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A writer like you: Eddie Cantrell

Meet Eddie Cantrell, a short story and novel writer who enjoys the ancient sword fighting martial art of Kendo with a self-proclaimed unhealthy Samurai obsession. In fact, his current urban fantasy work in progress will probably have a few samurai-like critters running around. You’ll love Eddie’s perspective on why we need stories, how to stay motivated, and our relationship with the Muse.

A writer like you: Amanda Luzzader

Amanda Luzzader has earned millions of dollars from her writing. Most of that has come from her work as a grant writer for a nonprofit family support center. When she’s not writing, her hobbies include reading books, rewashing the same load of laundry, reading books, buying rock hard avocados to discard when they become mushy, reading books, photography, and reading books. Amanda is currently working on the final book in her dystopia series Among These Bones. You’ll love Amanda’s relatable writer beginnings, her belief in our important role in society, and her tips to overcome writers block from her experience as a grant writer.

A writer like you: Lisa Barr

Meet Lisa Barr, an author, journalist and blogger based in Chicago. She is the award-winning author of the sexy beach read, The Unbreakables (Harper) and the historical thriller Fugitive Colors. The first half of her career was spent as a journalist. She covered everything from “terrorism to sex & relationships” … having served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today's Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare, and has been featured on Good Morning America and TODAY to discuss this generation’s biggest bullies: Mean Moms. You’ll enjoy learning her secret to consistently writing while raising three daughters, her community-building strategies, and her grounding definition of writer success.

A writer like you: B.T. Lowry

Meet Bevis Lowry, a short story writer and novelist who, after studying art, spent ten years as a bhakti-yoga monk in South India. You’ll love reading about how Lowry’s spirituality influences his work, his perspective on how writers can change the world, and his use of writing to understand all that is outside of himself.

A writer like you: Ashley I. Hansen

Meet Ashley I. Hansen, an author, book nerd, and chocolate lover. She is the author of the YA novel Thaw. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel that involves magic, tricky fairies, and gnomes with names that don’t fit their personalities. One of her favorite books is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When she isn’t writing you can usually find her exploring the mountains, curled up with a good book, or eating chocolate. You’ll love her view of writing as a battle over procrastination, her business-smart friendship with the librarians, and her 15-minutes-a-day writing trick.

A writer like you: Leslie Burton-Lopez

Countess Sparkle VonUnikkorn the 1st is a writer of things sometimes. Just kidding, her name is Leslie Burton-Lopez. She likes to pretend. She is published in When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, an extremely entertaining and devastatingly cool short story anthology with a time travel theme (available on Amazon!) You’ll love her passion for flipping houses, make-believe holidays, looped stories, and critique groups. Let’s dive into the interview, shall we?

A writer like you: Andrea Nourse

Meet Andrea Nourse, an author, blogger, working mom and wife. She is currently working on a contemporary, women’s fiction novel about a woman who learns her entire life has been a lie. Andrea is an avid reader and is a fan of historical fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers and paranormal/supernatural novels. Her favorite authors include Jennifer Weiner, Katherine Center and Rea Frey. By day, she works in retail marketing for a regional chain. You’ll love Andrea’s inside look into how ideas become stories, how to overcome comparison and self-doubt, and how to stay motivated.

A writer like you: Louisa Dwyer

Meet Louisa Dwyer, a fantasy author, business owner, and fanatical reader. When she is not working on the final edit of the second novel in her Firebird Trilogy series, she is helping to run both online and offline book groups and working her way through her ever-expanding 'To-be-read' list. Her first novel, The Firebird's Trail, was published in May 2018 and she describes being able to hold her own book in her hands as one of the proudest moments of her life. If you’ve had a hard time getting back into writing, Louisa’s story (not to mention her writing mantra) will inspire you to start now. You’ll also love reading about how she gets ideas and her experiences with self-publishing.

A writer like you: P.C. Keeler

Meet P. C. Keeler, an author and programmer (at least until an opening comes up for ‘intergalactic hero’ or ‘ridiculously wealthy layabout’). He’s currently working on two novels, several short stories, and that day job. When not working on those, he enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, and humor, and accordingly finds Terry Pratchett a particular favorite. His debut novel, Migon, was published in 2018, and is about a boy who becomes a dragon. But not one of the city-stomping firebreathing variety. As a shoulder-sized dragon, he has to find a wizard, become his familiar, and guide that wizard to save his family, his city, and his world. It’s a big job for a little dragon. You’ll enjoy learning about Peter’s perspective of writing as a business, his writing process, and his story ideas that celebrate humanity.

A writer like you: Alison McBain

Meet Alison McBain, an award winning author with nearly one hundred short works published. She has one novel under her belt as an author (The Rose Queen), one anthology under her belt as lead editor (When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology), and a recent nomination for the Pushcart Prize for poetry. You’ll enjoy reading about the journey to find the “good words,” the struggle of being your own boss, and the compromise you might have to make with your inner writer critic.

A writer like you: Elizabeth Chatsworth

Meet Elizabeth Chatsworth, a British author and actor based in Connecticut. She writes of rogues, rebels, and renegades across time and space. From Victorian sensibilities to interstellar travel, her fiction takes you on an adventure like no other! Elizabeth is the author of THE BRASS QUEEN, an award-winning sci-fi comedy set in an alternate Victorian age. Her LGBT time travel romance “Ten Minutes After Teatime” is a finalist for the New England Readers’ Choice Award. Currently, Elizabeth is working on a sequel to THE BRASS QUEEN, a comic space opera, and a contemporary romcom. You’ll love Elizabeth’s advice on where to start as a beginner writer, how to land a literary agent, and how to build a successful author platform.

A writer like you: Barbara Russell

Meet Barbara Russell, an entomologist and soil biologist. (Basically she digs in the dirt, looking for bugs.) Nature and books have always been her passion. She fell in love with fantasy novels as a kid when she read The Lord of the Rings. She also enjoys cosy mysteries and crime novels like Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. “Then I grew up,” she says. “And…Nah, I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.” You’ll enjoy Barbara’s sense of humor, her writing process, and her writer dreams.

A writer like you: Ed Ahern

Meet Ed Ahern, author of three books and over two hundred stories and poems. Ed resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He also works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors. In addition to a stream of short stories and poems, Ed is working on a thriller tentatively titled Will of the Wisp and assembling his poems for publication. His novella The Witches Bane was recently reissued. You’ll enjoy reading about Ed’s journey to become a published author, how he avoids writer’s block, and his publishing advice.

A writer like you: Rosie Talbot

Meet Rosie Talbot, an aspiring author from the UK. She is currently working on a Young Adult ghost story set in York. Her favourite authors include V.E Schwab, Neil Gaiman and Francis Hardginge. When she’s not writing she’s probably reading, eating all the cake or lurking in bookshops to hide from the washing up. You’ll enjoy learning about her WHY, her craft-sharpening strategies, her writing to-do list, and her perspective of the writing industry.

A writer like you: TM Thorne

Meet TM Thorne, a writer, racing-mum and cake-baking enthusiast. She is currently working on a scurrilous bonkbuster set in the backstabbing world of motorsport. Driven: Racing, Rivalry, Revenge is due to be released later this year. You’ll feel inspired by her ability to use stress to fuel her writing, her character-centered approach to writing, and her perfect-for-busy-schedules writing routine.

A writer like you: David Chesney

Meet David Chesney, a snowboarder, gadget lover, and indie author. He is currently working on a YA fantasy series about underdogs, trapped demons, and angry gods called The Simulacrum. You’ll love David’s “cold turkey” approach to avoiding distractions, his accept-the-crap tactics to overcome the inner critic, and his big writer dreams.

A writer like you: Susan J. Barrett

Meet Susan J.Barrett, a learning designer by day and a writer of YA/middle-grade fiction by night. She started writing seriously about 4 years ago, self-publishing her first novel in a series in December 2017. Her story of why she became a writer will intrigue you (hint: it may involve a fortune-teller) and her obsession with notebooks is endearingly relatable. I’m excited to learn from Susan today, so let’s jump into the interview.

A writer like you: Heather Frost

Meet Heather Frost, author of the Seers Trilogy and Asides, a short story collection. She owns two typewriters and is currently working on a YA medieval fantasy series. You’ll love Heather’s tips for balancing your interests, writing strong characters, and knowing where to begin a story.

A writer like you: Nicole Love

Meet Nicole Love, a suspense writer living in Nashville, TN. When she isn’t daydreaming about the beauty of the written word, you can find her designing user-centered experiences for major brands such as Lonely Planet, Hulu, Nissan, Infiniti, and Dave Ramsey. She’s a coffee snob, an animal lover, and a mortician's wife. You’ll love Nicole’s take on how to handle rejection and her reworking of the maxim “write what you know.”

A writer like you: Marcus Jones

Meet Marcus Jones, an author, world traveler, and explorer of culture. He is passionate about seeking out obscure, exotic or unusual cultures, foods, and wines, particularly those developed by the less affluent in society. He was first published as a schoolboy but has only now been able to free the shackles enough to write full time. You’ll feel inspired by Marcus’s early writing years, his FOUR novels (each set in a unique world), his straightforward strategies to overcome procrastination and stay motivated, and his writing advice.