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The show for writers, about writers, and writing

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The show for writers, about writers, and writing




How to write a war story, that's not

Raised in a deeply religious family, Mercy rebels against all rules during his teenage years. He stops attending church and drops out of high school. To avoid a destined path of self-destruction, Mercy enlists in the Army. After two combat tours, Mercy returns home battling PTSD. Trying to forget about the lives that he has taken and resume a "normal" life, Mercy returns to church. He enrolls in college and reconnects with a childhood crush. Mercy saved some of his men. Can he save...

Duration: 00:37:59

Tom Nix's 10 Life Key Concepts

Tom Nix sold his check cashing business for an enormous amount of money, and now he's sharing his "lessons learned" through speaking engagements and writing. LIFE’S KEY CONCEPTS 1. We live in a cause-and-effect world in which we have immense personal power. The degree of personal power we can exercise in our life depends on how much we know about the cause and effect relationship in a given area. Commit to learning about life and the natural laws of the universe. I like to stress how you...

Duration: 00:35:29

Dark Fantasy Author Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin is a storyteller and an artist--words are his palette. Fantasy is his genre of choice, and he loves to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. Thief of the Night Guild is the sequel to Child of the Night Guild. It showcases how the woman Ilanna has to adapt and become more ruthless and cruel to survive in a male-dominated society of thieves, assassins, and thugs.

Duration: 00:32:19

Speculative Fiction Author William Michael Davidson

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption. If you'd like to be a guest on Back Porch Writer, visit the website for more information. I'd love to chat with you!

Duration: 00:41:16

Writing Fearlessly with William Kenower

William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times and Edible Seattle, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers from Nora Ephron, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson are widely considered the...

Duration: 00:41:07

Writing Historical Fantasy that Sells

J.M. Robison is a fantasy historian who chronicles the events which force heroes to reveal their mistakes, lead rebellions to dethrone tyranny, and unearth ancient secrets to free the oppressed. She's quested over lands with the U.S. Army and now works for the king under the honorable title of Deputy Sheriff. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, and toothpaste. Some day she'll pack the wagon and roam the mountains in search of dragons. Check out her book, "The War...

Duration: 00:36:51

Coach Your Way to Authenticity

Norma Hollis teaches self-awareness by helping you know yourself on a deep authentic level. She takes you on a journey inside of yourself to find, live and share your authentic voice, the essence of who you are. After studying human nature from personal, professional and spiritual perspectives for over 30 years, Norma has created a system that introduces you to the nine dimensions of authenticity and helps you uncover minor tweaks you can make to massively impact your future. She works...

Duration: 00:34:54

Compassion-based Medicine in Today's Health Market

Stay, Breathe with Me: The Gift of Compassionate Medicine Not just another book about death and dying, Stay, Breathe with Me shows how to bring heart and compassion back into medicine to revive the art of care. From a pioneer in palliative care comes the gift of wisdom that when we remove false barriers and fully embrace the human side of illness, we dispel fear and ease suffering. This thought-provoking, compassionate book views serious illness as a drama of body, mind, and soul where...

Duration: 00:40:52

Write Engaging YA Mystery Thrillers

Sandie Will is a young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her debut novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a heart-pounding young adult psychological thriller. Her second is a historical time travel that will be released in late 2017. Sandie is currently writing her third novel -- another edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. Inspired by true events, The Caging...

Duration: 00:28:21

The Bewitching Power of Entertainment & Other Ills

Brian Paul Bach is a writer, artist, filmmaker and photographer; he has worked across the entertainment business, in theatre, music and as an academic. He now lives in central Washington State with his wife, Sandra. His previous works include, The Grand Trunk Road From the Front Seat, Calcutta’s Edifice: The Buildings of a Great City, and Busted Boom: The Bummer of Being a Boomer. For more information, visit Forward to Glory I: Tempering...

Duration: 00:34:01

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 9

Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York, with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats. Every now and then Ms. Chrysler puts down the PS4 remote to garden, fuzzy her cat, drink coffee, watch Doctor Who, argue anime, quote Star Trek, and write. Sometimes, she's even good at it. Her writing is...

Duration: 00:45:44

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 7

Charlene Jones’ publications include: Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind an easy to read exploration of the seam between Visualization Meditation and Neuroscience The Stain, a novel about Reincarnation, Karma and the Release from Suffering Bliss Pig A Book of Poetry Co-Authored with Linda Stitt Ms. Jones’ interview by Charmaine Carraway on her program is due out on March 16th...

Duration: 00:30:56

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 6

Connie Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY. She now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. Connie began writing in response to a challenge from her daughter in October 2011 and has been hooked ever since. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She's published fourteen books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on Connie's...

Duration: 00:27:53

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 5

Logan Miehl loves writing from anywhere with a plugin for her laptop—ideally among her native Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband. Miehl's debut fantasy novella, An Unlikely Bride, is the tale of a fiery princess named Kalinda and the journey she takes to unearth her Kingdom's dark past. Follow Kalinda as she discovers the magical powers that were kept secret from her. Will she use this newfound strength to save herself, or become the heroine her Kingdom...

Duration: 00:30:04

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 3

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying...

Duration: 00:31:20

Living the Indie Author Life, Take 2

From story dabbler in the 1980's, to published author as of July 2013, Angel M. is a multi-genre fictional author. To date, she has published The Keeper Book 1 and Underwater City Book 2 of an adventure/fantasy series and Pawper to Pedigree, a dog comedy. In between her day job, family, and writing, Angel M. uses her humor to help those wanting to pursue a writing career on the Lessons Learned page of her website where she posts the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of what comes after...

Duration: 00:30:44

Living the Indie Author Life: Take 1

Entering into the realm of novel writer late in life, Tom Fallwell, at an age of more than sixty years, jumped into that world with both feet. Having always had a fascination with fantasy world-building, even from early in his life, Tom wanted to create his own world filled with rich history and lore. His Rangers of Laerean series does just that, painting a panoramic landscape that is both magical and deadly, in which to set the stories of his Rangers. Tom lives in the greater Oklahoma...

Duration: 00:30:03

Writing Realistic Dark Fantasy

Author Andy Peloquin explores the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. He's also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people. About Child of the Night Guild Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The...

Duration: 00:26:23

Living the Indie Author Life

Back Porch Writer is a proud supporter of the annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention. From now until April 7, 2017, you'll meet exciting voices representing a variety of genres. Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family. Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in...

Duration: 00:15:12

How to Create a Captivating War Romance

Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Two young doctors form a profound and loving bond in Nazi Germany; a bond that will stretch them to the very limits of human endurance. Catholic Max - whose religious and moral beliefs are in conflict, has been been conscripted to join the war effort as a medic, despite his hatred of Hitler’s regime. His beloved...

Duration: 00:30:52

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