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Bringing discussions, insights, and details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer through the lens of other writers. You can find more about the podcast at www.kimsmithauthor.com

    Writer Groupie Episode 45-Stephen Zimmer, author

    Writer Groupie Episode 45-Stephen Zimmer, author

    Hi Groupies! This week we are changing it up a little. The fantastic Stephen Zimmer is on the blog as an author interviewee. Stephen, as you may know, has been mentioned quite a lot on my podcast, Writer Groupie. He is a very inspiring author, and he’s been my friend for a lot of years, and I am so happy to have him on Writer Groupie!

    I did make a podcast for you below the interview, and yes, it HAS the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Now that it is December I can finally talk about it!



    Official Bio: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker

    based in Lexington Kentucky. His work includes the cross-genre Rising

    Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the sword and sorcery

    Dark Sun Sawn Trilogy, featuring Rayden Valkyrie, the Harvey and Solomon

    Steampunk tales and the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story

    collections.



    Share about yourself

    I am just the kind of guy who keeps moving forward as best as I can. No one thing defines me, but there are a lot of things that are a big part of me. I have a love of writing, music, martial arts, travel, cars, and Kentucky bourbon! I do enjoy many modes of expression, whether it is playing the guitar, or going through a strenuos workout that challenges me, or writing a short story or novel.

    I currently reside in Lexington, Kentucky, and am a proud Kentuckian. I work with Seventh Star Press, which includes the Imaginarium Convention and Star Chamber Show podcast, in addition to my author path.

    Share about your work

    Currently, I have books published in the fantasy, sword and sorcery, cross-genre, and horror genres, with some additional steampunk short stories in the amazing Dreams of Steam anthologies from Dark Oak Press.

    My road started with The Exodus Gate, the first book of the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga. Four of the seven novels in that series are available. My other major series is the Fires in Eden series, which is epic fantasy, ensemble cast, with three of the seven books in that series out.

    I have a short story collection set in the world featured in the Fires in Eden series out called the Chronicles of Ave. I also have a colllection of horror short stories, the Hellscapes, with two volumes currently available. My heroic character Rayden Valkyrie , who first appeared in the Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword anthology in a short story, is now featured in a novel, Heart of a Lion, the first of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

    Tell us about your writing style

    I would say that my writing style strives to be very visual or cinematic, in a manner of speaking. I strive to evoke imagery and convey the fantastical things of my own imagination in a way that the reader can make their own.

    I write in third person, as I like to give a storyteller kind of perspective to a given tale, and make things known that the characters involved may not notice yet. I’m not ruling out doing something in first person, at some point, but I enjoy third person the most.

    I also gravitate toward ensemble casts, as life involves ensemble casts. My Rayden Valkyrie tales are a bit of an exception to that, but she embodies so much, on so many levels, that I am pulled to spotlight her on her own.

    What do you find challenging about the writing life?

    The flood of content out there and the constant challenge of staying on the radar. With the advance of eBooks and self-publishing, it’s the best and worst of times. There are no gatekeepers as in the past, but at the same time there is a tidal wave of content flooding out there and not all of it involves due diligence in terms of the process necessary of producing a quality title.

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    Writer Groupie Episode 44 Chat with Barbara Ehrentreu, YA author/poet

    Writer Groupie Episode 44 Chat with Barbara Ehrentreu, YA author/poet

    Welcome, Groupies! Welcome to Episode 44! Today I interview Barbara Ehrentreu, YA author and poet. Her books are If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor and After.



    In my special intro, I talk about focusing in on your niche and how it is critical for today’s book marketing world. So if you are interested in ways to be more focused on your niche, be sure to have a listen to the audio only version.

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    Barbara Ehrentreu is published by Muse It Up Publishing and has many insights about writing. She is an editor as well, and I am happy to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast.





    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about:





    * How Barbara got started writing and how getting her master’s degree was the catalyst for it

    * How Paula Danziger influenced Barbara’s writing

    * How critique groups helped shaped her YA novel

    * How real life influenced If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor

    * Insider details on the Muse It Up Online Conference!

    * How Barbara received 25 reviews

    * Why Barbara hasn’t gone commercial with her editing

    * Discussion about Pen Letters, a national group for writers

    * Insight into Barbara’s poetry

    * Details about Barbara’s poetry anthologies

    * BONUS:Info about Barbara’s podcast, The Red River Writers Tales from the Pages





    Find Barbara Ehrentreu on these sites:

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Blog

    Podcast

    Get a journal to keep your poetry in!



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    Writer Groupie Episode 43 Book Cover Design with Aaron Drown

    Writer Groupie Episode 43 Book Cover Design with Aaron Drown

    Book Cover Art and Design

    Welcome, Groupies! Welcome to Episode 43! Today I interview Aaron Drown of Aaron Drown Designs. Aaron tells us all about design work and things to look for in book cover art and things to stay away from if we are DiY-ing.

    In my intro, I update you on Disk of Death, my first Shannon Wallace mystery, and let you know what is going on with me and Nano. It’s only on the audio version of the podcast, so be sure to check it out.

    Off we go…and on with the show!

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    Aaron Drown has his own business in design work (including book cover design!), and has many items in print, as well as digitally. He is an author also, and I am happy to have him on Writer Groupie Podcast.





    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about:





    * How working at Kinko’s(now owned by Fed Ex) led Aaron to become a book cover artist/graphic designer

    * We create a new name for what Aaron does, (and yes, it is an indie name) and we discuss a little about today’s indie movement in the arts

    * What he feels an author’s strength is versus an author as an artist

    * How cover art should be designed (less is more)

    * How Hellscapes II (Seventh Star Press) cover art (Aaron’s design) is a well-done design, ie. focal point, color scheme, etc.

    * How authors sometimes have trouble relinquishing control of the art to the artist when it is so critical–and how it is a collaborative effort between the two

    * Whether people on the covers sell more books or not and whether that argument is even a matter of design

    * Insider details: THREE TIPS FOR DIY

    * How typography plays a big part in design and what you should do to get it right

    * Aaron’s best advice for an aspiring designer

    * BONUS: the MOST important thing for aspiring authors/artists







    Find Aaron Drown on these sites:

    Aaron’s design site

    Aaron’s Facebook

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    Writer Groupie Ep 42-Book Reviews and Editing with Sharon Stogner

    Writer Groupie Ep 42-Book Reviews and Editing with Sharon Stogner

    Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 42 of the podcast, and today I chat with Sharon Stogner. Sharon is co-creator of the quirky multi-media review site I Smell Sheep, which was voted Best Review Site 2015 in the Editors and Preditors Reader’s Poll, and freelance editor(Devil in the Details Editing Services). Born and raised in NC, she received a B.S. in Biology from UNC and a Masters in Microbiology from NCSC back before cell phones became popular. Married and mother of two girls, she loves reading speculative fiction, blow’em up movies, and eating spaghetti.

    So, here we go…on with the show!

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    I SMELL SHEEP

    Sharon Stogner is full of great information for authors seeking reviews, and what editing can do for your novel. I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast. Be sure to check out her sites at the bottom of this post.





    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about:





    * How Sharon and I met at Imaginarium and what she and her co-partner, Katie Dawson are planning for con-going

    * All about I Smell Sheep and how Sharon got started working with them

    * How many reviewers work for I-S-S

    * Insider info on blog tours and how they can lead to reviews and how that all benefits authors

    * The difference between reader reviews and pro reviews and why authors need pro reviews to give them more exposure

    * Education about negative reviews and how to avoid them

    * The different specialities of the reviewers at I-S-S

    * Insider info on submission guidelines for getting reviews at I Smell Sheep and other sites

    * Book covers and how important they are for reviews- they really do pick books by their covers!

    * Devil in the Details Editing and how it came to be

    * Information on how to book Sharon for editing and what kinds of editing she does

    * Details on how she approaches her clients and their work

    * Top three tips for getting book reviews

    ***BONUS*** Insider details on guest interviews and other goodies, swag, and contests, for authors at I Smell Sheep







    Find Sharon Stogner on these sites:

    I SMELL SHEEP

    DEVIL IN THE DETAILS EDITING

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    Writer Groupie Episode 41 YA Fiction with H W Vivian

    Writer Groupie Episode 41 YA Fiction with H W Vivian

    Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 41 of the podcast, and today I chat with H W Vivian, author of War of Rain, Chasers, and a humor/satire book, Days of Amber, under her pen name, Alex Chu. In my intro, I talk about Disk of Death and what the latest is on that book coming out in February. I also ‘splain what a copy editor is among other fun things, so be sure to check out the audio version of the podcast for my tidbits, or the video version for the interview only.

    So, here we go…on with the show!

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    H W Vivian is full of great information and inspiration for authors, so I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast.

    In this episode, we discuss H W Vivian’s journey as an author of YA contemporary fiction and how writing and marketing her work has led her to find a lot of new friends. This episode is full of information and inspiration, so please enjoy!



    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about Vivian’s writing journey and:





    * What she’s been doing since we met at Imaginarium in Louisville.

    * How she got started writing and why she added more to her first novel.

    * What she thinks the best part of self-publishing is.

    * Where H W Vivian gets her ideas.

    * Who she goes to for reviews.

    * Insider info on book bloggers and how they can mold an author’s career.

    * Tomoson.com and how it can benefit YOU!

    * Since we all only have 24 hours in a day, what she gives up for her writing.

    * What her goals for 2016 will be.

    * H W Vivian’s best advice for aspiring authors.







    Find H W Vivian on these sites:

    Author Website: www.H-W-Vivian.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/hwvivian7

    Twitter: @vhwang7

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8115866.H_W_Vivian?from_search=true&search_version=service

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/H.-W.-Vivian/e/B00JRFBDZU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1445895528&sr=8-1

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    Writer Groupie Episode 40 YA Sci-fi/Fantasy with Kathryn Sullivan

    Writer Groupie Episode 40 YA Sci-fi/Fantasy with Kathryn Sullivan

    Hello, Groupies! Today I talk with Kathryn Sullivan. And, this episode is our 40th interview on WG! I am rather proud of that fact and just wanted to hoot about it. If you are a new author wondering how to stand out in the crowded book market, consider starting a podcast. It’s great fun and it can help build your platform. Don’t forget to listen to the AUDIO ONLY version for the latest and greatest. See the audio link below.

    Now off we go, and on with the show!

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    Kathryn Sullivan was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Berkeley, Illinois, where she started writing her first stories. Kathryn now lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffsides on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world. Her first published novel was The Crystal Throne, which won the 2002 EPPIE for Best Fantasy, and its sequel, Talking to Trees, was a finalist for a Dream Realm Award for Best Young Adult. Her short story collection, Agents & Adepts, won the 2003 Dream Realm Award for Best Anthology. Her children’s picture book, Michael & the Elf, has been reprinted by Guardian Angel Publishing. A Chick who has dug Time Lords for many years, she has an essay, “The Fanzine Factor”, in the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and a review in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Doctor Who stories by 160 writers. Her recent works are short stories “Search and Rescue” and “The Oracle of Cilens” (amberquill.com and Amazon) as well as “The Taste of Treasure” in Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells, and “The Theft of the Royal Jewels” in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star and Plunder (Dark Oak Press). She is a proud member of Broad Universe and EPIC. Any birdlike beings in her books only slightly resemble her cockatoo owner. You can find Kathryn at http://kathrynsullivan.com

    She is full of great information and inspiration for authors, so I am excited to have her on Writer Groupie Podcast.

    In this episode, we discuss her journey as an author of YA science fiction and fantasy as well as a lot more!



    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn about her writing journey and:



    * How Kathryn Sullivan and I met at a local con.

    * Insider details on how she’s found publishers through her long career and how having a publisher helped to create her work.

    * Information about the Epic E Book Awards and how you can enter and win

    * How her story Search and Rescue came to be

    * Inspiration for those who want to write long stories but are still writing short ones.

    * Information about writing YA and how to traverse the path and make it resonate… or not?

    * Insider details on other award programs

    * Details on her life as a con-goer and how it can benefit authors to be there and be a part of the panelist group

    * Fun stuff about Dr. Who and some cons that have great Dr Who panels

    * Who Kathryn would sit down with and have a chat with if she could do that with any author living or dead

    * how many projects she works on at a time

    * BONUS: Her best advice for aspiring authors





    Find Kathryn on these sites:

    Her Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/KathrynSullivan.author

    Her regular Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.sullivan

    Info about the Epic Ebook awards can be found at: https://www.epicorg.

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