The Magic of the Emerald Isle: An Interview with Jennifer Deibel

EPISODE 234I Today’s guest is Jennifer Deibel, whose debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, just came out! Jennifer tells us about life as a debut author, and how she started writing. She lived in Ireland at the time, and felt she’d finally found her heart there. That made her want to write about Ireland in…

How NOT to Write a Story: An Interview with Lisa Cron

EPISODE 229I Today’s guest is story coach Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story and Story Genius, returning to the show to talk about editing your first draft and why NaNoWriMo is not the best way to write your story. Lisa is known for approaching story through brain science, helping writers craft stories that will…

After the First Draft: An Interview with Ally Machate

EPISODE 228I Today’s guest is Ally Machate, professional editor, expert publishing consultant, and founder of The Writer’s Ally. Ally shares the steps on what to do after you finish the first draft. First — put it away! Don’t look at it for at least a week. Then you can come back to it with fresh…

An Agent’s Perspective: An Interview with Julie Gwinn

EPISODE 227I Today’s guest is agent Julie Gwinn from The Seymour Agency. With a decade in publishing and another two in marketing, she has a great perspective on what moves an author’s career forward. Julie gives us lots of great advice about how to get from the end of a first draft to a published…