DIY Writer Podcast
Poets, Viruses, and Comedy with Matt Nagin DIY Writer #58

Poets, Viruses, and Comedy with Matt Nagin DIY Writer #58

January 21, 2021

I asked Matt to come on the show because he had just released Notes from the Bonfire. This is a collection of poems he wrote while suffering from COVID-19. We talked about his experiences with the virus, the books he has written, and comedy.

Matt Nagin is a writer, educator, actor, filmmaker, and standup comedian. In December 2019, Matt's humor book, "Do Not Feed The Clown" was published by Tenth Street Press, and, since then, has obtained excellent reviews. In 2018, Matt's poem, "If We Are Doomed," won The Spirit First Editor's Choice Award, and the following year, another poem, "Birds Singing In My Chest," was published in the anthology "New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019." He has two books of poetry available on Amazon, "Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight," and "Feast of Sapphires," both of which have obtained very strong reviews. Kirkus Reviews, for example, referred to Matt's first book as "powerful verse from a writer of real talent."

Matt's first collection of humorous writings, "From the Fridge to the Crackerjack Box", was published in 2007, and since then he's had satirical work showcased in The Humor Times, The Satirist, Robot Butt, Points In Case and The New York Post. Matt also wrote/directed a short film, "Inside Job," that won awards on the festival circuit, such as Best Short at The Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes and Best Supporting Actor at the Nice International Film Festival.

As an actor, Matt has appeared on a wide range of TV and film programs, most recently in a Co-Star role in a scene with Al Pacino, in a new Amazon series, "Hunters," produced by Jordan Peele. Matt has further performed standup in seven countries, on The Dr. Steve Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival. A survivor of Crohn's disease, for thirty years, Matt was granted The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's 2019 Mission Award.

AI Humanoids Mulled Wine and Genre Bending with Courtney Hunter DIY Writer #57

AI Humanoids Mulled Wine and Genre Bending with Courtney Hunter DIY Writer #57

January 19, 2021

Courtney published her first book Sentient. I loved the excitement she had giving me the overview of the book. The pure energy she had during the interview as she described her creative side made it hard not to feel good about everything. Watch, I think her energy will rub off on you too.

Courtney Hunter is a serial creator from Philadelphia, PA with experience in writing, the fashion industry, and live performance. After eighteen years of studying contemporary dance, she set out to carve herself a path in fashion and retail buying. Upon graduating from Philadelphia University and settling into her career, she turned back to dance. While working as a retail buyer for Burlington Stores, Courtney began producing contemporary dance and burlesque performances under her production company Stolen Fire Collective, aptly named after Prometheus, the fire-stealing god. Sentience, her debut Science Fiction novel, is a written extension of a contemporary dance piece that was produced for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2017 based on artificial intelligence.

A lifelong Sci-Fi fan (her favorite movie as a little girl was and still is Jurassic Park), Courtney loves anything Promethean in nature, and her favorite books, movies, and television shows are the ones that challenge the ethics of the future that we are rapidly heading towards. Some of her favorites include Jurassic Park (obviously), The 100, The OA, Westworld, The East, and Ex Machina.

She still resides in Philadelphia with her partner, Will, and her rescue pups, Rickie and Billie. In her free time, she records a podcast called The Sentience Podcast, which started as a behind the scenes look at the making of her novel and has evolved into an auditory hub for all things science fiction, creative process, true crime, and the occult.

A Nick and Carter Mystery Podcast with Frank W. Butterfield DIY Writer #56

A Nick and Carter Mystery Podcast with Frank W. Butterfield DIY Writer #56

January 18, 2021

Frank starts right off by talking about his books and his process for both writing and research. You need to listen to how Frank continually develops his stories based on real historical events. I am impressed with not only the volume, but the quality of books Butterfield puts out. These stories are a must read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery!


Frank W. Butterfield, not an assumed name, loves old movies, wise-cracking smart guys with hearts of gold, and writing for fun.

Although he worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast.

Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983.

After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he currently makes his home in a hurricane-proof motel with superior water pressure that was built in 1947.

While he hasn't met any dolphins personally, that invitation is always open.

Steam punked artistic Neopets with Michelle Young DIY Wrtier #55

Steam punked artistic Neopets with Michelle Young DIY Wrtier #55

January 14, 2021

I was mesmerized by Michelle’s art. I seriously think you should all go to her site and check it out. Michelle is another inspiration to all authors, she is not only an excellent artist, but a dang good writer. If you have any doubts about your abilities, look to Michelle for inspiration!

Michelle R Young is a professional artist, writer and social media specialist. When she isn't creating new stories she can be found painting, hanging out with her friends, or simply marveling at nature. Texas born and bred, she has grown up adapting around her two learning disabilities, dysgraphia, and ADHD so she could become a better storyteller. Michelle has a positive outlook on life and where God has planned for her next. You can see more of her creations and stay tuned for her next book by visiting her at

It all began with a dream for her, so she took it and began writing. And thus at 23 she created Gear Heart.
"It's such a wonderful feeling to be lost in the right direction."


Myths, Legends, and Classic Literature with William David Ellis DY Writer #54

Myths, Legends, and Classic Literature with William David Ellis DY Writer #54

January 12, 2021

When we first started talking David said “By the end of this thing we may just be kin.” I have to say, we came damn close to it. He is one of those guys you can sit down and talk to for days and still want more. David is definitely a storyteller and one of the most fascinating people I have met. I really look forward to talking to him again, I hope you enjoy our conversation.

William David Ellis is a storyteller. Whether it's weaving an old narrative into an entertaining and illuminating yarn or fashioning something brand new from wisps of legend, he can tell a story. He is the son of an English teacher, the husband of an English teacher, and the father of an English teacher, in spite of them, he occasionally punctuates. He lives in East Texas and has breakfast with some of the people who inspired his books twice a week.

His contributions to publication include:
* columns in small and large newspapers across Texas, the most infamous of which was entitled, "In the Ground or on the Grill", a comparison between cremation and traditional funeral costs. (Talk about stir up a stink! irate old ladies chewed on me for a month)
* short stories, some of which have actually been written, Reflections a Sherlock Holmes story.
* novels, three of which are exhibited here and the rest of which are either shipwrecked on the shores of imagination or in the oven as we speak. for more details and links.


Solo Traveling, Angry Gods, and Moving Day with Aaron Hodges DIY Writer #53

Solo Traveling, Angry Gods, and Moving Day with Aaron Hodges DIY Writer #53

January 11, 2021

When you talk to Aaron Hodges you feel his genuine personality. Author of 8 books, including a travel guide which he released in December of 2019 (ironic and kind of funny given the timing), I was impressed on how I could feel the worlds he creates while he tells you about his books and his life in general. Aaron is a laid back, intelligent, and talented author from New Zealand, I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn't looked back since.


Anti-Diets, Mean Girl Lies, and Happiness with Julie Glynn DIY Writer #52

Anti-Diets, Mean Girl Lies, and Happiness with Julie Glynn DIY Writer #52

January 7, 2021

Julie brings a unique perspective to self-love and being happy with yourself. She wrote If My Ass Were Smaller Life Would be Perfect: And Other Lies The Mean Girl in Your Head Tells You. Julie’s passion coupled with her authentic personality makes this a very entertaining and educational show. Enjoy.


JULIE GLYNN, M.Ed., M.A., coaches women to see more in themselves than what might be reflected in the mirror. She incorporates her many years of experience as a special educator (working with conflicted youth, some of whom were incarcerated) with her skills as an anti-diet, Mean Girl Transformation Coach, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Body Positive Facilitator. She lives part of the year in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the other part in Clearwater Beach, Florida, with her husband and adorable Cavalier, Carly. She has an undying love for whoopie pies.

Diversions and Entertainment with Nikki Nelson-Hicks DIY Writer #51

Diversions and Entertainment with Nikki Nelson-Hicks DIY Writer #51

January 5, 2021

Nikki drops knowledge bombs all over the place in this show. We get to hear about Big Bird, Toad, and a drug dealer named The Doctor. You will find she has a way with words and very subtly lays out life in Nashville. She states, “I write to divert and entertain. And, maybe, on occasion, make you wet your pants.” If she doesn’t make you laugh, you are dead inside.


Nikki Nelson-Hicks has been described by a fellow writer as "the unholy lovechild of Flannery O'Connor and H.P. Lovecraft".

She finds that amusing.


Talking Shop with Kayelle Allen DIY Writer #50

Talking Shop with Kayelle Allen DIY Writer #50

January 4, 2021

Kayelle and I had a good time talking about world building, writing, and the indie book biz. Listening to her drop tip after tip and inviting people to access her groups to help other indie authors grow is why I love authors so much. So much help and the cost…zero. She is giving back to the community while she creates her amazing worlds for you to enjoy.

Kayelle Allen

Readers do not buy books. They buy experiences. When you read a Kayelle Allen Sci Fi you have a great experience interacting with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr.

Kayelle is a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she's tenured.

Visit and join a reader group. You can choose from sci fi only, or sci fi with romance. Both groups get free books, access to member-only perks plus downloadable (and EU legal) memes and banners.

The links to everything we talked about are in this article:

Writing, Writing, and More Writing with JMD Reid (DIY Writer #49)

Writing, Writing, and More Writing with JMD Reid (DIY Writer #49)

December 30, 2020

The one thing I noticed about JMD Reid is that he is laser focused on his writing. He lives and breaths his stories to bring you some of the best fantasies around. I am always fascinated when authors explain the plot lines in their stories, Reid’s are a work of genius.

JMD Reid has been a long-time fan of Fantasy ever since he read The Hobbit way back in the fourth grade. His head has always been filled with fantastical tales, and he is eager to share the worlds dwelling in his dreams with you.

Reid is long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest in and around the City of Tacoma. The rainy, gloomy atmosphere of Western Washington, combined with the natural beauty of the evergreen forests and the looming Mount Rainier, provides the perfect climate to brew creative worlds and exciting stories!

When he's not writing, Reid enjoys playing video games, playing D&D and listening to amazing music.

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