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A Novel Thought

A Novel Thought

By Kimberly Mckay
Author and Screenwriter, Kimberly Mckay, interviews those in and outside the writing & entertainment industry for a comprehensive look at the world, highlighting people who are trailblazers in their fields. A Novel Thought will focus on a variety of topics, but all will be thought-provoking and uplifting.
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ANTE01 Professor, Writer, Poet, and Screenwriter Jeff Vande Zande

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A Visit With Author, J.M. Phillips
Author Jill a.k.a. J.M. Phillips took the time to time to talk about various things from life in the '60s, The Beatles, and the inspiration behind her book "Lamlash Street." Find out more about her book at the following links: Facebook Her Website
August 27, 2021
Matt Payne, Prairie Surf Media
Matt Payne is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer, and educator based in Oklahoma City, and the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Prairie Surf Media. In his 15 years based in Los Angeles, Payne worked as a writer on CBS’s “Vegas,” “Without a Trace” and “The Defenders.” In 2015, Payne moved back to Oklahoma City and since then, has taken a key role in the Oklahoma film community producing documentaries for Griffin Communications and the OETA Foundation as well as teaching film business and screenwriting at Oklahoma City University among other things.
August 04, 2021
Children's Author Athens Pellegrino and The MiIitary Chronicles
Athens and I discuss both her book, "The Military Child Chronicles," and my documentary about Brat Life. We cover the bases with how to help military dependents from infant to adulthood in this short but informative podcast. The Military Child Chronicles is a series written to serve as a resource for military families. You can find out more about Athen's book, at this LINK. Find her Instagram at this link. If you've been a military dependent and want to know more about BRAT AMBITION, the documentary, check out this website or this FB GROUP.
July 25, 2021
Author and Speaker Tyler Foley on The Power to Speak Naked
Join Tyler and me as we discuss everything from marriage to musicals and his new book, The Power to Speak Naked. Find out more at his website or other sites at: Social Media
July 21, 2021
SURPRISE. I'm directing a documentary and we used this platform to give some information to some of those who have been waiting for some tidbits on the projects. If YOU are a military brat that is 23 or older, living out in the world and making an impact - we'd love to hear your story. You can submit your story to Brat Legacy Films.  Tune in to today's episode to learn a bit more.
July 10, 2021
World Famous Illusionist, Rob Lake
Listen to today's podcast to hear about everything from Rob's 'America's Got Talent' journey, how he gives back with AFE, to his childhood and future ambitions. To find out more about Rob's tour schedule, check his website or his Twitter account. Website Twitter
July 02, 2021
Bree Livingston, USA Today Bestselling Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Bree Livingston lives in the West Texas Panhandle with her husband, children, and cats. She'd have a dog, but they took a vote and the cats won. Not in numbers, but attitude. They wouldn't even debate. They just leveled their little beady eyes at her and that was all it took for her to nix getting a dog. Her hobbies include...nothing because she writes all the time. Books by Bree Livingston: The Clean Billionaire Romance Series: 1. Her Pretend Billionaire Boyfriend 2. Her Second Chance Billionaire Sweetheart 3. Her Broken Billionaire Boss 4. Her Fake Billionaire Fiancé 5. Her Stranded Billionaire Mix-Up 6. Her Secret Billionaire Roommate 7. Her Beastly Billionaire Rock Star A Fake Marriage Romance Series: 1. Marrying the Cowboy 2. Marrying the Star 3. Marrying the Protector 4. Marrying the Matchmaker 5. Marrying the Beast A Clean Army Ranger Romance Series: 1. The Ranger's Chance 2. The Ranger's Peace 3. The Ranger's Heart 4. The Ranger's Hope 5. The Ranger's Forgiveness 6. The Ranger's Destiny A Clean Scottish Romance Series: 1. Mending the Billionaire Movie Star 2. Mending the Billionaire Scotsman 3.Mending the Billionaire Brother A Caprock Canyon Romance: 1. The Best Friend's Billionaire Brother 2. The Fake Fiancé's Billionaire Adversary 3. The Housekeeper's Billionaire Boss 4. The Fake Girlfriend's Billionaire Match 5. The Jilted Bride's Billionaire Husband A Clean First Responders Romance: 1. Firefighter's Rescue 2. Firefighter's Risk Port Crest High School: 1. Tutoring the Bad Boy Sage Valley Romance Series: Inspired by the Cowboy Stand Alone Romances: Love and Charity The Mistletoe Game: A Clean Christmas Novella Broken Like Glass Website: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram:
June 23, 2021
Author, Naomi Craig
If you're a fan of Historical Fiction set in Biblical times, you'll love Naomi Craig and her book, 'Rahab's Courage.' Naomi and I discuss a variety of topics, and I may interrupt her once, but only because her knowledge and knack for details amazed me! Take a listen and find out more about her at
June 12, 2021
Author and Agility Trainer, Kristin Kaldahl
I broke my rule and featured a debut author to feature Kristin Kaldahl, who has an 'own voice' debut novel. She has a fascinating backstory that makes for a compelling novel with Aslan Running Joy. Find out more about her and agility training by listening today. And as promised, here are some links: Her author page: Watch her videos with her Shelties: Aenon at the AKC Agility National Championships Aslan competing in the Challenger’s Class in the 2013 AKC Agility National Championships in Tulsa, OK Asher earning is MACH (Masters Agility Championship) City Dogs Agility School Getting started in Agility American Kennel AKC.TV OKC Summer Canine Olympics
June 04, 2021
Erika with her make-up videos and book reviews talks about her process, her favorite authors, and shares a bit about her life. You can find out more about her videos, here:
May 26, 2021
Cooper Wahlo, former athlete turned diet specialist and franchisee at Mahana Fresh
Cooper Wahlo is the former NDSU Wide Reciever who has found a passion for fueling with the right food for him and his family. He's opening up a new franchise called MAHANA FRESH which offers healthy options for the whole family. Listen and learn more about Cooper and his motivations and advice he gives those who might need a new start. For more information, check out his social media: Twitter Instagram
May 12, 2021
Peggy Ullom with Guitars for Vets
Peggy is helping the world one Veteran at a time with the power of healing through music. Listen to her story as she tells about her passion for helping others, bringing them together, and bridging all with the power of music.  Find out more about Guitars for Vets:
April 29, 2021
Aaron King, former athlete, podcaster and bio-hacker.
Brand Strategist and former pro athlete (Football and Bobsled). Co-Founder of DRAFTR, a marketplace for high-quality content and passionate about biohacker. After a concussion ended his football career - he talks about how “biohacking” changed his life.
April 17, 2021
Riette Boksha, Author & Podcaster
Rietta is a romance author and podcaster who lives in Hawaii and is an adventurous spirit. In this podcast, she talks about various topics from the concepts behind her books, how ideas come to her, and offers some really good advice.
April 09, 2021
Melissa Rodwell, Worldwide photographer and founder of Breed
After graduating from the art center COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Melissa Rodwell spanned the globe to become a fashion photographer. These days, she's mentoring other creatives with the dream of sharing a wealth of information and creating a creative Breeding ground for aspiring Fashion Photographers, Stylists, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Models and Creatives in the Fashion industry. Find out more at
March 23, 2021
Andy Gensch, Pickleball Pro
“Pickleball is the only cross-generational sport where all ages can enjoy court time competing.”  Rated as a 5.0 national Pickleball player by the USAPA, Andy Gensch is passionate about promoting and evolving the sport of Pickleball. He is a certified International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) instructor and is the teaching pro at Chicken N Pickle. As a multi-sport athlete, he describes Pickleball as the only cross-generational sport where all ages can enjoy court time competing with one another. Andy is a two-time USAPA Nationals Medalist winning Bronze in 2014 in Mixed Doubles 50+ and a Silver in the 2015 Men’s Doubles 50+.  Andy’s enthusiasm and dedication to the sport have earned him other national and multiple regional medals. In the 2015 State Games of America National Tournament, he won Gold in Mixed Doubles 50+ and Silver in Mixed Doubles 19+. At the 2015 National Senior Games, Andy won Silver for Mixed Doubles 50+ and Silver in Men’s Doubles 50+. The 2015 Grand Canyon State Games brought Silver in Mixed Doubles 50+. In addition, Andy has won a Gold medal in the Oklahoma/Sooner State Games in 2015, 2016, Iowa State Games in 2014, 2015, Missouri/Show-Me State Games 2014, Missouri/State Senior Games 2014, Kansas/Sunflower Games 2014, and the Illinois/Senior Olympics 2014.  Whether you’re a recreational or tournament player, the primary goal at Chicken N Pickle is to help maximize your enjoyment of the game. We offer skill development clinics and lessons for beginners to advanced players and Orientation to Pickleball classes.  If interested in learning about the sport or improving any facet of your game, please contact Andy at or find them on Twitter at @ChickenNPickle
March 10, 2021
Mary Nhin, Children's Author, Life Coach, Restauranteur & Superwoman
Mary Nhin loves being the guinea pig for all her husband's kitchen creations. She is a mom of 3 boys, a life coach, and a best-selling author of the Ninja Life Hacks and UnicornPreneur Series. For 20 years, she has been serving families through her companies, Nhinja and Grow Grit. She has been awarded the Forty under 40 and Inc 5000. In A NOVEL THOUGHT, Mary talks about her secret to success with her Ninja Life Hacks. Tune in to hear more about her books, motivation and what is to come next.   You can find her at:
March 05, 2021
Hinder Guitarist, Joe Garvey aka 'Blower'
Joe discusses his love of music from the time he picked up a guitar till now - through a pandemic and all the places they've been that have left a lasting impression. Check out what is to come for HINDER and Joe in 2021.
March 01, 2021
ANTE23 - Cheryln Decker, Author, Spiritual Mentor, and Speaker
Cherlyn Decker is a best-selling author, speaker, and coach. Her signature process has helped hundreds of women turn their struggles into strength. Cherlyn believes that it’s only when we face challenges that we can take back control and triumph over them. For the past 15 years, Cherlyn has helped hundreds of women not only survive their trials but use them, learn from them and find confidence and peace so they can empower and uplift others Cherlyn is the author of the acclaimed book Roar Back: Transforming Struggle Into Strength, which debuted #1 across 8 categories on Amazon. Book: Website: Facebook:  Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
February 21, 2021
ANTE22 Robert Trawick, Photographer, Entrepreneur and Mentor
Robert has a long list of accomplishments and is called "the most interesting photographer in Oklahoma." His ability and love of mentoring has helped hundreds of photographers over a 30+ year career. He shares some of those today with this podcast. If you're a photog, tune in! And check out:
February 17, 2021
ANTE21 IRONMAN champions, Rian Smoak & Bryce Wooten
Rian Smoak, founder of TriDat foundation, and Bryce Wooten, a certified motivational speaker, talk about their journey with IRONMAN and the challenges they’ve powered through to get to today.
February 11, 2021
ANTE20 - Alan Hawxby, MD
Transplant surgeon, Dr. Hawxby on organ donations by traditional means to altruistic donors, saving lives, and advice to those interested in the medical field. 
January 23, 2021
ANTE19 Rachel Jones, Nurse and American Hero
This week, I touched base with Rachel, one of the first to administer the COVID vaccine. She's been fighting on the front lines in one of the darkest periods in our history - at least in our lifetime. Rachel is worth the listen as she tells what nurses are facing and what the hope is going forward.
January 19, 2021
ANTE18 Blake Bergstrom, Pastor and Founder and CEO of Gifted Global
Blake introduces us to how he is breaking the cycle of poverty on a global level, discussed is viral video blurb that put him on the map, and offers a message of hope for 2021. Find out more about his non-profit, Gifted Global, here: or his Instagram:  
January 08, 2021
ANTE17 Chloe Flanagan, Christian Author, Blogger, and Technical Writer
Chloe and I kick off the New Year with a talk about goals, hope, and ways to make the world a better place. Join us and learn more about Chloe. You can find out more bout her books at
January 02, 2021
ANTE16 - 2 Minutes From Me ... Happy New Year!
2 Minutes From Me ... A heartfelt thank you to YOU!
December 31, 2020
ANTE15 Tat Schwab, London Television Executive, Super-mom, and Survivor
Tat Schwab, London Television Executive, Super-mom, and Survivor talks about a variety of topics - it's a must-listen. There's also a surprise visit from her son and musician, Jack Schwab, who has just released 'Better Now.' Look for his music here:
December 26, 2020
ANTE14 Kym Wells, Survival & Hope After Terrorists Bombings
Kymberly Wells tells her and her family's story after close calls with 3 bombings - Boston, France, and Brussels. Her son, Mason, was only 10 feet from the bomb that detonated in the Brussels airport. She shares Mason's story of survival and recovery to become the miracle he is today. You can find Mason's book here:
December 17, 2020
ANTE13 Donna Lane, Award-winning Christian author
Take a moment to listen to Donna Lane, award-winning author, and counselor as she talks about a variety of topics. Her background and faith have given her a wonderful perspective on relationships, family, and storytelling. Find out more about Donna's books on Amazon or at her website at
December 05, 2020
ANTE12 Ron Salvador, Investor, CASHFLOW Trainer, & Coach
Ron Salvador, a worldwide financial trainer, gives advice to anyone in a financial crunch in ways that offer hope to anyone living paycheck-to-paycheck. His background as a trainer for the CASHFLOW system is how he helps others find a way to build their wealth. Cashflow Quadrant - recommended by Ron Salvador:
December 03, 2020
ANTE11 Brad Heath helps WWII vet finally receive a high school diploma
Brad Heath, Active Military and Broadcaster, talks about military life, making a difference in a WWII vet's life, and offers advice to anyone considering a military career. 
November 26, 2020
ANTE10 Author, Krissi Dallas and the Phantom Island series.
Meet Krissi Dallas, an amazing YA author of the Phantom Island series. She discusses her vision behind the books, her passion for world-building and gives advice to new or aspiring writers. If you're a fan of fantasy or YA - at any age - her series and this podcast is a must. You can find Krissi at her website at or... Instagram: Twitter:  Amazon:
November 07, 2020
ANTE09 Ron Newcomb, Director, Producer, Actor, Screenwriter and Entrepreneur - filmmaking in today's COVID climate
Ron Newcombs offers insight on filmmaking in today's COVID climate, gives advice for aspiring creatives, and discusses Cosplay. Find out more about Ron and his projects at the below links: #actorslife #screenwriting #movies #fantasy #cosplay #tentpolemovies #COVIDculture #writerslife #agents
October 17, 2020
ANTE08 Author, Lisa Renee - 'down under' in the Christian fiction world in Australia
On this episode, Lisa Renee, an Australian and Christian Fiction Romance author shares info on her books, the Australian writing market, tips for new writers, and some cultural differences between Australia and America. Not only is she a great writer, but her accent is so adorable. I loved our chat! Find out more about Lisa's books here:
October 14, 2020
ANTE07 Steve Harper, THE RIPPLER - how to make a positive difference in the world
Author, Coach, Entrepreneur, and Speaker, Steve Harper discusses the power of making CONNECTIVITY POINTS, RIPPLING one person at a time to make the world and YOUR life a better place.  For Steve's coaching services -  CLICK HERE For his book(s) - CLICK HERE Follow him on Twitter
October 04, 2020
ANTE06 David Kelso on interviewing big names, war, and cancer
David Kelso, Broadcast Journalist & Radio Personality, discusses his broadcast background, interviews with some big names and how he's healing 'one day at a time' after his diagnosis. 
September 16, 2020
ANTE05 John Schwab, who stars in The Queen's Gambit, talks film and acting in London, giving insight, humor, and advice.
John Schwab, an American actor in London gives insight to the industry, the steps he's taken along the way, tips for hopeful actors, and more. My brother from another mother is a delight as he gives heartfelt insight into his view on life, including how we grew up in a melting pot of culture and how it affects him and his family today. Find him on Twitter at @johnschwab and tell him you heard him on A Novel Thought. #anovelthought #queensgambit
September 07, 2020
ANTE04 Toby Rowland, The Voice of the Sooners
Toby Rowland, broadcast super-star, joins me to talk about his journey as he rose to become the Voice of the Sooners. He's also a new author of a delightful children's book that encourages children to pursue their dreams. Toby epitomizes humbleness and is awe-inspiriting - well worth the listen. #theuniversityofOklahoma #tobyrowland
August 31, 2020
ANTE03 Author, Jill Cox
Author, Jill Cox,  talks about her steps to becoming an author and give tips to those wanting to write a novel. Check out how Paris shaped her journey and what she says to do and not to do for aspiring writers. Find her at ... #SMU #SNU #authors #writingcommunity #anovelthought
August 29, 2020
ANTE02 Diana Bishop, Okinawan Foor Brand Ambassador
Recently retired Lt. Col. Diana Bishop connects Americans with Okinawan backgrounds to their heritage through food. Find out about her passion project to turn the light on for Oki-Americans who are looking to broaden their horizons. Diana, also a friend of mine from Kubasaki High, gives insight on her cooking. Follow her at #okinawa #okinawanfood #okinawanamerican #american #japan
August 20, 2020
ANTE01 Professor, Writer, Poet, and Screenwriter Jeff Vande Zande
A quick 30-minutes with Jeff Vande Zande to discuss his start in the writing industry and the experiences which have shaped him. He even gives a bit of helpful instruction to those new writers out there than need a place to start. Thanks, Jeff! www.
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