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.
Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Walls Around Us, now available from Algonquin, which is a finalist for the Edgar Award and named the #1 Indie Next Pick on the Spring 2015 kids’ list and a Best Book of 2015 by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, The Horn Book, and Book Riot.
Nova also wrote the YA novels Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) and 17 & Gone (Dutton, 2013), both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her first book, the middle-grade novel Dani Noir (S&S/Aladdin, 2009), was reissued in paperback as Fade Out (Simon Pulse, 2012) and was named a Top 10 Editors’ Pick for 2009 by Amazon. Her short story “The Birds of Azalea Street” appears in the new YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (Dial, 2015) and she will have an essay in the YA anthology Feminism for the Real World, forthcoming in 2017. She is now at work on a new YA novel coming from Algonquin.
image of Nova
There is a lot more info about Nova and her books at her Amazon page also, at:
Insight into Nova’s name and how she came by it and what she longed to be called instead
Details about her book, The Walls Around Us, and info on her journey as a published author including her work life as a production editor or copy editor at Harper Collins
She mentions the book that set her off into the world of YA, it is called FEATHERED and you can check it out below in the image section
She tells us about working in publishing and what is important as an employee there
Insight into how an author becomes a NY Times Bestseller
Details about what it takes to break into traditional publishing
Insider info on an author’s willingness to write something new if what they are writing isn’t working.
We discuss her Edgar nomination and how that all played out
She tells us what her weakness is in writing and how she feels like she got accepted in spite of it
We learn which book is the book of her heart and why it is special to her
AND SO MUCH MORE including her best advice for aspiring authors!
Her current book:
Her previous books:
You can find her online at her website NOVA REN SUMA and on Twitter @novaren
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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!
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.
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
You can also subscribe to this podcast in iTunes HERE
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Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 50 of the podcast, and today I chat with Robin Murphy. Robin was born in the small coal mining town of Windber, Pennsylvania and remembers a wonderful childhood with her parents and two older brothers. She’s written a paranormal mystery series, beginning with Sullivan’s Secret and I know you will get a lot out of our time together.
So, here we go…on with the show!
Robin is full of great information for authors seeking help with their work. I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast. Be sure to check out her sites at the bottom of this post.
In this episode, we learn about:
Robin’s writing journey which spans nearly 10 years now.
Why the first book morphed into a series.
Insider details about her “how-to” book for writers.
How self-publishing has grown and changed through the years.
What Robin misses about DIY in books.
Insider info on what Robin would want to know if she were starting over as an indie author.
How writing series of books benefits an author.
If setting the first book to free works for an author today.
How being an indie author allows freedoms that makes writing fun.
Details on being a graphic design artist and how covers are a big part of a book’s success.