Living The Writing Life Podcast with Nancy Christie
In Conversation With… award-winning author A. Piper Burgi

In Conversation With… award-winning author A. Piper Burgi

September 15, 2021

A. Piper BurgiPiper Burgi is an award-winning author of six historical novels to date, with a seventh currently in the editing stage, as well as several other books.

Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Her Majesty, was a Golden Book Award Semi-Finalist, and her women's fiction novel The Country Girl Empress—book one of the series—won the Firebird Book Award in the historical fiction category and was named “...a must-read for historical fiction fans who can appreciate imperial intrigues...” by Readers' Favorite Book Reviews.

An Air Force veteran, and military spouse, Piper is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Independent Author Network. For more about Piper, visit her website and follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Goodreads.

In this conversation, we discuss how to successfully bring the past to life through fiction.

Thoughts on writing and life for September 2021

Thoughts on writing and life for September 2021

September 5, 2021

Just a few thoughts on the importance of learning something new—or even, perhaps, re-learning something critical that we have forgotten.

 

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In Conversation With… award-winning author Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman

In Conversation With… award-winning author Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman

August 11, 2021

Wade RouseWade Rouse is an award-winning author who also writes under the pen name of Viola Shipman, his grandmother’s name, that he chose to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing.

He has written several books under that pseudonym, including The Summer Cottage, The Heirloom Garden, and his most recent, The Clover Girls, which was released May 2021. His next book, The Secret of Snow, will be published in October.

The noted humorist of four critically acclaimed memoirs, Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today show, featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers.

His books have been translated into 20 languages and are international bestsellers. He has also written for numerous publications, including People, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, and Taste of Home and is a contributor to All Things Considered.

For more about Wade, visit his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube and BookBub.

For information about Viola Shipman, click this link and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram.

In this conversation, we discuss the challenges and creative choice of writing women’s fiction as a male author.

Thoughts on writing and life for August 2021

Thoughts on writing and life for August 2021

August 4, 2021

Just a few thoughts on why we should remain open to opportunity, even if we don’t know where following it will take us.

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In Conversation With… award-winning author Gwen Goodkin

In Conversation With… award-winning author Gwen Goodkin

July 16, 2021

Gwen GoodkinGwen Goodkin is the author of the short story collection, A Place Remote, winner of the Silver IPPY in Great Lakes - Best Regional Fiction. Her novel, The Plant, was named a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress competition, and her TV pilot script, "The Plant," based on that novel was named a quarterfinalist for Cinestory's TV/Digital retreat.

Gwen has won the Folio Editor's Prize for Fiction, the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction, the Silver Prize (Short Script) for her screenplay "Winnie" in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest and the Eyewear Publishing's Beverly Prize for her essay collection "Mass for the Shut Ins." She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Gwen’s educational background includes a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and she has also studied at the Universität Heidelberg.

But it’s her many physical addresses that are tied to today’s talk. Gwen was born and raised in Ohio, then moved to Troy, Michigan, then L.A. and now lives in Encinitas, California with her husband and daughters.

For more about Gwen, visit her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium and Facebook.

In today’s conversation, we’ll discuss how the memories of home (both good and bad) work their way into our writing.

Thoughts on writing and life for July 2021

Thoughts on writing and life for July 2021

July 3, 2021

Just a few thoughts on the challenges in deciding how to define yourself as a writer—and whether you even should limit yourself to a specific category.

 

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In Conversation With… award-winning author Clare Pooley

In Conversation With… award-winning author Clare Pooley

June 16, 2021

Clare Pooley is the author of The Sober Diaries and The Authenticity Project—a New York Times and international bestseller, and winner of the RNA debut novel award. She joins us from Fulham, London, England where she lives with her husband, three children, two border terriers, and an African pygmy hedgehog!

After twenty years in the heady world of advertising where, according to her bio, she worked hard, played hard and drank even harder, Clare realized that she had to say farewell to alcohol, and started a blog—Mummy was a Secret Drinker—by way of therapy, which ultimately became a memoir: The Sober Diaries. Clare then used her experience of telling the truth about her own shady life to inspire her first novel: The Authenticity Project.

For more about Clare, visit her website and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

In this conversation, we talk about how writing (both fiction and nonfiction) can serve as a tool for those dealing with addictions, and what role writing plays in her life now.

Thoughts on writing and life for June 2021

Thoughts on writing and life for June 2021

June 3, 2021

Just a few thoughts on the importance of celebrating our small successes, even if no one else knows what we have accomplished.

 

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In Conversation With… author Rea Frey, CEO and founder of Writeway

In Conversation With… author Rea Frey, CEO and founder of Writeway

May 12, 2021

Rea Frey is the author of four suspense novelsUntil I Find You, Because You're Mine, Not Her Daughter and Secrets of Our House that will be released February 2022—as well as several nonfiction books.

She is also the CEO and founder of Writeway™, where she teaches aspiring writers how they can become published authors, too, and host of her weekly Writeway podcast that helps demystify the publishing industry.

Rea says that her passion in life is “telling stories, connecting with readers, and helping other aspiring authors tell their stories too.”

For more about Rea, visit her website, her company website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

In this conversation, we’ll talk about how to have a business-focused approach to writing and publishing without sacrificing your commitment to the art of writing.

Thoughts on writing and life for May 2021

Thoughts on writing and life for May 2021

May 5, 2021

Just a few thoughts on the surprising resilience of creativity.

 

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