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How Do You Write

Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Is your writing not getting done? Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain tips on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. Episodes are short, so you can get back to writing. Whether you're writing a work of literary fiction, a graphic novel, a commercial novel, or a chapbook of poetry, you've come to the right place. Welcome to How Do You Write! Subscribe now!
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May 18, 2018

Nathan Van Coops talks tacos, time travel, and finding his hook as a writer.

Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as "dressy" flip-flops. He is the author of the time travel adventure series, In Times Like These, and the young adult steampunk adventure series, The Skylighter Adventures. Learn more at nathanvancoops.com.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

May 11, 2018

Adrienne Bell, Plot MD, is the master of structure.

Adrienne Bell is the author of over a dozen action-packed romances including the bestselling contemporary Second Service series and the new Exiles of the Realm paranormal series. She loves nothing more than writing quirky heroines with a knack for finding trouble and the hardheaded heroes who help them fight their way out of it. Passionate about storytelling, she also runs Plot MD. Adrienne lives with her husband and sons on the far edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where she spends her downtime reading, binge watching nerdy television, and scrolling through Disneyland fan websites.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

May 5, 2018

Tessa Dare talks to Rachael about being her own stenographer.

Tessa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

Apr 27, 2018

Newly sober and happy about it, Rachael shares openly about what got her to stop drinking. This isn’t your normal writing podcast - instead, today’s episode is about honesty and what that means to our writing.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Apr 6, 2018

Nikki Woolfolk is a Professional Chocolatier, Author and active member of Sister in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. Nikki enjoys pulling readers into a humor-filled into a spectacular cogged and geared world.

While sought after for her informative Chocolate Tasting sessions at conventions, Nikki also uses her polymath talents to pen articles on the craft of writing, apply her computer science training to her New Adult Blerd Grrl series (Now That Your Joystick’s Broke), and her culinary and aviation knowledge to create a sleuth chef that cooks up Steampunk adventures under a dirigible filled sky. (Mise en Death- a Bittersweet Mysteries series, RIVETED: a Collection of Steampunk Tall-Tales).

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Mar 30, 2018

PRISCILLA OLIVERAS writes sweet contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latinx culture with readers. Her debut release, His Perfect Partner, and the second book in her Matched to Perfection series, Her Perfect Affair, both earned Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Since earning an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, she serves as English adjunct faculty at her local college and teaches an on-line course titled “Romance Writing” for ed2go. Priscilla is a sports fan, a beach lover, a half-marathon runner and a consummate traveler who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Mar 23, 2018

Nina MacLaughlin grew up in Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in English and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, then worked for about eight years at the Boston Phoenix, the award-winning alternative newsweekly. In 2008, she quit her journalism job to work as a carpenter’s assistant. Her experience leaving her deskjob to learn the carpentry trade is the subject of her first book, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, and she continues to pursue both building and writing. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, the Boston Globe, the Rumpus, the Millions, Bookslut, and many other places. She lives near the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Mar 17, 2018

Morgan Daimler is the author of more than 2 dozen non-fiction and fiction books focusing on Irish Mythology and paganism, has been published in a variety of different magazines and journals, and also blogs regularly. She writes for the UK-based Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, where she is the author of the best-selling 'Pagan Portals the Morrigan'. She has also self-published an urban fantasy/paranormal romance series called 'Between the Worlds' which incorporates aspects of Celtic mythology alongside more familiar modern fantasy themes. When she isn't writing she's busy raising three children in southern New England, translating Old Irish for fun, and occasionally teaching workshops on the things she writes about.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Mar 9, 2018

Jill Baguchinsky remembers staring down the bones of prehistoric beasts during a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City when she was six. That visit spurred a lifelong fondness for paleontology that inspired the first draft of MAMMOTH, her upcoming young adult contemporary novel. Jill lives in Florida with a couple of very strange cats. If she's not writing, she's probably goofing off at Disney World, pretending she can knit, or buying more books than she can possibly read. But let's not kid ourselves. She's most likely writing.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Mar 2, 2018

Rekka, who writes as R J Theodore, is a multi-talented creative from New England. By day she is a graphic designer, and by the pre-dawn light she works on her Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Steampunk genre novels. She enjoys all forms of artistic expression, napping with her cats, and cooking. Her novel FLOTSAM releases on March 27, 2018.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Feb 23, 2018

Rob Kellet, writing as Robyn Kelly, talks to Rachael about imposter syndrom, the worst advice he ever got from Rachael, and about the joy of revision. 

Rob Kellett is the self-published author of the “Best Laid” series, which he describes as a rom-Dom-com written under his pseudonym Robyn Kelly.  He hopes to earn enough money with his writing to buy a tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbows to really live the fantasy writer’s life.
 
Since he doesn’t have any aspirations of being a full-time author, he’s as surprised as you are to be invited on the show (but who can say no to Rachael?)
 
Rob was a computer programmer before it was fashionable, and has found his true calling doing accounting for an event firm in San Francisco.  In his spare time he spends too much time researching and not enough writing.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Feb 16, 2018

In this episode, the tables are turned on Rachael as she gives an informational interview to Alex Courcier, an upcoming and inspiring 21-year-old writer. Enjoy!

Feb 9, 2018

Rachael's new book, Fast-Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours is about writing quickly while still creating a compelling narrative arc out of the story only YOU can tell. Enjoy two free chapters of the audiobook in this episode!

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Feb 2, 2018

With her coauthor, Dr. Euan Lawson, Joanna Penn has just come out with a new book on living the writer’s life healthily - enjoy!

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

 

Jan 26, 2018

Alex Dolan talks about the nature of media consumption and how it's reflected in today's prose.

Alex Dolan is the author of THE EUTHANIST and THE EMPRESS OF TEMPERA. He is also the host of "Thrill Seekers," part of Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, which reaches three million listeners worldwide. He is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and has been an executive committee member of the San Francisco Bay Area's Litquake festival. In addition, he has recorded four music albums. He holds an MS from Columbia University, and currently lives in California.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Jan 19, 2018

Fábio M. Barreto talks about translation, writing in English, and how he sold the very first novel he ever wrote.

Fábio M. Barreto is a fiction and science fiction author and translator. He was a movie journalist for 20 years in Brazil. His debut novel "Filhos do Fim do Mundo" was awarded best novel of the year in Brazil, in 2013. He teaches two online creative writing class and hosts a writing podcast called "Gente Que Escreve", both in Brazilian Portuguese. As a translator, he has worked with Neil Gaiman and George Martin, and dozens of Netflix movies and shows. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Jan 5, 2018

2017: The Ups and Downs

In this episode, Rachael Herron goes over all her 2017 achievements and ALSO all her failures! She talks about money, what she made and how she made it because she really believes in transparency on the financial side of writing. She also talks about what she got done and what she left undone. She talks about her burnout and how she’s addressing it in 2018, and she makes plans for the future! 

Dec 15, 2017

Zach Bohannon talks about cowriting, the new Scrivener, launch plans and mailing lists.

Zach is a horror, science fiction, and fantasy author. His breakout post-apocalyptic zombie series, Empty Bodies, was a Amazon #1 bestseller. In addition, he is also the co-owner of Molten Universe Media, where he co-writes with author J. Thorn. The duo also host a unique retreat for authors called Authors on a Train.

He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, and German shepherd. He loves hockey, heavy metal, video games, reading, and he doesn’t trust a beer he can see through. He’s a retired drummer, and has had a beard since 2003—long before it was cool.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Dec 8, 2017

Liz Fenton talks about writing novels with her best friend and how to be careful about becoming too emotionally attached to your writing.

Liz has written four novels, including THE GOOD WIDOW with Lisa Steinke, her best friend of over 25 years.  Her next book, GIRLS NIGHT OUT, releases this summer. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two children and five rescue dogs. 

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Dec 1, 2017

Jeff Adams and Will Knauss talk about not fearing your editor and various methods to deal with self-doubt and resistance.

Jeff and Will are husbands, authors and podcasters based in Northern California. They write gay romances, sometimes together and other times separately. Jeff also writes young adult LGBT fiction. Together they host "Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast," a weekly show devoted to gay romance literature and the pop culture they love.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Nov 17, 2017

Antonia Murphy talks about her memoir, Dirty Chick, and various gross things that happen on a farm that might kill you.
Antonia is the founder and director of The Bach (rhymes with "catch,") an ethical escort agency in Whangarei, New Zealand. A San Francisco native, she now lives on a small New Zealand farm with her partner Patrice and their combined brood of six kids.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Nov 10, 2017

In this episode, Lorena Hughes talks about finding your own truth and determining what’s right for your writing by listening to yourself.

Lorena was born and raised in Ecuador until moving to the U.S. at 18. She has a degree in fine arts and mass communication & journalism from The University of New Mexico. Her previous work has won first place at the 2011 Southwest Writers International Contest in the historical fiction category, earned an honorable mention at the 2012 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, and placed quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakout Novel Award. The Sisters of Alameda Street is her first novel.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing

Nov 3, 2017

Bestselling author Veronica Wolff talks about finding your writing community, about treadmill desks, and about how to remember what you love about the project you’re writing right now.

Veronica Wolff is the bestselling author of over a dozen books, spanning several genres for both adults and kids. Penguin Books published her first thirteen titles, some of which were also translated into German and Portuguese. Her first book, MASTER OF THE HIGHLANDS, a time travel romance inspired by real events and figures in Scottish history, won the National Readers' Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance of 2008. Then ISLE OF NIGHT, the first in her teen “Watchers” series, won the same honor for best Young Adult of 2011. She lives with her husband and two teenage children and currently focuses her efforts on Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Oct 27, 2017

In this episode, the amazing Michelle Spiva shares the 5 essential things she does to make sure her books are the ultimate page turners.

Define, harness, and propel your unique creative brilliance. That’s what you'll discover during an encounter with Michelle Spiva. With an MBA-Finance, MAPsych, Masters of Divinity (Education Concentration), and 20+ years’ experience as a psychotherapist and Corporate Finance strategist, Michelle’s approach to all things publishing and personal management is relevant, contemporary and useful wisdom. Experience Michelle’s witty and common-sense approach to thriving as a consistently productive and profitable author.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

Oct 20, 2017

Chloe Adler talks about changing tastes in writing (and avocados), keeping it fresh, and not limiting yourself in your writing.

Chloe Adler lives in foggy Northern California under an assumed name with her dead fish Larry and a bouncy bunny rabbit named Fred. Prior to her infamous writing career Chloe was an overachiever, amassing a slew of unimpressive letters after her name. The trouble is that the five people who know what the letters mean, don’t really care. Her first paranormal romance series, Love on the Edge, a genre mishmash guaranteed to rotate heads is available on Amazon. The first book in her next series comes out at the end of this month. When not writing Chloe spends her time collecting striped socks.

How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

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