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The TufFish Show

The TufFish Show

By Jennifer Milius
Welcome to The TufFish Show! A pond where author, developmental editor, and host Jen Milius interviews authors and sharing their journey, guidance, and books with you. Jen believes that we’re all works in progress, but your first, next or current book doesn’t have to be. And when you have support from someone who has “been there” and understands what you’re going through, it makes all the difference in the world.

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Writing suspense techniques with Libby Fischer Hellmann
Welcome Libby Fischer Hellman to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Libby and I had a fascinating conversation about writing in multiple genres and building suspense in each. Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, you can leverage suspense to create a satisfying experience for your reader, and this episode will help get those juices flowing. Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago a long time ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. She soon began writing historical fiction as well. Sixteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and she won the The Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in 2021. In the past she has won the IPPY, Foreword Magazine’s Indie Awards, and the Readers Choice Award multiple times. Libby also hosts Second Sunday Books, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging authors.  Visit http://libbyhellmann.com Book purchase links: https://www.amazon.com/Libby-Fischer-Hellmann/e/B001HMMDZU
30:44
May 24, 2022
Resilience and the writing process with Maggie Smith
Welcome Maggie Smith to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Resilience and reinvention are key themes that Maggie shared during our conversation. She explained the importance of having a strong concept for your book, especially as you develop your characters, go through the editing process, and choose the best publishing path for you and your book. In a career that’s included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith now adds novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies. In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar, where she interviews debut authors about their novel and their path to publication and blogs monthly for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. A board member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, she’s Managing Editor of their Write City Magazine, and coordinator of Book Nook, which highlights Chicago-area independent bookstores. Visit https://maggiesmithwriter.com Book purchase link: Truth and Other Lies
32:43
May 17, 2022
Being the CEO of your author business with Karen A. Chase
Welcome Karen A. Chase to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Karen's path leveraged her photography, marketing and writing background such that she published her own books in different genres as well as helped other authors build and establish their businesses. She shared so many nuggets to help authors embrace their role as a business owner and leader. What a fabulous conversation about being in the author business! Karen A. Chase is an independent author and a Daughter of the American Revolution with the Commonwealth Chapter in Virginia. Her first novel, Carrying Independence, book one of the 3-part Founding-Documents Series, is historical fiction about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was a nominee for the 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Awards, and was awarded #12 of the 100 Best Indie Books of 2019. Her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, garnered seven independent publishing awards, and in 2021 she released a new short food-themed story (with recipes), Mary Angela’s Kitchen. Originally from Canada, Karen is now chasing histories from Richmond, VA. Visit http://KarenAChase.com Book purchase link: All Book Buying Links: http://karenachase.com/books or signed copies: https://karenachase.square.site/
33:42
May 10, 2022
Developing characters with sensory sensitivities with Lorraine Hawley
Welcome Lorraine Hawley to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Lorraine Hawley writes stories about tweens, teens, and fantastical worlds. While she has attempted to write non-magical stories, her characters refuse to stay reality grounded, leaping off the pages to fly. So she gave up trying to be what she is not. Lorraine is a fantasy writer who hopes to share magic with the world. Lorraine and I talked about how to find your writing community, including a writing critique partner. We also talked in depth about character development and point of view, especially for characters with sensory sensitivities. Visit https://lorrainehawley.com/ Book purchase link - Curious World of Dandy-Lion
30:59
May 03, 2022
Character development to drive your story with Sonja F. Blanco
Welcome Sonja F. Blanco to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Sonja and I had a fun conversation that touched on several facets of writing, including structuring your book, point of view, character development, especially villains or antagonists. We talked about how to clear "monkey brain" so that the story can come through you and turn the image in your mind into words on the page. Sonja F. Blanco grew up in New England where she ran barefoot through the woods, chased lightning bugs, and tapped maple trees for syrup. Having an ancestor who was hung as a witch, Sonja is naturally drawn to all things magical and fantastical—trees and cemeteries in particular. Witty comics easily amuse her, as do heavily jowled Hell Hounds that talk in their sleep. She writes fantasy as if it were real, because believing makes it so. Visit https://sonjafblanco.com Book purchase link: Witch of Ware Woods Witch of Ware Woods - Flood & Fire: This prequel novella is exclusive to Sonja's tribe; sign up for the download and newsletter at: https://sonjafblanco.com/f2
26:20
April 26, 2022
Blending different genres and leveraging social media with Emily Myers
Welcome Emily Myers to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. When your book really feels like a combination of two different genres, what do you do? Emily's answer is to blend them by letting the story become what it's meant to be. This conversation is packed with how she navigated romance and thriller with her first two books, including character development and setting. We also switched gears a bit and Emily shared some great insights for authors building their brands in social media. Emily is the author of two romantic thrillers, The Truth About Unspeakable Things and Bound by the Unspeakable, the second of which will launch this summer. Emily is a story teller at heart and is excited to branch into other niches of the romance and mystery and thriller genres after the launch of her second book. In addition to writing, Emily loves dreaming up fun marketing campaigns for her books and encouraging other aspiring authors to follow their dream and publish their first book. Visit www.emilyamyers.com Book purchase links:  The Truth About Unspeakable Things and Bound by the Unspeakable 
33:18
April 19, 2022
Creating powerful children's books with Natasha Carlow
Welcome Natasha Carlow to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. This is a powerful conversation you won't want to miss! Natasha opens up and shares how leaning into your why and your vulnerability create powerful stories for children and adults alike. Her mission to share a message of kindness is a theme that shines in her books. Natasha shares in detail how she went about the research for her most recent picture book in order to reach and touch the hearts of a community so dear to her heart. Natasha Carlow is an Itinerant Counsellor and author residing in the sunny twin Island state of Trinidad and Tobago. She is the mother of two rainbow babies and writes about grief and loss and parenting after loss. She is a contributing writer at Pregnancy After Loss Support and has been featured in Her View From Home Magazine. She is the author of Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies and Mike Nero and The Superhero School. Visit www.Natashacarlow.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Melissa-Carlow/e/B07R2FG8HP%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
30:14
April 12, 2022
Touching hearts through storytelling with Deborah Shepherd
Welcome Deborah Shepherd to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Deborah and I talked about her journey to bring her first book to life. After writing the first draft, she put it away for 30 years before revisiting and reworking it until she resubmitted it for publication. Deb demonstrates how finding the right communities to nurture your craft and drawing from your own experiences enables your storytelling to touch hearts and readers.  Deborah K. Shepherd came to writing later in life, after retiring from her position as director of a domestic violence resource center. She holds a BFA in drama from the University of Arizona, and an MSW from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She is the mother of two adult children, the grandmother of two, and lives with one husband and two rescue dogs on the coast of Maine, where she spends her non-writing time in the garden or with a stack of books. Visit https://deborahshepherdwrites.com Book purchase link: So Happy Together 
29:58
April 05, 2022
Go against the grain to find your path for your book with Densie Webb
Welcome Densie Webb to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Densie's approach to "go against the grain" and served her well and such, she shared tips and ideas to help writers come through their path to write their book as "there is no right way." We talked through the editing process, including when you might want to switch points of view (POV) to strengthen your story. Densie Webb (not Denise) has spent a long career as a freelance nonfiction writer and editor, specializing in health and nutrition, and has published several books on the topic. She grew up in Louisiana, spent 13 years in New York City, and settled in Austin, TX. She is an avid walker (not of the dead variety, though she adores zombies, vampires and apocalyptic stories), drinks too much coffee, and has a small “devil dog” that keeps her on her toes. Visit http://www.densiewebb.com Book purchase link: When Robins Appear
28:33
March 29, 2022
Tips for working through the structure of your book with Julie Valerie
Welcome Julie Valerie to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Julie shared nugget after nugget including how to work through the structure of your book, the difference between the book theme and its message, story having energy as well as how to get to the end of the first draft.  So much goodness, you won't want to miss it! Julie Valerie married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. She is the bestselling author of Holly Banks Full of Angst and The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, Books 1 & 2 in the Village of Primm series, both with Lake Union Publishing. Learn more about Julie and subscribe to her newsletter at julievalerie.com. Visit julievalerie.com Book purchase links -  Holly Banks Full of Angst and The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks Available in paperback, ebook, and audio (Audible, MP3 + CD) wherever books are sold. Also available in libraries. 
36:37
March 22, 2022
The importance of positioning and messaging your book with Michelle Mazur
Welcome Michelle Mazur to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. This powerful conversation with Dr. Michelle demonstrated the importance of positioning and messaging your book, whether it's fiction or non-fiction, especially since "publishing is the start of a marathon." We also talked about when it's time to create a new edition for your previously published book and how to determine when something should be included in a book versus a different format, like a podcast or blog. Michelle Mazur is a messaging expert who works with brilliant business owners who are shaking things up but having trouble talking about it. She combines the tools of successful social movements with the qualitative research skills she earned in her Communications Ph.D. to help them craft their powerful, captivating message. Visit www.drmichellemazur.com Book purchase link: 3 Word Rebellion 
30:50
March 15, 2022
Cultivating author brand awareness with Jenn Bouchard
Welcome Jenn Bouchard to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. By seeking spaces where she could listen to published authors share their stories and tips, Jenn leveraged what she learned to help create write, publish and promote her first novel that includes a love of food and coastal Maine. Jenn shared some creative ways for cultivating her brand's awareness, which is so important as an author and running a business. Jenn Bouchard's debut novel First Course was published in 2021 by TouchPoint Press. Her short stories have appeared in the Bookends Review, Litbreak Magazine, the Penmen Review, and the Little Patuxent Review. A high school social studies teacher of 22 years, she lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and two children. Visit www.jennbouchard.com Book purchase links: Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/books/first-course/9781952816499 Amazon (US): https://amzn.to/3CP19BO Book Depository (worldwide): https://tidd.ly/3kt1Iu3
29:16
March 08, 2022
The importance of relevance for memoir with Stacey Aaronson
Welcome Stacey Aaronson to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. This episode is full of so much wisdom as Stacey shares what happens when she followed her inner knowing on a soul level to write her memoir. During our conversation, Stacey shared the importance of relevance and structure, especially as it relates to memoir. We also talked about beta readers and some tips for how to vet, so it's a good fit for all of you. As a lifelong grammar nerd and lover of books, Stacey Aaronson has been in her element for the last ten years: building books for her author clients as a ghostwriter, editor, cover designer, layout artist, and publishing partner within her business The Book Doctor Is In. She finally fulfilled her own dream of becoming a published author when her memoir, Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother, was released in June 2021. Stacey lives a quiet, creative life on an island in Washington state with her partner of 22 years, their Maine Coon kitty, and a delightful plethora of deer, birds, and squirrels.  Visit www.staceyaaronson.com Book purchase link: Signed books (my website): www.staceyaaronson.com Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Losing-Remarkable-Teenage-Mother/dp/1736460501 IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781736460511
32:58
March 01, 2022
Tips for writing a series with Meredith Stoddard
Welcome Meredith Stoddard to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Meredith shared so much goodness about things to think about when writing a series as well as techniques she uses to ensure each book aligns to its theme while strengthening the series. She also shared some tips for balancing her time and energy between writing and promoting her series.  Meredith R. Stoddard writes folklore-inspired fiction from her writing shed in Virginia. She studied literature and folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. before working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer. Her love of storytelling is inspired by years spent listening to stories at her grandmother's kitchen table. She also advocates for the preservation of traditional fiber arts and the Scottish Gaelic language. Visit http://www.meredithstoddard.com/ Book purchase links: The River Maiden Cauldron Thrice To Thine Nothing Good Gets Away
33:28
February 22, 2022
Permission to be brave and honor your energy for writing with Ellen Goodwin
Welcome Ellen Goodwin to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Permission to be brave and how energy patterns impact our work as writers were key nuggets from this wonderful interview with Ellen. She shared her insights for the cause of procrastination as well as different methods to overcome it when we face it. As writers, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is turn a blank page with a blinking cursor into a draft, and the wisdom Ellen shares in this episode are gold to get unstuck and writing again. Ellen Goodwin is a productivity consultant, TEDx speaker, and author who uses neuroscience-based principles to enable individuals and businesses to overcome all types of procrastination, be more focused and manage their energy instead of their time to be more efficient effective with their lives. Ellen believes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to productivity, which is why she advocates for experimentation to find the tools and techniques that will work seamlessly with your life and your business, no matter what you want to accomplish. She is the author of DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching and the co-host of The Faster, Easier, Better Show podcast. Visit https://ellengoodwin.com Book purchase link: DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching
33:23
February 15, 2022
Embracing change in the writing process with Mary Helen Sheriff
Welcome Mary Helen Sheriff to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Mary's experience showed how embracing change is so vital as an author. With her debut novel, she changed genres, POVs and character leads, yet each change made her writing, thus her book, stronger. She shared how she navigated these changes as well as the community she's created that's all about books and travel. Mary Helen Sheriff is the author of the award-winning southern women’s fiction, Boop and Eve’s Road Trip. She serves as the CEO of Bookish Road Trip and a blogger at “...the gift of story.” After 14 years teaching elementary school, middle school, college, and professionals, Mary has taken a break from the classroom to focus on writing. She has an MFA from Hollins University, an MA from Old Dominion University, and a BA from UVA. She lives in Henrico County, Virginia with her two children, two cats, and one husband. Visit maryhelensheriff.com Book purchase links: Print book: https://bookshop.org/a/22556/9781631527630 (or any online book retailer) ebook: https://books2read.com/boopandeve
34:11
February 08, 2022
The power of connection for authors with Linda Rosen
Welcome Linda Rosen to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. From leveraging a writer's workshop, to working with a book coach, to forging new networks, Linda demonstrates over and over again the power of connection, community and relationships as a writer. The insights she shared showed how creativity in all its forms help you go from concept to a manuscript ready for publishing. Linda Rosen's books are set in the "not-to-distant past" and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way. A central theme is that blood is not all that makes a family - and they always feature a piece of jewelry! Her debut novel, The Disharmony of Silence, released one week before Covid shut the world down and her sophomore novel, Sisters of the Vine, published one year later. Linda is a snowbird living half the year in New Jersey, with her husband, and when she has to swap sandals for shoes and socks, they head to Florida. Visit www.linda-rosen.com Book purchase links: The Disharmony of Silence and Sisters of the Vine
31:35
February 01, 2022
Following your voice and focusing on the next step as a writer with C. D'Angelo
Welcome C. D'Angelo to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Following your voice and focusing on the next step versus the whole staircase was the theme of this conversation with the amazing C D'Angelo. She shared nuggets for bringing a book to life by working with a community, whether it's an editor or two or a supportive group of fellow authors, as well as the importance of having a brand as an author. C. D’Angelo is an Italian American author living in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband. She has been a psychotherapist for twenty years and began writing in 2013 to add to her many hobbies (playing ukulele, drawing, painting, crocheting, cross stitching, sewing, and any other craft available to try!). Soon writing became more than a hobby and now her passions and life experiences have made their way into her relatable stories of the Italian culture in women's fiction. The Difference is her debut novel, and more stories are on the way. Visit www.cdangeloauthor.com Book purchase link: The Difference
30:27
January 25, 2022
Audiobook and publishing tips with Michelle Cox
Welcome Michelle Cox to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. A few of the nuggets Michelle shared during our chat included: tips for historical fiction research and balancing information overload, the audiobook process she followed as well as things to think about when deciding a publishing path. Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have won over 50 international awards and have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Foreword, Elle, Redbook, Brit&Co., POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, and many others. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, and one naughty Goldendoodle and is hard at work on her latest novel. Visit https://michellecoxauthor.com/ Book purchase links: A Girl Like You A Ring of Truth A Promise Given A Veil Removed A Child Lost
29:36
January 18, 2022
Querying and beta reader tips with Ryan Dalton
Welcome Ryan Dalton to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Ryan and I talked in depth about the querying process and success tips for working with beta readers. He also shared how music plays a part in his writing process.  Ryan Dalton spends his time thinking up stories when he's not wearing a cape and fighting crime. He's a singer, a voiceover artist, a pretty decent amateur chef, and a lover of all things geek. Ryan lives in an invisible spaceship that's currently hovering St. Louis, Missouri. Visit https://www.ryandaltonwrites.com Book purchase link: The Last Adventure
33:25
January 11, 2022
How "stories are magnets" with Saralyn Richard
Welcome Saralyn Richard to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. "Stories are magnets" is one of the many wisdom nuggets Saralyn shared. Leveraging empathy, life experiences and observation, Saralyn explains how every book is a mystery or puzzle, no matter the genre during our conversation. She also talked about her latest book (and first thriller) launching early 2022. Award-winning and best-selling author, Saralyn Richard was born with a pen in her hand and ink in her veins. A former educator, she loves connecting with readers. Her humor- and romance-tinged mysteries and children's book pull back the curtain on people in settings as diverse as elite country manor houses and disadvantaged urban high schools. A member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Saralyn teaches creative writing and literature at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and continues to write mysteries. Her favorite thing about being an author is interacting with readers like you. Visit http://saralynrichard.com Book purchase links: A Murder of Principal Bad Blood Sisters
31:42
January 04, 2022
Multi-book launches with Judith Keim
Welcome Judith Keim to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Judith's tips for writing book series and handling multi-book launches were some of the fantastic nuggets she shared during our conversation. We also talked about things to consider when participating in a book anthology. So much goodness shared! Judith Keim is a hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes. Ms. Keim writes heart-warming novels about women who face unexpected challenges, meet them with strength, and find love and happiness along the way. Her best-selling books are based, in part, on many of the places she's lived or visited and on the interesting people she's met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many loyal readers love. She enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family. Visit https://judithkeim.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FTHWKYK/
30:12
December 28, 2021
When it's ok to call yourself a writer with Melissa Face
Welcome Melissa Face to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Melissa and I talked about when it's ok to call yourself a writer, putting yourself out there, and the importance of a positive supportive community. Whether it's a writing critique group or one you cultivate between family and friends, that encouragement along with self-care are so important to taking care of yourself, and as a result, your writing. She also shared a book that she's read three times because it's been that instrumental in her writing journey. Melissa Face is the author of I Love You More Than Coffee, an essay collection for parents who love coffee a lot and their kids...a little more. Her essays and articles have appeared in Richmond Family Magazine, Tidewater Family Magazine, Scary Mommy, and twenty-five volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in Prince George and teaches world literature at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. Read more at melissaface.com. Visit https://melissaface.com/ Book purchase link: I Love You More Than Coffee
30:29
December 21, 2021
Publishing, target readers and relationships with Alexa Bigwarfe
Welcome Alexa Bigwarfe to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. What a fabulous conversation with Alexa! What started with the desire to move through grief from the loss of her daughter to following her ability to solve puzzles, Alexa has published several books, started her own publishing company, and is the host for a successful virtual multi-day publishing event and all with the goal to serve others. During our chat, Alexa shared invaluable tips for thinking through publishing routes, target audience/readers, and the power of relationships.  Alexa Bigwarfe is a USA Today best-selling author and the founder and CEO of Write|Publish|Sell, a company dedicated to helping authors professionally self-publish and market their books. Her courses and training focus on author platform growth and creative ways to market books, especially for those who know nothing about marketing. She is also the founder and host of the Women in Publishing Summit and owns two hybrid publishing houses, Kat Biggie Press and Purple Butterfly Press. Visit http://writepublishsell.com/ Book purchase link: Alexa's books
32:37
December 14, 2021
Using neuroplasticity to deal with writer's block with Susan Wilking Horan
Welcome Susan Wilking Horan to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Susan shared how having different writing goals helped her create the various books she's authored, including serving those who have been diagnosed with cancer or who love someone who has. We also talked about how to move through writer's block through simple changes and leveraging neuroplasticity. Such a powerful conversation!  Susan Wilking Horan is a survivor of 3 different cancers, wellness advocate, lawyer, and speaker. She also has authored seven books and contributed to the ever-popular Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has also had the pleasure of working alongside her husband for many years at the family business, classic cartoon powerhouse Fleischer Studios. Find Susan at http://www.susanwilkinghoran.com Visit http://www.susanwilkinghoran.com Book purchase link: Betty Boop's Guide to a Bold and Balanced Life: Fun, Fierce, and Fabulous Advice Inspired by the Animated Icon
30:22
December 07, 2021
Query process tips with Diane Barnes
Welcome Diane Barnes to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Diane and I share a background in journalism, and it was so cool to see how she leveraged hers throughout her path as an author. Diane shared so many nuggets as she talked about her writing process as well as the querying process.  Diane Barnes is the author of More Than, Waiting for Ethan, and Mixed Signals. She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and dream of moving to Turks and Caicos – at least for the winter months. Visit https://www.dianembarnes.com Book purchase links: MORE THAN Waiting for Ethan Mixed Signals
30:24
November 30, 2021
Mindset shifts for authors with Barbara Conrey
Welcome Barbara Conrey to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Barbara and I talked about how when you're an author, you're also running a business. This mindset shift is so important because it requires something different from you and requires you to put yourself out there. Barbara shares wisdom for how to go about this shift and frames it as though it's a marathon, not a sprint. She also shares how she took challenging emotions of anger and grief and channeled them into her first book that centers around a young child with glioblastoma. Barbara Conrey is the USA Today Bestselling author of Nowhere Near Goodbye. Barbara worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted a position in finance, for which she had absolutely no background. Four years later, she decided to write a book. But not about finance. Travel is a passion, along with reading, writing, hiking, and exploring antique shops. Barbara’s greatest passion is Miss Molly, her rescue beagle. There are stories to be told about beagles, and Barbara incorporates some of those stories into her books. Barbara lives in Central Pennsylvania, close to family and friends, and of course. Miss Molly. Visit https://www.barbaraconreyauthor.com Book purchase link: Nowhere Near Goodbye 
32:35
November 23, 2021
Dealing with imposter syndrome and second book syndrome with Lainey Cameron
Welcome Lainey Cameron to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Lainey shared one wisdom bomb after another as we talked about imposter syndrome, second book syndrome, and the importance of staying open to all paths for publishing.  Lainey Cameron is a digital nomad and author of women’s fiction. A recovering tech industry executive, her 11-time award-winning novel, The Exit Strategy, was inspired by a decade of being the only woman in the corporate boardroom. It’s been called a “rallying call for women to believe in themselves and join together” and tells the story of a Silicon Valley investor who first meets her husband’s mistress across the negotiating table. A digital nomad—meaning she picks locations around the world to live (and write) for months at a time—Lainey is an avid instagrammer. She’s the founder and host of The Best of Women’s Fiction podcast, proud member and volunteer with Women’s Fiction Writers Association, believes community makes the author's life worthwhile, and is on a mission to obliterate the term aspiring writer. Originally from Scotland, Lainey has a soft spot for kilts and good malt whisky. Visit https://www.laineycameron.com Book purchase link: The Exit Strategy
31:55
November 16, 2021
Writing children's books about grief with Jodi Meltzer
Welcome Jodi Meltzer to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Jodi's ability to blend writing pieces that connect with adults as well as books that connect with children is a true gift. During our conversation we talked about this, divine breadcrumbs, honoring your authentic self, some of the key elements to writing for children and so much more.  Jodi Meltzer is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who has also written extensively about grief, divorce, and parenting for various publications, including HuffPost, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, and Thrive Global. Before motherhood, she was an accomplished anchor/ reporter who covered everyone from Hillary Clinton to The Goo Goo Dolls. She transitioned to mommy blogger in 2010―the year her baby boy swallowed her whole. She escapes his grips with sarcasm, bold coffee, and ’80s music/movie binges with her rescue dog curled up on her lap. A Boston native, she recently relocated to Tampa in search of more sunshine, literally and figuratively. To learn more about Jodi and her books, Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are and When You Lived in My Belly, visit jodimeltzer.com. Visit www.jodimeltzer.com Book purchase link: Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are
28:40
November 09, 2021
Write a book you want to keep talking about with Antoinette Truglio Martin
Welcome Antoinette Truglio Martin to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. During our conversation, Antoinette shared so many nuggets such as writing a book you want to keep talking about after it's published, leveraging your listening skills to help your writing, and tips for world building. Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting and writing stories forever. Over the years, Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews. Antoinette's popular children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.). Antoinette’s memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017), chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. Becoming America’s Stories (Red Penguin Books) a middle-grade historical fiction series, debut in 2020. The award-winning first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, takes place in 1911 and follows nine-year-old Lily Taglia, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, coming of age in a crowded New York City three-room Lower East Side tenement. The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists leaves off. Lily, her family and friends reach for their dreams as new Americans. Read Becoming America’s Food Stories where there are always good stories around good food. Antoinette proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016). Be sure to stop by her website and blog, Stories Served Around The Table at https://antoinettetrugliomartin.com/ to read about past and present family adventures, book happenings, and life musings. Visit www.storiesserved.com Book purchase links: The Heart of Bakers and Artists  The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers  Becoming America's Food Stories  Hug Everyone You Know 
25:44
November 02, 2021
Incorporating personal stories into your book with Heidi Torres
Welcome Heidi Torres to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Heidi and I had a great conversation where she talked about having a message to share and leveraging your team. She also talked about incorporating personal stories into her book and how to discern which ones to include or not. Heidi Torres built connections at an early age when she studied at twelve schools and lived in three countries. She pursued a fifteen-year career in sales and progressively led and developed sales teams that spanned three states. After a promotion to Human Resources Supervisor, she began overseeing the HR needs of over 200 employees. Torres then earned a BBA in HR Management from Texas Woman’s University, became a SHRM-Certified Professional, and landed positions as an HR Generalist and a Talent Acquisition Manager through networking. She serves on the DallasHR Board, attends the MBA program at West Texas A&M University, and is the author of The CEOs of Networking. When not working, Torres volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and enjoys spending time with her husband, rescue cats, and ducks.  Visit http://www.hrheidi.com Book purchase link: The CEOs of Networking
30:57
October 26, 2021
Bringing a children's book to life with Mallory Howell
Welcome Mallory Howell to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Mallory and I talked about bringing a vision - a book - to life and how family inspired both of her children's books.  Mallory Howell is a wife, mother, stepmother, author, and former teacher. She was born and raised in East Tennessee and still resides there with her family. She stepped away from the classroom after the birth of her second son in November 2018 and now stays home with her two boys. She enjoys family camping trips, gardening, reading, cooking, and writing. Mallory published her first children's book, Soda Pop Drop, in 2018 and her newest book, The Little Ninja That Could: Conquer Kindergarten, in August 2020. Visit: http://www.authormalloryhowell.com Book purchase links: The Little Ninja That Could Conquer Kindergarten Soda Pop Drop
22:48
October 19, 2021
Who am I to write this book with Mary Ann Tippett
Welcome Mary Ann Tippett to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Mary Ann shared so many nuggets during this powerful conversation about overcoming "Who am I" as so many authors face when following their hearts as they write their first, next or current book. We also talked about the power of focus and to use it to help you go from a blank page to a first draft. Mary Ann Tippett writes uplifting fiction from her home in Ottawa. She has a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University. After writing and publishing novels she wrote in 3 days, such as Clara & Pig, Finding Clara, and Pairs With Pinot, she published her first non-fiction guide on writing, How To Write A Novel In 3 Days: The Zone Method. Visit https://maryanntippett.ca/ Book purchase links: Write A Novel In 3 Days: The Zone Method Finding Clara The Shape of Us Pairs With Pinot Clara & Pig
32:44
October 12, 2021
You are the right person to write your book with Julie Reisler
Welcome Julie Reisler to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. This conversation was powerful! We talked about the importance of following that inner nudge, even when doubt creeps in and you question if you're the right person to write this book, and so much more.  Julie is a Master Transformation Coach, Author, multi-time TEDx Speaker, Podcaster, and Georgetown University Faculty. On her podcast, The You-est You, she has featured esteemed guests such as New York Times bestselling author, Marci Shimoff; the President and CEO of HeartMath Inc., Dr. Debbie Rozman; and world-renowned mediation teacher psychologist, Tara Brach. Julie has been featured in Forbes, MindBodyGreen, The Chopra Center, and Thrive Global. She is the author of the Get a PhD in YOU book series and is the creator of many courses and meditations on the popular mindfulness app, Insight Timer. At Georgetown University, she serves as faculty in the Health & Wellness Coaching program. Through her practice, she offers private 1:1 coaching, group coaching, online courses, and a membership group, Sacredology®. To learn more about Julie and her offerings, you can check out her website  https://www.juliereisler.com Book purchase: Get a PhD in YOU: A Course in Miraculous Self-Discovery Free e-book version: https://www.juliereisler.com/freebook
32:49
October 05, 2021
Unleashing intentional success as an author with Namaine Coombs
Welcome Namaine Coombs to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.  Namaine unleashes so many nuggets in our conversation, including how working through attachments of approval and achievement was necessary to unleash his success and how a solo international trip sparked the journey to write his first book.  Namaine Coombs is a certified professional life coach and an established financial professional that inspires people to unleash success in their personal and professional lives. He evokes awareness and helps us address subconscious limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors through his writings, speaking engagements, social media presence, and personal coaching. He is the author of Unleash Intentional Success: Change Your Mindset. Change Your Actions. Change Your Life.  Visit https://www.namainecoombs.com  Book purchase link: Unleash Intentional Success: Change Your Mindset. Change Your Actions. Change Your Life. 
30:36
September 28, 2021
Power of emotions and writing with Debbie Monteggia
Welcome Debbie Monteggia to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more Debbie Monteggia is passionate about expressing her true voice through poetry. She hopes that by reading her poetry, others will be encouraged to find and listen to their own true voice. Throughout her journey in life Debbie has recognized the depth, diversity and power of emotions. She understands how important it is to honor all emotions and not to suppress or ignore the more challenging or fearful ones. These emotions are the ones that will transition readers into their joy once they move through them. All of our experiences are necessary to get through our life lessons. This is how Tears of Change was born. Her opening poem ‘Honor your Tears’ takes readers through the beauty of this conversion. Her poetry started from her tears of sadness and despair and moved her through writing about her tears of joy, grace and gratitude, and most of all, finding God’s love. Debbie Monteggia lives in Mesa, AZ with her husband and two dogs. She works in the design industry as an interior designer. She enjoys bicycling, walking and playing pickleball. Debbie is very dedicated to giving back and will allocate a percentage of her book sales to a basic needs charity. Debbie also sells individual poems from the book that can be overlaid over a favorite framed picture of a friend or family member. You can view and purchase these poems, and discover more about Debbie, at TearsofChangePoetry.com. Visit www.TearsofChangePoetry.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Tears-Change-Reflections-Quotes-Meaningful/dp/1098011767
28:35
September 21, 2021
Writing a children's book with Hillary Lee
Welcome Hillary Lee to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.  Hillary and I had a lovely conversation about how her debut picture book started as a poem that was created out of love for her children. Hillary shared so many nuggets about the illustration process, and we also talked about author brand awareness and running an author business. Hillary Lee is a newly published children’s book author with her debut book, Oh, The Way I Love You, released in 2020. In addition to writing, Hillary truly enjoys her career in orthopedic surgery as a physician assistant. She is also the owner of a small business, Baby Books & Mama Looks, which allows buyers to purchase a children’s book paired with apparel for mamas and littles. She is married with two young children and feels so blessed to be inspired by her family daily.  Visit www.babybooksandmamalooks.com  Book purchase links: Oh, The Way I Love You For personalized inscription copies: www.babybooksandmamalooks.com  
28:10
September 14, 2021
Writing to become an expert with Steven Joseph
Welcome Steven Joseph to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Get ready to laugh throughout this conversation all around writing to become an expert, and Steven wrote about crankiness! Steven demonstrates different ways to connect with his readers, whether it's grown-ups or children, so each audience can enjoy the stories and message in relatable and fun ways. Steven Joseph is an attorney, professional negotiator, humorist, and marathon runner. He is the author of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrsnkaTsuris, A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method, and Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles!! Visit https://www.StevenJosephAuthor.com Book purchase links For Kids - The Last Surviving Dinosaur: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Surviving-Dinosaur-TyrantoCrankaTsuris/dp/1643071572 Grownup Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Grownup-Guide-Effective-Crankiness-Crankatsuris/dp/1480893811/ref=nodl_
31:20
August 31, 2021
"Connect with how the world needs you" with Diane Grimard Wilson
Welcome Diane Grimard Wilson to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Diane's courage to share her experience with a brain injury demonstrates the underlying the driver for why she writes. We talked in depth about her writing and editing process to bring forth her memoir. Diane Grimard Wilson is a Chicago peak performance coach, licensed clinical professional counselor and has board certification as a fellow in neurofeedback. Her clients include physicians, leaders, executives and creatives. Diane is host of the Genius: Sciencing Our Human Potential podcast where she interviews leaders and other personalities for their human stories on resilience, change, and coping with the global pandemic. She recently released her second book, Brain Dance: My Journey with Invisible Illness, Second Chances, and the Wonders of Applied Neuroscience, which hit best-selling status in the first week. Visit: www.GrimardWilson.com  www.GeniusPodcast.Us  www.BrainDanceBook.com Book purchase links:  https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Dance-Journey-Invisible-Neuroscience-ebook/dp/B093CKZ8N8/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=brain+dance+diane+wilson&qid=1626972442&sr=8-3 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brain-dance-diane-grimard-wilson/1139316992
33:07
August 24, 2021
Refining your drafts with Meg Dendler
Welcome Meg Dendler to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. The power of the draft is at the crux of this incredible conversation with Meg! Allowing space in between writing and editing, working with beta readers and critique groups, self-editing and working with your editor are all key elements that we talk through in depth to take your first draft and get it to the best version possible for publication. Meg also shares valuable insights for how to work through the editing process as well as tips for writing children's and sci-fi books. Meg has been writing since the early 1990s and has over 100 articles published. She has won multiple awards for her Cats in the Mirror series about alien rescue cats, based on her own household of kooky felines. Her fairy tale book, Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess, won Best Juvenile Book of 2018 from the Oklahoma Writers' Federation. Meg's newest science fiction novel, The Tigran Chronicles, delves into how humans treat animals and tiger conservation. Meg also freelances as an editor and proofreader. Visit https://megdendler.com Book purchase links: Why Kimba Saved The World, https://www.amazon.com/Kimba-Saved-World-Cats-Mirror-ebook/dp/B00BB2S7AG Vacation Hiro, https://www.amazon.com/Vacation-Hiro-Cats-Mirror-Book-ebook/dp/B00FGX6C5S Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge, https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Fatty-Cats-Revenge-Mirror-ebook/dp/B00KZ1YF5K Slinky Steps Out, https://www.amazon.com/Slinky-Steps-Cats-Mirror-Book-ebook/dp/B01DB65ER8 Kimba's Christmas, https://www.amazon.com/Kimbas-Christmas-Cats-Mirror-Book-ebook/dp/B07T31TPM9 Max's Wild Night, https://www.amazon.com/Maxs-Wild-Night-Meg-Dendler-ebook/dp/B00W8FOKS8 Dottie's Daring Day, https://www.amazon.com/Dotties-Daring-Day-Meg-Dendler-ebook/dp/B01MS4CZM3 Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess, https://www.amazon.com/Bianca-Brave-Frail-Delicate-Princess-ebook/dp/B075KQ8FQ7 The Tigran Chronicles, https://www.amazon.com/Tigran-Chronicles-Meg-Dendler-
35:04
August 17, 2021
Writing non-fiction STEAM middle grade books with Jennifer Swanson
Welcome Jennifer Swanson to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. What a fun and fascinating conversation with Jennifer about writing STEAM middle grade books! Leveraging her background and passion for writing, Jennifer makes it her goal to ensure physics, engineering and math are fun and easy to understand. We talked in depth about blending what you know with what you like to write and what you can sell, which includes understanding your target reader and being willing to change point of view. Science Rocks! And so do Jennifer Swanson’s books. She is the award-winning author of over 45 nonfiction books for children. Using her background in science and history that she received from the U.S. Naval Academy, and her M.S. in Education, Jennifer excels at taking complex facts and making them accessible, compelling, and humorous for young readers, Jennifer's passion for science resonates in in all her books but especially, Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact and Beastly Bionics, which both received Florida Book Awards and NSTA BEST STEM book awards. Her Save the Crash-test Dummies book received an NSTA BEST STEM Award and a Parent’s Choice GOLD Award. Jennifer has been a featured speaker at the Tucson Book Festival, National NSTA conferences, the Highlights Foundation, the World Science Festival (twice), the Atlanta Science Festival (twice) and the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival in 2019. You can find Jennifer through her website www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com. Visit https://www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com Book purchase link for The Secret Science of Sports: Math, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering Behind Every Grand Slam, Triple Axel, and Penalty Kick https://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/jennifer-swanson/the-secret-science-of-sports/9780762473038/
30:44
August 10, 2021
Solo episode - The Power of the Draft
Welcome to The TufFish Show, which feature authors from different genres and businesses, but they all have one thing in common – they had a message or story they wanted to tell and courageously got out of their own way and made it happen. This show will inspire you to do the same because when you hear someone else’s story, you get the guidance and encouragement to keep going and get your book out in the world, too.  Sometimes we have this idea in our minds of what the writing process is suppose to look like and one of those preconceptions is that the idea flows and we have a pretty good first draft as a result. We might even have set ourselves up for loftier expectations by thinking we should have a complete and perfect version right out of the gates. In this encouraging solo episode, Jen talks about the power of the draft and reframing how to view having them. To learn more about the TufFish and Jen, visit https://www.jennifermilius.com
04:32
August 03, 2021
Building your confidence as a writer with Shayla Raquel
Welcome Shayla Raquel to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. What a fabulous and fun conversation with Shayla! We covered writing in multiple genres, how to handle negative book reviews, overcoming imposter syndrome as a writer, author branding and so much more. An expert editor, best-selling author, and book marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with writers every day and specializes in self-publishing. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, “The Rotting,” The Suicide Tree, The 10 Commandments of Author Branding, and All the Things I Should’ve Told You. In her not-so-free time, she acts as organizer for the Yukon Writers’ Society and studies all things true crime. Visit https://shaylaraquel.com/ Book purchase links: Short story "The Rotting" in anthology (2018): https://shaylaraquel.com/shiversinthenight The Suicide Tree (2018): https://shaylaraquel.com/thesuicidetree The 10 Commandments of Author Branding (2019): https://shaylaraquel.com/10commandments All the Things I Should've Told You (2021): https://shaylaraquel.com/allthethingsishouldvetoldyou Savage Indulgence (coming fall 2021)
37:20
July 27, 2021
Sharing cultural and childhood experiences through children's books with Vilayvanh Bender
Welcome Vilayvanh Bender to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. What started as a way to share her culture and childhood experiences with her children blossomed into a children's book that could reach more children. Vanh's efforts to write a book that helps to normalize different food was strengthened by working with a talented illustrator and incorporating feedback from beta readers. She offers great insights for why school visits are so valuable as well as ways to make them engaging for children. Vilayvanh Bender immigrated to America with her family as a young Vietnam War refugee. Entering the United States without speaking English, her first goal was to become fluent in this new language. Cultural preservation, acceptance and not giving up on one’s dreams is very important to Vilayvanh. She is also a private practice Registered Dietitian based in Corona, California working with children and families. Vilayvanh lives with her husband and two girls. Visit www.mommyeatsfriedgrasshoppers.com Book purchase link for Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers: https://www.amazon.com/Mommy-Fried-Grasshoppers-Vilayvanh-Bender/dp/0989885038
31:36
July 20, 2021
How co-authors play off of their strengths and embrace change with Hannah Bloom Books
Welcome Johanna Halley and Janae Seabloom from Hannah Bloom Books to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. These childhood friends tag-teamed and brought their childhood dream of publishing a children's book, yet the original idea was put on hold to bring a second book into the world first. By playing off of each others' strengths and embracing change to switch gears, Johanna and Janae understood their debut book had a specific season and followed the flow. Johanna and Janae demonstrate the beauty and power when two talented individuals come together and co-author and market a book.  Johanna Halley and Janae Seabloom are childhood friends, preschool co-teachers, and moms doing life together. They draw from both their experience in the classroom and life at home. They hope to create picture books that both children and adults love, and encourage early readers and pre-readers to gain confidence in literacy. Visit https://www.hannahbloombooks.com Book purchase links:  A Day to Stay Home https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735868205 A Day to Stay Home/Un día para quesarse en casa https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735868213
31:28
July 13, 2021
Writing and promoting your book with Grace Sammon
Welcome Grace Sammon to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Grace shared so much goodness in this conversation from how to write with the "end in mind", working with editors and beta readers, and developing characters. To create an authentic feeling within the story, Grace shared some key tips for how to go about researching your book and what to do when you have too much information. Then once you have your book, you need to talk about it, so Grace shared key tips for how to be a podcast guest. Grace Sammon is an educator, entrepreneur, and author. She has created four companies and written four books. Her debut novel, The Eves, is the story of lives lived well and lives in transition. It is a story about leaving your mark in the world at any age. Grace is committed to volunteering and enjoys tennis and pickle ball. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband and a small herd of imaginary llamas. Visit www.gracesammon.net Book purchase link: https://bit.ly/THEEVES
27:13
July 06, 2021
Solo Episode - What story are you telling?
The TufFish Show is a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. This week's solo episode, host Jen Milius talks about what story are you telling, and more importantly what are you believing. You are a gifted storyteller - your words can transport your reader to new worlds, new adventures, new ways of thinking, and even new mindset shifts for themselves and what they believe is possible. Your words are powerful for them, but also for you. So use this episode as a reminder to make sure the story you're telling and believing are supportive and encouraging about you.
04:19
June 29, 2021
Working with a coach as a writer with Heather Legge
Welcome Heather Legge to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Following her curiosity that initially started as market research for her business, Heather shared how she followed one breadcrumb after another to create her book. She worked with a book coach to help her find her voice, overcome writer's block and determine a publishing path. Heather Legge is the founder of Envision Success, Inc and author of Lead With Moxie. Since starting her firm in 2006, Heather has worked with hundreds of clients on strategic leadership, communication skills and productivity behaviors.   Heather is a “recovering perfectionist,” data nerd, red wine lover, scuba diver, and has a love/hate relationship with running(!).   Visit https://www.envisionsuccessinc.com/about/heather-legge/ Book purchase links for Lead with Moxie: Details and signed copies: https://www.envisionsuccessinc.com/lead-with-moxie/ On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z1DNCWS
35:24
June 22, 2021
Shifting point of view to tell your story with Valerie James Abbott
Welcome Valerie James Abbott to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Giving herself permission to shift points of view and shift genres is what helped Valerie fully embrace her storytelling capabilities and create a children's book that honors all family members when a sibling is deaf or hard of hearing.  Valerie shared how she and her illustrator worked together to create realistic illustrations as well as tips on how she is marketing her book. Valerie James Abbott is an active parent-advocate and champion for early hearing detection and intervention and parent-to-parent support organizations in Virginia. She has served on the board of Virginia Hands & Voices, is the first parent co-chair of the Virginia EHDI Advisory Committee, and has received the Governor’s Award for Civilian Excellence for Virginia Fire Safety, spearheading special programming for families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Valerie is a guest blogger for the Center for Family Involvement and has published several articles online and in print about raising a child with a disability that have gained nationwide attention. Padapillo is her first book. Visit https://www.valeriejamesabbott.com/ Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Padapillo-Valerie-Abbott/dp/1950306801
28:37
June 15, 2021
Self-care and writing memoir Stacy Fisher
Welcome Stacy Fisher to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Self-care is a vital part of being a writer and running a business, and Stacy shared so much wisdom about how cathartic writing was for her as she wrote her memoir, then later designed a planner that supported the life you want to create. Stacy shared valuable insights for things to consider when writing memoir, so that you honor yourself, those who are in your story, and your readers. Stacy Fisher is a registered dietitian, self-care & resilience coach, health & travel writer, and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Stacy has worked in private practice, in medical facilities, and with large companies such as Dell, Boeing, and Nike. As the founder of LivingUpp, Stacy uses a unique self-care framework to help people move forward from anything. Visit https://www.LivingUpp.com Book purchase links:  Go: One Woman. One Van. A New Beginning  The Lifestyle Design Planner 
26:10
June 08, 2021
From idea to published children's picture book with Amanda Malek-Ahmadi
Welcome Amanda Malek-Ahmadi to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more. Amanda's passion for dance and all things creative shined through this fabulous conversation. We talked in depth about the steps Amanda took to bring her idea for a children's book to publication, including how she ensured the accuracy of dance within her book. Amanda Malek-Ahmadi lives with her husband, three sons, daughter, and two dogs in Arizona. When she’s not writing or having adventures with her family, Amanda teaches dance and performs with WNDC, a Professional Contemporary Dance Company. Amanda began her dance training when she was five-years-old and taught her first classes at age seventeen. She holds an Elementary Education Degree with a Dance Minor from the University of Arizona. Visit https://www.authormamanda.com Book purchase link for 10 Ballet Dancers
34:46
June 01, 2021
Writing books for children and adults with Julie Schooler
Welcome Julie Schooler to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more Multi-genre author Julie Schooler and I had a fabulous conversation that straddled both children's books and non-fiction personal development. Julie shared how she found the illustrator for her children's book as well as how her own daughter inspired her non-fiction book. She shared her writing and editing process for non-fiction and how to work with beta readers. Julie Schooler is an author of 10 self-help and parenting books and mama of 2 beautiful tiny humans. She wants you to rediscover YOUR sparkle so she's on a mission to help busy people have all the love, energy, and fun they deserve without the guilt or overwhelm. Julie lives with her family in New Zealand, a small, magnificent country at the bottom of the world, where you may find her trying to bake the world’s best chocolate brownie. Visit https://www.julieschooler.com Rediscover Your Sparkle Book link: https://books2read.com/rediscoveryoursparkle
29:22
May 25, 2021
Build worlds and complex characters with Stephanie BwaBwa
Welcome Stephanie BwaBwa to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Stephanie and I had a fabulous and fun conversation about how faith is at the center of her love of writing and storytelling. Stephanie's love of writing about angels and the supernatural has strengthened her ability to develop complex characters and create worlds within her novels. By starting with the character, Stephanie offered one wisdom bomb after another for how to effectively world build, macro and micro, within your book. Stephanie BwaBwa is the Jesus-centered, YA Fantasy Author and Entrepreneur, creator of fantasy world Elledelle, and Co-Host of the Indie Author Lifestyle Show, who’s enjoying building a legacy through the lens of story.  BwaBwa began her journey to publishing in 2013. In 2016, her fantasy world, Elledelle, was born. In 2017 she published her first two books. Since then she’s gone on to write and publish fantasy novels centered about black angels in a supernatural world that are captivating readers all around the world. As the CEO and Founder of Bwabs Collective LLC, BwaBwa has focused her zone of genius on teaching unconventional principles to writers who like to meticulously plot, research, and organize their way through crafting their stories while also having an incredible amount of fun.  Stephanie BwaBwa has authored YA Fantasy series: The Seraphim Resistance Prequels, and is an avid reader of fantasy and fiction. Jesus is her Lord, Disney+ is her safe place, she dreams of being a monkey mama and she’s always penning a new story in Elledelle. You can usually catch her going for a walk through a park, or simply binging Disney+ with too many snacks. Get in contact with Stephanie directly at: stephaniebwabwa.com. Visit stephaniebwabwa.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-BwaBwa/e/B073ZKDPLT
31:33
May 18, 2021
"It takes a village to bring a book to life" with Daniele Lanzarotta
Welcome Daniele Lanzarotta to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Daniele and I talked about getting inspiration, developing characters, and how it takes a village to bring a book to life. Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of young adult and new adult paranormal/fantasy/contemporary novels, including The Sinners Series, Academy of the Fallen Series, Life Interrupted and more.  Daniele is the CEO & Founder of Elysian Nightfall Studios – audio & video post-production, brand development and screenwriting services company. She is also the A/V Director and partner at The Audio Flow, and a Board Member with Youth in the Booth.  Writing and working with audiobooks and TV/Film is her passion. She has undergraduate studies in Digital Cinematography, a MBA with focus in marketing - specializing in brand development, and Certification in Media Communications.  In addition to having worked on post-production for several audiobooks in diverse genres, she has also worked on Virginia based short films as the 2nd Assistant Director and Still Photographer.  She enjoys watching hockey, playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and the family dog. Visit http://www.danilanzarotta.com/ or https://www.elysiannightfallstudios.com/ Book purchase links for The Sinners series, Academy of the Fallen series, Life Interrupted and more
33:40
May 11, 2021
Finding your way for your book with Daniella Rushton
Welcome Daniella Rushton to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Daniella and I talked about how she found her way to create her first book and series. We talked about how her faith guided her writing and creativity as well as how important it is to work with others to bring your book to life.  Daniella Marie Rushton is British, born 1973. Wife to Nicholas and Mother to Bertie. Over the course of several summers whilst vacationing with her family, in the delightful desert sun of the Coachella valley, California, she formulated the concept of The Panther Tales.  Her son challenged her to channel her renowned imagination into writing a book series. The Panther Tales was born and The Watchers and The Gifted Ones is the first book of the series.  Living a thoroughly creative life, Daniella busies herself with not only the ongoing series of The Panther Tales, her dog Walter and her family and friends. She is also an advocate in the Christian faith, believing in oneself, finding and using ones ‘Gifts’ in life. Visit http://www.thepanthertales.com/ Book purchase link: The Watchers and The Gifted Ones from The Panther Tales
25:28
May 04, 2021
Writing for middle grade readers with Andy Slinger
Welcome Andy Slinger to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Andy shared so many nuggets about writing for middle grade readers including structuring the book and understanding the target reader. We talked about imposter syndrome and the importance of building your platform as an author. Andy is a single dad of identical twins and a middle grade writer. He's from North West England and works as a retail manager day to day. He writes in a humorous, fun and exciting style whilst addressing hard hitting topics in his books. Visit https://www.andyslinger.com Book purchase links for The Super Twins Amazon Amazon UK
30:57
April 27, 2021
Books can be part of a business's eco system with Natalie Sisson
Welcome Natalie Sisson to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Natalie and I talked in depth about the journey a book not only take the reader on, but also the writer because it's an opportunity to share your "special sauce." A book can be part of a business' eco-system, and Natalie demonstrates this throughout this powerful conversation with each of the books she's authored. Natalie Sisson is a New Zealand entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, host of the ‘Untapped’ podcast, and lover of handstands and dogs. She’s passionate about helping women entrepreneurs leverage their unique set of skills, knowledge, and experience to get paid to be them, and make an income and impact they desire, simply by being them. https://nataliesisson.com Book: Suck It Up, Princess 
33:01
April 20, 2021
Create a story worth following with Jacob Hess
Welcome Jacob Hess to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Jacob shared so many nuggets centered around telling the story you want to tell. He shared how he created a framework for creativity that helped his self-editing process before he worked with his editor as well as create the world within the story and structure the book. There is one True Story that all other stories echo, one Story that captures everything that it means to be human and showcases the greatest beauty ever seen: the gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus. It is Jacob’s passion to retell this Story in everything he does. Jacob grew up in Oregon and became a Christian at a young age. God has continued to display His faithfulness to Jacob throughout his life; a journey deeper and deeper into grace. Jacob received a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and moved to Seattle Washington where he works as a minister in the local church.  Jacob’s years in school grew his passion for writing and reading, but he has always had a love for stories, whether they're told with pen and page or the rhythms and rhymes of song. He agrees with J. R. R. Tolkien when he writes, “the Pot of Soup, the Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling, and to it have continually been added new bits, dainty and undainty," (On-Fairy-Stories, p. 45). As humans we simply cannot seem to escape a need to tell stories, a desire to reach beyond ourselves and connect to the deeper truths of who we are and what it means to live a life of meaning. Our stories inspire us, convict us, and encourage us as we struggle through a world not as it should be. This is what Jacob seeks for his stories to do. He wants to tell new stories built on the tried and true pillars of tales centuries old, stories that connect to our deepest longings and speak to our greatest fears. But most of all he wants to echo the greatest story ever told, the One True Story to which all other stories point: the gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus.  https://www.jacobehess.com/ Book: The Bright Abyss
27:55
April 13, 2021
Overcoming blindspots in your writing with Sana Fayyaz
Welcome Sana Fayyaz to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Sana talked about the importance of letting your imperfect voice out being willing to share it, despite your inner critic's protests. She shares how working with others helped her with blindspots, which was a significant part of her writing and editing process. Sana Fayyaz is a creative who loves being a student of life and enjoys the beauty of a beginner’s mind. She took root in the crowded streets of Pakistan, sprouted in the concrete jungles of New York and bloomed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Sana, known as the Sacred Keeper of Memories, relishes in gathering meaningful moments through writing as a way to connect with humans and build bridges across chasms. Currently residing in suburban NY with her husband and three daughters, Sana is just a furry pet away from living the white picket fence American dream. Visit http://sanafayyaz.com Book purchase link: Chai Chats: Personal Essays to Fill your Cup https://www.amazon.com/Chai-Chats-Personal-Essays-Fill-ebook/dp/B08R9GSQQT
28:15
April 06, 2021
The impact of your ripple with Michael O'Brien
Welcome Michael O'Brien to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Michael and I talked about the importance of believing in your voice and the impact your ripple can have. We talked in depth about writing memoir and being clear about your target readers as well as overcoming as Michael puts it, "post traumatic 7th grade English disorder." Michael O'Brien is the Chief Shift Officer at Peloton Executive Coaching and serves on The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Global Board. As a coach, speaker, and best-selling author, he helps leaders build resilience and prevents bad moments from turning into a bad day. He has shared his personal transformational Last Bad Day story and leadership advice on the TEDx stage, with Fortune 500 companies, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Real Simple, ABC, and NBC.  Visit www.michaelobrienshift.com Book - Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows: Winning at Work and in Life
32:58
March 30, 2021
Remembering your "why" with writing memoir and publishing with Julie A. Gorges
Welcome Julie Gorges to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Julie shared so much wisdom about remembering your "why" when you face imposter syndrome, rejection letters and navigate your publishing path. We also talked in depth about her memoir and how that book took shape. Julie A. Gorges is an award-winning author of five books available on Amazon, a blogger at www.babyboomerbliss.net, and a freelance writer with hundreds of articles and short stories published in national and regional magazines. In addition, she won three journalism awards as a newspaper reporter.  Julie’s latest book, Ten Secrets to Losing Weight After 50, received a five-star review from Reader’s Favorite and her book, I’m Your Daughter, Julie: Caring for a Parent with Dementia, based on her caregiving experiences for her mother who had Lew Body dementia, won grand prize from Royal Dragonfly. Julie lives in Southern California with her husband. She has two grown sons and four grandchildren. Her other passions, aside from writing, are traveling and sailing. If you’d like more information about Julie, please visit her author’s website at www.juliegorges.com or her blog at https://babyboomerbliss.net/, Books: Ten Secrets to Losing Weight After 50 I'm Your Daughter, Julie: Caring for a Parent with Dementia Just Call Me Goody-Two-Shoes  Time to Cast Away Residential Steel Design and Construction
37:54
March 23, 2021
Tips for getting books leveled for reading with Kathy J. Perry
Welcome Kathy Perry to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Kathy shared how getting your books leveled for reading enables libraries and schools to provide better guidance for children that matches their reading level. We also talked about leveraging themes within books as well as building characters and vocabulary lists. After the passing of her parents, Kathy Perry evaluated what she was doing with her life and her contribution to others. She’s always had a heart for teaching kids. Kathy has been a classroom teacher, a homeschool mom, a tutor, and a substitute over many years. Now, she’s written, illustrated, and published the Bandana Acres series of Early Reader Chapter Books with solid moral lessons that fill a genre gap between picture and chapter books. Fellow teachers say, “Great! Keep it up. We need more of these.” As a twelve year-old, Kathy identified with a fictional orphaned girl and was so impressed with her cleverness and honesty that Kathy wanted to be like her. It was this story that inspired Kathy to write Emeline - A Journey, a story that will educate, encourage, and inspire your tween or teen to find their way as a confident young adult. Visit  https://www.kathyjperry.com Book purchase link Kathy’s website:  https://kathyjperry.com/chickadee-words-store/emeline-a-journey
27:49
March 16, 2021
Creating and developing complex characters with Matt Juhl
Welcome Matt Juhl to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Matt and I talked in depth about creating and developing complex characters and strong dialogue as well as striking the balance between show vs tell, so that readers feel connected to the characters and want to keep reading. Matt Juhl is an award-winning contemporary romance author. Having interacted with clients and colleagues in the financial industry for the past twenty years, he has gained a deep understanding of relationships and where people's passions lie. Using that knowledge and his affinity for storytelling, Matt published his award-winning debut novel, The Straight Crimes. When not absorbed in his writing, he enjoys vacationing at the beach, relaxing in his hot tub, and otherwise spends too much time on Instagram. Matt resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his family and is currently working on his next book. Visit https://linktr.ee/author.mattjuhl Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1493513257/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_8z7bGb5PHVK97
30:05
March 09, 2021
The business of being a co-author with Cat Michaels
Welcome Cat Michaels to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Cat and I talked about the business of being an author, especially as you consider co-authoring a book, and honoring your path that supports your message with creativity and service. She also shared some valuable tips for working with beta readers. Award-winning author Cat Michaels started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since.  Her books for young and reluctant readers have been recognized for excellence in writing children’s literature with three Purple Dragonfly Awards, a first-place honor from the Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards, and a silver medal by the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her last chapter book, Sweet T and the Turtle Team, also won the Wind Dancer Films competition and was considered for adaptation to movies or TV. Cat earned an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas and held her first teaching positions near Kansas City, supporting children with learning disabilities. After a career in the classroom, she studied for a certificate in organizational development from National Training Labs and managed communications and training programs for a global high-tech firm in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Before becoming an authorpreneur in 2013, Cat’s final 9-5 role brought her professional life full circle as a writing coach at a community college. Cat and her family live outside Raleigh, North Carolina, where she creates a fairy garden for neighborhood children, enjoys photography, works out most days, and writes. Visit www.catmichaelswriter.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NXRS98Z/
28:44
March 02, 2021
Overcoming trauma to write memoir with Dr. Cynthia Miller
Welcome Dr. Cynthia Miller to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. What an incredible conversation with Dr. Cynthia! Her memoir was years in the making, but to get to her published book, she had to overcome imposter syndrome, work through difficult trauma and loss, as well as determine what stories should be shared or not. Dr. Cynthia Miller, visionary and pathfinder, has a Ph.D. in Cellular Transformation and the Psychology of Change. She guides people into the unknown, from the remote wilderness, the psyche, and vast terrain of cellular consciousness into multiple dimensions, all to uncover the truth of who they are. For decades she has transformed her own life and the lives of her clients. Her map, CM2=E, is a revolutionary model for Conscious Multidimensional Evolution that can shift the global framework from fear and suffering into safety, inner fulfillment, and love. Dr. Cynthia is the author of Unseen Connections: A Memoir from Pain and Violence to Joy, The Art of Radical Gratitude, and I Am Worthy. Visit https://www.drcynthiamiller.com/ Book purchase link for Unseen Connections: https://www.amazon.com/Unseen-Connections-Memoir-Pain-Violence-ebook/dp/B08TPRQNFK/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
30:13
February 23, 2021
Working with beta readers and editors with Caleb Ortega
Welcome Caleb Ortega to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Caleb shared so much goodness as we talked about his writing process and how it takes a village to bring your book to life. He talked about world building as well as the editing process and working with his editor and beta readers. Caleb Ortega is a combat veteran, avid world traveler, and author of The Writer and the Throne, which is book 1 from the Warfare of the Gods series. He is a student of historical/cultural ethics and morals. He enjoys painting, mindless action movies, and losing fairly consistently in chess. Visit Caleb at Ctortega.com Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MQ8TM91/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_rFOaGbKP5V9ME
31:07
February 16, 2021
Using writing to work through change with Abbie Pierce
Welcome Abbie Pierce to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. During my chat with Abbie, we talked about the beauty of using fiction to share what you may be working through - to share how to go through change. Abbie talked about her writing process which includes how to structure a book, tips for self-editing, overcoming writer's block and the power of a community. Abbie Pierce is an Author, Coach, Fire-Starter, an Ally, and is Always up to Something! Abbie says that people rationalise and don’t start their best work or quit when they encounter The Resistance. Through 1:1 personal coaching and mentoring, Abbie wants to help people make the creative change they seek. Being a veteran, she is for the crazy misfits who get a thrill out of winging it but want to turn pro. Abbie believes in building safe spaces for people to navigate the awkward moments of learning together, so that we can master the fear and practice the tenacity for sharing our creativity with the world. It’s why Abbie also co-founded a veterans networking group, to help each other build our networks and create our opportunities. Abbie side gigs as an author of fiction novels and blogging at Evoenix:Edits, a weekly insight into the Practice of Leadership and helping others and honing your Real Skills. Visit https://evoenix.com/ Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R21ZHHD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
27:26
February 09, 2021
Co-authoring a middle grade book with Rosie Russell
Welcome Rosie Russell to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. This chat is full of goodness as Rosie shares the process she and her co-author went through to create their first book together, including setting up the business elements, storyboarding the concept, and the writing process itself. Rosie Russell is currently the author and illustrator of nine books for young readers. After studies in early childhood education, she taught in elementary and middle schools for fifteen years. She enjoys sharing her books with students and encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. Rosie now writes and illustrates full time in her Kansas City, Missouri, hometown. As an avid reader, baseball fan and crafter, her greatest joy comes from spending time with family and friends. Visit Rosie's website: www.booksbyrose.com Book purchase link for Just Between Sam and Me: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NXRS98Z/
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February 02, 2021
Children's book process from idea to book with Jed (Jedlie) Doherty
Welcome Jed Doherty to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Jed's passion to serve children has been the driver for all that he's done. During our chat, Jed shared the process he went through to take his children's book idea to an actual book. He shared what it was like working with an illustrator and tips for strengthening a story that's for children. Jed Doherty is a husband, father, former licensed, certified social worker, award winning children’s author, professional magician and the host of the Reading With Your Kids Podcast. After working in the juvenile justice system for close to a decade Jed left the traditional field of human services to serve humans magic and laughter from the stage. Since that time he has brought a magical message of caring and community to millions of hearts throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In 2015 Jed, also known as Jedlie, wrote and published The Great Maritini, a magical retelling of the Story of the Good Samaritan. That book was named one of the top 7 books that teach kids kindness by ChildrensPublishing.com and received Story Monster Approval.  In 2017 Jedlie launched the Reading With Your Kids Podcast to inspire families to grow closer by reading more together. And not just with our young kids. The show does this by interviewing authors of all genres of children’s literature. Past guests include LeVar Burton, Brad Meltzer, Kate DiCamillo and Jennifer Milius. Since its debut the podcast has been downloaded to over 180 countries on every continent in the world, including Antarctica, and was nominated for the iHeartRadio Best Kids and Family Podcast award. The show will be publishing its 1,000th episode on March 26, 2021. Visit https://readingwithyourkids.com/ Book purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Maritini-Jedlie-ebook/dp/B01N5Y1606
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January 26, 2021
Co-authoring a book with Dr. Wayne Applewhite
Welcome Dr. Wayne Applewhite to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Wayne shared wisdom about co-authoring a book and taking the idea from conception all the way to a published book, including receiving rejection and criticism and how to bounce back. Wayne was a co-founder of a leadership development firm and holds a Doctor of Management Degree.  He has an eclectic experience base that he brings to the community and to the nation at large.  He has over thirty-five years of diverse and challenging followership and leadership experiences, coupled with a solid foundation of continuing education. He has held challenging positions such as Associate Professor (Boston University), Director of Graduate Military Programs (Boston University, Metropolitan College), Associate Dean, Instructor, Lecturer, Adjunct Professor, Outside Director, Thought Leader, Non-commissioned Officer in Charge, Officer in Charge, Commander, and COO. In each of those leadership positions, Wayne continued to build his leadership skillset as he also pursued formal and informal education. Wayne taught Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the graduate level for over 12 years, helped develop leadership skillsets for many individuals and organizations around the nation, and hosted a podcast for a year and a half called Affect! through BlogTalkRadio (just to name a few of his accomplishments). The podcast was an intellectual incubator where guests and callers had the opportunity to exchange ideas, concepts, and thoughts in hopes of influencing and motivating others to action in a positive way; and as you can imagine, all of the topics were leadership related.  What is he doing now you might ask? Wayne co-authored You Know it’s a Verb, Right? that is a new discussion with bold, yet simple and timeless concepts of leadership and will launch February 2021. Wayne is so excited about this new book on leadership and cannot wait to share it with you face-to-face, virtually, or any other creative way imaginable! As a matter of fact, Wayne is hosting a discussion group in Facebook to talk about leadership, and he would love to have you join.  To learn more about Wayne, his new book and be part of the discussion, visit his website mindsyncing.com. With all that being said, if you ask Wayne, his greatest joy and accomplishments are being a husband and a dad! Visit http://www.mindsyncing.com Book link: You Know it's a Verb, Right?
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January 19, 2021
Solo Episode - 5 Tips for a Successful Book Signing or Event
Book signings and other events are a great way for authors to meet readers! Whether you host and arrange your own event or are able to attend one hosted by someone else, this episode will help you have a successful experience and be ready for more! To learn more about TufFish and be part of the next author conversation, visit www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish
08:50
January 05, 2021
How wireworking inspired a planner for creatives with Dianne Karg Baron
Welcome Dianne Karg Baron to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Dianne's obsession with wire began over 25 years ago when she made a pendant out of a little piece of beach glass she found while walking near her home. Since then, she has bent, linked, twisted, woven, hammered, fused, crocheted and knitted her way through many kilograms of metal. One thing you'll notice about Dianne right away is that she has an infectious passion about wire working, and pays meticulous attention to detail. She has written and published over 80 tutorials, courses and videos on wire working and chain making. Her most recent release is the RAW Design Challenge Plan(ner), which helps creatives like you set and track goals that are Realistic, Achievable and Work with your Life.  Her goal is to help make wire working accessible for you: whether you're a raw newbie, or have many years on the tools, there's something for everyone! Visit Dianne at www.thetaoofwire.com and www.diannekargbaron.com The RAW Design Challenge Plan(ner) is available now: https://www.thetaoofwire.com/rawplanner2021
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December 22, 2020
Handling rejections and criticism to get your book out with Carmela Dutra
Welcome Carmela Dutra to the TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Carmela shared wisdom about following your instincts through your publishing path, even if that means saying "No." She also talk about how to move through receiving rejections and criticism to get where you want to go as well as how she shifted her writing between different genres. Carmela is an award-winning storyteller, illustrator, wife, and mother from San Jose, California. Her book series Little Katie introduces the whimsical world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics for kids. Her other series, The Adventures of Lorenzo, the Bear teaches children about compassion, friendship, and seeing the good in others, qualities that are vital to everyday life. Visit Carmela at https://carmeladutra.com/ Purchase from the Little Katie series or The Adventures of Lorenzo series at https://carmeladutra.com/bookstore or anywhere books are sold.
30:29
December 15, 2020
Move through resistance with Scott Perry
Welcome Scott Perry to the TufFish show, which is a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish make both feel smoother and achievable. Scott shared ways to move through resistance, so you're willing to be seen and heard and can step into possibility. He also talked following the creative path and paying attention how it resonates and with whom. Scott Perry is Creative on Purpose's Chief Difference-Maker and the author of the Amazon top-sellers Endeavor and Onward. In addition to Difference-Maker Coaching, Scott is on the head coach team in Seth Godin's Akimbo Workshops. Scott is a husband and father, goes for a cemetery run every day, and quotes Marcus Aurelius more often than he should. Scott believes you enhance your life most through work that elevates others. He's on a mission to help people like you endeavor better. The process Scott has crafted is a catalyst for thriving through work that's worth it. Visit Scott at https://www.creativeonpurpose.com/ Purchase Onward: https://www.amazon.com/Onward-Where-Certainty-Possibility-Begins-ebook/dp/B0859MN7PK
30:40
December 08, 2020
What is TufFish?
Welcome to The TufFish!  TufFish helps writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. TufFish host Jen Milius believe that we’re all works in progress, but your first, next or current book doesn’t have to be. And when you have support from someone who has “been there” and understands what you’re going through, it makes all the difference in the world. Jen's goal is to help writers get from “maybe I’ll do it” to “it’s happening!”  This show will feature authors from different genres and businesses, but they all have one thing in common – they had a message or story they wanted to tell and courageously got out of their own way and made it happen. This show will inspire you to do the same because when you hear someone else’s story, you get the guidance and encouragement to keep going and get your book out in the world, too.  Learn more at www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish
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December 07, 2020