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My name is Natasha Tynes, and I'm an author and a journalist. In this podcast, I talk about the writing life, review books, and interview authors. Email: natasha [@] natashatynes.com
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Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how artificial intelligence is shaking up jobs and our creative landscape? Join us as we unpack these intriguing changes with bestselling author Matt Witten. In this captivating episode, Matt dives into the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists in his latest novel, Killer Story. He shares firsthand insights into the evolving challenges of journalism and how AI might just be the next big disruptor.From securing an agent to seeing his book "The Necklace...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I sit down with Deborah Kevin, founder and chief inspiration officer of Highlander Press. We uncover surprising statistics about book sales, discuss the financial intricacies of advances and royalties, and reveal why independent publishers are outpacing traditional ones in today's fast-paced market.From self-publishing challenges to the nuances of hybrid models, Deborah and I explore the full spectrum of publishing options available to authors toda...
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how a book goes from a manuscript to a bestseller? Join me in this episode as I sit down with Elizabeth Briggs, the editorial director at Saqi Books, who gives an exclusive look behind the scenes at one of Europe's most unique publishing houses. Elizabeth shares the rich history of Saqi Books, which evolved from Europe's first Arabic language bookshop, and reveals how they continue to amplify bold and inspiring voices from the Arab and Muslim worlds.&...
Send us a Text Message. Jordanian author and gender activist Fadi Zaghmout is passionate about the transformative landscape of Arabic science fiction. His novel Heaven on Earth and its sequel portray the prospects of a world free from the clutches of aging and invites reflection on the societal ripples such a future might create. In our conversation, we scrutinize how these boundary-pushing themes are received in the traditionally conservative Arab society and the growing appetite f...
Send us a Text Message.When Mark Ryall coached his daughter Stephanie in competitive running, he forged a bond far beyond the track. Their story, Run Daughter, Run Father, is not just a training manual – it's a testament to their shared triumphs and a lifelong passion. Inspired by my own journey back into running and writing, this episode celebrates the limitless potential for reinvention. If you're lacing up for the first time or starting your first draft, remember - a...
Send us a Text Message.Can laughter be the best medicine for aging? Humorist Neil Offen thinks so!He delivers a hilarious and insightful take on the trials and triumphs of boomer life in his book Building a Better Boomer. Join us as Neil shares his satirical wit and offers a refreshingly honest look at aging. We'll discuss the power of laughter, the evolution of book publishing, and even how to navigate the ever-changing world of social media.Neil's unique perspective resonates with rea...
Send us a Text Message.Toby Dorr, is a former prison librarian who made headlines in 2006 for assisting convicted murderer John Manard in a daring escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas.Toby, who faced legal consequences for her role in the escape, shares her side of the story, shedding light on the events that captivated the nation in her new memoir Living with Conviction.Hear firsthand about the choices she made, the consequences she faced, and what life has been like since...
Send us a Text Message.Kristen Van Nest, an author, actor, and comedian, joins us to recount the lessons learned while navigating this tumultuous yet exhilarating journey. From the conservative confines of her upbringing to globetrotting adventures, Kristen's story is a testament to the fearless pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment, detailed humorously in her memoir Where to Nest.In a world that often equates success with a linear career path, Kristen's narrative shatters the mold...
Send us a Text Message.When a patient's desire for distraction developed into a realm of magic, fantasy author Danielle Orsino, who was working as a nurse, discovered her true passion. Join us as Danielle recounts her extraordinary journey from nursing to becoming a novelist, revealing the unexpected turns life can take. Her stories transcend tales of the mystical Fae and their cosmic conflicts and companionship.Listen to this episode, which is brimmed with the magic of storytellin...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Becky Parker Geist, CEO of Pro Audio Voices, joins us to explore the booming audiobook industry. We cover the technological advancements that have made audiobooks more accessible, their significant impact on multitaskers like myself, and the journey from tape to digital. We also discuss how platforms like Amplify Audio Books Create empower authors by offering a non-exclusive distribution model, challenging traditional retail monopolies and enhancin...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Shireen Sabanegh shares her journey from museum management in Jordan to creating children's stories in the UK. She reveals the intricate process of traditional publishing, from the excitement of having two manuscripts accepted to collaborating with publishers and illustrators. The discussion delves into themes like representing disability in children's books through empowering narratives and the impact of storytelling on fostering inclus...
Send us a Text Message.Dr. Heather Davis, an expert book coach and advocate for diversity in literature, joins me to unravel the journey of an idea as it transforms into a compelling narrative.We discuss the nuances of authorship, from the birth of a concept to navigating the corridors of publishing, all while championing voices that reflect the true spectrum of humanity.In an industry that's evolving with the times, Heather provides a backstage pass into the world of book coaching, distingui...
Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we dive into the creative world of Eman Quotah, the Arab American author of the novel Bride of the Sea.Drawing from the experience of a family friend's real-life ordeal and enriched by Eman's bicultural background, we uncover the depth of storytelling that defines her work.We also shed light on the evolving presence and impact of Arab American writers in the modern art landscape, providing listeners with an intimate exploration of identity, herita...
Send us a Text Message.With 16 books to her name, author Mary Carol Moore shares her journey from a distinguished food journalist to a fiction writer whose upcoming novel, Last Bets, covers the high-stakes backgammon boardgame in a sultry Caribbean setting. Throughout our conversation, Moore offers an insider's look at the intricacies of self-publishing and the marketing maze. As the publishing industry moves away from traditional agent partnerships, we explore the newfound a...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with writer and scholar Ciahnan Darrell. We discuss the complexities of creating a feminine experience when you are a male author.In his novel, a Lifetime of Men, Ciahnan draws from his own upbringing amidst powerful women , as he intertwines personal stories with societal struggles on feminism and reproductive rights, inviting us to reflect on the intricate dance between personal agency and cultural forces.As our discussion unfolds, we navigate ...
Send us a Text Message.📹 Watch the interview on YouTube. Author Paul Trammell lives aboard his sailboat, and has found a profound sense of freedom and self-discovery.When Paul is not steering his boat "Windflower" through tranquil waters or bracing against the unexpected, he's penning novels and self-publishing from his floating abode.In this podcast, we talked about the world of self-publishing at sea, from leveraging friends' feedback to navigating the labyrinth of marketing and audiobook ...
Send us a Text Message.Deema Alalami is an educator-turned-author and reading advocate.In this episode, we discuss the following:Transition to literary luminary: The transformation of Deema Al Alami from corporate life to a renowned author and reading advocate, along with the inception of her "Mother to Author" program.Embracing Arabic children's literature: An exploration of Deema's dedication to Arabic children's literature, detailing her journey through the writing world and the challenges...
Send us a Text Message.📹 You can watch the interview on YouTube here.Do you know what a book coach does?I sit down with Kathy Otten, a certified book coach and published author. Kathy sheds light on the customized support that book coaching provides, from the germination of an idea to the pride of a completed manuscript and the various choices that the publishing world presents.For anyone in need of a nudge of encouragement, this episode will fuel your writing journey with the reminder t...
Send us a Text Message.Pauls Toutonghi is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the acclaimed novels Red Weather and Evel Knievel Days. He was born in Seattle, Washington, to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His latest novel is The Refugee Ocean. In this episode, we explore various facets of writing, publishing, and the art of storytelling:Exploring The Refugee Ocean:A heartfelt tribute: Paul delves into how his novel serves as a poignant homage to his refugee parents, weaving their ex...
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered what happens when two authors team up to write a murder mystery? Join us for a thrilling episode with Landis Wade and Sarah Archer, the dynamic duo behind the novella Death by Podcasting. This light-hearted murder mystery has won over readers with its unique blend of their distinct writing styles. They reveal the intricacies of their co-writing process, from Google Drive drafts to track changes, and how they used their differences to their advantage.W...
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