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Wild Women Who Write Take Flight

Wild Women Who Write Take Flight

By Katherine Nichols

Women writers helping other female authors unleash their inner wildness.
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Wild Women Who Write Take FlightSep 14, 2023

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Spirits and haunts and Ann Hite—Oh my!

Spirits and haunts and Ann Hite—Oh my!

Connect with the inhabitants of Black Mountain, a land rich with tradition and spirits in Ann Hite’s latest novel Haints on Black Mountain.
Dec 03, 202329:43
Exploring kinship with Betty Joyce Nash

Exploring kinship with Betty Joyce Nash

Everybody Here Is Kin by Betty Joyce Nash explores community and relationships on a tight knit barrier island.
Nov 19, 202331:50
The Doctor Is In

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.

Sep 14, 202326:08
Sisters in Science and More

Sisters in Science and More

Lynn Cullen's The Woman with the Cure explores the unsung role of the woman who pioneered the cure for polio. Lynn discusses how Dorothy Horstmann's selfless attitude drove her colleagues to put an end to one of the most devastating epidemics of the 20th century. She also explores how Dorothy's relationships with other women, both in and out of the field, demonstrates the power of sisterhood.
Sep 01, 202338:32
Authors and Their Neurodivergent Characters Shed Light on Mental Health with Susan Crawrfor

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.


Aug 02, 202331:41
Robert Gwaltney, Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel

Robert Gwaltney, Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel

Join us as we celebrate peculiar people and discuss gothic Southern fiction with a coming of age theme in The Cicada Tree.
Jul 20, 202335:60
Levels of Love: This World and Beyond

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.

Jul 08, 202330:34
Bren McClain, Story Teller Extraordinaire

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.

Jun 20, 202342:09
Dealing with Loss and Loving the Dead and Gone

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.


May 29, 202331:56
Creating Kickass Female Protagonists with McKinley Aspen

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.

May 13, 202328:40
Favorite May 2023 Atlanta Writers Club Conference Moment: Katherine Nichols

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.

May 08, 202301:53
Truth in Genres: Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

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.

May 04, 202338:02
Romance Is in the Air and Everywhere

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.

Apr 26, 202326:50
Mini-Episode 10: Don't Be Afraid of An Editor (or Editing)!

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

Apr 17, 202305:09
Really Charlie? Yes, really!

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.

Apr 10, 202333:27
To the Moon with Susan Kaye Quinn and When You Had Power, plus marketing strategies

To the Moon with Susan Kaye Quinn and When You Had Power, plus marketing strategies

What happens when a cool scientist takes on the future in a hopeful, community based way? You get the novel When We Had Power and a literary moonshot.
Mar 31, 202335:04
Beloved Beta Readers

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.

Mar 12, 202305:35
Women’s History Month or Why Only One Month Dammit

Women’s History Month or Why Only One Month Dammit

Katherine Nichols, author of The Sometime Sister, The Unreliables, and Trust Issues, talks about the disparity between men and women on best sellers lists.
Mar 05, 202307:40
Mini-Episode 9: The Narrator! Meeting Your Story's New Best Friend

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.

Mar 04, 202308:38
The Wild Women and Leslie Kain Explore Narcissism

The Wild Women and Leslie Kain Explore Narcissism

Join us as we discuss Leslie’s psychological thriller Secrets in the Mirror.
Mar 04, 202323:59
Mini-Episode 8: It's All for Effect! Immediate Impact and Persuasion

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.

Mar 03, 202309:06
Mini-Episode 7: You Have a Book in You!

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.

Mar 01, 202306:16
Regina Petra Meyer: Love and Adversity in the Caribbean
Feb 13, 202334:02
Mini Episode 6: How to Be an Author's Best Friend

Mini Episode 6: How to Be an Author's Best Friend

Street Team Superfans
Feb 08, 202304:28
Christy Alexander Hallberg and a Search for Jimmy Page

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.

Jan 23, 202320:47
Mini-Episode 5: Change it UP! Sentence Structure

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!

Jan 21, 202306:57
Ashley Noel and Self-Healing

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.

Jan 17, 202336:24
Mini Episode 4- And Furthermore on First Lines

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. 

Jan 07, 202302:56
Mini Episode 3- Even More About Beginnings

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

Jan 03, 202305:06
Mini Episode 2 - More about the beginning

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

Happy Listening!

Jan 01, 202304:22
Mini Episode 1: The Importance of Opening Sentences or Paragraphs

Mini Episode 1: The Importance of Opening Sentences or Paragraphs

Katherine Nichols discusses how to catch your reader’s attention from the beginning.
Dec 31, 202209:46
Cathryn Vogeley's I Need to Tell You: A memoir about the painful process of being a first mother

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.

Dec 04, 202225:35
Wild Women Who Write at the Atlanta Writers Conference

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.

Nov 10, 202256:37
Catch African Fever with Sue Tidwell’s Cries of the Savanna

Catch African Fever with Sue Tidwell’s Cries of the Savanna

Sue Tidwell’s tribute to Africa is an adventure, an awakening, and a journey toward understanding African Wildlife Conservation. Her passion for the country and the people is contagious. Join us as we learn to view her world in a new and challenging way.
Nov 01, 202235:28
Suzan Rivers: Breast Cancer Awareness for All Our Girlfriends

Suzan Rivers: Breast Cancer Awareness for All Our Girlfriends

Dear Girlfriend: A Handheld Walk through Breast Cancer. Join us for this candid and humorous discussion of Suzan Rivers’ journey. She’s a survivor and a writer with a new historical Southern fiction manuscript in the works.
Oct 17, 202238:47
Leslie Absher's Spy Daughter, Queer Girl: In Search of Truth and Acceptance in a Family of Secrets
Oct 09, 202234:16
Tonya Todd

Tonya Todd

Join us as we speak with Tonya Todd, actress, Sin City cinephile, and champion of honest discussions on the topic of banning books.
Sep 23, 202234:50
Characters Who Refuse to Say Goodbye

Characters Who Refuse to Say Goodbye

Kim Conrey, author of Stealing Ares, a sci-fi romance coming out September 26, shares her story about Harlow Hanson, her protagonist who demonstrates what strong women can do.
Sep 21, 202212:26
Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success

Writers gotta write. Wild Women Who Write gotta celebrate. July marked our one year anniversary. We saved the party for this week when all 5 of the WWWW could get together. Please join us as we discuss what being part of this group has meant to us. Hope it gives other writers ideas of how to use community to find reasons to celebrate.
Sep 14, 202211:55
Terrible and Beautiful Insights from Bev Armento's Seeing Eye Girl

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.

Aug 14, 202243:08
Rewards and Challenges of Sisterhood on the Road: A Lesson in Memoir

Rewards and Challenges of Sisterhood on the Road: A Lesson in Memoir

Liz Kraus's life has been filled with surprises. One of the biggest is discovering her inner writer. Another is the trip of a lifetime she and her two sisters took. She discusses family bonding, healing, and laughing during their three-week journey.
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.
Jul 25, 202234:29
Stood Up with Nowhere to Go: Making the most of your time

Stood Up with Nowhere to Go: Making the most of your time

The Wild Women had a first tonight. We got stood up, ghosted, ignored, whatever you call it when your interview subject doesn't show or write or call. How did we handle it? Brilliantly, if we do say so ourselves. We planned a party to celebrate our one-year anniversary. It's hard to believe, but it's been over a year since we released our first Wild Women Who Write Take Flight. Tune in to find out what's been going on with three of the wild women. And be on the lookout for party updates.
Jul 14, 202215:43
A Special Life with Alison Nissen: Inspirational writing about the hard stuff

A Special Life with Alison Nissen: Inspirational writing about the hard stuff

From a student with undiagnosed dyslexia to a published author, Alison Nissen shares her special life. Widowed in her twenties, she recognized the difficulty of keeping her husband’s memory alive for the young sons he left behind. She found the balance between honoring their father while living a full life with her current husband and the boys. Join the Wild Women as we touch on ghostwriting, the imposter syndrome, Florida Writers Association and their upcoming Florida Writerscon, and her upcoming memoir, cowritten with her sister.
Jul 04, 202234:54
Raegen Pietrucha: Head of a Gorgon, a modern look at an ancient story of victim blaming, toxic masculinity, and violence against women.

Raegen Pietrucha: Head of a Gorgon, a modern look at an ancient story of victim blaming, toxic masculinity, and violence against women.

Wild Women Who Write welcome guest host Jessica Tilley Hodgman as we interview our first poet, Raegen Pietrucha, author of Head of a Gorgon. Pietrucha's work focuses on Medusa through a modern lens. Beautiful woman turned into a deadly monster, Medusa embodies the struggle women face in a world where beauty is a power men fear and desire. For those of you who need a refresher in Greek mythology, after Poseidon raped Medusa on Athena's altar, he dumped her. Instead of going after the sea god, Athena unleashed her fury on Medusa, turning her hair into writhing snakes and cursing her so that anyone who looked into her eyes turned to stone. After that, the doomed woman/monster spends her days lonely and in hiding until Perseus, one of Zeus's many children, decapitates her while she sleeps.
Our discussion focuses on how this legend relates to modern women in light of the Me, Too Movement and ongoing unanswered violence against women.
Jun 17, 202238:03
Jeanette Watts: Writer, Dancer, Seamstress, and Jane Austen expert

Jeanette Watts: Writer, Dancer, Seamstress, and Jane Austen expert

Jeanette Watts' latest historical novel, My Dearest Miss Fairfax, captures the style and essence of Jane Austen. It has everything Austen fans love: secret sweethearts, gossipy matrons, and social commentary. Jeanette uses her historical knowledge of dance to transport readers to a time when waltzes between unmarried couples were scandalous.
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)
Jun 01, 202229:43
Val Nieman: What's the Point of POV?

Val Nieman: What's the Point of POV?

Val Nieman, author of In the Lonely Backwater, shares why first person works so well in this beautiful combination of coming of age, mystery, and suspense. For writers and readers who enjoy a wide variety of genres, Val offers insights into her own ventures into multi-genre writing as well as a look into how a writer's background shapes her work.
In the Lonely Backwater is available through Book Shop, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.
May 20, 202241:45
Lynn Hesse: Author, Advocate, Dancing Flower

Lynn Hesse: Author, Advocate, Dancing Flower

From her time in law enforcement to her writing life, Lynn Hesse has been an advocate for gender equality and acceptance of diversity. Her latest novel The Forty Knots Burn is a heist with heart. Set in Atlanta, the book combines intriguing characters while educating readers about the fascinating culture of the Travelers. Join us as we chat with an amazing dancing dandelion.
Apr 14, 202225:21
Kimberly Brock, Lyrical Fiction, and Staying True to Your Own Voice

Kimberly Brock, Lyrical Fiction, and Staying True to Your Own Voice

Kimberly Brock, author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare and The River Witch, discusses her personal writing process. She shares how she stays true to her own voice and the role music and history play in her work. Genuine, funny, and a beautiful writer. Don't miss this one.
Apr 04, 202229:41
Martina Clark: A story of hope and courage

Martina Clark: A story of hope and courage

Diagnosed with HIV in her mid-twenties, Martina Clark decided to make the most of the 5 years her doctor gave her to live. From activist to the United Nations to teacher and author, her life is indeed unexpected. And her memoir, My Unexpected Life, is both fascinating and inspiring.
Mar 27, 202232:60
J.M. Tompkins: Self Publishing Guru
Mar 18, 202224:11