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A Toast to History, Romance & Mystery

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A chat about reading, geeking, drinking, and living the writer’s life.I’m taking any and all suggestions for guests and topics, and also accepting any questions you have for a published romance and aspiring mystery author, avid reader, pop culture nerd, and history enthusiast. Each week, I’ll invite an author or expert to discuss a few of your questions and comments. I’ll notify you beforehand so you know that you’ll be mentioned on the air and can invite friends and family to listen. I have a few guests already lined up, including a few of your favorite USA Today and NYT best-selling authors, noted literary agents, drama professors, historians, morticians, audio book narrators, and many more fascinating characters just waiting to inspire you.

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Episode One

A Toast to Critique Partners: two ladies, twelve years, and the journey thus far, with USA Today Best-Selling Author, Cynthia St. Aubin

Cynthia St. Aubin Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Episode Two

A Toast to Living a Creative life: feeding your writing muse with other artistic endeavors, with USA Today Bestselling Author, Tiffinie Helmer.

Tiffinie Helmer Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook (and Pottery)


Episode Three

A Toast To Audio Books: A peek into the sound booth with Audie Award winning narrator, Derek Perkins.Twitter

Derek Perkins Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Episode Four

A Toast to the Agent’s Wish List: A special chat with literary agent, Christine Withohn

The Wish List
Topics Discussed: Learn the ins-and-outs of querying, pitching to, and acquiring a literary agent.
Topics discussed:
~ Following Stephen King’s advice, READ IN THE GENRE YOU’RE WRITING.
~ Marketing Comparisons (Comps)
~ Doing your agent “homework” before pitching/querying.
~ Keeping up on market changes, trends, and micro-trends
~ 2017/18 predictions.
~ Bad Agent Business practices – what to be wary of when shopping for an agent.
~ Best time of year to submit
~ Indie trends and the hybrid author – Making sure your agent is an author advocate.
~ Why some rejections aren’t so bad – the business AND personal relationship you’re looking for.


Episode Five

A Toast to Jane Austen: ​Why Regency Romance Still Rocks our Feminist World, with Regency author Manda Collins

Manda Collins Online: Website
Topics Discussed:
~ Bluestockings: the historic vilification of intelligent/educated women.
~ Women who balk society and the men who love them
~ Jane Austen’s approach to finding equality among the sexes.
~ Favorite Austen male and female protagonists
~ Austen as a master class for historical characterizations, themes, secondary characters, and emotional suspense.
~ A woman/writer’s roll in society, politics, and satire.


Episode Six

A Toast to The Audio Books Pt. 2: A peek into the sound booth with Award-winning female narrator, Hollie Jackson

Topics Discussed:
~ The Road to the Audio Book Industry (this one takes a detour through phone sex lines)
​~ Overcoming gender bias in the audio industry
~ Popularity of First Person Point of View
~ Gay Cyborg Erotica! (because cyborgs)
~ Editing v. recording times and a discussion of characters and accents
~ Neil Gaiman and other comic book Geekdoms 
~ Various and Sundry geekouts including: Game of Thrones, God of War, Assassin’s Creed, Uncharted, Dishonored, Naughty Dawg, Rob Zombie, Dragons, and, as always, batman. 


Episode Seven

A Toast to Paranormal Research: Mythology, History, and Writing Humanity into Paranormal Characters with NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author, Donna Grant

Donna Grant Online: Website
Topics Discussed:
~ Historical Heroes v. Contemporary
~ Alternating Research Modalities
~ Travel Research (From the Isle of Skye to Haunted Castles)
~ Research Inspiration and Creative License (myths v. truth)
~ Dialogue and the Incorporation of Visceral Detail
~ Donna and Kerrigan’s Upcoming Series (Your fan questions answered?)
~ Historical and Mythological continuities. 
~ Geekdoms (includes an homage to Tom Hardy’s Butt)


Episode Eight

A Toast To Writing The Contemporary Hero with Best Selling Author Donna Alward

Donna Alward Online: Website
Topics Discussed:
~ The Contemporary v. the Historical Hero
~ What Sets A Hero Apart From Everyone Else
~ Pairing Heroes With Their Heroines
~ The Alpha Man and the Alpha Hole: How they differ from each other, and how the rules change from the historical to the contemporary male.
~ Separating fantasy from reality: What’s a red flag in fiction v. real life.
~ Some geekdoms discussed: Masterpiece Theater, Penny Dreadful, How I Met Your Mother. 

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