DIY Writer Podcast
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 www.SpookyHousePress.com, 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.

https://www.spookyhousepress.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Robert-P-Ottone/e/B07Y5FGHQK

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.

https://www.paolodanese.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Paolo-Danese/e/B00K17GJNO

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.

https://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Conzatti/e/B08C1G68S3

 

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.

https://www.dylanrochewriter.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Dylan-Roche/e/B07PFKRMQV

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.

"...Wonderfully entertaining..." Jayne Ann Krentz (commenting on Fool for Love)

"Reading Slade and Christine's story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf!" Brenda Novak

"Mel Curtis knows romance, sports and humor and she makes all three sing in Playing for Love." Eileen Rendahl

Check out www.MelindaCurtis.com and sign up for her newsletter (there may be free reads involved). "Like" her on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor) for the opportunity to play games and win free stuff.

 

https://www.melindacurtis.net/

https://www.amazon.com/Melinda-Curtis/e/B001HCZ1D6

 

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.

https://amzn.to/3w1Y3aF

 

Amazing Food Tips for Vampires with Patricia Simpson #88

Amazing Food Tips for Vampires with Patricia Simpson #88

March 25, 2021

Best Selling Author, Podcaster, and Screen Play Writer Patricia (DO NOT CALL HER PAT) Simpson. Patricia is truly gifted, the whole conversation is packed full of her creative gems and writing tips including record your audio book as a part of the editing process. Very cool interview with a Very cool person.

 

About Patricia Simpson

 

Patricia Simpson is an Amazon bestselling writer from the Bay Area of California. She has won numerous awards, including multiple Reviewer's Choice Awards from Romantic Times as well as a Career Achievement Award. Her debut novel, WHISPER OF MIDNIGHT, was a finalist in the prestigious RITA awards of Romance Writers of America. One of her more recent novels, SPELLBOUND, was nominated Best Indie Paranormal of the Year. After a long career with TOR, Silhouette and HarperMonogram, Patricia is now enjoying creative freedom as an indie author.

Patricia is fascinated by the possibility of life beyond the traditional human experience, and invariably designs one of her main characters to be less (or more) than human. Every chance she gets, she explores paranormal and historical sites and often travels with her Scottish husband, whose job takes him around the world. When not traveling, Patricia produces two podcasts: FREAKIN' PARANORMAL and FABULOUS WRITING TIPS.

When not writing, Patricia loves to sing karaoke, redesign living spaces (10 houses and counting--one of them on TV!) and walk her two spoiled little dogs.

Want a FREE book? Visit https://patriciasimpson.com/get-a-free-book

 

https://patriciasimpson.com/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Simpson/e/B000APMSW8

Speculative Fiction and Apple Cider Vinegar with Darian Smith # 87

Speculative Fiction and Apple Cider Vinegar with Darian Smith # 87

March 23, 2021

No speculation needed, this was a fun conversation. We meander all over the place, we actually do talk about books and writing, but also solve many of the world’s problems by debunking conspiracy theories and maybe making a few new ones.

Darian Smith writes mainly speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife (who also writes) and their two black cats (who don't).

He holds two Koru Awards, is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, and a Sir Julius Vogel Award.

By day, he works with people who have neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy or charcot marie tooth disease. He is also a qualified counsellor/family therapist and can be seen - by those very swift with the pause button - on television shows such as Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus.
For more information about Darian and his upcoming work, please check out his website at

https://www.darian-smith.com

https://www.amazon.com/Darian-Smith/e/B00U3N1CLK

Relentless Courage, The Deborah Driggs Story #86

Relentless Courage, The Deborah Driggs Story #86

March 21, 2021

Playboy Playmate, Actress, Model, and soon Author Deborah Driggs share stories from her life. Whether you are reading her bio at IMDB or looking at her Instagram Account, you can feel the authenticity of her story. Her willingness to share details from her life and the lessons learned make this one of my all time favorite shows. Deb’s memoirs should be out October of 2021. The best way to keep up with Deborah is by following her Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/deborahdriggs/ About Deborah Driggs: Born and raised in a dysfunctional, lower middle class home in the South Bay community of Southern California, Deborah Driggs was a lonely latchkey kid whose parents both worked long hours. At the age of seven she discovered a love for ice skating and began taking lessons at a local rink, where by the age of ten, I was a competitive figure skater. Deborah learned the value of discipline at an early age: her mornings began at 4 a.m. where, for two hours she would practice "figure 8's" before starting her school day. On Saturdays, she also took ballet lessons, although her dream was set on becoming an Olympic figure skater at age eleven. By working on herself under these demanding conditions, Deborah learned self-discipline, consistency, dedication and time management skills which would help her to achieve great things in life, later on. Despite her commitment and hard work, everything changed when she was fourteen after her parents divorced and she was told she would be living with her father. Not only did this affect her career goals, but she was forced to leave private school and enrolled in the toughest public schools in Hawthore. Furthermore, her father had no interest in providing her with guidance or financial support. The divorce took its toll on her, emotionally and physically. Having been involved in athletics up until that point in her life, Deborah now had no outlet to express herself and no allowance to buy clothes, books, or food. The only option she had was to find a job that she could work after school. Her first job was working at a cemetery where she created flower arrangements and placed them on graves. That was followed by work at a fast food restaurant, and then, as a clerk in a drug store, working until midnight most evenings and then walking home, alone, through unsafe neighborhoods. Before long, her school work suffered and when graduation time approached, she learned that she was not eligible to graduate because of missed classes in Government Studies. Intent on doing whatever it took for her to meet the requirements, Deborah negotiated a deal with her teacher to write a thesis on the classwork she had missed by the following Monday. While the content of the paper may have been less than par, her teacher was so impressed with her efforts that he gave her a passing grade so that she could graduate high school. By working her way through high school, Deborah learned how to solve her own problems rather than depending on others' help. Along with her negotiating skills, she learned how to get hired for a job. Rarely, if ever, was she turned down for anything she tried out for. When faced with a challenge, she was always ready to figure out what was required of her to move forward. With her willingness to complete her coursework, she realized that she could accomplish almost anything. She also realized that she possessed the ability to negotiate with adults which created the basis of her business success in never taking "no" for an answer. Another lesson she learned during her high school years was that even if you are the minority - with less money, less education, or the 'wrong' ethnic mix, you can still make friends and find a way to fit in. Once again, Deborah's athletic ability came into play when she made it on the Song Leader/Dance Squad for her school. After being accepted at Saddleback College, Deborah quickly tried out for that school's eminent Dance Squad and made it after competing against 100 other young women. However, with her low grade point average, she was put on academic probation and told that she would be dropped from the Squad if she didn't earn a 3.0 grade average. Deborah took this as a personal challenge and with an earnestness to succeed (and not willing to be defeated), she earned a 3.5 GPA, making in on the Dean's List. And by the end of that year, she was also elected Home Coming Queen and befriended by young men and women from affluent Orange County families. Continue Reading at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237910/bio

The Magic of Michael Ross #85

The Magic of Michael Ross #85

March 18, 2021

Michael Ross loves writing to encourage children to use their imagination. He loves kids so much he built a wonderful world in his front yard for kids. If you don’t pick it up from his bio, you certainly will get a feeling for the depth of experience this author has in life and fantasy. Just a lovely chap to spend an afternoon with.

About Michael Ross

 

A successful actor and model for over twenty five years. Had businesses in the hair and beauty industry, was a ski instructor, and competed internationally as an athlete, and martial artist.

Much later on, he developed a fitness brand called KETTFusion, which is established in the UK and three other European countries and has received numerous awards as a leading fitness brand.

But it was a visit to a clairvoyant, who suggested he try writing, that put him on the path of becoming an Author, which now takes up most of his time.

The Wand Chronicles is by far his largest and most exciting 

writing project to date.

He has already successfully published the comedy 'Memoirs From The S.B.C', and a true life story entitled 'Just Five More Minutes', which has been particularly popular, resulting in TV, magazine and radio interviews, on a subject that captured the nations hearts.

I'm multigenre AND a 'pantser', someone who writes by the seat of my pants!
To date I have published:

A classic epic fantasy
A comedy.
A true-life story.
Short scary stories
Adventure books for 9 to 14 year-olds
A range of books for 3 to 6 year-olds
Books about Fairy Adventures

I won the 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards held in Kansas City
I was a finalist in the 2020 SABA Book awards in 2 categories:
1. Best Author Non-Fiction
2. Best Audiobook Narrator
I developed a board game to accompany my Epic fantasy series.
I built a huge fairy garden to publicize my Big Fairy Adventures series

I have always been a professional actor in theatre, TV and film,
and it has led onto me being established as a voice actor/ audio book narrator.

To relax, I'm a qualified snow ski instructor, hang glider pilot, and regularly get beaten at chess by one of my sons!

A successful actor and model for over twenty five years. Had businesses in the hair and beauty industry, was a ski instructor, and competed internationally as an athlete, and martial artist.

Much later on, he developed a fitness brand called KETTFusion, which is established in the UK and three other European countries and has received numerous awards as a leading fitness brand.

But it was a visit to a clairvoyant, who suggested he try writing, that put him on the path of becoming an Author, which now takes up most of his time.

The Wand Chronicles is by far his largest and most exciting 

writing project to date.

He has already successfully published the comedy 'Memoirs From The S.B.C', and a true life story entitled 'Just Five More Minutes', which has been particularly popular, resulting in TV, magazine and radio interviews, on a subject that captured the nations hearts.

 

https://www.thewand.me/

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Ross/e/B075PGWMSK

 

 

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