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WGP Episode 67 – Rich Meyrick, travel adventures


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

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WGP Episode 46 – Horror Author, Jack Wallen


Welcome Jack Wallen, horror author

BIO (this is the long version):

You’re listening to …
Oh wait, wrong shtick. This isn’t about a DJ or an apocalypse. This is about Jack … just Jack.
If you don’t mind, I’m going to work in third-person here. Yeah, I’m going to call myself, The Jack.
Too pretentious? Okay. Fine. I’ll just go with “Jack”.
The path to becoming a professional writer was certainly the one less traveled for Jack. Originally, Jack’s artistic bent led him to a career as an actor.
No, not an actor in a bear costume (not even for “Furry Porn”). Jack did it his way. Working on Broadway and with regional and Shakespeare theatres across the country, Jack is proud to have held his own as an actor for over twenty years.
Twenty freakin’ years. Am I really that old?
Oh wait … third person.
Crap, where was Jack? Oh yes, he remembers.
But, as they say, all good things…
Before the economy had a chance to completely destroy the theatre arts, Jack decided to take his final curtain call during a production with the heralded Stage One Theatre for Young Audiences. It was, however, during that long career that Jack discovered he had a knack for the written word. His first, full-length novel was written between 2000 and 2003. That book, A Blade Away, eventually became his first published work. It didn’t take Jack long to fall in love with the creative process of writing and he followed that first book up with the cult-favorite, Shero.
horror author jack wallen

It wasn’t until Jack woke up one summer morning with a simple question on his mind, that he would finally dive into the craft of horror fiction tooth and nail. That question, “What would it be like to transform into a zombie?” led Jack to pen the first novel in the I Zombie series — I Zombie I.
horror author jack wallen

From there, Jack dove into the deeper waters of horror and has never looked back.

And I have the pleasure of his attention on this podcast.
In this episode we discuss,

  • Jack’s entry into the world of writing from the world of acting
  • His writing process first draft-and how it is like a movie
  • What is binge-reading and how it has given rise to a writer’s series of books
  • How Kindle Unlimited is affecting writer’s bottom line
  • Why Jack is Amazon exclusive
  • Jack’s opinion about who will come out on top of the publishing dynasty that is formulating today
  • What part luck plays in the writing industry today
  • Jack’s comparison to nursing and writing and how there is little room for error.
  • What an editor can do for your book
  • Insider info about Jack’s audio history, and podcasts ( Hypergraphia ) ( ZombieRadio )
  • BONUS: Inspiration: Jack’s advice (one line quote you must hear!)
  • and so much more!!!

    Check it out!

    Jack Wallen
    Award winning author of dark, twisty fiction,
    tech writer, podcaster, and audiobook narrator
    Find out more on Get Jack’d