218 episodes

Writers on writing, characters, and other stuff. Subscribe, follow, like, share - do all the things! Write. Let's do this.

Email us at character.collective.podcast@gmail.com
For more podcast stuff, go to http://kaiparker.com/podcast.

Follow Kai Parker at:
www.kaiparker.com
www.pjsilva.com

Follow Kristy Westaway at:
www.kristywestaway.com
https://www.instagram.com/kristywestawayauthor/
https://twitter.com/KristyWestaway

Thank you to:
@jayiisnthome for the amazing image artwork

Character Collective - Writing Words and Character Conversations Kristy and Kai

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Writers on writing, characters, and other stuff. Subscribe, follow, like, share - do all the things! Write. Let's do this.

Email us at character.collective.podcast@gmail.com
For more podcast stuff, go to http://kaiparker.com/podcast.

Follow Kai Parker at:
www.kaiparker.com
www.pjsilva.com

Follow Kristy Westaway at:
www.kristywestaway.com
https://www.instagram.com/kristywestawayauthor/
https://twitter.com/KristyWestaway

Thank you to:
@jayiisnthome for the amazing image artwork

    S3 Ep 42: So long, and thanks for all the fish!

    S3 Ep 42: So long, and thanks for all the fish!

    S3 Episode 42: Don't let the title freak you out... but it's true. Also, yes, it's really episode 41, but come on... We had to, right?

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb.

    In this episode, we stick a fork in the podcast! Done. That's All Folks! As they say. But, hey, maybe it won't be, you never know. Lol. It may seem like it's a rather out-of-the-blue thing and it is, but it isn't. I mean, ignoring the fact that somehow, we both did this for almost three full years (like, how?) I think the signs were there that the days were numbered. But listen to the episode and we'll explain why today is the last episode OF THE CURRENT ITERATION of Character Collective. That is not to say that we WILL be back, but we won't write off anything. On the plus side, now you can go back and catch up with all the crap... I mean, amazing insights? you missed in earlier episodes, lol.

    THANK YOU for listening and for being a part of this crazy directionless journey that somehow got us both to where we are now. If you've listened from the start, you know it's not just been about books and characters. We both found ourselves (or at least, started to) while you listened in. But now, the shiny newness has settled and we are ready to discover what it's like to live without someone else's glass ceiling.

    FOLLOW US (because we are still the Character Collective in many forms) and stay up to date about anything we drop here or any new ventures from either of us. Follow us on Medium and head to our websites and don't forget to BUY OUR BOOKS!!!

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠⁠ and Kai at ⁠⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠⁠ (we'll probs drop notices in here - we still need to chat about what we'll do with it, lol)

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    ** ⁠⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠⁠ **

    * Merch store - share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 35 min
    S3 Ep 40: TikTok, Cheating, and Therapy, OH MY!

    S3 Ep 40: TikTok, Cheating, and Therapy, OH MY!

    S3 Episode 40: Uniqueness is a tricky subject for neordivergent writers.

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb.

    In this episode:


    Kai can't read their character's insights - great.
    Kristy wrote in a book with pen and the world didn't implode - that IS great.
    We decide we have nothing to offer - well, f**k!

    Subscribe/like/follow/favorite... do the thing because we two writers and our characters need to know you like us. Please like us! Haha. Share too, because sharing is caring... or something like that.

    Send your questions, words of encouragement, fan-fic, and fan art (come on, make our day!) to ⁠character.collective.podcast@gmail.com⁠.

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    ** ⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠ **

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠ and Kai at ⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠ (we mostly forget we have one)

    * Merch store (will happen eventually, but for now, if you want some queer shit or share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 41 min
    S3 Ep 39: Book Trauma and Cake

    S3 Ep 39: Book Trauma and Cake

    S3 Episode 39: Book trauma and book branding - because that's a mix

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb.

    In this episode:


    Kai shares their book trauma - that time they burned their own books
    Kristy talks branding herself as, THE ANNOTATOR!
    We crap on, crap away.

    Subscribe/like/follow/favorite... do the thing because we two writers and our characters need to know you like us. Please like us! Haha. Share too, because sharing is caring... or something like that.

    Send your questions, words of encouragement, fan-fic, and fan art (come on, make our day!) to ⁠character.collective.podcast@gmail.com⁠.

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    ** ⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠ **

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠ and Kai at ⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠ (we mostly forget we have one)

    * Merch store (will happen eventually, but for now, if you want some queer shit or share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 41 min
    S3 Ep 38: Opposite(genre)s attract

    S3 Ep 38: Opposite(genre)s attract

    S3 Episode 38:  It IS fiction and a natural fact - horror comedy works 'cause opposite(genre)s attract

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb.

    In this episode:


    Kai shares the disturbing realization that they've ALWAYS been a romance writer 😳
    Kristy talks horror movies and shows, because horror is da bomb
    We plan to smoosh genres but get stuck on our favs because that tracks!

    Subscribe/like/follow/favorite... do the thing because we two writers and our characters need to know you like us. Please like us! Haha. Share too, because sharing is caring... or something like that.

    Send your questions, words of encouragement, fan-fic, and fan art (come on, make our day!) to ⁠character.collective.podcast@gmail.com⁠.

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    ** ⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠ **

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠ and Kai at ⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠ (we mostly forget we have one)

    * Merch store (will happen eventually, but for now, if you want some queer shit or share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 41 min
    S2 Ep 37: Dr of Words - LGBTQIADHDASD

    S2 Ep 37: Dr of Words - LGBTQIADHDASD

    S3 Episode 37: Here is your prescription for queer neurodivergent fiction.

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb.

    In this episode:


    Kai defines representation (and lack thereof) - or something
    Kristy tries on her stethoscope for autistic queer beats
    We talk writing PhDs again, but with new perspectives

    Subscribe/like/follow/favorite... do the thing because we two writers and our characters need to know you like us. Please like us! Haha. Share too, because sharing is caring... or something like that.

    Send your questions, words of encouragement, fan-fic, and fan art (come on, make our day!) to ⁠character.collective.podcast@gmail.com⁠.

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    ** ⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠ **

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠ and Kai at ⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠ (we mostly forget we have one)

    * Merch store (will happen eventually, but for now, if you want some queer shit or share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 41 min
    S2 Ep 36: Theraputic narratives - stab a bitch!

    S2 Ep 36: Theraputic narratives - stab a bitch!

    S3 Episode 36: Finding therapy through letting our characters loose on coontz!

    !Mild coarse language - like numerous droppings of the F-bomb. And the C word in this ep - like, a LOT!

    In this episode:


    Kai sends Weylan on a coont destruction mission and writes about it
    Kristy gets exactly what she asked the universe for, but forgot to tell it to stab some coontz... 
    We say coont (yes, I'm choosing to spell it that way here, lol) more times than Thor drops a ya mom joke!

    Subscribe/like/follow/favorite... do the thing because we two writers and our characters need to know you like us. Please like us! Haha. Share too, because sharing is caring... or something like that.

    Send your questions, words of encouragement, fan-fic, and fan art (come on, make our day!) to ⁠character.collective.podcast@gmail.com⁠.

    Kai on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠ you get all the benefits and I get therapy. Cheers!

    Kristy on Medium: ⁠Subscribe for notifications!⁠ If you use my affiliate link to ⁠JOIN MEDIUM HERE⁠, you get all the benefits and I gets my med. Thank YOU! 

    ** ⁠Listen to Kai's fictional podcast pilot episode - Treading Water Podcast⁠ **

    AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon:

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Defiant Blade: Allure of Darkness (The Blades of Tesharen Book 1) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - (PRE-ORDER) ⁠Forged Blade: Shadow's Seduction (The Blades of Tesharen Book 2) by K.L. Nightshade (Kristy Westaway)⁠

    - ⁠Sit Happens: a one-bed romance short story (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠#DearMoon (NUSA book 0.5) by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠NUSA Earth: Natural Unhuman Space Academy by PJ Silva (Kai Parker)⁠

    - ⁠Sugar Twink by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Story Bored by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠ADHD Ask by Kristy Westaway⁠

    - ⁠Cupid's Guide Series (3 books) by Kai Parker⁠

    - ⁠Write Now Book Writing Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    - ⁠Living on Purpose Book Series (4 Books) from Writers World⁠

    * Visit Kristy at ⁠www.kristywestaway.com⁠ and Kai at ⁠www.kaiparker.com⁠. Or our Facebook group: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecharactercollective⁠ (we mostly forget we have one)

    * Merch store (will happen eventually, but for now, if you want some queer shit or share Kai's AFTG obsession, head to their Red Bubble shop: ⁠Rainbow-Pride⁠

    * Acknowledgements:

    - Podcast logo art by @jayiisnthome

    - Music by Shane Ivers from ⁠www.silvermansound.com

    • 42 min

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