Author of Dealer's Child and The Unravelling, Joanna Vandervlugt will take you on a creative journey whether it's discussing writing tips, chatting with guest authors and artists or escaping into a story. Joanna has over 20 years of writing experience and her debut novel The Unravelling (the first in her Jade & Sage thriller series), was a Canadian Book Club Awards finalist. She's a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, and her short stories have been published in their anthologies. Her personal essay No Beatles Reunion was published in the Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle anthology
Christine Gabriel - Crimson Forest
Christine Gabriel is the author of the Best-Selling, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance novel, Crimson Forest, the first novel in her Crimson Chronicles Series. Her fiction has been nominated for such awards as The People’s Book Award and The Buckeye Book Award. Christine's been in the marketing industry for over 15 years and is in charge of the publicity & graphics department at Pandamoon Publishing, based out of Austin, Texas. Christine and I shared many laughs and writing experiences. In this podcast we discuss the series arc, and spoiler, yes, Christine has another series in the works. I learned about red moss and talked about Whistler's pink snow and why German tourists think Canadians are tough. Christine talked about the tough scenes, and the scene that made her go through two boxes of Kleenex.
Christine Gabriel - Writer, Books, Marketing (christine-gabriel.com)
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Valerie Dunsmore - Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit
Award-winning author Valerie Dunsmore studied creative writing at Kwantlen College and graduated from the journalism program at Grant MacEwan College. She and I discuss her fiction novel, Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit, the sister relationship and her character Lily, and the lessons Lily will learn from hatred to healing. Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit is the winner of the Whistler Independent Book Awards for Best Fiction, the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards and it placed Silver for Fantasy in the Foreword Review's Indie Book of the Year Awards. We have a magical discussion about nature and what we take for granted, and do rabbits really talk to the underworld? Pay particular attention to the podcast art on this podcast.
Valerie Dunsmore - Valerie Dunsmore
Authors Across the Border Drinking Coffee
The Joanna and Benny Show. Yes, two authors, myself and Benny Sims, we are fans of each other's novels and writing styles. We talk about everything from writing in the 3rd person point-of-view to the first person point-of-view. Character arcs. What we've learned and what we still want to learn. Book trailers, promotion, and using life experiences in plotting a novel.
Benny joins me from his writing shed in Alabama. We celebrate Benny's novel Code Gray winning Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, and Dealer's Child placing #60 and #64 in Amazon's top 100 during it's first week of release. And did Benny really have 70 questions for me to answer? It's a fun conversation across the border.
Benny Sims | Writing, reading, and various other mayhem
Cover art photo courtesy of Jeremy Yap.
Colleen van Niekerk - A Conspiracy of Mothers
Colleen van Niekerk grew up in South Africa as a person of colour in the eighties and nineties. This meant being surrounded by stories and art, an act of expression. Her evocative debut novel, A Conspiracy of Mothers is set during a defining period in South Africa’s history. Colleen's gripping novel tells a story of love and betrayal from multiple perspectives while balancing the painful legacy of apartheid with the trials of motherhood. Colleen thank you for writing a gripping story and coming on my podcast. Listeners can catch Colleen's book launch on December 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Massy Art Society.
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K.L. Abrahamson - Beneath Malabar Nets
Today, multi-published author and Ellery Queen author, K.L. Abrahamson is back in the dressing room. On Karen’s website, the visitor is greeted with these words, “Writing at the dangerous ends of the earth; The various incarnations of Karen L. Abrahamson.” Karen writes, mystery, fantasy, and romance. She is also a prolific short story author and her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Karen has worked as a special constable, a correctional officer, a probation officer and ESL instructor. She has travelled to East and West Africa, Burma, China, Northern India, and Peru. Karen and I talk about Beneath Malabar Nets, the second novel in her Phoebe Clay mystery series.
Writing at the dangerous ends of the earth – The various Incarnations of Author Karen L. Abrahamson (karenlabrahamson.com)
Elgon Williams - Thuper Heroes
Prolific science fiction, fantasy and mystery author Elgon Williams returned to the podcast and we talked about the Thuperman Trilogy, in particular Thuper Heroes, the last novel in his Thuperman trilogy. We talked about books, plotting, life imitating art, and what's next with Elgon now that this trilogy has ended.
Elgon was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He grew up on a farm in southeastern Clark County near the town of South Charleston. He’s a graduate of Purdue University, The University of Texas, and the Defense Language Institute.
The One & Only Elgon – Where the Magic Is Real (elgonwilliams.com)
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