Always a Love Story, with Tawdra Kandle

USA Today bestselling author Tawdra Kandle writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy in many forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include young adult and new adult paranormal romance, new adult and adult contemporary romance and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Tawdra about what connects all her books, considering perspective and how she got her name.

In Tawdra’s words: “I write a lot of different types of books, but they all have in common romance. I am, at heart, a romance novelist… At the heart, it’s always a love story.” (1:10).

You can find Tawdra on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

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Doing What Is Necessary, with Barbara O’Neal

Barbara O’Neal is a seven-time Romance Writers of America RITA award winner and a recent inductee into the RWA Hall of Fame. She has written 11 novels of women’s fiction, about dogs and food, families and second chances. Her most recent novel, The Art of Inheriting Secrets, was released in July. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Barbara about her transition from romance to women’s fiction, killing off a former teacher in one book and doing whatever is necessary to support her work.

In Barbara’s Words: “This is not an easy path … everything that I managed to pull off, including college. I put myself through college, [by] doing things like UPS, and I waited tables for 15 years. … I’ve always been willing to do whatever was necessary to support the work.” (21:31)

You can find Barbara on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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The Story Is Essential, with Kate Moore

Kate Moore studied English Lit near Boston and returned to her native California to teach generations of high school students (now her Facebook friends), while she not-so-secretly penned romances. In Kate’s stories, an undeniable attraction brings honorable, edgy loners and warm, practical women into a circle of love, from Regency England to contemporary California. Kate is a Golden Heart, Golden Crown and Book Buyers Best award winner and three-time RITA finalist. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Kate about how essential story is to being a person and how she has become more flexible with her writing process.

In Kate’s words: “We read stories all the time. It’s interesting how essential the experience of story is, whether you’re the consumer or the creator, it is so essential to being a person… I can’t imagine not having some connection to story if you’re a human being” (23:42).

You can find Kate on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Small-Town Romance, with Jean Brashear

Texas writer Jean Brashear started her first book at age 45. Now she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels in romance and women’s fiction, and her 30th Texas Heroes story, Texas Rescue (a Lone Star Lovers book), releases this week. She is a five-time RITA finalist and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award winner. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Jean about growing up in a small town and why conflict is necessary for any story.

In Jean’s words: “If a simple conversation can solve the conflict, then it’s not conflict.” (15:33)

You can find Jean on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

*Instagram

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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The Hardship of Leaving, with Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, best-selling romantic mysteries and hilarious nonfiction from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas, in winter and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming, in summer. Pamela’s mysteries have won several awards, from the 2017 Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery (Fighting for Anna) to the USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre in 2015 and 2016 (Hell to PayHeaven to Betsy). With nearly 2 million downloads for her What Doesn’t Kill You series, readers seem to enjoy her smart, sassy female sleuths. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Pamela about how an author’s characters become friends, living in Wyoming and what to do with ideas that don’t fit right away.

In Pamela’s words, on leaving your family and home for opportunities far away: “Leaving just isn’t the same anymore. We’ll probably never get to experience something like that, except through our imagination.” (10:39)

You can find Pamela on:

*Her website

*Facebook and

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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