Episode 197 – “Barely Alive With S.C Alban”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: S.C Alban





A life Without Living.

Kate Martins appears to have it all, a good career, a beautiful home, and an amazing husband. What more could a woman ask for? But when Kate’s recurring nightmares begin to cross over into her waking hours, she discovers that her perfect life is not at all what it seems. It isn’t until she meets a mysterious stranger that Kate begins to truly question who she is and where she comes from.



S.C. Alban was born and raised in Northern California. After graduating from San Francisco State University, where she majored in English literature, S.C. Alban travelled for a year. She ultimately moved back to Northern California where she currently resides.

After reading an article about another writer’s success story, she was inspired to write again for pleasure. She challenged herself to push her skills to the next level, and began to develop her first novel. Her first break came when some of her poetry was published in Coalesce Literary Magazine, an online publication. And though it took many years of revision and re-crafting (and many rejection letters), her novel, A Life Without Living, was picked up by Solstice Shadows, an imprint of Solstice Publishing. A Life Without Living is a paranormal urban fantasy and debuted on December 5, 2014.

Most recently, the first of five short stories in a series entitled The Woman Inside was published in February 2015, by Summer Solstice. Unlike A Life Without Living, The Woman Inside series comments on various contemporary women’s issues. The first story, Sara, has had a stretch in the Amazon Best Sellers Top 100 List for its specific category.

These days, S.C. spends every minute she can squeeze in imagining fantastic realities for her characters, who are very real parts of her life. She is an avid hiker, loves to garden and a relentless dreamer. Both of S.C.’s titles are available through Amazon and the Solstice Publishing website. Additionally, A Life Without Living is also available on Barnes and Noble online.

Word of The Week:


with Anu Garg






noun: 1. Complaint. 2. Protest. 3. Lamentation.



From from Old French plainte (complaint, cry), from Latin planctus (lamentation), from plangere (to beat one’s breast). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plak- (to strike), which also gave us plaintiff, plague, plankton, fling, complain, apoplectic and plangent. Earliest documented use: 1225.



“That’s how it works in this era of Internet preening, out-of-control partisanship and press-a-button punditry, when anything and everything becomes prompt for a plaint, a rant, a riff.”
Frank Bruni; The Exploitation of Paris; The New York Times; Nov 14, 2015.



Lasts episode before the holidays. John Grisham wrote a book speculating on what would happen if a family skipped Christmas. (titled: Skipping Christmas) What would happen if you skipped a favorite holiday?



Tortured Sentences:

The political class, human right activists, and religious leaders all have different opinions

with regard to this research paper.



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