Write a Book, Change the World
Write a Book, Change the World
Everyday People with Big Hearts: An Interview with Kristan Higgins
Today's guest is the multi-bestselling humorous women's fiction author, Kristan Higgins. Her newest book, (https://amzn.to/3bPKEqH) , releases on June 9, 2020.
Kristan's books tend to be funny and heart-warming, with gut-wrenching difficulties, laugh-out-loud moments, and immensely satisfactory endings. Interviewing her was a very similar experience.
She talks about getting started, how her career progressed, and the strange reader emails she's gotten. We discuss how she creates different characters for every book even though they are mostly everyday people like you and me. It's a conversation much like her books - laughing about life's funny/weird moments, discussing the seriousness of the problems we all face, and mostly feeling like you're now friends by the times it ends.
To learn more about Kristan and her books (and then feel like you know her as a friend), visit (https://amzn.to/3bPKEqH) at your favorite bookstore.
When Life Imitates Art: An Interview with DiAnn Mills
Today’s guest is the lovely (https://amzn.to/2zEP9Y0) . The story of that novel coming out now is one of several great ones DiAnn tells during the interview.
She starts with the story of how her husband challenged her to stop saying she was going to write a book some day and just do it. She quit her job, studied the how-to books and the bestsellers, and wrote her first book – which was sold and published the next year! So begins how one author started with the end in mind, the idea that this would be her business, and worked to make the dream a reality.
The story of how (https://amzn.to/2zEP9Y0) came to be is equally enthralling! The exact sort of people DiAnn needed to talk to in order to research the book kept coming out of the woodwork, giving her heaps of information of the exact kind she needed. Not only that, but at the time the book was ready to be released – something similar was happening around the world! In a scary time, this is a book that can give closure, justice, and hope to readers.
DiAnn explains how to seek out the information you need from all kinds of organizations from the FBI to the CDC to the Texas Marshals. She encourages writers to pick up the phone and go right to the source to get the best information. Yes, it can be nerve-wracking to make a cold call, but think about how this is going to make your book so much better. You never know what great relationships will grow from it.
In fact, DiAnn encourages listeners to write her and ask her questions. You can find all of her social media links on her https://diannmills.com/ (https://diannmills.com/)
Laugh Out Loud Stories: An Interview with Bethany Turner
Our guest today is (https://amzn.to/3fyAxKf) . If you like romantic comedies, or if you love celebrity chefs and their cooking shows, you'll love this book!
Bethany and I talk a lot and laugh a lot, but there's a lot of little things to pick up and consider for your own writing. For instance, you may be wondering when to use popular culture and current events in your stories, and how to know whether it will make the book dated. Bethany gives us her take on that since pop culture references are a trademark of her writing.
She tells us the unusual story of how she got started writing and how she published her first book, and we talk about writing amidst chaos. Since we're fiction writers, we also lied to each other about not gaining any weight during the current lockdown or when researching cooking shows. :-D
I hope you enjoy the crazy amounts of laughter in this episode! Like her books, it's a feel-good show. You can learn more about Bethany and her books at her website, http://seebethanywrite.com/ (http://seebethanywrite.com/) .
One Body, Many Parts, A Place for Everyone: An Encouraging Words Episode
In this Encouraging Words episode, I talk about how even though right now we are forced to stay at home and keep away from each other when we're out, we are still part of the larger body of humanity. We are connected even if we feel it less than ever.
We are finding new-normal ways of doing things together, and some of those just might be great things we can continue in the future when we go back to some semblance of our old lives. If you need someone to encourage you, make you feel less alone, please reach out to a friend! And if you haven't heard from one or more of your friends recently, text or call them and make sure they're doing okay, that they aren't feeling depressed or anxious, that they have what they need. The human contact will make you both feel better!
Now Is the Time to Share Your Heart
We hear a lot about being authentic, our true selves, but what does that mean? I think of my heart as both strong and vulnerable, something that is big enough to share with others but also often in danger of being hurt. So I have a protective fence around my heart, but the type of fencing used changes.
Do you have a tall steel fence around your heart? A big hedge? A split-rail fence? (That's the type I couldn't remember the name of in the episode! Haha!) How do you know if your fence is too big, cutting you off from real relationships with others? What can you do about it?
That's the conversation I have with you today. I hope it gives you food for thought - when we're all physically apart from each other, and in general as you choose how vulnerable you want to be with your readers.
Writing News You Can Use
Today's episode is a round-up of lots of interesting and fun information I've found that might help your writing career, your motivation, your creativity, and your overall sense of well-being as we keep working in our homes (whether we want to or not).
I also talked about the new book I'm working on, Encouragement for Writers, and I'll be adding a link shortly to a survey I'd love you to take to find out what you need encouragement on.
Here are all the promised links: :-)
Lots of great free webinars, etc. going on right now! For instance...
Michael, Jr - clean comedian with an inspiring TEDx talk here: https://youtu.be/ST_vobpMBSM (https://youtu.be/ST_vobpMBSM)
I also suggested you should search for more of your favorite comedians, music acts, etc. to find some videos to make you smile and laugh. For instance, I found this video for the Pentatonix World Tour: https://youtu.be/RCR7Y9eO6nI (https://youtu.be/RCR7Y9eO6nI)
And maybe this is a good time for you to learn a language using (https://www.babbel.com/) or some other program. Get ready to travel someplace really cool when we can travel again!