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Vivacious Black woman who loves to read spicing up the TBRs of anyone who likes their books Black. Entertaining, humorous and always insightful interviews with Black Indie and traditionally published authors. Come along with me on bookish journeys into the worlds they create, learn about characters you'll love -- or love to hate -- and get a sneak peek at what really goes on in the minds of your soon-to-be favorite authors. Between the Reads podcast. The voice for Black Indie authors.

Between the Reads Audra Russell

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Vivacious Black woman who loves to read spicing up the TBRs of anyone who likes their books Black. Entertaining, humorous and always insightful interviews with Black Indie and traditionally published authors. Come along with me on bookish journeys into the worlds they create, learn about characters you'll love -- or love to hate -- and get a sneak peek at what really goes on in the minds of your soon-to-be favorite authors. Between the Reads podcast. The voice for Black Indie authors.

    Crime Writers of Color Kellye Garrett

    Crime Writers of Color Kellye Garrett

    In this episode, I speak with author Kellye Garrett about her novel Hollywood Homicide. We talk about her inspiration for the novel, how she creates her characters, her journey into being a hybrid author, and the joys of cursing. 

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    Kellye Garrett is the acclaimed author of the upcoming Like A Sister (Mulholland Books) suspense novel in which no one bats an eye when a disgraced reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on an increasingly dangerous search for the truth.

    She’s also the author of the Detective by Day mysteries about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: Private Detective. The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel and was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. The second, Hollywood Ending, was featured on the TODAY show’s Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. Learn more at KellyeGarrett.com.
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    • 44 min
    The Introverted Leader

    The Introverted Leader

    Audra Russell speaks with author and leader Terrance Lee.


    Terrance Lee, AKA The Introvert Leader had always avoided taking on leadership roles in his life.  At the age of 13, an experience occurred which caused him to doubt his ability to speak in front of people, and caused him to shy away from the spotlight.  This worked for Terrance until he eventually had to learn leadership skills by necessity at his first engineering job out of college. 


    When he had been working in his first role for a short time, his mentor put in his two-week notice.  Terrance then found out that he had to take his place presenting to a group of experienced engineers and pilots for a highly technical review.  Despite feeling extremely nervous, the meeting that Terrance led went well; which gave him a giant confidence boost.


    Since then, Terrance has taken on many leadership and management roles as an introvert at several Fortune 500 companies in the defense industry, with proven results.  He utilizes his platform to empower introverts to tap into their own inner leadership potential and is never shy about sharing the tips that he has learned throughout his journey.


    We get into the mind of an introvert, discuss how introverts make better leaders, dispel myths about the introvert personality, and Terrance shares how to step into your power as an introvert.


    You can learn more about Terrance and purchase his book at www.quietvoicefearlessleader.com


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    • 43 min
    Recentering Black Horror: A Panel Discussion

    Recentering Black Horror: A Panel Discussion

    Audra Russell speaks with horror authors Sylvester Barzey, Michelle Lane & Steven Van Patten.
    There's a misconception that Black horror authors only recently came on the scene after Jordan Peele's debut horror film. But Black people have been on the horror scene along.
    We have a great time discussing Black authors in the horror space, expectations for the future, diversity in horror, and making stories believable (because we all know Black folks ain't going to investigate not one sound out in anybody's darkness LOL!).
    A truly thought-provoking, honest, and funny conversation about Black horror.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Blacktober Reads: Stitches with Sylvester Barzey

    Blacktober Reads: Stitches with Sylvester Barzey

    Audra Russell chats with author Sylvester Barzey.
    Sylvester Barzey is a best-selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY, and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre. 
    We creep between the pages of his short story compilation, Stitches, and talk about the importance of Black representation in horror, how he got into the horror genre, gatekeeping in the traditional publishing industry, and he who shall not be named. LOL!
    So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!
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    • 51 min
    Viral Lives with Felix Dimaro

    Viral Lives with Felix Dimaro

    Felix Dimaro and I sneak in between the pages of his novella, Viral Lives, and talk about his character Simon, who has no moral compass, the importance of writing characters relatable to any culture, and taking up space in the horror genre.
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    • 50 min
    Mystery, Suspense & Thrills with Author Brenda L. Thomas

    Mystery, Suspense & Thrills with Author Brenda L. Thomas

    Brenda and I get deep between the pages of her mystery and suspense novel, Heartless, and talk about her road from self-published to traditionally published and back again. We get into what it's like to write from a man's perspective, the world of the futanari, writing erotica, and share a lot of laughs -- and heartfelt moments --  along the way.
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    • 59 min

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