80 episodes

Welcome to the #badasswriters podcast! You'll find writing tips and how-to's to take your writing from good to great. There are interviews with fabulous guest authors and industry professionals to help writers in the community build their confidence and go from brand new to badass! All kinds of writing topics are covered, there are Q&As with agents and other professionals, plus pitch critiques, listener questions, recorded listeners' book recommendations, and recorded shoutouts from authors. Please reach out on Twitter @_badasswriters and on my website at kathleenfoxx.com/badasswriters-podcast

#badasswriters Kathleen Foxx

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 4 Ratings

Welcome to the #badasswriters podcast! You'll find writing tips and how-to's to take your writing from good to great. There are interviews with fabulous guest authors and industry professionals to help writers in the community build their confidence and go from brand new to badass! All kinds of writing topics are covered, there are Q&As with agents and other professionals, plus pitch critiques, listener questions, recorded listeners' book recommendations, and recorded shoutouts from authors. Please reach out on Twitter @_badasswriters and on my website at kathleenfoxx.com/badasswriters-podcast

    S5E8 Pitches || Edith Wharton || Historical Fiction with Teri Brown

    S5E8 Pitches || Edith Wharton || Historical Fiction with Teri Brown

    In today's episode, Kat talks about Edith Wharton, born on this day in 1862 (who shares a birthday with Kat's grandmother! Happy birthday Grandma!). Then, she chats with returning author Teri M. Brown about her new novel, An Enemy Like Me, which launches today, Jan 24, 2023.


    What makes an enemy?
    How war changes people and families
    The inspiration behind the story
    The process behind writing the book
    Research for historical authenticity
    Book cover design
    Advice for those writing more than one POV or timeline
    Natural transitions
    The importance of WHY
    The importance of pre-launch marketing
    The editing process with Atmosphere Press
    How to ensure each POV character has an arc
    What historical fiction she’s working on next

    Teri can be found at www.terimbrown.com, on Facebook @TeriMBrownAuthor, Twitter @TeriMBrown1, and IG @TeriMBrown_Author.

    Kat is on Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. On IG, she's @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. Her websites are www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com and www.moodpitch.org

    Signup for Kat’s newsletter here and register for the Query + Synopsis webinar here!

    For guest inquiries, listener questions, book recs, or shoutouts to those who've helped on your path to publication, see details on Kat’s website here. Please note interview bookings are now full until October 2023.

    Music: Bathtime Funk by All Good Folks (uppbeats.io), Head Up by Sixteen Wheelers, A Sophisticated Affair by Gavin Luke, and Elevated Consciousness by Amaranth Cove (epidemicsound.com).

    To submit a pitch for critique on the show, please fill out this form.

    • 50 min
    S5E7 True Crime, Nonfiction Novels, and Character Motivations || Quill and Cup's Ania Ray

    S5E7 True Crime, Nonfiction Novels, and Character Motivations || Quill and Cup's Ania Ray

    Today Kat talks about Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, plus nonfiction novels and character motivations. (CONTENT WARNING: family murders, execution by hanging: skip to 8:21 if needed). Then, I chat with the lovely Ania Ray from Quill and Cup! We discuss:


    What Quill and Cup is
    Giving yourself permission to create
    What a prickle is
    How the community can help you avoid procrastinating!
    Webinars, educational prickles, a sense of community, accountability
    Ania’s own writing journey
    The discomfort of first drafts
    Her Cromwell Rules series
    Writing a damned good book!
    Her publishing journey
    Her excellent advice to writers about mindset

    Ania can be found at www.quillandcup.com, on Instagram @quillandcup, and on YouTube.

    Kat is on Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. On IG, she's @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. Her websites are www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com and www.moodpitch.org

    Signup for Kat's newsletter here and register for the Query + Synopsis webinar here!

    For guest inquiries, questions for the podcast (to be answered in an episode), book recommendations or shoutouts to those who've helped on your path to publication, see details on Kat's website here. Please note interview bookings are now full until October 2023.

    Music: Bathtime Funk by All Good Folks (uppbeats.io), The Tall Man, The Collector, and Evil Tendencies, all by Farrell Wooten (epidemicsound.com)

    If you would like to submit a pitch for critique on the show, please fill out this form.

    • 45 min
    S5 BONUS || James Joyce || Bookseller Shelley Macbeth

    S5 BONUS || James Joyce || Bookseller Shelley Macbeth

    In today's bonus episode, Kat talks about James Joyce in the #lithist segment; stream of consciousness, how his life events impacted his writing, and book banning. Then I chat with bookseller Shelley Macbeth of Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario! We cover:


    How she became involved with Blue Heron Books
    Winning Best Bookstore awards—twice
    What she gets the most joy out of at Blue Heron
    Connections and the social side of bookselling
    Events they do in support of authors
    The Book Drunkard Festival
    How Lucy Maud Montgomery fits into it all
    Selecting books for the store
    The impact of geographical location on a bookstore’s sales
    Partnering with other businesses in the community
    How TikTok and other social media sites are affecting trends in bookselling
    The environmental impacts of paper books vs e-books
    And of course, book recommendations!

    Blue Heron Books is @BlueHeronBooks on Twitter and @BlueHeronBooks on Instagram.

    Kat is on Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. On IG, she's @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. Her websites are www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com and www.moodpitch.org

    Signup for my newsletter here and register for the Query + Synopsis webinar here!

    For guest inquiries, questions for the podcast (to be answered in an episode), book recommendations or shoutouts to those who've helped on your path to publication, see details on my website here. Please note interview bookings are now full until October 2023.

    Music: Bathtime Funk by All Good Folks (uppbeats.io), Head Up by Sixteen Wheelers, Celtic Dream by Trabant 33, Country Soil by View Points, Up in the Hills by Bonnie Grace, and Old Vienna by Leni Leimoti (epidemicsound.com).

    If you would like to submit a pitch for critique on the show, please fill out this form.

    • 45 min
    S5E6 Screenwriting vs Novel Writing || Mark Grenside

    S5E6 Screenwriting vs Novel Writing || Mark Grenside

    In today's episode, Kat talks about Robert Stone in #lithist who died on this day in 2015. He wrote the novel Dog Soldiers in the 1970s which went on to be adapted for film into Who'll Stop the Rain starring Nick Nolte. She talks about screenplays vs novel writing and then has a great conversation with thriller author and film industry aficionado Mark Grenside! Topics include:


    his newest Thriller, Fallout
    how filmmaking influences how he writes novels
    imagery, dialogue, and entering a scene as late as possible
    the three-act paradigm
    the fundamental error he made when he first tried to get published
    characters who bring out interesting traits in each other
    being a member of Crime Writers of Canada
    working with Jim Henson
    travelling all over the world to film Fraggle Rock
    his blog andanotherthing.com
    the fearless activities Mark and his wife do and how they serve as writing inspiration

    Mark can be found on his website at mngrenside.com, on Twitter @mngrenside, on Instagram @mngrenside, and on Facebook @mgrenside.

    Kat is on Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. On IG, she's @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. Her websites are www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com and www.moodpitch.org

    Signup for my newsletter here and register for the Query + Synopsis webinar here!

    For guest inquiries, questions for the podcast (to be answered in an episode), book recommendations or shoutouts to those who've helped on your path to publication, see details on my website here. Please note interview bookings are now full until September 2023.

    Music: Bathtime Funk by All Good Folks (uppbeats.io), Devil's Little Helper by Pip Monday, and Evangelish by Ondalut (epidemicsound.com)

    If you would like to submit a pitch for critique on the show, please fill out this form.

    • 48 min
    S5E5 J.R.R. Tolkien || Marion Lougheed || Jennifer Mariani

    S5E5 J.R.R. Tolkien || Marion Lougheed || Jennifer Mariani

    Today is the first episode of 2023! Hear about Tolkien, who was born on this day in Literary History, then Kat chats with two authors: Marion Lougheed (who's also the EIC at Off Topic Publishing) and Jennifer Mariani. We cover:


    Off Topic Publishing—how Marion got started with it
    Monthly poetry boxes
    Marion's editing processes
    What Marion likes about writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
    How poetry can help refine your prose
    Pros and cons of being a writer and editor and publisher
    Getting feedback on submissions
    Writing retreat in Banff, Alberta, Canada in 2023
    Jennifer's chapbook, All Forgotten Now
    Jennifer reads us her favourite poem, Song of Home
    How Jennifer writes her incredible lines
    How Jennifer became involved with Off Topic Publishing
    What Jennifer's working on next
    Writing about extremely personal, difficult topics
    Advice to writers in dealing with challenges, acceptance, and burnout

    Marion: Twitter: @MarionLougheed & @OffTopicPub. Facebook: @Marion Lougheed's Writing Page & @Off Topic Publishing. IG: @themerryonion & @offtopicpub

    Jennifer: Twitter: @zimballerina IG: @zimballerina

    Kat: Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial & @moodpitchers. IG @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial & @moodpitchers. Websites: www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com & www.moodpitch.org

    Guest inquiries: please fill out this form. Please note interview bookings are now full until September 2023.

    To submit a question to be answered on the podcast, please fill out this form.

    To recommend a book, or to give a shoutout to someone, record a short voice memo and email it to badasswriters@kathleenfoxx.com, and I'll air it on the pod! More details here.

    Sign up for my newsletter here.

    Music: Bathtime Funk by All Good Folks (uppbeats.io), Head Up by Sixteen Wheelers, The Great Unknown by Hampus Naeselius, and Allegro Sotto Le Stelle by Trevor Kowalski.

    • 51 min
    S5 BONUS || Lit Hist: Mercer Mayer || Year-End Wrap-Up || Kathleen Marple Kalb

    S5 BONUS || Lit Hist: Mercer Mayer || Year-End Wrap-Up || Kathleen Marple Kalb

    In the last episode of 2022, Kat talks about Mercer Mayer who was born On This Day in Literary History. Then she wraps up the year with book recommendations, books she can't wait to read in 2023, a reflection on two things that every writer should do going forward, and then she chats with author and radio anchor Kathleen Marple Kalb about:


    Her recent three-book deal
    Querying advice
    Launching her debut during the pandemic
    Short stories
    Writing for radio shows
    Pivoting back to fiction
    Her various mystery books
    How her role in radio inspired some stories
    A killer first line
    Pen names
    Juggling writing two series

    You can find Kathleen on her website at www.kathleenmarplekalb.com, on Twitter @KalbMarple and @NikkiKnightVT, and on Instagram @kathleenmarplekalb.  She's also on Facebook @KathleenMarpleKalb and @NikkiKnightAuthor.

    Kat is on Twitter @kfoxx_writes @_badasswriters @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. On IG, she's @kathleenfoxxwrites @badasswriters_podcast @FoxxEditorial and @moodpitchers. Her websites are www.kathleenfoxx.com www.foxxeditorial.com and www.moodpitch.org

    For guest inquiries: please fill out this form. Please note interview bookings are now full until Sep 2023.

    To submit a question to be answered on the podcast, please fill out this form.

    To recommend a book or give a shoutout to someone who helped you on your writing journey, record a short voice memo and email it to badasswriters@kathleenfoxx.com, and I'll air it on the pod! More details here.

    Signup for my newsletter here.

    Music: Head Up (Sixteen Wheelers), Twenty Eleven (Rocket Jr.), Overtaken by Kids (Mac Taboel) (epidemicsound.com), Bathtime Funk (All Good Folk) (uppbeat.io)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Carleen G ,

Love this podcast as an emerging writer!

As a new writer I am obsessed with writing podcasts, so it’s safe to say that I’ve tried them all! This one stays at the top of my list every time a new episode is released. Always good info and an enjoyable listen!

SammieMac2Be ,

Great info in easy to swallow doses

Kat does an excellent job of sharing key tips and suggesting ways to test them. Almost like writing prompts you would receive at a retreat. Her interviews with writers in various stages of works in progress gives listeners a broad range of what to expect every step of their journey. Her pro stance on finding a writing community and open nature to help fellow writers succeed makes this a great podcast.

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