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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 • 2 Ratings

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

    Episode 6: Representing Culture - Brittney Morris, Slay

    Episode 6: Representing Culture - Brittney Morris, Slay

    Brittney Morris performed what most writers would consider an impossible feat: she wrote an entire novel in 12 days. After being inspired by the Black Panther movie, Brittney decided to write a story about a 17-year-old high schooler who developed a game played by the global black community. Brittney wanted to participate in Pitch Wars, a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for an agent showcase.

    She had 14 days to produce an entire manuscript. So she did.

    In this episode, Brittney shares how she feels the pressure to represent her race, how she overcame more than 200 rejections and what the full-time writing life means to her.

    Learn more about Brittney on her website.

    Check our her author profile on Amazon.

    To learn more about me, my books and for past episodes, visit danagoldstein.ca.

    • 22 min
    Episode 5: Risking it all for freedom - Karen Patterson, Taking on China

    Episode 5: Risking it all for freedom - Karen Patterson, Taking on China

    When Canadian Karen Patterson moved to China, she fully intended to spend the rest of her life there. While there, she built businesses, learned the language, got married and gave birth to her daughter. She never imagined her life would be completely upturned when her husband, Chinese artist Wu Yuren, disappeared.

    For years, Karen struggled to find him, and when she did, the fight to free him from the clutches of the Chinese government began. As a foreigner in a foreign land, Karen was the only one who could help. Taking on China is a riveting look behind the red wall - at the people, the art world, and the obstacles one woman faces in her search for freedom.

    Purchase Taking on China.

    To listen to more episodes, or to check out my books, visit danagoldstein.ca.

    • 26 min
    Episode 4: Writing the Taboo topics - Heather Levy, Walking Through Needles

    Episode 4: Writing the Taboo topics - Heather Levy, Walking Through Needles

    From the very first lines of Walking Through Needles, you'll know you're in for a ride. This debut novel, by Heather Levy, is rich with characters that will run you through the spectrum of emotion and will make you squirm. Yet still, you won't be able to stop turning the pages.

    In this conversation, Heather talks about BDSM, Pitch Wars and the challenges of writing about sexual assault.

    WARNINGS: We talk about some very adult topics: masturbation, assault, bondage, sadism and masochism.

    Purchase Walking Through Needles.

    Read the article about pain referenced in this episode here and her twenty year lie here.

    Follow Heather on Twitter.

    To listen to more episodes, or to check out my books, visit danagoldstein.ca.

    • 29 min
    Episode 3: The business of books - Tammy Plunkett, Clinical Trial

    Episode 3: The business of books - Tammy Plunkett, Clinical Trial

    Tammy Plunkett started writing Clinical Trial to quell the boredom of being a stay-at-home-mom to four children. Ten years after she first completed the book, she took it out of the drawer to revisit the romantic thriller, updated it, edited it and hit publish. It was perfect timing for this ex-ICU nurse to launch a book that reads like a string of Grey's Anatomy episodes. In the midst of a pandemic, there was something medical we could get into without feeling scared or overwhelmed.

    Learn more about Tammy: https://www.tammyplunkett.com/about/

    For more episodes, visit www.danagoldstein.ca

    To inquire about being a guest, contact Dana.

    • 26 min
    Bonus Episode: Meet your host, Dana Goldstein

    Bonus Episode: Meet your host, Dana Goldstein

    I thought it was probably a good idea to introduce myself in a solo episode. I've kept it short (the self-effacing voice in my head tells me I'm not that interesting), and I've dropped a couple of weird things most people don't know about me. I've shared why I decided to start this podcast and how I use book reviews on Goodreads.

    To learn more about me, visit www.danagoldstein.ca

    You can buy my books wherever books are sold, or buy them directly from my website for signed and personalized copies.

    Check out my other life as the owner of Digital Shoebox (where I offer video and written content for others).

    Find me on:

    Twitter

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    • 13 min
    Episode 2: Telling the hard story - Michelle Good, Five Little Indians

    Episode 2: Telling the hard story - Michelle Good, Five Little Indians

    Michelle Good took 9 years to write Five Little Indians. As a member of the Cree nation, she had first-hand knowledge of the experiences of those who had been sent to Canada's residential schools. She wanted her novel to answer two questions: what happens when the children are released and how do they function in the world. She answers both of those with an emotional, thought provoking novel.

    Buy Five Little Indians here.

    Learn more about Michelle.

    For more episodes, visit www.danagoldstein.ca

    To inquire about being a guest, contact Dana.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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DanaChurchWriter ,

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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