Episode 71: The Extras: Take Two, with Mary Alice Monroe

In this special episode of Authors Love Readers, host Patricia McLinn shares parts of her conversation with writer Mary Alice Monroe that were not included in the original episode. The conversation moves from McLinn’s “getting to know you” questions to deeper issues about plagiarism and being in the moment during writing and research.

Monroe, a New York Times bestselling author, found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful writer, 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.

In the authors words: “When I’m doing my research, I’m observant and my antennas are up, but I don’t have a story. I’m just totally in the moment … whether it’s a turtle or a dolphin or whatever animal I’m with.” [23:24]

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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]

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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]

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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)

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Episode 23: The Weight of the Past, with Shelley Adina

Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, her own independent press. She writes steampunk, contemporary romance, and young adult fiction, and as Adina Senft, writes women’s fiction set among the Amish and other plain communities. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Shelley about writing in multiple genres, using past experiences, and even overcoming bullying.

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Episode 11: Being at Home With Ourselves, with Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards writes about romance, life and the bonds between women. She talks with host Patricia McLinn about her careful plot development, advance planning for novels, and love for books of all genres. She also shares touching advice on living life authentically and interacting with readers.

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