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#312 – Becoming a Best-selling Thriller Author with Amy Stuart

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Release Date: 03/07/2023

#347 – Writing Award-winning Fiction with Nora Decter show art #347 – Writing Award-winning Fiction with Nora Decter

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Nora Decter, writing instructor and author of , her debut YA novel that won the . Nora’s latest book, , is described as an "absorbing, darkly funny story of family, addiction, and survival." We spoke to Nora about her writing career, writing YA before transitioning to writing adult fiction, what it was like winning the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, what books and authors inspired her, reading and writing "voice-y" novels, balancing humour with difficult subject matter, and more! Nora had many great insights into writing (and thinking about writing),...

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#346 – Spicy Romantasy, Podcasting, and Pen Names with Sacha Black show art #346 – Spicy Romantasy, Podcasting, and Pen Names with Sacha Black

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we spoke to indie author, writing craft expert, podcaster, and all-around talented rebel author ! Sacha is the author of several writing craft books, host of , and writer of adult sapphic fantasy fiction under the pen name . Sacha is also a regular speaker at author conferences around the world, and offers writing craft courses with the goal of helping authors improve their descriptive writing, craft compelling villains, write amazing side characters, and more. We had such a great time chatting with Sacha about her career as an author, what being a rebel means to her,...

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#345 – Maximizing Your Book Marketing with Mal Cooper show art #345 – Maximizing Your Book Marketing with Mal Cooper

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Malorie Cooper, author and co-founder of The Writing Wives, where Malorie and her wife Jill offer author coaching and author marketing services! Mal writes science fiction titles under M.D. Cooper and non-fiction titles under Mal Cooper, with a focus on Facebook advertising and helping indie authors market their books for the better. Check out Malorie and Jill’s marketing book series, for more. We had a great chat with Malorie about everything from her writing career, writing a series that consists of over 120 books, co-writing with her wife Jill,...

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#344 – Committing to Your Writing Practice with Jessie Kwak show art #344 – Committing to Your Writing Practice with Jessie Kwak

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by author, conference organizer, and ghostwriter Jessie Kwak to discuss all things writing and publishing! Jessie is the author of over fifteen books, including series like and , as well as standalone thrillers such as . Jessie’s expansive career has encompassed so many aspects of publishing and she had lots of amazing advice and insights to offer us. We chatted with Jessie about ghostwriting, writing sci-fi and paranormal thrillers, time management as an author, and what inspired her to start an author conference, as well as learned more about her career...

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#343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra show art #343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Vancouver-based Bal Khabra, debut author of hockey romance novel Collide! Bal started out as an avid reader of romance and reviewer of romance titles, and after reading over 150 romance novels in one year, decided she was ready to write one! That novel, Collide, was picked up and published by Penguin Random House after starting out as a self-published work. We can’t wait to see what Bal writes next! We talked about Bal’s writing journey, her beginnings on Wattpad, how she utilizes social media and what happened when her book went viral on TikTok,...

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#342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan show art #342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we spoke with Patrick E. Horrigan, academic and author of , published by . Since recording this episode, was shortlisted for the category. Congratulations, Patrick! Patrick is also the author of two other novels, plays, essays, and more. He and taught literature for twenty-five years at LIU Brooklyn, and was a previous winner of Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, among many other accolades. We had a great time talking to Patrick about his career as an author, his history in academia, his past experiences at Columbia and LIU Brooklyn...

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#341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini show art #341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini, online and digital accessibility experts who work at UsableNet, whose goal is to “make the digital world more accessible and usable.” Jeff and Michele recently wrote and published their first book together, an amazing guide to all things digital accessibility, ! Jeff is the Accessibility Operations Direct at UsableNet, as well as a queer romance author and podcaster. Michele is Vice President of Delivery and Accessibility Operations at UsableNet, and has over twenty-three years of experience working with accessibility...

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#340 – Writing a Road Trip Romance Novel with Alison Cochrun show art #340 – Writing a Road Trip Romance Novel with Alison Cochrun

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by author Alison Cochrun, writer of the best-selling romance novels and . Her latest work, , is a “new queer rom-com following once childhood best friends forced together to drive their former teacher across the country.” is available now from Simon & Schuster Canada! We had a great time hearing about Alison’s journey to becoming an author after being a full-time high school English teacher, the ups and downs of publishing, being inspired to write a story based on personal experience, how Alison incorporates humour into her books, how she writes...

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#339 – Plotting a Dark Romance Novel with J. L. Drake show art #339 – Plotting a Dark Romance Novel with J. L. Drake

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this week’s episode, we spoke to Jodi Drake, a bestselling author who writes multiple series under the name J.L. Drake! Jodi’s series span over thirty books, and these include the , , and her latest, , which begins with – available to read now! For more info on her series, check out her . Jodi spoke to us about her writing career, writing dark romance, what drew her to dark romance, how she plots her novels, how she uses her “murder board” to keep track of all her characters and plotlines, and much, much more! Jodi gave us many great insights into what it’s like being a...

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#338 – Writing Women's Action-Adventure Novels with Bethany Maines show art #338 – Writing Women's Action-Adventure Novels with Bethany Maines

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In this episode, we spoke to award-winning author Bethany Maines, whose romance-fuelled action-adventure novels include and , among many others. Bethany is a multi-genre author who has written in many genres and sub-genres, including action-adventure, mystery and suspense, science fiction and paranormal romance. She’s also a hybrid author who has experience working with traditional publishing houses as well as independently publishing her work! And, further, she has also written short stories and screenplays, including a screenplay that was recently turned into a short film. Bethany had a...

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In this episode, we spoke to Amy Stuart, author of A Death at the Party, out today – get your copy now! A Death at the Party is a thriller that takes place over the course of one day as one woman’s plans for a party go terribly wrong, and has been aptly described as “Mrs. Dalloway with a suspense engine of Lisa Jewell!” We were very excited with this title, and are sure you will be, too.

Amy discusses her new release, her path to writing, her experience being a teacher, getting an MFA, and working as a writing instructor, details the interesting framework of her murder mystery-thriller novel, gets into the cast of characters, and regales us with some amazing writing advice! 

Learn more about Amy via her website, and be sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.