Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor joins me today for Episode 243 of Author Stories. In today’s episode we talk about Hazel’s love of story and her entry into the writing world at age 40, her love of history, why she self published her first book and how she later transitioned to a traditional publishing deal, looking for the hidden stories in history, why she loves the early 20th century time period, the Titanic, the hoax that fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and much more.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Caroline Todd, one half of the writing duo known as Charles Todd joins me today to talk about her history as a story teller, how world travel informs her stories, the rich tradition of story telling that runs in her family, writing with her son, how they worked out their writing process, creating characters, writing historical fiction, and much more. Buy Charles Todd’s books on Amazon About Charles and Caroline Todd: Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Chris Pavone is one of my new favorite authors. On today’s episode of Author Stories, Chris and I talk about his newest book The Travelers, how an assignment in third grade set him on the path to publishing, how crossword puzzles got him into publishing, the importance of genre fiction, how he decided to become a novelist, Luxembourg as an ex-pat, ghostwriting, finding his voice as an author, and much more. About Chris Pavone: CHRIS PAVONE is author of three national-bestselling thrillers: THE EXPATSRead More →

Thanks for reading along as this creepy serialized story unfolds. Lots of twists and turns to come, so stay tuned. If you missed part one, go here. Part Two We sat at the kitchen table as Uncle Wiley put the percolating coffee pot on the stove to heat up the remnants of the morning’s coffee. He took a pound cake out of the antique glass covered cake stand and cut two modest slices loose. Opening the cupboard, he skipped the plate on top and pulled out the second and third from the stack, dusting the edges off with his shirt tail. The percolator bubbled andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Heather Harpham joins me to talk about the importance of story telling, acting and developing one person theater productions, the real story that would be the basis for her new book Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, writing memoir, how grief affects creativity, sharing our experiences with others using the power of story telling, and much more. About Heather Harpham: Heather Harpham (b. 1967) is an American writer and theater performer, born and raised in northern California, who lives and worksRead More →

This story is part true, part fiction, and then there are the parts that are more than true, but nobody wants to believe. It’s up to you to decide which parts are which. The first time I met Daryl Douglas was at Uncle Wiley’s cabin. To call it a cabin is generous, it was more of a shack, actually, with all the rustic charm of a bad pot of gumbo induced nightmare. The old building was originally a two room dwelling that time and kudzu had now mostly claimed. The windows were still in tact, and the hearth was in one piece, though the floorRead More →

Today Tricia Goyer joins me for an inspirational start to the week. In this episode we talk about her love of stories as a young person and how some serious life challenges altered the path she thought she would take in life, how the spark was ignited that would lead to her becoming the prolific author of 70 books in 20 years, the challenges of writing historical fiction, writing from a particular worldview without alienating your audience, her writing schedule while balancing family and other obligations, her creative process, and much more. Buy Tricia’s books on Amazon About Tricia Goyer: Tricia Goyer is a God-centered,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Thomas Mullen, author of Dark Town and Lightning Men joins me today to talk about his new book, his lifelong desire to be a writer, writing literary fiction with a magical realism twist, how he found his place writing historical fiction, the importance of telling the truth in fiction, writing believable characters, not shying away from difficult subjects, and much more. About Thomas Mullen: Thomas Mullen is the author of The Lightning Men, Darktown, and The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Fiona Davis, author of the brand new book The Address joins me to talk about her history as an actor on and off Broadway, her love of architecture, how place affects story, bringing the past to life, finding the interesting tidbits about a place’s history that can launch a story, her writing process, her breakout book The Dollhouse, and much more. About Fiona Davis: Fiona Davis was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah, and Texas. She began her career inRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Science Fiction/Romance author Veronica Scott joins me for episode 236. In this show we talk about her lifelong love of writing, how she turned her hobby into a writing career after her daughter inspired her with her own writing and publishing, writing as a family affair, writing for anthologies and for USA Today, her writing process, and much more. Buy Veronica Scott’s books on Amazon About Veronica Scott: Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me joins me for episode 235. In this episode we talk about Ali’s early love of books, attending boarding school, working with young people as a nurse, the moment her book was born, her unique writing style, the writing process, leaving the country to edit and revise her book, how she gets in her creative mindset, the intimidating news her publisher gave her after buying her manuscript, and much more. Good Me BadRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today on Author Stories I am joined by Karen McManus, author of One Of Us Is Lying that EW.com called “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club”. We talk about her journey to publishing her tremendous new book, dabbling in YA before finding her voice as a writer, the unexpected success of, and the television series news about OOUIL, and much more. One of Us Is Lying makes the New York Times Bestseller list for the 15th week in a row! ​Deadline Hollywood: “E! Developing One of Us IsRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Hugh Howey returns to the podcast today to talk about his new book Machine Learning. In this episode we talk about what Hugh’s been up to since his first appearance from South Africa before setting sail a couple of years ago, the importance of short stories and how the craft of writing them differs from longer fiction, what he’s learned from his voyage, what’s new with the film/tv adaptations in the works, and much more. We recorded this show Monday morning right after eachRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today I am joined by the author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simons. In this episode we talk about her growing up in Soviet Russia and coming to America, the challenges of learning a new language and culture, her love of books, finding her passion as a writer, writing epic American stories in the vein of Russian classics, historical fiction, the changes in publishing, and much more. Buy Paullina’s books on Amazon About Paullina Simons Paullina Simons is the author of twelve novels, a memoir,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Jerilyn Dufresne, author of the Samantha Darling mystery series. You won’t want to miss this episode full of writerly wisdom. We talked about her history as a writer and the circuitous route to realizing her dream, cozy mysteries, finding community online, how stories come to life, characters that have lives of their own, beginning a writing career later than some, writing for anthologies, and much more. Buy Jerilyn’s books on Amazon About Jerilyn Dufresne: Jerilyn Dufresne is the author of the SamanthaRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Brenda Hiatt, a more than thirty year veteran of writing and publishing. Brenda and I talked about what got her started writing, how she broke into publishing, how genres in publishing have changed through the years, writing Regency, teaching the craft of writing, the odd requests publishers made for her to add to her books, writing YA, getting her rights back and publishing her older works as an indie, and much more. Buy Brenda’s books on Amazon About Brenda Hiatt: Brenda Hiatt is theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I have a doubleheader episode with two indie up and comers. Fayth Thomas and Javan Bonds share their stories with us today. Fayth wanted to communicate with her children in a new way, and wrote a children’s book to help her children understand diabetes. Javan has an inspiring story of turning life-altering adversity into art and action. About Fayth Thomas: Fayth Thomas is an experienced day-care owner. She lives in the Washington, DC, metro area with her kids, her husband, and their pet fish. Before she started writing children’sRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am happy to bring you an interview with Christine Handy, author of Walk Beside Me. In this episode we talk about Christine’s lifelong desire to be a writer, how an unintended modeling career delayed her writing, how a life changing medical condition brought writing back to the fore, the role of art in how we deal with tragedy, her desire to share her story with others, telling inspirational stories while being honest and not being afraid to show the ugly with the beautiful, why she chose notRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSReleasing September 26, 2017 is the second volume in the Frontiers of Speculative Fiction series OCEANS: The Anthology. Joining me today are Rysa Walker and Daniel Arthur Smith to talk about this fantastic collection of short stories by twelve of today’s hottest speculative fiction authors. These stories are all connected by the common theme of Oceans, and each author takes a unique approach to the topic. Rysa, Daniel, and Hank talk about where the collection came from, how authors approach topical anthologies, whether authors have an obligation (or not) toRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSGeorge Wier is one of the most prolific authors I’ve met. His stories have a unique flavor that are informed by his Texas roots and his very eclectic sensibilities. In this episode we talked about his unique path to published author, why his books have an added layer of authenticity, writing in multiple genres, plotting vs. pantsing, writing multiple projects at once, and much more. Buy George’s books on Amazon About George Wier: George Wier is the author of the popular Bill Travis Mystery series, and a number ofRead More →