3rd Year Celebration of the Write Stuff — TONIGHT!

Write Stuff

Can you believe that it’s been three years already? We’ve been together for some time and I’m glad to use this opportunity to celebrate with me. Thank God for everything He’s done in blessing this show to reach out to readers and authors worldwide and give you great books, great authors, and reads.

Call in to celebrate with me and Rachel Rossano, the very first guest on this show as we look forward and look back. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/9074423. It’s time to celebrate!


It’s really a shock to me that I would write Christian fiction. Really it is.  I didn’t know Christian fiction existed until about 2000 or so when I happened across a store called Family Christian Stores. I went in there and saw all of these lovely books and was hooked.

My earliest memories are of books and writing. I always knew this is what I would do. I just never thought I’d be a Christian writer or a writer who is Christian.  I grew up reading Stephen King and then when I was fourteen, I discovered my first Harlequin book under my cousin’s bed that summer and got hooked onto romance. So my first loves are horror and romance. Go figure.

When I began to take my writing seriously, I had been let go at my job back in 2010.  Now I had time on my hands. I saw the computer with my manuscript I’d let linger for ten years from the time I was 18 years old and I decided to get in published no matter what. My first book, Dark Cherub, can be classified as Christian horror. (Thanks Stevie!)  It changed everything for me. I mean, everything. I worked on my first romance series, called Sins of the Flesh and that also changed things for me. I started to do podcasting, and now I am the owner of the new PJC Media, an online broadcasting company.  Yet the love of the written word is still in my veins.

I host Christian authors worldwide on my shows.  Been doing it for three years. Over the years, I’ve become something of  diplomat. The body of Christ is already so divided by denominations and the like. I don’t want to add to that unnecessarily. I don’t mind standing up for core biblical truths but when it comes to secondary, non-essentials, I don’t get too worked up over it.

I love helping Christian authors get the word out about their works. If you want to be showcased on my show, simply email me at writestuffradio at gmail dot com. I’d be glad to have you.


Tonight on the Write Stuff — Adding Realism to Your Book with Dr. Linda F. Beed

I read a historical romance set in the early 1800’s England. I enjoyed the story of the book but there were some major problems with it — it wasn’t set realistically in the 1800’s. There were words and phrases that were modern to the 21st century reader but not appropriate for the locale of the story. For someone who used to read giant, thick historical romances where the author entrenched you in the time period you were lost in, that lack of attention to detail did not allow me to enjoy it as much.

Realism isn’t just about dealing with tough subject — it’s also immersing your reader into the world. Whether it’s a ball at the Duke’s house or a Martian colony on the Red Planet, adding realism only helps to strengthen the connection the reader has with your work.

With me to discuss how we authors can do just that is Dr. Linda Beed. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/7995757. Or, download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune in!


Linda BeedMost who know her say that Dr. Linda F. Beed was born with a story in her mouth and a love for people in her heart.

After submitting to a short-story contest, those who read the entry convinced her that she had a work worthy of publication. Disturbed by what potential publishers wanted to turn the story into, she established On Assignment Publications and released Business Unusual. She followed that publication with Flavorful, her short-story contribution to Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships. That compilation became a 2011 best anthology of the year nomination.

Her Gifts, book one in the Living His Love series is her first inspirational romance novella. That work will be followed by the novel Through the Fire, the second in the Covenant series.

As a conference coordinator she has shared in the success of national literary events such as Romantic Times. She also serves on the faculty of the Black Writers and Reunion Conference. Her other writing endeavors include contributions to Shades of Romance digital magazine. Dr. Linda is also the founder of ‘It’s In Your Hand’. This annual event serves to bring together entrepreneurs and those needing encouragement for the exiting business or contemplating turning their passion into a fulltime or part-time business.

A veteran children’s minister, Dr. Linda is a living example of her tagline: Using Words to Bear Good Fruit. She is a member of the Seattle/South Sound chapter of the Professional Women of Color Network and the National Council of Negro Women. In her quest to help further the education of others she is on the Board of Directors for the T&T Foundation.

Dr. Linda Beed



Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Wall and Beyond with Joanna Kurowska

King David wasn’t a novelist, but a psalmist. Thousands of years later, we read his words and they are a comfort to us in a way that stirs us to our souls. The King understood the human heart in a way I think poets of today have a unique way of capturing. Who can forget the way Psalms 23 calms us with it’s first line, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Of course, he could have written a tome on the Lord provisions but he utilized a very simply analogy that packs a wallop that has come down from generation to generation.
In the same way, this reviewer had this to say about our guest: “Her poems entice you with their simplicity and ease in reading and then stand you on your head.”

Poetry remains a unique methodology of the expression of the soul, of the heart.

On this episode of the Write Stuff, I will be chatting with Joanna Ewa Kurowska, spoken word artist and poet as she discusses her work, background, and shares her literary work with us. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/7717987 Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!

uic-readA bi-lingual poet and scholar, Joanna Kurowska is the author of five critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, The Butterfly’s Choice (Broadstone Books, 2015); Inclusions (Cervena Barva Press, 2014); The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013); Obok :Near (Oficyna Literacka, 1999, Poland); and Ściana : The Wall (Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, 1997, Poland). Her newest poetry collection, Stained Glass, is currently under contract with eLectio Publishing, while her chapbook Intricacies has been recently accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.  Kurowska’s poems, flash fiction, and scholarly work have been published in journals in America and abroad, such as Atticus Review, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, The Conradian, International Poetry Review, Episteme, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Room Magazine, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has taught at American Universities, including Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Chicago.

Joanna Kurowska emigrated from Poland in 1988, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Writer’s Clinic — World Development


Please place your world patient on the bed, please.

Today is our first ever Write Stuff Writer’s Clinic!

Today’s patient is world building.

What is so very important to know with our patients is there is a symbiotic relationship that exists between them. A healthy character is vibrant, memorable, and aid the reader with connecting with the story. Yet, if the character does not mesh well with their surroundings and the world they are to interact with, the story flops. Likewise, world building is essential to the character. A well thought, believable world engages the reader with the sights, smells, and sounds.

Our world building specialist is Becky Minor. She is a writer with exhaustive research and study in this area of world building. She will provide ‘hands on’ detail prognosis to aid in helping to build wonderful worlds our readers to connect with their senses.

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guests. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5547617. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us

No Age Barred — Post Show Highlights — September 10

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of William Murphy

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of William Murphy

On September 10th, I had the pleasure of interviewing a mother/daughter team who have both published books. This show was particularly important to me because I truly believe that kids have an awesome ability to rise above the heights. I think too often we tell children to enjoy their lives. Don’t rush to grow up. However, I was inspired by an article of a young boy who started a tech company at twelve years old. Now at the age of fifteen, his company is worth 3.5 million dollars. I don’t even have a clue what I was doing at twelve years old.

Another young entrepreneur I highlighted during the show was the owner of Spartz Media, also a young man, who started his company at a young age.  Alexander the Great was young when he began his campaign. He conquered the known world by the time he was thirty.

It stands to reason that we need give kids more credit than we do now.

In our show, we talked to Cynthia P. Willow and her daughter Ciella Naden. Ciella is thirteen years and was a little shy on the show. What I found really inspirational about her was that she has dyslexia. For all intents and purposes, writing a book shouldn’t be on her list of accomplishments…but it is. Cynthia stated she home schooled her children and giving them the assignment of writing their own books helped to unleash the writer in her daughter.

We also hear from two young men, Adam Bolander and Jordan W. Wei. Adam has written three fictional books of YA fantasy and without being preachy, he adds Christian elements in his story in a subtle way. Jordan W. Wei is the author of Precursory Apologetics as he uses a methodology to begin to ask deep questions when talking to skeptics and seekers.

To hear the show, you can go to www.blogtalkradio.com/wluvradio or down load the WLUV Radio App on the Google store on your mobile device.

A Talk with NY Times Best Selling Author Tosca Lee

ImageTonight, we will be talking with the Master Inkling and wordsmith, Tosca Lee. Tosca Lee is the New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of EveIscariot, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest.


ImageOur second guest co-host and contributor is the wonderful, intelligent Melissa Cain Travis. Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian Apologetics by Biola, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in general biology from Campbell University. She worked in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade studying the science, theology, and philosophy pertaining to the origins debate. She is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013)the first book in what will be known as the Young Defenders series,  a collection of illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children. Melissa welcomes opportunities to speak and teach on issues related to science and faith.

Saved, Sanctified, and Scandalous

Today’s church is filled with saved, sanctified, and scandalous people.

From the Catholic priest child molestations to Jimmy and Tammy Bakkers’ high profile scandals, it seems as if the children of God cannot escape the effects of sin. And not just the big names of Christianity but in our local churches and communities, scandals have touched all of us in some way.

For some, the scandals are formed from lies and for others, areas of weakness lead to degenerative behavior and cover ups.

The 21st century has led to a Church, particularly in the West, that has, as a whole, become ineffective to make a cultural change. Instead of being  the leader in change agents, we have become part of a growing morally dystopian environment where the church’s light is hid under relativism, weak biblical knowledge, ignorance of history, and apathy.

Our guest hosts and contributors are Josh Peck and C. Nathaniel Brown. Josh is the author of the book Disclosure: Unveiling Our Role in the Secret War of the Ancients, a battle plan to help people know what the Bible says for itself and not just blindly follow tradition or leaders. C. Nathaniel Brown’s book, Devil in the Mirror: Overcoming the Enemy’s Attack, shares his journey for spiritual wholeness by revealing intimate details about heartaches such as being tormented by abortions in his life, being arrested, and being separated from his family. But he doesn’t stop at the pain of these and other tragedies, he shares how he discovered breakthrough.

Have you been a victim or in the center of a church scandal? Were you able to overcome it?  Feel free to share your story by calling in at 646-595-2083.