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Tales with de Sales

Tales with de Sales

By Jayne de Sales
A podcast exploring fiction that cultivates the good, the true, and the beautiful. We interview authors about their work as well as literature that inspires them. So pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. You might just find an addition to your "to be read" pile.

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Interview with Young Adult/Children's Author Vijaya Bodach

Tales with de Sales

Interview with Young Adult/Children's Author Vijaya Bodach
What treasure can you find in West Yellowstone, Montana? Scientist-turned-writer Vijaya Bodach found a copy of her favorite tale in a used bookstore there. Science, wonder, and faith were central to our conversation, and she even reveals what stories do to our brains on an MRI. Stick around to the end where she shares her recipe for Mango Lassi! This author of the Young Adult Novel "Bound", set in Pullman, Washington is a fellow graduate of Washington State University. Go Cougs! Visit: or
August 09, 2022
Interview with Historical Fiction Author Carmela Martino
The intersection of harpsichord, writing code, and care of the poor highlighted this episode. Carmela and I had a great conversation about how fiction changes us and the world we live in. We discuss her book, "Playing by Heart" at length. Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the “second sister” means she’ll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia’s only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father’s quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. Too late, Emilia realizes that her success could threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister’s very life. Playing by Heart is inspired by two amazing sisters who were far ahead of their time: composer Maria Teresa Agnesi and mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi. Website: Newsletter: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: More about the Angesi sisters:
July 26, 2022
Interview with Pastor & Author Claude Atcho
Where do James Baldwin, Exodus, and St Augustine meet? In this amazing conversation with Claude Atcho about his work, Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just, we discuss all of the above. You'll even get an answer to the riddle of what is the 4th most important virtue! #ReadingBlackBooks #BlackLiterature #ChristianLiteraryCriticism #BlackPoetry #AfricanAmericanStories
July 12, 2022
Interview with Christian Fiction Author Camille Eide
These novels pack a storytelling punch! Threads of history, faith, and romance weave a thought-provoking tapestry. You leave reading Camille's books a changed person. We discuss her contemporary novel "The Secret Place" as well as "Wings Like a Dove" which takes place in the 1930s. Website:     Book bub    Goodreads Amazon       FB page       Twitter        Instagram   Along the Banks (Faith Blog) Extreme Keyboarding (Fiction Blog) Sign up for my newsletter & download a free book:
June 28, 2022
Interview with Literary Fiction Author Katy Carl
What does it mean to love someone as they are? Is authenticity possible in a social media driven society? Are creative pursuits self-indulgence or a radical gift of self? How can literature help form identity and virtue? This discussion with Katy Carl was wide ranging and yet precise in its treatment of human dignity and generosity with our God-given gifts.
June 14, 2022
Interview with Novelist Jane Lebak
Angels and demons and robots, oh my! I had a great time chatting with Jane Lebak about her new spiritual warfare fantasy, Perdition's Heirs. She shared her experience about how her father cracked the code for her as to why literature matters. We discuss how books can either bring freedom or self fulfilling imprisonment in the mind. Social media and contact:
May 31, 2022
Interview with Historical Romance Author Roseanna M. White
Roseanna is committed to writing books with impact. As the editor of @WhitefirePublishing, she helps bring those stories that matter to readers. We had a great conversation about how Christians can put on a new lens to see others' (and their own) identity in Christ. Her latest novel Shadowed Loyalty, is available from @ChrismPress. #HistoricalRomance #MomsWhoWrite #PBJ #WildKrattsAndTheology
May 17, 2022
Interview with Fantasy Author Andrew D Meredith
Dragons and dice and Slavic folklore, oh my! Andrew and I covered everything from P.G. Wodehouse to Brian Sanderson in this great conversation. We discover why folk tales touch the intellect in a unique way. Despite our best intentions, us writers can't help but pen ourselves into the story a bit, to include his debut work Thrice: Needle and Leaf Book 1. Twitter: @AndrewDMth  Instagram: @AndrewDMth  Goodreads: @Andrew D Meredith
May 03, 2022
Interview with Gothic Novelist Karen Ullo
What does it mean to anoint the imagination? How can vampires point us to holiness? These are hot topics of discussion as we dig into fairy tales and monsters with Karen Ullo. Karen Ullo is the author of two award-winning novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia, which is now in development as a motion picture with Believe Entertainment. She holds a MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and is a founding editor of Chrism Press. Prior to that, she served for more than three years as managing editor of the Catholic literary journal Dappled Things. She has been featured as a speaker at venues across the country including The Louisiana Book Festival, The Catholic Writers Guild Conferences, the Trying to Say God conference at Notre Dame University, and Doxacon in Washington, D.C. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and two sons, where she works full-time as the music director of a Catholic parish. You can find her on the web at
April 19, 2022
Interview with Contemporary Novelist Mara Faro
Mara Faro is the author of "The Grace Crasher." We discuss the nature of love in a broken world as well as friendship among Christians of different types. Our open, honest conversation also covers what is at the heart of many writers; an obsession with office supplies. Website: Instagram: Facebook:
April 05, 2022
Interview with Historical Fiction Author Fiorella de Maria
Fiorella de Maria writes a broad variety of historical fiction and non-fiction. We discussed the importance of her novel "Poor Banished Children," (Ignatius Press) not only for it's historical significance, but in bringing light to issues of modern human trafficking. She even tells us why Catholic women like her are in the business of delving into mystery and gothic literature.
March 22, 2022
Interview with Contemporary Fiction Author Maya Sinha
Maya's debut novel,  "The City Mother" from Chrism Press, tells the tale of an unexpected hero. Cara, a homemaker and mother of small children battles forces both interior and exterior in her journey. Will she be victorious? Our conversation ranges widely but we want the listeners and readers to know one thing. When you feel isolated and alone, we SEE you!
March 08, 2022
Interview with Historical Mystery Author Patricia Meredith
What a joy it was to chat with Patricia! We geeked out on G.K. Chesterton and The Chosen, and gushed over local businesses and libraries. She's a fascinating gal that I am glad to now call a friend. She has a fantastic audiobook for her latest mystery, "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker" available now. Contact: Website:  Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads: @pmeredithauthor
February 22, 2022
Interview with Gothic Novelist Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Eleanor and I had a marvelous time discussing everything from Dickens to Tolkien, diaper contents to Thriller dance parties. Her latest Gothic novel, Brother Wolf, from Chrism Press, was a delicious read. I hope you enjoy this time with her as much as I did. Website: Facebook:
February 08, 2022
Interview with Historical Fiction Author Annette Young
I am so pleased to introduce you to Annette. She was kind enough to virtually join us from Australia! The richness of this episode is astounding. From poetry to novels, philosophy to history, we discussed it all. She's one of those authors you'd love to have over for coffee. Website: Blog where you can keep up to date with current writing and editing activity, fondly described as ‘Leech gathering’ and ‘blood letting’ respectively: Facebook: Distant Prospect Publishing - Annette Young Follow on Goodreads: She welcomes reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
January 25, 2022
Interview with Fiction Author Carolyn C. Givens
Carrie was crackin' open the books left and right. We had a ball digging deep into some of the classics, and enjoyed our conversations regarding the conversions of literature and life. She is the author of Rosefire and a founding member of Bandersnatch Books, a new publishing company aimed at sharing works that are good, true, and beautiful. Facebook: @carolynclaregivens IG: @carolyncgivens Twitter: @carolyncgivens Website: Bandersnatch Books Facebook: @bandersnatchbooks IG: @bandersnatchbooks Twitter: @bandersnatchbk Website:
January 11, 2022
Interview with Romance Author Carolyn Astfalk
Carolyn Astfalk is a Contemporary Romance Author. Her novel All In Good Time earned an honorable mention at the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. As president of the Catholic Writers Guild, she encourages other writers and authors to elevate their craft and reach their publication goals. Her Christmas love story, Ornamental Graces, is a great holiday read! Website: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: Instagram:
December 14, 2021
Interview with Sci-Fi Author Karina Fabian
Karina Fabian is a sci-fi author, wife, mother, veteran, and hilarious person. We had a great time with this wide-ranging conversation that covered everything from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to...mummified chicken. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!  Find more of Karina's work below. Website: Facebook: Twitter:!/KarinaFabian LinkedIn: MeWe:
November 30, 2021
Interview with Historical Romance Author Rhonda Ortiz
Rhonda Ortiz is a historical romance author and founding editor of Chrism Press. We explore the world of Colonial Boston from her book "In Pieces", discuss Jane Austen, and...spiders. Social Media:
November 16, 2021
Interview with Sci-Fi Author A.R.K. Watson
This interview with A.R.K. Watson, a sci-fi author with a fabulous mind, takes us from a colony on Mars to the Mississippi. She shares about her life as an American living abroad in Korea, the development of her business at and educates me about book genres I didn't know existed. Check out her website at or follow her on Instagram @arkwatson.
November 02, 2021
An introduction to "Tales with de Sales", a podcast that interviews authors who are cultivating the good, the true, and the beautiful through fiction.
September 12, 2021