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Turning Readers Into Writers

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In This Episode:Emma Robinson shares with us how she got started in her writing career. Like so many of us, she took the scenic route! By the time mid-life came around she knew this was her time to put a stake in the ground and write her debut
Molly Thornton is a successful writing coach and poet, and I was thrilled to talk to her about building a strong and sustainable writing habit, something that eludes so many of us.As Molly says, she’s lived nine lives, and one of those was as t
Grace Sammon published her debut novel in June 2020 and since then her life as a fiction author has gone from strength to strength.In our conversation we talk about Grace’s journey to writing and the inspiration behind The Eves.The Eves is abou
Steve Adams, writer and coach, began his professional life in theatre, before turning to screenwriting and then to prose writing.Adams writes creative non-fiction and personal essays and I ask him what makes a good personal story. For the memoi
Daniel Willcocks first discovered a love of writing when he wrote a stage script as part of his English and Drama degree. It received such positive feedback, that’s when he realised he could perhaps make a living from his creativity.After a few
Martha Alderson may have grown up dyslexic and non-verbal, but it didn’t stop her love of stories and writing.Her dad was trying to write a biography about one of her ancestors, but he wasn't getting anywhere. So she said she would get him orga
Today I had the privilege of talking to Sage Adderley Knox, who grew up in a creative household. Both her parents were artists, so creativity was normal in her life.Her foray into writing began in the Zine community. Sage says this is a world o
Patricio was 16 when he decided he wanted to be a writer. It was when he read The Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that Patricio understood his calling.But like many others, life took a scene route into the film before switching his major t
Alicia McCalla began writing and self publishing professionally back in 2012. In the beginning, she wrote part time while she worked full time as a school media specialist tragedy struck and her only child an officer in the US Navy was lost at
Bonnie Wolkenstein’s journey to writing was not a singular path. Having written throughout childhood, she wanted to study writing at college but was encouraged to take a more professional degree, and psychology beckoned. Since then, she has mad
Traci Skuce’s taste of publication was while in grade 11. Her teacher chose Traci’s well crafted sonnet as an example of great work, and seeing her work up there on the board felt wonderful, and was perhaps the first time Traci enjoyed finding
Beth Barany always wanted to be a writer. Her great grandmother was a writer and she remembers asking her how to publish a story.At 13 she realised she could do it and started a journal, which she continues to this day. It wasn't until she was
After university, Mark applied to be a runner with Talkback Television. Later, in 2012 he went back to university to study an MA at the University of East Anglia, one of the best programmes in Britain.He shares with me some of his key takeaways
Hannah Bauman is a book editor by day and a fiction writer by night. She’s been editing since 2011 and specialises in science fiction, fantasy and romance. She also works with select non-fiction books.She gives us a rule of thumb for how long i
Stephanie BwaBwa has been a lifelong reader, starting with pop-up books as a child, which brought fairy tales to life. She cemented her love of fiction when she discovered Lemony Snicket and the crazy world described there. But she says it was
Nadia comes from a family of writers and publishers. She was determined not to follow in their footsteps but inevitably ended up studying English, which she loved more than any other subject.In our conversation Nadia shares the themes that inte
Autumn and Jesper share their journeys to writing. Jesper came to writing later in life, it was something he always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until he went on holiday to Finland that he had an ‘ah ha’ moment, one that led him to start writing
Kate Cumiskey discovered she was a poet whilst in high school. In fact, it was her high school boyfriend who suggested she start writing things down because she saw the world in such poetical ways.She attended a class by Robert Creeley and that
Chris Andrews writing life began almost with a dear . He felt he could write storeys better than some of the ones he was reading and his friends dear him to do it!  So he did! Chris now writes across two series and many standalones in a univers
Heather Wright tells her students “not to feel defeated before you try” She started her writing life with short stories and then articles on how to write for teens.Heather coaches a lot of teens, and I asked her about the difference between coa
About the Episode:Cat Lumb has been writing stories for over a decade: since she was diagnosed with two chronic conditions and was forced to rest more, meaning her imagination was often her only escape. Her first love is novels, and she has eig
About the episode:Vanessa Soto is a book coach, helping first time nonfiction authors get their book out into the world.She talks to me about what attracted her to the publishing journey call my house listeners can decide whether to self publis
About September C FawkesSeptember's approach to editing has been described as "thorough," "precise," and "kind."She has worked in the fiction-writing industry for over eight years and has been editing stories for longer. She has edited for both
About Susan DeFreitasSusan DeFreitas is the author of the novel Hot Season, which won a Gold IPPY Award, and the editor of Dispatches from Anarres: Tales in Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin (forthcoming from Forest Avenue Press).  An independent ed
About Lisa M LillyAn author, attorney, and adjunct professor of law, L.M. Lilly founded Writing As A Second Career to share information with people juggling writing novels with working at other jobs or careers. She has written and published mul
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