Welcome to Authors Love Readers

This podcast, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a 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.

Listen to the latest podcasts

Episode 70: Writers at Conferences, with Patricia McLinn

Authors Love Readers host Patricia McLinn, recently returned from her favorite Novelists Inc. annual gathering in Florida, talks about what writers do when they go to conferences. A NINC past president, she has attended all but two of its annual conferences, which provide networking and learning opportunities for multi-published authors of popular fiction. Patricia discusses the business side of writing, what happens when a bunch of socially deprived writers get together in one place and how she found a future podcast topic.

Patricia is a USA Today bestselling author of mystery, romance and women’s fiction known for strong characters, touches of humor, connected stories, and settings that make you want to move in. She wrote 27 books in 25 years in traditional publishing, then began indie publishing in early 2010. In mid-2015, she left her final traditional publisher and has been happily 100% independent since; she has now published more than 50 novels and two nonfiction writers’ guides.

In Patricia’s words: “What do we talk about? Readers! What readers want, how best to communicate with them, how to encourage readers to read our books. … If we can encourage you to actually read these books [already on your readers], then you can determine if we are  — or are not —  a good reader-author match.” [8:28]

You can find Patricia at:

Her website,

Facebook,

Twitter

and

Instagram

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 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. NINC 2019 meeting photo courtesy of Novelists Inc.NINC novelists inc

Episode 69: Fears and Purpose in Fiction Writing, with Mary Alice Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Living in the midst of a quickly changing habitat gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice talks with host Patricia McLinn about using her fears of natural disasters and her desire to educate people on the impact of climate change as the catalysts for her writing.

In her own words: ‘That’s why I write about [climate change]. I think evacuation is going to become a major concern of every American, all humans on this planet, in the next decade as we face natural disasters and also droughts and food shortages.’ [14:18]

You can learn more about Mary Alice at her:

Website,

Twitter,

Facebook

or

Instagram

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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 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.

Episode 68: Becoming a Voice Actor with Betsy Moore

Betsy Moore is a stage and film actress who also does vocal work for video games and commercials. Her expansion into audiobooks began spontaneously when Patricia McLinn’s previous narrator for her mystery series Caught Dead in Wyoming retired, and Betsy was tapped to continue the series.

Betsy has a regular role on The Baxters, a TV series for Roma Downey’s Lightworkers Media based on Karen Kingsbury’s faith-based novels. She has had lead roles in several short films, including this year’s The Odd Bird.

After performing at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Betsy’s career in southern California began with the famed Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Work with experimental writer/director John Sinner led to successful productions at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre) and the New York and Amsterdam Fringe Festivals. Her solo show Freebird Goes to Mars won best avant-garde honors at the United Solo Festival in 2017.

Betsy will be performing this summer in Sonora, Calif., in the Sierra Repertory Theatre comedy production Ripcord.

Betsy and host Patricia McLinn talk about becoming a voice actor and what Betsy has learned along the way.

You can find Betsy at:

her website and

her Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page

In Betsy’s words:

“I credit that to becoming even more familiar with my voice. … I’m making the decisions and directing myself in those moments so I’m learning a lot.” [25:15]

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 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.

Episode 67: The Extras: Doubling Down with Paty Jager and Julianne MacLean

Host Patricia McLinn shares never before heard clips from conversations with authors Paty Jager, right, and Julianne MacLean. These conversations focus a singular subject: How their own stories often have surprised them.

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Paty Jager developed as a freelance writer for local newspapers. Now as a published and award winning author, she works from her alfalfa farm in Eastern Oregon. All her work has Western or Native American elements in it, along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including historical romance and the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven series. MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical Romance of 2005 (Love According to Lily).

You can follow Paty at her:
or
paty wager

You can find Julianne on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

julianne maclean

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 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.

Episode 66: The Extras: Overtime with Ann Charles

USA Today bestselling author Ann Charles writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance and whatever else sounds fun. Ann lives in the Northern Arizona mountains with her husband, children and a sassy cat. After many years and several colleges, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

When she’s not dabbling in fiction, she’s penning writing-themed articles or standing on her workshop soapbox, sharing what she has learned over the years about the writing craft and self-promotion.

Ann Charles and host Patricia McLinn compare and contrast setting stories in real versus imaginary places, talk about deadlines, goals and more in this extras episode.

You can find Ann at:

her website

Instagram

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 by pledging atPatreon. 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.

 

Episode 65: The Extras: Continued Conversation with Brenda Hiatt

Brenda Hiatt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly 25 novels, including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery, and the young adult science fiction Starstruck series. Brenda began in traditional publishing with Harlequin, HarperCollins and Avon Books and later made a transition to indie publishing.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and Novelists Inc, where she has served as president. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (more  than 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (she’s attained her 3rd degree black belt), hiking and traveling.

In this short “extras” episode, host Patricia McLinn talks with Brenda about the business of writing, being self-published and the editing and promotional aspects that entails.

In her own words: “Nobody can do as much justice to your idea as you can. So you should write the idea yourself.” [12:40]

You can find Brenda at:

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 — 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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Episode 64: Bonus Content #4, Various Authors

This week’s Authors Love Readers episode is a compilation of insights and conversations that didn’t make it into previous episodes.

Host Patricia McLinn talks with authors Brenda Hiatt, Paty Jager, Ann Charles, Julianne MacLean, Nancy Warren and Pamela Fagan-Hutchins.

Conversations range from getting-to-know-you moments, to deep insights into the motivations of the writers, and the growth they’ve experienced over a career of writing.

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 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.

Episode 63: Bonus Content #3, Various Authors

In this compilation episode, Authors Love Readers brings you more bonus interview conversation that didn’t make it into previous episodes. (So little time, so much to talk about!)

Host Patricia McLinn talks with podcast guest authors Jeff Carson, Rebecca Forster, R.J. Patterson, Jennifer Stevenson, Laura Durham, J.F. Penn, Melissa F. Miller and Nicole Jordan.

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 — 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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Episode 62: A Long Time Coming, with Paty Jager

Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for local newspapers and enjoyed her County Extension job as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

Paty talks with host Patricia McLinn about what it takes to move from a concept to a book and all the iterations in between. This “long time coming” reflects Paty’s own road to becoming a novelist.
In Paty’s words: “My ideas come from everywhere … I’ll be listening to a song and I’ll come up with a story that goes with it because it won’t go away. So then I put it aside and write it down.” [17:20]
You can follow Paty at her:
or
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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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Episode 61: News-a-Popping! with Patricia McLinn

Host Patricia McLinn takes on an episode solo to give listeners an update on Author World and an alleged case of plagiarism.

Patricia forgot to say in the podcast that if you want to read the history or follow what’s happening, the hashtag is #copypastecris. If you think you’ve spotted plagiarized work, we hope you’ll contact the original author via his/her website. Remember to look for word-for-word chunks, not ideas, tropes, situations, set-ups, occupations, etc.

Patricia’s blog with tips for spotting scammers:

https://www.patriciamclinn.com/uh-oh-scammer-messes-oh-my/

Courtney Milan’s first blog post on the plagiarism topic:

http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2019/02/18/cristiane-serruya-is-a-copyright-infringer-a-plagiarist-and-an-idiot/

Another issue with plagiarism on Amazon:

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1099622364877328385.html?fbclid=IwAR10LsQGjdA9ryYSidnvnrKOiCaKGAXuhp6aO6v4QBDuwx2dAWIybcl8UKE

A list of the plagiarized authors and the original, real, true books, with links to buy them:

https://caffeinatedfae.com/2019/02/20/copypastecris/?fbclid=IwAR2hIr8XvIi1OOyN_wOtwFPsyiQmFB5bmb9OjiuivKmz-pUDnac19f7AFec

Nora Roberts, who has fought plagiarism in traditional publishing but also is a supporter of indie authors, has been covering the issue in her Falling Into the Story official blog. Start here: http://fallintothestory.com/plagiarism-then-and-now

#copypastecris

Catch Patricia’s new book for writers! SURVIVAL KIT FOR WRITERS WHO DON’T WRITE RIGHT will be available soon at Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play and Amazon for $2.99 or at Patricia’s eBookstore for just 99¢.

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.