S5 Episode 4: Resources

Season five, episode four of the podcast featured Jessica Payne and Sara Read of #MomsWritersClub for part two of their conversation with Addey. Here is some more information about both #MomsWritersClub and Sara & Jessica if you’d like to learn more:

Jessica Payne

Jessica’s debut novel, MAKE ME DISAPPEAR, is a twisty psychological thriller about a woman on the edge who is willing to do anything to escape her sociopathic—potentially dangerous—boyfriend, including arranging her own kidnapping.

Jessica grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is also an RN. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube.

You can follow Jessica and see all that she’s up to on her websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram, and TikTok.

Sara Read

Sara Read writes contemporary fiction that aims for both the heart and the mind. Her debut novel, JOHANNA PORTER IS NOT SORRY, comes out March 7, 2023 on Graydon House Books (HarperCollins/HQN). In this snarky, sexy, book-club-ready novel, Johanna Porter, a soccer mom who was once a rising star in the rarefied realm of high art steals a world-famous portrait of herself from the narcissistic artist who was once her lover, sending her into hiding and on a poignant, funny, and emotional roller-coaster ride of questionable choices and self renewal. 

Sara’s short stories have been featured in The Missouri Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Zone 3 Press, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Before she started writing fiction, Sara got a degree in Women’s Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz. She tried the nine-to-five life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker’s apprentice and traditional fiddle player. Some years and two babies later, she returned to school for a Masters in Nursing. A cancer survivor herself, she now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients.

Sara lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats. She loves a long run, a long road trip, and a long talk with a friend.

You can follow Sara and keep up to date on her writing on her websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

#MomsWritersClub

#MomsWritersClub is a group of writers who are also moms. They host bi-weekly chats on Twitter, and post YouTube videos discussing all things about writing AND being a mom–and the intricacies of doing both at once.

You can learn about #MomsWritersClub on their YouTube channel and find out more information on Jessica’s website here, and on Sara’s website here.

Imagine we are catching up after a busy mother’s day weekend and the conversation turns to this week’s episode all about Sara and Jessica’s publication journeys. What did you think about the episode? Do you have any takeaways from listening to their stories? Let us know in the comments below!

S5 Episode 4: The Road to Publication feat. Jessica Payne & Sara Read

This week, Addey is back with Sara Read and Jessica Payne of #MomsWritersClub to talk all about their individual journeys to publication. Jessica and Sara share all about the process of writing their books, querying agents, getting “the call,” submitting to publishers, and, finally, signing their book deals.

S5 Episode 3: Resources

Season five, episode three of the podcast featured Jessica Payne and Sara Read of #MomsWritersClub. Here is some more information about both #MomsWritersClub and Sara & Jessica:

#MomsWritersClub

#MomsWritersClub is a group of writers who are also moms. They host bi-weekly chats on Twitter, and post YouTube videos discussing all things about writing AND being a mom–and the intricacies of doing both at once.

You can learn about #MomsWritersClub on their YouTube channel and find out more information on Jessica’s website here, and on Sara’s website here.

Jessica Payne

Jessica’s debut novel, MAKE ME DISAPPEAR, is a twisty psychological thriller about a woman on the edge who is willing to do anything to escape her sociopathic—potentially dangerous—boyfriend, including arranging her own kidnapping.

Jessica grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is also an RN. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube.

You can follow Jessica and see all that she’s up to on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Sara Read

Sara Read writes contemporary fiction that aims for both the heart and the mind. Her debut novel, JOHANNA PORTER IS NOT SORRY, comes out March 7, 2023 on Graydon House Books (HarperCollins/HQN). In this snarky, sexy, book-club-ready novel, Johanna Porter, a soccer mom who was once a rising star in the rarefied realm of high art steals a world-famous portrait of herself from the narcissistic artist who was once her lover, sending her into hiding and on a poignant, funny, and emotional roller-coaster ride of questionable choices and self renewal. 

Sara’s short stories have been featured in The Missouri Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Zone 3 Press, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Before she started writing fiction, Sara got a degree in Women’s Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz. She tried the nine-to-five life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker’s apprentice and traditional fiddle player. Some years and two babies later, she returned to school for a Masters in Nursing. A cancer survivor herself, she now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients.

Sara lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats. She loves a long run, a long road trip, and a long talk with a friend.

You can follow Sara and keep up to date on her writing on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Now, let’s pretend we are out in the beautiful spring weather gardening together when the topic of conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. What do you think about finding and building a writing community online? What comments or questions do you have about #MomsWritersClub? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

S5 Episode 3: Creating Online Community feat. #MomsWritersClub

This week on the podcast, Addey was joined by Jessica Payne and Sara Read of #MomsWritersClub. This is part one of two episodes with Sara and Jessica, who have a YouTube channel together and are both well on their way to having their debut novels traditionally published. You won’t want to miss this episode full of great insight about creating a writing community and building an online platform.

S5 Episode 2: Resources

In season five, episode two of the podcast, Addey was joined by Courtney (from The Courtney Project on YouTube.) Courtney has published over forty romance novels under the pen name Lyra Parish and as one-half of the writing duo behind USA Today bestseller, Kennedy Fox.

If you’re interested in following Courtney or reading some of her books, you can find out more on her YouTube channel, on Instagram, on Facebook, and on TikTok.

If you’re interested in learning more about Courtney’s work with her writing partner, Brooke Cumberland, as Kennedy Fox, visit their website here.

Now, imagine we are catching up on this week’s podcast episode while strolling through the sunshine. What did you enjoy most about this episode? Would you ever consider writing romance? Let us know in the comments below!

S5 Episode 2: Writing & Publishing Romance feat. Courtney

In this week’s episode, Addey was joined by Courtney (a.k.a. Lyra Parish and one half of the writing duo behind USA Today bestseller Kennedy Fox) to talk about all things writing and publishing romance! You won’t want to miss this exciting interview.

S5 Episode 1: Resources

In season five, episode 1 of the podcast, Addey talked all about putting yourself out there creatively.

To read Addey’s edition of noteworthy (her personal writing newsletter) about putting yourself out there, click here.

If you’re interested in learning more about ask vs. guess culture, check out this article in the Atlantic.

Addey referenced several podcast episodes from previous seasons that relate to what she discussed in this episode. Here are the episodes she mentioned:

Now, pretend we are outside enjoying the spring weather (or, depending on where you live, running inside to escape the spring rain showers) and discussing this week’s podcast episode. What do you think about ask vs. guess culture? Which category do you fall into? And, more importantly, how are you going to put yourself, your writing, and your creativity out there this week?

S5 Episode 1: Putting Yourself Out There

We’re back with the first episode of season five! We’re so thankful to you for listening for so many seasons–there are even more great episodes to come. In this episode, Addey talks all about putting yourself out there in writing, and how that relates to the story of the podcast itself.

Season 5 Update

Have you missed us? Season 5 of the podcast is going to start up next week, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to hear it. Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast on your favorite platform to stay up-to-date on each episode. Talk to you soon!

S4 Episode 10: Resources

In season four, episode ten of the podcast, Addey and the other borrowed solace editors, Amber and Nicole, talked all about reading.

If you’re interested in taking on a reading challenge with some of our editors, here are the self-imposed challenges Addey and Nicole are taking on:

Read 26 books in 2022

Finish all of the series that you’ve started and never concluded in 2022

On top of reading, don’t forget to write! Without reading, our writing can lack inspiration and flounder, so remember to participate in both parts of the literary world.

Now, pretend we are getting ready for Valentine’s day (whatever that means) and discussing this week’s episode. What are your reading goals for this year? Any reading tips or bits of advice you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!