Wild Women Who Write Take FlightSep 14, 2023
Spirits and haunts and Ann Hite—Oh my!
Exploring kinship with Betty Joyce Nash
The Doctor Is In
Dr. Martha Boone shares stories from the trenches of Charity Hospital, a staple in New Orleans until Katrina destroyed it. Her first novel, The Big Free, follows an idealistic young doctor during her first six months of internship at the renowned hospital. The Unfettered Urologist, her nonfiction book, includes what she wishes she could have told her patients but never had time to do so. In March, her follow-up to The Big Free, Mother Charity releases. Listen in for a visit behind the scenes in the medical field.
Sisters in Science and More
Authors and Their Neurodivergent Characters Shed Light on Mental Health with Susan Crawrfor
Join us as we discuss how authors can provide a valuable service to their readers through neurodiverse characters and learn more about internationally acclaimed Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow.
In The Pocket Wife, Crawford creates a protagonist who suffers from bi-polar disorder. When her neighbor is murdered, readers see the world through her point of view and feel her urgency as she tries to prove her innocence before she spirals into psychosis. Gaby Anderson's quirky main character in South of Happily reluctantly enters therapy. Her sessions are touching and often funny. In her novel The Unreliables Katherine Nichols develops a character who is an author suffering from severe depression which leads to visits from the fictional character she created. Kim Conrey, Georgia Author of the Year, tackles MERLD, a language processing disorder where children have difficulty expressing themselves and understanding what other people say to them. In her sci-fi romance, her character Harlow Hansen suffers from this disorder. Her issue doesn't stop her from being the Robin Hood who saves her fellow Mars colonists.
Robert Gwaltney, Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel
Levels of Love: This World and Beyond
Join us as we take a look at the art of romance writing with Melody Johnson. Both Melody and our own Kim Conrey share how their heroines tackle social issues like human trafficking and child abuse while pushing the boundaries of love.
Bren McClain, Story Teller Extraordinaire
The Wild Women and Bren McClain discuss how to create strong female characters and the obstacles they must overcome to survive. Bren's protagonist in One Good Mama Bone displays compassion and experiences incredible emotional growth despite extreme poverty and heartbreak.
Whether you're interested in developing characters of your own or want to explore how authors do it, you'll want to join us as Bren McClain shares her remarkable story-telling talent.
Dealing with Loss and Loving the Dead and Gone
The Wild Women take on coping with loss and sharing grief through writing with Judith Turner Yamamoto. In her beautifully written novel Loving the Dead and Gone, a freak accident takes the life of a young husband, devastating his teenage widow. Judith explores how this tragedy affects their small town and how to reimagine a life you never planned to live. A similar theme resonates in all of the Wild Women's works as it does with many authors. It's definitely a topic that touches on the lives of readers as well.
Creating Kickass Female Protagonists with McKinley Aspen
The Wild Women welcome McKinley Aspen, author of Praesidium, an action adventure thriller with an underlying theme of the importance of finding family. Celebrate strong women on and off the page.
Favorite May 2023 Atlanta Writers Club Conference Moment: Katherine Nichols
The Wild Women got together May 6 and 7 at the Atlanta Writers Club Conference. Check out Katherine Nichols's favorite part of the conference.
Truth in Genres: Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
Changing genres can be frightening but rewarding. The Wild Women explore this topic with Rebecca Kaiser Gibson. She shares how she went from writing poetry to her first novel, The Promise of a Normal Life. Her novel reveals the transformation of an introverted Jewish girl to a woman ready to take control of her own life.
Romance Is in the Air and Everywhere
Author of ten young adult and two adult novels, Lisa Kline shares how romance adds a little something extra to her historical novel, Between the Sky and the Sea, and her latest novel, Ladies Day. The same is true for Kim Conrey's sci-fi romance series, Katherine Nichols's suspense novels, Kat Fieler's Victorian fantasy, and Gaby Anderson's hilarious women's fiction work.
Listen in for ideas on how to put more pizzazz in your own story.
Mini-Episode 10: Don't Be Afraid of An Editor (or Editing)!
"It is only by selection, elimination and emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things." -- Georgia O'Keefe
Really Charlie? Yes, really!
Charlie Perry, New Bedford's podcast king, specializes in giving flowers to people who are still above ground. He shares his gifts with entertainers, humanitarians, personalities, and authors including Wild Women Who Write. We're turning the tables on this generous man by sharing him with you and celebrating the release of A Poetic Pulse, a collection of inspirational poetry by Charlie Perry.
To the Moon with Susan Kaye Quinn and When You Had Power, plus marketing strategies
Beloved Beta Readers
Have you ever wished you could read your favorite author's works for free and ahead of publication? Then you might enjoy being a beta reader.
Women’s History Month or Why Only One Month Dammit
Mini-Episode 9: The Narrator! Meeting Your Story's New Best Friend
How do you fully engage with your own story? How do you engage your reader? By letting your narrator be your guide through the wilderness that is the human mind and heart.
The Wild Women and Leslie Kain Explore Narcissism
Mini-Episode 8: It's All for Effect! Immediate Impact and Persuasion
Telling and Selling are the kissing cousins of writing a good story. Here are two ways you can do both.
Mini-Episode 7: You Have a Book in You!
You're not a writer…yet. But you could be! You just need to brave the wilds within and find the storyteller you already are.
Regina Petra Meyer: Love and Adversity in the Caribbean
Mini Episode 6: How to Be an Author's Best Friend
Christy Alexander Hallberg and a Search for Jimmy Page
Hallberg's novel Searching for Jimmy Page tells the story of a young woman's pilgrimage from her farm in eastern North Carolina to the home of the man whom she thinks holds the key to her mother's suicide. She takes the reader on an unforgettable rock and roll journey in an attempt to separate fact from myth. Join us as the author shares secrets of the novel's origins and the music of the owl.
Mini-Episode 5: Change it UP! Sentence Structure
Variety is the spice of life and also your narrative voice. Let's see how changing up the structure of a basic sentence can create a unique flavor that your reader can't get enough of from start to finish!
Ashley Noel and Self-Healing
Raw, honest, and compelling, Ashley Noel's first novel will knock your socks off. Metamorphosis: A Motivational Memoir of Self-Healing, Transformation, and Successful Manifestation is the story of her journey from the darkness of despair to the light at the end. Celebrate her bright new life with us.
Mini Episode 4- And Furthermore on First Lines
First lines are like first dates. You don't want to use just any old line. You want to be interesting and look good at the same time.
Mini Episode 3- Even More About Beginnings
Kim Conrey continues the discussion about beginnings. Don't let those first few lines stop you but do consider what your reader is willing to put up with at this early stage. For example, they might be willing to read something distasteful on page 157, once they're invested, that they'd never tolerate on page 1.
Check out her website www.Ares-Ascending.com
Mini Episode 2 - More about the beginning
Gaby Anderson continues the discussion about those all-important first words of a book. What catches your eye, your attention, and your credit card.
Check out her website at www.Anderson-Author.com
Mini Episode 1: The Importance of Opening Sentences or Paragraphs
Cathryn Vogeley's I Need to Tell You: A memoir about the painful process of being a first mother
Eighteen, unmarried, Catholic, and pregnant, Cathryn Vogeley makes a decision that will haunt her for the rest of her life. With few options available in 1968, the author doesn't get to say goodbye to the daughter she carried and grew to love. She agrees to the terms of a closed adoption and tries to move on with her life, the way her mother expects. But Cathryn, like many women in similar situations, doesn't realize what it will be like never to see her child, to carry the shame and humiliation of the secret that threatens to destroy her. Her story is a must-read for women who find themselves faced with an impossible decision and the people who love them.
Wild Women Who Write at the Atlanta Writers Conference
Broadcasting live from the conference, Wild Women interview participants and volunteer in the writing community. Attending writing conferences is an excellent way to sharpen your skills, meet agents and editors, gain insights on the publishing industry, and have a great time with like-minded and occasionally wild people.
Check out the broadcast and consider registering for the May 2023 Atlanta Writers Conference.
Catch African Fever with Sue Tidwell’s Cries of the Savanna
Suzan Rivers: Breast Cancer Awareness for All Our Girlfriends
Leslie Absher's Spy Daughter, Queer Girl: In Search of Truth and Acceptance in a Family of Secrets
In recognition of Coming Out Day, we spoke with author Leslie Absher. For Leslie "Secrecy is just another member of the family." Growing up with a father, who was a CIA agent, she never really knew him. But she wanted to. And she wanted him to know her despite her fears he wouldn't approve of her coming out as a lesbian. Join us as she shares her story and the impact it had on others like her.
Characters Who Refuse to Say Goodbye
Terrible and Beautiful Insights from Bev Armento's Seeing Eye Girl
If you've ever wondered how the worst of human nature can bring life to the breathtakingly beautiful, read Beverly Armento's memoir Seeing Eye Girl. Join us as we discuss how the author survived unspeakable abuse at the hands of her mother to become the kind, generous woman she is today. What could have been a devastating account of pain and suffering becomes a story of hope and light. Please listen, then read Seeing Eye Girl.
Rewards and Challenges of Sisterhood on the Road: A Lesson in Memoir
SPOILER ALERT: They’re still talking.
Joyful, Inspiring, and honest, 3 Sisters 3 Weeks 3 Countries (Still Talking), should be mandatory reading for all sisters and the people who love them.
Stood Up with Nowhere to Go: Making the most of your time
A Special Life with Alison Nissen: Inspirational writing about the hard stuff
Raegen Pietrucha: Head of a Gorgon, a modern look at an ancient story of victim blaming, toxic masculinity, and violence against women.
Our discussion focuses on how this legend relates to modern women in light of the Me, Too Movement and ongoing unanswered violence against women.
Jeanette Watts: Writer, Dancer, Seamstress, and Jane Austen expert
Join us as we discuss women's roles in 18th century compared to those of the 21st century.
Visit her website to learn more about the author and to check out her novels. Jeanette Watts (squarespace.com)
Val Nieman: What's the Point of POV?
In the Lonely Backwater is available through Book Shop, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.