Welcome to the Authors Love Readers podcast

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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Wearing Many Hats, with Lou Aronica

Before becoming an author, Lou Aronica was a publishing executive for Bantam Books, Berkley Publishing and Avon Books, specializing in science fiction and fantasy but working in several genres. He co-edited the Full Spectrum anthologies with Shawna McCarthy and has worked with publishing pioneer Ian Ballantine, authors such as Ray Bradbury and the writers at Lucasfilm. His first novel, The Forever Year, came out in 2004 (originally under the pen name Ronald Anthony), and was followed by a nonfiction book, A Million Thanks, co-authored with Shauna Fleming. He’s added nearly 30 books since then, including the New York Times bestsellers The Element and Finding Your Element (both with Ken Robinson) and national bestsellers Blue (fantasy), When You Went Away, The Journey Home and Anything (romance) and Leaves (women’s fiction). HostPatricia McLinn talks with Lou about working on both sides of the desk and how he overcomes the hurdles of being a male romance novelist. 

In Lou’s words (on becoming an author): “It was really easy for me to say ‘yeah, some other time’… [But] if I don’t do it now… if I just go and get another job, then it’s never going to happen. So that’s really why I just decided to do it then.” (8:58)

You can find Lou on:

*His website

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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What to Do When You’re Stuck, with Eve Gaddy

Eve Gaddy is an award-winning, national bestselling author of more than 25 novels and novellas. Some of her latest releases include A Texas Christmas Reunion, The Redfish Chronicles, The Cowboy and the Doctor, Love Me, Cowgirl and Last ShotHost Patricia McLinn talks with Eve about staying focused on the task at hand and what she does when she has trouble writing a scene.

In Eve’s words: “You know, anything can spark an idea.” (44:38)

You can find Eve on:

*Her website

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Author World News, with Patricia McLinn

Host Patricia McLinn reports from Author World with a discussion on trademark issues, why her books aren’t on Kindle Unlimited and book scammers. Next week, Authors Love Readers will resume its regular format with a guest interview.

–Trademark issues (a k a Cockygate)

First post: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1949856518357767

An update: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1967888346554584

A court hearing (probably not the last): https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1974884215854997

–Why Patricia McLinn books aren’t in Kindle Unlimited


–Scammers on Kindle Unlimited


— Want to fork over $2,500? Scammers selling instructions on how to scam in Kindle Unlimited


— Tips to help you spot scam books before you spend your time or money on them. (Scroll down to “Warning signs that should put you on alert”.)


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You Never Know Until You Start, with Mary Burton

Mary Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly 40 mystery, romantic suspense and historical romance novels, including the recent Her Last Word, Senseless, Dying Scream and Dead Ringer. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Mary about making the transition from small suspense to big suspense and how she plans out her drafts.

In Mary’s words: “You almost feel like you have to give yourself permission to do things. … Trying something new seems so scary … just try it, life is short.” (19:06)

You can find Mary on:

*Her website,

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Stranger Than Fiction, with Elaine Raco Chase

Elaine Raco Chase is the award-winning author of seventeen paperback novels with over 3 million books in print. She is published in 25 countries and 15 languages. As a romance writer, Chase has won two sales awards for top romance novels of the year, Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense, and the Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Award for writing excellence. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Elaine about her start as a writer, overcoming prejudices, and what to do when your plot comes true in real life.

You can find Toni on:

*Her website,




Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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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