Great Writers Share
#080: So I guess this is goodbye…

#080: So I guess this is goodbye…

March 26, 2021

On this, the final episode of the Great Writers Share podcast, Daniel Willcocks is joined by Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask as they recount their time on the show, and discuss the reasons that the show will be drawing to a close.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

Thank you to everyone who has graciously given their time to be a guest on the show.

Thank you to Karl Hughes and Persephone Rose for giving the show its professional tune, voice, and edge.

Thank you to the hosts of the show.

Thank you to our patrons.

And thanks to you, the listener.

Follow Us:

Follow Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com

Follow Holly: www.hblyne.com

Follow John: www.johncrinan.com

Follow Faye: www.fayetrask.com

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Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

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Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

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#079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

#079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

March 19, 2021

Jennifer Anne Gordon was born a strange, pale, and quiet child, a ghost scared of ghosts.... Originally from New Hampshire, she studied acting at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She grew up to become an actress, magician's assistant, artist, writer, dancer, and muse. She currently haunts lonely places in New Hampshire, though she is not dead.

Her debut novel, "Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent," earned Jennifer the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense 2020, the Best Horror 2020 in the Authors on the Air Awards, and was a finalist for both the American Book Fest's Best Book Award Horror 2020, and the Authors on the Air Book of the Year.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Jennifer’s dancing history and how it influences her writing
  • How being a Pantser of Dance formed her witing process
  • How her 7th grade bullies helped her craft
  • Her experimentation with different styles of writing from poetry to journalism
  • How she, ‘Broke through the barrier’ to start writing her first novel
  • Why it’s always horror and how ‘Pet Cemetery’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ were her genesis
  • What drew her to horror as a child and her influences
  • What her intentions were when writing her debut novel
  • How PitMad kicked her in the pants to get her book ‘out there’
  • Her views on going back to a finished project
  • The creative process through the drafts of her books
  • Her journey from idea to award winning novel
  • What being an award-winning writer does to self-expectations
  • Why an author brand is important
  • What art means to Jennifer and how it has helped her throughout her creative journey so far and how she continues to use it
  • How she approaches character research for historical horror

Find out more about Jennifer:

https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAnneGordonAuthor/

https://www.instagram.com/jennifergenevievegordon/

https://twitter.com/JenniferAnneGo5

Links from the show:

https://raisondetre.bandcamp.com/ (The artist she referenced)

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

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GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

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David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye...


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#078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

#078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

March 12, 2021

Miranda Oh is the author of the successful Chick Lit series, Chin Up Tits Out! Author Miranda Oh, a girl of Metis tradition and descent is your typical girl: She loves the sunset, loves long walks on the beach, world travels, and when not playing the corporate part she can be found sipping wine and spending all her hard-earned money on nice shoes. Among her friends and family, Miranda Oh is known to be the storyteller of the group, always recapping crazy life stories and situations. Her personal experiences, emotions and fantasies are the inspiration for most of her books, so there is a little bit of her in every story.

In this episode, we go deep into:

  • Miranda’s history of writing and as a storyteller
  • How her 20s inspired her first series - from immigration, to racism, to mental health problems
  • Living with endometriosis and connecting with other women who have experienced it
  • Being okay with being judged
  • Evoking emotion in readers
  • Refilling the creative well
  • Finding the environment you need as a writer
  • Seeking permission to write about family and how their experiences have a different effect on other members of the family
  • Working from home
  • Blocking out time for the day job and writing (and keeping the two separate)
  • Whether to go full time or keep the corporate job
  • How podcasting helps be a better podcast guest and a better writer
  • Interviewing people you look up to
  • The digital world making events more accessible
  • How relatable other authors are

Connect with Miranda:

https://www.mirandaoh.com/

https://twitter.com/ohmirandaoh

https://www.instagram.com/ohmirandaoh/

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Thank you to patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#077: Suzy Vadori – Making it past the “half-books,” diversifying income streams, and bonuses of book coaching.

#077: Suzy Vadori – Making it past the “half-books,” diversifying income streams, and bonuses of book coaching.

March 5, 2021

Suzy Vadori is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series, a fantastical Young Adult Series which has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • How Suzy built an ice-rink in her back yard
  • How Suzy got her start in writing
  • Making it past the difficult beginning of the writing journey
  • What exactly is a half-book?
  • Why income streams means full-time author
  • How to coach other authors
  • Networking and taking the opportunities as they come
  • Indulging yourself in physical, face-to-face writing groups
  • Christmas markets for promotion
  • Balancing in-person with digital events
  • Managing the transition of the day job to full-time authorship
  • How publishing has changed over the last five years
  • Why Suzy writes

Find out more about Suzy:

www.suzyvadori.com

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

PT Hylton

Michael Anderle

Mark McClure

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Faye Trask

Brett Jackson


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#076: Marc Watson – Approaching the right small presses for your book and writing in a way that feels right for your life.

#076: Marc Watson – Approaching the right small presses for your book and writing in a way that feels right for your life.

February 26, 2021

Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. His works include the novels Death Dresses Poorly, Catching Hell: Journey, and Catching Hell: Destination, as well as having short stories in the collections Enigma Front 5: The Stories we Hide, and A Land Without Mirrors. His newest release, a collection of science-fantasy short stories Between Conversations: Tales From the World of Ryuujin, is available now! He began writing at the age of 15 and continues to be a part-time writing student at Athabasca University. He has been published on flash fiction site www.101words.org (find his stories here) as well as comedy site www.thecorrectness.com.

Marc lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is a husband and proud father of two. He is an avid outdoors-man, martial artist, baseball player, and lover of all Mexican foods.

In this episode, we go deep into:

  • Managing a job, family and writing
  • Working with publishers and how his second book found a home quickly
  • His decision to go indie for his latest release
  • The inspiration behind his anthology of short stories
  • Trying different genres and having fun experimenting
  • Why Marc doesn’t set writing goals and find out if he persuaded Holly to his POV!
  • Narrating his own audiobook

Connect with Marc:

He can be found at online www.marcwatson.ca, as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marcwroteabook, and on twitter at @writewatson.

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Thank you to patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#075: J Benjamin – Learning from your failures, writing authentic LQBTQ+ characters, and networking with authors.

#075: J Benjamin – Learning from your failures, writing authentic LQBTQ+ characters, and networking with authors.

February 19, 2021

J. Benjamin is a sci-fi writer with a passion for space opera and aliens. He’s been writing since the 7th grade. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that he published his first novel, A Spacetime Tale.

J.’s love for understanding the universe started as a kid, growing up in South Florida, watching the space shuttles take off from his backyard. He studied at the University of Arizona, which only deepened his curiosity for science.

J. loves to imagine what is possible. He looks at the Universe, the pictures from Hubble, and likes to believe there is something beyond them other than static photos of stars and nebulae. When not busy writing, J works in the tech industry. His passions include yoga, running, rowing and Worms multiplayer. Burritos and Middle Eastern are his go-to cuisines.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Why J loves the Worms video game
  • How J’s author journey began
  • J’s journey from fantasy to science fiction
  • What it looks like to take writing seriously for the first time
  • How to overcome failure and keep moving forward
  • Following where the trails go, despite nothing seeming to go as planned
  • They key to understanding your genre
  • J’s influences in science-fiction
  • How to project a possible future and place it in your fiction
  • Paying attention to current political and technological advancements to inform your writing
  • Why it’s important to include LGBTQ+ characters in your work where possible
  • How to include LQBTQ+ characters in an authentic way
  • How J has built his reader fanbase
  • How to network with other authors
  • Why J writes

J answers questions from Patrons:

David Hines: I have read that in Sci-fi, the science needs to be accurate/believable. Is this essential or can something just be made up, not fully explained and still work for the story?

Find out more about J:

https://www.jbenjamin.pub/

https://www.facebook.com/JBenjaminAuthor

Links from the show:

Space-time Tale https://www.amazon.com/Spacetime-Tale-J-Benjamin-ebook/dp/B081DYKD5W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Michael Anderle

Yanni Jade

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#074: Michelle Raab – The psychology of writing and selling and redefining the world of work and family.

#074: Michelle Raab – The psychology of writing and selling and redefining the world of work and family.

February 12, 2021

Michelle Raab is not the biggest fan of talking about herself unless you ask her about what her current passion project is, then she’ll talk your ear off. If she’s into something, she’s all in. She is currently working on a sci fi dystopian novel, has founded a group of indie creatives called the World Indie Warriors, is a branding and marketing consultant for indie creatives and freelancers, and is a middle-aged mom of a preschooler. So yeah. She’s tired. She holds a doctorate in psychology, does photography, and loves to play with graphic design. She loves fantasy and sci-fi and sappy love stories. Her favorite trope is friends to lovers, which is by no coincidence how she found the love of her life.

In this episode, we go deep into:

  • Writing dystopian fiction - how people adhere to traditions or rules without questioning why
  • Her background in psychology and how the principle of asking why people do what they do is common to psychologists and writers
  • Inspiration from history
  • Using her experience as a psychologist to get into the heads of her characters and drawing on her experience to make her characters relatable and realistic
  • When an author’s poor grasp of basic psychology interferes with her enjoyment of a book as a reader
  • How most writers have an intuitively good understanding of people
  • The psychology of buying and selling and how this helps as a marketer
  • Start with yourself as a reader in order to understand buying behaviour
  • Appealing to readers in a niche, rather than the mainstream/bestsellers
  • Embracing the quirky and unusual and appealing to them
  • Why chasing the market isn’t necessarily a sustainable approach
  • The founding of World Indie Warriors as a collective in the style of 1920s creative salons
  • Crowdsourcing promotion and gathering a supportive network
  • Her vision for the future of WIW as a non-profit
  • Bringing authors and readers together and how art isn’t complete until someone sees it
  • Her advice for work at home parents - winging it one day at a time
  • Letting go of old ideas of what it is to be “professional” and the blending of work and life
  • How sci-fi explores current events more than exploring ideas for the future
  • Fiction’s ability to make us think about deeper issues

Connect with Michelle:

https://michelleraabwrites.com/

https://michelleraabmarketing.com/

https://worldindiewarriors.org/

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Thank you to patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson


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#073: JD Barker – On working with James Patterson, professional from the get-go, and grasping every opportunity.

#073: JD Barker – On working with James Patterson, professional from the get-go, and grasping every opportunity.

February 5, 2021

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

His work has been revered by the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Tosca Lee and many more, and his career has seen collaborations on a number of projects including writing the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” with Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, and his most recent novel “Coast to Coast Murders” with none other than James Patterson.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • What is J Thorn like to work with on the Writers Ink podcast
  • What benefits JD has found in starting a weekly podcast
  • Where JD’s journey started from
  • Taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves
  • What it means to be a book doctor
  • Getting permission from Stephen King
  • The importance of presenting yourself as a professional
  • The fear that comes with taking the plunge
  • All or nothing
  • JD’s relationship with imposter syndrome
  • Writing with James Patterson
  • Pantsing versus Plotting
  • Seizing every opportunity, despite the consequence
  • Top tip for making a career with writing
  • Changing landscape of self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Importance of editing each book before pitching to agents
  • Your reputation and brand as an author
  • Why does JD write

JD answers questions from Patrons:

Holly Lyne: For Dracul, did you visit Whitby, and did you walk the steps?

Faye Trask: What are your opinions on the tropes and cliches that have come from the Dracula stories?

Find out more about JD:

https://jdbarker.com/

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Michael Anderle

Yanni Jade

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#072: Jenna Greene – Writing YA, the art of balance, and podcasting to complement your writing.

#072: Jenna Greene – Writing YA, the art of balance, and podcasting to complement your writing.

January 29, 2021

Jenna Greene is a YA fantasy author from Alberta, Canada. She is known for the award-winning novel, REBORN, as well as the IMAGINE series. When she isn’t writing (or teaching), she is co-hosting the podcast “Quill and Ink: A Podcast for Book Lovers” with Miranda Oh.

In this episode, we go deep into:

  • How Jenna got her to start writing
  • What a dragon boat coach is
  • Finding balance between teaching and writing
  • What makes a good YA novel
  • How YA audiences have changed over the years
  • What it’s like writing for a magazine
  • How podcasting has helped her writing
  • Why Jenna Greene writes

Find out more about Jenna:

https://www.jennagreene.ca/

https://twitter.com/jgreenewrites?lang=en

https://twitter.com/podcastquill?lang=en

https://www.amazon.com/Jenna-Greene/e/B07MFR13KY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1611584307&sr=8-3

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to our patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Michael Anderle

Yanni Jade

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#071: Laura Kendrick – A Master’s degree in Creative Writing, fan fiction, and being authentically you.

#071: Laura Kendrick – A Master’s degree in Creative Writing, fan fiction, and being authentically you.

January 22, 2021

Laura Kendrick is a Manchester based multi genre author with a love of the strange and unusual.

After years of putting off publishing properly (and one slightly failed attempt in 2018), in 2021 she hopes to finally unleash her madness on the world.

This year will see the release of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure novels The Silverdeer Chronicles 1 & 2, plus a dystopian YA novel called Collarless.

She is in the process of getting her Masters in Creative Writing and starting a podcast with fellow author Samantha Frost.

Alongside writing she is the proud owner of a small menagerie and the complete collection of Diagnosis Murder Episodes and Diagnosis Murder Books.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Laura's writing journey so far…
  • Studying Creative Writing (MA)
  • First experiments in self-publishing
  • Current projects
  • What Laura learned writing her first novel
  • Using movies as inspiration
  • Fan fiction
  • Handling criticism
  • Being authentically you
  • NaNoWriMo Bootcamp
  • Writing communities
  • The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast

Find out more about Laura:

https://www.laurakendrick.com/

https://www.instagram.com/betterlatethannovel/

Links from the show:

The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast - https://linktr.ee/themaamaightqueens

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson


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