42 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.

    EP42: 5CQ for Author Teresa Trent

    EP42: 5CQ for Author Teresa Trent

    Shawn and Teresa chat about women's roles throughout the years, writing a good series with believable characters, keeping things moving while writing that first draft, vomit drafts and Patrick Swayze, writing on the go, and transitioning from being a self pubbed author to being traditionally published.

    • 35 min
    EP41: 5CQ for Author Tina deBellegarde

    EP41: 5CQ for Author Tina deBellegarde

    Shawn and Tina discuss women's fiction and stories worth telling, being good enough to write, believing in your writing self, luxuriating in words and processes, memorable quotes from Shawn, their mutual love of film, and many random things they have in common. 

    • 46 min
    EP40: 5CQ for Author Mark Levenson

    EP40: 5CQ for Author Mark Levenson

    Shawn chats with Mark Levenson, author of THE HIDDEN SAINT, about colorful family history, being shot at in South Florida early on in Mark's journalism career, Jewish folklore, wanting to be an astronaut, grandma magic, and regional coffee drinking championships. 

    • 26 min
    EP39: 5CQ with Author J.C. Kenney

    EP39: 5CQ with Author J.C. Kenney

    Shawn and J.C. chat about what it's like to be from Indiana, surviving rejection, their love of music, High Fidelity, and J.C.'s new web series TheBookishHour.com 

    • 36 min
    EP38: 5CQ with Author Sarah E. Burr

    EP38: 5CQ with Author Sarah E. Burr

    Shawn and Sarah chat about writing multiple series, their mutual love of editing, celebrating progress, the art of the perfect witty comeback, a John Cena and Miranda Priestly character mashup, and Sarah's new venture TheBookishHour.com 

    • 42 min
    EP37: 5CQ for Author Jeff Houlahan

    EP37: 5CQ for Author Jeff Houlahan

    In the Season Two opener, Shawn chats with debut novelist Jeff Houlahan about the writing life, if in fact writers are different than other human beings, listening as an art form from a musical perspective, not being a sociopath, and baseball. 

    • 41 min

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