The Writer's Way Podcast

Episode 1: STRANGE BUT TRUE with John Searles

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Justin DeMarco hosts this new podcast about the successes, failures, and fun parts of a writer’s life. Discussions about creativity, the business of writing, and the importance of learning to enjoy the process with best-selling authors, debut novelists, lyricists, agents, and editors.
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Episode 2: NEEDS MORE JOKES with Erin Somers
Author Erin Somers discusses her debut novel STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST with Justin DeMarco. 01:00 - 3:00: STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST 3:01 - 5:00: Talking Late Night TV – Jay Leno, David Letterman, and their sidekicks 5:01 - 6:00: Erin explains how she develops characters 6:01 - 8:20: Living a creative life… How do you know when it’s time to give up on your dreams or keep going? 8:40 - 10:10: Stand Up Comedy and Open Mic Nights 10:15 - 12:00: ‘Making It’ 13:00 - 13:40: Becoming a public person 13:41 - 16:05: Reasons to write 16:10 - 17:30: Erin’s creative journey 17:31 - 20:00: STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST… The Movie! 20:01 - 23:30: Erin’s Writing Process 24:00 - 28:00: Erin’s Book Launch Experience and a review from a ‘bird expert’ 28:15 - 29:50: Writing short stories vs. novels vs. screenplays 29:51 - 33:00: How Erin found her agent Esther Newberg  33:15 - 34:15: George Saunders 34:20 - 39:20: Publishers Marketplace and what’s trending right now 39:55 - 44:45: Erin’s Upcoming Projects 45:25 - 46:15: Reader Reactions 47:25 - 48:45: Will Erin give stand up comedy a try? 49:10 - 57:20: Erin and Justin play a game based on Erin’s famous ‘NEEDS MORE JOKES’ stamp You can follow Erin Somers at: You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast at:
September 22, 2019
Episode 1: STRANGE BUT TRUE with John Searles
The first-ever episode features New York Times Bestselling Author John Searles. John is known for his bestselling novels BOY STILL MISSING, HELP FOR THE HAUNTED, and STRANGE BUT TRUE, which has been turned into a Hollywood film starring Amy Ryan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Blythe Danner, Brian Cox, and Greg Kinnear. Host Justin DeMarco and John Searles discuss... 01:00 - 6:30: John publishing his novel, STRANGE BUT TRUE, in 2004 and the book's long journey to get made into a movie that comes out September 6, 2019. 6:30 - 10:30: How to draw readers in and keep them interested in a story. John reads the first page of STRANGE BUT TRUE. 10:30 - 13:00: John's worst rejection story. Justin talks about his rejections, and how John helped him through them. 13:20 - 14:45: The importance of being patient as a writer. 14:50 - 16:20: John's writing process. 16:30 - 20:00: The advantages and disadvantages of writing a story set in 2019 due to technology. 20:00 - 25:45: Why it's crucial to have trusted readers. Knowing whose opinion to value and whose to ignore. The need for a writer to have a strong support system. 26:00 - 28:30: John shares personal traumatic experiences that have influenced his writing. 28:45 - 31:00: How John makes readers believe in the supernatural, while also grounding them in reality. 31:00 - 34:00: John shares stories from his childhood. 34:00 - 36:45:  Justin and John talk about the ups and downs in any writer's life. 37:30 - 43:30: Justin and John discuss the similarities and differences between the novel and the movie. 43:30 - 45:00: Did the actors read the novel before shooting started or not? A rumor that went around set about one of the characters in the novel. 45:00 - 48:30: The true stories from John's life that influenced or made their way into the novel. 48:45 - 53:15: John's experience watching his favorite scene from the book shot for the movie. Cities where the movie will be in theaters. 54:00 - 55:45: John talks about his cameo in the film! 56:00 - 56:45: The way John prefers to read novels. 57:00 - 58:30: How to deal with loneliness as a writer. 58:45 - 62:30: Why writers should consider starting or joining a writing group. 63:00 - 69:15: Justin and John play a game based... STRANGE BUT TRUE... or False? You can follow John Searles at: and You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast at: and
September 5, 2019
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