17 episodes

Award-Winning Author and Editor Shawn Reilly Simmons gets to know her guests by asking Five Compelling Questions (plus a few bonus ones) about the writing life. Topics include finding inspiration, staying motivated, writing as a career, staying sane during the creative process, and balancing fictional and real life.

Five Compelling Questions with Shawn Shawn Reilly Simmons

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Award-Winning Author and Editor Shawn Reilly Simmons gets to know her guests by asking Five Compelling Questions (plus a few bonus ones) about the writing life. Topics include finding inspiration, staying motivated, writing as a career, staying sane during the creative process, and balancing fictional and real life.

    EP17: FCQ for Author and (former) Crime Reporter Lori Duffy Foster

    EP17: FCQ for Author and (former) Crime Reporter Lori Duffy Foster

    Shawn chats with Lori about finding inspiration through real-life events, the value of patience, Mom Guilt, raising identical twins, and writing as therapy. 

    • 26 min
    Ep16: FCQ for Author and Musician Jonathan Brown

    Ep16: FCQ for Author and Musician Jonathan Brown

    Shawn chats with Author and Musician Jonathan Brown about writing, music, things we don't want our moms to read or see, arson in real life, and how to make friends at mystery conventions. 

    • 50 min
    EP15: FCQ for Author Lida Sideris

    EP15: FCQ for Author Lida Sideris

    Shawn chats with Lida about meeting characters, writers and the movie business, the ups and downs of teleportation, and pigs as murder suspects. 

    • 29 min
    EP14: FCQ for Author Marco Carocari

    EP14: FCQ for Author Marco Carocari

    Shawn chats with Marco about his debut novel BLACKOUT, thinking in two different languages, their mutual love of music, setting great scenery, and what would be on Marco's life's playlist. 

    Songs: "Love Has Fallen on Me" by Chaka Khan; "Simplify" by Omar; "New York Bars" by Brenda Russell

    Find the BLACKOUT playlist on Spotify: https://soundcloud.com/marco-carocari/sets/blackout-playlist

    • 33 min
    Ep13: FCQ with Author and Wildlife and Marine Rescue Volunteer Kerry K. Cox

    Ep13: FCQ with Author and Wildlife and Marine Rescue Volunteer Kerry K. Cox

    Shawn chats with Kerry K. Cox about writing what you know, different kinds of markets to sell your work (men's magazines!), advocating for animals, and creating informative fiction while staying entertaining. 

    • 30 min
    Ep12: FCQ for Canadian Author Jay Forman

    Ep12: FCQ for Canadian Author Jay Forman

    Shawn chats with former television producer and current travel crime writer about early inspirations in writing, which is crazier, TV or publishing (spoiler alert, it's hard to tell!), the world's worst teacher, and which actors should be cast in fictional roles. 

    • 26 min

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