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 48: 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.

Episode 47: 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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Episode 46: 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.

Leaving Episode 45: Characters Behind, with Julianne MacLean

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). She earned a degree in English literature from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a degree in business administration from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has also lived in New Zealand, Canada, and England, and currently resides on the east coast of Canada. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Julianne about making characters suffer and moving on from them. 

In Julianne’s words: “So the ones that I’ve written about before… I’ve given them their story… and set them on their way. … I will think about my books, and I will think about my characters fondly, but I don’t miss them. I don’t feel like I need to tell more of their story.” [21:30]

You can find Julianne on:

*Her Website

*Facebook

*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.

Episode 44: Bonus Content and Outtakes, Various Authors

In our first compilation episode, we bring you bonus interview material that couldn’t make it into previous episodes. (So little time, so much to talk about!) Hear host Patricia McLinn’s conversations with podcast guest authors Eve Gaddy, Tawdra Kandle, Debra Salonen, Rachel Grant, Julia Kent, Kelly McClymer, Barbara O’Neal, Lori Ryan and Donna Kauffman. Topics include technology, audiobooks, cursing and first jobs. Plus, we share outtakes to show you not only the stories behind the stories, but the talk behind the talk!

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.

Episode 43: News and Notes, from Patricia McLinn

Patricia McLinn is a USA Today bestselling author with more than 45 romance, women’s fiction and mystery novels and the creator and host of the Authors Love Readers podcast.

McLinn attended Northwestern University, where she obtained her BA in English Composition in only three years. She continued at Northwestern, obtaining her Masters in Journalism in her fourth year.

After beginning her career in sports journalism, McLinn moved into the field of fiction, publishing her first novel in 1990. McLinn has written for Harlequin Enterprises, Delphi Books and Belle Books, as well as independent e-publishing through A Writer’s Work, and the usual array of commercial outlets. She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution. After 25 years of traditional publishing, Patricia converted to the self-published world in 2015.

In Patricia’s words: “[Having my own e-bookstore] gives me more flexibility and more autonomy to be able to offer books and deals to my reader…and this is why I think lots of authors are doing this.”

You can find Patricia at her:

Website

Facebook

or

Twitter

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Episode 42: Creating Story Worlds, 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.  Host Patricia McLinn talks with Ann about creating story worlds as they are revealed from the imagination instead of from a premeditated path. 

In Ann’s words: “When I wrote that first book [Nearly Departed in Deadwood] I intended to write a single title … but it went deep and wide. It’s a story world that I learn about as I go.” (22:30)

You can find Ann at:

her website

Instagram

or

Twitter

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Episode 41: Consistency and Change, with Donna Kauffman

Donna Kauffman is passionate, driven and more than just a little bit romantic. She’s also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. She has won multiple RT Book Awards, Readers Choice and PRISM awards and has been a RITA Award finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where she is a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. She’s also an avid DoItYourselfer, baker and gardener. She’s been involved in paper crafting, both as a maker and a teacher, for more than 20 years.

Donna always has had a love affair with the romance genre. An avid reader, she spent her childhood poring over various types of fiction, but she later gravitated toward romance. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Donna about consistency and change in her writing process and style, throughout her career.

In Donna’s words: “I don’t worry so much what I’m supposed to be doing with my life or with my characters[now] …because, by my standards and by what makes me happy, I’m doing great.” (8:23)

You can find Donna at:

Her website

Facebook

or

Instagram

You can also check out her crafting works, including step-by-step DIY instructions, at www.minibooksrme.com

and her YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c/DonnaKauffman

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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

Facebook

Twitter

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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.

We hope you’ll consider supporting these discussions of the stories behind the stories and how writers write. Thank you!

Patreon

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Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.