Inspirational Journeys

Interview with Karina Kantas

An episode of Inspirational Journeys

By Ann Harrison-Barnes
Welcome to Inspirational Journeys, where amazing things happen for authors, readers, creative artists and entrepreneurs alike, as we share our stories, one listener at a time. I'll share tips and aspects of my author journey, while inviting special cohosts to discuss certain aspects of the creative process with me
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Special Guest Interview with Laura Legendary
My special guest is Laura Legendary, who is an author, speaker, educator, owner of Elegant Insights Braille Creations and co-founder of the Fashionability channel podcast. To learn more about Laura and her handcrafted Braille jewelry and accessories, visit the Elegant Insights website at Follow Elegant Insights on twitter at   ElegantInsights and on Instagram at, and like Elegant Insights on Facebook at To learn more about the Fashionability Channel podcast, please visit If you'd like to leave me feedback or suggestions for future shows, you can leave voice messages from anywhere: Please support this podcast at For visually impaired listeners, the episode cover art is a photo of  a set of three items, a bracelet, necklace, and earrings that match.  They are all brass with shades of purple gemstones and crystals.  The necklace says "I love you" in braille, the bracelet says "always," and the earrings are deliberately mismatched, so that one earring says "always," and the other one says "forever."  This set is called "The Love Always and Forever Set".
June 18, 2019
Fractured fairytale writing challenge
In today’s episode I give you another fun writing challenge, take a fairytale and write why things happen in the story and make it your own version. If you have a suggested writing prompt you’d like me to share, please leave me a voice message by visiting: Please support this podcast at the following link: https:/
June 17, 2019
A fun writing exercise
In today’s episode, I pass on the same writing challenge to you that I did for another Facebook group. Please support this podcast by tapping the support this podcast button within your podcast app or by visiting the following link: You can also leave voice messages to tell me what you thought about today’s episode or leave suggestions and questions for future episodes. Leave your message at the following link:
June 16, 2019
Special publishing news
Today I give you a bit of news about my publishing journey, and a little encouragement for aspiring authors when they’re finding publishers. Please support this podcast by visiting the following link: If you’d like to give feedback on something you’ve heard about on the episode, have suggestions for future episodes, or have questions that you’d like me to answer on a future episode please leave your feedback as a voice message by visiting the following link:
June 13, 2019
Four tips for planning your next series
In today’s episode I give you four tips for strategizing and planning your next book series. Be sure to leave me a voice message at the following link: and please support this podcast by visiting the following link:
June 11, 2019
Book review of the loudest meow by Wendy ledger
Although Wendy and I talked about her book yesterday, today I give a book review of her book the loudest meow a talking cat fantasy: book one of the cats of the after light series. If you have questions, suggestions, or thoughts you’d like to share about this episode please leave me a voice message at the following link: please support this podcast by visiting the following link:
June 7, 2019
Special Guest Interview with Wendy Ledger
In today's episode, I talk with Wendy Ledger, author of The Loudest Meow: a Talking Cat Fattasy: Book 1 of her Cats of the Afterlife series. You can purchase the book on Amazon at: and connect with her at the following links:    Website: Twitter: Instagram: If you'd like to make a suggestion for a future show, comment on something you've heard about on the show, or if you have questions, you can leave me a voice message from anywhere by tapping the following link on your device: Please support this podcast at:
June 6, 2019
Book review of walking by Innervision by Lynda Lambert
In this episode I give a review of the book walking by Innervision stories and poems by Linda McKinney Lambert. This book can be found in paperback book in audio format from Amazon. You can leave voice messages if you have any feedback questions or suggestions for future show at the following link: please support this podcast at the following link:
June 2, 2019
Writing tip: find inspiration in simple activities
In today’s episode, I describe how I found inspiration for one of my chapters in something as simple as an Uno game. I also encourage you to find inspiration in your simple activities. Don’t forget you can leave voice messages by visiting the following link: You can also support this podcast by visiting the following link:
May 30, 2019
Special Guest Interview with Kevin Morris
In today's episode my special guest Kevin Morris and I talk about his love of poetry and his blog. Visit his website at to learn more. If you have any feedback or questions about something you've heard on the show, or have suggestions for a future show, be sure to leave me a voice message from wherever youre listening. All you have to do is visit: You may even appear on a future episode of the podcast. You can also support this podcast by either pressing the "support this podcast" button or visiting Your monthly contribution of $0.99, $4.99 or $9.99 helps me achieve my writing goals, while I share inspiration, tips and encouragement to help you achieve yours, through faith and courage. You'll also help me continue to provide a platform for creatives like you, to share their stories. Thanks for listening and have a blessed day
May 28, 2019
Special Guest interview with Claire O'Sullivan
In today's episode I talk with Aspiring Christian Romantic Thriller author Claire O'Sulivan. Connect with Claire online for updates and information: and Please support my podcast at: and leave your feedback, suggestions or questions as a voice message at:
May 25, 2019
Two writing exercises
In this episode I give you two writing challenges. You can also leave me feedback by sending voice messages at the following link:
May 21, 2019
Special guest interview with Mary L. Schmidt
Today my special guest shares her journey of the loss of her son due to cancer and her writing process. To learn more, visit her website at:
May 20, 2019
Special Guest Interview with Amy Bovaird
In this episode, I talk with Memoire author Amy Bovaired about her writing her teaching, her work as a motivational speaker and her love of travel and adventure. To learn more about her new release and her other books, please visit her website:
May 17, 2019
Special guest interview with Meredith Burton
In today’s episode, I speak with guest author Meredith Burton about her writing, her latest book, and her work as a motivational speaker and a Sunday school teacher. Follow her on Amazon and goodreads for future updates.
May 16, 2019
Book review of happy renewal year challenge devotional
In this episode, I am giving a book review for the happy renewal year challenge devotional: every day mom challenge book 3 by Dr. Jennifer Ikner Lowry. This book can be purchased at the following link:
May 13, 2019
Three writing prompts
In this episode I give you three writing exercises and the stories behind them.
May 13, 2019
Book review of the haunting an electric eclectic book by Karen J Mossman
In this episode I give a book review of the haunting and electric Eclectic book. Links will be found in the associated show notes blog post. To purchase this book, visit the following link:
May 10, 2019
Symbolism as character description
In this episode I give you a better understanding of using symbolism in your character descriptions.
May 9, 2019
My self discovery
In this episode, I start out by thanking everyone who has supported me. I also share the self discovery I made on Monday, along with something negative that happened to me, which God turned into a positive. I also give you encouragement and I say a special prayer along with a few verses to help you in your day-to-day walk with Jesus
May 8, 2019
Seven tips for creating well rounded characters
In this episode I discuss traits and attributes of a well-rounded character. I giveyou seven tips for helping you develop stronger characters, and I will provide the steps in the show Notes blog post
May 7, 2019
New beginnings
This is an episode where I read one of my original poems and provide a prayer for those in need.
May 6, 2019
Special Guest Interview with Edward Cohen
In this episode, Edward Cohen and I talk about a unique calendar he has created for the visually impaired and a special product to go along with this calendar. To learn more about his innovative products, visit his website at:
May 3, 2019
Special Guest Interview with Phyllis Staton Campbell
I had a delightful conversation with multi genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell, who has written a variety of books and short stories for over 30 years. To learn more and to  purchase her books visit her Amazon author page at    https://­­Phyllis-Campbell/e/­B001KC40ZI/
May 2, 2019
Special guest interview with Joan Myles
I have a wonderful, Holy Spirit-filled conversation with guest author Joan Myles. to learn more about her work and to browse her blog, visit her website at
April 29, 2019
Marketing tip: create event announcements
This episode was inspired by my marketing virtual assistant, who created an announcement flyer for upcoming guests on my podcast.
April 27, 2019
writing prompt, umbrellas and chairs
IShare a story and a writing prompt with you in this brief episode.
April 27, 2019
Progress update in writing encouragement
In this episode I give you little progress update on my writing and I encourage you to keep writing and revising and let your characters pull you into the story.
April 24, 2019
Tips for revising your work
This episode is in response to the Jen Lowry writes podcast episode for today. You can find her podcast at . In this episode I talk about the importance of seeing dumps during your revision process.
April 23, 2019
Book review of the last lecture
This is not only a book review, but it also gives words of encouragement to the listeners as well as a couple of book recommendations. Book recommendations include the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership by John C Maxwell, and fly a little higher: how a moms small prayer was answered in a big way by Laura Sobiech.
April 22, 2019
Interview with Karina Kantas
I had a wonderful time chatting with the delightful Karina Kantas about her work and the book she has written alongside Karen J. Mossman. They have published two versions of the same book. To learn more about Karina, visit her website at - Website find her on Facebook at - FB fan page Follow her on twitter: - Twitter and on instagram: - Instagram Karina's goodreads: - Goodreads Karina's amazon author page:  - Amazon author page and if you want to sign up for her mailing list you may do so at - Mailing list sign up              
April 19, 2019
A poem and a challenge
Today I share a poem inspired by a blog post which I will share in the show notes, and I give you a special challenge as a Takeaway.
April 18, 2019
Character interviews and writing encouragement
In this special episode, I talk about using charater interviews as a way to get to know your characters.
April 17, 2019
Tips and encouragement for aspiring podcasters
Id you're learning how to build your podcast on Anchor, I share some tips that I have learned and give you some encouragement to elp yu along the way. If you're interested in learning about the brand mentioned in my promo add, visit Electric Eclectic books at the following link:
April 17, 2019
Jen and I talk about our author journey and have a little fun while trying out the Zoom Software
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April 16, 2019
Encouragement for podcasters and a little introduction
I’m giving a bit of encouragement to new podcasters and aspiring podcasters, and telling others about what to expect from my podcast
April 15, 2019
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