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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.

    #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
    #074: Michelle Raab – The psychology of writing and selling and redefining the world of work and family.

    #074: Michelle Raab – The psychology of writing and selling and redefining the world of work and family.

    Michelle Raab is not the biggest fan of talking about herself unless you ask her about what her current passion project is, then she’ll talk your ear off. If she’s into something, she’s all in. She is currently working on a sci fi dystopian novel, has founded a group of indie creatives called the World Indie Warriors, is a branding and marketing consultant for indie creatives and freelancers, and is a middle-aged mom of a preschooler. So yeah. She’s tired. She holds a doctorate in psychology, does photography, and loves to play with graphic design. She loves fantasy and sci-fi and sappy love stories. Her favorite trope is friends to lovers, which is by no coincidence how she found the love of her life.


    In this episode, we go deep into:


    - Writing dystopian fiction - how people adhere to traditions or rules without questioning why
    - Her background in psychology and how the principle of asking why people do what they do is common to psychologists and writers
    - Inspiration from history
    - Using her experience as a psychologist to get into the heads of her characters and drawing on her experience to make her characters relatable and realistic
    - When an author’s poor grasp of basic psychology interferes with her enjoyment of a book as a reader
    - How most writers have an intuitively good understanding of people
    - The psychology of buying and selling and how this helps as a marketer
    - Start with yourself as a reader in order to understand buying behaviour
    - Appealing to readers in a niche, rather than the mainstream/bestsellers
    - Embracing the quirky and unusual and appealing to them
    - Why chasing the market isn’t necessarily a sustainable approach
    - The founding of World Indie Warriors as a collective in the style of 1920s creative salons
    - Crowdsourcing promotion and gathering a supportive network
    - Her vision for the future of WIW as a non-profit
    - Bringing authors and readers together and how art isn’t complete until someone sees it
    - Her advice for work at home parents - winging it one day at a time
    - Letting go of old ideas of what it is to be “professional” and the blending of work and life
    - How sci-fi explores current events more than exploring ideas for the future
    - Fiction’s ability to make us think about deeper issues


    Connect with Michelle:


    https://michelleraabwrites.com/
    https://michelleraabmarketing.com/
    https://worldindiewarriors.org/


    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 
     
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    • 57 min
    #073: JD Barker – On working with James Patterson, professional from the get-go, and grasping every opportunity.

    #073: JD Barker – On working with James Patterson, professional from the get-go, and grasping every opportunity.

    J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.


    His work has been revered by the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Tosca Lee and many more, and his career has seen collaborations on a number of projects including writing the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” with Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, and his most recent novel “Coast to Coast Murders” with none other than James Patterson.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - What is J Thorn like to work with on the Writers Ink podcast
    - What benefits JD has found in starting a weekly podcast
    - Where JD’s journey started from
    - Taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves
    - What it means to be a book doctor
    - Getting permission from Stephen King
    - The importance of presenting yourself as a professional
    - The fear that comes with taking the plunge
    - All or nothing
    - JD’s relationship with imposter syndrome
    - Writing with James Patterson
    - Pantsing versus Plotting
    - Seizing every opportunity, despite the consequence
    - Top tip for making a career with writing
    - Changing landscape of self-publishing and traditional publishing
    - Importance of editing each book before pitching to agents
    - Your reputation and brand as an author
    - Why does JD write


    JD answers questions from Patrons:
    Holly Lyne: For Dracul, did you visit Whitby, and did you walk the steps?
    Faye Trask: What are your opinions on the tropes and cliches that have come from the Dracula stories?


    Find out more about JD:
    https://jdbarker.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
    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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    • 56 min
    #072: Jenna Greene – Writing YA, the art of balance, and podcasting to complement your writing.

    #072: Jenna Greene – Writing YA, the art of balance, and podcasting to complement your writing.

    Jenna Greene is a YA fantasy author from Alberta, Canada. She is known for the award-winning novel, REBORN, as well as the IMAGINE series. When she isn’t writing (or teaching), she is co-hosting the podcast “Quill and Ink: A Podcast for Book Lovers” with Miranda Oh.


    In this episode, we go deep into:
    - How Jenna got her to start writing
    - What a dragon boat coach is
    - Finding balance between teaching and writing
    - What makes a good YA novel
    - How YA audiences have changed over the years
    - What it’s like writing for a magazine
    - How podcasting has helped her writing
    - Why Jenna Greene writes


    Find out more about Jenna:
    https://www.jennagreene.ca/ 
    https://twitter.com/jgreenewrites?lang=en
    https://twitter.com/podcastquill?lang=en
    https://www.amazon.com/Jenna-Greene/e/B07MFR13KY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1611584307&sr=8-3




    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
    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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    • 35 min
    #071: Laura Kendrick – A Master's degree in Creative Writing, fan fiction, and being authentically you.

    #071: Laura Kendrick – A Master's degree in Creative Writing, fan fiction, and being authentically you.

    Laura Kendrick is a Manchester based multi genre author with a love of the strange and unusual.


    After years of putting off publishing properly (and one slightly failed attempt in 2018), in 2021 she hopes to finally unleash her madness on the world.


    This year will see the release of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure novels The Silverdeer Chronicles 1 & 2, plus a dystopian YA novel called Collarless.


    She is in the process of getting her Masters in Creative Writing and starting a podcast with fellow author Samantha Frost.


    Alongside writing she is the proud owner of a small menagerie and the complete collection of Diagnosis Murder Episodes and Diagnosis Murder Books.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - Laura's writing journey so far…
    - Studying Creative Writing (MA)
    - First experiments in self-publishing
    - Current projects
    - What Laura learned writing her first novel
    - Using movies as inspiration
    - Fan fiction 
    - Handling criticism
    - Being authentically you
    - NaNoWriMo Bootcamp
    - Writing communities
    - The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast


    Find out more about Laura:
    https://www.laurakendrick.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/betterlatethannovel/ 


    Links from the show:
    The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast - https://linktr.ee/themaamaightqueens 




    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
    Crys Cain
    Samantha Frost
    Victoria LK Williams
    Brett Jackson 
     
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