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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
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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.

    Season 2, Episode 22: The Holiday Recommendation Episode

    Season 2, Episode 22: The Holiday Recommendation Episode

    I asked past guests to share the best book they read over the past year. I have a few of my own that I added to the list, so get busy with your Goodreads list.

    Links to the podcast episodes for each guest:

    Clare Pooley

    Marci Warhaft

    Christina Kilbourne

    Danna Staaf

    Mary Boone

    Bev Katz Rosenbaum

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    • 22 min
    Season 2, Episode 21: Writing for different genres - Kirsten Miller, The Change

    Season 2, Episode 21: Writing for different genres - Kirsten Miller, The Change

    Kirsten Miller has written for Middle Grade and Young Adult, but her latest novel, The Change, pushed her out of her comfort zone and into the adult market, specifically, the older, menopausal one.

    • 48 min
    Season 2, Episode 20: Carving your own &*$#ING path - James Fell, On This Day in History, Sh!t Went Down

    Season 2, Episode 20: Carving your own &*$#ING path - James Fell, On This Day in History, Sh!t Went Down

    James Fell is the author of his own rules. He does everything writers are told not to, and it works beautifully every single time. Does he have the Midas touch? Maybe. Can he turn a dying career into syndicated fitness column? For sure. Can he make history interesting? Fuck yes.

    Follow James (and buy a MF'ing book) on Substack.

    Read about his recent ADHD diagnosis.

    Read his most popular post on Facebook.

    Learn more about your host, Dana Goldstein.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 2, Episode 19: Finding my people - The Clopen Effect Interview

    Season 2, Episode 19: Finding my people - The Clopen Effect Interview

    I had a fantastic and fun interview with Cass and Meredith from The Clopen Effect: A Retail Podcast. They interviewed me by phone to chat about my latest memoir, Spent: My Accidental Career in Retail. We giggled over the ridiculousness that happens in the retail world. We conspired over the tricks we use to get through the day. It was a nice opportunity for me to talk with people who are still in the retail world and who loved my book. It made them feel seen, they said.

    Order your copy here.

    Listen to The Clopen Effect.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Season 2, Episode 18: Crushing hearts in the YA space - Jeff Zentner, In the Wild Light

    Season 2, Episode 18: Crushing hearts in the YA space - Jeff Zentner, In the Wild Light

    Ask anyone who has ever read a book by Jeff Zentner and they will tell you how the book broke them, or made their lives better, or put them on a different course. It's not just young adults who connect with his novels. Adults (myself included) really respond to his stories as well. In every book, Jeff says he ensures his characters have someone to love and someone who loves them. That is the core of every human being and it's why his books are such compelling reads. Learn more about Jeff on his website.

    Learn more about the host, Dana Goldstein.

    • 47 min
    Season 2, Episode 17: Rom Com is One Size Fits All - Jenny L. Howe, The Make-Up Test

    Season 2, Episode 17: Rom Com is One Size Fits All - Jenny L. Howe, The Make-Up Test

    Jenny L Howe's debut novel is one you'll fall in love with, literally. Her main character, Allison, mirrors some of the challenges Jenny faced in her own life - professionally, but not necessarily romantically. Allison, who is, as Jenny would say, unapologetically fat, finds herself entangled with an on-again, off-again lover. Let the games begin! In this episode, we talk about her agent and publication journey, the HEA (Happily Ever After), and why we need more diverse characters in romantic comedy novels, and many other topics.

    Visit Jenny's website.

    Learn more about your host, Dana Goldstein.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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podcast 16 ,

Great episode

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

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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