3rd Year Celebration of the Write Stuff — TONIGHT!

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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!


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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 — The World Builders with Janeen Ippolito

Write StuffThere’s a reason why the speculative fiction genre has so much appeal — it gives writers the opportunity to build worlds. Building worlds is probably one of the most addictive aspects of writing speculative fiction. The world can be similar to our own with nuanced changes, or completely dissimilar.

However, world-building can be quite tedious so how can a writer effectively create a world the reader can lose themselves in?

Join me for an in-depth discussion on how to world-build from the inside out with  Janeen Ippolito, author of Worldbuilding from the Inside Out as well as a reader, teacher, and editor. This is an invaluable tool for both newbie authors and seasoned authors. 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/8890339.   Tune in!

ABOUT THE BOOK

inside outGo to the heart of your world and build it well!

Memorable world-building enhances story, attracts readership, and sells books! Find the core of your science fiction or fantasy people and instill your narrative with universal themes and concepts derived from real-world cultures.

-Explore different religions and governments with concise entries that include ideas for plot and character development
-Develop key aspects of your society without getting caught up in unnecessary details
-Learn how the deeper effects of appearance and location can enhance your narrative

World-Building From the Inside Out challenges you to go deep and build fantastical worlds that truly bring your story to life!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janeen.jpgJaneen Ippolito is an English teacher by day, a sword-fighter by night and a writer by heart. She’s also the founder of Uncommon Universes Press and the author of World-Building From the Inside Out. She has a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, Writing, and ESL and has a passion for using humor and cultures in speculative fiction. In her spare time she makes brownie batter, reads, and watches speculative television shows. One of her goals in life is to eat a fried tarantula.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — A Chat with USA Today’s Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins

Write StuffOn this episode of the Write Stuff, I’m pleased to chat with USA Today’s Bestselling author Beverly Jenkins.

cropped-512x512-300x300Ms. Jenkins is a USA TODAY bestselling author and the nation’s premier writer of African – American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date.

She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club.

She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. She has lectured  at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. To chat with Beverly, you can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or down loakd Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the ink here. http://tobtr.com/8545193

Tonight on the Write Stuff — V as in Victor with Naomi Smith

Write StuffOn this edition of the Write Stuff, we’ll have the opportunity to chat with Naomi Smith, author of the memoir book of her father V as in Victor.

V as in Victor is the story of an American minister and his family in a small pastorate in England between the World Wars and their subsequent life in the United States during and after World War II. More importantly, it is the story of a man whose struggles might have destroyed him, but did not. This uplifting tale of a man’s ongoing quest for the chance to serve his church and his earnest desire to live a life according to the precepts of his religion will both inspire you, challenge you, and touch your heart.

Join us for a fascinating discussion! You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8347157.  Tune in!

ABOUT THE BOOK

V victorV as in Victor is the story of an American minister and his family in a small pastorate in England between the World Wars and their subsequent life in the United States during and after World War II. More importantly, it is the story of a man whose struggles might have destroyed him, but did not. This uplifting tale of a man’s ongoing quest for the chance to serve his church and his earnest desire to live a life according to the precepts of his religion will both inspire you, challenge you, and touch your heart.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Naomi SmithI’ve written for many venues: magazine essays, collections, essays I’ve read on NPR, and once long ago, a romantic suspense novel, but it was only when I began writing stories about what might happen after we die and leave this world that I found a subject so gripping it has fascinated and enthralled me ever since.

Writing stories about ordinary people who find themselves in the world to come is just plain exciting. I love exploring the idea of what might happen when each one of us has to face the decisions he or she made in this world and how those decisions effect our eternity. It’s a wild trip, and a rewarding one!

 

WEBINAR: How to Successfully Promote Books and Gain More Reviews

Authors are always looking for ways to promote their work and get more reviews. Well, look no further!

I’m please to announce I’ll be hosting this event created by Indie Author Movement site found George McVey  and the Christian Indie Author Network as he discusses techniques for you  to promote your books and get reviews. 

REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING ON THE GRAPHIC BELOW: 

 

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Looking Back — Twelve Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


BIG NAMES

Most authors have someone in the field they admire . Whether it’s someone who writes in the same genre or a different genre, most writers like to emulate their heroes. I’m no different of course.  My show is open to all Christian authors, ‘great’ and ‘small’, well known or not. In my experience, ‘big name’ authors I’ve talked all had to start from somewhere. I now understand big name authors still have the same insecurities, feelings, blocks, and other writer nuances small fry such as I do. Plus, they tend to be pretty much down to earth.

Tosca-Lee-Author-05-210x300Yet, for myself, when I first hosted New York Times Bestselling author Tosca Lee, I about fell through the floor.  The interview came through an online connection of mine and I couldn’t believe it when she said yes. When you hear the interview, you’ll see how nervous I was because I could hardly talk for a moment.  But thank God for my producer who during the break calmed me down a bit. On this show too, I talked to a good friend of mine Melissa Cain Davis who had just published first apologetic’s children’s book. In retrospect, I wonder if I should have just had one co-host on there. I remember Melissa telling me, “You know, I can TOTALLY take a back seat to Tosca Lee.” At the time,  my thought process was that I didn’t want Melissa to think she was ‘less’ and Tosca was ‘more’. But, we can’t go back and change the past.  Our decisions are final once their done. The show went well.


klr_kimroby_biopicThe next time I spoke to a New York Time Bestselling author, it was Kimberla Lawson Roby. Again,  I could barely keep my feet from falling through the ground. This connection was through my producer who knew a woman who used to work for Terry Perry Studios, Letecia Cunningham. On this episode, Letecia and Kimberla both interviewed.  My phone lines were ringing off the hook that day. It was lovely. Plus, it was the same day I’d sign my first contract with my publisher for my book Many Strange Women. You know,  God really does know how to make those moments sweet.  C’mon! What are the odds I’d have my first book contract with a publisher the same day the Lord blessed me to talk with, for a second time, two high profile ladies?  Conspiracy, anyone?


ReShonda-high-res-300x298About two months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing ReShonda Tates Billingley, another big name I also admire.  This particular show stood out to me because it was the first time I’d reach out to a big name author myself. The first two were from contacts I knew but this was just me  reaching out with numbers and a prayer. Wasn’t I surprised when she said yes? It was a short interview and we packed a lot of information. Plus, I was able to hook in the bit about her book that was turned into a movie on BET.

I leave it with this thought. Some of those mentioned you may know or not know. In my mind, every single guest I’ve had and hope to have in the future are big names to me. It’s always an honor, always a pleasure, always a reward to showcase my fellow authors.

 

The Parker J Cole Show — I Miss You

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The past several shows of the Parker J Cole have focused on dealing with difficult times during the Christmas season. This episode rounds it all up with a single phrase — I Miss You.

When a loved one has passed away it’s very difficult to get into the holiday spirit. The grief you may experience can be insurmountable, crushing you. It’s a black hole sucking the joy from your heart. It’s a tiny whole in the fabric of your universe siphoning away the happy times you’ve shared with you loved one.

All in all, you miss them.

How do you survive the holidays?

Join me with a survivor and author of the book “I Miss You: A Holiday Survival Kit” Gary Roe as he helps you to survive grief during the holidays. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8145345. Tune In!