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The Writer's Way Podcast

The Writer's Way Podcast

By The Writer's Way Podcast
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 New York Times bestselling authors, debut novelists, editors, musicians, journalists, and magazine writers.
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1. STRANGE BUT TRUE with John Searles (New York Times Bestselling Novelist)

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14. TALL MEN, SHORT SHORTS with Leigh Montville (3x New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Boston Globe Columnist)
Leigh Montville is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, a former columnist at the Boston Globe, and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of TALL MEN, SHORT SHORTS - The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter, which is out now.  Published by Penguin Random House, Tall Men, Short Shorts is a masterpiece of sports journalism with a charming touch of personal memoir. Not only does this book chronicle the 1969 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and The Boston Celtics, it gives us an inside look at what life was like as an up-and-coming sports writer at the time.  Leigh is also the author of Sting Like a Bee, Evel, The Mysterious Montague, The Big Bam, Ted Williams, At the Altar of Speed, Manute, and Why Not Us? His book Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero won the 2004 CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year.  Leigh lives and writes in Boston. You can follow him on Twitter @LeighMontville or visit www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/21056/leigh-montville to learn more. 
56:45
August 11, 2021
13. SHOES DROPPIN' with Jessie Wagner (Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Talented Artist)
Jessie Wagner is a singer, songwriter, and multi-talented artist who has toured the world with Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Kid Rock, Stevie Van Zandt, and Duran Duran. Her debut solo album Shoes Droppin' reveals a very personal collection of songs and is out now on Wicked Cool Records. Jessie is also the lead singer of Army of the Underdog (formerly known as Envy), which is a five-piece rock and soul band from New York City. Led by Jessie's aggressive and soulful vocals, AOU blasts a sexy, original rock and roll sound. With hard hitting beats, writhing guitar riffs, and savagely intoxicating bass lines, AOU created a hybrid of hard rock and sultry soul that is ass kicking, exciting, and a breath of fresh air in today’s humdrum music industry. AOU recordings include the Envy EP, Handle It and Army of the Underdog (released under the name Jessie Wagner and Envy). AOU is currently working on a new EP and it should be ready for listeners in 2022.  To learn more about Jessie, visit www.jessiewagnerofficial.com You can also follow Jessie on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 
01:15:39
August 4, 2021
12. THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND with The McManus Bros - Kevin and Matt McManus (Emmy Nominated TV Writers, Directors & Producers – Cobra Kai, American Vandal, The Block Island Sound, Funeral Kings)
Kevin and Matt McManus, also known as The McManus Bros, are Emmy nominated TV writers, directors, and producers who have served as writers and producers for Netflix’s comedy-drama series Cobra Kai, Netflix's crime parody series American Vandal, in addition to writing, directing, and producing two feature films – The Block Island Sound, a horror-thriller, and Funeral Kings, a comedy-drama film.  In this episode, The McManus Bros share how they made their sophomore feature come to life and everything they had to do to make this horror film come to life. The Block Island Sound follows Audry Lynch as she returns home to Block Island only to discover her dad is suffering from a series of blackouts and hallucinations. After a particularly stressful night, her father goes missing, leading Audry and her brother Harry to search for answers. They’ll soon find out there is one ominous thread that ties everything together, putting their family in grave danger. To learn more about the McManus Bros, visit https://www.mcmanusbros.com You can follow Matt on Twitter - twitter.com/mattmcmanusbros and Instagram - www.instagram.com/matthewmcmanus You can follow Kevin on Twitter - twitter.com/kmcmanusbros?lang=en and Instagram - www.instagram.com/kevinjmcmanus/
01:14:37
July 28, 2021
11. THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF with Faye Brennan (Editor-in-Chief of Eat This, Not That!, Former Sex & Relationships Director at Cosmo)
Faye Brennan is the Editor-in-Chief of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing all digital content for the brand. Previously, she was the Sex & Relationships Director at Cosmopolitan, Head of Sex & Dating at Elite Daily, and held editorial roles at Women's Health, Whalebone magazine, YourTango.com, BettyConfidential.com, and more national titles. She's hosted a podcast ("Single, Swipe, Repeat") and several original video series, and has appeared as a guest on Fox & Friends, Pix11, Bold TV, Evine, BetterTV, and national radio.  Since joining Eat This, Not That! in February 2020, Faye and her talented staff of industry veterans have grown Eatthis.com from 4 million unique visitors a month to 20 million (starting in November 2020 and continuing to now). EatThis.com currently reaches more than 110 million annual users, and according to Comscore, Eat This, Not That! is now the third most-read food site on the internet.  In March 2021,  Eat This, Not That! launched their Medical Expert board, comprised of certified and world-renowned nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, personal trainers, chefs, and wellness experts who regularly contribute to and review our content. Eat This, Not That! has over 1 million Facebook followers and just hit 500,000 newsletter subscribers. To learn more about Faye, visit https://www.fayebrennanwrites.com.  You can also follow her at: www.instagram.com/fayebaby4 or https://twitter.com/FayeBrennanNYC
01:04:41
July 21, 2021
10. THE BOOKSTOUR with Mason Engel (Self-published author releasing a short film to raise money for Binc)
MASON ENGEL IS A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR WHO WILL BE RELEASING A SHORT FILM, THE BOOKSTOUR, TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE BOOK INDUSTRY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. THE FOUNDATION IS USING 100 PERCENT OF THE PROFITS TO HELP INDIE BOOKSTORES RECOVER FROM THE PANDEMIC. WHEN YOU PAY TO WATCH THE BOOKSTOUR AT THEBOOKSTOURFILM.COM, EVERY CENT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE BOOK INDUSTRY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, ALSO KNOWN AS BINC. BINC PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BOOKSELLERS SUFFERING FROM MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, NATURAL DISASTERS, OR ANY OTHER UNFORESEEN HARDSHIP, LIKE A PANDEMIC. TO HELP, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A BUY A TICKET TO WATCH THE FILM. SO, PLEASE VISIT WWW.THEBOOKSTOURFILM.COM AND MAKE A DONATION TO WATCH THE FILM. 
01:03:06
June 30, 2021
8. SMACKED with Eilene Zimmerman (Author of the memoir SMACKED and Journalist for The New York Times)
Eilene Zimmerman is the author of the memoir SMACKED: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy. Published by Random House, SMACKED was named one of Newsweek's '20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020.' Adrienne Brodeur, the author of WILD GAME, in advanced praise for SMACKED wrote: "Eilene Zimmerman traces a deeply personal family story while illuminating urgent and troubling social issues. SMACKED is an exquisite examination of the repercussions of addiction, as well as the influence of white-collar money and ambition upon a family... A profoundly absorbing and important book." Eilene is a journalist who has covered business, technology, and social issues for many different national magazines and newspapers. She was a columnist for The New York Times's Sunday Business Section for six years and has been a regular contributor to the Times since 2004. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work.  You can follow Eilene on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/eilenez Instagram: www.instagram.com/eilenezwriter/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/eilene.zimmerman.75 Her website is: www.eilenezimmerman.com You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast on... Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerswaypod Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast And Justin DeMarco at... Instagram: www.instagram.com/justinpdemarco/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinpdemarco Facebook: www.facebook.com/JustinPDeMarcoWriter/
01:05:39
March 11, 2020
7. THE ROCK STAR with Marcus Bennett aka Marcus Reid (Bandleader - The Marcus Reid Band, Singer, and Songwriter)
You’ve heard his music every episode during this show's intro, now it’s time to get to know the man behind the songs… The one, the only Marcus Bennett aka Marcus Reid. Marcus is a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, and actor who has opened for Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and Gavin Degraw. He's the bandleader of The Marcus Reid Band and recently performed for Clive Davis and The Davis Family at a private event. He talks about what that experience was like and what Clive Davis told him after the gig.  Marcus holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and shares a story about Regina Spektor and the audition that got him into Purchase.  He also talks about his first ever performance (which was when he was in the fifth grade), what his definition of a ‘rock star’ is, and and how getting married to his wife, Amanda, and becoming a father to his little girl, Ava (with a little baby boy on the way), has changed his life for the better, and helped him truly focus on what’s important in life. Marcus is one of my best friends in the world and I’ve learned so much from him through the years. I can't wait to share this interview with you. If you enjoy it, please leave a written review and rate the episode in Apple Podcasts. Your reviews and ratings really help in a big way. Thank you so much for the continued support! You can find Marcus’s music on Spotify or iTunes by searching for Marcus Bennett or follow him... Instagram: www.instagram.com/marcusreidband OR www.instagram.com/marcusbennett  Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcusbennett Facebook: www.facebook.com/MARCUSBENNETTOFFICIAL/ You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast on... Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerswaypod Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast And Justin DeMarco at... Instagram: www.instagram.com/justinpdemarco/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinpdemarco Facebook: www.facebook.com/JustinPDeMarcoWriter/
01:19:09
February 12, 2020
6: THE DATING EXPERT with Candice Jalili (Senior Sex and Dating Writer at Elite Daily and Author of Upcoming Nonfiction Dating Book - Out Feb. 2021)
CANDICE JALILI IS THE SENIOR SEX AND DATING WRITER AT ELITE DAILY AND STARTED HER CAREER AS AN INTERN AT COSMO. SHE ALSO WRITES FOR TINDER SWIPE LIFE, THE CUT, TIME, COSMO, TEEN VOGUE, GIRL BOSS, ELITE DAILY, AND MANY OTHER MAGAZINES AND WEBSITES. WITH HER FRIEND KEVIN SCHLITTENHARDT, SHE JUST STARTED A NEW PODCAST CALLED WHAT ARE WE? CANDICE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF A NEW NONFICTION BOOK – A HILARIOUS GUIDE TO OVERCOMING DATING ANXIETY – WHICH WILL BE COMING OUT IN FEBRUARY 2021. FOR ANYONE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW TO GET YOUR NONFICTION BOOK PUBLISHED AND THE STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE - WRITING A PROPOSAL, SUBMITTING TO AGENTS, SIGNING WITH AN AGENT, SUBMITTING TO EDITORS, WORKING OUT THE DETAILS WITH YOUR AGENT AND YOUR EDITOR – CANDICE TALKS US THROUGH HER EXPERIENCE AND HOW EVERYTHING WENT DOWN FOR HER. SHE ALSO EXPLAINS HOW SHE LANDED THAT INTERNSHIP AT COSMO, BECAME THE SENIOR SEX AND DATING WRITER AT ELITE DAILY, AND HOW SHE FREELANCES FOR OTHER MAGAZINES AND HAS BECOME A FULL-TIME MAGAZINE WRITER. IF YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO SET YOUR FREELANCE WRITING RATE, OR EVEN HOW TO GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR, CANDICE HAS YOU COVERED…  YOU CAN FIND CANDICE JALILI ON... INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/candicejalili TWITTER: https://twitter.com/CandiceJalili WEBSITE: WWW.CANDICEJALILI.COM  ELITE DAILY: www.elitedaily.com/profile/candice-jalili-1912068 YOU CAN FOLLOW JUSTIN DEMARCO ON... INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/justinpdemarco TWITTER: https://twitter.com/justinpdemarco FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/JustinPDeMarcoWriter WEBSITE: WWW.JUSTINPDEMARCO.COM THE WRITER'S WAY PODCAST... INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast TWITTER: https://twitter.com/writerswaypod FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast IF YOU FIND VALUE IN THIS INTERVIEW AND THE WRITER’S WAY PODCAST, PLEASE WRITE A WRITTEN REVIEW AND LEAVE A RATING. IT’S THE ONLY WAY THIS PODCAST WILL FIND MORE LISTENERS AND BE ABLE TO CONTINUE ON. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AND FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT! UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP WRITING, KEEP READING, AND KEEP FOLLOWING THOSE DREAMS…
01:23:11
January 29, 2020
5. THE SPORTS (RE)PORTER with Matt Porter (Sports Writer at The Boston Globe)
If you’ve ever wondered what life as a sports reporter would be like, this is the interview for you… Matt Porter is a sports writer at The Boston Globe covering the Boston Bruins and the NHL. He’s also a correspondent for NHL Network. Prior to joining The Globe, Matt was a staff writer at The Palm Beach Post for nine years where he reported on South Florida sports. He’s a 2008 graduate of Emerson College and is originally from Gloucester, Massachusetts. He’s also a member of The Boston Newspaper Guild and the Professional Hockey Writers Association. In this episode, Matt explains what life as a Boston Bruins beat reporter is like, shares the best journalism advice he received, and takes us through his personal and sports reporting journey. He also weighs in on writer’s block, the craft of writing, and finding balance in your personal and professional life. You can read Matt’s stories by going to: www3.bostonglobe.com/staff/porter And you can follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter @MattyPorts Twitter: www.twitter.com/mattyports Instagram: www.instagram.com/mattyports/ You can follow The Writer’s Way Podcast on… Facebook - www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast Instagram - www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/writerswaypod
01:51:56
January 15, 2020
4. ROCK N' ROLL HEART with Scott Martin (Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist)
Scott Martin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who you may know from the bands Bulletproof Messenger, Storm Of The Century, or as a solo artist by his own name - Scott Martin. His new single 'Bringing Hollywood Back To Life' was featured in American Songwriter Magazine in November 2019, and he has opened for Incubus, Fuel, Collective Soul, Seether, Everclear, The Jonas Brothers, and many other artists through the years.  Scott discusses creativity, songwriting, and trying to find a balance between dedicating your life to your art and 'being a person' with host Justin DeMarco. He also performs acoustic versions of a couple of his original songs.  You can learn more about Scott by checking out his website: www.scottcharlesmartin.com Or by following Scott on... Instagram: www.instagram.com/scottccmartin  Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottccmartin Facebook: www.facebook.com/scottmartinnyc/
01:40:12
January 2, 2020
3. MAKING BEAUTIFUL BOOKS with Samantha Weiner (Senior Editor at Abrams)
Samantha Weiner is a senior editor at Abrams Books. She specializes in nonfiction books, especially in the areas of illustrated, sports, and pop culture. She's going to take us through the many steps a nonfiction book has to go through before it gets published, her fall books, which are out now, and her journey in the publishing industry. Want to know what it's like to work with writers, musicians, actors, and artists like Shea Serrano, Amanda Seales, and QuestLove? How to break into the publishing industry? Or who the greatest TV couple of all-time is? Well, lucky for you, Samantha has you covered... You can follow Samantha Weiner on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SamanthaWeiner1 You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast at:   www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast  www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast  https://twitter.com/writerswaypod
01:36:32
November 1, 2019
2. NEEDS MORE JOKES with Erin Somers (Author of Stay Up With Hugo Best)
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:  https://twitter.com/SomersErin www.instagram.com/theerinsomers You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast at:  www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast https://twitter.com/writerswaypod
57:34
September 22, 2019
1. STRANGE BUT TRUE with John Searles (New York Times Bestselling Novelist)
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: www.facebook.com/JohnSearlesAuthor and www.instagram.com/johnsearles You can follow The Writer's Way Podcast at: www.facebook.com/TheWritersWayPodcast and www.instagram.com/thewriterswaypodcast
01:10:07
September 5, 2019