Authors & Audiences

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By: Caroline Leech

In Authors & Audiences, YA author and presentation coach Caroline Leech, chats to authors, illustrators, booksellers, librarians, publishers and other randomly fascinating guests, and invites them to share the secrets of their public speaking confidence and their media/social media strategies. Caroline will also share her own extensive knowledge of public speaking, storytelling, event planning and media strategy, so if you want to feel sure you can present yourself and your books with both confidence and professionalism, you’ve come to the right place.

Ghostwriter L.A. Mitchell pulls back the curtain on publishing's best kept secret.
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Last Wednesday at 2:00 PM

Bestselling author L.A. Mitchell published her first story—a time travel short called THE LOST HIGHWAY—in 2008. Since then, she has published over 33 works of fiction and non-fiction as a ghostwriter. Her works include memoir, business non-fiction, self-help, young adult, women’s fiction, and—most prevalently—romance.

Spotlights have been turned recently on the craft of a ghostwriter following the publication of Prince Harry's autobiography, SPARE, by Penguin Random House. The prince readily acknowledges the involvement of "superstar ghostwriter", J.R. Moehringer, and yet many people have accused him of cheating because he didn't write the book himse...


#20 - Louise Marburg, short story writer
#20
01/11/2023

Louise Marburg is the author of three short story collections – The Truth About Me, No Diving Allowed and her latest one, You have reached your Destination, which  came out in November. Her stories have also been published in any number of highly respected literary journals and she’s won awards for them too. Louise’s new collection captures turning points in the lives of twelve women, and Louise invites us to face ourselves and our own life journeys with sympathy, humor, and courage.

Louise originally trained as a designer at the Kansas City Art Institute, but the...


#19 Amelia McHenry shares wisdom on setting goals for 2023
01/04/2023


Amelia McHenry is a Technical Writer and Business Analyst, meaning she examines business processes and produces manuals and timelines for them. She’s also a certified money, marketing and soul coach, and founder of Dodona Coaching. She offers her clients the support and encouragement they need to follow their dreams to fruition, and she also helps them make life fun. But, she does so by sharing with them her wisdom about how understanding your process and setting yourself goals can help you achieve so much more than you think you can.

In this episode, Amelia talks ab...


#18 - The Holiday Survival Guide, and Caroline shares plans for A&A in 2023
#18
12/22/2022

Caroline shares her Holiday Survival Guide for authors and illustrators. Her five tips will help you as a writer or author so you can not just survive the holidays, but usefully make the most of them. That way you'll be ready to go into 2023 with a whole load of tools in your author tool box.

Before that, however, Caroline shares her plans for Authors & Audiences in 2023.

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#17 Lizzy Dent faces the A&A Q&A . . .
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12/16/2022

Lizzy Dent is a bestselling women's fiction author.  Her first novel for women – The Summer Job -  came out in 2021 and her second , The Set Up, came out this year, in 2022. Before her move into adult fiction , Lizzy wrote a three Young Adult novels, under her real name, Rebecca Denton, all set in and around the music scene, called This Beats Perfect, A Secret Beat and The Punk Factor.  Lizzy is a New Zealander, but she spent many years working in London, and these days lives in Austria with her family. Before she was an author, she worked in telev...


#16 Bestseller Lizzy Dent talks about her transition from writing as "an expensive hobby" to giving up her dayjob
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12/15/2022

Lizzy Dent is a bestselling women's fiction author.  Her first novel for women – The Summer Job -  came out in 2021 and her second , The Set Up, came out this year, in 2022. Before her move into adult fiction , Lizzy wrote a three Young Adult novels, under her real name, Rebecca Denton, all set in and around the music scene, called This Beats Perfect, A Secret Beat and The Punk Factor.  Lizzy is a New Zealander, but she spent many years working in London, and these days lives in Austria with her family. Before she was an author, she worked in telev...


#15 The 2022 Debuts meet the 2023 Debuts - live webinar Part 2
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12/09/2022

Last weekend, I invited eight amazing authors who had all debuted in 2022 to join me in presenting a free webinar to a gathering of 2023 Debuts. As you may have heard in Part 1 of the webinar, I had helped the 22s with a webinar this time last year, and so we reconvened to share what had gone well in their debut year, and which of the strategies and tips they’d learned from me a year before were still things they’d recommend.

Part 1 was posted as episode #14 , and now here is Part 2. In this episode the following auth...


#14 The 2022 Debuts meet the 2023 Debuts - live webinar Part 1
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12/07/2022

This weekend, I invited eight amazing authors who had all debuted in 2022 to join me in presenting a free webinar to a gathering of 2023 Debuts. As you’ll hear, I had helped the 22s with a webinar this time last year, and so we reconvened to share what had gone well in their debut year, and which of the strategies and tips they’d learned from me a year before were still things they’d recommend.

This is Part 1 - and Part 2 will be posted on Friday. In this episode the following authors shared their debut year experi...


#12 Cathy Berner from Blue Willow Bookshop shares the lowdown on book launches
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11/30/2022

Cathy Berner qualified as a school librarian up in the frozen north, but very quickly found her way to Texas, where she's been a bookseller at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston for the last 18 years. She's Children/Teen Coordinator and the Event Coordinator, and is the curator of three book festivals in Texas: the Bookworm Festival for picture book readers, TweensRead for middle grade readers, and Teen Book Con for YA readers.

In this episode, Cathy talks with Caroline about book launches from a bookseller's perspective, about what to do to help a bookseller (and as importantly...


#11 - Laurel Goodluck, picture book author, faces the A&A Q&A
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11/25/2022

Laurel Goodluck is a debut author who writes picture books with modern Native American themes that reflect Native children’s cultural experiences and everyday life, showing Native children that they have a perspective that is unique and powerful.

To find out more about Laurel, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.

To buy Laurel's debut picture book, FOREVER COUSINS, please consider buying it from her favorite indie bookstore, Red Planet Books & Comics in Albuquerque. Or, please buy it from any independent bookstore near you.

Laurel also mentioned:
Esther Averill's early reader, Th...


#10 - Laurel Goodluck, debut picture book author talks about celebrating her Native American heritage, and about only doing the social media she enjoys
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11/23/2022

Laurel Goodluck writes picture books with modern Native American themes that reflect Native children’s cultural experiences and everyday life, showing Native children that they have a perspective that is unique and powerful. Laurel comes from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from a rainforest in Alaska and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In October, Laurel’s first picture book, Forever Cousins, which was illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, was published by Charlesbridge. Her second picture book, Rock Your Mocs, which is illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight, will...


#9 - Newbery Medal winner, Tae Keller, faces the A&A Q&A
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11/18/2022

In this episode, Tae Keller faces the A&A Q&A, with host, Caroline Leech.

Tae Keller's first book – THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS - was published in 2018, and she then won the 100th Newbery Medal in 2021 for her second book, WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER. This year, Tae has had three books out - JENNIFER CHAN IS NOT ALONE came out in April, and in May came Tae’s contribution to Chelsea Clinton’s chapter book series, SHE PERSISTED. Tae wrote the true story of Patsy Mink who in 1964 became the first woman of color and the fi...


#8 - Tae Keller, the Newbery Medal-winning middle-grade author, talks about the Newbery, stories behind stories, and setting boundaries
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11/16/2022

Tae Keller's first book – THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS - was published in 2018, and she then won the 100th Newbery Medal in 2021 for her second book, WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER. This year, Tae has had three books out - JENNIFER CHAN IS NOT ALONE came out in April, and in May came Tae’s contribution to Chelsea Clinton’s chapter book series, SHE PERSISTED. Tae wrote the true story of Patsy Mink who in 1964 became the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. And this week - on November 8th, 2022, her latest book...


#7 - What could you do if you weren't afraid?
#7
11/09/2022

In today's episode, Caroline digs deeper into what we might do to answer the question, "What could I do if I weren't afraid?" following the three basic questions she asked in episode 1, and her conversation last week with author, Chris Cander.

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#6 - Bestselling author, Chris Cander, faces the A&A Q&A
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11/04/2022

Chris Cander is the USA Today bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, which was named an Indie Next Great Read in both hardcover and paperback and which the New York Times called, “immense, intense and imaginative,” WHISPER HOLLOW, also named an Indie Next Great Read, and 11 STORIES, named by Kirkus as one of the best books of 2013 and winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards for fiction. She also wrote the children’s picture book THE WORD BURGLAR, and the Audible Originals “Eddies” and “Grieving Conversations.” Her new novel, A GRACIOUS NEIGHBOR, arrives fall 2022. Cander’s fiction has been publish...


#5 - Chris Cander, bestselling novelist talks about her neighborhood and combatting stage fright
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11/02/2022

Chris Cander's latest novel, A GRACIOUS NEIGHBOR, was released in July 2022. She is the USA Today bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, which was named an Indie Next Great Read in both hardcover and paperback and which the New York Times called, "immense, intense and imaginative,” WHISPER HOLLOW, also named an Indie Next Great Read, and 11 STORIES, named by Kirkus as one of the best books of 2013 and winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards for fiction. She also wrote the children’s picture book THE WORD BURGLAR, and the Audible Originals “Eddies” and “Grieving Conversations.”  Cander’s fiction has b...


#4 - Community - what that is and where to find it
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11/02/2022

In today's episode, Caroline digs deeper into what community means to writers, following her conversation last week with fellow 2017 Debut, Tiffany D Jackson.

In it, she talks about the importance of her own writing communities as a way of helping you identify where you can find your own. These include:

Eleri Grace - author of the WW2 Romance Clubmobile Girls series, and Caroline's writing buddy

Nikki Loftin - middle grade author who showed Caroline what writing conferences are really about

Writing workshops in Houston:

Inprint HoustonGrackle & GrackleWritespace


Membership...


#3 - YA bestseller, Tiffany D Jackson faces the A&A Q&A
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10/28/2022

Tiffany D. Jackson is the NYT Bestselling, award-winning author of YA novels Monday’s Not Coming, Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, Grown, White Smoke, Santa in The City, The Weight of Blood, and co-author of Blackout. A Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winner and the NAACP Image Award-nominee, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and has over a decade in TV/Film experience. The Brooklyn native is currently splitting her time between the borough she loves and the south, most likely multitasking.

In this Bonus episode featuring the A&A Q...


#2 - Tiffany D Jackson, YA bestseller, talks about community and confidence
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10/26/2022

Tiffany D. Jackson is the NYT Bestselling, award-winning author of YA novels Monday’s Not Coming, Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, Grown, White Smoke, Santa in The City, The Weight of Blood, and co-author of Blackout. A Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winner and the NAACP Image Award-nominee, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and has over a decade in TV/Film experience. The Brooklyn native is currently splitting her time between the borough she loves and the south, most likely multitasking.

In this episode she talks to host, Caro...


#1 - EPISODE 1 OF AUTHORS & AUDIENCES - INTRODUCTIONS
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10/26/2022

In this opening episode of Authors & Audiences, Caroline Leech, introduces her plans for the podcast over the coming week, and takes listeners back to basics by asking three simple but important questions.

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