Unstoppable Authors

Unstoppable Authors

By Angeline Trevena and H.B. Lyne
Authors Angeline and Holly discuss their adventures in indie publishing and fantasy worldbuilding. Episodes every Monday, juggled around their limited child-free time. Also hosts of the Indie Fire Writers Conference.
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Making the Big Publishing Decisions
Angeline talks about the big publishing decisions she made in her career, and how and why she made them. The general estimate is that we each make around 35,000 decisions each day. Most of them are pretty insignificant, or unnoticeable, but some are more important. Some are monumental and life-changing. As a naturally indecisive person, Angeline discusses the decision of publishing wide versus exclusively, the decision to write full-time, and the choices that happened all by themselves. Hear about the big changes she's making this year, and the choice she still can't seem to settle on.
22:06
January 13, 2020
How To Successfully Write Urban Fantasy
Angeline and Holly discuss the differences between high and low fantasy, how to delve into adding fantasy elements to a real-world setting, and why you should never put a goat on your book cover! What is the difference between second-world fantasy and intrusion fantasy? And where does portal fantasy fit in? Find out about the importance of beta readers in placing your book into a genre and see what we disagree on when it comes to fantastical creatures! Find our full show notes at http://www.unstoppableauthors.com 
48:02
January 6, 2020
3.1 Improv and Publishing with Bryan Cohen
Today, Holly talks to indie author and business owner, Bryan Cohen about his background in improv and how to sell more books. Find out Bryan's number one tip for increasing sales. Hint: Angeline will break out in hives over it!
43:34
December 30, 2019
Episode 2.17: 2019 Review and Goal Setting for 2020
Today, we're looking back at the highs and lows of 2019. We're also looking forward to 2020, and discussing our goals, or lack of goals! Holly teaches Angeline how to set and measure goals, which she knows she really should do! We're also announcing the podcast's re-brand and name change.
29:04
December 23, 2019
Episode 2.16: Worldbuilding Valuable Items
People and animals aside, what would you save from a fire? While one man's trash is another man's gold, we all have things that are precious to us. In this podcast, Angeline explores the idea of value; sentimental, monetary, historical, religious. Whether rare, vital for survival, or a clever bit of marketing, let's discover what makes an object valuable, what changes its value, and how to build them into your fictional worlds.
19:27
December 16, 2019
Episode 2.15: Author Confessional
We've got something to tell you... In today's episode, we're confessing to our crimes to literature. We're reliving painful mistakes, feeling cheated by our schooling, and revealing our deepest, darkest, most shocking secrets as authors. There are many things that authors don't admit to; embarrassing slip-ups, or breaking convention, or doing things that are generally frowned upon, and we're admitting them all! Why confess? Partly so that we can all have a good laugh! But, also, for a serious reason too. So that people can avoid our mistakes, or not feel so alone for already having made them themselves. And there are some things that need to be said. Out loud. Finally.
49:56
December 9, 2019
2.14: Health, Self-Care & Goals When Life Happens
Holly talks candidly about her health situation, forgiveness, “losing” NaNoWriMo and much more.
28:29
December 2, 2019
Episode 2.13: Writing FAQs
We answer some questions that we see being asked a lot online and give constructive advice for writers navigating any of these burning topics, from "How long should my book be?" to "Do I really need a mailing list?" We also talk about our writers conference, Indie Fire and our special Black Friday offer.
56:10
November 25, 2019
Episode 2.12: An Interview with Emma Kalson of Escaped Ink Press
In today's episode, Angeline is joined by Emma Kalson, owner of independent British press, Escaped Ink. We chat about our joint love of short fiction, the useful lessons that writers can learn from it, and the ways that it is becoming more relevant in today's world. Emma chats about her health, her passion for giving a platform to new writers, and announces some exciting upcoming projects.
27:36
November 18, 2019
Episode 2.11: Worldbuild Climate and Weather
On today's episode, we talk all things weather and climate, indulging the ultimate British stereotype! Find out how we use the weather in our own writing and get tips on incorporating it into your worlds.
40:00
November 11, 2019
Episode 2.10: A Halloween Reading: The Black Rope by Angeline Trevena
In a break from our usual format, we're bringing you something totally different. Listen to Angeline performing her gothic horror poem, The Black Rope. A Halloween treat!
13:11
November 4, 2019
Episode 2.9: Approaching NaNoWriMo With or Without a Plot
On the final approach to NaNoWriMo, we chat about the projects we'll be working on through November. We talk plotting, discovery writing, and everything in between. We break down our own writing processes, talk drafts, and abandoned stories, and we totally disagree on this week's would-you-rather question.
31:43
October 28, 2019
Episode 2.8: Using Dialogue to Reveal Character and Advance the Plot
Angeline explains how to get your dialogue working hard for you and your story. She shares her top tips for writing believable and useful dialogue. And then, she tackles those pesky speech tags, and those even peskier adverbs.
19:26
October 21, 2019
Episode 2.7: Worldbuilding Mental Health and Paranormal Abilities
In honour of Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day, we open up about our own mental health struggles, and how writing has helped us. We also discuss writing characters with mental health issues, as well as paranormal abilities, and how to encompass them into your worldbuilding.
29:07
October 14, 2019
Episode 2.6: World-build With Me
In today's episode, Holly talks about the creation of her writing sandbox; creating the history, mythology and cultures of her dark, urban fantasy world in which all of her books to date are set.
34:58
October 7, 2019
Episode 2.5: The Importance of Ongoing Learning
Happy International Podcast Day! We’re celebrating with an episode about all the great things we’ve learnt, and a tribute to all the great podcasts we listen to. Hear about how the lessons we’ve learnt via podcasts, online courses, and from our peers have transformed our mindsets, our writing, and our businesses. Angeline reveals her big epiphany moment, and Holly shares her gratitude for the online course through which we met. We also get stumped by the moral dilemma of our ‘would you rather’ question.
31:12
September 30, 2019
Episode 2.4: Building Your Author Platform
Today it's time for Angeline's first solo episode, and I'm talking about building your author platform. It's not just a simple case of getting yourself online, and I discuss all the issues around tackling imposter syndrome, and mindset, as well as delving into what you should be doing to build your platform. Hear about how I got started, and how, and when, you should get started too. Packed full of tips and advice, this is essential listening no matter where you are in your author journey.
24:16
September 23, 2019
Episode 2.3: Worldbuilding Education, Training, and Mentoring
In today's episode, we're going back to school, and talking about building education and learning into your world. We discuss the different things you need to think about; from how education fits into your wider world, to the different kinds of education you could include. We chat about tropes, and the problems that can arise, as well as how to overcome them. Hear about our favourite and least favourite school subjects, and a teacher's criticism that Angeline lost no sleep over!
28:41
September 16, 2019
Episode 2.2: From Villainy to Heroism - Worldbuilding with Sacha Black
This episode is the first with our new format. From now on, we'll be publishing new episodes every week. Today, Holly is flying solo and interviewing author Sacha Black about villainy, heroes and everything in between.
38:34
September 9, 2019
Episode 2.1: Goal Check and What's Next?
This episode marks the beginning of our second season, and we have some big changes and big news for you. We look back over the year so far; discussing the podcast and our own writing. We look at the goals we achieved, the goalposts that had to be moved, and discuss how we cope when things go awry. Hear our publishing plans going forward, planned changes to the podcast, and some big news of a fantastic opportunity for you.
30:18
September 2, 2019
Episode 1.11: Worldbuilding with Food
On request, we're revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you'll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire's diet to lifelong obsessions with dumplings. Listen to our tips of things to consider when introducing food to your worldbuilding; starting out with nutritional needs and food availability. We also discuss traditions around food, as well as superstitions, and unhealthy relationships with food.
19:30
August 19, 2019
Episode 1.10: Making Maps
It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you create. Which is actually surprisingly easy. In this episode, find out about the maps we've created, and the big lessons we've learnt along the way. Hear where to start with map making, how to layout your map, and what to include in the landscape. Also check out the various methods for actually creating your fantasy world map in either physical or digital form.
18:49
August 5, 2019
Episode 1.9: Edge-Lit After Party
On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone ourselves several times over. Hear our highs and lows, and our biggest takeaways from the day. Holly talks about meeting her hero, and we tackle the hardest 'would you rather' question ever!
27:16
July 22, 2019
Episode 1.8: Author Events, Networking, and Meeting Readers
Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it really does exist. We’re talking about real life events: literary conventions, book festivals, book signings, and public readings. We share our experiences with events, our thoughts, and, yes, our fears. And hear Angeline's top tips for surviving a writing convention.
21:46
July 8, 2019
Episode 1.7: Worldbuilding Essentials
This week, we're going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can't live without while worldbuilding, and all the lessons we've learnt along the way.  (Apologies for intermittent sound issues on this episode.)
20:53
June 24, 2019
Episode 1.6: Indie Author Week UK
In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we're talking all things indie. We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.
21:10
June 10, 2019
Episode 1.5: Living Legends
Today we're talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!
27:34
May 27, 2019
Bonus Episode: #WorldbuildingQuest
Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.
07:08
May 24, 2019
Episode 1.4: Horror Stories
Join us as we discuss our love of horror, share our tips for scaring your readers, and, most likely, scare ourselves a little bit too!
32:51
May 13, 2019
Episode 1.3: Origin Stories
Could this be the truth about how Angeline and Holly got their superpowers? Do they have superpowers? Time to find out...
30:21
April 29, 2019
Episode 1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Tips
We may both like our creature comforts, but we do love Camp NaNoWriMo. Listen to our reasons why, and our top survival tips.
40:11
April 15, 2019
Episode 1.1: Relaunch Party
Join us for our relaunch party: meet the co-hosts, and find out just how nerdy things are going to get.
29:27
April 1, 2019
Episode 10: Holidays and Leisure
Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside... Where do your characters go on holiday, and what do the locals really think of them?
15:04
November 22, 2018
Episode 9: Food
One of my favourite subjects, and the thing that kicked off my worldbuilding obsession.
26:21
October 12, 2018
Episode 8: Animals
Animals have important roles to play in the lives of humans. Here's some different things to consider when adding them into your world.
14:14
September 29, 2018
Episode 7: Introduction to the Environment
A starting point to thinking about the physical environment of your world, and how it affects everything else.
12:26
September 11, 2018
Episode 6: Family
How does the society and culture of your world impact on families and mothers living in it? And is there a perfect solution for working mothers?
19:24
August 28, 2018
Episode 5: Health and Wellness
Issues surrounding health and wellness in your world reach much further than just a visit to the doctor.
13:45
August 1, 2018
Episode 4: Towns and Cities
Let's zoom in and look at the layout of your towns and cities, and the design of your houses.
14:40
July 17, 2018
Episode 3: Making Your Map
Different ways to approach worldbuilding, how to layout your map, and what effects the layout.
22:59
July 10, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction
An introduction to me, Angeline Trevena, and The Great Western Woods podcast.
08:54
July 3, 2018
Episode 2: Writing a Series
Why book series work well, how to approach writing one, and the number one thing you need to make it a success.
16:20
July 3, 2018