Episode 40: Mostly Historical, with Deborah Hale

NOTE: We had some technical difficulties with sound distortion in Deborah’s interview and parts couldn’t be recorded. Our apology for a shorter-than-usual author podcast this week.

After a decade spent tracing her ancestors’ roots in Georgian-era Britain, Deborah Hale learned a great deal about the period and uncovered enough fascinating true stories to inspire her fiction plots for years to come. A Golden Heart Award winner and RITA Award finalist, Deborah has written more than 30 novels and novellas in the genres of historical romance, inspirational romance, historical fiction and otherworld fantasy. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Deborah about being consistent with facts and history in fantasy novels; and busts myths about historical fiction.

In Deborah’s words: “I find usually the heroines are really strong… and manage to forge a relationship to change their own character… and have and expect wonderful sex. What’s anti-feminist about that?” (12:04)

You can find Deborah on:

Her website



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Episode 39: Author Speak, with Patricia McLinn

Host Patricia McLinn reports from Author World with an update on “Cockygate”  lawsuits, patent and trademark issues and Amazon scammers. She also dials up the Authors Love Readers Translation Service, taking readers behind the author curtain with explanations of terms in the craft and business of writing. Next week, Authors Love Readers will resume its regular format with a guest interview.

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Episode 38: We Are All Different, with Barbara Ankrum

Bestselling author Barbara Ankrum was a successful commercial actress until her love of romance novels led to a publishing contract. Many books later, she still believes in happy endings and feels very lucky to do what she loves, with her husband, two children, two cats and one scruffy, unrepentant dog at her side. Her contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including Romantic Times’ K.I.S.S Awards. She was a 2016 finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest and has been nominated twice for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Barbara about her experience as an actress and screenwriter, why she has to write a book straight through, and why deadlines are necessary.

In Barbara’s words: “I would say that we are all different … we all approach it differently. Thank goodness, because that makes for a lot of great, interesting stories.” (28:10).

You can find Barbara on:

*Her website



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Episode 37: Is This Right for Me, with Nancy Warren

A USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels, Nancy Warren is known for her funny, sexy and suspenseful tales. Nancy is a three-time RITA Awards finalist, a winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and was featured in an A1 New York Times story on her Harlequin Nascar romance series. Her latest releases include The Daisy Games, Book 7 of her Take a Chance series, and If the Dress Fits, Book 5 of The Almost Wives Club. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Nancy about taking others’ advice, starting a book in the middle, and collaborating with other writers.

In Nancy’s words: “I take people’s advice too easily, without sometimes thinking, maybe this was right for you but is this right for me?” (12:46).

You can find Nancy on:

*Her website



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