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GREAT WRITERS SHARE
It’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?
Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.

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GREAT WRITERS SHARE
It’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?
Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.

    #063: Josh Malerman – Definition of an artist, the power of “the end,” and what it means to be a Prolific.

    #063: Josh Malerman – Definition of an artist, the power of “the end,” and what it means to be a Prolific.

    Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and also one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung, whose song “The Luck You Got” can be heard as the theme song to the Showtime show “Shameless.” 


    His critically acclaimed novel, Bird Box has been adapted into a Netflix feature film starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson and was also nominated for the Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the James Herbert Award. The sequel novel, Malorie, was released earlier this year to roaring success, and his books Black Mad Wheel and Goblin have also been nominated for Stoker Awards.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - What it is to be an artist in today’s world
    - The power of writing “the end” on your first novel
    - Josh’s early writing journey
    - How rough drafts can perform their own magic
    - Pacing yourself on larger projects
    - Experimenting with form and process
    - How consistency can aid the early writer
    - The different kinds of re-writes
    - What it means to be a Prolific
    - How the act of writing is its own optimism
    - Remaining humble under global attention
    - Helping others along their journey
    - Equality amongst artists
    - Keeping the momentum of a story alive for fourteen years
    - Giving books for free and earning karma
    - Why Josh writes


    Josh answers questions from Patrons:
    Faye Trask: How much say did you have when it came to turning Birdbox into a movie? Did you get to do anything neat like meet the actors or visit the set?


    Find out more about Josh:
    https://joshmalerman.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/joshmalerman/
    https://twitter.com/joshmalerman/
    https://www.facebook.com/JoshMalerman/


    Links from the show:
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com
    Josh Malerman’s This Is Horror interview: https://pod.link/599755380/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhpc2lzaG9ycm9yLmNvLnVrLz9wPTMxNTk3
    Malerman’s “Goblin”: https://books2read.com/u/b6Kvq0
    Malerman’s “Malorie”: https://books2read.com/u/me79aV
    Malerman’s “Bird Box”: https://books2read.com/u/mKywq5


    Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


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    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
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    #062: Lucinda E Clark – Living a life worth writing, lessons learned from writing, and falling into what’s right.

    #062: Lucinda E Clark – Living a life worth writing, lessons learned from writing, and falling into what’s right.

    Lucinda E Clark is an award-winning self-published writer of memoir and psychological thriller, a global traveler, scriptwriting lecturer, and owner of a South African video production company.


    She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a finalist for book excellence awards, the 2017 New Apple award for excellence in independent publishing, a two-time winner of the readers’ favorite book award, and a finalist in the Independent Author Network’s book of the year awards.


    Lucinda has lived a colorful life, having met Nelson Mandela, broadcasted with a bayonet at her throat, managed a rock band, gotten involved in a crowd at a public hanging, survived riots, dodged a hail of bullets as well as deportation from Libya


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - How managed a rock band
    - How traveling can impact your writing
    - Switching genres
    - How Lucinda fell into numerous jobs
    - How The very worst riding school came to be
    - Scriptwriting and her production company
    - Writing propaganda 
    - What it was like meeting Nelson Mandela
    - What makes the best Memoir and Psychological thrillers
    - The history of Umhlanga Press
    - Broadcasting with a Bayonet to her neck
    - Advice for new writers
    - Why Lucinda writes


    Find out more about Lucinda:
    https://www.lucindaeclarke.com/


    Links from the show:
    Blog https://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com/
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lucindaeclarke.author
    Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/226303738779560/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/LucindaEClarke


    Get more from Great Writers Share!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/
     
    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.


    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
    Jo
    Sacha Black
    Laura K
     
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    #061: Andy Conduit-Turner – Writing comics, navigating publishing contracts, and choosing the best medium for your story.

    #061: Andy Conduit-Turner – Writing comics, navigating publishing contracts, and choosing the best medium for your story.

    Andy Conduit-Turner is a writer, editor, occasional quiz host and serial podcaster from the UK (mostly). Writing across a number of genres and mediums, He is a fan of horror, comedy, picking on the small details and has a spreadsheet for everything!


    Andy is one of the founders of Horde Comics and, in addition to his work there, several of Andy’s short stories have featured on The Other Stories podcast. He recently directed The Halloween Horrors of Old Mill Lane, a week-long audio production which starred Emily Booth in the lead role.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - The Halloween Horrors of Old Mill Lane
    - Premiering podcast episodes on YouTube
    - Using audio adaptations of your stories in your portfolio
    - Write once, publish many
    - Working with Emily Booth
    - What the future holds for Old Mill Lane
    - The formation of Horde Comics
    - Keeping your story ideas manageable… Start small!
    - Writing for comics
    - Online comics communities
    - How to decide which medium best suits a story
    - Using spreadsheets to collaborate on big writing projects
    - Early storytelling experiences
    - Publishing contracts (Things to look out for)
    - Why Andy writes


    Find out more about Andy:
    https://twitter.com/AndyCTWrites
    https://www.hordecomics.com/


    Links from the show:
    Selling Your Story – Peaks and Pitfalls of Publishing Contracts – https://superandyt.tumblr.com/post/622286140908666881
    The Awesome Comics Podcast – https://awesomecomics.podbean.com/


    Get more from Great Writers Share!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.


    Thank you to our patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
    Jo
    Sacha Black
    Laura K
     
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    #060: Jessie Shedden – Escaping the cult, healing with writing, and empowering others through personal experience.

    #060: Jessie Shedden – Escaping the cult, healing with writing, and empowering others through personal experience.

    Jessie Shedden is a British-Australian chicken-loving, cult-escaping badass woman, who has become a sought-after speaker, consultant and inspirational author of Those Boots Were Made For Walking. Jessie is an entrepreneur, coach, author, chicken mom, internationally published model and motivational speaker. After 23 years of bullying for her appearance, and with her self-esteem deeply eroded, she decided to create a life where she could be herself, experience freedom and independence, and develop the confidence she'd never known. Jessie now helps other women become the most successful version of themselves in their lives, relationships and businesses, through her mindset course and practical wisdom on releasing confidence blocks. With her rustic Western charm and authentic personality, she shares her personal journey of creating freedom and independence, and finding love on her own terms.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - The limitations that she grew up with as part of a cult
    - Her writing background
    - The system she used to write her book in 40 days
    - The transformative act of writing a memoir
    - The pushback from her old community over the book
    - The thought processes behind her decision to independently publish
    - Her plans to write a follow up book
    - Her move into motivational speaking and working with women to empower themselves


    Jessie answers questions from Patrons:
    - Dan: What one piece of advice would you give to someone who's heading into the coach and personal development space to help them embrace the role and grow their business?


    Find out more about Jessie:
    https://www.jessieshedden.com/


    Get more from Great Writers Share!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/
     
    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.


    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    Jo
    Sacha Black
    Laura K
     
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    #059: Great Writers Scare – Exploring horror with Michael David Wilson, Bob Pastorella, Daniel Willcocks, and John Crinan.

    #059: Great Writers Scare – Exploring horror with Michael David Wilson, Bob Pastorella, Daniel Willcocks, and John Crinan.

    On today’s show, we forego the usual Great Writers Share format, as we turn off the lights, ignite some candles, place our Jack-o-Lanterns in the windows and invite the monsters in for a special Halloween episode of, what our guests have lovingly dubbed, the Great Writers Scare podcast.


    The premise is simple. Four horror writers. Ninety minutes of unfiltered time to discuss all things horror writing. But who are these other three writers, you might be wondering. 


    Joining Dan today we have one of our regular co-hosts, sci-fi and horror author, John Crinan, as well as two powerhouses in the horror community. I’m excited to welcome back to the show, the founder and host of the This Is Horror podcast, Michael David Wilson, and to say hello for the first time to his glamorous (but haunting) co-host, Bob Pastorella.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - Why do we write horror?
    - Our earliest horror experiences
    - Why are we not repulsed by horror?
    - What has 2020 brought to horror, and how has the pandemic shaped writers of the genre?
    - Michael and Bob’s new book, “They’re Watching"
    - Michael and Bob’s collaboration process when writing the book
    - John Crinan’s story as featured on Hawk & Cleaver’s “The Halloween Horrors of Mill Lane” limited series
    - The Other Stories anthology, edited by Daniel Willcocks


    Find out more about Dan, John, Michael, and Bob:
    www.danielwillcocks.com
    https://www.johncrinan.com/
    https://www.michaeldavidwilson.co.uk/
    https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/about/staff/bob-pastorella/


    Links from the show:
    Michael’s Interview on the show: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/NmM2NWRjMTctZDA3Yy00Y2VlLWI0N2MtMTA5NDMxODQ2MTlm
    Michael and Bob’s, "They’re Watching": https://books2read.com/u/4A7YGd
    Michael David Wilson’s, "The Girl in the Video": https://books2read.com/u/b5krzR
    Bob Pastorella’s "Mojo Rising": https://books2read.com/u/m2Mvn7
    Chuck Palahniuk’s “Guts”: http://readfulltext.blogspot.com/2013/10/guts-by-chuck-palahniuk.html
    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067341/
    Night of the Living Dead: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/
    Poltergeist: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/
    Stephen King’s “Cujo”: https://books2read.com/u/bQd9Xd
    An American Werewolf in London: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082010/
    Get your copy of “They’re Watching” from This Is Horror: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/shop/
    The Other Stories podcast (The Halloween Horrors of Mill Lane): https://pod.link/theotherstories
    http://www.emilybooth.co.uk/
    The Other Side Anthology: https://books2read.com/tosanthology
    Listen to This Is Horror podcast: https://pod.link/599755380


    Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.
    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
    Jo
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    Laura K
     
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    #058: V.S. Holmes – Advocating for queer and disabled representation, winning awards, and collaborative relationships.

    #058: V.S. Holmes – Advocating for queer and disabled representation, winning awards, and collaborative relationships.

    V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies.


    When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - V’s tiny home and how that came into being
    - What the life of a contract archeologist looks like
    - How V got into writing and what fuels that passion
    - How V won their awards, and what the process looked like in the five years between
    - V’s understanding of complex political structures and how they apply that to their writing
    - What is that bone behind them on camera?
    - V's approach to genre hopping and how that affects their writing
    - What is Amphibian Press and how does that changes their publishing process
    - What’s the secret behind raising the voices of marginalized voices?
    - What are the common mistakes people make when writing queer or disabled characters
    - The importance of at least trying to write the voices of characters outside your comfort zone
    - Working with sensitivity readers as part of your writing process
    - V recommends an example for reading queer voices
    - Working and building a collaborative universe
    - How to market books in a collaborative universe
    - Managing conflict and disagreements when you go your separate ways in a collaborative arrangement
    - Exploring the possibilities of direct selling through your own website
    - Managing pen names across genres
    - Why V writes


    Find out more about V.S. Holmes:
    https://vsholmes.com/index.html
    https://www.facebook.com/authorvsholmes/
    https://twitter.com/VS_Holmes
    https://www.instagram.com/vs_holmes/


    Links from the show:
    The Other Side anthology: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside
    9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do, Marketing: https://books2read.com/u/bPKVOz
    Dan’s Boot Camp: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp
    O. E. Tearmann’s “Aces High, Jokers Wild” series: https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Were-Given-Aces-Jokers/dp/B07TMGQLBL/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=o+e+tearmann&qid=1603124448&sr=8-3


    Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.
    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
    Jo
    Sacha Black
    Laura K
     
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