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The Artsy Raven Podcast about Writing and Publishing with host JF Garrard

The Artsy Raven Podcast about Writing and Publishing with host JF Garrard

By JF Garrard

Writing a book can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. JF Garrard (writer, editor and publisher) interviews authors, editors, agents, publishers and other art industry professionals about what inspires them to create and what led to their success. Writers on the podcast will showcase their work by reading from their book. For more details about the Artsy Raven club visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/ The Artsy Raven is on Feed Spot’s list of Top 60 Literature Podcasts & Top 10 Canadian Literature Podcasts on the web.
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Ep 28 The Value of Having Writing Mentors with Natasha D. Lane
Ep 28 The Value of Having Writing Mentors with Natasha D. Lane
Natasha D. Lane is a friend of most things caffeinated, a lover of books, and a writing warrior to her core. As a believer that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” she graduated from Juniata (JU-nia-ta) College in 2015 with hopes to become a journalist. Since completing her first series, Pariah Child, Natasha has continued exploring the fantasy and science fiction genres to make sense of a chaotic yet interesting world. On the Artsy Raven she discusses how having a writing mentor has made her publishing journey easier and sometimes traditional publishers may not know how to market your book so you have to be your best advocate! At time 23:40 she reads from her latest book, The Involatary Time Traveler. Website https://www.natashadlanewrites.com/ Instagram @natashadlanewrites Twitter @natasha_lane1 For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
37:12
November 07, 2021
Ep 27 Fantasy Writer Saves Halloween with Goblins! Interview with Kris Bowser
Ep 27 Fantasy Writer Saves Halloween with Goblins! Interview with Kris Bowser
Kris Bowser has spent her life adventuring in the rocky hills and forests of Southern New England. Goblins taught her how to sneak into the other worlds that exist tucked into corners and around bends. Though Kris is in a rebel band of superheroes and outcasts, she is often caught in the dystopian clutches of Mundane Problems, and must send her characters to do her adventuring for her. She lives with her partner in an old mill town, haunted by the spirits and shadows of machines and industry. On the Artsy Raven she shares her techniques on how she plots, her techniques for finishing books and her love of goblins. At time 19:00 she reads from her latest book, Pumpkin Goblins. Website    http://krisbowser.com/ Goodreads   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15283844.Kris_Bowser Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/Kris-Bowser-Author-104024055058138 Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/krisbowser.kb/ Twitter   https://twitter.com/Kris_Bowser For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/ Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
29:32
October 24, 2021
Ep 26 Writing about Retail Life during COVID with Adam Jonathan Kaat
Ep 26 Writing about Retail Life during COVID with Adam Jonathan Kaat
Adam Jonathan Kaat worked in a grocery store as a cashier and then as a prepared foods supervisor from January 2020 until May 2021. After college, he bounced around through the corporate world until leaving it all behind in the Fall of 2019 to write his first novel. By January 2020, he had taken a job as a cashier to earn money while preserving mental energy for his creative pursuits. He got much more than he bargained for when COVID hit. He began to blog about his experiences as a frontline worker, and 15,000 Facebook followers later, Life on the Grocery Line was born. At time 22:44, Adam reads from Life on the Grocery Line. For more information and to read Kaat’s blog, please visit ww.lifeonthegroceryline.com; or connect with the author on Instagram (@kaatadam), Facebook (@lifeonthegroceryline) or Twitter (lifeonthegroce1). For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
44:44
October 10, 2021
Ep 25 A professor shares her writing wisdom with Beth Kaplan
Ep 25 A professor shares her writing wisdom with Beth Kaplan
After ten years as a professional actress, Beth Kaplan left the stage to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She’s the author of four nonfiction books: a biography, two memoirs, and a guide to creative writing that's the textbook for her courses. Her new memoir “Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found” was launched in September 2020. She has taught memoir and personal essay writing at Ryerson University for 27 years and also for 14 years at the University of Toronto, where in 2012 she was given the Excellence in Teaching award.   On the Artsy Raven Beth shares her tips on memoir and personal essay writing, publishing and the importance of editors to writers.   At time 20:38, she reads from her memoir, Loose Woman: my odyssey from lost to found.   Website: https://bethkaplan.ca/bio/   For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/   Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
31:56
September 26, 2021
Ep 24 Imagining a World on the Cusp of Climate Catastrophe with Sarah Lahey
Ep 24 Imagining a World on the Cusp of Climate Catastrophe with Sarah Lahey
Sarah Lahey is a designer, educator and writer. She holds bachelor’s degrees in interior design, communication and visual culture, and works as a senior lecturer teaching classes on design, technology, sustainability and creative thinking. She has three children and lives on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. Gravity is Heartless is the first in a planned trilogy and received a Gold Medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book was also a finalist in the American Book Fest awards for LGBTQ+ and a finalist in the International Book Awards for LGBTQ+. Book 2 in the series, Nostalgia Is Heartless, is due for release in October 2021. On the Artsy Raven Sarah shares her background in design, why writing about climate change is important and how to keep on track when writing your story. At time 21:00, she reads from Gravity is Heartless. Website: http://sarahlahey.com Twitter: @SarahkLahey Instagram: @sarahklahey Design blog: https://theautomaticpencil.tumblr.com For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/ Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
44:12
September 12, 2021
Ep 23 How To World Build a Series and Why It’s OK to say No to a Publisher with Lauren L. Garcia
Ep 23 How To World Build a Series and Why It’s OK to say No to a Publisher with Lauren L. Garcia
Lauren L. Garcia has been a storyteller all her life. She started writing down my stories around the age of twelve; two decades and over two million words later, she has shown no sign of stopping. In addition to living in various fantasy worlds of her own making, she earned a BA in English Literature and married her high school sweetheart. She currently reside in North Florida with her husband and pets, where she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, kayaking, and dancing at music festivals.   On the Artsy Raven she shares how she started writing, world building a series (she’s written five in a row!) and why she chose to self-publish after pulling her books from a publisher who changed directions.   At time 18:06, she reads from her Catalyst Moon Series, Book #1 Incursion. Website: https://laloga.com/  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15266429.Lauren_L_Garcia  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laloga  Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/859225654453729/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lalogawrites/   Enter a draw for a series of Lauren's books and Amazon giftcard (Aug 29-Sept 10, 2021): https://kingsumo.com/g/ejj8km/lauren-l-garcia-fantasy-romance-e-books-and-amazon-gift-card-giveaway-august-29-september-10-2021-2-winners For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/   Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
28:22
August 29, 2021
Ep 22 Writing fantasy romance and running Kuumba Publishing with N.D. Jones
Ep 22 Writing fantasy romance and running Kuumba Publishing with N.D. Jones
N.D. Jones, Ed.D. is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. In her desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, she took on that challenge herself. Along with the fantasy romance series Forever Yours, and a contemporary romance trilogy, The Styles of Love, she has authored three paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors, Death and Destiny, and Dragon Shifter Romance. N.D. is also the founder of Kuumba Publishing, an art, audiobook, eBook, and paperback company that is a forum for creativity, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works from authors and artists of African descent. On the Artsy Raven she talks abouts why she started writing, how she manages writing projects, why she started a company and why she writes fantasy romance with a focus on African culture. At time 30:00, N.D. reads from Mafdet’s Claws which is available on her website: https://www.ndjonesparanormalpleasure.com/booksbyndjones/feline-nation-duology/mafdets-claws/ Visit N.D. Jones: Website - https://www.ndjonesparanormalpleasure.com/about-nd-jones-author/ FB -  https://www.facebook.com/ndjonesparanormalromanceauthor/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/ndjonesauthor/?hl=en Pinterest -  https://www.pinterest.ca/ndjones001/_created/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/ndjonesauthor?lang=en For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/ Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
39:19
August 15, 2021
Ep21 Writing Reflections about Surviving Bullying in Teenagehood by Rutendo Alyssa-Joy Mushonga
Ep21 Writing Reflections about Surviving Bullying in Teenagehood by Rutendo Alyssa-Joy Mushonga
Born in a small town called Norton in Zimbabwe, Rutendo is the first born in a family of 2. She spent part of her childhood in Zimbabwe with her grandparents before she joined her parents in South Africa. Her family migrated to Alberta, Canada in 2018 where she currently resides with her family. At 14, Rutendo self-published a book about her personal experiences as a teenager titled - A Farewell to the War Within: A battle with reality. She is still unsure if she will have a career in writing although she believes she will continue to write. At present, she would love to venture into culinary and have her own restaurant some day. Rutendo enjoys trying out different hobbies or activities as she discovers herself. Currently she is into football. On the Artsy Raven, Rutendo tells us how she accomplished writing a book, dealing with bullying from a mental health perspective and tells us what it’s like to be living as a teenager now. At time 20:35, Rutendo reads from A Farewell to the War Within: A battle with reality. The book is available on Amazon. For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/ Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
58:59
August 01, 2021
Ep 20 Should we be suspicious of a doctor who writes medical crime series? with Dr. Melissa Yi
Ep 20 Should we be suspicious of a doctor who writes medical crime series? with Dr. Melissa Yi
Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, SCORPION SCHEME, Dr. Hope Sze (SI) lands in Cairo and discovers a man with a nail through his skull who might hold the key to millions in buried gold. Previous Hope Sze thrillers were recommended by The Globe and Mail, CBC Books, and The Next Chapter as one of the best Canadian suspense novels. Yi was shortlisted for the Derringer Award for the world’s best short mystery fiction. Under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes, she also writes medical humour and has won speculative fiction awards.    On the Artsy Raven she talks about how she got into writing, why she has two pen names and how she balances being a doctor as well!   At time 22:28, Melissa reads from Scorpion Scheme. Her website is http://www.melissayuaninnes.com/   For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/artsyraven/   Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
37:34
July 25, 2021
Ep 19 The Comedian, Producer, and Simpleton on the Podcasting Path to Enlightenment with Josh Williams
Ep 19 The Comedian, Producer, and Simpleton on the Podcasting Path to Enlightenment with Josh Williams
Josh Williams showed he was a natural when it came to the business of making people laugh, by getting fired from dozens of jobs in his early twenties, and by beginning his comedy career with a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Stand-up Newcomer. Delight in his wild, irreverent, and hilarious look at relationships, parenting, and everyday life in ways that leave audiences howling with laughter. His wit is quick, sharp and confident, with a deft self-deprecating touch, that lets audiences know he is having as much fun with them, as they are with him. The Artsy Raven talks to him about how he became a comedian, why he started a podcast and other funny things in life! Josh’s podcast is available at http://onemanpodcast.podbean.com/ On the One Man Podcast, Josh interviews JF Garrard and we talk about publishing, Pokémon Go and radioactive sandwiches: https://onemanpodcast.podbean.com/e/one-man-podcast-jf-garrard/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
38:48
July 18, 2021
Ep 18 Coaching and Podcasting to Give BIPOC Women Self-Confidence with Sheena Yap Chan
Ep 18 Coaching and Podcasting to Give BIPOC Women Self-Confidence with Sheena Yap Chan
Sheena Yap Chan is a keynote speaker, coach, podcaster, consultant, and author on building self-confidence. She currently inspires women through her award-winning podcast called The Tao of Self Confidence where she interviews Asian women about their inner journey to self-confidence. Her mission is to help Asian Women boost their confidence to live their authentic selves, help Asian Women create a voice in the world, and create a stronger representation for Asian women. Sheena has been featured on MindValley, slice.ca, Marketing in Asia, Manila Times and more. She is the co-author of the International bestselling book Asian Women Who Boss Up. On the Artsy Raven we discuss the inspiration behind her podcast, how she markets herself and her latest projects. At time 19:35, Sheena reads from Asian Women Who Boss Up. You can find her on her website https://sheenayapchan.com/​​​​​​​ and on her podcast page https://thetaoofselfconfidence.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
26:43
July 11, 2021
Ep 17 Writing Spec Fic While Surviving Being a Mother with Melissa Small
Ep 17 Writing Spec Fic While Surviving Being a Mother with Melissa Small
Melissa Small is mother of two boys and her husband also shares all her nerdy hobbies. She is a member of the Star Wars Rebel legion and 501st Canadian Garrison. She is a horse lover and has three horses. Melissa has published several short stories: “Fate of the SeaWitch and Demons” in Stories in The Way Through and Still by Polar Expressions Publishing, “Poutine, Bugs and Big Bessie” in Futuristic Canada by Dark Helix Press, and eight short stories in Myth Magazine (“Wool of Time”, “Boom”, “Soleless”, SeaWitch stories, “Deal Breaker”, “Snow Magic and Getting the Shot”). Melissa is currently working on a YA Dragon book series. On the Artsy Raven we discuss priorities when dealing with kids and horses, the support she receives from her writing group and how writing fan fiction led to writing about Canadian dragons! At time 16:40 she reads from her story “Deal Breaker.” Melissa’s website is https://smallauthorlegacy.wixsite.com/website Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.small.359 Twitter @authormelissas1 For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
29:49
July 01, 2021
Ep 16 Getting Back Up and Living His Truth with Harma Hartouni
Ep 16 Getting Back Up and Living His Truth with Harma Hartouni
Harma Hartouni is a self-made entrepreneur and developer, owns a real estate company employing hundreds of residential and commercial real estate agents in Southern California, and runs the #1 ranked real estate business in his region. He has created a successful brand with his growing business footprint in Los Angeles, building a large real estate practice exceeding $1B in sales volume in 2019. On the Artsy Raven Harma talks about why he writes and how he published his book, Getting Back Up: A Story of Resilience, Self-Acceptance & Success. The book is a collection of life events that have been most impactful in leading him where he is today: a proud gay man living in Los Angeles, one of the most successful real estate entrepreneurs in America, and a husband and father of three. At time 20:36 he reads from Getting Back Up: A Story of Resilience, Self-Acceptance & Success. Harma's website is https://www.harmahartouni.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
29:02
June 27, 2021
Ep 15 Get Real, Stand Tall and Take your place with Britt East
Ep 15 Get Real, Stand Tall and Take your place with Britt East
Britt East is an author and speaker who uses his experience, strength, and hope to challenge and inspire change-oriented gay men to get down to the business of improving their lives. With over two decades of personal growth and development experience in a variety of modalities, such as the 12 Steps, Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, talk therapy, and the Hoffman Process, Britt is committed to building a personal practice of self-discovery that he can then share with gay men everywhere. He lives in Seattle with his husband and their crazy dog. On the Artsy Raven Britt shares his inspiration for his new book, A Gay Man's Guide to Life, overcoming challenges despite of obstacles and how he wrote his book. At time 24:17 he reads from A Gay Man's Guide to Life. Britt's website is https://www.britteast.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast  Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
37:03
June 20, 2021
Ep14 What Do Book Reviewers Do and How To Avoid Rejection when Submitting to an Anthology with Alex Carrigan
Ep14 What Do Book Reviewers Do and How To Avoid Rejection when Submitting to an Anthology with Alex Carrigan
Alex Carrigan is an editor, writer, and literary critic from Alexandria, Virginia. He has edited and proofed the anthologies CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, 2018) and Her Plumage: An Anthology of Women’s Writings from Quail Bell Magazine (Quail Bell Press & Productions 2019). He has had fiction, poetry, and literary reviews published in Quail Bell Magazine (of which he is the senior critic), Lambda Literary Review, Empty Mirror, Quarterly West, Whale Road Review, Gertrude Press, HASH Journal, The Blue Nib, Passionate Chic, Writer's Egg Magazine, Stories About Penises (Guts Publishing, 2019), Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press, 2020), and ImageOutWrite Vol. 9. He is also a former news copy editor and currently serves as an editorial coordinator for the non-profit, the Society of American Foresters. You can find his work at carriganak.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @carriganak. On the Artsy Raven podcast, Alex discusses his journey to become a book reviewer, editor and reveals submission dos and don’ts for his latest House of Lobsters Literary project, "Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology."    At time 21:31 he reads his short story "Odessa Remembers" published in ImageOutWrite Vol. 9. Note this episode is slightly longer than usual as Alex reads the entire story for our enjoyment. Trigger warning: some violence, foul language and bits of naughtiness is in this story. The Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology deadline for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art is November 30, 2021. More information about this submission opportunity can be found here: Website: https://houseoflobstersliterary.wordpress.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houseoflobsters Twitter: @LobstersLit For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
45:08
June 13, 2021
Ep13 Chasing a Good Story as a Journalist with Emi Sasagawa
Ep13 Chasing a Good Story as a Journalist with Emi Sasagawa
Emi Sasagawa is a Brazilian-Japanese award-winning-journalist-turned-communicator who lives in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has been published by a range of publications, from The Washington Post to Room. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript inspired by her experiences coming out and moving to London, England, at the age of 19. Emi’s a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU, and is presently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.   At time 20:27 Emi shares a reading from “Between Word and Mouth”, published in the Belief Anthology.   Emi’s website is https://emisasagawa.com/   For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast   Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
33:56
June 06, 2021
Ep12 Sharing the love of Filipino Food in Writing and Podcasts with Nastasha Alli
Ep12 Sharing the love of Filipino Food in Writing and Podcasts with Nastasha Alli
Nastasha Alli was born and raised in the Philippines and came to Canada in 2007. For her writing at the intersection of food and diaspora communities, she won a Food Sustainability Media Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio and her recipe published in a “top cookbook of 2018” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She talks about Philippine food history, traditions and culture with guests from around the world on her Exploring Filipino Kitchens podcast. At time 23:19 Nastasha shares a reading from “Sticky Notes on a Map” which will be published in the upcoming Belief Anthology Nastasha’s website is https://www.nastasha.ca/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
32:35
May 30, 2021
Ep11 Healing Through Poetry with Moni Brar
Ep11 Healing Through Poetry with Moni Brar
Moni Brar is an uninvited settler who lives, writes and learns on unceded, unsurrendered territories of the Treaty 7 region and the Syilx of the Okanagan Nation. She is a Punjabi, Sikh Canadian writer exploring diasporan guilt, identity, cultural oppression, and intergenerational trauma. She believes in the possibility of personal and collective healing through literature and art. Her work appears in PRISM international, Hart House Review, Existere, The Maynard, untethered, Hobart, and other publications. She is a member of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, The League of Canadian Poets, and the editorial board of New Forum Magazine. She has worked in 13 countries and is grateful to call Canada home. At 17:24 Moni shares a few of her poems, including, “Fault Line” from the Belief Anthology. Please note this podcast has extra “pauses” for dramatic effect and are not technical difficulties! Moni can be found on Instagram @monibrar. For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
32:11
May 23, 2021
Ep10 What I Learned When Applying for my MFA and Writing my Own History with Kathy Quyen Pham
Ep10 What I Learned When Applying for my MFA and Writing my Own History with Kathy Quyen Pham
Kathy Quyen Pham is a Vietnamese Canadian writer currently based in Saigon. She has published fiction in Ricepaper, Cagibi, and NōD Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s creative writing and English program, and a Killam Fulbright alumni. She can be found on Twitter as @phamanteau. She focuses on mental health and identity in the context of the Vietnamese diaspora, but enjoys writing across the spectrum of literary and speculative fiction. She was previously an editor and design lead for NōD Magazine, and now works in technology. She can be found at kathypham.ca. In this episode she shares with us the process of applying for an MFA, why she decided to do this and how she writes. At time 19:00 Kathy shares a reading of “All of Us,” her story in the Belief anthology about a sister crashing a wedding. Kathy’s website is https://kathypham.ca./  On Twitter she is @kqphm and on Instagram she is @kqphm For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
38:43
May 16, 2021
Ep9 Writing about HK and Canadian Life, pursuing dreams with Kevin Wong
Ep9 Writing about HK and Canadian Life, pursuing dreams with Kevin Wong
Kevin Wong was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia: the same hometown as Sidney Crosby and Sarah McLachlan. He has always loved writing and creating art, and even as a child he was constantly drawing, painting, writing stories, and telling tales to his friends and family. A child of Chinese parents, he discusses why he went into Computer Science and Nursing while writing at the same time. As well, he shares his experiences of visiting Hong Kong and living in Canada, his writing journey and his future goals. At time 22:57 Kevin shares a reading from the first chapter of Hong Kong Hearts which is in the Belief anthology published by Ricepaper Magazine and Dark Helix Press. http://www.darkhelixpress.com/acww/belief/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
33:48
May 09, 2021
Ep8 Intersections between Architecture, Writing and Art with Bianca Weeko Martin
Ep8 Intersections between Architecture, Writing and Art with Bianca Weeko Martin
Bianca Weeko Martin is a designer with Filipino, Indonesian, and Chinese ancestry. She was educated at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Canada, where she has been based since immigrating with her family from Jakarta in 2000. Her roots in Southeast Asia have informed the bulk of her recent work, which addresses themes of memory, architectural representation, postcolonialism, and domestic space. On the podcast she shares her perspective on how the different forms of art she creates intersect, why she writes and strategies on moving projects forward. At time 17:00 Bianca shares a reading “What’s in a Name?” from the Belief Anthology. http://www.darkhelixpress.com/acww/belief/ Bianca’s website is http://biancaweekomartin.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
31:20
May 02, 2021
Ep7 Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience with Corey Rosen
Ep7 Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience with Corey Rosen
This episode of The Artsy Raven features Corey Rosen, an Emmy-award winning writer, actor, and storytelling teacher. He has hosted over 100 live events for The Moth, The Moth StorySlam, and GrandSlams. A performer at BATS Improv, he is also a head writer at Tippett Studio.    We discuss what inspired Corey’s new book "Your Story, Well Told!", strategies used to tell a good story and he conducts an impromptu exercise with host JF Garrard to demonstrate the techniques of storytelling.    At time 28:20 Corey shares a reading from "Your Story, Well Told!"   For more information about Corey, visit https://www.coreyrosen.com, https://themoth.org and https://www.improv.org/actors/corey-rosen.   For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast  Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
34:35
April 25, 2021
Ep6 Talking about Freelance Writing, Editing and Self-Publishing with Kirsten McNeill
Ep6 Talking about Freelance Writing, Editing and Self-Publishing with Kirsten McNeill
This episode of the Artsy Raven features Kirsten McNeill, writer, editor and business owner of KM Writing Services. She shares her experience in the writing and publishing industry, from her work as a freelance writer, to self-publishing her own books and using Instagram to market her writing services as an editor to other writers. Despite COVID being around, she has not slowed down one bit and continues to inspire writers with her positive messages about writing success on her blog, Instagram and website!  Kirsten’s website is https://kirstenmcneill.com For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast  Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
23:51
April 18, 2021
Ep5 Selling Books Made Easy (An Insider's Guide) with The Idea Shop
Ep5 Selling Books Made Easy (An Insider's Guide) with The Idea Shop
This episode of the Artsy Raven features Chris Houston, the Marketing Guru of The Idea Shop. With over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, he shares stories of some of the best marketing campaigns he has run and the importance of letting the world know you have a unique book! He also shares some useful tips for authors and publishers who are on a budget. The Idea Shop is a one-stop shop for fresh new ideas on how to promote creative endeavors of all kinds, from books to podcasts. The Idea Shop can be heard each month on Sauga 960 AM radio. To contact the Idea Shop on how your book can be marketed to the world, find Chris at https://theideashop.ca/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
32:44
April 11, 2021
Ep4 Writing about Surviving in an Indifferent, Violent World with Ed Seaward
Ep4 Writing about Surviving in an Indifferent, Violent World with Ed Seaward
This episode of The Artsy Raven features Ed Seaward, Author of Fair. He has written a number of short stories and screenplays, including Mother Daughter Happiness, which was a screenplay finalist at the 2019 Pasadena International Film Festival. His novel, Fair, was published by The Porcupine’s Quill in 2020. Ed shares with us his journey on publishing Fair, his experience writing screenplays and drawings from different experiences to create his stories. At time 20:50 Ed shares a reading from Fair. Ed can be reached at http://www.edseaward.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Patreon subscribers remember to access your bonus content for each episode: https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
30:08
April 04, 2021
Ep3 Destigmatizing mental health in Asian American communities through art and writing with Jing Jing Wang, It’s Real Magazine
Ep3 Destigmatizing mental health in Asian American communities through art and writing with Jing Jing Wang, It’s Real Magazine
Jing Jing is the Co-Networking Director of It’s Real Magazine, an intersectional feminist and artist. On this episode of the Artsy Raven, JF Garrard discusses with them the purpose of It’s Real Magazine, why it's so hard for Asian Americans to obtain mental health care and the differences in mental health outlook within our own Asian families although we were both born in North America. It’s Real Magazine website: https://www.itsrealmagazine.org/ Jing Jing’s instagram is @jingshiwang01. For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Remember, Patreon subscribers have bonus content for every episode on the secrets of success! https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
27:25
March 28, 2021
Ep2 What if America hadn't been invaded by Europeans? with Maya Svevak
Ep2 What if America hadn't been invaded by Europeans? with Maya Svevak
Maya Svevak, scientist, lawyer, activist and author of Svevi Avatar: Persecution of Constantina, shares what inspired her to create a fantasy world in her series of books which take place in an alternate timeline where European colonization didn’t happen. Her world explores the 7 core ecosocial (ecological + social) issues of our time which include issues related to: indigenous peoples, environment, identity, gender violence, capitalism, health, and culture. She also shares writing tips, how she published her books and the collaborative relationship she has with her team of artists. At time 22:52 Maya shares a reading from the first chapter of Svevi Avatar: Persecution of Constantina. Maya’s website is https://mayasvevak.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Remember, Patreon subscribers have bonus content for every episode on the secrets of success! https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
30:15
March 18, 2021
Ep1 Embrace your Dreams, Feel the Magic Flow with Chris Gorman
Ep1 Embrace your Dreams, Feel the Magic Flow with Chris Gorman
Chris Gorman, author of Dawn of Magic: Rise of the Guardians shares his inspiration and struggles with writing his first book. It's taken over ten years, but he did achieve his goal! He describes writing techniques, the hybrid publishing process and how to handle rejection. His method of using multicolored cue cards is most impressive in helping organize and plan his book while writing!  At time 21:30 Chris shares a ten minute reading from his fantasy book, Dawn of Magic: Rise of the Guardians' Chapter Two. Chris' website: http://www.christophergorman.com/ For more about The Artsy Raven Podcast or to join our exclusive Artsy Raven club to receive free books and other cool stuff, visit: https://jfgarrard.com/arpodcast Remember, Patreon subscribers have bonus content for every episode on the secrets of success! https://www.patreon.com/jfgarrard
30:32
March 13, 2021
The Artsy Raven Trailer
The Artsy Raven Trailer
The voice in the introduction of The Artsy Raven podcast is Christopher Gorman, Author of Dawn Of Magic: Rise Of The Guardians. He is the co-host of the Words with Writers Podcast, a podcast produced by the Canadian Authors Association which talks to writers about their works. In many ways we are doing the same thing, but his show has a longer format, interviewing 3-4 writers at once while I prefer to  interview one writer at a time and also include a reading. For the first episode of The Artsy Raven I will be interviewing him since he is "the voice" after all!
00:30
March 12, 2021