DIY Writer Podcast
Cthulhu Florida Man Troy Young #98

Cthulhu Florida Man Troy Young #98

April 18, 2021

Ever talk to a guy who has so much going on that it makes you feel like a slouch? Me neither, but Troy came close. We talk about many of his books (and he has a few..check it out) and a few other interesting subjects.

Troy has been many things in his career. Shoe salesman, waiter, newspaper owner, children's performer, actor, elected official, policy advisor, CEO and university lecturer. Now he wants to try his hand at writing.

His first attempt at writing is a novel called The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield. The genesis for The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield came while going for a walk in Placida, Florida where his parents have a winter home. While he navigates the waters of seeking a publisher for that series of books, he is writing short stories and working on a fantasy series, The Companions of the Stone; the first book "The Stone of Death" is out on September 1, 2020. Also published in September is a space western, "The Seeker of Solace".

Currently, if you are a fan of Lovecraftian Horror, you can delve into his series, The Other. The first compilation is now available, as are the individual stories of book 2. Book two should be available this October, with book 3 available in 2021.

Troy lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and dog.

What a Riot with Deborah Donahue #97

What a Riot with Deborah Donahue #97

April 15, 2021

Big Hair Bands, Classic Rock, and an unforgettable era. That sums up my conversation with the amazing Deborah Donahue. Her book was so much fun for me because it took me back to a simpler time when it was much easier to sneak away from parents and go…well let’s just stick to the interview. It is awesome, educational, and was so much fun.

About Deborah Donahue

Writing has always been a passion of mine and being able to publish my first book has been one of my greatest achievements so far. I started writing I Used To Live On Banning Street in August of 2012, so it definitely has been a real labor of love. I can't attest as to whether i will ever write another book as I have ideas brewing in my brain to write three different screenplays and hope to branch out into the world of the cinema someday. I hope you enjoy reading I Used To Live On Banning Street as much as I enjoyed writing it. Cheers!

The Wild Zombie Lover of Texas KT Wilder #96

The Wild Zombie Lover of Texas KT Wilder #96

April 13, 2021

KT Wilder’s first book is Between Worlds (Legend of the Starbreather Book 1). We get into the book and also life in Texas during the worst winter storm in years. Trigger warning…we are talking about a fictional virus. If that bothers you, listen to it anyway, it’s pretty cool cause we have Zombies! We also talk about horses and the role they play in KT’s life. Awesome interview with an awesome author.


About KT Wilder

I've been writing and creating since as far back as I could remember. Fantasy and the paranormal have interested me since the beginning. Writing has always been an escape, a way to process life and better understand myself. My soul, my ideas, my experiences and my own struggles are reflected in my work. Writing has saved my life in many ways.

I live in central Texas with my wife, four dogs, a bearded dragon and two horses. If I'm not writing, I'm either playing with the horses or working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

A mom and a writer Samantha Evans 95

A mom and a writer Samantha Evans 95

April 11, 2021

The author of The Land of The Four Series, Samantha talks about her writing methods and inspirations. Also, check out her new book coming out May 3rd 2021, The Dragon Master.


About Samantha Evans

Born in Northern California. Wife, mother to three amazing children, and author of fantasy and adventure. Brings adventure with a mix of fantasy to the pages. Advocate for people who have Russel Silver Syndrome, and epilepsy.

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Welcome to the Spooky House with Robert Ottone #94

Welcome to the Spooky House with Robert Ottone #94

April 8, 2021

Very cool talk with Robert Ottone about his books, short stories, and his publishing house. Spooky House Press sounds like a wonderful place for the right authors to truly share their art. If you listen to Robert, he has a great deal of passion for the art form of writing and the distribution. I truly hope we get to meet in real life someday and find some creepy place to hang out.

Robert P. Ottone is an author, teacher, and cigar enthusiast from East Islip, NY. He delights in the creepy. He can be found online at, or on Instagram (@RobertOttone). His collections Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares and People: A Horror Anthology about Love, Loss, Life & Things That Go Bump in the Night are available now wherever books are sold.

The Enterprising and Entertaining Paolo Danese #93

The Enterprising and Entertaining Paolo Danese #93

April 6, 2021

Read this man’s bio below, he had led quite a life so far. We have a great conversation on writing and international book markets. It’s especially cool that he owns a company that does quality translations. Based on what I have read in Path of the Guardian, Paolo writes a great book in any language.


Paolo was born in Turin, Italy, in 1984 and grew up in Foggia, a small town in Southern Italy. At 16, he won a United World Colleges scholarship to complete his high school studies in British Columbia, Canada. He then returned to Italy for his BA and MA in Political Sciences.

He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, the same year he published his first Italian-language novel, “La minaccia di Taytos” (published in English in 2020 with the title “The Threat of Taytos”).

He spent a decade in Hong Kong working as a financial journalist and editor for prestigious international trade publications, and then as a VP for a top 5 global PR firm. In 2020, he co-founded WordRevo, a revolutionary company that aims to help writers around the world take their books to all global book marketplaces with an all-in-one translation and self-publishing service.

Paolo is married and has two children.

Take a leap with Leslie Conzatti #91

Take a leap with Leslie Conzatti #91

April 5, 2021

When Leslie told me she was a paraeducator, the first thing I wanted to know is if she gets to jump every day. Once she corrected me, I was still impressed (still would be cool to parachute into school every day).  Leslie wrote Princess of Undersea, a cool spin on a popular fairy tale.

Leslie Conzatti is a blogger, author, and avid enthusiast of all things book-related. Residing in the Pacific Northwest, she currently works as an elementary school paraeducator--leading small groups, supervising children outside the classroom, and providing in-class support for teachers. Since 2013, she has been running a writing/review blog called "The Upstream Writer", where she posts original serials, excerpts from current and past projects, updates on her writing, and featured reviews of independently-published titles. In 2016, she released her first fairy-tale re-telling, Princess of Undersea, a twist on the tale of "The Little Mermaid." Since then, she has had a handful of stories published in various anthologies. Books are Leslie's passion, and she endeavors to use her words to support and inspire children's imaginations, independent creatives, and quality literature wherever it happens.


The true Marathon Man Dylan Roche #91

The true Marathon Man Dylan Roche #91

April 1, 2021

What do you get when a purple bird walks into a bar? I don’t know either, ask Dylan. Dylan and I hit just about everything in this blockbuster interview. 

About Dylan Roche

It should have been a sign to everyone when I started reading Shakespeare and Dickens in elementary school and spent time diagramming sentences for fun. And let's just say love for language, words, and storytelling only grew from there.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's in English, I worried that it was going to be a lifetime of trying to find a practical use for my degree. Fortunately for me (and unfortunately for all the people who want to make cheap jokes about those of us who major in liberal arts), I established myself as a journalist and have pursued publication with local, regional, and national publications.
In 2019, my first novel, The Purple Bird, debuted with Little Creek Books, marking an exciting turn for my career as a writer. I never thought my protagonist, Archit, would become the star of his own series (I told his story! It was time to move on after that book was finished!), but I'll admit I've heard enough enthusiastic response from readers that I'm currently plotting out a series. Stay tuned.

These days, I'm balancing a career encompassing all kinds of writing: journalism, copywriting, blogging, fiction writing, playwriting, editing, and even creative coaching. When I'm not at my desk, I'm usually out for a long-distance run or going on an adventure with my dog, Tyrion the corgi.

USA Today Best-Selling Romance Author Melinda Curtis #90

USA Today Best-Selling Romance Author Melinda Curtis #90

March 30, 2021

This conversation is packed with excellent information for authors. She has experience with self-publishing, working with big publishers, and even had a movie made from one of her books.

About Melinda Curtis

Prior to writing romance, Melinda was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat--otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. She recently came to grips with the fact that she's an empty nester and a (very young) grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

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The Dungeon Master Author Kevin Buckner #89

The Dungeon Master Author Kevin Buckner #89

March 28, 2021

Kevin Buckner has released his first book The Advent of Zon Book One of The Cudomerie (Don’t worry about pronouncing it right…I couldn’t either LOL). We go over his book and then quickly change to the inspiration for his book…wait for it…Dungeons and Dragons. We talk about gaming and some of the television and movies that has inspired him to write. Kevin also was a winner in NANOWRIMO in 2020 hitting 54,000 words in one month.

Kevin is working on book 2 and hopefully that comes out soon. Check out his work.

Here’s a synopsis of his book:

Several years after a demon prince is summoned to the terrestrial world, a respected politician is found murdered in his home. While the hunt forthe killer is on, a secret society of necromancers discovers that the artifacts of their legends are real. As they search for these artifacts, their enemies gather to fight against them in an effort to prevent the necromancers from taking over the world. All the while, neither side knows aboutthe demon prince, who is still at large, manipulating people and events to stir up trouble wherever he can in a city that holds a dark secret.


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