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31 minutes | May 14, 2020
Episode 31 - Eric Poor
Eric Poor's Working at the Word Factory: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Newspaper Journalist is taught to journalism students at Keene State Colllege in Keene, NH. Needless to say, Eric was a newspaper journalist who has led a curious life. He has recently completed a novel about a hunter who accidentally shoots another hunter and chooses not to report it. It is also the tale of the conservation officer who tracks him down.
36 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Episode 30 - Brian McElhiney
In this episode, Sean talks with his son, Brian about his career as a music journalist. Father and son share awkward interview stories in this sometimes awkward interview. Brian also discusses his comic series, The Wounding Tooth.
33 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Episode 29 - Susie Taylor
Susie Taylor's children's book series based around the character Topsy-Turvy Tracy was published by Zonderkidz, a division of Harper Collins. Susie has since self-published another children's book, Abigail's Shoes. She is currently working on a longer project, which she discusses on this episode of Writing Itself, in between her and Sean's conversation about book narration.
33 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Episode 28 - Larry Maness
Larry Maness is the author of four novels centered on the character of private investigator Jake Eaton. In addition, he is the author of two books of plays, the first of which - 3 Plays - was introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge. Larry is also the author of four unpublished plays. You can learn more about him on his website, larrymaness.com.
36 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Episode 27 - Sharon L. Dean
Dr. Sharon L. Dean taught writing and literature at Rivier University in New Hampshire. After giving up writing scholarly books that required footnotes, she reinvented herself as a writer of mysteries. Her latest book The Barn is coming from Encircle Publications in July 2020. This is the first in a new series featuring small town librarian Deborah Strong.
23 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 26 - Emily Collette
Emily Collette is a writer who went to school in Washington State and currently lives in Michigan. Here she shares how her story was plagiarized. We scrape the surface of her traumatic experience, which runs deep.
31 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Episode 25 - Tim Ewins
Tim Ewins' novel We Are Animals is unique in many ways, including its route to publication. Tim's publisher, Lightning Books, is releasing We Are Animals as an e-book for 99p (so British) via Eye Books. If the book sells well it will then be released in print. Tim's road to publication included countless hours typing away on a broken iPad while commuting to and from work via train and many months of work with his editor and publisher. In this episode of Writing Itself, Sean and Tim talk about that process.
37 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Episode 24 - D. Scott Maiorca
D. Scott Mairorca has been a teacher, a wine steward, an intern, a mall Santa, and even the Easter Bunny. Now he's an author. He's always been a story teller and a dreamer. He's also a husband, a father, and mostly a stay at home dad. On this episode of Writing Itself Scott talks with Sean about his writing and his life.
31 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
Episode 23 - Sharon Phennah
Sharon Phennah's novel You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday suit is available through BQB Publishing. That's Boutique of Quality Books Publishing. What's most fascinating about this is that the book was first self-published. Sharon talks about that process during this episode of Writing Itself. She also talks about her current project, a family history and how it has taught her to love "The Google Machine," Ancestry.com, and the relative ease of doing research in the twenty-first century.
31 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Episode 22 - Kathy Medvidofsky
In this episode Kathy Medvidofsky talks about what motivated her to search for a writers group and then, failing to find one, start one of her own. It's a sweet story of persistence that ultimately led to a rich experience full of wonderful relationships. Among the Elms is an open writers group that still thrives in Keene, NH. Kathy is a writer who focuses primarily on writing for children.
30 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Episode 21 - Books on Writing
This week, my guest is myself! Really, it’s part of my collection of books on writing. I have put these volumes in some semblance of an order of importance in my life. I hope you enjoy this non-chat, and I hope you find some inspiration here. The humorist Steve Allen once claimed to always be reading some sort of self-help book before going to sleep. (He also claims to have been a 12-hour a night sleeper, which is remarkable for such a prolific man!) I am not so inclined, but he sparked something in me. There is no shame in always trying to improve, and reading about your craft is one way to do that. Sometimes the best advice on writing comes from reading the works of the writers you love; sometimes it comes in lesson form.
38 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Episode 20 - Dick Turner
Writing Itself goes international this week with expatriate Dick Turner who lives in Paris. Dick is a writer, artist, musician, and filmmaker whose book New Math was published in 2019 by Apathy Press Poets.
34 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Episode 19 - John T. Hitchner
John T. (Jack) Hitchner is the author of the novel The Acolyte, the short story collection How Far Away, How Near, and two collections of poetry: Seasons and Shadows and Pieces of Life Between Latitudes. Jack is currently hard at work on a second novel.
35 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Episode 18 - Robert Daylin Brown
Robert Brown is a professor of English at San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino, California. Professor Brown is the author of the nonfiction book Joker to King: Your 52-Week Initiation into Manhood, and a poetry collection called How to Start a Revolution. A new edition of Joker to King will be released in 2020. Meanwhile, Robert is working on a collection of short stories.
35 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Episode 17 - David Chase II
David Chase is back to wrap up the year that was, 2019. David and Sean talk about the creation of characters, among other things.
29 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Episode 16 - Inga Hansen
Inga Hansen is a trade magazine editor by day and a fiction writer by night. She is one of Sean McElhiney's trusted readers and is partially responsible for the creation of this podcast.
24 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Episode 15 - Diane Auten
Diane Auten is the author of the book The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious. On this episode of Writing Itself Sean talks with Diane about writing, the process of getting her work published, and the joys of being a mom.
35 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Episode 14 - Gwendolyn DiPonio
Sean talks with Crafton Hills Community College Creative Writing Professor Gwendolyn DiPonio about poetry, fiction, Hemingway, and whether or not writing can be taught.
26 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
Episode 13 - Tom DiVenti
A conversation with writer Tom DiVenti about his book The Baltimore Kid, his motivations and influences, his punk roots, and Hank Williams III.
20 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
Episode 12 - Terri O'Rorke
Terri O'Rorke's book A Presidential Aberration, an indictment of the Trump presidency, is available now on Amazon. A planned sequel is in the works.
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