Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Cari and Jacqui are joined by authors Kosoko Jackson and A.C. Merkel to talk about TIME TRAVEL!

A.C. Merkel is an author, musician, and digital artist. What if you could watch history unfold? Take a ride on the Orient Express? Rock out at CBGB in its heyday? Go dancing in post prohibition Chicago? Pick berries under billions of pure starlit pinpoints in 1540s France? That is the premise of his debut urban fantasy.

Kosoko Jackson is a digital media specialist, focusing on digital storytelling, email, social and SMS marketing, and a freelance political journalist. Occasionally, his personal essays and short stories have been featured on Medium, Thought Catalog, The Advocate, and some literary magazines. When not writing YA novels that champion holistic representation of black queer youth across genres, he can be found obsessing over movies, drinking his (umpteenth) London Fog, or spending far too much time on Twitter. His YA debut, YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, will come out in 2021, published by SourceBooks Fire and his adult #OwnVoices queer Romcom, I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU will come out in 2022, by Berkley Romance.

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Resources/Media Mentioned:

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

@TudorTweep on Twitter

About Time(Movie)

Doctor Who(TV Show)

 

Keep up with our guests!

Kosoko Jackson: 

Twitter - @kosokojackson

Instagram - @kosokojackson

Website - https://kosokojackson.com/

A.C. Merkel:

Twitter - @Blink_Drive

Instagram - @acmerkel

Facebook - @authormerkel

Website - https://acmerkel.com/

QueerIndie.com

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Becca is joined by author Deesha Philyaw to talk WRITING ABOUT SEX! 

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, The Story Prize (2020/2021), the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church.

Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.

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Keep up with our guest! 

Twitter - @DeeshaPhilyaw

Facebook -  @DeeshaPhilyawWriter

Instagram - @DeeshaPhilyaw

Website - https://www.deeshaphilyaw.com/

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August 17, 2021

Cover Collaboration

Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we're excited to be talking about Cover Collaboration with G.A. Finocchiaro & Rachel Perciphone

Rachel Perciphone creates empowering fantasy art that encourages the viewer to confidently explore their own stories. Her work is most heavily inspired by mythology, fairy-tales, folklore, and all things fantasy as well as music, nature, and ethereal subjects. She illustrates strong, diverse characters within magical and colorful worlds for book covers and anywhere good stories are found. 

GA Finocchiaro is a Philadelphia area author, who loves good burgers, Gritty, and playing air guitar when nobody's looking. 

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Keep up with guests:

Preorder The Raptor by G.A. Finocchiaro, illustrated by Rachel Perciphone

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Rachel Perciphone: 

Twitter - @Perciphone

Instagram - @RachelPerciphone

Facebook -  @RachelPerciphone

Website - www.RachelPerciphone.com

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/RachelPerciphone

G.A. Finocchiaro

Twitter - @G_A_Fino

Facebook -  @GAFinocc

Website - http://www.gafino.com

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August 3, 2021

Anxiety in Fiction

Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Becca and I are excited to be talking about Anxiety in Fiction with Amalie Jahn 

USA Today Bestselling author Amalie Jahn is the recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut YA novel, THE CLAY LION. Her first YA contemporary, THE NEXT TO LAST MISTAKE, won the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in 2020. She is a contributing blogger with the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, as well as a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. A TED speaker, human rights advocate, and active promoter of kindness, she lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children, and three extremely overfed cats. 

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Resources/Books Mentioned

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nevin

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

Anxiety & Depression Association of America resource list

 

Keep up with our guest:

Twitter - @amaliejahn

Instagram - @amalie.jahn.official

Facebook - @amaliejahn

Website - amaliejahn.com

Phoebe Unfired by Amalie Jahn

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Becca and I are excited to be talking about Romance Tropes and Cliches with Renée Gendron. 

Renée Gendron is a multi-genre romance author. She is a regular contributor to A Muse Bouche Review and a structural editor. 

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Resources Mentioned: 

Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

2k to 10k Writing Faster, Writing, Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

5,000 Words per Hour by Chris Fox 

Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes and Natalie Duke

 

Renée's recommmended "friends to lovers" reads:

Cloak and Silence, Book 7 of The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Conquered by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

The Girl of his Dreams by Susan Mallery

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

Keep up with our guest:

Twitter - @reneegendron

Instagram - @reneegendronauthor

Website - https://reneegendron.com/

Books by Renée Gendron 

 

We will be taking a brief summer break, and will be back with new episodes in August! 

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Cari and I are excited to be talking about Superheroes with authors Mike Chen and Matt Harry. 

Mike Chen is the author of We Could Be Heroes, Here And Now And Then, and A Beginning At The End. He has contributed to Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View and covered geek culture for sites such as Tor.com, The Mary Sue, and StarTrek.com. In previous lives, he has been a musician, DJ, aerospace engineer, and credentialed NHL reporter. Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals.

Matt Harry is the author of Sorcery for Beginners and its sequel, Cryptozoology for Beginners, which Booklist called a "clever, often hilarious adventure." He received an MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has worked as a filmmaker, editor, screenwriter, college professor, movie critic, and story consultant. He has also written articles for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon-Journal, and the textbook The Elements of Style. His work has received accolades from the FOX Comedy Script Contest, the Austin Film Festival, the Launchpad Manuscript Competition, and the Nicholl Fellowships. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Keep up with our guests:

Mike Chen

Twitter - @mikechenwriter 

Instagram - @mikechenwriter

Website - https://www.mikechenbooks.com/

Order We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

 

Matt Harry

Twitter - @mattharrymh

Instagram - @matt_harry_mh

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

Preorder SuperKid by Matt Harry

 

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May 18, 2021

Jewish #OwnVoices

Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast, where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we're excited to be talking to author Evalyn Broderick. 

Evalyn is a pediatrician and author who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She cut her teeth as a reader on books by authors such as Tamora Pierce, Robert Heinlein, Ursula K. Leguin, and Anne McCaffery. Together with her undying devotion to Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, this fueled her lifelong passion for science fiction and fantasy.

She is a proud graduate of the City University of New York, where she earned degrees in biology and chemistry before completing her MD Ph.D. When not writing, she enjoys crossword puzzles, epic games of trivial pursuit, and traveling.

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Resources mentioned:

Rev Pit - https://reviseresub.com/

Kacen Callender's Blog - https://www.kacencallender.com/

Hashtags on twitter - #cpmatch & #queerauthorsneedbetas

CP Match Website - https://www.writeoncon.org/cpmatch/

Highlights Foundation - https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

It's a Whole Spiel Anthology

 

Keep up with our guest:

Twitter - @EvalynBroderick

Instagram - @EvalynBroderickAuthor

https://evalynbroderick.com/

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Becca and I are excited to be talking about Beta Readers with Alex Morrissey.

Alex's professional career began when he wrote and drew a Nick Fury, SHIELD comic for Marvel. He then created for other publishers, such as DC and Dark Horse Comics. Following this, Alex became an art director, designing for companies such as Google and Condé Nast. 

He is the co-host of Draw Drink'n Podcast, a comic industry interview-based streaming show. His most recent novel, Blackfire, is a science-fiction/fantasy epic that blends a D&D adventuring party's dynamics with high-energy galactic action.

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Resources Mentioned:

Fiverr

Edit Out Loud (Audio beta reading tool plus forum/exchange)

NaNoWriMo Forum

Keep up with our guest: 

https://alex-morrissey.com/

Twitter and Instagram - @JAlexMorrissey

Draw Drink'n Podcast

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Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today we're excited to be talking about Writing the Heist with Aya de León!

Aya de León is the author of the award-winning feminist heist series, Justice Hustlers, about a group of women running a New York City health clinic, who resort to crime to keep the doors open. The series includes Side Chick Nation, the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Recently, Kensington published her first standalone novel, A Spy in the Struggle and her next book Queen of Urban Prophecy will be out in December.

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Resources & Heist Media Mentioned

NaNoWriMo

Leverage - TV Show

Bound - Movie

Set It Off - Movie

 

Keep up with our guest:

https://ayadeleon.wordpress.com/

Follow Aya on Twitter

Follow Aya on Instagram

A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon

Side Chick Nation by Aya de Leon

 

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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 be joined by author Peter Harmon to talk about Juggling Multiple Projects. 

Peter Harmon is a television producer, screenwriter, and author. He's worked on shows including RuPaul's Drag Race, Intervention, and Heroes Of Cosplay. His books include the young adult book series The Happenstances and Horror From The High Dive Volume 1. He also currently does a podcast about the TV show The Vampire Diaries called The Vam-Petey Diaries.

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Resources Mentioned

 

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer by J. Michael Straczynski

How to Not Always be Working by Marlee Grace

On Writing by Stephen King

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price

Trello

Bullet Journaling

 

Keep up with our guest:

Peter Harmon on Twitter

Peter Harmon on Instagram 

Peter Harmon's Website

Vam-Petey Diaries Podcast

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