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By Paperplatemonkey - Mar 18 2019
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This is a really great podcast! I listen almost everyday. Listening to Wayne talk about his own projects and to successful authors from all genres is genuinely interesting and helpful to those who write. Wayne knows all the right questions to ask! Everything I’m burning to know, he makes sure to go through it with his guest. It’s great!

Wayne is a great interviewer.

By JustEmilyC - Feb 03 2019
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I love this podcast. Wayne Kelly is such a likable guy. I think his likability makes him one of the best interviewer in the book podcast world. He seems to have an empathy for the interviewees. Also, since he's an author himself he knows just the right questions to ask. Also the bookbloggers corner segment is an added bonus.

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By Paperplatemonkey - Mar 18 2019
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This is a really great podcast! I listen almost everyday. Listening to Wayne talk about his own projects and to successful authors from all genres is genuinely interesting and helpful to those who write. Wayne knows all the right questions to ask! Everything I’m burning to know, he makes sure to go through it with his guest. It’s great!

Wayne is a great interviewer.

By JustEmilyC - Feb 03 2019
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I love this podcast. Wayne Kelly is such a likable guy. I think his likability makes him one of the best interviewer in the book podcast world. He seems to have an empathy for the interviewees. Also, since he's an author himself he knows just the right questions to ask. Also the bookbloggers corner segment is an added bonus.

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Rank #1: Dystopian Thrills with Hanna Jameson – Joined Up#98

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Episode 98 features an interview with Hanna Jameson, author of the excellent dystopian thriller, The Last. Hanna and I talked about everything from her approach to writing, why she loves first person POV and why she thinks it’s best to eat dessert first!

Hanna Jameson was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award 2013 for her debut novel Something You Are. Girl Seven, the second novel in the London Underground series, was published in April 2014 and a third Road Kill, was published in 2016, all to critical acclaim. Hanna’s latest book, The Last, is a high-concept thriller set in a remote hotel and is released on January 31st – available everywhere.

You can follow Hanna on Twitter @Hanna_Jameson or Instagram here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in a previous show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jan 29 2019

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Rank #2: Nail Your Novel with Roz Morris – Joined Up Writing #106

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It’s episode 106 with Roz Morris – author, ghost writer and creator of the brilliant ‘Nail Your Novel’ series of books. Roz has tons of advice for writers, both new and experienced and her own writing history is really interesting too.

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Roz is an experienced speaker, tutor and writing coach. She has taught creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London and speaks at a range of writing and publishing events. In addition to writing her own novels – My Memories Of A Future Life and Life Form Three – Roz was a very successful ghost writer for a number of years and went on to create the excellent ‘Nail Your Novel’ series of writing books.

Follow Roz on Twitter here, check out her Nail Your Novel website here and have a read of her blog.

I also recommended the brilliant ‘Rule of Three’ podcast – check that out here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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May 07 2019

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Rank #3: Creative Focus with Jessica Abel – Joined Up#103

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It’s episode 103 bringing you an interview with Jessica Abel, writer, creative professional, tutor, cartoonist and author of the brilliant book ‘Growing Gills: How To Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning In Your Daily Life’. Jessica is full of wisdom and ideas to help you find focus and achieve more with your work.

Jessica Abel is an American comic book writer, artist, author and creative professional who’s written and created several works including Life Sucks, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, La Perdida, Out On The Wire, Trish Trash:Rollergirl of Mars and book I mentioned at the top of the show, Growing Gills: How To Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning In Your Daily Life.

Check out Jessica’s website and blog here and follow her on Twitter @JccAbel

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Mar 26 2019

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Rank #4: Plotting with Dominoes – Lillian Li – Joined Up#99

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It’s episode 99 and an interview with debut novelist, Lillian Li. Her book, Number One Chinese Restaurant is already picking up loads of critical buzz and she has a really interesting personal story behind her journey to publication as well as loads to say about plotting and the joy of writing.

Lillian is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant now released everywhere you can find books. Her other work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, Guernica, Glimmer Train, Bon Appetit, and Jezebel.

Follow her on Twitter @ZillianZi and check out her website here.

In my intro I recommended Morning Pages by Julia Cameron – here is her video giving an overview. I also talked about the excellent Growing Gills book by Jessica Abel and the fascinating YouTube Channel – Lessons From The Screenplay.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in a previous show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Feb 12 2019

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Rank #5: Espionage Writer, Merle Nygate – Joined Up#97

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It’s episode 97 with Merle Nygate, TV screenwriter turned novelist, talking about her debut espionage novel – The Righteous Spy. Merle has lots to say about research, structure and the most common error of first-time novelists.

Merle Nygate is a screenwriter, script editor, screenwriting lecturer and novelist; she’s worked on BAFTA winning TV, New York Festival audio drama and written original sitcoms. She previously she worked for BBC Comedy Commissioning as well as writing and script editing across multiple genres. Merle has now released her first espionage novel – The Righteous Spy – which won the Little Brown/UEA Crime Fiction Award and is available right now, published by Verve Books.

Find out more on Merle’s website here and follow her on Twitter @MerleNygate.

Read my full review of The Righteous Spy over at WayneKellyWrites.com

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in a previous show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #6: Into The Forest with Will Dean – Joined Up#109

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It’s episode 109 with a cracker of an interview with Will Dean, creator of the excellent Tuva Moodyson crime series set in the dark pines of a Swedish forest community. We talked about everything from writing a fast first draft to what to do when a bull elk turns up in your back yard!

Will grew up in the East Midlands, before studying Law at the LSE, and working in London. Eventually he moved to rural Sweden, built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and wrote his successful debut novel, Dark Pines. His latest book, Red Snow, is out now from all good book shops.

Follow Will on Twitter here and subscribe to his excellent YouTube channel here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jun 18 2019

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Rank #7: It’s All In The Reveal – Karin Salvalaggio – JoinedUp#95

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It’s episode 95 with Karin Salvalaggio, author of the Macy Greeley Mystery Series. Karin has a really interesting background and lots of practical tips based on her own writing process.

Karin was born in West Virginia and has fond memories of her nomadic childhood as part of a military family. She’s lived everywhere from Alaska and Florida to California and Iran and now lives in London, since 1994. Bone Dust White was her first full-length novel and began the Macy Greeley Mystery series – the most recent of which is Silent Rain. She’s currently putting the finishing touches to a new standalone novel, which we mention in the interview.

Take a look at Karin’s website here, follow her on Twitter here or Instagram here. She also interviews authors over at Bookanista.

Thanks to all the listeners who got in touch with their thoughts on the show and plans for the new year.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in today’s show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jan 02 2019

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Rank #8: Don’t Look Back with Jackie Kabler – Joined Up#105

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It’s episode 105 and today we’ve got returning guest Jackie Kabler – TV journalist, presenter and about to publish her second series of crime novels. She has lots to say about the submissions process, changing genre and how she manages to fit the writing around her very hectic day job.

Jackie has spent many years in broadcasting and journalism – including a nine year stint on GMTV, reporting on some of that decade’s biggest stories. She’s worked freelance and for the BBC, Sky, as a newspaper reporter, media trainer and she currently works as a presenter on QVC in the UK. Her her first cosy crime series began with The Dead Dog Day but now she’s moved to darker territory with her psychological thriller Am I Guilty out now with Harper Collins.

Follow Jackie on Twitter @jackiekabler and take a look at her website here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #9: The Taking of Annie Thorne – CJ Tudor – JoinedUp#101

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It’s episode 101 with CJ Tudor, author of the brilliant, Chalk Man – a book that even garnered praise from Stephen King. I was lucky enough to speak to Caroline on the night her latest book The Taking Of Annie Thorne – or The Hiding Place, as it’s called in the US – was launched at an event at the Waterstones Bookshop in Nottingham. This is an unscheduled episode and I wanted to get it out to you whilst the release is still fresh – hence the extra episode this week. It was great to chat to Caroline again and she has loads to say about taking the right attitude toward rejection and knowing when to let go of an idea or project – at least for a period of time.

You can find my original chat with Caroline in the archives HERE.

Caroline lives in Sussex, England with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she’s worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice over artist and –  thanks to such a successful debut novel with Chalk Man, she now writes full time. Her latest book – The Taking of Annie Thorne/The Hiding Place is out now.

Follow CJ Tudor on Twitter @CJTudor.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Feb 28 2019

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Rank #10: Keep Moving Forward – John Lincoln – JoinedUp#100

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Yes, can you believe it – episode 100 of the show – well, the 100th full length show anyway – there are lots of the epilogue shows and Two Minute Tips if you want to trawl the archives, but it’s still a bit of a milestone an I want to thank all of you, whether you’ve been here from the start, back in 2014 or you’re dropping in for your first listen – I really appreciate anyone who tunes in and gets involved with the show.

Befitting of a milestone show, I’ve got a great guest for you today with John Lincoln. John’s new crime novel is Fade To Grey, the start of a gritty new series set in Cardiff and I loved it. John’s got a really interesting backstory, having worked as a music journalist and true crime writer before finally getting around to writing his own crime series.

John Lincoln is the transparent pseudonym of John Williams, the novelist, biographer and crime fiction reviewer for the Mail on Sunday. In his twenties John Williams wrote a book called Into The Badlands, about American crime fiction. His true crime account of a notorious miscarriage of justice, Bloody Valentine, is a cult classic, described by Benjamin Zephaniah as his favourite book. Since then he’s written eight more books including the Cardiff Trilogy of novels and several popular biographies. His crime novel Fade To Grey is out now published by No Exit Press.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS a 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your stories. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Feb 26 2019

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Rank #11: The Prolific Steff Green – Joined Up#110

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It’s episode 110 with Steff Green, best-selling indie author of fantasy, paranormal, steampunk and lots of other genres besides. Steff has a really interesting personal story and much to say on productivity and her writing process.

Steff Green is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author, blogger, metal-head and heavy metal maiden living in an off-grid home on 4 acres of rural paradise in New Zealand. She publishes dark fantasy and science fiction under the name S C Green, and paranormal romance as Steffanie Holmes.

Follow Steff on Twitter here and check out her books and website here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jul 02 2019

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Rank #12: The Hard Road To Publication with Paul Tudor Owen – Joined Up#108

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It’s episode 108 with Paul Tudor Owen author of the excellent New York based novel – The Weighing Of The Heart. Paul tells me about his long and bumpy road to publication and how his work as a journalist influences his writing.

Paul is a respected journalist, having worked for The Guardian for fifteen years, with three of those spent as their deputy head of US news in New York, time which greatly inspired and informed Paul’s debut novel – The Weighing Of The Heart. He also co-wrote and co-edited The Wire Re-Up, the popular book about David Simon’s classic HBO series. He grew up in Manchester and lives and works in London. The Weighing of The Heart is out right now, published by friends of the show, Obliterati Press and available everywhere you can find good books.

Follow Paul on Twitter here and check out his website here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jun 04 2019

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Rank #13: Niki Mackay Returns – Joined Up Writing #107

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It’s episode 107 where I get another chance to talk to friend of the show, Niki Mackay. Niki came on last year to talk about what was then her debut novel and now she’s back with a follow up in her Madison Attalee crime series. We talk about all kinds of stuff from how Niki feels she’s developed as a writer between books one and two, the editing process and lots more besides.

Niki is a writer and a bookworm. She studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School before eventually doing a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama and later winning a full scholarship to do an MA in Journalism. Her debut novel ‘I, Witness’ – the first in a series featuring private Investigator Madison Attallee – was published in 2018 and ‘The Lies We Tell’ is available on Kindle now and in paperback on June 27th 2019.

You can follow Niki on Twitter @NikiMackayBooks or find great content on her website here or check out her Facebook page here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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May 21 2019

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Rank #14: A Hunger For Writing with Victoria Selman – Joined Up#104

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It’s episode 104 with new crime writer, Victoria Selman. Victoria has created a new series of books featuring her ex-special forces profiler, Ziba MacKenzie and has inspiration and advice for other new writers.

Victoria’s first novel, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, was shortlisted for the 2017 Debut Dagger Award and is a Kindle #1 bestseller. She’s written for The Daily Express and Ham & High newspapers and in 2013 she won the Full Stop Short Story Prize.

She co-hosts the podcast, CRIME GIRL GANG in which three crime writers examine real life cold cases then solve them from a fictional perspective and her new book – Nothing To Lose is out now.

Follow Victoria on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and take a look at her website here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Apr 09 2019

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Rank #15: Stan and Ollie Writer, Jeff Pope – Joined Up#96

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Episode 96 is an unscheduled bonus episode with award-winning screenwriter, Jeff Pope.

Jeff is a BAFTA winning producer and screenwriter who’s written dozen of superb TV programmes and films – including Philomena, with Steve Coogan, Cradle To The Grave with Danny Baker, Pierrepoint, Little Boy Blue and his most recent film, Stan and Ollie which I was lucky enough to see last week. It stars Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in the untold story of Laurel and Hardy’s british tour in 1953. It’s funny, poignant and I can’t recommend it enough.

Thanks to Ross Owen of The Laurel and Hardy Podcast for setting up the interview and make sure you check out the film here. You can also see the cast and crew interviews I did on the red carpet BFI Premiere, with cameraman, Matt Holt, here.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in a previous show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Jan 11 2019

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Rank #16: Too Far with Jason Starr – NYC Thrills – Joined Up#102

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Episode 102 brings us an interview with New York crime writer, Jason Starr. Jason’s written dozens of crime thriller novels, comics, graphic novels and screenplays and it was great to chat to him about his career, process and his latest book, Too Far (released as Fugitive Red in the US)

Jason Starr is an internationally best-selling author, comic book writer, and screenwriter based in New York City. He’s written loads of crime fiction novels and thrillers.

He’s won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including being Barry Award Winner for Best Paperback Original and winning the Anthony Award for Best Graphic Novel. His latest novel is a thriller released in the US as Fugitive Red and Too Far in the UK.

Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonStarr and check out JasonStarr.com

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template to help you plot your story. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Mar 12 2019

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Rank #17: Lie To Yourself – The Worried Writer, Sarah Painter – JoinedUp#94

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It’s episode 94 – our last one of the year and a proper Christmas Cracker with the lovely, talented and inspirational ‘Worried Writer’ herself, Sarah Painter. It’s been a couple of years since Sarah last visited the show and she has a ton of stuff to say about dealing with self-doubt, her writing process and the fact she now has a foot in both the indie and traditional publishing worlds.

Sarah writes contemporary fiction with a touch of magic, some historical fiction thrown in and has now produced an excellent non-fiction book – Stop Worrying and Start Writing. Before writing books, Sarah worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor. Her debut, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller and was followed by The Secrets of Ghosts, The Garden of Magic and In The Light of What We See and more recently The Night Raven and Beneath The Water.

Follow her on Twitter @SarahRPainter and check out her website here. She also podcasts about writing (and interviews other authors and creative-types) at www.worriedwriter.com – which I can’t recommend enough.

Today’s Book Blogger’s Corner comes courtesy of Katherine Sunderland over at bibliomaniacuk.co.uk reviewing One Little Lie by previous guest, Sam Carrington. Follow Katherine on twitter @KatherineSunde3 and check out her blog here too.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’ PLUS the 3 Act Story Structure Template I mentioned in today’s show. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Dec 18 2018

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Rank #18: Editing Tips from Professional Editor, Liam J Cross – JoinedUp#93

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It’s episode 93 with professional editor, Liam J Cross. I’ve had many of you asking me to do more stuff on the nuts and bolts of editing and I’ll think you’ll find loads of useful advice in the interesting chat with Liam.

Liam is an entrepreneur, ghost writer, and editor from Northumberland in the UK. With more than three years of professional experience in ghostwriting and editing, Liam has edited several books – fiction and non-fiction – that have been published and like all of us, tries and fails to fit in his own writing projects whenever he can.

Check out Liam’s website here and follow him on Twitter @LJC_ Writing.

Today’s Book Blogger’s Corner comes courtesy of Katherine Sunderland over at bibliomaniacuk.co.uk reviewing Day Of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood. Follow Katherine on twitter @KatherineSunde3 and check out her blog here too.

Next episode, I’ll have a chat with the amazing Worried Writer herself, Sarah Painter.

Remember – this is YOUR SHOW so keep tweeting us, leave your comments below, check out our Facebook page and the brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’. More content coming soon, including videos, blog posts and loads of extra writing tips.

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Dec 04 2018

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Rank #19: Give Yourself Permission to Fail – Julia Kite – Joined Up#92

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Episode 92 brings an author interview with New York-based literary fiction writer, Julia Kite talking about her debut novel, why she loves writing and how her day job feeds into the worlds she creates.

Julia describes herself as a New Yorker and ex-Londoner who can’t quit writing. She’s insatiably curious, eager to learn and passionate about writing. Her debut novel, The Hope and Anchor, was published in February 2018 and is available right now everywhere you can buy books.

Follow Julia on Twitter @JuliaKite and find more information on her website here.

This week’s Book Blogger’s corner comes from Emma Rose Hollands and her review of ‘The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. You can find more of Emma’s reviews and blogs at whywordswork.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter @ERHollands.

Make sure you subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Overcast or wherever else you get your podcasts to have the show downloaded automatically every week. Also remember to take a few moments to leave me an iTunes rating and review just like listener Jim Snell recently did – I really appreciate it and it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help other people find the show. Next time I’ll be talking to editor, Liam J Cross who gives loads of amazing insight into the editing process.

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Nov 20 2018

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Rank #20: NaNoWriMo Special with Maria Smith – Joined-Up#91

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Episode 91 is a special NaNoWriMo themed show – that’s National Novel Writing Month, a global free to enter competition that runs every November where you challenge yourself to write at least 50,000 words of a novel. I’ve completed the challenge in years gone by, but this year I’m deep in the final edits of my novel, Safe Hands so I’m content to cheer you all on from the sidelines and help as many of you as I can. With that in mind, I invited friend of the show, collaborator and friend of mine, Maria Smith on to the show to talk about her experience with NaNoWriMo and to get her practical advice on smashing your Nano goals and staying motivated to write at any time of the year.

Maria writes dark fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal. Her short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies and her work has been adapted for stage and an award-winning short film. She is passionate about inspiring other writers through her personal blog, Script Aloud Workshops and a soon to be announced non-fiction project she is currently collaborating on with me. Follow her on Twitter @MariaAsmith and check out her First Draft Cafe Blog.

I also mention an excellent series of YouTube videos from Creative Life Coach, Gabriela Blandy called Write No Matter What which are part of a wider campaign Gabriela has launched to help writers and creatives overcome fear and procrastination. She’s running a free webinar in December and you should subscribe to her YouTube channel to find out more – I’ll put a link to it in the shownotes or you can search the hashtag WriteNoMatterWhat on YouTube. You can also follow Gabriela on Twitter @gabrielablandy.

It was also lovely to hear from Sharon Boothroyd about a charity anthology that features one of my short stories, along with dozens of others from some great writers. It’s been selling really well and all proceeds go to a great RSPCA charity. If you want to help out and read some quality short fiction, take a look at the Paws For Thought anthology, now available as an ebook on Amazon at the bargain price of £2.99.

I’ve just launched a brand new newsletter and mailing list. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get a FREE motivational PDF to download – ’10 Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo, The First Draft and Beyond’. In addition to that, members will get other regular exclusive content, more of our 10 Tips series, bonus blog posts on Writing Craft, extra podcasts, be in the running for future giveaways and you’ll be the first to hear about our upcoming live Q and A sessions.

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Nov 13 2018

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