing like saying no to an idea that comes up.

I know there are many more ways to get your writing fueled, but I hope these six ways will at least get you started!