Category Archives: Authors Think Tank Podcast

Episode #28 – Various Topics by the iWriteNetwork, Part 2

A fun episode featuring the iWriteNetwork. This was recorded right after their iWriteNetwork Summer Conference, and I would highly suggest checking it out if you are wanting to learn how to better enhance the craft of writing.

While I recorded only one show, it was running long and thought it best to cut the show into two segments. But that’s all right, you can never have too much of the iWriteNetwork.

For more information on getting involved with the iWriteNetwork, visit www.iWriteNetwork.com or ask to join their Facebook group by clicking here.DSCF1300

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #27 – Various Topics with iWriteNetwork

A fun episode featuring the iWriteNetwork. This was recorded right after their iWriteNetwork Summer Conference, and I would highly suggest checking it out if you are wanting to learn how to better enhance the craft of writing.

While I recorded only one show, it was running long and thought it best to cut the show into two segments. But that’s all right, you can never have too much of the iWriteNetwork.

For more information on getting involved with the iWriteNetwork, visit www.iWriteNetwork.com or ask to join their Facebook group by clicking here.DSCF1300

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #26 – Writing Non-Fiction and Memoirs with Abel Keogh

We went a little long today, and I really debated whether to keep the last part in or not since we started talking about me and not about Abel’s work. In listening to it, and as Jen pointed out, I thought there might be some educational value so I left it… complete with my self-doubts.

All About Abel

Abel Keogh
Photo by Michael Keogh

Abel is the author of the novel The Third, the memoir Room for Two, and the three relationship guides Dating a Widower: Starting a Relationship with a Man Who’s Starting OverMarrying a Widower: What You Need to Know Before Tying the Knot, and Life with a Widower: Overcoming Unique Challenges and Creating a Fulfilling Relationship.

During the day, Abel works in corporate marketing for a technology company. His main responsibilities include making computers and software sound super sexy, coding websites, and herding cats. At night and during full moons he transforms into a writer which isn’t nearly as exciting as, say, turning into a werewolf. He also speaks Bulgarian but doesn’t get a chance to practice it except when he’s cut off in traffic or smashes his finger with a hammer.

To keep his sanity in check, Abel runs 20-25 miles a week. He uses that time for plotting out his next book, fine tuning his plan for world domination, and keeping up with his marathon running wife, Julianna (a.k.a. Marathon Girl).

Abel and his wife live somewhere in the beautiful state of Utah and, as citizens of the Beehive State, are parents of the requisite six children.

Abel’s blog (as mentioned in the show) can be found at http://abelkeogh.com/.

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #25 – Writing a Query Letter with Michael Bourret

About Michael Bourret:

Michael_BourretI can’t say that reading was a habit I developed all on my own. My mother started reading to me before I can even remember, and by time she sent me off to kindergarten, she made sure I already had an interest in books. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve bedtime reading with my mom; whether it was Freaky Friday (my favorite children’s book) orThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it seemed like we were always reading something together. I remember being completely lost in these other worlds, eagerly awaiting the next book and next adventure. My love of books grew from that point on, though I never thought it would become a career.

In high school and college I studied visual arts, mostly photography and film. I felt that my creative energies were best suited to these media, until, after three years of college, I decided I needed a change.

When I began working at DGLM, I found that there was a way that I could help other artists achieve their goals. Truth be known, my tastes lie more on the non-fiction side; I love memoirs, biographies, histories, pop-science, current events, food writing and business—really, I’ll read anything an author can make interesting.  Despite my love of nonfiction, I’m always looking for great novels, no matter if they’re for adults, teens, or younger readers, as it was those great stories my mom read to me as a child that made me the reader I am today.

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #24 – Writing Action Scenes with C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies practically grew up in a library. The oldest daughter of four, she spent hours devouring books with her mother. When she was ten, she realized that she wanted to write stories like the science fiction books she loved to read. In high school, she met another writer that inspired her to write a novel instead of just short stories. She finished that 189 page handwritten novel the summer of her junior year.

A mother of seven, she put her writing on the back burner while she focused on raising her young children, and volunteering as a breastfeeding counselor in her community. When her children were old enough for her to spend a few hours on the computer, without them burning the house down, she returned to writing and hasn’t stopped since. Often writing or editing with a baby in her arms or under her feet.

Married to the guy her high school boyfriend introduced her to; she claims the last 20 + years as her education and mission experience. With a love for natural mothering, and a passion for secret agents and all things Asian she writes about bad boys turned good and fantasy of the urban type. All while beating herself up three times a week in Karate class as she works toward her black belt in Tang Soo Do.

Blog: http://www.cmichellejefferies.com/

Email: michelle@cmichellejeffereies.com

Michelle’s Author Consulting: http://metamorphosisauthorconsult.blogspot.com/

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #23 – Blogging with David Powers King

David Powers King joined us today to talk about Blogging. If you are a writer, you should consider blogging, because writers blog. You can visit his blog at http://www.davidpowersking.com/. Also, his upcoming book, Woven, is available for pre-order at Amazon by clicking here.IMG_0662

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #22 – Finding Magic in Everyday Places with Tyler Whitesides

Tyler Whitesides is the author of the Janitors Middle Grade Series through Shadow Mountain Publishing. IMG_0670

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.

Episode #21 – Self-Editing with Annette Lyon

Annette Lyon

Annette Lyon has been writing ever since second grade, when she piled pillows on a chair to reach her mother’s typewriter. A cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English, she has had success as a professional editor and doing newspaper, magazine, and business writing, but her first love is writing fiction. She’s perhaps best known for her historical novels centered around the four old Utah temples.

Her most recent novel, Band of Sisters: Coming Home (January 2013) is the sequel to the Whitney Award-winning novel Band of Sisters.

One of the most rewarding parts of Annette’s writing career has been collaborating on The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Her first book in the series, Paige, was released in 2012. Her second, about the character Ilana, will be released early 2014.

Annette has won Utah’s Best of State medal for literary arts in fiction two times, in 2007 and again in 2013. In addition to being a Whitney Award winner, she’s a two-time Whitney finalist, for Spires of Stone (2007) and Paige. She has received three publication awards from the League of Utah Writers and took first place in the 2009Funds for Writers essay contest.

When she’s not mothering, writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found ignoring the spots on the kitchen floor.

Be sure to also drop by her blog!

About James Duckett

James is a geeky, nerdy dude. He writes, sometimes. He blogs, sometimes. He's helpful to people, sometimes. He doesn't like to repeat himself, sometimes. He's funny... looking... always.

His hopes and aspirations of the future is to one day find a way that people will pay him while he sleeps. It is his dream job.