Series: How Do You Write

Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You’ll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

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Ep. 204: Vicki Pettersson on How Yoga Helps Her Write Lots of Books

VickiPettersson is a NYT & USA Today bestseller of ten traditionallypublished novels – 9 fantasies and 1 really mean cat-and-mouse thriller – and she’s a Las Vegas native who worked as a showgirl for a decade in order to pursue her writing goals during the day. She now hosts a new channel on YouTube for…

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Ep. 205: Kati Gardner on Planning for Writers

Kati Gardner is a recovering actor, wife, and mom. She is a childhood cancer survivor and amputee who writes books about disability and kissing. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives and writes in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s the author of Brave Enough and Finding Balance. You can find her on Twitter at @AuthorKati or on…

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Ep. 203: Alexis Henderson on How To Write Books, Not Just Beginnings

AlexisHendersonis a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. Her debut novel is The Year of the Witching. She grew up in one of America’s most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. Currently,Alexisresides in the sun-soaked marshland of Charleston, South Carolina….

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Ep. 202: Anjanette Delgado on the Magic of Preproduction in Novel Writing

Anjanette Delgado is a Puerto Rican writer and journalist. She is the author of The Heartbreak Pill (Simon and Schuster, 2008), 2009 winner of the Latino International Book Award, and of The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho (Kensington Publishing & Penguin Random House, 2014). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as in The…

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Ep. 201: How Do You Know When You’re Overcomplicating Your Book?

Bonus mini-episode, brought to you by my Patrons at the $5+ levels! Including: Will I lose the humor in my dark comedy if I move to thriller? How should I sensitively write dialect? How can I know when I’m overcomplicating my book? Join now! See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Ep. 200: Edward Giordano Helps Rachael Celebrate 200 Episodes!

Edward Giordano is a Science Fiction & Fantasy author, podcaster, curler, off-key singer, pop music lover and avid Big Brother fan. The aim of his fiction is inclusiveness and exploring ideas that have remained unchallenged. Ed lives in Oakland with his boyfriend and their cat, Ripley. When he isn’t watching curling bonspiels on YouTube or…

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Ep. 199: Becca Syme on Maximizing Your Strengths as a Writer

R.L. Syme is a USA Today best-selling author of small-town romance and cozy mystery. She writes small-town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy culinary mysteries as R.L. Syme. As Becca Syme, she is the creator and founder of the Better-Faster Academy. She teaches the popular Write Better-Faster course for several years as well as Strengths…

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Ep. 198: Joshua Bennett on Making Sure There’s Blood in Your Writing

Poet, performer, and scholar Joshua Bennett is the authorofthe just released book of poetry, Owed, which speaks to the expansive range of registers within the world of Black aesthetics and experience: the joy, rage, love, terror, and awe that gives a world within a world all its shape and tenor. HereceivedhisPhDinEnglishfrom PrincetonUniversity,andis currentlyMellonAssistantProfessorof English and…

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Ep. 197: Can I Write a Main Character Outside my Race?

Today in this mini-episode, Rachael talks about whether it’s a good idea to write outside your race, as well as what to do when you’re bored stiff by your own book. And what about virtual retreats? How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on…

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Ep. 196: Lan and Harlan Margaret Van Cao on Co-Writing their Mother-Daughter Memoir

LanCaois the author ofMonkey BridgeandThe Lotus and the Storm, and most recently of the scholarly workCulture in Lawand Development: Nurturing Positive Change. She is a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, and aninternationally recognized expert specializing in international business and trade, international law, and development. She hastaught at Brooklyn Law School,…

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