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Thriving Authors Podcast

Thriving Authors Podcast

By Dallas Woodburn
Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world, connecting with a wide audience of readers. On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publishing journey, interviews with successful published authors, and tips and advice you can start using today to move you forward in your writing life.
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Episode 81: Transitioning into your Writing Time
I have a brand new solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast coming at you today, where we talk about ways to transition in and out of your writing time. My 3-year-old has a hard time with transitions – getting in and out of her car seat, stopping play to come up for dinner, going from inside to outside, etc – and it struck me that transitions can be tough for all of us. Transitions are emotional and uncertain. We don’t know what is waiting for us on the other side. So resistance, fears and doubts often pop up around transition. Transitioning into our writing time – or, more specifically, the discomfort of this transition – is often what holds us back from hitting our writing goals. It is so common to feel that discomfort and give up for the day. When really, what you might need is to build in some simple transitional cues for yourself to help you ease into the creative process. I’ve got lots of ideas for you on the podcast this week! Plus a free checklist you can download for an inspiring writing session. (Just DM me and I’ll send it your way!)
October 03, 2022
Episode 80: Interview with Brianna Wilkerson
I have a special episode for you today of the Thriving Authors Podcast where I sat down with my dear friend & client Brianna Wilkerson @madewellwomen to chat about her experience being part of Thriving Authors Academy! What does it take to bring a book from idea or concept, to rough draft, to edited manuscript that is ready for readers? How do you know if you are ready to invest the time and energy into writing your book? What if you’re not sure that you’re “worth” it? Why is it so important to have support through the book-writing process? Bri and I spoke about her journey writing and editing her forthcoming nonfiction book. Bri has this radiant energy and beautiful wisdom that is such a gift to everyone around her. Especially if you are struggling with mindset blocks around writing your book or doubts about whether the investment will be worth it, you don't want to miss this conversation.
September 30, 2022
Episode 79: All About Thriving Authors Academy
In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m answering all of your questions about Thriving Authors Academy, my signature six-month small-group book mentorship program. I’m overjoyed that I get to be a coach for people and get to lead this amazing program! So I wanted to share a little bit more about it with you and answer questions like: What makes Thriving Authors Academy special? What makes this program different from other programs out there? How do I know if it's a good fit for me and for my book? How do I know this investment is going to be worth it? Tune into this week’s episode to hear the nuts and bolts of this program so that you can decide if it’s a good fit for you. And if you’re interested in joining us, I would love to have you! We begin October 8. Apply & find more info at
September 23, 2022
Episode 78: Deep Dive into Cover Design
I like to surprise my clients in Thriving Authors Academy with bonus sessions where I bring in experts to talk about various topics. Last month, two amazing cover designers, Rebecca Barney & Lenore Stutznegger, spoke to the group about… the cover design process what makes a good cover what authors can do to help get a cover we love for our book and more! I’m excited to share an excerpt of this expert panel on cover design with YOU as this week’s podcast episode. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it is like to be part of Thriving Authors Academy! (And if you’re interested in joining us for the next round, I would love to have you! We begin October 8. Apply & find more info at or apply for the scholarship at About our guest experts: Lenore Stutznegger is the author of the award-winning debut novel BLUE SHADOWS FALL and a cover designer for published books in a variety of genres. She learned from a young age to hone her talents in art and trust in her voice. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Fine Art, married the love of her life, and lived in North Carolina for many years and considers the South to be her happy place. She now resides in Northern California with her four spirited children, a pug, two cats, and backyard chickens in a new kind of crazy paradise. Rebecca Barney is the founder of Barney Design, a graphic arts design studio with experience in print and digital branding, illustration and website design. Her love for art began in high school after a trip to Italy, and she continued to study art history through college, where she graduated with a BA in Art History. She moved back to San Diego and started working at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, where a co-worker and good friend encouraged her to take her studies toward graphic design, and the rest is history! (She designed the gorgeous cover for my novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life!)
September 16, 2022
Episode 77: Interview with Lilian Sue, PR Coach for Authors
Have you ever wondered about hiring a publicist for your book? Or maybe you would like to make a plan to rock PR on your own… but you have no idea where to even begin. In such a crowded book market, how can an author ever hope to stand out? Today’s brand-new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast is one you might want to listen to more than once, and take notes! Because my guest Lilian Sue is an expert on everything related to book publicity and she generously shares her top tips, wisdom and insights with us about how you can… - push past your limiting beliefs - make connections and build relationships - hit your marketing goals for your book - all without burning out! I daresay this episode might shift the entire way you view book marketing and PR. I would love to hear what comes up for you!
September 09, 2022
Episode 76: Are you in a season of waiting?
I have a new solo episode for you today delving into the question: Are you in a season of waiting? Sometimes we want something SO BADLY, but there is nothing we can do but wait, with patience and faith and surrender, for it to come to us when the timing is right. Other times, we put ourselves in a season of waiting when we don’t have to be, because we are afraid or doubtful about what if we are “ready.” (Spoiler alert: you will never feel completely, 100% “ready” to write your book!) This episode was originally an IG Live that I did last year, and received so much response that I decided to bring it back as a podcast episode. I hope you enjoy and that it resonates with you!
September 02, 2022
Episode 75: Interview with Barbara Graham
Barbara Graham is the author/editor of the New York Times bestselling Eye of My Heart: 27 Women Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother, her non-Hallmark take on the complexities of being a grandparent in the 21st century. She’s also the author of Women Who Run with the Poodles: Myths and Tips for Honoring Your Mood Swings, a national bestseller that offers a satirical look at the dark side of the self-help movement. Her memoir, Camp Paradox, is a haunting yet wry coming-of-age tale set at an all-girls summer camp which fast-forwards decades into the future when Barbara realizes that the “love affair” she believed she’d shared with her camp counselor fits every definition of sexual abuse. Barbara has contributed to many magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, O The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, Glamour, Vogue, and her essays have been collected in numerous anthologies, and her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at theaters around the country. Her first novel, that we focus on a lot in this interview, is titled What Jonah Knew.
August 26, 2022
Episode 74: 6 Reasons to Invest in Your Writing
In this solo episode straight from my heart to yours, I talk about three important ways you can invest in your writing AND six reasons you should do so – not later, but NOW. (Spoiler alert: you deserve it. You deserve to be a writer, pursuing the projects in your heart. And when you pour into yourself, you have so much more capacity to pour into others around you.) I’ve compiled all six inspiring reasons into a pretty PDF you can print out and hang at your desk for those days you need an extra reminder of why you matter and your writing matters. Click here to download it! 
August 19, 2022
Episode 73: Interview with Risa Nyman
Risa Nyman was born and lived in Boston until a move to the Ocean State two years ago. She proudly carries her Boston accent with her wherever she goes. Risa has worked as Executive Director and President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and served as Chair of the Diversity Implementation Task Force for the national organization. She has moderated candidates’ debates, organized voter registration drives, and get-out-the-vote campaigns to promote participation in our democracy.   Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started after finding three pennies in a neat stack on a windowsill in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. She assumed those pennies were a message that it wasn’t too late to follow her dream. After taking classes, attending workshops, and conferences, Risa found her writing voice in middle grade fiction.   When not writing, you might find Risa reading, exercising, or doing therapeutic ironing (yes, there is such a thing.) Connect with her at
August 13, 2022
Episode 72: Over-writers vs. Under-writers
In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, l delve into the differences between over-writers & under-writers. First of all, you might be thinking, "What does that even mean?? Over-writers? Under-writers? I’ve never heard those terms before!" In my coaching programs, I always bring up the topic of under-writers and over-writers and 99% of people have never heard these terms. So you’re not alone if you’re scratching your head a bit right now! "Over-writers" and "under-writers" are two categories that writers tend to fall into. Neither one is better than the other. They are simply two different working styles. Tune into this week’s episode to figure out which category you fall into AND how to use this knowledge to propel your writing forward!
August 06, 2022
Episode 71: Interview with Filip Dousek
Filip Dousek is an AI & analytics expert. He was the founder and CEO of, one of the first startups in the world to automate big data analysis, which got acquired. He is the author of Flock Without Birds, a novel about the illusions that make up our world, which sold sold over 10,000 copies in its original Czech language. Filip regularly speaks at industry conferences and podcasts on the topics of mental models, paradigm shifts, and the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives. He worked in London, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, hitchhiked across Alaska, and got married at Burning Man. Flock Without Birds   A genre-bending, mind-altering novel about the illusions that make up our world. Flock Without Birds comes in two volumes, with neither one first or second--it's up to the reader to start with the Story or the Book.   In the Story, an aging philosopher tells the tale of the Book--a tale of love that spans centuries, continents, and precious texts. Adam, who will one day write the Book, is a young PhD student torn between love and his obsession--coding an algorithm to sift the world's data and find God, dead or alive. But a series of mysterious paintings lead him on a winding journey from Cambridge through a Faustian bargain to the edge of reason. Meanwhile in his library, Toito the philosopher calls into question everything there is to believe about Adam--and our world.   The Book--Adam's journal from a foreign prison--promises to cure the divisions that plague the world. Their root cause isn't politics, capitalism, race, religion, or media. A deeper layer, obvious and invisible, forms what we think, believe, and do. It shapes our wars and our relationships. Unless we confront these illusions, we will remain slaves to the obvious and lose the greatest freedom--the freedom to create a different world. The code--and the key--is within the human mind. But will Adam himself manage such a feat? Can he escape the prisons of the body and of the mind, and regain his love?   After reading both volumes, Adam's story--and our society--will look very different in the end. Two tales, separate and intertwined, ask the question: where does the whole end and the part begin? What is a flock without birds?
July 29, 2022
Episode 70: Self-Care Tips for Writers
This is a solo episode straight from my own personal experience of coming out of a season of book launching, and is also a topic that has come up a lot lately with my clients in Thriving Authors Academy. → How do you create a sustainable creative practice  – how do you build a career as a writer  – how do you actually get to the finish line of your book  – without burning out? ← My answer: build plenty of self-care into your writing routine. In this episode, I delve into my TOP EIGHT self-care tips for writers. Listen, bookmark, and enjoy! This might be an episode you want to save and come back to when you need to hear it again. I always like to pause and reflect on my self-care practices after a book launch, after I finish a big project, when I hit a milestone in my life like a birthday or anniversary, or even with the change of seasons. You can also download a FREE PDF with all eight of these tips!
July 22, 2022
Episode 69: Interview with Tobey Hiller
About Tobey: Tobey Hiller writes fiction, flash and poetry. She’s the author of a novel, four collections of poetry, and a book of stories. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a wide variety of journals, print and online, national and international, and in six anthologies. She writes both realist and fabulist fiction. One of her stories, "Splinter," was short-listed for the first Los Gatos-Listowel Short Fiction Contest and later won a First Prize in Craft Magazine’s Short Story Contest; two of her other stories have been short-listed for prizes. Her fiction collection FLIGHT ADVICE: A FABULARY was one of five finalists for Omnidawn’s 2019 Fabulist Fiction Prize and appeared from Unlikely Books (Jonathan Penton, New Orleans) in December 2021. Her most recent book of poetry, CROW MIND (Finishing Line Press, 2020) was reviewed in The Los Angeles Review. She may be found at
July 15, 2022
Episode 68: Virtual Book Launch!
In this special podcast episode, I am super excited to share the audio from my virtual book launch for my new short story collection How to Make Paper When the World is Ending! I got to celebrate & chat with my amazing author friend Carol Van Den Hende, who has been such a generous & insightful supporter of my book. Tune in to hear behind-the-scenes tidbits about the book and an in-depth Q&A about everything from carving out time to write, developing characters, the revision process, differences between writing novels and short stories, and more! ABOUT THE BOOK: A couple sets off on their first long weekend together with romantic-or murderous-intentions. A recently divorced father attempts to jump-start his life by performing as John Lennon in a Beatles cover band. A young woman becomes obsessed with a sweepstakes contest in the wake of her roommate's sudden death. How to Make Paper When the World Is Ending features literal ghosts, spiritual ghosts, charming ghosts; ghosts that are dead ends and ghosts that are still living; the ghosts of what might yet be and the ghosts of what might have been. How is each of us shaped by what haunts us? As Entropy Magazine noted of her first collection, Dallas Woodburn is a master of writing stories that "never cease to surprise or carry a wave of emotional impact." With its ambitious scope and resonant themes, How to Make Paper When the World Is Ending is another deeply felt, captivating collection of stories that will linger long after the final page.
July 09, 2022
Episode 67: Interview with Iris March
I am delighted to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast where I sat down with my friend Maureen Wise, pen name Iris March @searchingformysteries, to chat about her fantastic debut “succulent sleuth” cozy mystery novel THE BROKEN BRIDGE. Discussed in this episode: How she brought her passions for cozy mysteries, for plants, for sustainability and all of that into her writing and to her novels The background behind her writing of The Broken Bridge Her writing process and how she was able to get it out and not take years How she kept herself accountable while writing  About Mauree, aka Iris: Iris March has a reputation for killing house plants and now she’s writing stories about people getting killed. Coincidence? Perhaps not. Iris has worked in the sustainability field her entire career and is usually either reading a book or is on a trail. She lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and three cats.
July 01, 2022
Episode 66: 10 Tips to Crush Your Book Launch
I am excited to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, which is very much a day-in-the-life episode because it is all about the week before book launch. And guess where I am right now in my life?? I am LIVING the week before book launch! My short story collection How to Make Paper When the World is Ending comes out on Tuesday! In this episode, I share my top 10 tips to make the most of the week before your book launch. Click here to download the free PDF with all 10 tips! 
June 24, 2022
Episode 65: Interview with Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and best-selling novelist. Her latest novel, FORBIDDEN CITY, tells the story of a teenage girl from a small village who is selected to serve the Communist Party and Chairman Mao at the start of the Cultural Revolution in China. Vanessa and I met nine years ago when we were both Steinbeck Fellows at San Jose State University, and she is a true champion of other writers. It has been such a thrill to watch her soar. Discussed in this episode: Her new novel Forbidden City How she got into writing How the topic of her new novel was born and her writing and research process Her evolution as an writer About Vanessa: Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists, and has been called a "marvel" by O, The Oprah Magazine, and "delightful" by The Economist. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, a New York Times Editors' Choice, received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award, and a New American Voices Award. Her latest novel, Forbidden City, was called “magnificent” by Publisher’s Weekly, and was published on May 10, 2022.
June 17, 2022
Episode 64: Why are pre-orders so important?
I am delighted to share a brand-new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, all about pre-orders and why they matter so much to authors! In this episode we discuss… what is a pre-order why having a pre-order option is important marketing and promotion ideas for your pre-order sneak peek into my preorder campaign for my new short story collection that is being published at the end of June Grab your favorite snack and settle in for this magical episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast.
June 10, 2022
Episode 63: Interview with Jessica Thompson
In this week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I got to sit down with Jessica Thompson all about how she combined her love of mysteries and baking and found her perfect genre! Jessica is an absolute delight and it was so lovely to hear about… her love of cooking how she found the right genre as a writer how to find true happiness in life and in the writing process Grab your favorite snack and settle in for this magical episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast! About Jessica: When Jessica discovered mystery novels with recipes, she knew she had found her niche. Now Jessica is the author of the Amazon best-selling culinary cozy mysteries "A Caterer's Guide to Love and Murder" and “A Caterer’s Guide to Holidays and Homicide." To be published in 2022 is an anthology of short stories that she is curating. She is active in her local writing community and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Storymakers Guild. As an avid home chef and food science geek, Jessica has won cooking competitions and been featured in the online Taste of Home recipe collection. Jessica is originally from California, but now has adopted the Austin, Texas lifestyle. She enjoys living in the suburbs with her husband and young children, but also enjoys helping her parents with their nearby longhorn cattle ranch.
June 03, 2022
Episode 62: Having Cheerleaders in your Writing Life
This week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast is dedicated to a very special person in my life, on his birthday: my Dad! I talk about what he has meant to me as a writer, how he's been so instrumental in my career and how he inspires me to find joy in the ups and downs of the creative life. In this episode I talk about… ✨the importance of having a cheerleader in your corner ✨how my dad has been instrumental to my success as a writer ✨examining your ingrained beliefs about making a career as a writer and letting go of the ones that do not serve you ✨affirmations from me to you to cheer you on!
May 27, 2022
Episode 61: Interview with Robert Gwaltney
A graduate of Florida State University, Robert Gwaltney resides in Atlanta, Georgia. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization that strengthens children and their families during the most critical times in their development. Through his non-profit work, he is a champion for early childhood literacy. Robert also serves as Fiction Editor for The Blue Mountain Review. In all the hours between, he writes. The Cicada Tree is his debut novel. DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: ✨how Robert makes time for his passion for writing even with a busy life and demands of a day job ✨the importance of finding support and community ✨leaving room for your intuition to speak to you throughout the writing process ✨behind-the-scenes of Robert's award-winning debut novel THE CICADA TREE RESOURCES: Robert's website: Follow Robert on Instagram:
May 20, 2022
Episode 60: What is an ARC and why do I need one as an author?
This week we’re talking all about ARCs! If you’ve never heard this term and are scratching your head, like “not another acronym!” don’t fear. I’ve got you covered! DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: What the heck is an ARC, or “Advance Review Copy,” and how is this different from a published book? How can an author use ARCs to build credibility and excitement about their book? Why are book reviews so important and how can you use an ARC to garner more book reviews? Plus, I take you behind-the-scenes in how I used ARCs in my launch of my latest novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life – and how you can grab an advance copy of my new short story collection How to Make Paper When the World is Ending! RESOURCES:  Get a copy of the my new ARC: email me at dallaswoodburn gmail com Want more? Join us on Facebook at Book Breakthrough Community, and you can always reach out to me personally at @DallasWoodburnAuthor on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the podcast and your ideas for new episodes. Until next time, happy writing!
May 13, 2022
Episode 59: Interview with Angie K. Love
For the past decade and a half, Angie K. Love has had a rewarding career as an Acupuncturist, finding deep fulfillment in helping people heal in body, mind, and spirit. Through her writing, she hopes to bring healing to people's hearts and souls.  From an early age, Angie has been an avid reader and prolific writer, and it’s been her lifelong dream to be a published author. Awakening Hearts is her debut novel, and she looks forward to writing many more (her second book is in the works, and she's already mentally plotting the third). DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Angie's past career as an acupuncturist Debut of her award-winning new novel  Her inspiration and thoughts behind her writing  Her thoughts on writing a sequel and will she will be writing one  Angie's advice to other authors  RESOURCES: Angie’s Website Follow Angie on Instagram Want more? Join us on Facebook at Book Breakthrough Community, and you can always reach out to me personally at @DallasWoodburnAuthor on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the podcast and your ideas for new episodes. Until next time, happy writing!
May 06, 2022
Episode 58: Using Your Book Cover to Build Buzz
Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world and connecting with a wide audience of readers. On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publishing journey, interviews with successful published authors, and tips and advice you can start using today to move you forward in your writing life. We're shifting from Overflowing Bookshelves to now the Thriving Authors Podcast, and this is my first solo episode, all about how to use your book cover to create buzz prior to your book launch! DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Kim’s diverse job experience background and how her jobs led to entrepreneurship Being creative as a coach Moments where sales became easier for Kim Affirmations to use if you are scared of being visible online Supporting other women through their wins Kim’s favorite tools to use with clients when they’re doing mindset work One truth that has been standing out to Kim lately RESOURCES: Kim's Website Follow Kim on Instagram Want more? Join us on Facebook at Book Breakthrough Community, and you can always reach out to me personally at @DallasWoodburnAuthor on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the podcast and your ideas for new episodes. Until next time, happy writing!
April 30, 2022
Episode 57: Interview with Rebecca Bischoff
I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the talented multi-genre novelist Rebecca Bischoff! If you like to write in many different genres, or if you ever struggle with the push-pull between creativity and promotion of your books, Rebecca has some wisdom and permission to share with you! You will definitely come away inspired from this episode. Rebecca Bischoff is the author of a contemporary young adult book titled "The French Impressionist"; a middle grade historical fiction mystery set in the Civil War era titled "The Grave Digger"; and her most recent book, a humorous middle grade novel titled "Hole in the Rock," which was released last year. Rebecca is an avid reader, Netflix binge-watcher and chocolate eater. She lives in Idaho with her family. Connect with Rebecca at
April 22, 2022
Episode 56: Interview with J Trevor Robinson
I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the hilarious and insightful J. Trevor Robinson @jtrevorrobinsonauthor, author of THE MUMMY OF MONTE CRISTO. It was so fascinating to learn about how he adapted and breathed new life into a classic! If you write historical fiction, or if you’ve ever struggled with balancing research and writing a draft, you definitely do not want to miss this episode. When J Trevor Robinson was young, he received a well-worn stack of mystery and horror novels from his older brother, and it instilled in him a lifelong desire to be an author. Heavily influenced by Stephen King's scares, Jim Butcher's action scenes, and the larger-than-life characters in Ayn Rand's books, he blended those influences with classic literature and pulp horror to write his Immortal Works debut THE MUMMY OF MONTE CRISTO. He has also self-published a young-adult horror novel THE GOOD FIGHT, and was published in the Amazon #1 bestselling horror anthology SECRET STAIRS as the sole romance story in the collection. He lives in Toronto keeping the redhead gene alive with his wife and daughter, born Friday the 13th.  
April 15, 2022
Episode 55: Interview with Alison Kimble
Alison Kimble began writing because she loves stories and believes in their power to shape our world and ourselves. Her writing blends the real and the fantastical and crosses genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. She has written one novel, Strange Gods, and is working on her next. She lives in the Greater Seattle Area with her husband and spends her time walking in the woods, going to the movies, and seeking adventures large and small. Connect with Alison at
April 09, 2022
Episode 54: Interview with Melanie Hooyenga
Multi-award winning YA author Melanie Hooyenga writes about strong teen girls learning to find their way in the world. Her time travel series, The Flicker Effect, tells the story of Biz, a 17-year old who uses sunlight to travel back to yesterday, and her sports romance series, The Rules Series, follows three girls in Boulder, Colorado who navigate their struggles with life and love while skiing, biking, and snowboarding in the great outdoors. Her newest series, The Campfire Series, features dual-POV stories about love, life, and making the most of sleeping under the stars. Connect with Melanie at
April 02, 2022
Episode 53: Interview with Cori Cooper
I am delighted to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring my sweet friend @authorcoricooper, who is one of the most inspiring people I know. Her joy about the writing life is contagious and her positive attitude will inspire you to approach your own creative process with renewed energy. Grab a cup of tea or a sweet treat and enjoy! Cori Cooper is an Arizona Mountain girl (not born, but definitely raised!) She met her husband in Middle School and married him 8 years later when they both grew up (sort of). She is the author of the middle-grade novel BAKE BELIEVE and the upcoming sequel BAKE OFF. When she isn’t reading until her eyes go blurry or typing her fingers stiff, Cori loves to play board games with her 4 kids, go for hikes in the gorgeous pine-forested hills just steps from her front door, and bake delicious treats for her family and friends.
March 25, 2022
Episode 52: Interview with Lenore Stutznegger
Lenore Stutznegger is the author of the award-winning debut novel BLUE SHADOWS FALL. She grew up running barefoot in the woods of Mechanicsville, Virginia with a dog at her side, five crazy siblings, and creative parents. She learned from a young age to hone her talents in art, trust in her voice, and compete for the most marshmallows in Lucky Charms. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Fine Art, married the love of her life, and lived in North Carolina for many years and considers the South to be her happy place. She now resides in Northern California with her four spirited children, a pug, two cats, and backyard chickens in a new kind of crazy paradise. Connect with her at
March 17, 2022
Episode 51: Interview with JD Spero
Johannah Davies (JD) Spero’s writing career took off when her first release, Catcher’s Keeper, was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. Since then, she’s found similar success with her young adult fantasy Forte series, winning recognition from National Indie Excellence Award (2014, 2016) and Adirondack Literary Award — Best Book of Children’s Literature (2015). Her novel Boy on Hold was a 2020 Book Excellence Award winner and a 2020 IPPY GOLD winner for Best Mystery/Thriller, and its sequel Boy Released came out earlier this year. After living in various cities from St. Petersburg (Russia) to Boston, Johannah now lives with her family in the Lake George area, where she was born and raised.
March 11, 2022
Episode 50: Virtual Book Launch!
This is a special episode: a recording of my virtual book launch for my new novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life! My amazing sister & librarian extraordinaire Allyson McAuley chatted with me about the ten years it took to bring this book into the world, crafting multidimensional characters, giving yourself permission to write and read a variety of genres, planning out book structure, and more! I also give a little reading from the book – a part I’ve never shared publicly before.  Order the book here and read reviews here! About Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life: The person who ruined their lives just might bring them together... Brad is ready for a perfect senior year: he has a seat at the popular lunch table, a gig co-hosting the school’s morning announcements, and a gorgeous girlfriend. But when Carissa breaks up with Brad, his carefully constructed life comes crashing down. Convinced everything would be perfect if only Carissa would take him back, Brad creates a “self-improvement plan” and vows to re-win her heart. Rose wishes she were having a normal senior year like everyone else, but leave it to her twin sister Carissa to butt in and ruin her life. Carissa secretly nominated Rose for the reality TV show Help Me Lose Weight and Live Again—and now Rose is on her way to Texas for three months of calorie-counting, marathon-exercising hell. Rose already felt overshadowed by her “perfect” sister, and collapsing on a treadmill on national TV is not making things any better. Plus, Rose can’t squash feelings for her sister’s boyfriend Brad (even though she knows he would never see her as anything but a friend.) For fans of friends-to-lovers romance comes a heartwarming novel about self-improvement, identity and acceptance in our image-obsessed culture.
March 03, 2022
Episode 49: Interview with Lisa Czarina Michaud
Lisa Czarina Michaud is a novelist and translator. Her debut novel, SLANTED & DISENCHANTED, came out last year to rave reviews. Born and raised in Chelsea before a family relocation to Long Island, she has been writing her New York stories her entire life. Wanting to see the left coast, she attended The Evergreen State College before stumbling through adulthood in Hollywood, then back east to Brooklyn and eventually Paris. Lisa's work has been featured in various publications. She currently lives in France with her husband, son, and cat, Le Tigre. Connect with Lisa at
February 25, 2022
Episode 48: Interview with Cynthia Morris
Author and Certified Coach Cynthia Morris is the founder of Original Impulse, helping people become the writers they’ve always wanted to be. Cynthia has published seven non-fiction books and a Paris historical novel. Her most recent book is The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. She speaks globally on writing and the creative process and leads retreats, and hosts the podcast Stumbling Toward Genius. Connect with Cynthia at
February 15, 2022
Episode 47: Interview with Elizabeth Gonzalez James
Before becoming a writer Elizabeth was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, The Rumpus, StorySouth, PANK, and elsewhere, and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She is the Interviews Editor at The Rumpus, as well as a regular contributor to Ploughshares Blog. Her first novel, MONA AT SEA, was a finalist in the 2019 SFWP Literary Awards judged by Carmen Maria Machado, and is available now from Santa Fe Writers Project. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Massachusetts. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @unefemmejames. Her website is  **Make sure to subscribe to the Overflowing Bookshelves Patreon Page for bonus material from Elizabeth and our other guests!
January 14, 2022
Episode 46: Interview with Ethel Rohan
Ethel Rohan is the author of In the Event of Contact, winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize (2021). Her debut novel The Weight of Him (St. Martin's Press and Atlantic Books, 2017) was an Amazon, Bustle, KOBO, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Reading Women Award. She is also the author of the story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has appeared widely, including The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, PEN America, Tin House, Guernica, and more. Raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the Writers Grotto. Connect with her at  For bonus content, make sure to check out our Patreon page!
December 09, 2021
Episode 45: Interview with Rebecca Prenevost
Rebecca Prenevost is the author of The Mom Walks series: Starting in Fifth, Getting Crushed, and Catching Up. Never in a million years did Rebecca think she’d be a writer. But she was looking for fiction books that reflected her everyday struggles of parenting tween girls, and she couldn’t find them. She wanted something light, heart-warming, and relatable. So she tried writing one, and she had a blast. If you liked The Baby-Sitters Club books when you were younger and enjoyed Gilmore Girls not too long ago, her books could be perfect for you.
November 06, 2021
Episode 44: Interview with Shanthi Sekaran
Shanthi Sekaran's most recent novel, The Samosa Rebellion, was written for 8-13 year olds, but it's definitely the kind of book adults can get into, too. (I LOVED it!) Her most recent adult novel, Lucky Boy (Putnam/Penguin), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an NPR Best Book of 2017. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times,, LA Review of Books and Huffington Post. When she's not writing books, she writes for television, on the staff of the NBC medical drama, New Amsterdam. Shanthi lives in Berkeley with her family and a cat named Frog.  Connect with Shanthi at
October 09, 2021
Episode 43: Interview with Audiobook Narrator Elise Arsenault
Elise Arsenault is the amazingly talented voice actor who narrated the audiobook of my novel The Best Week That Never Happened. She is a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has worked throughout the country with various regional theaters, including Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Ivoryton Playhouse, Imagination Stage, and the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institute. She has narrated more than 130 audiobooks in a variety of genres, from nonfiction to cozy mystery to sci-fi. She is also a career coach for actors! Connect with Elise at her website
September 29, 2021
Episode 42: Interview with Joan Steinau Lester
Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator, columnist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including Mama's Child and Black, White, Other. Her writing has appeared in such publications as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. Her latest book Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White chronicles her marriage to the Black writer Julius Lester, and tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing. Connect with Joan at
September 18, 2021
Episode 41: Interview with Ruth Mitchell
Ruth Mitchell is the author of the award-winning novel Deleted, described as "Inception meets 50 First Dates." She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and grew up writing plays for the neighborhood kids and “exploring” the woods near her home. In high school, she founded a Dead Poets’ Society, as well as successfully campaigning to make the school’s all-male service club accept female students. She met her husband, Bill, on their first day of classes at the University of Utah, where she graduated with a BA in journalism. Working for the Deseret News, she reported on wildfires, shootings and human interest stories. When her husband finished medical school, they moved with their two small daughters to Texas. In Dallas they learned to love good barbecue, bluebonnets and Texans. With a little Texan in tow (a boy!) they moved to San Diego. In California, they welcomed another son and put down roots. In addition to dreaming up new book ideas, Ruth loves long rambling conversations, baking, hiking, party-planning and running (slowly) along the coasts and canyons of Southern California. Connect with her at
September 11, 2021
Episode 40: Interview with Rachel Huffmire
Rachel grew up in the middle of a wheat field where she found plenty of time to read and dream. Her mom paid her a dollar per classic novel she read so, in a quest to amass a small fortune, Rachel read over 200 classic novels before junior high. After dabbling with writing novels and stage plays, she ran to the BYU bookstore for her first job. She sat behind the register, voraciously reading Shannon Hale novels while Brandon Sanderson and other internationally-selling authors held book signings in front of her. That was when she began dreaming up plots of her own. Rachel's debut novel SHATTERED SNOW was a Whitney Award finalist, Swoony Award winner, and Deep Magic E-zine highlighted novel. She is also the author of SPINNING BRIAR and GRANTED: CURSE OF THE EMERALD JINN. In addition to writing novels, Rachel works as the marketing manager for Immortal Works Publishing. She currently lives in Southern California where she enjoys sand at its finest: the beach and the desert. She loves to play board games with her kids, browse Pinterest for tasty recipes, and read a bedtime story to her husband every night.
July 04, 2021
Episode 39: Interview with Emma Dhesi
This episode is sponsored by Patreon supporter Michael Swaidan. Thank you, Michael!! Emma Dhesi writes contemporary Women’s Fiction. She began writing seriously while a stay at home mom with 3 children under five years of age. She needed something for herself and for her future. By changing her mindset, being consistent and developing confidence, Emma has gone from having a collection of handwritten notes to two fully written, edited and published novels titled THE DAY SHE CAME HOME, and BELONGING. Her stories reflect the authentic lives of women by exploring the complexities of family life. Before writing, Emma trained as a stage actor and worked in London for a decade before moving with her husband to Hong Kong. After seven years there, Emma and her family relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland, where her writing came together and publication beckoned.
June 19, 2021
Episode 37: Interview with Holli H.L. Anderson
Holli H.L. Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy. Holli can't decide which genre to write in, so she just writes the stories that won't leave her alone in the dark of night and on long, solitary drives. If you like Middle Grade contemporary, Young Adult Urban Fantasy or Dystopian, or Adult Romantic Thrillers -- she's got a book for you. Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up. Her latest novel is UNDER THE VIADUCT.
May 14, 2021
Episode 36: Interview with Sonya Judd
As a thriving professional in the tech industry, Sonya Judd's life was interrupted by a premature baby and spontaneous twins less than a year later. Having three children born within a year of each other, often referred to as Irish triplets, she speaks and writes about becoming your best you when life throws you curveballs. She studied Finance and Economics at NYU and Columbia, and works as a business strategist in the tech industry. Her debut book Rest in the Nest was released earlier this year.  You can connect with Sonya at her website
May 06, 2021
Episode 35: Interview with Katya Cengel
Katya Cengel is an author and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post among other publications. She has reported from North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa and was based in the former Soviet Union for half a decade. She is the author of Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) 2020 winner and Foreword Indies 2019 winner From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union (Potomac, 2019); Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac, 2018) and 2013 Kentucky Literary Award finalist Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life (Nebraska, 2012).  Episode Extras! Listen to Katya read an excerpt from her book From Chernobyl with Love as well as share a writing prompt. Visit 
April 19, 2021
Episode 34: Interview with Mary Potter Kenyon
Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology, and is a certified grief counselor. She is the Program Coordinator for the Shalom Spirituality Center. Mary is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including ten Chicken Soup books. She conducts writing workshops and does public speaking on the topics of writing, utilizing your creativity in your everyday life, and finding hope and healing in grief. She is the author of seven books including the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace and Expressive Writing for Healing. Her book on creativity, Called to Be Creative, was released in August 2020.
April 10, 2021
Episode 33: Interview with Emily Grabatin
Emily Grabatin is the author of the book DARE TO DECIDE: Discovering Peace, Clarity and Courage at Life's Crossroads. Through coaching, writing and leadership development, she helps individuals recognize who they are, uncover what makes them feel alive, and streamline their focus so they can flourish. Through seasons of restlessness, burnout and wandering even while working in her dream job in ministry, the greatest gifts Emily has received have been from individuals who saw potential in her before she saw it. Appreciating the value of people holding a space for her to discover her own answers and step out into her calling at her own pace, she’s passionate about offering that gift to others. What most people don’t know about Emily is her secret box of unfinished novels yellowing in her basement. What she learned about storytelling and why she never finished writing her novels inspired the principles she uses to inspire others in getting clear on their dream and making more confident decisions. Emily lives near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada with her husband and daughter.
March 24, 2021
Episode 32: Dallas Woodburn interview with UCL Writers' Society
This episode is a bit different! I was recently invited to be a guest speaker for the Writers' Society at the University College of London to answer questions about my writing journey. Our conversation was so fruitful and interesting that I asked for their permission to share part of it with you. Hope you enjoy this glimpse into my writing life! Dallas Woodburn published her first book, There’s a Huge Pimple On My Nose, when she was in fifth grade… and she hasn’t stopped since! Her published books include the YA novel The Best Week That Never Happened; the YA short-story collection 3 a.m.; the adult short-story collection Woman, Running Late, in a Dress; and the forthcoming YA novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life (coming Feb 2022). She has won numerous awards for her writing including the international Glass Woman Prize and the John Steinbeck Creative Writing Fellowship. A passionate champion of young writers, Dallas is the founder of Write On! Books, an organization that empowers youth through reading and writing endeavors, and is also editor of the book series Dancing With The Pen: a collection of today’s best youth writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her amazing husband, adorable daughter, and overflowing bookshelves.
March 16, 2021
Episode 31: Interview with Kelli Warner
Kelli Warner is the author of NOT WITH THE BAND and THE MOMENT WE FELL: humorous and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind of stories that get your insides so wound up in an ooey-gooey mess that you forget about the un-fun stuff in life. She's passionate for a good cup of coffee (even a bad one on a desperate day), enjoying time with friends and family, and spending lazy Saturday mornings watching the Food Network. Kelli and her husband live in Oregon with their two teenaged children and a border collie named Lucy. Connect with her at
January 30, 2021
Episode 30: Interview with Kiley Roache
Kiley Roache is the author of FRAT GIRL and THE DATING GAME, two young adult novels published by Inkyard Press, a division of HarperCollins. Kiley grew up in the suburbs outside Chicago, and has been writing since the 7th grade. She signed with a literary agent days before graduating high school. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Political Science. She authored both her books while she was still a college student, and once got up early to look at copyedits before painting her face for a tailgate. Kiley has also worked as a journalist, and her bylines are in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune’s teen publication The Mash, among others. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  In 2018, she wrote an op-ed for The New York Times’s “On Campus”  series entitled “The Future of Frats” arguing that fraternities should go co-ed. It was the lead story in the Times’s “The Edit” newsletter that week.
December 17, 2020
Episode 29: Interview with Maggie Reyes
Maggie Reyes is the author of the Questions for Couples Journal, and is also a blogger and podcast host. She is a Life Coach and Modern Marriage Mentor who specializes in helping driven, ambitious women create the marriages of their dreams. Her innovative, playful and practical approach to love and marriage takes the principles of cognitive psychology and luxury hospitality service and uses them to teach her clients the most effective ways to break destructive patterns and develop the mindsets and habits that make relationships thrive.
December 10, 2020
Episode 28: Interview with A.H. Kim
A.H. Ann Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. She was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, where she was an editor of the California Law Review. She is a practicing attorney and has served as chief of staff to the CEO and head of investor relations at a Fortune 200 company. A.H. Kim is the proud mother of two sons, a longtime cancer survivor, community volunteer, and member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. A GOOD FAMILY is her first novel.
November 30, 2020
Episode 27: Interview with Gabi Justice
Gabi Justice is the author of Dog Girl, her young adult contemporary romance debut which just released on November 17, 2020. She is the mom to three dogs and one stray cat named Luna Buna. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a tennis court in the state that she hasn’t visited, having three competitive junior players in the family. Gabi spent most of her adult life writing editorial copy for local magazines after graduating from the University of South Florida. Florida provides the settings for all her coming-of-age stories that highlight bullying, misjudgment, acceptance, and teen anxiety. Her main characters are goal-oriented teenage girls with a drive that can be fierce and dangerous.  Connect with Gabi at
November 18, 2020
Episode 26: Interview with Shana Lynn Schmidt
Shana Lynn Schmidt is the author of the award-winning memoir Over Our Hearts: a mother's journey learning to listen in, about her experience listening in to her heart during teen daughter's pregnancy and beyond. She is a licensed counselor, parenting coach, infant & early childhood mental health specialist, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, writer, and Nana. She lives in a small Kansas town with her husband Brian, not far from where they grew up, with their two dogs and an empty nest.
November 09, 2020
Episode 25: Interview with Hope Bolinger
Hope Bolinger is the author of the modern-day Daniel retelling trilogy, Blaze, Den, and Vision (releasing in August 2021). The YA superhero romance she co-wrote with Alyssa Roat, Dear Hero, just released from INtense Publications in September 2020. The sequel Dear Henchman is set to release in April 2021. Hope is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 900 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to She writes about 250-300 articles a year. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column "Hope's Hacks," tips and tricks to avoid writer's block, reaches 6,000+ readers weekly in the Serious Writer newsletter. Connect with Hope on Instagram and Twitter @hopebolinger, or through her website
October 19, 2020
Episode 24: Interview with Samantha Vitale
Samantha Vitale has an insatiable hunger for two things: big challenges and amazing stories. When not working at her highly technical day job, she can be found devouring books or writing new ones of her own. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two small humans. She is the author of the debut YA novel THE LADY ALCHEMIST.
September 15, 2020
Episode 23: Interview with E.K. Baer
E.K. has been writing poetry ever since she was very young. She published her first book, A Collection of Poems, when she was 10 years old. Her second collection, Down the Road, was released only a few years later in 2018. E.K. has published work in Stone Soup Magazine and is a staff writer for Youth MENSAN Magazine. Her poetry has placed in several competitions, including but not limited to the Carl Sandburg, Ventura County Writer’s Club, Lincoln Poetry, and No Place for Hate Imagine a World Without Hate writing contests. Besides writing, E.K. loves science, math, and history! She also plays the violin, piano, and sings. Traveling the world is one of her favorite things to do. E.K. enjoys spending as much time as possible with her dog Coco.
August 21, 2020
Episode 22: Interview with Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the author of two middle grade book series, each published by HarperCollins Children's Books, THE GUARDIAN HERD (a quartet) and RIDERS OF THE REALM (a trilogy). Before this, she self-published a middle grade fantasy called THE PET WASHER.  She received a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to literature, she studied philosophy and sociology, and is fascinated by underdogs and power dynamics between groups of people. She is the current Literary Laureate for The Healdsburg Literary Guild. When she is not writing, you can find Jennifer galloping her little black mare through the foothills of Sonoma County or teaching free creative writing workshops to kids and adults at various branches of the local library system. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three children, and many pets!
August 05, 2020
Episode 21: Interview with Karen Strong
Karen Strong is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel Just South of Home, which was selected for several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books, CCBC Choices, and Bank Street Best Books. Her short fiction appears in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back and A Phoenix First Must Burn. Born and raised in the rural South, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia and an advocate of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). An avid lover of strong coffee, yellow flowers, and night skies, Karen lives in Atlanta.
July 20, 2020
Episode 20: Interview with Lisa Moore Ramée
Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in the Northern California, with her husband, two kids, two obnoxious cats and more yard than she can control. She earned a BA in Speech Communications from San Francisco State and a MA in English Literature (focusing on Creative Writing) from Cal State East Bay. She worked for several years in publishing for the Walt Disney Company, first in comics, and then with licensed publishing. While there, she co-penned The Little Mermaid, Jr. Graphic Novel and the writing bug took up permanent residence. She is a devotee of Top Chef and Project Runway and often tries to work the shows in her plots. A Good Kind of Trouble, her first novel, received critical acclaim, garnering three starred reviews (PW, Kirkus and SLJ). Something to Say has received two starred reviews (Kirkus and SLJ).
July 14, 2020
Episode 19: Interview with Caitlin Horrocks
Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations, named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her story collection This Is Not Your City was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Another story collection, Life Among the Terranauts, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family.
July 07, 2020
Episode 18: Interview with C. Hope Clark
C. Hope Clark is the Editor of FundsforWriters, named one of the Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 10 years. She is also a prolific author of The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries. As a freelance writer, she’s published in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Guide to Literary Agents, Writer’s Market, Chicken Soup, and many other trade and online publications.
June 19, 2020
Episode 17: Virtual Book Launch for THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED
I'm excited to share this very special episode! My debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, was published on April 21st by Month9Books and Blackstone Audio. It is such a thrill to have it out in the world and to hear from readers who are connecting with the storyline and the characters! I held a Virtual Book Launch on April 26 and was joined by my friends Tobie Easton and Jennieke Cohen, who you might remember from episodes 2 and 3 of this podcast. I’m delighted to share our conversation with you now, as well as some behind-the-scenes tidbits about my brand new book!
May 18, 2020
Episode 16: Interview with Morris Ardoin
Morris Ardoin earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana State University and a master’s in communication from the University of Louisiana. A public relations practitioner, his work has appeared in regional, national, and international media. His blog, Parenthetically Speaking, can be found at His memoir STONE MOTEL: MEMOIRS OF A CAJUN BOY is now available. He divides his time between New York City and Cornwallville, New York, where he does most of his writing. 
April 24, 2020
Episode 15: Interview with Natalie Lund
Natalie Lund is the author of the young adult novels, We Speak in Storms and The Sky Above Us (forthcoming Nov. ’20). She is a former middle and high school teacher and a graduate of Purdue University’s MFA program. Natalie is a member of SCBWI and is represented by Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and a very talkative cat. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @nmlund.
April 17, 2020
Episode 14: Interview with Laura Sibson
After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee shop, you can find her running the neighborhood streets or hiking with her dog. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two sons. Her debut YA novel, THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS, has received wide acclaim and was one of my favorite books of last year.
March 26, 2020
Episode 13: Interview with Farrah Penn
Farrah Penn was born and raised in a suburb in Texas that’s far from the big city, but close enough to Whataburger. She now resides in Los Angeles, CA with her gremlin dog and succulents. When she’s not writing books, she can be found writing things for BuzzFeed and sending texts that contain too many emojis. 12 STEPS TO NORMAL is her first novel.
March 11, 2020
Episode 12: Interview with Mark Gottlieb
Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark Gottlieb is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights. Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.
March 04, 2020
Episode 11: Interview with Tara Lynn Masih
Tara Lynn Masih has won multiple book awards in her role as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. She is also author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories and Founding Series Editor for The Best Small Fictions annual anthology. Her award-winning fiction, poetry, and prose has been heavily anthologized. Her debut novel, My Real Name Is Hanna, won a Florida Book Award, a Foreword Book of the Year Award, a Skipping Stones Honor Award, and the Julia Ward Howe Award for Young Readers, and was recognized as a finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards.
February 27, 2020
Episode 10: All About Book Covers!
In this special episode to celebrate the cover reveal for my novel The Best Week That Never Happened (check it out + read an exclusive excerpt at The Nerd Daily!) we are diving into a behind-the-scenes look at book covers. In addition to chatting about my book cover process, I also talked with Danielle Doolittle, Art & Design Projects Coordinator at Month9Books, and author N. R. Bergeson.  N. R. (Nils) Bergeson is the author of the Glass Globe series of children’s novels, a former U.S. Diplomat, and a passionate proponent of global education. He has traveled to nearly 70 countries with his wife, Emily, and their four young children. Nils is enamored with the international world and plans to visit everywhere if he can. He hopes his writing will instill a desire in the rising generation to take advantage of modern opportunities to see the world, learn new languages, and expand their cultural experiences as far as they can. Pre-order links for The Best Week That Never Happened: (Be sure to send in your receipt to claim your bonus pre-order goodies!) IndieBound / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Amazon
February 19, 2020
Episode 9: Interview with Kelly Jensen
Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot (, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature. Her books include Here We Are: Feminism for The Real World and (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, a collection of art, essays, and words to launch a powerful and important conversation about mental health. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Washington Post and earned a Schneider Family Book Award Honor. Her next book is Body Talk, scheduled for Fall 2020.
February 10, 2020
Episode 8: Interview with Nathan Leslie
Nathan Leslie won the 2019 Washington Writers' Publishing House prize for fiction for his collection of short stories, Hurry Up and Relax. Nathan’s nine previous books of fiction include Three Men, Root and Shoot, Sibs, and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Night Sweat. Nathan is currently the series editor for Best Small Fictions, the founder and organizer of the Reston Reading Series in Reston, Virginia, and the publisher and editor of the new online journal Maryland Literary Review. Previously he was series editor for Best of the Web and fiction editor for Pedestal Magazine. His fiction has been published in hundreds of literary magazines such as Shenandoah, North American Review, Boulevard, Hotel Amerika, and Cimarron Review. Nathan’s nonfiction has been published in The Washington Post, Kansas City Star, and Orlando Sentinel. Nathan lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Julie. He teaches at Northern Virginia Community College. Nathan's website: Maryland Literary Review: Best Small Fictions: Reston Reading Series:
February 03, 2020
Episode 7: Interview with Julie Hoag
Julie Hoag lives in Minnesota with her husband and three sons. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a scientist at the University of Minnesota, as a pediatric nurse, and as a stay-at-home mom. After her youngest entered school, she revisited her interest in writing by starting a Family, Lifestyle and Food Blog at She began submitting non-fiction articles across the internet, finding wonderful success in getting published on numerous websites. Additionally, her YA Contemporary Romance novel Hungry Hearts was just published by Swoon Romance/Month9Books and her second novel is forthcoming later this year. In this episode, Julie and I talk about making the switch from writing nonfiction to fiction, how being a blogger has made her a better novelist, and more.
January 28, 2020
Episode 6: Interview with Parker Peevyhouse
Parker Peevyhouse is the author of the YA science fiction thrillers Where Futures End, The Echo Room – which Kirkus called “a thrilling ride” in a starred review -- and Strange Exit, which was just published by Tor Teen. Parker is likely trying to solve a puzzle at this very moment, probably while enjoying In-N-Out fries, admiring redwood trees, and quoting movies about sentient robots. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
January 21, 2020
Episode 5: Interview with Stephanie Kuehn
Stephanie Kuehn is a psychologist and an author. She has written five novels for teens, including Charm & Strange, which won the ALA’s 2014 William C. Morris Award for best debut young adult novel. Her second novel, Complicit, was named to YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and her third, Delicate Monsters, won the 2016 Northern California Book Award. In 2015, Stephanie was awarded the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for The Smaller Evil and in 2017, her fifth novel, When I Am Through With You, received a starred review from Kirkus and was also named an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Booklist has praised her work as “Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist.”
January 13, 2020
Episode 4: Interview with Jim & Stephanie Kroepfl
Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl are a husband-and-wife team who write novels and stories of mystery and adventure from their rustic cabin in the Rocky Mountains. They regularly speak at writers conferences, universities and high schools to help others achieve their writing dreams. Their debut YA novel, MERGED, received a starred review from Kirkus as well as other rave reviews. The science-fiction story centers around seven of our country’s most gifted teens who will become Nobels, hosts for the implantation of brilliant Mentor minds, in an effort to accelerate human progress. But as the line between what’s possible and what’s right draws ever blurrier, the teens discover everything has a cost. Connect with Jim & Stephanie at, and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @jimandstephbooks. 
January 06, 2020
Episode 3: Interview with Jennieke Cohen
Jennieke Cohen writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. Her debut YA novel, DANGEROUS ALLIANCE, is The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in a witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery! DANGEROUS ALLIANCE has garnered rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, The Nerd Daily, Book Riot, Barnes and Noble, and is a featured pick on Book of the Month Club. Jennieke studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. She loves exploring new locales but always returns home to Northern California where the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and life is casual.
December 23, 2019
Episode 2: Interview with Tobie Easton
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  Her debut novel, Emerge, is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and is Book 1 in the acclaimed Mer Chronicles series. The trilogy follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers fans a peek into a world where Mermaids aren't just real, but live secretly among us on land. Tobie and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. 
December 11, 2019
Episode 1: Interview with Andrew Buckley
Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for film and television before completing his first two novels, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH and STILTSKIN, both published by Curiosity Quills Press. Andrew's foray into writing for a younger audience resulted in the HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES series, published by Month9Books.   **Throughout the month of December, I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of my debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened. All you have to do to enter is mark my book as “Want to Read” on Goodreads. That’s it! I have lots of fun prizes that I’ll be giving away on December 31st.
December 04, 2019