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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
Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

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.

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In this episode we learn:

Writing Guru Thoughts Into Action


The Writing Guru: Turning Thoughts Into Action

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

Welcome to Writer Groupie and this FIRST episode of THE WRITING GURU.

Thanks for listening! You can find show notes, contact form, and more at

How can we raise the odds that we will get something written today and end the number of times we just shrug at the computer and our waiting creative endeavors?

These are the questions I will attempt to wander through in this edition of Writing Guru.

Listen in to this first edition of Writing Guru and learn about your thoughts, destiny, and how you CAN coax situations into being in your life just by inducing harmony and coincidence.

Welcome Groupies. Peace and love to you as you get centered and prepare to be creative.

Have you ever noticed how things happen in this world and we just take it for granted? You do not even think of how something else had to take a backseat while you got what you wanted. In truth, an indeterminable amount of things had to happen for you to get your satisfaction, and many of them were negatives depending on who is looking at them. For example, you are listening/reading this post/audio that I have written/recorded and because of that something else is being excluded. Perhaps you said no to cooking a meal, or perhaps you said no to listening to the radio, maybe you said no to the television in order to be here listening to me right now.

That’s what I mean.

Every time you make a decision to act on your thoughts another action is being denied. If you had not said no to these other things, you would not be here right now at this very moment. And if I had not said no to items on my to be done list and recorded this, it would not be here for you to consume. It is how harmony and coincidence collide. It is called synchronicity. It is called destiny.

Every possible action is weighed with two possibilities:
1. It will happen
2. It won’t

Now I am not saying that destiny can’t be tweaked. It can.

It’s called action.


You can increase the odds in your favor by taking an action. You know well that if you want to lose weight, you have to first have the thought about losing the weight, and second, take an action to do it. It is a for sure thing that having the thought alone will not move that needle lower on the scales.
Although you could say no to getting on the scale at all. An action is just an action but it has consequences.

But if you get on the treadmill, every day, and eat a diet that is conducive to weight loss, you will see the thought turn into a reality. Going back to my example of how things have to be denied…well, you see what I mean. When you say no to eating ice cream after your dinner each night, you are in fact saying yes to the thought of losing weight and thereby increasing your odds of success.

It is the very same with your creativity and getting a book written.

There are a lot of ways you can take your actions, also. You could say,  I want to write a book. Then your action would be to actually sit down in the chair and put your thought into action. But you could also pull out a page of paper and write. Or you could use the recording device on your phone and dictate ideas and transcribe them later.

Just because there are a multitude of ways to put ideas into motion, it doesn’t mean that you have to tackle them all. You only have to choose one to influence the outcome of your thought-action destiny.

Aside from the possibilities of HOW you will get this action completed, what determines the outcome is the action. It is clearly related to taking the thought of writing into the next level. And one more thing…the more ways there are to accomplish the goal of seeing thought turned into action, the more likely we are to actually ACT.

Think about that. If you have multiple ways to get a bit of writing done, you will more likely sit down and do it than if there is only one. And if there are ample means for us to write, then the more the opportunity sector goes up, and the higher the likelihood that we will actually get down to the action of writing.

And this doesn’t even examine places to write. When our thought about taking action considers all the possibilities that are there for us to take that first step, it is hard to find a reason not to.

I hope this has helped you to see how you can turn your thought about writing a book into an activity that can happen and in order to keep order in the universe, really SHOULD happen.

Until next time, peace out, Groupies.
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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, a leading financial news website and a Webby winner; managing editor of, 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.

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In this episode we learn:

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