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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.

    #080: So I guess this is goodbye...

    #080: So I guess this is goodbye...

    On this, the final episode of the Great Writers Share podcast, Daniel Willcocks is joined by Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask as they recount their time on the show, and discuss the reasons that the show will be drawing to a close.




    A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

    Thank you to everyone who has graciously given their time to be a guest on the show.

    Thank you to Karl Hughes and Persephone Rose for giving the show its professional tune, voice, and edge.

    Thank you to the hosts of the show.

    Thank you to our patrons.

    And thanks to you, the listener.




    Follow Us:

    Follow Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com

    Follow Holly: www.hblyne.com

    Follow John: www.johncrinan.com

    Follow Faye: www.fayetrask.com




    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

    Katie Forrest

    Yanni Jade

    Meg Cowley

    H.B. Lyne

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Laura K

    Crys Cain

    Samantha Frost

    Victoria LK Williams

    Brett Jackson

    Faye Trask



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    • 48 min
    #079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

    #079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

    Jennifer Anne Gordon was born a strange, pale, and quiet child, a ghost scared of ghosts.... Originally from New Hampshire, she studied acting at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She grew up to become an actress, magician's assistant, artist, writer, dancer, and muse. She currently haunts lonely places in New Hampshire, though she is not dead.




    Her debut novel, "Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent," earned Jennifer the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense 2020, the Best Horror 2020 in the Authors on the Air Awards, and was a finalist for both the American Book Fest's Best Book Award Horror 2020, and the Authors on the Air Book of the Year.




    In this episode we go deep into:

    Jennifer’s dancing history and how it influences her writing
    How being a Pantser of Dance formed her witing process
    How her 7th grade bullies helped her craft
    Her experimentation with different styles of writing from poetry to journalism
    How she, ‘Broke through the barrier’ to start writing her first novel
    Why it’s always horror and how ‘Pet Cemetery’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ were her genesis
    What drew her to horror as a child and her influences
    What her intentions were when writing her debut novel
    How PitMad kicked her in the pants to get her book ‘out there’
    Her views on going back to a finished project
    The creative process through the drafts of her books
    Her journey from idea to award winning novel
    What being an award-winning writer does to self-expectations
    Why an author brand is important
    What art means to Jennifer and how it has helped her throughout her creative journey so far and how she continues to use it
    How she approaches character research for historical horror







    Find out more about Jennifer:

    https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAnneGordonAuthor/

    https://www.instagram.com/jennifergenevievegordon/

    https://twitter.com/JenniferAnneGo5



    Links from the show:

    https://raisondetre.bandcamp.com/ (The artist she referenced)




    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

    Katie Forrest

    Yanni Jade

    Meg Cowley

    H.B. Lyne

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Laura K

    Crys Cain

    Samantha Frost

    Victoria LK Williams

    Brett Jackson

    Faye...



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    • 50 min
    #078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

    #078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

    Miranda Oh is the author of the successful Chick Lit series, Chin Up T**s Out! Author Miranda Oh, a girl of Metis tradition and descent is your typical girl: She loves the sunset, loves long walks on the beach, world travels, and when not playing the corporate part she can be found sipping wine and spending all her hard-earned money on nice shoes. Among her friends and family, Miranda Oh is known to be the storyteller of the group, always recapping crazy life stories and situations. Her personal experiences, emotions and fantasies are the inspiration for most of her books, so there is a little bit of her in every story.




    In this episode, we go deep into:

    Miranda’s history of writing and as a storyteller
    How her 20s inspired her first series - from immigration, to racism, to mental health problems
    Living with endometriosis and connecting with other women who have experienced it
    Being okay with being judged
    Evoking emotion in readers
    Refilling the creative well
    Finding the environment you need as a writer
    Seeking permission to write about family and how their experiences have a different effect on other members of the family
    Working from home
    Blocking out time for the day job and writing (and keeping the two separate)
    Whether to go full time or keep the corporate job
    How podcasting helps be a better podcast guest and a better writer
    Interviewing people you look up to
    The digital world making events more accessible
    How relatable other authors are










    Connect with Miranda:

    https://www.mirandaoh.com/

    https://twitter.com/ohmirandaoh

    https://www.instagram.com/ohmirandaoh/







    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







    Thank you to patrons:

    David Hines

    Harley Christensen

    Jon Cronshaw

    Jenn Mitchell

    Innes Richens

    Ian J Middleton

    Michael Anderle

    Katie Forrest

    Yanni Jade

    Meg Cowley

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Laura K

    Crys Cain

    Samantha Frost

    Victoria LK Williams

    Brett Jackson

    Faye Trask






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    • 56 min
    #077: Suzy Vadori – Making it past the “half-books,” diversifying income streams, and bonuses of book coaching.

    #077: Suzy Vadori – Making it past the “half-books,” diversifying income streams, and bonuses of book coaching.

    Suzy Vadori is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series, a fantastical Young Adult Series which has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

    Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools.




    In this episode we go deep into:

    How Suzy built an ice-rink in her back yard
    How Suzy got her start in writing
    Making it past the difficult beginning of the writing journey
    What exactly is a half-book?
    Why income streams means full-time author
    How to coach other authors
    Networking and taking the opportunities as they come
    Indulging yourself in physical, face-to-face writing groups
    Christmas markets for promotion
    Balancing in-person with digital events
    Managing the transition of the day job to full-time authorship
    How publishing has changed over the last five years
    Why Suzy writes




    Find out more about Suzy:

    www.suzyvadori.com




    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

    PT Hylton

    Michael Anderle

    Mark McClure

    Katie Forrest

    Yanni Jade

    Meg Cowley

    H.B. Lyne

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Faye Trask

    Brett Jackson



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    • 47 min
    #076: Marc Watson – Approaching the right small presses for your book and writing in a way that feels right for your life.

    #076: Marc Watson – Approaching the right small presses for your book and writing in a way that feels right for your life.

    Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. His works include the novels Death Dresses Poorly, Catching Hell: Journey, and Catching Hell: Destination, as well as having short stories in the collections Enigma Front 5: The Stories we Hide, and A Land Without Mirrors. His newest release, a collection of science-fantasy short stories Between Conversations: Tales From the World of Ryuujin, is available now! He began writing at the age of 15 and continues to be a part-time writing student at Athabasca University. He has been published on flash fiction site www.101words.org (find his stories here) as well as comedy site www.thecorrectness.com.

    Marc lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is a husband and proud father of two. He is an avid outdoors-man, martial artist, baseball player, and lover of all Mexican foods.




    In this episode, we go deep into:

    Managing a job, family and writing
    Working with publishers and how his second book found a home quickly
    His decision to go indie for his latest release
    The inspiration behind his anthology of short stories
    Trying different genres and having fun experimenting
    Why Marc doesn’t set writing goals and find out if he persuaded Holly to his POV!
    Narrating his own audiobook




    Connect with Marc:

    He can be found at online www.marcwatson.ca, as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marcwroteabook, and on twitter at @writewatson.




    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




    Thank you to patrons:

    David Hines

    Harley Christensen

    Jon Cronshaw

    Jenn Mitchell

    Innes Richens

    Ian J Middleton

    Michael Anderle

    Katie Forrest

    Yanni Jade

    Meg Cowley

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Laura K

    Crys Cain

    Samantha Frost

    Victoria LK Williams

    Brett Jackson

    Faye Trask



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    • 51 min
    #075: J Benjamin – Learning from your failures, writing authentic LQBTQ+ characters, and networking with authors.

    #075: J Benjamin – Learning from your failures, writing authentic LQBTQ+ characters, and networking with authors.

    J. Benjamin is a sci-fi writer with a passion for space opera and aliens. He’s been writing since the 7th grade. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that he published his first novel, A Spacetime Tale.




    J.’s love for understanding the universe started as a kid, growing up in South Florida, watching the space shuttles take off from his backyard. He studied at the University of Arizona, which only deepened his curiosity for science.




    J. loves to imagine what is possible. He looks at the Universe, the pictures from Hubble, and likes to believe there is something beyond them other than static photos of stars and nebulae. When not busy writing, J works in the tech industry. His passions include yoga, running, rowing and Worms multiplayer. Burritos and Middle Eastern are his go-to cuisines.




    In this episode we go deep into:

    Why J loves the Worms video game
    How J’s author journey began
    J’s journey from fantasy to science fiction
    What it looks like to take writing seriously for the first time
    How to overcome failure and keep moving forward
    Following where the trails go, despite nothing seeming to go as planned
    They key to understanding your genre
    J’s influences in science-fiction
    How to project a possible future and place it in your fiction
    Paying attention to current political and technological advancements to inform your writing
    Why it’s important to include LGBTQ+ characters in your work where possible
    How to include LQBTQ+ characters in an authentic way
    How J has built his reader fanbase
    How to network with other authors
    Why J writes




    J answers questions from Patrons:

    David Hines: I have read that in Sci-fi, the science needs to be accurate/believable. Is this essential or can something just be made up, not fully explained and still work for the story?




    Find out more about J:

    https://www.jbenjamin.pub/

    https://www.facebook.com/JBenjaminAuthor




    Links from the show:

    Space-time Tale https://www.amazon.com/Spacetime-Tale-J-Benjamin-ebook/dp/B081DYKD5W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8




    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

    Jenn Mitchell

    Innes Richens

    Michael Anderle

    Yanni Jade

    Jo

    Sacha Black

    Laura K

    Crys Cain

    Samantha Frost

    Victoria LK Williams

    Brett Jackson

    Faye Trask



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    • 51 min

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