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 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 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 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?

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!

S4 Episode 9: Resources

In season four, episode nine of the podcast, Addey read “Different” by Susan Cornford–a short flash-fiction piece that was published in the fall 2021 edition of the journal, Tamed.

If you’re interested in reading more of Susan’s work, here is where she has been published and a bit about the author:

Susan Cornford is a retired public servant, living in Perth, Western Australia. She has had pieces published or forthcoming in Across the Margin, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Antipodean Science Fiction, borrowed solace, Cafe Lit, Crow’s Feet Journal, Ethel Zine, Flora Fiction Website, Frost Zone Zine, Granfalloon Magazine, Meet Cute Press, Mono, Mystery Tribune, The Mythic Circle, Quail Bell Magazine, Thriller Magazine, Worthing Flash and others.

Now imagine we are bundled up to ward off the snow (at least the snow coming down here in Colorado) and the conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. What are your questions, thoughts, or comments? Leave them down below!

S4 Episode 8: Resources

In season four, episode eight of the podcast, Addey and Nicole were joined by Aimar Galarza to discuss all things voice acting and recording audiobooks!

Aimar B. Galarza is a second-year Puerto Rican graduate student in the George Washington University MPS Publishing program, and has been voice acting ever since 2016. She has participated in various projects ranging from video games, audiobooks, animations, and commercials such as Nori and Zin by Taliyah Denton, PlayShifu games, and voice-over work for the National Guard. She also joined Pubvendo, a digital agency for book publishers and authors, in July 2021 serving as a Book Publicist while balancing her job as a freelance voice actress.

If you’re interested in learning more about Aimar and her work, you can connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, or on her website.

Now, pretend we’re chatting all about our writing plans for the new year when the discussion turns to this week’s podcast episode. What thoughts, questions, or comments do you have about recording audiobooks? Let us know in the comments below

S4 Episode 7: Resources

In season four, episode six of the podcast, Addey and Amber talked all about book-to-screen adaptations. Here are some of the books, shows, and movies mentioned:

Hunger Games

Harry Potter

Lord of The Rings

Hobbit

Pride and Prejudice

Dracula

Frankenstein

Little Women

Nancy Drew

Good Omens

Outlander

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Unfortunate Events

Now, let’s assume you are floating around in this week between Christmas and New Year’s (aren’t we all) and decide to listen to this episode of the podcast as you sleep, eat, repeat. What are your thoughts on the books and movies/shows mentioned? Do you have any favorite books that made great movies (or vice versa?) Let us know in the comments below!

S4 Episode 6: Resources

In season four, episode six of the podcast, Addey and Nicole talked all about writing online with Medium and HubPages.

If you’re interested in reading what Addey and Nicole have written online, here is where you can find their articles:

Nicole on Hubpages

Addey on Medium

Now, imagine we are driving home for Christmas (or flying–whatever strikes your fancy) and discussing everything going on this week. Suddenly, the conversation turns to this episode of the podcast. What did you think about what Addey and Nicole had to share about writing online? Have you ever written for any of the websites they mentioned or others that haven’t been mentioned yet? Let us know your thoughts, questions, or experiences in the comments below!

S4 Episode 5: Resources

On season four, episode five of the podcast, Addey chatted with Barrett Laurie all about building a writing community and author platform.

If you’d like to learn more about Barrett, here is all of his information:

Barrett Laurie is an aspiring author, YouTuber, and LGBTQI+ activist. He is currently in the process of drafting his latest story and plans to return to the query trenches in the spring of 2022 in hopes of being traditionally published. Barrett’s YouTube channel features videos geared towards new writers seeking the traditional path to publishing and also features interviews, panels, and discussions with all sorts of writers in various stages of their writing journeys.

You can connect with Barrett on his website, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

…Imagine we are on a drive to check out Christmas lights around town when the conversation turns to this week’s podcast. What stood out to you about this episode? What is your biggest takeaway when it comes to building an author platform and writing community? We’d love to hear what you have to say, so leave us a comment below with your thoughts!