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Wild Women Who Write Take Flight

Wild Women Who Write Take Flight

By Katherine Nichols
Women writers helping other female authors unleash their inner wildness.
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A Special Life with Alison Nissen

Wild Women Who Write Take Flight

Rewards and Challenges of Sisterhood on the Road
Liz Kraus's life has been filled with surprises. One of the biggest is discovering her inner writer. Another is the trip of a lifetime she and her two sisters took. She discusses family bonding, healing, and laughing during their three-week journey. SPOILER ALERT: They’re still talking.  Joyful, Inspiring, and honest, 3 Sisters 3 Weeks 3 Countries (Still Talking), should be mandatory reading for all sisters and the people who love them.
July 25, 2022
Stood Up with Nowhere to Go
The Wild Women had a first tonight. We got stood up, ghosted, ignored, whatever you call it when your interview subject doesn't show or write or call. How did we handle it? Brilliantly, if we do say so ourselves. We planned a party to celebrate our one-year anniversary. It's hard to believe, but it's been over a year since we released our first Wild Women Who Write Take Flight. Tune in to find out what's been going on with three of the wild women. And be on the lookout for party updates.
July 14, 2022
A Special Life with Alison Nissen
From a student with undiagnosed dyslexia to a published author, Alison Nissen shares her special life. Widowed in her twenties, she recognized the difficulty of keeping her husband’s memory alive for the young sons he left behind. She found the balance between honoring their father while living a full life with her current husband and the boys. Join the Wild Women as we touch on ghostwriting, the imposter syndrome, Florida Writers Association and their upcoming Florida Writerscon, and her upcoming memoir, cowritten with her sister.
July 04, 2022
Raegen Pietrucha: Head of a Gorgon, a modern look at an ancient story of victim blaming, toxic masculinity, and violence against women.
Wild Women Who Write welcome guest host Jessica Tilley Hodgman as we interview our first poet, Raegen Pietrucha, author of Head of a Gorgon. Pietrucha's work focuses on Medusa through a modern lens. Beautiful woman turned into a deadly monster, Medusa embodies the struggle women face in a world where beauty is a power men fear and desire. For those of you who need a refresher in Greek mythology, after Poseidon raped Medusa on Athena's altar, he dumped her. Instead of going after the sea god, Athena unleashed her fury on Medusa, turning her hair into writhing snakes and cursing her so that anyone who looked into her eyes turned to stone. After that, the doomed woman/monster spends her days lonely and in hiding until Perseus, one of Zeus's many children, decapitates her while she sleeps. Our discussion focuses on how this legend relates to modern women in light of the Me, Too Movement and ongoing unanswered violence against women. 
June 17, 2022
Jeanette Watts: Writer, Dancer, Seamstress, and Jane Austen expert
Jeanette Watts' latest historical novel, My Dearest Miss Fairfax, captures the style and essence of Jane Austen. It has everything Austen fans love: secret sweethearts, gossipy matrons, and social commentary. Jeanette uses her historical knowledge of dance to transport readers to a time when waltzes between unmarried couples were scandalous.  Join us as we discuss women's roles in 18th century compared to those of the 21st century. Visit her website to learn more about the author and to check out her novels. Jeanette Watts (
June 01, 2022
Val Nieman: What's the Point of POV?
Val Nieman, author of In the Lonely Backwater, shares why first person works so well in this beautiful combination of coming of age, mystery, and suspense. For writers and readers who enjoy a wide variety of genres, Val offers insights into her own ventures into multi-genre writing as well as a look into how a writer's background shapes her work. In the Lonely Backwater is available through Book Shop, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.
May 20, 2022
Lynn Hesse: Author, Advocate, Dancing Flower
From her time in law enforcement to her writing life, Lynn Hesse has been an advocate for gender equality and acceptance of diversity. Her latest novel The Forty Knots Burn is a heist with heart. Set in Atlanta, the book combines intriguing characters while educating readers about the fascinating culture of the Travelers. Join us as we chat with an amazing dancing dandelion.
April 14, 2022
Kimberly Brock, Lyrical Fiction, and Staying True to Your Own Voice
Kimberly Brock, author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare and The River Witch, discusses her personal writing process. She shares how she stays true to her own voice and the role music and history play in her work. Genuine, funny, and a beautiful writer. Don't miss this one.
April 04, 2022
Martina Clark: A story of hope and courage
Diagnosed with HIV in her mid-twenties, Martina Clark decided to make the most of the 5 years her doctor gave her to live. From activist to the United Nations to teacher and author, her life is indeed unexpected. And her memoir, My Unexpected Life, is both fascinating and inspiring.
March 27, 2022
J.M. Tompkins: Self Publishing Guru
Learn about self publishing from an expert. Even better, attend the Atlanta Writers Club Self Publishing Conference, April 23rd. Listen up for information on registration. Atlanta writers
March 18, 2022
Grace Wynter: Author, editor, coach
Grace Wynter, author of Free Fallling, discusses the pros and cons of self publishing versus traditional. She shares her secrets for balancing her writing career with her editing business.
March 11, 2022
Reagan Rothe, creator of Black Rose Writing: Suggestions for Authors Seeking Publication
Reagan Rothe answers questions about writing, editing, and submitting work to publishers. As both an author and publisher, his advice is especially helpful. 
February 27, 2022
Tara Allred: Self publishing and sci-fi and more
Another women supporting women episode. Tara Allred shares her experiences writing multiple genres and choosing the self publishing route. She and wild woman Kim Conrey discuss the growing popularity of soft sci-fi and the problems with marketing it.
February 12, 2022
Lenore Hart: How to be a multi-genre author with a singularly strong voice
Lenore Hart is a courageous author who isn't afraid to mix her genres. Whether she's writing historical fiction like Becky: The Life and Loves or Becky Thatcher and Raven's Bride about Poe's child bride; young adult novels; mysteries; or romance, she stays true to her belief that women's voices have power and must be heard. In this interview, we get the chance to discuss her vision and follow her remarkably prolific career.
January 28, 2022
The Family is Finished: What to do when your mom recognizes herself in your memoir and her head explodes
Polish-American poet Czeslaw Milosz said, “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” So what do you do when family members sneak into your fiction? Even worse, how do you handle negative reactions to your portrayal of them in your memoir, like when your mother's head explodes? Gaby Anderson and Kim Conrey share their experiences in this area. The good news is so far, no families are finished. The bad news is it's too early in the truth-telling game to predict future explosions.
January 27, 2022
Jennifer Jenkins and American Bourbon: A Discussion of Moonshine and the People Who Have it in Their Blood
Bourbon, the only real American liquor, flows through the veins of the McKinsey family. It drives the patriarch Caleb and binds his children together, despite their attempts to break free. Join us as we talk to author Jennifer Jenkins about moonshine, bootleggers, and the resiliency of family in the face of tragedy and betrayal. 
January 15, 2022
M.J. Pullen and Secrets for Writing, Mentoring, Publishing...Oh My
Author of the Marriage Pact trilogy and both a wife and mother of two lively boys, Manda Pullen shares the secrets of balancing a career as a writer of Rom Coms and technical material, as well as mentoring and coaching aspiring authors. An astute businesswoman, she has been traditionally and self-published. Much of Manda's understanding of human nature comes from her experience as a therapist. So, yes, she's a super woman. And she's a blast to interview. 
December 16, 2021
Taking Time with Lisa Weldon
Lisa Weldon, author of Twenty Pieces: A Memoir, discusses how she found her way back from financial and personal devastation. At 58, Lisa's marriage ended. She lost the house where her children grew up, and her career was at a standstill. Determined to reclaim her life, she traveled to New York City, where she chronicled her journey through Manhattan using the latest media technology. Not only did she reinvent herself professionally, she discovered what she needed to face to make the changes she wanted.  Her memoir is a testament to what women can do when they give themselves time and permission.
December 07, 2021
Susan Sands: Self-advocacy and Confidence with a Generous Helping of Southern Charm
The Wild Women talk with Susan Sands about how to be your own best advocate and the power of sharing our stories. A popular Southern romantic women’s fiction writer, Susan shares her views on the need for women writers to recognize their own worth. She offers tips on dealing with agents, editors, and publishers in a kind and polite way without being pushovers. And she does it all with her own special brand of Southern charm. For more about Susan and her books, visit Susan Sands
November 24, 2021
How Does That Make You.... Feel?
We write about therapists in our books. Now we get to ask one if we're doing it right. Join us for a chat with Andy Anderson, LPC. 
October 31, 2021
Chatting with Kimberly Belle!
Tonight we welcome Kimberly Belle, internationally known author of seven domestic suspense novels including My Darling Husband due out in December. Join us as we discuss the shift in women’s fiction from happily ever after to stronger and smarter. For more about Kimberly and her books, visit Kimberly Belle Books.
October 19, 2021
Episode 5: Inconvenient Women
Wild Women extend special thanks to episode 4 guest Emily Carpenter and discuss how being inconvenient women can drive you wild. We also share our plans for upcoming guests.
October 05, 2021
Mystery, Suspense, and Good Old Southern-style Horror with Emily Carpenter
Welcome to Wild Women Who Write Take Flight with local author Emily Carpenter. Sometimes referred to as the Queen of Southern Gothic, Emily's novels blend the qualities of that genre with mystery and suspense. Tonight we'll talk about how she does such an incredible job of creating characters with both vulnerability and strength. We'll also discuss the way she develops settings dripping with mist and moss. Join us and check out Emily Carpenter's novels: Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, The Weight of Lies, Every Single Secret, Until the Day I Die, and Reviving the Hawthorne Sisters.  For more about Emily and her books, visit Emily Carpenter.
September 10, 2021
Episode 3---Characters Take Over
How our characters take over and why it's good for women to support each other. 
August 07, 2021
Wild Women Who Write Take Flight: Welcome
This introduction to Wild Women Who Write explores what makes Gaby Reich Anderson, Kim Conrey, Lizbeth Leigh Jones, and Katherine Nichols so damn wild. And it invites other women to find the wildness in themselves. Read Kim Conrey's blog for information about OCD and Harm OCD  Check out our website: Wild Women Who Write.
July 10, 2021