Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today host Jacqui Castle talks Humor Writing with David Sharpe.  

David E. Sharp is a noisy librarian. Having grown up on the windy plains of the Texas panhandle, David learned early on how to make his own fun. He also discovered a love for storytelling, a rich and vibrant artform with cultural roots all over the world. 

Among his early writings was a ransom note to his high school algebra teacher in poison pen, delivered with an enclosed photograph of a text book tied to a chair. While this was wildly entertaining, it lacked the plot and structure of his later writings.

Sharp has authored a number of short stories and launched a series of novels. His first book, Lost on a Page, chronicles the plight of fictional characters from various genres who seek to murder their authors. Had this been an autobiographical work, David E. Sharp might not be with us today.

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Lost on a Page by David Sharpe

 

RESOURCES/BOOKS MENTIONED:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Hosts Jacqui Castle and Becca Spence Dobias are joined by returning guest Matt Harry to talk about writing the Interactive Novel!

Matt Harry is an author, editor, screenwriter, and playwright. He graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA in Film Production, and has worked for ABC, CBS, Sony, and HGTV. He has edited over 20 novels, several of which have gone on to win awards or be optioned for television and film. In 2019, he wrote and directed an interactive romantic comedy called Somebody to Love. He has also written the novels Sorcery for Beginners, Cryptozoology for Beginners, and Superkid. His latest novel, You Are a Filmmaker, is an interactive novel based on his 25 years in the film industry. 

 

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Matt Harry

Twitter - @mattharrymh

Instagram - @matt_harry_mh

Website - http://www.mattharrywork.com/

You Are a Filmmaker by Matt Harry

 

Resources Mentioned:

Adventure Time Comics by Ryan North

Twine Interactive Story Software

 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about Memoir Backlash Yasmin Azad, Esther Amini, & Megan Culhane Galbraith.

Yasmin Azad who was born and raised in Ceylon, (now called Sri Lanka), was among the first group of girls in her Muslim community to go away from home to pursue a university degree.  In her twenties, after a brief stint as a lecturer, she married and moved to the United States. Living mostly in the Boston area, she raised her children and worked for over two decades as a mental health counselor. Her memoir Stay, Daughter, draws on her experiences growing up in a warm and close-knit but conservative society which at first resisted the education and independence of women but had, eventually, to embrace modernity. It is also informed by an understanding derived from her work as a counselor in the West, that the breakdown of traditional family values and structures comes with its own challenges, especially for women. She is currently working on a novel which explores the issues of family and belonging.

Esther Amini is a writer, painter, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. Her debut memoir is entitled Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America. Her short stories have appeared in Elle, Lilith, Tablet, The Jewish Week, Barnard Magazine, TK University’s Inscape Literary, Proximity, Paper Brigade, and Medium.com.   Her essays can also be found in Zibby Owens’ Anthologies Moms Don’t Have Time To and Moms Don’t Have Time To Have Kids.

Esther Amini was named one of Aspen Words’ best emerging memoirists and awarded its Emerging Writer Fellowship in 2016.  Seven of her pieces have been performed by Jewish Women’s Theatre, (a.k.a. The Braid), in Los Angeles and in Manhattan, and she was chosen by Jewish Women’s Theatre as their Artist-in-Residence in 2019. ChaiFlicks, (Jewish Netflix), is presently streaming an excerpt from Concealed called AM-REE-KAH.

Megan Culhane Galbraith is a writer and visual artist. Her work was a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2017, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Redivider, Catapult, Hobart, Longreads, and Hotel Amerika, among others. She is Associate Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and the founding director of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute. Her debut hybrid memoir-in-essays, The Guild of the Infant Saviour was published by Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press in May 2021. 

 

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Yasmin Azad:
Website: https://staydaughter.com/
Stay Daughter by Yasmin Azad
 
Esther Amini
Facebook: Esther Amini
Instagram: @estheraminiauthor
Concealed by Esther Amini
 
Megan Culhane Galbraith

Twitter - @megangalbraith

Instagram - @m.galbraith

Facebook - @megan.culhane.galbraith

Website - www.megangalbraith.com

The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book by Megan Culhane Galbraith

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about writing Queer Romance with TJ Alexander and Timothy Janovsky.

TJ Alexander is an amateur baker and author who writes about queer love. Originally from Florida, they received their MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston. They live in New York City with their wife and various houseplants. They are represented by Larissa Melo Pienkowski of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

Timothy Janovsky is a queer, multidisciplinary storyteller from New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College and a self-appointed certificate in rom-com studies (accreditation pending). When he's not daydreaming about young Hugh Grant, he's telling jokes, playing characters, and writing books. Never Been Kissed is his first novel.

 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

 

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TJ Alexander:
Twitter: @tjalexanderNYC
Instagram: @tjalexanderNYC
Chef's Kiss by TJ Alexander
 
Timothy Janovsky
Twitter: @timothyjanovsky
Instagram: @timothyjanovsky

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about Writing Neurodiverse Characters with Halli Gomez. 

Halli Gomez writes for children and young adults and works at her independent bookstore. She has written several stories with neurodivergent characters including her young adult novel, LIST OF TEN. When no one is looking, she sock skates through the house and talks to dogs like they are human. When people are looking, she enjoys reading, outdoors, and breaking out of escape rooms with her family. Halli lives in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Heroine by Mindy Mcginnis

Kiss and Repeat by Heather Truett

We Need Diverse Books

Donald Mass Seminars

 

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Twitter: @Halli_Gomez
Instagram: @halli_gomez_author
Facebook: halligomezauthor
 
 
 
 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about Applying for Live Events with Amy Rivers and Desiree Brown!

Amy Rivers is an award-winning self-published author and the Director of Northern Colorado Writers. She is the Indie Author Project’s 2021 Indie Author of the Year.  In addition to the novels she publishes under her imprint Compathy Press, she's been published in several anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, and was a regular contributor to Novelty Bride Magazine and ESME.com. She was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Colorado with her husband and children. 

Desirée Brown is a poet & writer. She received her B.A. from University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her M.F.A. from New York University. She has worked with poets Ishion Hutchinson, Catherine Barnett, Matthew Rohrer, Nick Laird, and more. Her work has appeared in Hedge Apple Magazine, Unlikely Stories, The Woven Tale Press, Sanskrit, and The Scene & Heard Journal. Today she teaches college courses in English and Creative Writing, manages the Young Eager Writers Association & Conference, and practices engaging with the world through a poetic lens.

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DESIREE BROWN
 
Twitter: @YEWassociation
Instagram: @youngeagerwriters
 
AMY RIVERS
Twitter: @WritingRivers
Instagram: @Amy.Rivers38
Facebook: @AmyRivers.Writer
 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about Disaster Fiction with Sarah Blake and Alison Stine. 

Sarah Blake is the author of Clean Air, a cli-fi domestic thriller, Naamah, a novel reimagining the story of Noah's ark, and poetry collections Mr. West and Let's Not Live on Earth. In 2013, she received a Literature Fellowship from the NEA. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, and The Kenyon Review. She lives outside of London.

Alison Stine is the author of the 2021 novel Trashlands (MIRA / HarperCollins), which The LA Times called a “ballad to love in a time of darkness,” currently longlisted for the 2022 Reading the West Book Award. Her first novel Road Out of Winter was a selection for The Rumpus Book Club, and won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of three poetry collections published on university presses and a novella.

 

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SARAH BLAKE
 
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Twitter: @blakesarah

Instagram: @sarahblakeauthor

 
 
ALISON STINE
 
Buy Trashlands by Alison Stine
 

www.alisonstine.com

Twitter: @alisonstine

Instagram: @alistinewrites

 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talk about First Contact Scifi with Fernando Crôtte. 

Ferd is a late bloomer author, with his debut novel Mission 51 being published at age 66. Ferd lives in Winston Salem, NC and is married with four children, and eleven grandchildren. He works as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist, and in his free time enjoys birding, photography, and flying.

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Twitter - @FerdCrotte

Instagram - @ferdc55

Facebook - ferd.crotte

Website - https://thebestparts.net

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we are excited to talking about Epic Fantasy with Leo Valiquette.
 
Leo Valiquette grew up in rural Ontario, Canada, but had become a regular tourist of Tatooine, Middle Earth, and that barn in Charlotte’s Web by the age of eight. He trained to work in museums, before taking up the pen as a journalist and newspaper editor, and then as a corporate business writer and marcom consultant for hire. This love of the fantastical, the historical, and also finding the root of a story fuel his need to create worlds of his own. A cancer survivor, Valiquette has been contesting with metastasized melanoma since late 2019. He lives with his wife and son by a lazy old river.
 
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RESOURCES MENTIONED:
 
The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester
 
 
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Buy Bane of All Things by Leo Valiquette
 
Twitter - @LeoValiquette
Instagram - @LeoValiquetteAuthor
Facebook - LeoValiquetteAuthor
 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Cari, Becca, and Jacqui talk about reading and writing in 2021, and goals for 2022. 

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Our favorite books of 2021:

Fiction

Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

The Need by Helen Phillips 

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

There, There by Tommy Orange

Trashlands by Alison Stine

 

Non-Fiction

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

Intuitive Editing by Tiffany Yates Martin

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays by Phoebe Robinson

 

 

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2022

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