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This weekly podcast, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a conversation between authors about how and why they create stories.

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Characters Must Suffer, with Nicole Jordan

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan has penned more than 30 historical romances that simmer with passion and sensuality. Set in numerous eras and locales, Nicole enjoys chronicling the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game. Her latest novel, My Fair Lover (2017), earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, a Best Book nod from Amazon, a Fresh Pick from Fresh Fiction, and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Other honors include RITA finalist, Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance, and the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, presented by a group of more than 100 romance reviewers.

Nicole grew up an Army brat, earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and worked as a manufacturing manager making disposable diapers and toilet tissue. She now lives in Cincinnati with her beloved show horse, EZ.

Host Patricia McLinn talks with Nicole about transitioning from an engineer to an author, how secondary characters make great sequels, and why characters must suffer.

In Nicole’s words: “[I] just tried to write the emotional stories that had a lot of conflict; with a wonderful, happy ending and strong characters who overcome their own obstacles. Because that’s what appealed to me.” (51:52)

You can find Nicole at:

Her website

or 

Facebook

Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month — that’s only 25 cents per episode! What a deal! — by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!

Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

Bonus Content #2, Various Authors

In our second compilation episode, we bring you bonus interview material that didn’t make it into previous episodes. (So little time, so much to talk about!)

Host Patricia McLinn talks with podcast guest authors Tawdra Kandle, Lou Aronica, Debra Salonen, Kevin Tumlinson, Barbara O’Neal, Steven Womack, Kate Moore, Yvonne Lindsay and Mary Buckham.

Topics include:

Recognizing a story at a young age [2:23]

The Power of Words [2:52]

Music [4:13]

Food [20:45]

I Don’t Have a Favorite Color [26:22]

Life in The 1800s [28:33]

Parents [36:57] 

Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month — that’s only 25 cents per episode! What a deal! — by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!

Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Ideas to Haunt You, with Steven Womack

Author, screenwriter and film school professor Steven Womack began his first novel when he was 18 years old. A short 18 years later, he finally published one. Murphy’s Fault was the only first mystery named to the 1990 New York Times Notable Books List. Since then, he has published 10 more novels, winning Edgar and Shamus awards and multiple nominations with his Harry James Denton mystery series. In 2014, he co-authored with New York-based screenwriter Wayne McDaniel on Resurrection Bay, a mystery based on the real-life story of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen. His most recent work is the nonfiction short read Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less (2016). Host Patricia McLinn talks with Steven about his background as a journalist, why book design matters, and choosing which book ideas to pursue.

In Steven’s words: “It’s usually the ones that haunt you… it’s that one that you can’t stop thinking about. Once it takes up enough of your headspace, it takes over.” [29:17]

You can find Steven at:

His website

Facebook

or Twitter

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Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month — that’s only 25 cents per episode! What a deal! — by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!

Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

Mechanics and Technique vs. Excitement, with Mary Buckham

Mary Buckham is the author of the USA Today bestselling Invisible Recruits urban fantasy series, praised for its unique voice, intense action and rich emotion. Mary co-authors the young adult sci-fi/fantasy Red Moon series with New York Times bestselling author Dianna Love, using the combined pseudonym of Micah Caida. Mary also collaborated with Love on the nonfiction Break Into Fiction and has published several writers’ guides, including A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting and Writing Active Hooks. She has spoken at the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference and other author conferences.

Mary, who lives in Washington State with her husband, says her years of international travel and curiosity about different cultures resulted in creating her high-concept urban fantasy and romantic suspense stories.

Host Patricia McLinn talks with Mary about technique, mechanics, character depth and the excitement of storytelling.

In Mary’s words, “Writers take that what-if question and play it out. ‘What can give this character the most conflict, the biggest challenge.’ …I am always playing with what-if.” [18:40] 

You can find Mary on:

Her website,

Facebook

or

Twitter

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Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month — that’s only 25 cents per episode! What a deal! — by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!

Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Experience and Location, with Chris Keniston

A finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award, Chris Keniston is a USA Today bestselling author of several popular book series, from contemporary romance to women’s fiction to sweet and clean romance — all with happily endings. Her newest releases are Keeping Eileen, book 11 of the Farraday Country contemporary romance series set in cattle-ranching west Texas, and Flirting with Paradise, a novella in the “closed-door” Sweet Aloha Series in Hawaii. (The original Aloha Series offers steamier versions from this tropical setting.) Coming soon is Hart Land, a series centering on a lakeside small town, a retired Marine Corps general, his artistic wife and nine single granddaughters.

Chris also partners with friends and bestselling authors Addison Cole, RaeAnne Thayne and Nancy Naigle in the new sweet world, Main Street Romance. Set in the fictional town of Romance, Virginia, the Main Street romances offer readers and fans a place to find HEA sweet stories.

A native New Yorkier, Chris lives in suburban Dallas with her husband, two human children and two canine children, including a German Shepherd rescue. After all, even dogs deserve a happily ever after. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Chris about past life experiences, location and how they play into the process of a “pantser” — one who writes by the seat of her pants (as opposed to a “plotter”). 

In Chris’s words: “I remember closing a Nancy Drew novel and once trying to write my own mystery. I had to have been ten years old. … I wrote the first few paragraphs and there was a scene with something in the kitchen … a combination of a stove and a this and a that. … I remember thinking I’m going to have to go back and figure out what that is. Now all these years it turns out, I’m still a crazy-ass pantser who doesn’t know what things are when I put them on the page.” [9:08]

You can find Chris at:

Her website,

Facebook or

Twitter

Thank you so much for listening. We hope you enjoyed the podcast enough to want to support us for future episodes. You can do that with as little as $1 a month — that’s only 25 cents per episode! What a deal! — by pledging at Patreon. It’s vital to Authors Love Readers to have your support. Thank you!

Please also consider rating/reviewing the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

About the podcast

Authors Love Readers, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a weekly conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. With questions contributed by readers.

Quite a few podcasts are out there for aspiring and established writers, both on the craft and the business. This podcast, though, is for readers. The goal is to have authors on the show who write in all sorts of fiction genres. As a reader, it doesn’t matter which path to publication an author takes – independent, traditional, hybrid and other combinations. That’s not going to matter on Authors Love Readers, either.

About your host

Patricia McLinn is the author of about 45 novels, including her ongoing murder mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming. She also writes romances – mostly contemporary, but there are a few historicals, women’s fiction and non-fiction titles. She had 27 books in 25 years in traditional publishing. Having secured the rights back to a number of her earlier books, she began indie publishing in early 2010. That made her officially a hybrid author, since she also still had books under traditional contracts. In mid-2015 she left the final traditional publisher and has been happily 100% independent since.

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Guest Appearances by Patricia McLinn

Patricia has appeared on other book talk podcasts and videos, most recently as a guest on the Boone County Public Library’s podcast featuring innovators and creators in northern Kentucky.: You can view these podcasts on her YouTube Podcasts on Writing channel.

Patricia McLinn appearance on The Joys Of Binge Reading – Mad About Wyoming


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