Episode 30: J.D. Barker; Guest Appearance - International Bestselling Author Horror; Thriller; Suspense 

October 15, 2018

Episode 30: J.D. Barker; Guest Appearance - International Bestselling Author

Horror; Thriller; Suspense 

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 54 minutes)

  • :30 - Introduction to J. D. 
  • 1:20 - J. D. shares about his desire to move to the Pacific Northwest
  • 3:15 - J. D. talks about genres & labels
  • 4:10 - J. D. discusses his advice from Dean Koontz about genres
  • 6:40 - J. D. shares his early years as a reader
  • 8:05 - J. D. & Vikki discuss when J. D. knew he was an author 
  • 10:25 - J. D. touches on what people say to discourage authors
  • 11:10 - Vikki & J. D. discuss internal motivators to keep writing
  • 11:45  - J. D. talks about his first book and his last day job
  • 13:02 - J. D. shares about editing, his start as a ghostwriter and developing his craft
  • 13:50 - Vikki asks J. D. about the "behind the scenes of ghostwriting"
  • 15:40 - J. D. shares his excellent advice about what he learned as an editor/ghostwriter
  • 15:45 - J. D. shares about his first book and the self-publishing journey
  • 17:05 - J. D. talks about his experience with Stephen King and his first book
  • 20:30 - J. D. shares about his second book and moving to traditional publishing
  • 21:50 - Vikki & J. D. talk about the self-publishing model being a platform to traditional publishing
  • 23:45 - J. D. shares the biggest mistake of self-publishing and his own writing process
  • 25:10 - J. D. explains his view on critical reviews
  • 26:05 - Vikki discusses her first critical review of her work in progress
  • 27:00 - J. D. shares his latest book, Dracul, and his collaboration with Dacre Stoker
  • 36:35 - J. D. talks about his tip about making yourself stand-out
  • 38:35 - J. D. & Vikki talk about his works moving into different translations
  • 46:05 - J. D. Asks Vikki about her current writing process & encourages her with advice
  • 47:05 - Vikki and J. D. discuss staying healthy as an author
  • 47:30 - J. D. reveals his future work and collaboration with James Patterson
  • 51:40 - J. D. shares about an opportunity to hear him speak at  the Chanticleer Book Reviews conference (CAC 2019)  

Vikki closes the podcast with an announcement for authors in the Lower Columbia Region regarding submitting to the Salal Review; Volume 19. More information can be found here:

http://www.salalreview.com/

 

Connect with J. D. Barker:

J. D. Barker’s Website: http://jdbarker.com

Link to CAC 2019- J. D. Baker will be a Keynote Speaker: https://www.chantireviews.com/chanticleer-conference/chanticleer-authors-conference-presenters-and-faculty/

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 29: Pat O’Neil (AKA: P. A. O’Neil); Short-Stories

October 8, 2018

Episode 29: Pat O’Neil (AKA: P. A. O’Neil); Short-Stories

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 57:50 minutes)

  • :42 - Introduction to Pat O’Neil (short story pen name: P.A. O’Neil) 
  • 2:40 - Pat & Vikki talk about their author support network from work and family
  • 3:45 - Vikki & Pat discuss having a day job and a writing life
  • 5:06 - Pat shares about how she has developed some of her short stories
  • 11:25 - Pat advises how to overcome editor’s comments & rejections. She shares how she learns from those experiences 
  • 17:20- Vikki & Pat talk about building a future audience using short story publication 
  • 18:25 - Pat discussions about organizations & online support groups
  • 21:10 - Pat talks about writing as a mature; older adult moving into retirement age
  • 21:46  - Pat starts the spooky episodes by reading from “Sara Hemming – Psychic Redecorator”

 

Vikki closes the podcast with an announcement for authors in the Lower Columbia Region regarding submitting to the Salal Review; Volume 19. More information can be found here:

http://www.salalreview.com/

 

Connect with Pat O’Neil (AKA: P. A. O’Neil):

P.A. O’Neil on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/P.A.-ONeil/e/B07BF2D8SP/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1538781705&sr=1-2-ent

P. A. O’Neil on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patt.oneil

List of Published Stories by P.A. O’Neil:

“Sara Hemming – Psychic Redecorator”, Anthology Askew Vol. 4 – Communications, RhetAskew Publishing (Oct 2017)

“Witness Testimony”, Relationship Add Vice, Zombie Pirate Publishing (Dec 2017)

“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”, FLASHPOINT – The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Flash Fiction Anthology, Clarendon House Publications (Mar 2018)

“Girl of His Dreams”, STORM - The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Fantasy Anthology, Clarendon House Publications (Apr 2018)

“KaDee Rose”, VORTEX - The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Literary Anthology, Clarendon House Publications (May 2018)

“Trixie Neumann, I Want to be a Princess”, WINDOWS - The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Children’s Anthology, Clarendon House Publications (Jun 2018)

“Georgia, 1966”, Spillwords (3 July 2018), http://spillwords.com/georgia-1966/

“Pink and Gray Ash”, The Crow Literary Journal (Jul 2018)

“Bougie de Voyage”, Fae Thee Well, Dreampunk Publishing, (anticipated release early 2019)

 

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 28: Steve Raabe; Short-Stories; Nevada State Trooper

October 1, 2018

Episode 28: Steve Raabe; Short-Stories; Nevada State Trooper

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 31 minutes)

  • :42 - Introduction to Steve
  • 2:55 - Vikki & Steve talk about their connections
  • 4:25 - Steve shares a bit about himself
  • 5:20 - Steve talks about his publishing journey
  • 9:25 - Steve discusses working with an editor 
  • 12:05 - Vikki & Steve discuss marketing
  • 16:45 - Steve talks about his inspiration & how he adapted the stories from personal accounts
  • 20:35 - Steve reads two stories from “Patrolling the Heart of the West” 

October Announcements: 

Vikki closes the podcast with an announcement for authors in the Lower Columbia Region regarding submitting to the Salal Review; Volume 19. More information can be found here:

http://www.salalreview.com/ 

 

Connect with Steve Raabe:

Steve’s Website: https://www.raabebooks.com

Steve on Latah Books: https://www.latahbooks.com/steve-raabe

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 27: William (Bill) Alton; Poet, YA Fiction, & Short-stories 

September 24, 2018

Episode 27: William (Bill) Alton; Poet, YA Fiction, & Short-stories 

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 26 minutes)

  • :40 - Introduction to William (Bill) Alton
  • 1:55 - Bill shares his approach to kindness & empathy
  • 2:40 - Vikki & Bill talk about how he started his book “A Comfortable Madness”
  • 5:20 - Bill talks about genre & the characters in his work
  • 17:30 - Bill & Vikki discuss his publishing journey, and finding blocks of time write and market 
  • 11:50 - Vikki & Bill talk about using acting skills for speaking and readings 
  • 13:00 - Bill shares about support groups
  • 15:10 - Bill shares about his inspiration & motivation 
  • 17:30  - Vikki & Bill talk about how writing has saved them
  • 20:40 -  Bill reads from “A Comfortable Madness”
  • 24:00- Bill closes out the podcast with tips for aspiring authors 

Connect with William (Bill) Alton:

Bill on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balton3

Amazon: amazon.com/author/williamalton

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 26: Michael Gurian; Short-Stories- Turkey, Middle East, America

September 17, 2018

Episode 26: Michael Gurian; Short-Stories- Turkey, Middle East, America

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 49 minutes)

  • :40 - Introduction to Michael Gurian
  • 3:40 - Michael shares a bit about himself
  • 5:40 - Michael & Vikki discusses how non-fiction and fiction writing work together
  • 6:40- Michael shares his publishing journey from traditional works to small printing press
  • 10:40 - Michael shares advice about publishing and working with an agent
  • 14:20 - Michael shares about author platforms & how he was developed his platform
  • 19:40 - Michael talks about support groups
  • 24:20  - Michael shares his inspiration
  • 28:00- Michael reads from The Blind Woman & Other Short Stories
  • 47:20- Michael closes the podcast sharing his future works in progress

 

Connect with Michael Gurian:

Michael’s Website: https://www.michaelgurian.com

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 25: Deeann Graham; Short Stories about Alopecia

September 10, 2018

Episode 25: Deeann Graham; Short Stories about Alopecia

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 40 minutes)

  • :37 - Introduction to Dee (Deeann) Graham
  • 2:40 - Dee talks about being a life coach
  • 3:40 - Dee introduces the listeners to alopecia
  • 5:10- Dee tells her own story of alopecia 
  • 6:20 - Vikki & Dee talk about Vikki’s experiences with alopecia
  • 7:40 - Dee shares something about herself & her writing
  • 8:40 - Vikki & Dee talk about self-publishing her work, Heads-On; Stories of Alopecia
  • 9:20 - Dee talks about the photograph in the work
  • 10:20  - Dee shares about marketing the book
  • 11:40 - Dee & Vikki talk about author support groups
  • 13:40 - Dee share her inspiration for the work
  • 15:20 - Dee shares what's in the works for her future writing projects
  • 16:20 - Dee reads from Heads-On; Stories of Alopecia
  • 38:42 - Dee closes the podcast discussing the charity group - Children’s Alopecia Project

 

Connect with Deeann Graham:

Deeann Graham on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/deeann.callisgraham

Deeann Graham’s Book Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/2014headon/

Deeann Graham’s Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Deeann-Callis-Graham/e/B01MZWOEV1/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Children’s Alopecia Project: hhttps://childrensalopeciaproject.org

Skagit Valley Writers League: http://www.skagitwriters.org

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

Thanks for listening!. If you have something you’d like to share with me, please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our website. Write a review on iTunes.

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Episode 24: Alex Vigue; Poet (Updated Audio)

September 3, 2018

Episode 24: Alex Vigue; Poet (Updated Audio)

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 48 minutes)

  • :37 - Introduction to Alex
  • 1:50- Alex shares a little bit about himself and his poetry
  • 3:20 - Alex shares when he knew he was an author
  • 4:20 - Alex shares his published titles & publishing poetry
  • 6:40 - Vikki & Alex talk a bit about podcasting
  • 7:52 - Alex & Vikki talk about social media, resources, and the learning curve
  • 8:15- Alex talks about publishing a poetry book
  • 12:29 - Alex shares marketing tips
  • 16:45  - Alex talks about being an editor
  • 18:00 - Alex talks about resubmitting work to publishers
  • 20:20 - Vikki and Alex talk about editors for hire 
  • 23:30 - Alex talks about support groups
  • 29:20 - Vikki & Alex discuss reading their work in public
  • 34:40 - Alex shares his inspirations
  • 38:50 - Alex reads several of his poems

 

Connect with Alex Vigue:

Alex’s Website: alexvigue.wordpress.com

Alex on Twitter: twitter.com/Kingwithnoname

Alex on Instagram: www.instagram.com/kingwithnoname

Alex’s Podcast: anchor.fm/literary-merit

 

Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Ghost Town Poetry: http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

Thanks for listening!. If you have something you’d like to share with me, please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our website. Write a review on iTunes.

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Episode 23: Lilly Robbins Brock; Historical First Account WWII Stories

August 27, 2018

Episode 23: Lilly Robbins Brock; Historical First Account WWII Stories

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 48 minutes)

  • :37 - Introduction to Lilly Robbins Brock
  • 2:40 - Lilly shares about her entrepreneur past
  • 5:20- Lilly talks about her geological research 
  • 7:20 - Lilly discusses her works in progress & her first WWI story
  • 9:52 - Lily shares her titles & the history around her first three books
  • 14:18 - Lilly discusses working with individuals and the process of first-person accounts 
  • 16:20 - Lilly discusses her self-publishing journey
  • 17:20 - Lilly talks about her experiences with the self-publishing school (online course for authors)
  • 21:21  - Vikki & Lilly talk about the podcast freebies & book giveaways
  • 23:03 - Lilly discusses her support groups
  • 25:50 - Vikki and Lilly talk about their library connections
  • 27:42 - Lilly and Vikki discuss working from home and staying healthy
  • 28: 35 - Lilly reads from Victory on the Homefront 

 

Connect with Lilly Robbins Brock:

Lilly’s website: https://www.lillyrobbinsbrock.com

Lilly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lillyrobbinsbrock/

Lily’s Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Lilly-Robbins-Brock/e/B017OTBI2S/ref=dbs_p_ebk_rwt_abau

 

Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Self-Publishing School: https://self-publishingschool.com

WordFest: http://www.alan-rose.com/wordfest/

One Stop for Writers Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/onestopforwriters/

 

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

 

Thanks For Listening

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Episode 22: Anne Schroeder; Historical Fiction; Women in the West

August 20, 2018

Episode 22: Anne Schroeder; Historical Fiction; Women in the West

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 48 minutes)

  • :49 - Introduction to Anne
  • 4:10 - Anne & Vikki talk about “blooming where you are planted”
  • 4:40 - Anne shares on thing about herself she’d like readers to know about her
  • 5:20 - Vikki & Anne talk about researching
  • 7:20 - Anne shares tips about timelines
  • 8:10 - Anne talks about her titles
  • 11:40 - Anne discusses her publishing journey and the history of publishing
  • 19:20 - Anne talks about finding an agent & shares advice about agents
  • 21:34  - Anne shares about her first support groups
  • 24:30 -Anne talks about her writing process
  • 28:20 -Anne shares her inspiration
  • 32:03 - Anne reads from Walk the Promise Road

 

Connect with Anne Schroeder:

Anne’s website: https://anneschroederauthor.com

Anne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anneschroederauthor/

Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anneschroeder2

Anne’s Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Schroeder/e/B005O52T3C/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

Thanks for listening!. If you have something you’d like to share with me, please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our website. Write a review on iTunes.

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Episode 21: Denise Kawaii; Science Fiction; YA; Memoir Author

August 13, 2018

Episode 21: Denise Kawaii; Science Fiction; YA; Memoir Author

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 56 minutes)

  • :49 - Introduction to Denise Kawaii
  • 2:05 - Denise describes her urban farm
  • 5:45 - Denise reveals what she would like new readers to know about her
  • 7:30 - Vikki & Denise discuss letting your artistic side show to others
  • 9:00 - Denise shares her titles & her pen names
  • 12:53 - Denise shares advice she was given about writing in different genres 
  • 13:31 - Denise shares her publish journey from traditional to indie 
  • 18:30  - Denise provides advice to new authors about publishing
  • 19:57  - Denise talks about the early years and finding an agent or not
  • 21:45 - Denise & Vikki discuss marketing & conventions 
  • 28:05 - Denise talks about support groups & small book store owners
  • 31:40 - Denise shares news about her own podcast she is doing 
  • 33:12 - Denise talks about her inspiration
  • 35:10 - Denise reads from Woman with a Thousand Hats, her memoir

 

Connect with Denise Kawaii:

Denise’s website: https://kawaiitimes.com

Denise on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KawaiiTimesAuthor/

Denise on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kawaii_times_author/

Denise on Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Kawaii_Times_Author/

Denise’s Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/author/denisekawaii

 

 

Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkgP6WIFsg3vWga2XVs619w/feed

Vault & Brew Bookstore: http://www.vaultbooksandbrew.com

Northwest Independent Writers Association: https://www.niwawriters.com

 

Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017

Website: https://incompetech.com/music/

 

Thanks For Listening

Thanks for listening!. If you have something you’d like to share with me, please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our website. Write a review on iTunes.

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