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Wicked Writers

By Rachael Dubinsky
Why do you write? A simple question with a complicated answer. We write to parse out feelings, to move public opinion and just to be silly. Take a listen as I talk about writing and interview authors.
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Sara Letourneau_Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Service_Feb 9, 2021

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Yzaura Vanegas_How About a Story_May 11, 2021
Yzaura Vanegas is a director, producer and trainer of interactive live events for Nickelodeon and the host, producer and writer of the podcast How About A Story. This season on her podcast she wrote her first audio drama where she combined her love for fairy tales and true crime together to create season 4 Following the Big Bad Wolf: A true crime investigation in Fairytale Land. Make sure to subscribe to her podcast: How About a Story and visit her website at 
May 11, 2021
Jonathan Harris_Master of Ceremonies_April 27, 2021
One rainy day and a flat tire later, Jonathan’s life would change forever when car troubles inspired him to write a book. In March 2016, Jonathan published his debut book, “Master of Ceremonies: A Male’s Guide for a Successful Life." In February 2020, he became the owner of Jharris Publishing, LLC to help more aspiring authors feel comfortable telling their story. In July 2020, Jonathan released his 2nd and 3rd books "Growing Gents" and "Girls With Pearls." Learn more at  Raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jonathan C. Harris is no stranger to leadership, hard work, or success. At the age of ten years old, he earned the right to be a guest weatherman for a day on Fox 5 DC News. He has already received over 100 honors and awards including Forty Under 40 for Prince George’s County, MD, TEDx Talk speaker, TEDxFortWashington Founder, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Outstanding Men’s Program, high school Valedictorian and the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award. 
April 27, 2021
Jennifer Dupee_The Little French Bridal Shop_ April 19, 2021
Jennifer Dupee's debut novel, The Little French Bridal Shop, was published by St. Martin's Press on March 9, 2021. Visit her website to order a copy:  Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her honors in Creative Writing.  She is an active member of the Grub Street writing community in Boston and has published in The Feminist Press.  She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Jones First Novel Competition and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.  Jennifer lives in a historic house just outside of Boston with her family and is currently at work on her next two novels.
April 20, 2021
Emily Edwards_FBOL_April 13, 2021
Emily Edwards is the creator and host of a comedy podcast about books where she and a guest discuss toxic personalities from the world of Western lit. FBOL can be found on all podcast platforms. When Emily isn’t reading or chatting about books, she is writing her own. She specializes in historical mysteries with a modern, feminist twist.
April 12, 2021
Rachie Lewis_Rabbi who Prayed with Fire_Feb 23, 2021
Rachel Sharona Lewis is an accidental mystery novelist. By day, she organizes faith communities in the Boston area around local social justice efforts. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction alike, attending committee meetings and playing the trombone. She lives in Watertown, MA with her wife, Liz. She just published her first book “The Rabbi who Prayed with Fire”. Her website is 
February 22, 2021
Luke Morey_Storytelling and Ambiguous Podcast Solutions_Feb 16, 2021
Luke Morey is a Hofstra Alumni from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, who's always had a passion for the art of storytelling. Whether it's a novel, movie, tv show, comic book, Luke loves dissecting how the author has to adjust and perform their story in a unique way to whatever medium they choose. He currently lives in New Hampshire doing freelance editing work for Ambiguous Podcast Solutions. He also has his own podcast, Midnight Showing, in which the hosts review movies from the 80's and 90's. You can find Luke on social media @midnightshowingpodcast.
February 16, 2021
Sara Letourneau_Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Service_Feb 9, 2021
Sara Letourneau is a poet and freelance book editor and writing coach. Her poems have been published in online and print literary journals (check out this link here for her online index), and one of her goals in 2021 is to compile a manuscript for her first full-length poetry collection. Sara also blogged for several years at writing resource websites such as DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers. She launched Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Services in 2019 and have since helped authors self-publish their books, finish or get started on their writing projects, and feel more confident in themselves. Graduated from Curry College (outside Boston, Massachusetts) with a BA in English Literature and Writing, earned a Certificate in Copyediting from Emerson College, and worked 10+ years as a copy editor in the corporate world, all while pursuing freelance and creative writing on the side.
February 09, 2021
Tim Whelan Jr. and Dan Cagen_Sports Writing_Pre-Superbowl_Feb 2, 2021
Tim Whelan Jr. is a sports journalist with 15 years of experience in the field. Tim spent 11 years with the MetroWest Daily News sports team, from correspondent, to weekly editor, to staff writer, to Patriots beat writer and columnist. And after a two-year stint out in Denver, Colo., as a sports blogger with USA TODAY and the regional director for Gatorade’s Player of the Year through 3Step Sports, he returned to the Wicked Local family in 2018 as the regional director of sports where he overseen the digital transformation of the sports departments in Eastern Mass.  Dan Cagen worked at Metrowest daily news, local paper in Framingham, MA for 6 years as a sports writer and editor, where he met Tim. Mostly covered high school sports as well as 4 seasons as the Boston Bruins beat reporter for the paper. Dan has since transitioned out of sports writing in the last 5 years and graduated in 2020 with a marketing analytics degree from Bentley University.
February 01, 2021
Thom Dunn_Musician and Writer_January 26, 2021
Thom Dunn is a Boston-based writer, musician, and utterly terrible dancer. He is currently a staff writer for the New York Times' Wirecutter and a blogger at BoingBoing, as well as the singer/guitarist of the Roland High Life. As a journalist and political commentator, Thom has appeared on several national and international radio programs discussing issues ranging from gun violence to climate change to the Irish language, and his writing has appeared on Upworthy, the Weather Channel, Vice, and more. He is also a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, whose work has been commissioned by Cornell University and performed and read in cities from Boston to New York to Hollywood to Alaska. Visit his website at and find him on social @thomdunn. 
January 26, 2021
Zorana Pringle_Emotional Intelligence_Jan 19, 2021
​Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Zorana studies the role of emotion and emotion skills in creativity and well-being, as well as how to use the arts (and art-related institutions) to promote emotion and creativity skills. ​Zorana has collaborated with colleagues from Denmark, Spain, China, and Croatia and published her research in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality, Sex Roles, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Creative Behavior, Career Development International and others. She is Associate Editor of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, received a doctorate from the University of New Hampshire (with Dr. Jack Mayer, co-creator of the theory of emotional intelligence), and did postdoctoral research at the Interpersonal Communication and Interaction laboratory at Tufts University (with Dr. Nalini Ambady who pioneered research on thin slices of behavior). Her website is
January 19, 2021
Jamie Kmak_Multi-Hobbyist and LGBTQ Advocate_Jan 12, 2021
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Jamie is a professional in the Cambridge biotech scene, a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health, and a lifelong multi-hobbyist. He enjoys reading, writing, singing, playing music, photography, cooking, creating, exploring, travelling. Jamie is also a burgeoning advocate and activist within the transgender community.
January 12, 2021
Sasha Cagen_Quirkyalone_ Jan 5, 2021
Sasha Cagen is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping brilliant women and sensitive, self-aware men who identify with her quirkyalone concept (now a word on She is the author of the cult favorite Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics and To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us. Her work as an author, life coach for women and entrepreneur has been featured everywhere from NPR and the New York Times to CNN and Vogue. Her website is Find her on Facebook at Sasha Cagen Writer and Instagram @sashacagen.
January 05, 2021
BellaBianca Lynn_Bellydance and Writing_December 22, 2020
BellaBianca Lynn is from Dedham MA. She studied creative writing/professional writing at Curry College and did an undergrad thesis on therapeutic writing. She is a belly dancer and has contributed her explorations to Belly Dance New England Magazine. Digital Content Writer for Step Up For Mental Health or co-editor for V'Well Magazine. She hopes to complete my memoir someday that incorporates my body tales. Her website is and you can find her on Twitter: @bellabiancal Facebook: BellaBianca Lynn Page.
December 22, 2020
Andy Michaels_Fiction Writer_December 8, 2020
Andy Michaels is not a professional writer. He's not even that successful. He's the author of numerous unpublished short stories, poems, and songs, two unfinished novels, and a now-defunct webcomic, appropriately titled Modern Failure. He's also written for the similarly defunct outlets Pluck Magazine and He's previously been a guest on the Fuckbois of Literature podcast. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @stopthatandy.
December 08, 2020
Zenda Walker_Know your Hairitage_November 24, 2020
Zenda Walker is an author, licensed cosmetologist, and beauty marketing executive. Originally from the Bronx, New York, she enjoys traveling, spontaneous dance parties, exploring and developing beauty trends, and chocolate desserts. Zenda is a co-founder of Bounce Mobile Fitness Club, LLC. – a fitness business specializing in rebounding workouts. Zenda resides in Los Angeles, California with her six-year-old daughter Zara. She is currently working on her first children's book: Know your Hairitage: Zara's Wash Day.
November 24, 2020
11/10/2020_Kwame Sarfo-Mensah_Identity Talk LLC.
In this episode, I talk with Kwame Sarfo-Mensah, owner of Identity Talk LLC, an independent educational consulting firm that provides professional development and consulting services to K-12 school districts, educators, colleges & universities and educational non-profit organizations. He is also the author of two books: "Shaping the Teacher Identity: 8 Lessons That Will Help Define the Teacher in You" and "From Inaction to 'In Action': Creating a New Normal for Urban Educators".  Kwame's work has also been featured in Edutopia, Education Post, WGBH News, The Educators' Room, LLC., and Medium. You can visit his website to learn more at
November 10, 2020
10/28/2020_Dave Cavell_ Pre-Election Day Episode
In this special pre-election episode, I talk with Dave Cavell, lawyer and former presidential speechwriter. We talk about the importance of giving voice to others, where we were on election night in 2016 and how we want election night 2020 to be boring. Take a listen for great advice on what's at stake on November 3rd and make sure you go vote! Visit or for more information.
October 27, 2020
Wicked Writers 10/13/2020_Emily Smith of Guide to Wholeness Healing
Tune into my interview with Emily Smith of Guide to Wholeness Healing! We talk about how to harness your writing rituals and inspiration, what it looks and feels like to heal through writing, essential oils, how napping helps us write and so much more. Learn more about Emily's business at Stay wicked and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
October 13, 2020
Wicked Writers Intro
Why do you write? Why does anyone want to expose their inner most thoughts? Subscribe to Wicked Writers as I talk to cool writers about why they do what they do and share my thoughts on how writing creates connection in our communities.
October 06, 2020