Started by two book bloggers who also happen to be best friends, Better Words is a podcast about books. We'll be having bookish discussions as well as talking to some amazing authors, bloggers and generally awesome people. Grab yourself a cup of tea and join Caitlin and Michelle for Better Words!
It's our first LIVE episode! So, we've decided to keep it simple and just present to you our interview with the incredible Kate Forsyth at CapriCon Rockhampton 2019. We discuss how a childhood trauma shaped her passion for reading, the origins of fairytales and the magic of retellings, the productivity of writing for a living, and ideas and inspiration.
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We're discussing office sitcoms, British TV dramas and astrology all before being joined by Tobias Madden. He is a man of many, many talents! We chat all about Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, the bookish community, musicals and changing careers.
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This week we're discussing Kinky Boots, Harry Potter movies, Underdog short stories, plus an exciting announcement. Our guest is Karyn Sepulveda, author of Letters to My Yesterday, chatting about uncovering the extraordinary stories of ordinary women, writing 'apprenticeships' and the classification of women's writing.
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To celebrate the release of What I Like About Me, we welcome author and journalist Jenna Guillaume. We discuss her journey to publication, the wonderful character of Maisie, rom coms, Dirty Dancing, body positivity and more. Michelle and Caitlin also discuss the Oscars, catching up on movies and the Jonas Brothers.
This week we're discussing binge-worthy crime dramas (The Cry and Dirty John), sitcoms (Derry Girls and New Girl), and our brand new Facebook group. Our guest is Angela Meyer, author of genre bending novel A Superior Spectre. We're talking about choosing to abandon the 'safe' writing path, why words are so important and the creative anxiety so many writers experience.
This week we're talking about that New Yorker article, You, and Mary Queen of Scots. We're also thrilled to be joined by our friend Carly Findlay, whose memoir Say Hello is now on shelves. She's discussing the long editing process, the cover design, and what she wasn't expecting after publication.
If you enjoyed this episode, we recommend you also listen to Carly chatting to Zara and Michelle from Shameless. Find them in your podcast app.
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Welcome to our first interview of 2019. This week we're delighted to welcome Cristy Burne: science writer and educator, with a swag of children's adventure novels to her name. She's also the author of Zeroes and Ones: The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history. We're chatting about our fear of science, how we can help children become more literate in the universal language, and the inspiring forgotten women of science and engineering.
Listen in as we discuss and gush all of our favourite things in 2018. From books, movies, TV shows and podcasts to other fabulous things that happened in between. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We've had a heatwave, fires, storms and a stand up show. That's just our intro! In this wonderful chat with Aussie writer Zoya Patel, we discuss feminism, equality, her migrant experience and fangirl over Mama and Papa Patel. If you've ever felt like you don't belong, this episode and book is for you.
Jane Caro is an Australian writer and social commentator. We we're very excited to chat to her about her young adult trilogy about Queen Elizabeth I, discussing her research, writing and women in history. Listen also as we wrap up Crimes of Grindelwald!
This week, author Karen Foxlee is talking to us about her writing process, creativity and the timing of ideas. Caitlin and Michelle are also discussing Bohemian Rhapsody and the brilliance of the new Queen bio-pic.
You think your Harry Potter collection is big? Step aside, because Peter Kenneth's magical library of roughly 1300 Harry Potter editions will take your breath away. In this episode, we chat to Peter about all things Potter from falling in love with Hogwarts to becoming an expert on JK Rowling signatures and the best covers of the series. Grab your wand and join us for a spellbinding interview!
Michelle Elman is an all-round fabulous woman. She's spoken at TEDx and has built a powerful social media following after the #scarrednotscared tag went viral. Her memoir Am I Ugly? is a moving journey through multiple surgeries and the way they've shaped her body confidence. Michelle explains how she learned to love her body and how you can too. Listen up pod squad, it's time to share the love.
Queensland might be hot, but the gorgeous landscape makes up for it. Fiona Bell joins us to chat about her debut, Waterhole! We discuss writing, publishing, inspiration, English in high schools and what it's like to have your novel taught in the next classroom.
This week we're joined by editor and agent Danielle Binks for a special minisode celebrating Australian Reading Hour - as if the BW squad needed an excuse to set aside some reading time, right?! Listen for some great recommendations from Danielle including new releases to keep an eye on.
Named London Book Fair's Book Blogger of the Year, Lucy is pretty accomplished. She chats to us about moving internationally, her love for Sydney and rebranding her blog as The Literary Edit! Michelle and Caitlin also give a quick wrap up of their weekend at Brisbane Writers Festival.
This week Sally Piper joins us to talk about how her love of nature and the Australian bush influenced her latest novel, The Geography of Friendship. We're also discussing how Sally's previous career as a nurse helps her writing in the most unlikely ways, and the pressure of winning literary awards.
This week we are joined by Lisa Stephenson whose debut book Read Me First will help you find a new path to success, however you define it. In what is probably our most inspirational interview to date, Lisa walks us through how she wrote Read Me First after building a successful life coaching career and shares with us the simple ways we can all start to make changes in our daily lives to take us where we want to be.
This week's guest is a writer, mother and former rock groupie. She’s done every job from TV acting to legal counselling to check-out chick and cleaner. We're chatting to Nikki all about her ideas, writing and the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction. There's something for everybody in this episode!
We have been doing this for a whole year! Thank you so much for listening and for supporting us over the past year. For our first birthday, we're throwing it back to our first episode and having a Harry Potter party! We're chatting Fantastic Beasts, ships, 20th anniversaries and playing a game of would you rather.
Dream of working in a bookshop? Us too! This week we're joined by Mischa from Better Read Than Dead, an iconic store in Sydney's Newtown. We're discussing the weird things customers say, how much of a difference awards and adaptations actually make and how booksellers balance their budgets when they're surrounded by the things they love.
Want to build a bookstagram feed which will stop people scrolling and get them double tapping? Insta guru Sarah Taviani is joining us for a special workshop covering all elements of improving your feed including photography, content, and account management. Get some pen and paper - you'll want to take notes!
Michelle is back from her holiday! But that's not the most exciting thing! 'Does My Head Look Big In This?' and 'When Michael Met Mina' author Randa Abdel-Fattah joins us for an amazing discussion. Michelle and Caitlin say 'wow' a lot and just soak up everything Randa says.
'Palace of Tears' and 'The Opal Dragonfly' author Julian Leatherdale is the first male guest of Better Words! We're discussing theatre, documentaries, historical fiction, writing and publishing. There's something for everybody in this episode.
This year is going by so fast! Join us for a full on GUSH fest of everything we've loved in the first half of 2018. We're talking tv shows, movies, music, podcasts and of course, books. Also, there's another update from Michelle and Jack on their Irish adventure.
This week we're joined by Sarah and Alex of Melbourne's young adult book club, The YA Room. Chatting all about how they got started, hosting book launches and events, to the first YA Day! Hopefully next year we can attend, but until then, listen to our chat (and find out our dream dinner guests!)
Like Kristen Bell? Teenage detectives? Feminist, progressive and sassy TV shows? If you answered 'yes' and haven't watched Veronica Mars then you should! Our discussion about the sassy woman herself will either make you want to watch or rewatch the TV series and movie. Plus enjoy a clip from Michelle and Jack from Dublin!
Want to spread the bookish love? Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus are Melbourne's own book ninjas and their mission to add a little literature to everyone's day has become a national success. This week they're joining us to talk about Book on the Rain and their brand new YA debut based on the venture.
This week we are spilling the tea on the latest bookish news and discussing whether creators should leave their characters alone, how many editions of Harry Potter we'll buy and whether 'Netflix for books' is a good idea.
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If you’ve still got a royal wedding hangover, this episode is the perfect antidote as we speak to Claire from the Brit Lit Podcast. But it’s not all about British booms as Claire shares her unique journey to crowdfunded publication and we chat about the strangeness of moving from England to America.
This week you get to hear us catch up on our hectic lives including plenty of beef, cults and live podcasts. We're also sharing mini interviews from LoveYA Day in Brisbane with Steph Bowe, Cath Crowley and Paula Weston.
This week we're talking books and business with the women who've been posting goodies across Australia for nearly two years. Each box is lovingly prepared and, as we learn in this episode, hand-packed by Alison and Rebecca who spoke to us as they prepared their much-anticipated Obsidio boxes for shipping.
This week Caitlin and Michelle are sharing the stories behind some of their books! We have souvenirs, gifts and books we came across randomly. All the books on every bookshelf have a story, and we're sharing some of ours in this episode.
What if you made a decision you couldn't take back? This week, Caitlin and Michelle are joined by author Gabrielle Reid to chat about her debut, 'The Things We Can't Undo'. Listen in to our discussion about writing with teens in mind and how important starting conversations is.
Please note we had some connection problems while recording so some moments may be hard to hear.
Have you seen that movie? Read the book? Which do you prefer? Comparing books to their adaptations is something we all do. This week, Caitlin and Michelle chat about some more recent adaptions from YA contemporaries to dramatic mini series'.
Have you ever stumbled upon a strange fact and wanted to know more? This week Lauren Chater shares the story behind her beautiful historical fiction debut, sparked by a book about Estonia lace weaving. Lauren, who also has a talent for delicately decorated book-themed cookies, shares some insights from the kitchen with us as well.
She's well known as the award winning author of four novels, but Fiona Wood had a successful screenwriting career before turning her hand at books. This week, we discuss what goes on behind the scenes and off the set, as well as how three friends write a novel.
Join us as we walk through the White Way of Delight to discuss the delightful Anne (with an 'e'), a character that shaped our childhood. We will be talking about the Cuthberts, bosom friendships and, of course, the only boy whose head we'd ever want to break a slate over. There's no one quite like Anne Shirley.
How do you create a better understanding of the many diverse lives we're living without representation in the stories we're told from childhood? Faced with a disappointing lack of diverse picture books, Jessica Walton crowdfunded and published her own story about gender identity. In this episode, we discuss diversity in publishing and how it can be improved.
Bookmarks or dog-earing? Favourite reading spots and whether we listen to audiobooks. This week we're chatting about our sometimes strange reading habits and attempting to explain why we read the way we do.
What are you going to do after high school? The dreaded question for anyone without a five-year plan. But Kate O'Donnell explains why it's okay not to have a plan post-graduation, the dilemmas faced by teens growing up in rural and regional areas and how passion guided her career choices.
Truth is stranger than fiction, or so they say. We're diving into true stories this week to share what we love about them, what gets us hooked and some of our favourite non-fiction reads, including plenty of girl power (of course).
Can blogging lead you to a new career? Adele Walsh did just that, transforming her hobby into a career she loves. She shares her tips for people wanting to do the same and discusses the importance of teen-only spaces in the bookish community. Get ready to be inspired!
Okay babes, listen up. We’re spilling the tea on the latest news including the future of indie bookstores, whether the ‘Gram is ruining art, why book awards are so important and why we’re riled up about the next Fantastic Beasts movie.
This week we’re joined by blogger, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay. She’s discussing the mammoth task of memoir writing, ableism and the positive and negative impacts of speaking out online.
How and why do we review and what happens when we didn’t love the book? This week we chat reviews (the good, the bad and the indifferent) and the relationships between authors and readers. Remember folks, be kind.
This week we’re chatting social media and digital lives with Gabrielle Williams, author of My Life as a Hashtag. She talks us through her writing process as well sharing some special details about her latest project.
Travel is the only thing that makes you richer and this week we’re joined by Tamsien West from Babbling Books, a reader with a wealth of adventures to share. We’re talking about journeys, journaling and the secret to Instagram success. Bon voyage!
The year is coming to a close! This week, Caitlin and Michelle chat all about their fave books, movies, tv shows and other things they loved about 2017. A lot happened this year, and we're already busy planning the next one.
Sex, bodies, scars and recording the highs and lows of your life online. Nothing is off limits this week as Michelle and Caitlin are joined by the darling Grace Latter. Of course, we’re also talking books and blogging. Settle in with a coffee and meet your new girl crush.
During December, The YA Room is celebrating LoveOzYA during the whole month! We're thrilled to be involved, airing our first minisode. Discussing our favourite LoveOzYA friendships, glad for any excuse to talk about Aussie books and authors!
It's the most wonderful time of the year.. This week, Michelle and Caitlin are chatting all about Christmas. Discussing their fave holiday movies, TV specials, music and books. Do you prefer Elf or The Grinch? Pop Christmas music or the classic carols? Join us and prepare for the festive season.
We all know if you get knocked down, you get back up again and it couldn't be more true in the publishing industry. This week, writing and blogging boss babe Margot McGovern explains the story and process behind getting her debut YA novel published. Get writing, people!
This week we get a sneak peek behind the scenes of our favourite book store and a taste of the publishing industry. We’re joined by Tonile Wortley from Hachette to talk about the books we don’t even know we want to read yet. Get those Christmas wishlists ready!
This week Michelle is telling us all (including Caitlin) about her trip to the UK! There is stories about adorable dogs, tea, Harry Potter, The Beatles and all that British goodness. Listen in and get ready to book your next holiday!
This week Caitlin and Michelle are joined by their IRL bestie, Indy of TapsLifeAndBooks! We're chatting about series versus stand alones, our fave series, booktube and sharing some friendship stories! If you're a Cassandra Clare or Sarah J. Maas fan you're in for a treat!
Michelle and Caitlin are joined by a dynamic sister duo this week, Sarah and Emma from Bottled Books! They've just launched their bookish nail polish business (we can't wait for ours to arrive). We are all obsessed with musicals, nail polish and books so we hope you enjoy!
Are you a Tina or Queenie? Do you prefer bowtruckles or nifflers? This week, it's all about the costumes, characters and creatures! We're talking all about magizoology after watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
Can you name a book from the first line? Are you more into classics or contemporary? Join Caitlin and Michelle as they chat to Lucy Powrie. She's a blogger, Youtuber and host of #UKYAchat at only 17! Get ready to be amazed and inspired by our first international guest!
We don't have many vices, but books are our weakness. This week we talk all about our growing book collections (including our two little obsessions, can you guess what they are?). Pull up a book stack and join us!
We're obsessed with podcasts, social networks and the media in general. This week, Caitlin and Michelle talk to Bond University Lecturer Caroline Graham about the theory of creative writing and her experience working on a textbook and a novel!
We couldn't keep the holiday joy to ourselves... so we're sharing it with all of you! In Brisbane we were all about staying sexy (and not getting murdered), bursting into song and being dangerous women with zero chill.
... Ready for it? The girls are talking Taylor Swift, holiday reads and girly movies. A perfect match for our chat with Amanda, The Bookish Manicurist. Along with an amazing blog and YouTube channel, this weeks guest has nails to envy!
Blogging, booktubing, bookstagramming... what does it all mean?! Caitlin and Michelle sit down with a cuppa to discuss how writing about books online has changed their lives (and their bookshelves). It's time to hit publish!
There's no need to resort to dog-earing those pages (the horror!) with the sweet handmade bookmarks sold by Nook and Burrow, co-created by Lillytales blogger and booktuber Kate. Find out how Kate turned her hobby into a business and how scents are decided, plus the usual bookish banter. Because, we like talking.
Is self-publishing really elementary, my dear listeners? Ellie Marney, author of the award-winning Every series, an Aussie Sherlock Holmes retelling, joins Caitlin and Michelle to explain how she took the leap into self-publishing her brand spanking new spin-off No Limits. Have your deerstalker at the ready!
Wide streets, wider skies and... fibreglass bulls? Rocky's own Anna Daniels joins Caitlin and Michelle as they talk about storytelling in regional areas, with a whole lot of love for their own hometown. Pack up the swags, it's time to hit the road.
Saddle up your kangaroo, take a bite of your Vegemite sandwich and grab a glass of Milo to join Caitlin and Michelle chatting to writing wonder woman Danielle Binks. The #LoveOzYA anthology editor talks sharing our culture and positive change in publishing. ‘Straya mate.
Are you ready to be inspired? Today Michelle and Caitlin chat to boss babe Gabrielle Tozer. She’s a journalist, copywriter, author, Bachie fanatic and lover of Hawaiian pizza. Gabrielle dishes the dirt on intern life and passes on some career wisdom as this week’s special guest.
Gabrielle Tozer is the author of The Intern, Faking It, Remind Me How This Ends and Peas and Quiet (illustrated by Sue deGennaro). She was also published in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology.