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.

 

Looking Back — Sixteen 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.


WRETCHED OPTIMISM 

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Smile till it hurts!

There’s not a person alive who doesn’t deal with self-doubt. I think it’s part of human nature to just doubt one’s abilities. You have your parents who encourage you and your family who supports you. Still, you have to fight the one enemy no one else seems to conquer — yourself.

I think every show I deal with this. Some things that run through my ind are: Everyone hates this show. No one cares. I sound like an idiot. What in the world am I doing?  And all other kinds of encouraging thoughts.

But, I do have what I called ‘that wretched optimism’. The little spark of optimism that keeps me going even when those other thoughts tell me to stop. It’s faith that what I do matters to someone. So if you’re writing, painting, teaching, counseling, working, singing, and a thousand other duties that make the world go around, believe in yourself. I know it sounds like an after school special (yes, I’ve just aged myself) but guess what. Don’t doubt the abilities God gives you. He obviously knows what you’re capable of more than you do.


me websiteAdrienne Thompson is one of the best writers out there. I love her style. Her stories touch on so many different life issues and she accomplished a lot.  She spoke to us in the show Enemy in the Mirror. Show my good friend some love!

 

Looking Back — Eighteen 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.


IGNORANCE IS NOT (ALWAYS) AN EXCUSE

confusedThe drama behind this show is intense. It was probably one of the first major screw-ups I’d done when it came to scheduling and making sure one’s P’s & Q’s are taken care of. In this case I hadn’t. The week before, I spoke with my guest’s media rep and had recorded a mini-interview to be played. But not being on point, I forgot to upload it and during the show, it never came up. The media rep was concerned. So then  had to call the guest that I had slotted for the next week and beg, plead and cry that she postpone her interview for another day. She had no problem with that.

Thinking on the topic for this show, I looked for an appropriate picture to caption the show with. I found it and used it in my blog posts. About two months later, I got a strange email with a woman calling for my blood for using her picture.  This was my fiery baptism in looking for images on the Net. I quickly apologized and she threatened me some more about legal actions but I never heard from her again.  However, to this day, I can’t help but think if you didn’t want anyone to use the picture, why did you put it on the Net?  O_o.


New Picture (4)Daddy(less) Little Girls touched on a sensitive topic about fatherhood and the place of fathers in a little girl’s life. I want to thank Lynn Bruce for sharing her story. Check her out and show some love!

 

 

 

Looking Back — Nineteen 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.


SPREAD TOO THIN

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I couldn’t find a clip art of butter sandwiches. I tried!

I like butter sandwiches. I’m not afraid to admit it. Sometimes, when you got to get the stick of butter (after pulling it out the freezer and letting it thaw) and try to spread it on the bread, you either get one glop of butter in one place or the butter spreads thin. A massacre of a beloved sandwich!

 

 


During my first year, I was so excited to host that I went ahead and tried to interview four people in one show.  I think it went well for a while but as I was sitting behind the scenes, it came to head it was hard to make sure everyone had a chance to say something and had equal air time.  But the show must go on and it did.  However, I learned to keep the guests to a maximum of two people.  When I get feedback from guest, they tend to like the intimacy of our conversations. The one on one.

So Sweet, Gentle, Romance was the only time in the show history I had four guests at one time. They’re all great writers too.  Click n the pictures and show my peeps some love!

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Looking Back — Twenty Two 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.


 

LOGOS

Below are the various logos WLUV has used to advertise the show and what is currently being used now. I love it.

 


 

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This banner was used the first year of the show. When I saw it, I remember being blown away. This was it! I was going to broadcast a show and I had no idea what I was doing. Yet, the picture says different.  But we all know pictures can be deceiving!


 

1 The New Write Stuff Radio Banner

We used this banner for a hot minute but we didn’t keep it long. For one thing, its kinda dark and edgy.  Which is fine but it does give the particular feeling I was looking for.


 

 

The New Write Stuff Radio Banner

 

This is the current banner we are using now for the show. When my producer showed it to me, I loved it. Simple, clean lines. Plus, by this time, the direction of my show had changed. Instead of saying helping inspirational writers write, my goals have changed in order to showcase Christian authors worldwide.


Through the interviews I have with authors we all learn something and I hope to do more of that in the upcoming year.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Christians and the World of the Strange with Kenneth Morvant

The X-files was a ground-breaking show from the early 2000’s that immersed its viewer into the world of the strange, the unexplainable, and the incredible. From UFOs to government conspiracies to suppress that truth, it lend a vivid imagination and thought provoking discussions about anomalous phenomena.

Years have passed the science fiction has become more of a reality than ever before. Christians have seen and heard things that go bump in the night, disappear into the sky, or whisper in their ears at night. These types of experiences cannot be brushed under the carpet. We have to ask the question: “What else is out there?”

How do Christians deal with the world of the Strange? Join me as I discuss this with my guest co-host and contributor Kenneth Morvant. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Or click here to listen in. http://tobtr.com/s/7512535. Tune in!

New Picture (3)A life-long science fiction and action adventure fan, minister and life sciences professional, I grew up with all the old movies and TV when your imagination had to be larger than the special effects budget. While they lacked that, they did tell compelling stories. Names such as Heinlein, Asimov, Matheson, Serling are just a few influences from the old school. Newer authors include Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton.

Movies that dominated the screen in the fifties and sixties challenged convention and extended the science of that day into the future. While not accurate most of the time, they did ask what if and what now. Today there is a lot of action and special effects, but sometimes the stories lack depth. That is what I like to bring to the written page.  Reasons why and motivations of the characters are important to the development of any story.

I feel that a book or movie should challenge us as well as entertain. They should make a reader think about the world around them from a different perspective. Technology has advanced to a point where the lines between black and white are blurred and definite answers to issues and problems are not as easy as they once were.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Business of Writing with Chuck Brown

Happy New Year from the Write Stuff. May this be your best year yet!

To kick off our first episode of 2015, we have returning guest, Chuck Brown from Expected End Entertainment to give us advice and tips on the business of writing. That’s right! In today’s volatile publishing world, writers need to see their careers as a business and to run a business, you’re going to need some help.

C. Nathaniel BrownChuck Brown is a multi-talented media professional with years of experience. Join us as we discuss this topic by calling in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!

C. Nathaniel Brown is an award-winning writer, talk show host, and businessman. A huge basketball fan, Brown coached middle school and high school basketball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He founded the Pittsburgh Knights AAU team. He also served as athletic director at Greater Works Academy in Pittsburgh, where he coached girls and later the boys’ varsity teams. He began writing about sports for his college newspaper and continued with several newspapers and magazines around the country spanning 20 years. Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 18 years

Writer’s Process Blog Tour

50086811Describe my writing process? Bare to world what Parker J. Cole does to bring about the stories in her head and put them to paper?

Sure!

I have to thank S. R. Karfelt for inviting me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. As the queen of the Glitter Globe, when she ‘asked’ me to participate,  I considered it, my ‘duty’ to obey. After all, compared to this awesome lady and the others you’ll  meet in just a moment, I am a small commoner, kneeling before greatness.

It’s a great opportunity to share with others the wonderful things we have to do as writers. And anything I can do to assist someone in their own writer path, I’m glad to do it.

What am I working on? That is such an easy question to ask, isn’t it? Well, I am working on three projects simultaneously. Project one is the edits of the second book in my Sins of the Flesh series called “The Other Man”. I’ve just received the first round of edits recently and am making my way through them. Project two is the edits of a short story I wrote called “Godforsaken” for an indie author collaboration.  The third project is a manuscript tentatively titled The Doctor’s Cure, a single title contemporary romance. Last but not least, I am researching for a sci-fi dystopian novel I plan to have completed this year. Wait, that’s four.

All in all, I like to keep busy.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’d like to think that my work differs from others, especially in the Christian fiction realm, that do not meet the mold. In my romances I deal with issues a lot of Christian authors and readers for that matter may shy from.  In the speculative fiction arena, I like horror and the idea of putting a Christian message or element in a horror story, is one that tantalizes me. I should probably note the kind of horror I prefer is spooky, not gory. In fact, the words ‘Christian horror’ may seem to be an oxymoron.

Not for me.

Why do I write what I do? The long and short of it is this: I grew up as a preacher’s kid who read Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and lots of romances. When I found Christian fiction (I had no idea it existed until little over decade ago) I’d found my happy place!

Also, I love to write.

How does my writing process work? I work a regular 9-5 job every day so my process is often not set in stone. There are times I use my lunch break to get notes down, research, or start working on a paragraph or two. After work, I go home, put on a Star Trek episode, and get cracking on my work. Since my schedule at work may change from day to day, I make sure to outline what I am going to write about. I am a hybrid writer — meaning I write by the seat of my pants (pantser) and I’m a plotter. I think it’s boring to plot the entire book but I do like to plan ahead a chapter or two and have an idea what I am going to write. I’ve found out the more disciplined a writer is, the more successful they can become when finishing a book.

With that said, I like to have my critique partner read while I’m writing. She may look at the first three chapters I write, make her suggestions and recommendations and then send it back to me. By the time I receive it from her, I’ve written more. Some writers may disagree with this method but I like it. It’s helped me write as often as I can.

Now let me introduce you to three authors who totally rock!

amanda_profile-e1377794760882-256x300 (1)Amanda Romine Lynch is probably the zaniest author I know.  Cooler than cool, and loveable as your favorite Teddy Bear with stilettos. She is s a writer and blogger who grew up in Florida. After graduating with her degree in English from the University of Florida (Go Gators!), she and her husband moved to the Great North of Virginia and haven’t looked back (except when it snows).When she isn’t writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing her children around, she blogs about raising her three beautiful boys and attempting to be friendly toward the environment in a world of disposable diapers over at her blog, The Semi-Organic Mom.

 

 

author3My good friend Michelle is another fabulous writer who knows how to take poignant loves stories of flawed characters and turn them into gems. Michelle Lynn Brown is the author of the best-selling Trampled Rose series.  She is also a housewife, mother of three, military spouse, hopeless romantic, and a cuddly lap for one very large cat. She was born in Dayton, Ohio, but raised in El Paso, Texas. Since she married her husband, the military has blessed her with the opportunity to live in many locations, from Germany to Pennsylvania, where she now resides.

 

 

1377275659Samantha is a lady that gets things done. When I grow up, I want to be like her. She started the Christian Indie Authors group before there was a Facebook, she’s a book cover artist, novelist, and an all around great author.

Samantha Fury loves to write, and she hopes to have more books out there soon. If you’re interested in Christian Mystery Romance check out her Street Justice Series. If you like to read Clean Romance check out her books under Samantha Lovern.

Samantha Fury was born in Kentucky, the daughter of a coal miner & his loving homemaker. She is an only child so she spent many hours using her imagination to keep her busy. She graduated in 1984, got married in 1986 and began what she calls her ‘life on the road.’

 

 

 

 

 

Predatory Lies

Lies do more than just hide the truth. They do more than just hurt other people. They eat away at you, consume you until there is nothing of the real person left. With an utterance, they dig their way into our bodies, festering and growing like a sore that won’t heal.

Lies are predators. They come in many forms. We tend to associate lies with a person. Yet, these insidious parasites attach themselves to us any way that can. 

They can attack our sense of beauty. Both men and women are the intended victims. What are some of the things we are willing to do to be the handsomest, the strongest, the prettiest? This desire to be perfect in an imperfect world leads to a host of problems that plague us. 

Join me as I sit down with Abby Kelly, author of the book, The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor’s Story as we talk about this topic. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or you can download the WLUV radio app. Anyway you can, join us.

Writer’s Clinic — Writer’s Burnout

ClinicToday is our writer’s clinic.

Our patient today: The Writer…

That’s right. You. The one who create the worlds, the characters, the drama, the highs, the lows, the ins, the outs, the fast, the slow, the mysterious, the romantic, the otherworldly, the suspenseful, the horrible, the disgusting, the…

That’s a lot of work you have to do. Your fans want more from you. Your publishers have deadlines. Your family wants your time. You’d like to eat sometime this week. I think most writers would like to have access to a deserted island with a handy teleportation system. When they want to get away for a few days, they simply teleport here, write and then return to the world. Others would probably just stay on the island without interaction from the outside world except through books

I read a post by Ted Dekker a few days ago and he made an interesting comment. He said. “Part of the journey is learning not to be enslaved by expectations of the book-world or other’s opinion of me..” Sometimes the pressure of being a writer can lead to burnout, especially when life circumstances interfere. How can a writer prevent burnout?

With me to unpack this topic is Debra Ullrick, prolific author and a recovering patient of burnout. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device. Any way you can, join us.

Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or download the WLUV radio app. Or, click on the link.http://bit.ly/1ecKXGw

Any way you can, join us