Today’s featured story was inspired by a teller of tall tales – a lover of stories. As we head into Father’s Day weekend, listen to Meghan Holloway talk about the ways her grandfather enriched her life and her writing. Meghan has written a successful WWII Historical Fiction published by Polis Books called Once More Unto the Breach and is working on a trilogy in the Thriller Crime genre with Hunting Ground released last year, and Hiding Place out this August. But, we are talking about something very different – a book she wrote that is set in the future. At its heart, it is a love story about what it means to be human and the ways we grapple with loneliness and loss. Today we are talking about The Library of Lost Souls.
Today’s featured story is from Grace Sammon’s novel The Eves. Grace describes The Eves as a multi-generational novel portraying lives lived well and lives in transition. It captures the conversations we wish we had had with our parents, if we had taken the opportunity, and the lessons we would want to impart to our children, if they were ready to listen. Told through the voice of the psychologically complex Jessica Barnet, this is her story. Listen to: why Grace struggled with her main character being called a liar, how Grace uses a nerdy explanation of Mitochrondrial DNA, and what Grace sees in those simple handprint paintings from childhood. Connect with Grace on social media and find her book through her website https://gracesammon.net/. Thanks for listening.
The featured story Gawk is about that fishbowl feeling, when you realize others see you as different. The way Dianne Bilyak writes about growing up with her sister Chris – who has down syndrome – is heartrending and funny. It’s a gift to siblings and parents of all abilities. Dianne is a disability rights advocate, an author, and as she says ‘ a poet who went off the rails’. Her book with a long title, took a long path to publication. It’s a great story. You can find Nothing Special: The Mostly True, Sometimes Funny, Tales of Two Sisters through her website. And, you can see how the sisters relate today on her Nothing Special Book Facebook Page. Thanks for listening!
Today’s featured story is from Edgar Award Nominee Joseph S. Walker. The Edgar Allan Poe Awards are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. The story Joe chose for the podcast is a short story titled Mercy. It was inspired by the growled word ‘mercy’ in the the Roy Orbison song Pretty Woman. It’s published in a clever anthology called Peace, Love and Crime where each story draws inspiration from a song of the ’60s. Listen to why Joe enjoys contributing to anthologies and what essential thing he fights for every day. You can find all his published work through his website and find the anthology with Mercy in it at Untreed Reads Publishing. Thanks for listening.
Our featured story this week is from Laura Kemp. Border Song is set in Oklahoma, a long way from Laura’s Michigan based Yellow Wood series. She explains how she feels about nature – especially the wild places. And, she talks about being a spooky storyteller at heart. You can find her books on her website and check out the world she has created at ‘Kemp Camp’ on FB. Thanks for listening.
Todays featured story is from Robert Gwaltney. It’s a special excerpt from his debut novel The Cicada Tree. Before the story, we talk about how powerful early childhood experiences can be, what advice his granny Louise gave him about where to sit, and what music influenced him while he was writing The Cicada Tree. After the story, hearing about his essential things will make you want to reach out and be friends! You can find him on Facebook, and I highly recommend you check out his website and blog. The Cicada Tree will be available January, 2022. Thanks for listening. https://robertlgwaltney.com/
Today’s featured story is from Melissa Face and her collection of parenting essays called I Love You More Than Coffee. Her book celebrates early motherhood, but it’s not just for new moms reaching for their coffee. It’s also for moms looking back and remembering. Melissa is quick to smile and laugh, a joy to talk to. Listen to why she’s glad she wrote these essays, how her daughter’s confidence makes her say wow, and when she felt the cosmic shift of motherhood – that moment of no longer feeling like the center of her own universe. You can find her book and her schedule of coffee and library talks on her website. She also shared a great picture of her and her kids. Thanks for listening. https://melissaface.com/
Our featured story comes from Alison Ragsdale, a proud Scot lass, who writes emotionally charged novels that often require tissues. I want you to listen to how her own personal resets – adapting to her life’s unexpected events – shapes her characters and her storytelling. I love what she says about supporting characters grounding her stories and the gift her father gave her that shows up in her characters lives. She has lived a global life and walked a winding path…
Alison’s latest novel Her Last Chance launched this month. You can find it and all her novels on her website. http://www.alisonragsdale.com/
The featured story this week is from Marylee Macdonald’s collection of short stories Body Language: Twelve unforgettable portraits of heartbreak and desire. The story is brought to life by her talented audiobook narrator Adam Barr. Marylee’s work in this collection is about the solace of touch and it’s connection to well being. She also talks about place and how she uses it to put her characters in uncomfortable situations. Why she does this, turns out to be very personal for her. Her ideas about nature and nurture and love are rooted in her experiences with adoption. Listen for what she has to say about identity, motherhood and the physicality of creativity.
You can find her novels, her short story collections and the ways she helps other authors with their writing, publishing and marketing on her website. She also shared a photo with us of her with the son she surrendered, all grown up, reunited and creating common history.
You can find out more about narrator Adam Barr and connect to his extensive library of audiobooks on his website.
Thanks for listening.
Our featured story Ignorance or Innocence is from Johnnie Bernhard. Johnnie wrote this story awhile ago, before her successful novels. This story is autobiographical, set in a small Texas town where she moved in 8th grade. It’s a story about being an outsider, but Johnnie has this way of seeing the ‘Gift’ in things, even hard things like loneliness. She wrote this story to honor her mother Loula Mae. I love how Johnnie paints her with strength and kindness. You will hear why Johnnie starts every story with character and family, and what part of writing she equates to a runner’s high – it’s fantastic. She’s fantastic and she’s clearly doing what she was meant to do.
After you listen… you can listen to her TEDTalk here, https://www.ted.com/talks/johnnie_bernhard_the_human_story
You can find links to purchase her novels and audiobook on her website. http://www.johnniebernhardauthor.com/
You can find her mentoring writers through Gemini Ink https://geminiink.org/
Thanks for listening.