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Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world, connecting with a wide audience of readers.

I don’t just want you to be a published author – I want you to be a THRIVING author, confidently sharing your ideas, making an impact with your words, and owning your unique voice that deserves to be heard! I’m here to guide you through the writing journey, from first draft to revision process, from mindset issues to craft questions, from finding inspiration to building a sustainable writing career!

On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publishing journey, interviews with successful published authors, and tips and advice you can start using today to move you forward in your writing life.

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December 2023

Episode 138: Interview with Traci Skuce

In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with author Traci Skuce about what she calls the impossible longing – the thing that drives us, but it doesn't resolve. It’s a fascinating, layered approach to dive into the emotional heart of your characters.

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November 2023

Episode 137: Tips for Your Author Photo Shoot

In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m sharing how to maximize your photo shoot experience so you come away with wonderful photos that you can use in your book and marketing materials.

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November 2023

Episode 136: Interview with Jill Lacsa

In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined by Jill Lacsa, a confidence coach who helps women follow their dreams, whether that’s to write a book or pursue other passions.

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November 2023

Episode 135: Why I Believe Your Book Matters

In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m delving into why I titled my new book Your Book Matters and why this is something I believe so deeply.

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October 2023

Episode 134: Interview with Louise Nayer

In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m delighted to talk with author Louise Nayer whose latest book is a memoir entitled Narrow Escapes. I really loved her warmth and vulnerability as she shared about her writing journey and her work in the fields of memoir and poetry.

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October 2023

Episode 133: Tips for Writing Your Book Description

In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m excited to share what has helped me write my back cover and my longer book descriptions. I even give an example of the description from my new book coming out this December called “Your Book Matters: 52 love notes from my creative heart to yours.”

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October 2023

Episode 132: Interview with Jessica Flory

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m excited to be talking with Jessica Flory about her debut novel Oceans of Sand, a clean fantasy romance.

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October 2023

Episode 131: Interview with Margo Candela

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m delighted to be talking with author Margo Candela about her writing journey and The Neapolitan Sisters, her fifth novel and her first after a decade-long hiatus from writing.
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September 2023

Episode 130: How to Create Your Book Marketing Plan

In today's solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m diving into how to create a marketing plan for your book. Marketing, promoting and launching feel so much less overwhelming when you have a plan in place!

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September 2023

Episode 129: Interview with Miriam Ilgenfritz

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m talking with Miriam Ilgenfritz, a wonderful author who also happens to be a client of mine!

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September 2023

Episode 128: Scene vs. Summary

In today's solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m sharing a sneak peek of the curriculum from week 7 of Thriving Authors Academy about how to boost your writing power.

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September 2023

Episode 127: Interview Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m excited to be talking with author Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler who has both a novel and a picture book out this year! > Listen to episode & see show notes

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September 2023

Episode 126: Interview with Anna Rapp, Recipient of the Celine Aziz Legacy Award

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m thrilled to present the inaugural Celine Aziz Legacy Award to my dear friend and coach, Anna Rapp, whose wonderful book, The 20K Freedom Fund was released earlier this year.

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August 2023

Episode 125: Interview with Elizabeth Castillo

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m talking with Elizabeth Castillo, a multilingual poet, writer, teacher and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee who lives in Paris.

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August 2023

Episode 124: Interview with Emma-Louise Parks

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m talking with Emma Louise Parkes, host of an amazing podcast called The Ambitious Introvert, about how to market your book as an introvert.

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August 2023

Episode 123: 4 Ways I Use Paper In My Writing Process

In today's solo episode, I’m sharing four simple ways that I use paper in my writing process.  I’ve found that using pen and paper (or markers and crayons) – basically anything tactile and non-digital – can do wonders for our creative energy, bring more joy and fun to our writing practice, and ultimately make us better writers.

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July 2023

Episode 122: Why Scheduling Your Writing Time is a Game-Changer and How to Get Started

In today's episode, I’m talking about ways to create a writing routine that actually fits into your life – even if this is a busy season for you and things are hectic.

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July 2023

Episode 121: Interview with Jodi Graham

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m chatting with Jodi Graham, a productivity expert, about simple, actionable tips that you can start implementing TODAY to move forward on your writing project with confidence!

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July 2023

Episode 120: How to Overcome Overflowing Ideas Syndrome!

In today's solo episode, I’m talking about what I call Overflowing Ideas Syndrome. It’s when you have so many ideas that it's really hard to commit to one idea and easy to get distracted.

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July 2023

Episode 119: Interview with Tara K. Ross

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I had a lovely conversation with Tara K. Ross whose novel Fade to White came out the same year as my debut novel. I've been a fan of hers since then!

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June 2023

Episode 118: 7 Questions to Uplevel Your Writing Routine This Month

In today's solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m sharing what I do at the beginning of each month as I reflect on my writing routine to see if there is anything I want to adjust or work on moving forward.

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June 2023

Episode 117: Interview with Nina Schuyler

In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, it was such a treat to talk with Nina Schuyler, author of the new book Afterword – a stunning novel with powerful echoes of our current state with Artificial Intelligence.
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June 2023

Episode 116: How Writing Your Book Will Save You Time

In today's solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I address the common misconception that writing a book will take a lot of time – time away from your business and other money making actions that seem more urgent.

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June 2023

Episode 115: Interview with LaCresia Arnold

In today's episode, I had an incredible conversation with LaCresia Arnold about how she came to to adopt the important mission of empowering other women to own their journey, honor their voice and be more verbal about their lived experiences.

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May 2023

Episode 114: The time is NOW

In today's solo episode, I’m reflecting on a magical night I had last week at my author event at Banter Bookshop. I've published three books in the last three years, but this was my first in-person book event because of the pandemic and pregnancy, and it was amazing to be in conversation and celebrating my books out in the world.

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May 2023

Episode 113: Interview with Mimi Herman

In today's episode, it was such a joy to talk with Mimi Herman about her debut novel, The Kudzu Queen. It was a book I just could not put down and found myself thinking of the characters in between reading sessions.

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May 2023

Episode 112: How a Book Coach Can Help You

In today's solo episode, I’m pulling back the curtain around what I do as a book coach and sharing three reasons why having a book coach is a game-changer in getting your book written.

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May 2023

Episode 111: Interview with Kristin Akerele

In today's episode, it was such a pleasure to talk with Kristin Akerele about how our natural inner femininity nurtures our creativity and how it is SO important in giving birth to our ideas in a way that feels aligned and sustainable.

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April 2023

Episode 110: Your Book is Your Legacy

In this solo episode, I’m sharing a little love note from my heart to yours. I’m also reflecting on my daughter's namesake, my Grandma Auden, and how so many of us have no idea how far our legacies extend, the ripples that we create, the ways that we touch other people's lives.

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April 2023

Episode 109: Interview with Lelia Gowland

In today's episode, I had a delightful conversation with speaker and author Lelia Gowland about what planted the seed to her publishing a book and how her writing and ideas evolved along the journey.

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April 2023

Episode 108: Interview with Stephanie Cotta

In today's episode, it was such a treat to interview Stephanie Cotta whose debut Young Adult Fantasy book, The Conjurer's Curse, was recently released!!

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April 2023

Episode 107: 3 Tips to Recharge Your Writing Routine Today

In this solo episode, I’m talking about some epiphanies I had last summer on my way home from getting my blood drawn (my least favorite thing) and, yes, they relate to the writing process!

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March 2023

Episode 106: The 2 Biggest Objections I Hear

In this solo episode, I’m diving into two common objections that I hear over and over from the women who are considering joining Thriving Authors Academy. These objections might resonate with you, too, so I wanted to talk about them and pose some questions for you to think about.

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March 2023

Episode 105: Interview with Courtney Caldwell

In today's episode, I’m excited to interview my dear friend Courtney Caldwell. She is a writer across genres! She's a poet, a playwright, a novelist, a flash fiction writer. AND she has been with me for three rounds of Thriving Authors Academy!

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March 2023

Episode 104: Revamp Your Writing Routine Recap

In this solo episode, I'm recapping the highlights and key takeaways from the Revamp Your Writing Routine Challenge that I hosted in my free Facebook group, the Book Breakthrough Community. The group is full of heart-centered writers sharing resources and supporting each other and I would be thrilled if you joined us!

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March 2023

Episode 103: Interview with Nicole Baker

In today’s episode, I am excited to interview Life Coach Nicole Baker! ‍Nicole shares actionable tips you can implement TODAY to help you 1) notice the sneaky ways that perfectionism comes up in the writing process and 2) overcome perfectionism in these moments to get back into the juicy flow of creativity.

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March 2023

Episode 102: How do I know if I'm ready to share my work with readers?

In this solo episode, I’m excited to talk about deciding when to share your book with others and what the overall editing process looks like.

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February 2023

Episode 101: Interview with RuthAnn Rafiq

In today’s episode, I am excited to have branding expert RuthAnn Rafiq here to talk with us about how to grow your brand as an author. If you’re anything like I was a few years ago, you might be thinking, “Wait, what is a personal brand as an author? What does that even mean?” I have learned a thing or two about the importance of branding as I have published more books and grown my business.

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February 2023

Episode 100: Lessons from 100 podcast episodes!

In this solo episode, I’m celebrating a very special milestone – 100 episodes! I have gleaned so much from the process of creating this podcast and doing 100 episodes and I’ve narrowed them down into ten lessons that I want to share with you!

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February 2023

Episode 99: Interview with Emily Grabatin

In today’s episode, I am actually in the interviewee seat! Coach and author Emily Grabatin interviewed me for a series that she did on Instagram live and gave me permission to share our conversation with you.

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February 2023

Episode 98: Interview with Jennifer Milius

In today’s episode, I spoke with my lovely writer friend Jen Milius. Jen is a talented multi-genre author, developmental editor, podcast host, and all-around wonderful human and I was delighted to have her join me for a wonderful conversation about writing, editing, and really finding your voice.

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January 2023

Episode 97: Overcoming the "Second Book Slump"

In this solo episode, I’m reflecting on how welcoming a second baby relates to birthing a second book. Becoming a mom of two reminds me so much of the mindset that I talk through with my clients related to writing another book.

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January 2023

Episode 96: Interview with Megan Kuhar

In today’s episode, I spoke with trauma-informed, certified life and success coach and clinical hypnotherapist professor Megan Kuhar.

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January 2023

Episode 95: Two Questions to Transform Your Writing Time

In this solo episode, I’m diving into two simple but mighty questions to ask yourself every single week to really move forward in your writing project.

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January 2023

Episode 94: Interview with Natasha Ho

In today’s episode, I’m sharing an amazing conversation with celebrated entrepreneur and Marketing and Growth Strategist Natasha Ho. She shares a simple mindset reframe she calls the “You’re Ready Paradox” and speaks to the importance of giving yourself permission to go after whatever it is that you want.

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December 2022

Episode 93: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself on New Year's Eve

In this solo episode, I share what I’m doing to really soak up these final hours of 2022 and looking ahead to 2023. I don't know about you, but New Year's Eve just might be my favorite day of the whole year!

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December 2022

Episode 92: Interview with Maggie Knox

In today’s episode, I spoke with bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley who write under the pen name Maggie Knox. I just devoured and loved their latest novel All I Want for Christmas, so it was a real treat to talk with them for this very special holiday episode of the Thriving Authors podcast.

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December 2022

Episode 91: Finding Your Ideal Reader

In this solo episode, I share all about finding your ideal reader for your book. I also share two stories from my own life that really highlight the idea that our books are not going to be for everyone and the real mindset hurdle we have to get over.

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December 2022

Episode 90: Interview with Amanda Hardy

In today’s episode, I spoke with published author and former client Amanda Hardy. She is the author of Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest talk about the transition to motherhood, which is such a beautiful book, especially for any new mamas or expecting mamas.

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December 2022

Episode 89: My Top Tips for Connecting With a Publisher

In this solo episode, I share my top tips to get someone in the industry to care about your book and want to read and publish it.

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November 2022

Episode 88: Interview with Melinda Rangel

In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with published author, professor, and former client Melinda Rangel. She is the author of Iron Sharpens Iron: Daily Proverbs for Today's Martial Artist. And she has so much wisdom and inspiration to share with you!

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November 2022

Episode 87: Lessons from My Biggest Launch Yet

In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I would love to invite you to celebrate with me!!

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November 2022

Episode 86: Interview with Elaine Aldrete

In today’s episode, I spoke with my dear friend and former client Elaine Clark Aldrete. She’s the founder of Teaching Life Choices Inc & author of the debut middle-grade novel G-R-E-E-N-E.
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November 2022

Episode 85: Cultivating Gratitude in My Writing Life

In this solo episode, I share three stories from my own writing life of ways that gratitude has helped me.
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October 2022

Episode 84: Interview with Carol van den Hende

In today’s episode, I got to chat with my friend Carol van den Hende, author of the award-winning Goodbye, Orchid series and acclaimed public speaker. She has such wonderful advice for writers at all stages of our careers – whether it's with actually penning our books or marketing our books or spreading the word about them.

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October 2022

Episode 83: Desire & Surrender

In today’s solo episode, I get vulnerable and share a couple stories from my personal life – and how they relate to the writing process.

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October 2022

Episode 82: Interview with Brad Graft

In today’s episode, I’m sharing a fascinating conversation I had with Brad Graft, the author of the Brotherhood of the Mamluks trilogy.

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October 2022

Episode 81: Transitioning into your Writing Time

Transitioning into our writing time – or, more specifically, the discomfort of this transition – is often what holds us back from hitting our writing goals.

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September 2022

Episode 80: Interview with Brianna Wilkerson

I have a special episode for you today where I sat down with my dear friend & client Brianna Wilkerson to chat about her experience being part of Thriving Authors Academy!

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September 2022

Episode 79: All About Thriving Authors Academy

In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m answering all of your questions about Thriving Authors Academy, my signature six-month small-group book mentorship program.

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September 2022

Episode 78: Deep Dive into Cover Design

I’m excited to share an excerpt of this expert panel on cover design with YOU as this week’s podcast episode. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it is like to be part of Thriving Authors Academy!

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September 2022

Episode 77: Interview with Lilian Sue, PR Coach for Authors

My guest Lilian Sue is an expert on everything related to book publicity and she generously shares her top tips, wisdom and insights with us about how you can push past your limiting beliefs, make connections and build relationships, hit your marketing goals for your book... all without burning out!

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September 2022

Episode 76: Are you in a season of waiting?

Are you in a season of waiting? Sometimes we want something SO BADLY, but there is nothing we can do but wait, with patience and faith and surrender, for it to come to us when the timing is right. Other times, we put ourselves in a season of waiting when we don’t have to be, because we are afraid or doubtful about what if we are “ready.

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August 2022

Episode 75: Interview with Barbara Graham

Multi-talented, best-selling author Barbara Graham writes nonfiction, fiction, and plays. Her debut novel was released this summer and is titled What Jonah Knew.

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August 2022

Episode 74: 6 Reasons to Invest in Your Writing

In this solo episode straight from my heart to yours, I talk about three important ways you can invest in your writing AND six reasons you should do so – not later, but NOW.

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August 2022

Episode 73: Interview with Risa Nyman

After taking classes, attending workshops, and conferences, Risa found her writing voice in middle grade fiction. She is the author of the award-winning novels SWALLOWED BY A SECRET and SPOOKED BY A SUSPICION.

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August 2022

Episode 72: Over-writers vs. Under-writers

"Over-writers" and "under-writers" are two categories that writers tend to fall into.

Neither one is better than the other. They are simply two different working styles.

Tune into this week’s episode to figure out which category you fall into AND how to use this knowledge to propel your writing forward!

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July 2022

Episode 71: Interview with Filip Dousek

Filip Dousek is an AI & analytics expert. He was the founder and CEO of Stories.bi, one of the first startups in the world to automate big data analysis, which got acquired. He is the author of Flock Without Birds, a novel about the illusions that make up our world, which sold sold over 10,000 copies in its original Czech language.

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July 2022

Episode 70: Self-Care for Writers

How do you create a sustainable creative practice, build a career as a writer, and actually get to the finish line of your book – without burning out? Build plenty of self-care into your writing routine.

In this episode, I delve into my TOP EIGHT self-care tips for writers. (Plus a downloadable PDF!)

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July 2022

Episode 69: Interview with Tobey Hiller

Tobey Hiller writes fiction, flash and poetry. She’s the author of a novel, four collections of poetry, and a book of stories.

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July 2022

Episode 68: Virtual Book Launch!

In this special podcast episode, I am super excited to share the audio from my virtual book launch for my new short story collection How to Make Paper When the World is Ending! I got to celebrate & chat with my amazing author friend Carol Van Den Hende, who has been such a generous & insightful supporter of my book.

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July 2022

Episode 67: Interview with Iris March

I am delighted to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast where I sat down with my friend Maureen Wise, pen name Iris March @searchingformysteries, to chat about her fantastic debut “succulent sleuth” cozy mystery novel THE BROKEN BRIDGE.

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June 2022

Episode 66: 10 Tips to Crush Your Book Launch

I am excited to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, which is very much a day-in-the-life episode because it is all about the week before book launch. And guess where I am right now in my life?? I am LIVING the week before book launch!

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June 2022

Episode 65: Interview with Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and best-selling novelist. Her latest novel, FORBIDDEN CITY, tells the story of a teenage girl from a small village who is selected to serve the Communist Party and Chairman Mao at the start of the Cultural Revolution in China.

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June 2022

Episode 64: Why are pre-orders so important?

I am delighted to share a brand-new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, all about pre-orders and why they matter so much to authors!

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June 2022

Episode 63: Interview with Jessica Thompson

In this week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I got to sit down with Jessica Thompson all about how she combined her love of mysteries and baking and found her perfect genre!

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May 2022

Episode 62: Having Cheerleaders in your Writing Life

This week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast is dedicated to a very special person in my life, on his birthday: my Dad! I talk about what he has meant to me as a writer, how he's been so instrumental in my career and how he inspires me to find joy in the ups and downs of the creative life.

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May 2022

Episode 61: Interview with Robert Gwaltney

A graduate of Florida State University, Robert Gwaltney resides in Atlanta, Georgia. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization that strengthens children and their families during the most critical times in their development. Through his non-profit work, he is a champion for early childhood literacy. Robert also serves as Fiction Editor for The Blue Mountain Review. In all the hours between, he writes. The Cicada Tree is his debut novel.

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May 2022

Episode 60: What is an ARC and why do I need one as an author?

This week we’re talking all about ARCs! If you’ve never heard this term and are scratching your head, like “not another acronym!” don’t fear. I’ve got you covered!

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May 2022

Episode 59: Interview with Angie K. Love

For the past decade and a half, Angie K. Love has had a rewarding career as an Acupuncturist, finding deep fulfillment in helping people heal in body, mind, and spirit. Through her writing, she hopes to bring healing to people's hearts and souls.

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April 2022

Episode 58: Using Your Book Cover to Build Buzz

Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world and connecting with a wide audience of readers.

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April 2022

Episode 57: Interview with Rebecca Bischoff

I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the talented multi-genre novelist Rebecca Bischoff! If you like to write in many different genres, or if you ever struggle with the push-pull between creativity and promotion of your books, Rebecca has some wisdom and permission to share with you! You will definitely come away inspired from this episode.

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April 2022

Episode 56: Interview with J Trevor Robinson

I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the hilarious and insightful J. Trevor Robinson @jtrevorrobinsonauthor, author of THE MUMMY OF MONTE CRISTO. It was so fascinating to learn about how he adapted and breathed new life into a classic! If you write historical fiction, or if you’ve ever struggled with balancing research and writing a draft, you definitely do not want to miss this episode.

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April 2022

Episode 55: Interview with Alison Kimble

Alison Kimble began writing because she loves stories and believes in their power to shape our world and ourselves. Her writing blends the real and the fantastical and crosses genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi.

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April 2022

Episode 54: Interview with Melanie Hooyenga

Multi-award winning YA author Melanie Hooyenga writes about strong teen girls learning to find their way in the world. Her time travel series, The Flicker Effect, tells the story of Biz, a 17-year old who uses sunlight to travel back to yesterday, and her sports romance series, The Rules Series, follows three girls in Boulder, Colorado who navigate their struggles with life and love while skiing, biking, and snowboarding in the great outdoors. Her newest series, The Campfire Series, features dual-POV stories about love, life, and making the most of sleeping under the stars.

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March 2022

Episode 53: Interview with Cori Cooper

I am delighted to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring my sweet friend @authorcoricooper, who is one of the most inspiring people I know. Her joy about the writing life is contagious and her positive attitude will inspire you to approach your own creative process with renewed energy. Grab a cup of tea or a sweet treat and enjoy!

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March 2022

Episode 52: Interview with Lenore Stutznegger

Lenore Stutznegger is the author of the award-winning debut novel BLUE SHADOWS FALL. She grew up running barefoot in the woods of Mechanicsville, Virginia with a dog at her side, five crazy siblings, and creative parents. She learned from a young age to hone her talents in art, trust in her voice, and compete for the most marshmallows in Lucky Charms. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Fine Art, married the love of her life, and lived in North Carolina for many years and considers the South to be her happy place. She now resides in Northern California with her four spirited children, a pug, two cats, and backyard chickens in a new kind of crazy paradise.

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March 2022

Episode 51: Interview with JD Spero

Johannah Davies (JD) Spero’s writing career took off when her first release, Catcher’s Keeper, was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. Since then, she’s found similar success with her young adult fantasy Forte series, winning recognition from National Indie Excellence Award (2014, 2016) and Adirondack Literary Award — Best Book of Children’s Literature (2015). Her novel Boy on Hold was a 2020 Book Excellence Award winner and a 2020 IPPY GOLD winner for Best Mystery/Thriller, and its sequel Boy Released came out earlier this year. After living in various cities from St. Petersburg (Russia) to Boston, Johannah now lives with her family in the Lake George area, where she was born and raised.

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March 2022

Episode 50: Virtual Book Launch!

This is a special episode: a recording of my virtual book launch for my new novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life! My amazing sister & librarian extraordinaire Allyson McAuley chatted with me about the ten years it took to bring this book into the world, crafting multidimensional characters, giving yourself permission to write and read a variety of genres, planning out book structure, and more! I also give a little reading from the book – a part I’ve never shared publicly before.

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February 2022

Episode 49: Interview with Lisa Czarina Michaud

Lisa Czarina Michaud is a novelist and translator. Her debut novel, SLANTED & DISENCHANTED, came out last year to rave reviews. Born and raised in Chelsea before a family relocation to Long Island, she has been writing her New York stories her entire life. Wanting to see the left coast, she attended The Evergreen State College before stumbling through adulthood in Hollywood, then back east to Brooklyn and eventually Paris. Lisa's work has been featured in various publications. She currently lives in France with her husband, son, and cat, Le Tigre.

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February 2022

Episode 48: Interview with Cynthia Morris

Author and Certified Coach Cynthia Morris is the founder of Original Impulse, helping people become the writers they’ve always wanted to be. Cynthia has published seven non-fiction books and a Paris historical novel. Her most recent book is The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. She speaks globally on writing and the creative process and leads retreats, and hosts the podcast Stumbling Toward Genius.

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January 2022

Episode 47: Interview with Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Before becoming a writer Elizabeth was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, The Rumpus, StorySouth, PANK, and elsewhere, and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She is the Interviews Editor at The Rumpus, as well as a regular contributor to Ploughshares Blog. Her first novel, MONA AT SEA, was a finalist in the 2019 SFWP Literary Awards judged by Carmen Maria Machado, and is available now from Santa Fe Writers Project. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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December 2021

Episode 46: Interview with Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is the author of In the Event of Contact, winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize (2021). Her debut novel The Weight of Him (St. Martin's Press and Atlantic Books, 2017) was an Amazon, Bustle, KOBO, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Reading Women Award. She is also the author of the story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has appeared widely, including The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, PEN America, Tin House, Guernica, and more. Raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the Writers Grotto. Connect with her at www.ethelrohan.com.

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November 2021

Episode 45: Interview with Rebecca Prenevost

Rebecca Prenevost is the author of The Mom Walks series: Starting in Fifth, Getting Crushed, and Catching Up. Never in a million years did Rebecca think she’d be a writer. But she was looking for fiction books that reflected her everyday struggles of parenting tween girls, and she couldn’t find them. She wanted something light, heart-warming, and relatable. So she tried writing one, and she had a blast. If you liked The Baby-Sitters Club books when you were younger and enjoyed Gilmore Girls not too long ago, her books could be perfect for you.

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October 2021

Episode 44: Interview with Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran's most recent novel, The Samosa Rebellion, was written for 8-13 year olds, but it's definitely the kind of book adults can get into, too. (I LOVED it!) Her most recent adult novel, Lucky Boy (Putnam/Penguin), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an NPR Best Book of 2017. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, LA Review of Books and Huffington Post. When she's not writing books, she writes for television, on the staff of the NBC medical drama, New Amsterdam. Shanthi lives in Berkeley with her family and a cat named Frog.  Connect with Shanthi at www.shanthisekaran.com.

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September 2021

Episode 43: Interview with Audiobook Narrator Elise Arsenault

Shanthi Sekaran's most recent novel, The Samosa Rebellion, was written for 8-13 year olds, but it's definitely the kind of book adults can get into, too. (I LOVED it!) Her most recent adult novel, Lucky Boy (Putnam/Penguin), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an NPR Best Book of 2017. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, LA Review of Books and Huffington Post. When she's not writing books, she writes for television, on the staff of the NBC medical drama, New Amsterdam. Shanthi lives in Berkeley with her family and a cat named Frog.  Connect with Shanthi at www.shanthisekaran.com.

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September 2021

Episode 42: Interview with Joan Steinau Lester

Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator, columnist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including Mama's Child and Black, White, Other. Her writing has appeared in such publications as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. Her latest book Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White chronicles her marriage to the Black writer Julius Lester, and tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing.

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September 2021

Episode 41: Interview with Ruth Mitchell

Ruth Mitchell is the author of the award-winning novel Deleted, described as "Inception meets 50 First Dates." She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and grew up writing plays for the neighborhood kids and “exploring” the woods near her home.

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July 2021

Episode 40: Interview with Rachel Huffmire

Rachel grew up in the middle of a wheat field where she found plenty of time to read and dream. Her mom paid her a dollar per classic novel she read so, in a quest to amass a small fortune, Rachel read over 200 classic novels before junior high. After dabbling with writing novels and stage plays, she ran to the BYU bookstore for her first job. She sat behind the register, voraciously reading Shannon Hale novels while Brandon Sanderson and other internationally-selling authors held book signings in front of her. That was when she began dreaming up plots of her own.

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June 2021

Episode 39: Interview with Emma Dhesi

Emma Dhesi writes contemporary Women’s Fiction. She began writing seriously while a stay at home mom with 3 children under five years of age. She needed something for herself and for her future. By changing her mindset, being consistent and developing confidence, Emma has gone from having a collection of handwritten notes to two fully written, edited and published novels titled THE DAY SHE CAME HOME, and BELONGING.

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