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8 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 28 – S.A. Schneider – Personal Update
The podcast has been going strong for 6 months. If you look at the list of authors interviewed and their books, they are quite a diverse group of wonderful people. If you have not, find the type of book you like to read and click that category on the podcast. I encourage you to check out the authors and read their books. I also wanted to update everyone on my own writing. I have plans for books and stories to come out throughout the next several months. It is a very exciting time and there will be lots of new adventures to read. I also include writing lessons and activities for kids in my books. If you are a teacher or homeschool parent, check those out. If you are interested in keeping up with The Bookstore Project, check it out here. There is a network of authors that are working together and putting a bunch of our books in local and independent bookstores. They are donations because it’s something we can do to help our favorite bookstores during these tough times. If you live in an area with one of these bookstores, please visit them and check out the books.
34 minutes | 8 days ago
Episode 27 B – Penny Appleton – Writing during tough times
Joanna’s Mindfulness book – https://www.thecreativepenn.com/mindset/ https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/book/structuring-your-novel/ KM Weiland book and workbook https://thecareerauthor.com/threestorymethod/ J and Zach story method https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999296345/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0999296345&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=8072ad1746fb6eddf1f071323c377062 Some links may be affiliate links
31 minutes | 8 days ago
Episode 27A – Penny Appleton- Love Second Time Around
Jacqui Penn writes under the pseudonym of Penny Appleton. She lives in England, but has worked and lived around the world. Her daughter, Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn podcast), helped her with the first books. They say write what you know and Jacqui has chosen to write sweet romance. Her latest book is a senior romance, which I loved as it’s not the typical romance you think about for this genre. https://www.pennyappleton.com/ Penny Appleton home page https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07253KFZ3/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07253KFZ3&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=3b64b49577e61e954fd4daaa2097c2c1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LTLJVYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08LTLJVYM&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=d54f6250d4672a6064fe98669db02d88 In part B of the podcast, we discuss how to keep writing when times are tough. Some links may be affiliate links
25 minutes | 14 days ago
Episode 26 – Shay Siegel – Fractured
Shay Siegel wrote her first novel, Fractured, based on trials she’s dealt with during her life. As a young girl, she experienced selective mutism, which would not allow her to talk in certain circumstances. Her book is a YA that has a football player discovering that other people in the world has problems that he wasn’t even aware of. She hopes to continue writing more books dealing with mental health issues in teens and young adults. https://www.shaysiegel.com/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087DXJ3W2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B087DXJ3W2&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=9d3dfa7cf15a0e16f3ca778bfc88fd9f Some links may be affiliate links.
51 minutes | 17 days ago
Episode 25 – Stephen Batt – 10 Things About People in Cars
Stephen lives in New Zealand, but has traveled the world when he was younger. His experience allows him a unique perspective in his art and books. His earlier experience in screenwriting – including Jules Verne Mysterious Island – allowed him to realize he wanted to write. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0473539306/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0473539306&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=0df5e543a32f01f4ea4e2bec9012e43c https://stephenbatt.com/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112089/fullcredits/ Here is a couple short films that Stephen has made: Warm Gun – A short film I made a few years backhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxkbfFELAfMThe Making of Gotcha – A TV pilot I made a few years backhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJzvUzRgMWU Some links may be affiliate links.
38 minutes | a month ago
Episode 24 – David Kouri – Elyria
Today I talk with David Kouri from Texas. He is a thrill seeker and loves sports. In his past life he acted in theater and for TV before switched to behind the camera and writing. His first book, Elyria, is a YA fantasy. When the main character discovers he is a 99 year old vampire and he’s meant to save the galaxy, his life changes. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086B71MTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B086B71MTG&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=97e7c36c1e6a32914397ff9c6f81f9ae Visit his website: https://www.davidkouri.com/This link is on his website as well but it is a direct link to read free chapters from the book: https://451a74f0-3559-4533-8004-71cc838e1292.filesusr.com/ugd/361fd0_1a19f92a5e7e4287b9d87014bb6e5a48.pdf One of his favorite bookstores is Book People: https://www.bookpeople.com/ And Edgar Alan Poe is a favorite author https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0394716787/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0394716787&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=15ac5b888950809f5d93456fa5293553 Some links make be affiliate links
33 minutes | a month ago
Episode 23 – Thomas Brigger – Beyond the Higher Ground
Thomas A. Brigger is a businessman, entrepreneur, traveler and author of Beyond the Higher Ground, a novel about intrigue and suspense amid the opioid crisis in Appalachia. With a background including construction worker, small business owner, instructional writer, real estate developer, builder, consultant and corporate executive, the author draws from his experience to recognize the nuances of human behavior. Proclaimed by a former instructor to be “potentially one of the great writers of the century”, Brigger set aside his business interests to concentrate on writing fiction, a craft that he mastered by writing short stories for most of his adult life. He writes from his home in Southwest Ohio, where he focuses on the variants of American life and matters of importance to American people. Beyond the Higher Ground https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/164544967X?pf_rd_p=ab873d20-a0ca-439b-ac45-cd78f07a84d8&pf_rd_r=4WKR9415AFGACBQZG3CW Book Description: Tasked with an assignment to manage the construction of a prison on a remote Appalachian mountaintop, Tucker Mason sees an opportunity to restart his life past the death of his wife and the recurring demons of his childhood. But strange occurrences at the house that he rented on Bright’s Mountain and the suspicion of drugs being smuggled through the prison construction site create distractions that lead to violence, intrigue, and his own imperilment. Struggling under the weight of loss and guilt, he encounters a world that he never knew existed in the shadow of the emerging prison. With a unique perspective on the human condition, Beyond the Higher Ground takes its reader through a historical glimpse of Southwestern Virginia to a powerful exposition of the drug crisis that has devastated the region and the abject brutality of those who deliver it.
31 minutes | a month ago
Episode 22 – David Konrad – Project Adventure: Heart of the Island
David is a stay at home dad living in Munich, Germany with his wife and twin boys. He has lived throughout the world and uses his experience with various cultures to write a series of adventure books for kids. He began writing while staying at home and has turned it into a career. The stories are action, adventure stories that kids (and adults) can easily love. https://davidkonradauthor.com/ David Konrad author website https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8409206285/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=8409206285&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=18d0fd10966414ac726ce68b8f2a82f9 Some links may be affiliate links.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 21 – Laurie Douglass – The Uncommon Thread
Laurie grew up in a military family and has used her love of various cultures to influence her books. She currently lives in Maryland, U.S. and because she’s always loved storytelling, she wrote a YA book that contains parts of fantasy and mystery thriller. https://www.lauriedouglass.com/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0873WPKH5/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0873WPKH5&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=a72e8e18383700d3d96949ee9aa037a1 Links may be affiliate links
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 20 – Victoria Tait – Fowl Murder
Victoria Tait lives in England, but has lived in multiple countries because her husband is in the army. The various living locations has helped inspire her writing and she has written a unique series of Cozy mysteries based in Kenya. https://victoriatait.com/ Victoria Tait author website https://victoriatait.com/book/fowl-murder/ Free book in Victoria’s cozy mystery series https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089RRXBC1/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B089RRXBC1&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=f1873d66e255d72ee1d481f14c2f68e5 Her favorite series, that she reads often, is Lord of the Rings: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345538374/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0345538374&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=8da1c1e1bc7def179188787deb335265
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 19 – Jessica Kane – The Butterfly who was afraid to fly
https://www.jessicalaurelkane.com/ Today I talk with Jessica Laurel Kane about her kids books. She has written several kids books with themes that help kids understand the world around them. We had some unexpected audio problems – first there is terrible lag and then my audio disappears completely. I still thought it important to get her story out. So please, bear with us in the audio – any pauses were me talking and asking questions. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732868204/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1732868204&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=7e91c9c6a4f75ff4c93577e994ed1976
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 18 – Dave Tamanini – Tituba the Intentional Witch of Salem
I talk to Dave Tamanini today about his book Tituba. It is a fiction account about one of the slave caught up in the witch trials. Dave’s early career was as a lawyer dealing with civil rights, which led him to this account of the Salem Witch trials from a viewpoint not typically looked at. It is an interesting choice as an older white man, but he has a passion about the story that comes through when he talks about it. https://www.davetamaniniauthor.com/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088MKHWP4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B088MKHWP4&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=0c4f4dcc931c5875f6c43d984946ec7c
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 17 – Jim Irving – B2B Selling Guidebook
Jim lives in Ireland and has been in selling for most of his life. He has used that experience to write a book to help others in their selling. It’s not a typical how-to book and he uses stories of his experiences to teach his points. https://b2bsellingguidebook.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimirving/
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 16 – LT Kay – Feeding the Leopard
Larry has traveled throughout the world – he was born in India and has been to England and South Africa. He grew up in Rodesia and spent his life working in industry. His first book – Feeding the Leopard – is set in Africa and is an adventure that involves a conspiracy. Despite being retired, he is interested in the technical aspects of publishing and enjoys working with computers. https://www.facebook.com/ltkays2/ https://ltkay.com/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0648277208/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0648277208&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=b6b760ef7310b1ddc50c186408de2038
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 10 – Antoine Bandele – By Sea and Sky
Antoine has had a varied career in his life. He caught the wave of Star Wars by having a relevant Youtube channel. He’s used those skills with his author career. He uses his life experience and his family ancestry to bring unique stories to life. He bases some of his stories on African mythology and brings it to life in his stories. Check out his website – https://www.antoinebandele.com/ He has a great youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/SilentBat His latest book is a sky pirate series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084F2MV6N/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B084F2MV6N&linkCode=as2&tag=saschneider-20&linkId=2b90c4ed76653f84eebb11f537ccf31e Antoine’s favorite local bookstore is Eso Won Books
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 09 – Frank Knight – Veil of Eden
Frank’s journey to becoming an author is different than most author’s today. When he decided to start writing, the kindle wasn’t even around yet. He also didn’t publish traditionally, so he overcame hurdles that we may not face today. His book – Veil of Eden – is a sci-fi, fantasy with political leanings. It was published over 10 years ago, yet he is now thinking of writing a sequel to it.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 08 – Kerelyn Smith – Mulrox and the Malcognitos
Kerelyn Smith is a software developer by day and has written a middle grade fantasy – Mulrox and the Malcognitos. This story is about an ogre that wants to be a poet. Kerelyn explores her writing career and the struggles to get a book published. Her book is a reflection of some of those struggles and things kids deal with that they can relate to. You can find Kerelyn at https://www.kerelynsmith.com Grab Mulrox and the Malcognitos – https://books2read.com/u/3k1LMR You can sign up for her mailing list – https://www.subscribepage.com/ReadingGroupSignUp
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 07 – Michele T Berger – Reenu You
Michele is not only an author, she is a college professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a creativity coach. She works with students in women’s and gender studies and authors to improve their ability to tap into their creativity. Her story, Reenu-You, is a post apocalyptic story where civilization is destroyed through a hair care product. As far as she knows, it’s the only post-apocalyptic story using hair relaxer as the downfall of civilization. She has gone through Falstaff books, so knows traditional, indy, and hybrid publishing.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 06 – Ronald Murphy – Crypto-Guru
Today’s episode I welcome Ron Murphy – the Crypto-Guru. That’s crypto as in cryptozoologist. Ron actually helped mentor Colin from episode 02. Ron has been giving lectures at various conventions and festivals and has written several books about various crypto and supernatural topics. He has been on tv (with Robert “Freddy Krueger” England) and he also co-hosts a weekly podcast that explores the strange. Lately, Ron has written some poetry and fiction. And on top of all that – he just became a grandfather! If you’d like to check out his work: Ron’s Amazon author page Inside the Goblin Universe podcast Corridor 13 and some of his books:
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 05 – Michael Dibaggio – Ascension Epoch
Mike Dibaggio has been trying something a bit different with his books. He writes superhero stories set in his own unique world. This world combines elements from many great fantasy stories – War of the World by HG Wells being the main basis. He has combined these stories into his own unique universe and even invites others to share in that universe and write stories in it. He works with his wife (who does the art) and has just started a companion magazine. You can find Mike at: https://www.ascensionepoch.com/ where you can register to get a free story. He is on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Michael-DiBaggio/e/B00JX865L8 He also runs: https://www.heroicadventurefiction.com which contains many other stories set in his world. Four stories set in his ascesion epoch universe – these are about the martian war (which was started in HG Wells War of the Worlds) This is Mike’s own superhero group. Still based in the same universe, just a different era.
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