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Episode 126 – “Ed Lazellari And The Lost Prince”

March 29, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special Guest: Ed Lazellari

From http://www.edwardlazellari.com

Edward Lazellari was born in New York City in 1965. The child of Italian and Albanian parents, he began writing in the early 1990s while employed as an artist at Marvel Comics. After years working as an illustrator, he returned to college to earn his BA in English literature from Rutgers University, with a concentration in creative writing.

Edward won Playboy magazine’s prestigious short fiction contest in 1999, and his story, “The Date” was published in the October issue. This was his first paycheck for prose and a big boost toward finishing his first novel, “Awakenings,” which he had begun before going back to school. He graduated with highest honors in 1999 and began working as anRead More

Episode 124 – “Character Development!”

March 15, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

This week it’s just Catharine and I and we are privileged enough to have wonderful listeners who communicate with us! This week Jen Sosniak: http://www.jennifersosniakbooks.com/ tweeted us with a couple of questions. What a great idea for an entire show! If you have any writing or podcast related questions, please email them to podcast@newbiewriters.com or tweet us: @newbiewriters. Can also find me on GooglePlus too. Links to the right.

Questions from Jen:
Jenny Kushen Sosniak@dreamsofwriting

 @newbiewriters Will do! My first is how to balance likable but flawed. I’ve also been struggling w/dev of relationships between characters.

@newbiewriters I often go too fast with the dev of the romance and I don’t hit it right with the dev between antagonist &Read More

Episode 122 – “It’s A Bloodmarked Saga With Aurora Whittet”

March 1, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Aurora Whittet

www.aurorawhittet.com | www.bloodmarksaga.com


Preorder Bloodmark on Amazon

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Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.

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Episode 109 – “Hungry For Heron With Alethea”

November 24, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special Guest: Alethea Eason

My latest novel is the young-adult fantasy HERON’S PATH, the story of two sisters who live in the wilderness of an alternative Northern California at the turn of the 20th Century.  My website has both a summary of the book, reviews, and my bio: www.theheronspath.com.

Alethea Eason is a writer, teacher, and free-lance editor:http://theheronspath.com/

Heron’s Path is her second published novel.

Hungry is her humorous middle grade science fiction novel published by HarperCollins in 2007. Would you eat your best friend if your parents told you to? That’s Deborah’s dilemma. She’s the only 6th grade alien on Earth, disguised by a human overskin, and pulled between her loyalty to her friend Willy and her family andRead More

Episode 107 – “Celia And The Friendly Zombie With Erin R Britt!”

November 9, 2013

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Special Guest: Erin R Britt


As a stay at home mom, she gave up her job and her outside life to raise her boys and be a good wife. Her family became her only focus. When Brian tells her he wants to “spice up” their love life, she is hesitant but agrees to his “surprise.” He lights the candles, plays the music, but when she opens her eyes, will it be the boost Brian hoped for or will it be the first domino to fall?

Erin R Britt

I am a fiction and poetry writer from Indiana.  My first book, Celia, is now available through Rainstorm Press.  I am a full time graduate student at Indiana University South Bend in English Creative Writing and I received my BA in English-Creative Writing from there, as well.  Currently, I am the webmistress for the IU-South Bend CreativeRead More

Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark

November 5, 2013

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Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark | Co.Design | business + design.

This from Fast Company.  Why do we write in the early morning and watch the dawn?  Or why do some of my clients do their best work in the middle of the night?  We interviewed one author who writes her horror stories in the dark, and manages to scare herself!

With the time change in the northern hemisphere, it’s darker sooner and longer.  It’s also time to knocked out a novel during November – can you take advantage of the dark?  I love long days, but admit that I do love getting up before the sun and working until daylight.

What works for you?  Are you creative in the night? Or can you write in the bright noon day sun?


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Episode 106- “Does Life Begin At Fifty?”

November 3, 2013

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Special Guests: Bruce Frankel And Mary Radu


Mary Radu:


Contributor to Live Smart after 50!

Pathmaker Coaching

Transforming uncertainty into values-based choices for your best life today and the future.

 Bruce Frankel:

Bruce Frankel is a co-writer of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict in Pictures (2001), a New York Times bestseller. From 1997 to 2001, he was a senior writer at People magazine. From 1989 to 1996, he was the national news reporter in New York for USA Today, where he covered major breaking news and trials, politics, organized crime and terrorism. He began his career in journalism at Gannett Westchester Newspapers, in White Plains, New York, where he won numerous awards for depth reporting, spot news, andRead More

How Often Should Authors Post To Social Media?

October 31, 2013

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Rachael Thompson answers the questions -

How Often Should Authors Post To Social Media?.

“Why even bother with social media? Well. So many reasons, but the main one is that social media builds relationships. If you focus more on curating and sharing cool content as opposed to being a link automaton, you’ll make friends.

The old sales adage ‘Make a friend, make a sale,’ applies in critical ways to our author platform.”

Rachael delivers great information for authors –  but what if we don’t like twitter?  Or what if it’s too much to handle?  I am enjoying Pintrest and despite Damien’s crankiness, I do like Face book, both for my own account and for Newbie Writers Group.

Rachael asks the question – what do you do?  And I add to that, how in the heck do you manage to do it?

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Top Ten Excuses Not To Do NaNoWriMo

October 29, 2013

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Top Ten Excuses Not To Do NaNoWriMo | nolimitswriting.com.

I took a class with Louise – great teacher!

She sums up at least ten of the very good reasons we have for not launching into something different or scary.  Her insights can be applied to most anything:  I can’t travel because:

  • I don’t have the time


  • I’m not a real traveler
  • I’m not good enough
  • I don’t have enough experience.

You can apply this to returning to school or to starting a family.  I think anything that is worthwhile in the end is often scary as hell in the beginning. Consider trying something as simple as writing 50,000 words over a  month and practice overcoming your first fear.

It’s dark in November anyway – why not write?

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Are You Participating in a NaNo?

October 19, 2013

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Julie Luek chronicles the many opportunities to binge write during the dull cold month of November:

[Making the Leap] Are You Participating in a NaNo? – She Writes.

At Newbie Writers, we are big fans of NaNoWriMo.  They just need to send me that logo coffee mug I bought three weeks ago.  But other than that, I love the project and recommend it to my clients if they need to kick start their novel efforts.

Why has this project become so popular?

  • It’s fun
  • It’s commercial free
  • There is no real prize except satisfaction
  • It’s  far less a contest and far more a community, all of us striving for the same goal.

If you are tired of a zero sum game and a zero sum world, NaNoWriMo is a positive example of how a project expands to accommodate every writer who wants to play.

Check it out.  YouRead More