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Authors Love Readers, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. With questions contributed by readers.

Quite a few podcasts are out there for aspiring and established writers, both on the craft and the business. This podcast, though, is for readers.

The goal is to have authors on the show who write in all sorts of fiction genres. As a reader, it doesn’t matter which path to publication an author takes – independent, traditional, hybrid and other combinations. That’s not going to matter on Authors Love Readers, either.

McLinn is the author of more than 50 books, including her ongoing murder mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming and Secret Sleuth, and the romantic suspense The Innocence Trilogy. She also writes romances (mostly contemporary, with a few historical), women’s fiction and nonfiction writers guides. She had 27 books in 25 years in traditional publishing. Having secured the rights back to a number of her earlier books, she began indie publishing in early 2010. That made her officially a hybrid author, since she also still had books under traditional contracts. In mid-2015 she left the final traditional publisher and has been happily 100% independent since.

Thank you to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast!

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Authors Love Readers, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. With questions contributed by readers.

Quite a few podcasts are out there for aspiring and established writers, both on the craft and the business. This podcast, though, is for readers.

The goal is to have authors on the show who write in all sorts of fiction genres. As a reader, it doesn’t matter which path to publication an author takes – independent, traditional, hybrid and other combinations. That’s not going to matter on Authors Love Readers, either.

McLinn is the author of more than 50 books, including her ongoing murder mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming and Secret Sleuth, and the romantic suspense The Innocence Trilogy. She also writes romances (mostly contemporary, with a few historical), women’s fiction and nonfiction writers guides. She had 27 books in 25 years in traditional publishing. Having secured the rights back to a number of her earlier books, she began indie publishing in early 2010. That made her officially a hybrid author, since she also still had books under traditional contracts. In mid-2015 she left the final traditional publisher and has been happily 100% independent since.

Thank you to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast!

    Historical Inspiration, with Jenny Wheeler

    Historical Inspiration, with Jenny Wheeler

    Former newspaper journalist, magazine editor, and company director, author Jenny Wheeler writes historical suspense and mystery. Jenny is currently working on her fifth book of the “Of Gold & Blood” series (Book 1, “Poisoned Legacy,” released 2018) set in Gilded Age California.
    Born in New Zealand, Jenny Wheeler grew up in a farming community and fell in love with books and radio dramas. After teaching and being a physics data collector, she joined the New Zealand Herald as a general new reporter. She also wrote for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and the Auckland Star.
    Jenny also hosts her weekly ‘Joys of Reading’ podcast where she is joined by authors of mystery, suspense, thriller, and romance, answering questions that readers always wanted to ask.
    Host Patricia McLinn talks with Jenny about research, exploring history, and crafting stories using her a journalism background.
    In Jenny’s words: “I love stories that are semi-based on fact. I guess that’s the journalist (in me) once again; and I really enjoy being able to inject real fact, historical fact, into my stories.” [39:50]
    You can connect with Jenny:
    Website
    Facebook
    Twitter
    BookBub

    Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!
    Another way to contribute is through Buy Me a Coffee, a one-time "tip" with no ongoing obligation. Thank you!
    Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Writing Suspenseful Mysteries, with Matty Dalrymple

    Writing Suspenseful Mysteries, with Matty Dalrymple

    Matty Dalrymple, member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers, writes suspense, thriller, and mystery. Matty is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers (Book 1 published in 2017), “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Snake and Ladders,” and “The Iron Ring.”
    She also writes the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels (Book 1 published in 2013), “The Sense of Death, “The Sense of Reckoning,” “The Flacon and the Owl,” “A Furnace for Your Foe,” and “A Serpent’s Tooth;” as well as the Ann Kinnear Suspense Shorts, including “Close Your Eyes” and “Write in Water.”
    Matty lives with her husband, Wade Walton, and their dogs in Chester County, Pa. She enjoys sailing and visiting Mount Desert Island, Maine, and Sedona, Ariz., providing the settings for her work.
    Host Patricia Mclinn talks with Matty about the writing process, finding inspiration, and building a new story from just a scene.
    In Matty’s words: “I think you have to not fight against what your natural tendency is. You have to find ways of managing this (writing) as sufficiently as possible.” [1:09:12]
    You can find Matty at:
    Her website
    Facebook
    Twitter

    Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support.
    Another way to contribute is through Buy Me a Coffee, a one-time "tip" with no ongoing obligation. Thank you!
     Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Small Town Meet-Cute, with Jean Oram

    The Small Town Meet-Cute, with Jean Oram

    Jean Oram is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of feel-good, tingle-inducing, heartwarming romances. They’ll make you want to stay up all night laughing, crying and falling in love with her realistic characters. She loves to sweep readers away while making opposites attract in tear-jerking, laugh-out-loud romances set in small towns.

    Her most popular series include The Cowboys of Sweetheart Creek, Texas (Book 5, "The Cowboy's Surprise Return," released in 2021), Veils and Vows, and Blueberry Springs. Her latest release, "The Cupcake Cottage," is a sweet friends-to-lovers romance that starts a new series, Hockey Sweethearts
    Jean, who grew up in an old schoolhouse in a small Canadian town (population 100), still lives in Canada with her husband, kids, cat, dog, and the pesky deer (and moose) that wander into her yard to eat her rose bushes and apple trees.
    Host Patricia McLinn talks with Jean about the charm of small towns, crafting your characters and connecting with readers
    In Jean's words: "I never quite know how a book is going to be perceived by a reader because what is in my head doesn't always make it to the page, and the way I feel about a book isn't always how a reader with a different life experience will feel about this story as well." [50:24]
    You can find Jean at:
    Her website
    Facebook
    Instagram 
    TikTok
    and
    Twitter

    Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support.
    Another way to contribute is through Buy Me a Coffee, a one-time "tip" with no ongoing obligation. Thank you!
    Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Clifton Strengths in Writing, with Becca Syme

    Clifton Strengths in Writing, with Becca Syme

    Author Becca Syme is the creator and founder of the Better-Faster Academy. She has been teaching the popular Write Better-Faster course on author success alignment for six years, and has individually coached thousands of authors toward better success in their careers and lives.
    She believes that an individualized approach is the most effective, so she’s brought on other certified coaches who are also writers, to help coach even more writers to maximize their strengths. If you want to get coaching with Becca, the best place to come is on the Insiders level of her Patreon, where she runs monthly topical coaching calls on topics that are relevant to the writing community.
    She also writes mystery as R.L. Syme and has written several genres of romance in the past, including historical, contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She lives in the snowy mountains of Montana, where it is always winter and never Christmas.
    Host Patricia McLinn talks with Becca about the Clifton Strengths test and how it can be applied both in the writing and reading world.
    In Becca's words: "Not everyone naturally comes by the knowledge of just how different we are. Just how different our brains are and how much that makes a difference in what we like." [8:25]
    You can find Becca Syme at:
    Her website
    Facebook
    Patreon and
    Better Faster Academy

    Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!
    Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

    • 53 min
    Learning to Listen and Ignore, with R.L. Syme

    Learning to Listen and Ignore, with R.L. Syme

    Author and career coach Becca Syme writes mystery as R.L. Syme, including the cozy culinary series The Matchbaker Mysteries, and has written several genres of romance, including historical, contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She was nominated for a Genesis Award in Contemporary Romance and has won several writing contests in historical romance, young adult romance, and contemporary fiction. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.   
    Becca lives in the snowy mountains of Montana and has worked with kids in various nonprofit settings that involve music, theater, dance, food, and after-school fun.
    She's the creator and founder of the Better-Faster Academy, and has been teaching the popular Write Better-Faster course on author success alignment for six years.
    In a broad-ranging conversation, host Patricia McLinn talks to Becca about learning throughout a writing career both by listening to others and, sometimes, ignoring them.
    In R.L.'s words: "I have a mantra that's, 'question the premises.' and so its, the advise that might be really great for you might actually make me not able to write." [37:10]
    You can find R.L. Syme at:
    Her website
    Facebook
    Patreon and
    Goodreads

    Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!
    Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 78: Writing Pace, with Nicole Burnham

    Episode 78: Writing Pace, with Nicole Burnham

    Nicole Burnham is the RITA award-winning author of more than 20 novels, including the popular Royal Scandals series. Her stories center on family and romance, whether they’re set in small-town America or centuries-old palaces, and are populated by characters who work to make the world a better place.
    As an army brat, Nicole grew up moving around the world. She graduated from an American high school in Mannheim, Germany, then completed her BA in Political Science at Colorado State University and her JD/MA at the University of Michigan.
    Nicole and her family live in Boston. She spends as much time as possible at Fenway Park and travels abroad whenever she can score cheap airfare. If she isn’t writing, she’s likely hiking or trail running.
    Host Patricia McLinn talks with Nicole about writing pace and the pre-planning and development of characters for serial writing.
    In Nicole's words: "I had that book in my head for a very long time. And so I had worked through an awful lot of ... not just the plot but who the characters were in advance." [25:00]
    You can find Nicole at:
    Her website
    Facebook
    Instagram and
    Twitter

    • 1 hr 5 min

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nanabunny1952 ,

Great introduction to writers

I love this pod cast for getting to know favorite authors and being introduced to new authors. Great tips for beginning writers. Good insight on how various writers go through their process.

PodcastPen ,

Interesting peek behind the author curtain

This podcast feels like you're a fly on the wall in a living room as two authors talk about their craft. You get to hear what motivated them to start writing and how they made a transition from that first book to a professional career. Like many of us, they had teachers or mentors who inspired them and at least one had that bad teacher who motivated the writer to prove her wrong. This is not just about romance writers but writers in lots of genres, and sometimes multiple ones, from mystery to YA to paranormal romance. In other words, something for everyone.

WordsMusicHorses ,

A nice peek behind the curtain

These interviews are an enjoyable visit in a vitural living room with my favorite authors. Particular love to learn what motivated them to start a writing career, or to pen a certain book. Some are motivated by good teachers and at least one by that bad teacher that you just want to prove is wrong! The podcast is not just romance authors, but also mystery, fantasy, young adult -- and sometimes the same author writes in multiples of those genres. Very interested,

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