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Novelist Spotlight is a gathering place for people interested in reading and writing great fiction and literature. This is where you will hear from the authors who write the novels and learn of their motivations, writing process, characters, struggles and successes. Novelist Spotlight is hosted by Mike Consol, a lifelong journalist and author of four novels.
 
Listen to Confessions of a Debut Novelist, hosted by author Chloe Timms, to hear from new and up-and-coming writers about their debut novel. We talk writing journeys, tips and advice and what it's like to be new to the world of publishing. Each episode features a writer about to have their debut novel published, covering adult, YA and children's in a range of genres. We'll hear about rejections and setbacks, how writers signed with their agent and whether their book deal was with an indie pu ...
 
Look! I wrote a novel and it got published - by St. Martins Press - a big fancy pub house. I know how to write. I've been doing it for a looonnnggg time. And I've been helping others hone their craft and find their voice as writers since 2006. So, I had this idea, I'll read my book - The Playgroup - and, as I go, chapter by chapter, I'll share with my listeners all I know about writing. So, have fun, listen to the episodes in order, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Support this podcast: https://anchor ...
 
Hey everyone, This is The Novelist Girl. I am a researcher by profession. But my love for books always make me read a lot of novels including motivational, fictional and various genres. So here I am introducing my podcast The_Novelist_Girl where I will provide motivational content in Hindi as well as English in my unique way. I will be uploading various motivational stories and tips and tricks to get best out of your life. If you want to improve yourself and feel motivated with a little talk ...
 
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Beth Barany is a novelist, neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her book titles include “Into the Black,” and “Lured by the Light,” and “Henrietta the D…
 
Nicole asks: What are good ways to tag flashbacks in a short story so that it’s clear to the reader? Resources Mentioned: Witcher (netflix series) Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer Sunday Morning Giraffe by J. Daniel Sawyer At The Edge of Nowhere by J. Daniel Sawyer The Coffee Service by J. Dan…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Sophie Haydock about her historical debut The Flames. In this episode we discuss flipping the canvas where the artist’s muses take centre stage, listening and observing people to create the details of side characters and the key to staying positive on days of doubt. Buy The Flames: …
 
Simon says: A book that has stuck with me for years is one I was rooting for the bad guy and the detective even though they were pitted against each other. I wanted them both to succeed… impossible as that was. I’d love to hear your thoughts on why it managed that so well and lessons we could learn from it. Resources Mentioned Day of the Jackal by …
 
Nicole asks: What exactly are writing prompts? Are they helpful? Resources Mentioned Open Vistas: After the Peak The Society of Miserable Bastards by J. Daniel Sawyer Buried Alive in the Blues Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer My Luck, by Mel Todd The post Question 1018: Writing Prompts (…
 
Simon asks: Is it better for writers to stick to characters that are like them? Are the costs of trying to write something outside of your own experience too high? Resources: Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Foundation by Isaac Asimov The White Plague by Frank…
 
In the spotlight is Nancy Stohlman, author of several books, including “Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction.” We discuss: >> How flash fiction is changing the way we tell stories >> The challenge of writing short >> Dehydrating your copy >> How the story chooses the author >> The importance of journaling >> Writing sabbaticals and retreats …
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Kate Sawyer about her post-apocalyptic debut The Stranding which has just been published in paperback. In this episode we discuss writing a sensory experience to make the surreal plausible, varying your writing routine and being your own biggest champion. Buy The Stranding: linktr.e…
 
Simon asks: What is the young adult genre? Is it just young protagonists, or is there more to it than that? Resources Mentioned Secrets of the Heinlein Juvenile Harry Potter series Twilight by Stephanie Meyer The post Question 1016: What is YA? appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.על ידי J. Daniel Sawyer
 
Ed asks: How can a writer oppose the moral panic du jour without being consumed by it? Resources Mentioned Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Every Day Novelist Success Stories: Mel Todd Mel Todd on KDP Select Archivos The post Question 1015: Opposing the Current Th…
 
In the spotlight is the story of a mother, a son, a newspaper clipping, and the celebrated novelist Larry Woiwode, who passed on April 28, but not before having left behind some important advice for the host of this podcast and fiction writers everywhere. Learn more about Larry Woiwode from this New York Times review of his memoir titled “A Step Fr…
 
Charles has feedback on mid-life crises and writing. Resources Mentioned: Watership Down by Richard Adams Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell Pure Heat, by ML Buchman The post Feedback: Mid-Life Crises appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Josh Winning about his fantasy novel The Shadow Glass. In this episode we discuss his obsession with learning about story structure, how he writes in a filmic way and his interesting route to getting an agent. Buy The Shadow Glass: linktr.ee/joshuawinning Follow Josh on Twitter: @Jo…
 
In the spotlight, from the Low Country of South Carolina, is DM Brockington, a writer fascinated by witches and psychic abilities. When she’s not reading urban fantasy, paranormal or contemporary fiction novels, she’s writing them. Her body of work includes titles such as “Rise of the Millennial Witch,” “Uncloaked” and “Our Little Secrets.” The lis…
 
Gay Talese, one of the pioneers of the New Journalism (along with Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion and Hunter S. Thompson, among others) joins the program to discuss his long and storied career. Now 90 years of age, he is hard at work on his latest book. We discuss: >> Writing about everyday people >> Publishing industry titan Nan A. Talese >>…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Lizzie Damilola Blackburn about her debut rom-com Yinka Where is Your Huzband?. In this episode we discuss how entering the pen factor competition changed her life, writing a rom-com with a Black young woman at the heart of it and leaving perfectionism behind when you start to write…
 
Anna Pitoniak is the author of “The Futures,” “Necessary People” and “Our American Friend.” She graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. She worked for years in book publishing, most recently as a senior editor at Random House, before launching her writing career. We discuss: >> Learning the novel …
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to to Susannah Wise whose sci-fi debut This Fragile Earth was published in 2021. I wanted to ask Susannah on the podcast, just as her paperback comes out and before her second book is published, to discuss being a debut one year on. In this episode we talk about how her world-building …
 
Eliot Parker is the author of five novels: “Breakdown at Clear River,” “Making Arrangements,” “Fragile Brilliance,” “Code for Murder,” and “A Knife’s Edge.” We discuss: >> Developing an author platform >> What makes a novel Appalachian? >> The storytelling ethos of the south >> Hallmarks of creative writing >> Pat Conroy, John Grisham and Ray Bradb…
 
Simon asks: Can you recommend any particularly great uses of an unreliable narrator? I mean, aside from Suave Rob… Resources Mentioned: Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures The Usual Suspects An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears Lolita, by Vladmir Nabakov The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court…
 
In the spotlight is historical novelist Diana Giovinazzo, author of the Italy-based titles “The Woman in Red” and “Antionette’s Sister.” We discuss: >> Why she quit writing >> How she came back to it >> Using a music soundtrack to facilitate your writing sessions >> Why aspiring novelists should NOT start with short stories >> The stress of full-ti…
 
Simon asks: Can you push an unreliable narrator too far, and just break people’s immersion? Resources Mentioned: Lolita, by Vladmir Nabakov Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures The post Questions 1013: Unreliable Narrators (pt 3 of 4) appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.על ידי J. Daniel Sawyer
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Kate Martin about her young adult novel Are You Okay Elliot Hart? In this episode we discuss how Kate embodied her teenage characters to find their voice, the important messages in her story and how she fits writing into her busy teaching career. Buy Are You Okay Elliot Hart?: https…
 
Simon asks: What are the pitfalls with using an unreliable narrator? Resources Mentioned: The Usual Suspects The Sixth Sense The Village Penn and Teller Fool Us The post Questions 1012: Unreliable Narrators (pt 2 of 4) appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.על ידי J. Daniel Sawyer
 
Simon asks: Are there any rules or conventions when using an unreliable narrator? I’m writing in first-person already which feels like it would be recommended if not outright required. Resources Mentioned The Usual Suspects An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears Clue The Murder of Roger Akroyd, by Agatha Christie Lolita, by Vladmir Nabakov Ti…
 
Jay Newman, a former hedge fund portfolio manager who spent 40 years involved with international finance, has authored the new novel “Undermoney,” part of a three-book deal with Scribner. With cameo appearances by Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, the novel offers a fictionalized account of the very real instances of the moral…
 
In the spotlight is Andromeda Romano-Lax, who worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, “The Spanish Bow,” was translated into 11 languages, and her next three novels — “The Detour,” “Behave” (an Amazon Book of the Month), and “Plum Rains” (winner of the Sunburst Award) — reflect her diverse inte…
 
Simon has feedback on ways to experiment with genres to see what you’re good at or enjoy writing. Resources Mentioned Clarke Lantham Mysteries Feedback: Short Cuts to Identifying Your Genre Feedback: Knowing What You’re Good At Feedback: More on Knowing What You’re Good At My Luck, by Mel Todd The post Feedback: Short Stories and Experimentation ap…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Melissa Fu about her historical novel Peach Blossom Spring. In this episode we discuss how her novel evolved from a short story, the benefits of Arts Council Funding, and how inspiration comes when something stops her in her tracks. Buy Peach Blossom Spring: https://www.waterstones.…
 
In the spotlight is Ray Jay Perreault. After 10 years as a U.S. Air Force pilot, he spent almost 30 years in the aerospace industry with Northrup Grumman, the giant defense contractor. He began writing science fiction after realizing there was a niche for more sophisticated stories and more realistic sci-fi storytelling. His titles include: “Virus:…
 
It’s surprising how many people love movies and spend zero time reading books. It’s especially surprising when you consider how many movies are based on books. One of the sharp distinctions between books and movies is that novels allow readers to participate in the co-creation of the story in ways that moviegoers cannot. Allow me to explain. Noveli…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Keiran Goddard about his novel Hourglass. In this episode we talk about specificity when writing universal themes, Keiran’s writing routine which involves checking into grotty hotels and how an obsession with pop music led him to writing. Buy Hourglass: https://amzn.to/3qMjyLs Follo…
 
James N. Frey is an award-winning playwright and the author of nine novels, including: “The Long Way to Die,” which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and “Winter of the Wolves,” a Literary Guild Selection. But he is best known for his series of books about how to write novels, beginning with “How to Write a Damn Go…
 
Roland has feedback on showing language barriers in fiction. Nanogang Bangs On — Day 1/Using Foreign Languages Coupling: The Girl With Two Breasts The Journeyer by Gary Jennings Aztec by Gary Jennings The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco The post Feedback: On Language Barriers in Books appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Charles has feedback on Nanogang Bangs On: Day 13 on figuring out what you’re good at. Resources Mentioned Soulless Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues Dirty Jobs Open Vistas: After the Peak Archivos The post Feedback: Knowing What You’re Good At appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I talk to Jinny Alexander about her novel Dear Isobel. In this episode we talk about writing unlikable characters, how dog walking is essential to her writing process and giving yourself time away from your writing if you’re stuck. Buy Dear Isobel: https://www.jinnyalexander.com/books-and-stories/…
 
Dawn asks: Do you consider psychology of your characters in your writing? If so, at what point in the writing process and how deeply? Resources Mentioned Star Wars original trilogy Star Wars prequel trilogy American Graffiti The post Question 1008: Psychology and Character Design appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn asks: How do work through personal or intellectual issues in writing without letting it take over? Resources Mentioned Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis Letters from the Earth (Twain) Candide by Voltaire Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures Down From Ten The Name of the Rose Lord of the Ring…
 
Montana-based Christine Carbo is the author of four novels: “A Sharp Solitude,” “The Wild Inside,” “The Weight of Night” and “Mortal Fall.” We discuss: >> The elements of suspense >> Writers’ groups >> Self-doubt >> Her early unpublished novels >> Career turning points >> Her new project Learn more about Christine Carbo here: http://www.christineca…
 
Nichole asks: How can I get rid of the passive voice words while still conveying past tense? Resources Mentioned: King James Version Bible Deadwood The Complete Works of Shakespeare Open Vistas Anthology: Swords In Space! The post Question 1006: The Passive Voice appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn: How do connect my story (plot, theme, or characters) to current events without it being obvious? Resources Mentioned: Star Wars original trilogy Star Wars prequel trilogy Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien The Zero Effect A Scandal in Bohemia The post Question 1005: Relevant but Not Topical appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.…
 
Dawn asks: How do I balance writing healthy relationships with popular tropes that depend on unhealthy dynamics, especially in romance? Resources Mentioned: Friday by Robert A Heinlein Suave Rob’s Amazing Adventures Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 50 Shades of Gray by EL James The Firm by John Grisham The post Questions 1004: Romance Tropes and Healthy…
 
In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m breaking the rules a bit and talking to Gabriella Braun about her narrative non-fiction book All That We Are. I thought it would be interesting to hear about getting into the publishing industry from a non-fiction angle. In this episode Gabriella talks about the challenge of being vulnerable a…
 
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