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A podcast that invites authors to share the evolution of their books from the "What If" musings to the words on the page.

What Were You Thinking‪?‬ Dana Goldstein

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

A podcast that invites authors to share the evolution of their books from the "What If" musings to the words on the page.

    Season 4, Episode 9: Sticking with your skill set - Charlotte Stein, When Grumpy Met Sunshine

    Season 4, Episode 9: Sticking with your skill set - Charlotte Stein, When Grumpy Met Sunshine

    If you've been paying attention, you've seen copies of When Grumpy Met Sunshine online, in bookstores, and even grocery stores. But Charlotte Stein is not an overnight success: she's been writing and publishing for 15 years.

    Visit Charlotte's website.

    • 43 min
    Season 4, Episode 8: Bringing together many stories - The Many Mothers Anthology

    Season 4, Episode 8: Bringing together many stories - The Many Mothers Anthology

    When a group of creatives come together with purpose, magic does indeed happen. The Many Mothers, Seven Skies Anthology was first birthed as a play with a series of vignettes, musical performance and actors. The production evoked so much emotion in viewers and the creators, so the decision was made to reproduce the performances and stories in writing.

    • 54 min
    Season 4, Epsiode 7: The lyrics of Novels-in-Verse - Megan E Freeman, Alone

    Season 4, Epsiode 7: The lyrics of Novels-in-Verse - Megan E Freeman, Alone

    When Megan Freeman first started to write Alone, it was a typical middle grade novel. Despite some good feedback, the book never found its wings. She left it...ahem...alone for a while, and it wasn't until she took a workshop about novels-in-verse that the shape of what Alone could be took form. And then it took off.

    • 47 min
    Season 4, Episode 6: Managing the Big Debut - Vanessa Chan, The Storm We Made

    Season 4, Episode 6: Managing the Big Debut - Vanessa Chan, The Storm We Made

    When Vanessa Chan left her job at Facebook to get her MFA, she had no idea how to write a novel. From a throwaway homework assignment, the first stirrings of the novel she would write emerged. The Storm We Made went to auction, with 11 houses vying for the debut novel. It's not the typical journey, but it makes for a great conversation.

    • 46 min
    Season 4, Episode 5: Finding the Right Words with Award-Winning Literary Translator Susan Ouriou

    Season 4, Episode 5: Finding the Right Words with Award-Winning Literary Translator Susan Ouriou

    I had no idea how complicated translation a novel cou;d be. A ward-winning translator Susan Ouriou set me straight. It takes a level of dedication, experience and knowledge to esentially re-write a book from a langugage you;ve learned inot your mother tongue. Susan Ouriou does it so well, she has earned the Governor General's Award and was appointed a Chevalier in France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

    Find Susan and her work at any of the following websites:

    https://www.attlc-ltac.org/en/translator/susan-ouriou-en/

    https://wordswithoutborders.org/contributors/view/susan-ouriou/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Ouriou

    https://www.fitzhenry.ca/susan-ouriou

    https://www.reddeerpress.com/susan-ouriou

    • 47 min
    Season 4, Episode 4: From editor to accomplished writer - Barbara Joan Scott, The Taste of Hunger

    Season 4, Episode 4: From editor to accomplished writer - Barbara Joan Scott, The Taste of Hunger

    I already know The Taste of Hunger will fall into my top 10 books for 2024. I cheered for despicable characters, I wanted the best for all of them, like they were real people in my life. It's a magnificent read.

    BIO: Barbara Joan Scott has been in love with words her whole life, whether as a reader, writer, instructor of English Literature and Creative Writing, freelance editor, or musician with a special affinity for lyrics. ​Her first book, The Quick, won the Writers' Guild of Alberta Howard O'Hagan for Best Collection of Short Fiction, and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award for Best Book. The Taste of Hunger is her first novel.

    She lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta.

    Watch Wakefield Brewster in action.

    Visit Barbara's website.

    Buy the book.

    • 50 min

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Delightful and informative interview with author Pauline Thompson!

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Great episode

Jenn Sommersby has some great advice. My only complaint is it was too short.

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Awesome new podcast!

I really enjoyed this episode. I’m going to run out and get the book! Dana asked great questions. Looking forward to more episodes!

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