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 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.

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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

*Facebook

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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

*Facebook

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Episode 36: 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

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

Episode 35: 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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Episode 34: 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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Episode 33: 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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Episode 32: 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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Episode 31: I’m a Beginner, with Debra Salonen

Former award-winning journalist Debra Salonen is a national bestselling author with more than 40 published novels. She was received Romantic Times Reviewer’s Series Storyteller of the Year career achievement award in 2006 and followed that with Romantic Times’ Best Superromance of 2010. Debra’s six-book Big Sky Mavericks series is set in Montana and her 10-book Black Hills Rendezvous collection, which marked her debut as an independent publisher, takes place in her native South Dakota. This year, she published her seventh West Coast Happily Ever After romance and upped the ante in her newest, Prince Charming Undercover, with a Betting on Love sequel scheduled for August. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Debra about her various series across genres and the process of starting a new idea.

In Debra’s words: “I’m a beginner … I love the new sense of possibility and I’m always sure that this one is going to write itself. … I don’t really know the characters completely yet, so that finding-out process is part of the fun … it’s still that open beginning. (27:55)

You can find Debra on:

*Her website

*Facebook and

*Twitter

Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.