Kobo Writing Life Podcast
Insights and inspiration for growing your self-publishing business, featuring interviews with bestselling authors and publishing experts.
info_outline #276 - Refilling Your Creative Well with L. Penelope 12/07/2021
#276 - Refilling Your Creative Well with L. Penelope Award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her unique journey to becoming a hybrid author and how she manages to find time for herself while maintaining her busy publishing schedule. Leslye also chats with us about her writing process, the return of in-person events and conventions, and she tells us all about her own podcast, My Imaginary Friends. !
info_outline #275 - The Mistletoe Motive with Chloe Liese 11/30/2021
#275 - The Mistletoe Motive with Chloe Liese Author Chloe Liese joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her new Kobo Original, The Mistletoe Motive. Chloe chats with us about her writing process, using social media for marketing, representation in romance and why her belief that everyone deserves a love story has been the driving force for her career. !
info_outline #274 - Writing with Tarot with Lisa Kessler 11/23/2021
#274 - Writing with Tarot with Lisa Kessler Bestselling and award winning paranormal romance author Lisa Kessler joins us on the podcast today to discuss her writing process and how she uses tarot cards as a tool to help with writer’s block and character development. Lisa also talks to us about why she loves writing in the paranormal genre, her career as a hybrid author, and what changes she has seen in the publishing industry throughout her career. !
info_outline #273 – The Future of AI Writing with Shane Neeley 11/16/2021
#273 – The Future of AI Writing with Shane Neeley Author Shane Neeley joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his experience using AI and machine learning to help him write his books. Shane also discusses his strategy of self-publishing, the future of writing, and whether robots are going to take over the world.
info_outline #272 - Building Your Beta Reader Team with Marni Mann 11/09/2021
#272 - Building Your Beta Reader Team with Marni Mann Bestselling author Marni Mann joins us on the podcast this week to talk about how she built her team of beta readers and why having this trusted team has been so important to her success as an author. Marni also talks to us about her writing journey and finding her audience as an author who writes across multiple genres. !
info_outline #271 - Year of the Nurse with Cassandra Alexander 11/02/2021
#271 - Year of the Nurse with Cassandra Alexander Paranormal romance author and ICU nurse Cassandra Alexander joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her new memoir, Year of the Nurse. In her memoir, Cassandra recounts her time on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic working in the ICU. She talks to us about the writing process of Year of the Nurse, what it was like revisiting the events of the previous 18 months, and the lasting effect of the pandemic on her mental health and that of healthcare workers globally. Content note: this episode discusses heavy topics including Covid-19, PTSD, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Please listen mindfully. !
info_outline #270 - From Romance to Fantasy with K.A. Tucker 10/26/2021
#270 - From Romance to Fantasy with K.A. Tucker Internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her most recent release, A Fate of Wrath & Flame. After building a successful career as an author of romance and women's fiction, A Fate of Wrath & Flame is K.A.’s first fantasy novel. She speaks to us about switching genres, how she created her fantasy world, and what we can expect from her next. !
info_outline #269 - Cross Promotions with Evan Gow from StoryOrigin 10/19/2021
#269 - Cross Promotions with Evan Gow from StoryOrigin Founder and developer of StoryOrigin Evan Gow joins us on the podcast this week. Evan tells us the how authors can utilize cross promotions such as newsletter swaps and group promotions, build their mailing list, distribute review copies, and even track their writing goals on StoryOrigin, and he gives us his predictions for the future of indie publishing and how he sees his site fitting into that future. !
info_outline #268 - Plotting a Twist with Eric Rickstad 10/12/2021
#268 - Plotting a Twist with Eric Rickstad Bestselling author Eric Rickstad joins us on the podcast this week to discuss his newest dark, psychological thriller, I Am Not Who You Think I Am. Eric talks to us about his unique and organic writing process, how he plots the twists and turns of his thrillers, and why he is drawn to writing stories about the aftermath of violence. !
info_outline #267 - Creating a Sustainable Writing Career with Patricia McLinn 10/05/2021
#267 - Creating a Sustainable Writing Career with Patricia McLinn Bestselling author Patricia McLinn is on the podcast this week to discuss the craft of writing and how to create a sustainable career as a writer. Patricia chats to us about her writing process, why discovering the writing process that works for you is so important as an author, and she gives us her best advice for creating and maintaining a long-standing successful career. !
info_outline Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Michelle Good 09/30/2021
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Michelle Good For this bonus episode of the KWL Podcast, we are honoured to share a conversation between Kobo’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, led by Alyssa Andino, and Kobo Emerging Writer Prize winner Michelle Good. During this conversation, Michelle speaks to us about the writing and research process behind her award winning novel Five Little Indians, a story about five survivors of residential schools in Canada, and the long lasting impact the residential school system has had on the Indigenous community. Michelle also speaks to us about finding joy and healing within her community and she shares resources for those who want to learn more and become a better ally to the Indigenous community. She also tells us what changes she has already seen that give her hope for the future.
info_outline #266 - Retelling Myths and Fairytales with Katee Roberts 09/28/2021
#266 - Retelling Myths and Fairytales with Katee Roberts Bestselling author Katee Robert joins us on the podcast to talk about her writing process and why she’s drawn to retellings of myths and fairytales. Katee tells us about the research that goes into her reimagined classics and how she keeps them fresh and original, and she talks to us about how her book going viral on TikTok has changed her marketing approach. !
info_outline #265 - Moving A Series Wide with T.W. Piperbrook 09/21/2021
#265 - Moving A Series Wide with T.W. Piperbrook Author T.W. Piperbrook joins us on the podcast this week to discuss bringing his Sandstorm series wide for the first time. T.W. talks to us about his career as a full-time author, why he decided to take his series wide and how he went about setting his wide release up for success, and he explains how his time working in the indie music industry compares to indie publishing. !
info_outline #264 - Love and Defiance in Storytelling with David Bezmozgis 09/14/2021
#264 - Love and Defiance in Storytelling with David Bezmozgis We are joined by David Bezmozgis on the podcast this week. David is an award winning author, the host of the writing podcast Love and Defiance, and the creative director of the Humber School for Writers, and he speaks to us about all avenues of his career. He tells us about the different writing opportunities he’s had, how he got involved in the Humber School for Writers and what the mentor-based program involves, and he tells us about his podcast and how he hopes it can inspire aspiring writers. !
info_outline #263 - Finding Your Ideal Reader with Sue Campbell 09/07/2021
#263 - Finding Your Ideal Reader with Sue Campbell Book launch coach Sue Campbell joins us on the podcast this week to share her best advice for finding your niche as an author and reaching your ideal reader. Sue tells us about the proven framework she uses to build marketing plans, she explains why approaching marketing with a positive mindset can make a huge difference in your marketing success, and she tells us how to find and pitch your work to influencers. !
info_outline #262 - Finding Writing in Retirement with Michael Polelle 08/31/2021
#262 - Finding Writing in Retirement with Michael Polelle We are joined by author Michael Polelle on the podcast this week. Michael is a former lawyer and emeritus law professor who started his writing career after he retired from practicing law. He talks to us about his two novels, The Mythros Conspiracy and American Conspiracy, what his research process was like for his books, and what his writing process (which includes morning chocolate!) is like. !
info_outline #261 - An Editor's Perspective with Janice Zawerbny 08/24/2021
#261 - An Editor's Perspective with Janice Zawerbny Editor Janice Zawerbny sits down with us this week to discuss her career in publishing and to share her advice for authors who are new to the editorial process. Janice was the editor of three books on the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize shortlist, and she talks to us about what drew her to acquire those books and how the editorial process differed between each title. Janice also tells us about the writing prize she co-founded, the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. !
info_outline #260 - Going Viral with Jennifer L. Armentrout 08/17/2021
#260 - Going Viral with Jennifer L. Armentrout Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her writing career and her experiences working with both large publishers and small indie presses. Jennifer’s most recent series, Blood and Ash, went viral on TikTok, and she talks to us about that experience and the power of word of mouth marketing. !
info_outline #259 - Clubhouse for Authors with Fatima Fayez and Jenn Falls 08/10/2021
#259 - Clubhouse for Authors with Fatima Fayez and Jenn Falls Authors and co-founders of the The Author Conference club Jenn Falls and Fatima Fayez join us on the podcast this week to talk about all things Clubhouse. Jenn and Fatima tell us how they got their start in indie publishing, what drew them to Clubhouse in the first place, and how they use the audio-only app to connect with other writers and host an author conference. !
info_outline #258 - Writing New Genres with Nalini Singh 08/03/2021
#258 - Writing New Genres with Nalini Singh New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh joins us on the podcast this week to talk about her long standing career as a romance author and why she recently decided to try her hand at writing thrillers. Nalini chats to us about her publishing journey, why she decided to give indie publishing a try and become a hybrid author, and she tells us what it was like to be included on Oprah’s list of Best Romances to Read in this Lifetime. !
info_outline #257 - Crowdsourcing an Adaptation with Eric Maikranz 07/27/2021
#257 - Crowdsourcing an Adaptation with Eric Maikranz Author Eric Maikranz joins us on the podcast this week to talk to us about his book, The Reincarnationist Papers, and the unique approach he took in order to secure a film adaptation of his book. Eric also talks to us about the differences between his indie and traditional publishing experiences, what the research process was like for his book, and he tells us his favourite reincarnation story. !
info_outline #256 - Overcoming Writer's Block with Sarah Selecky 07/20/2021
#256 - Overcoming Writer's Block with Sarah Selecky Author Sarah Selecky joins us on the podcast this week. Not only is Sarah a Giller nominated author, but she is also a business owner, writing coach, and mentor, and she talks to us about her writing process and how overcoming her own writer’s block inspired her to start a writing school. We also chat about the craft of writing, the author community, and her writing competition, The Little Bird Contest. !
info_outline #255 - Writing with your Readers with Kristen Ashley 07/13/2021
#255 - Writing with your Readers with Kristen Ashley New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her journey to publishing, her career as a hybrid author, and how she manages her backlist of over 80 titles. Kristen also talks to us about her newest release , which she wrote with the help of her readers, and she tells us about her reader community, Rock Chick Nation. !
info_outline #254 - Writing Temperance Brennan with Kathy Reichs 07/06/2021
#254 - Writing Temperance Brennan with Kathy Reichs Bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs joins us on the podcast today to celebrate the release of , the latest release in her Temperance Brennan series (out today!). Kathy talks to us about her journey to publishing, her writing process, and how she has maintained such a compelling long-standing series. We also chatted about the process of adapting her series into the hugely successful TV show Bones and what it was like bringing her characters to life on screen. !
info_outline #253 - Multiple POV Mysteries with Aime Austin 06/29/2021
#253 - Multiple POV Mysteries with Aime Austin Crime fiction author Aime Austin joins us on the podcast this week to talk about her Casey Cort Legal Thrillers series and how she develops compelling legal mysteries through multiple points of view. Aime recently rebranded her entire series and she tells us how and why she decided it was time to rebrand and what that process was like, and we also discuss her new podcast, A Time to Thrill, and how her real life experience as a lawyer influenced her writing career. !
info_outline #252 - Inside the Kobo Elipsa with Kobo VP of Product Ramesh Mantha 06/22/2021
#252 - Inside the Kobo Elipsa with Kobo VP of Product Ramesh Mantha Ramesh Mantha, Kobo’s VP of product for devices, joins us on the podcast this week to tell us about Kobo’s newest eReader: the Kobo Elipsa. Ramesh walks us through the research and development behind the Elipsa, the challenges his team faced launching a new device during a pandemic, and he answers all of our questions about the technology behind eReaders. !
info_outline #251 - The Three Story Method with J. Thorn 06/15/2021
#251 - The Three Story Method with J. Thorn Author and writing coach J. Thorn is on the podcast this week to talk about his book, Three Story Method, and to share some of his advice for new writers and established authors alike. J. has been an indie author for over a decade and he tells us how the indie publishing industry has changed throughout his career and why he believes this is the best time to be an indie author. !
info_outline #250 - Exploring Characters' Choices with Lisa Taddeo 06/08/2021
#250 - Exploring Characters' Choices with Lisa Taddeo In our 250th episode, bestselling author Lisa Taddeo joins us on the podcast to discuss her writing career and her first novel, Animal. Lisa is also the author of the runaway nonfiction hit, Three Women, and she talks to us about the writing process for both of her books, her career as a journalist, and why she enjoys exploring the decisions people make in her writing. !
info_outline #249 - From Industry to Author with Zakiya Dalila Harris 06/01/2021
#249 - From Industry to Author with Zakiya Dalila Harris Debut author Zakiya Dalila Harris joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her novel, The Other Black Girl. Before becoming an author, Zakiya worked as an editorial assistant at a publishing house and she tells us what real life experiences influenced her book and what it was like being on the other side of the author-editor relationship. She also talks to us about her experience getting an MFA, the television adaptation of The Other Black Girl, and what changes in the publishing industry she’s seeing now and hopes to see in the future.
info_outline #248 - Telling Stories in Style with Heather Newberger 05/25/2021
#248 - Telling Stories in Style with Heather Newberger Author and professional stylist Heather Newberger joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her first book, How to Date Your Wardrobe: And Other Ways to Revive, Revitalize, and Reinvigorate Your Style. We speak to Heather about her career path as a stylist, her road to publication and the bumps that were caused by the pandemic, what post-pandemic fashion will look like, and we talk about using fashion and visual cues to help build in-depth characters and layered storytelling.