The Writers' Podcast

In the Studio: A Q&A Author's Special

— Ep. 14, The Writers' Podcast

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This week, to help with SK’s Hurricane Recovery Therapy, we’re taking a deeper look into the minds of our two favorite authors. Unfortunately, they weren’t available so we decided to interview each other. And to add a bit of fun, we had no idea what the other might ask. So, here is an opportunity to discover what Raymond's theme song would be, his most outrageous bar bill, which sitcom helped Kat learn English, and what it’s like for an introvert to become a podcaster.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Author Signings: A Reader's Viewpoint

— Ep. 13, The Writers' Podcast

In this episode of The Writers’ Podcast, we’re wrapping up our interviews from Once Upon a Book with our spotlight on the reader’s view of author signings benefits.

We sat down with Ashley Cestra, a prolific reader and big supporter of Indie authors.

Ashley provided great insights from a reader’s viewpoint and shared her experiences and opinions on everything from author interactions to writing enticing book blurbs.

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Meet Ashley
. . . as SK stole a selfie during the interview . . .

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part Two

— Ep. 12, The Writers’ Podcast

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In part two of our focus on author signings, we interviewed several more authors and discussed their insights on what to look for when selecting an event, how to interact with readers, and how best to prepare to have a successful event.

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Please visit this episode’s guests:

 

 

Terry Maggert

 

Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I've had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of-- well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Ten books and counting, with no end in sight. You've been warned.

Visit him at http://terrymaggert.com or go straight to his Amazon page.

 

Suza Kates

 

I can't remember a time when I didn't love books, but two particular memories stay with me. As a young girl I picked up Little Women, read it straight through, and promptly turned to page one to start all over again. The next book I did that with was Mind Hunter by John Douglas, tales about profiling serial killers.

And a twisted romantic was born.

Visit her at www.suzakates.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Melanie Jayne

 

I write about older characters because they are more interesting to me. They are to the point in life where they know what they don't know. I currently have three series. The Casino Nights series is my hottest. It revolves around the members of Team 2 at the Red Rose Casino in Las Vegas. This group tends to allow their pasts to dictate their futures. The Cameron Farms Trilogy is small town based and features redemption and second chances. The Change Series is about people who are unhappy in their current place in life and when opportunity presents itself- they grab it with both hands.

Visit her at http://www.readmelaniejayne.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Jessica Cage

 

Award winning and Bestselling author, Jessica Cage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Writing has always been a passion for her. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it's the pen that her hand itches to hold. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers.

Visit her at http://jessicacage.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Hope Daniels

Hope grew up in a small resort area in Michigan where she and her husband still live today. As the third child of four, she had an exhaustive imagination. From straddling the back porch railing as a wild cowgirl, to saving the world as Wonder Woman complete with homemade bullet stopping bracelets, she was always taking what she read and making it as real as she could. Finding her a true comrade in Alicia Dawn, Hope forged on an adventure in Role Playing that continued to feed her imagination till it become a living thing. With Alicia's encouragement, they turned their friendship into a writing partnership that will last well beyond the Magical Forces series.

Visit her at http://hopedanielsauthor.wixsite.com/hopedaniels or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Susan Burdorf

 

Susan Burdorf is an avid reader, photographer and lover of all things sparkly. Writing is a passion that is only quenched when THE END is written on the last page of a manuscript. Nothing says home to her, though, like the presence of her family. Susan encourages you to correspond with her and is available for public appearances at schools and conferences.

Visit her at https://www.facebook.com/susanburdorfauthor/ or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Brenda Hasse

 

Brenda Hasse is a freelance writer and multi award-winning author. She works as a guest teacher in her local school district and tutors Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Brenda enjoys reading, researching American and Medieval history, and attending renaissance festivals. She lives in Michigan with her family.

Visit her at https://brendahassebooks.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Misha McKenzie

 

Misha McKenzie grew up in a small town in Michigan. After high school she earned an Associates Degree in Business,and eventually landed a job as an office manager at a construction company. It was while working there that the Marquands and The Magic of the Heart Series was born.

Visit her at http://mishamckenzie.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Melissa Keir

 

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn't hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She'd often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing.

Visit her at http://www.melissakeir.com or go straight to her Amazon page.


By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part One

— Ep. 11, The Writers’ Podcast

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There is probably no better experience for a writer than meeting their fans and discussing their books.But today’s readers have so much to choose from to get their attention you need to put effort into social interaction.

One of the best ways to both sell and interact with readers is a book fair. Unfortunately, many authors don’t take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

We were curious about the pros and cons of book events. So, recently we took The Writers’ Podcast on the road and visited the Once Upon a Book Event in Frankenmuth, Mi.

And in this two-part episode, we talked to the book event’s attending authors, heard their insights, and unraveled some of the mysteries of these book events.

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Please visit this episode's guests:

 

 

Stacey Rourke

 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series, and twisted fairy tale Unfortunate Soul Chronicles. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

 

Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson lives in Michigan where she does all the things writing. She is busy doing academic endeavors when she would rather be writing all about her characters and their many adventures. She spends her free time being a fabulous crazy mom to two dynamic boys and staff member to four highly demanding cats.

Jennifer enjoys writing urban fantasy, paranormal romance, speculative fiction and exploring all the questions starting “What if…” which allows her mind to make the mundane much more exciting.

Visit her at http://www.authorjff.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Karina Espinosa

 

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram, and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones and Orphan Black.

Visit her at https://www.karinaespinosa.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Victoria Flynn

 

Victoria Flynn is a married mother to two daughters. She loves to travel and try new things and experiences, and spending time with friends and family. When she's not writing, she can be found with her nose buried in a good book or outside enjoying the unpredictable Michigan weather. Victoria is the author of The Voodoo Revival Series.

Visit her at https://victoriaflynnwrites.wordpress.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Laura Hawks

 

Laura Hawks has several books out, including the Demon Trilogy, The Spirit Walkers Saga, and a couple of stand alone's and a non-fiction souvenir book on the Balconies of New Orleans. You can fidn her most recent work in the Beta's Mark Anthology.

 

Visit her at https://laura-hawks.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Mackenzie Flohr

 

Mackenzie is the author of The Rite of Wands, a young adult fantasy series. Her debut novel was released on March 10, 2017, and has already gathered hype and received some incredible reviews.

Visit her at http://mackenzieflohr.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Bryna Butler

 

Butler's young adult mystery novels feature strong female leads and are woven from elements of horror, suspense, comedy, and mystery, all in a modern, small town setting. She is best known for her Midnight Guardian Series (YA Paranormal Mystery) and Mothman Mysteries (YA Sci-Fi Mystery).

Visit her at https://brynabutler.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

JW Troemner

 

JW Troemner was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States. Since then, she's spent most of her life orbiting around Indianapolis, where she can be often found gazing longingly at caverns and abandoned buildings. She's the author Urban Dragon—A serial of nine urban fantasy novellas about Arkay, a dragon living on the streets of the American rust belt, and Rosario, her princessthe homeless woman who keeps her out of trouble. Or tries to, anyway.

Visit her at https://jwtroemner.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Amy K McClung

 

Amy K. McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005. She began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris Series the following May.

Visit her at https://allauthor.com/profile/amymcclung/ or find her on Amazon here!


By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

The New Art of Storytelling

— Ep. 10, The Writers’ Podcast

To understand how storytelling has changed and continues to evolve we need to examine it across all the art forms. In this episode, we discuss storytelling in TV shows and movies—how it has changed—and the impact on novel plots and characters.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Evoking Real Emotions in Stories

— Ep. 09, The Writers' Podcast

The measure of a great story is when we feel what the character feels. It’s a method that sounds easier than it is. In episode eight, we discuss why invoking readers emotions is critical to a story’s success and how to effectively create believable emotional scenes in your story.

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By Writers After Dark

We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Small Press Publishing: The Questions You Must Answer Before Signing

— Ep. 08, The Writers' Podcast

Small Press Publishers provide a great middle ground between the traditional and self-publishing options, however before you sign you can avoid potential heartaches by answering these critical questions.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

The Five Stages of Writing Grief

— Ep. 07, The Writers' Podcast

Knowing when you need to improve your writing is emotionally challenging for most writers. In episode seven, we examine the five stages each writer must conquer to achieve acceptance and to ultimately improve their writing.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Writing A Powerful Book Opening

— Ep. 06, The Writers' Podcast

Every writer knows that their first chapter can make or break their story. You simply never get a second chance to make a first impression. So in this episode, we discuss the ingredients that make for a powerful book opening.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Are You Really Ready to Publish Your Book?

— The Writers’ Podcast, Ep. 05

Knowing when you’re ready to publish can be difficult. In this episode of The Writers’ Podcast, we take a hard look at the ways to determine if you are ready to publish your book. We also discuss the eight questions every writer should ask and answer before they hit that publish button.

 

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Writer’s Imposter Syndrome

— The Writers' Podcast, Ep. 04

What is the difference between issues of self-confidence and Imposter Syndrome? In episode four, we discuss these distinctions and provide remedies to become a more confident writer.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Traditional v. Self-Publishing: The Pros and Cons of Each

— The Writers’ Podcast, Ep. 03

Which publishing approach is best for you? We run down the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing and provide some insights to help authors decide which avenue is best for them.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.