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Scene It First with L. Marie Wood (Ep. 8)

On August 23, 2023, award-winning psychological horror author L. Marie Wood joined me for the eighth episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. […]

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Scene It First with Delancey Stewart, Marika Ray, Melanie Summers and Kelly Collins (Ep. 7)

On July 19, 2023, acclaimed romance authors Delancey Stewart, Marika Ray, Melanie Summers, and Kelly Collins joined me for the seventh episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that […]

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Scene It First Interview with Mary SanGiovanni (Ep. 6)

On July 12, 2023, the queen of cosmic horror, Mary SanGiovanni, joined me for the sixth episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. In this […]

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Scene It First Interview with Deborah Halverson (Ep. 5)

On May 24, 2023, YA author Deborah Halverson joined me for the fifth episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. In this episode, […]

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Scene It First Interview with Marshall J. Moore (Ep. 4)

On April 26, 2023, I was thrilled to welcome fantasy author Marshall J. Moore to the fourth episode of Fictionary‘s Scene It First series, in which we speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. In this episode, […]

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Fictionary Interview with Authenticity Reader Crystal Shelley

On April 4, 2023, I was pleased to interview authenticity reader Crystal Shelley before a live audience in the Fictionary community. I’ve long benefited from the resources Crystal produces, and I have unending respect for her and for the way she approaches her work. In this informative interview Crystal sheds light on authenticity reading and […]

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Scene It First Interview with Rio Youers (Ep. 3)

The third episode of the Fictionary Scene It First interview series welcomed bestselling author Rio Youers on March 22, 2023. In this episode, Rio talked about his graphic adaptations (Sleeping Beauties, Refrigerator Full of Heads) and novels such as The Forgotten Girl, Halcyon, Lola on Fire, and No Second Chances. Just before the seven-minute mark, […]

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Fictionary Interview with Ellen Jovin

On March 4, 2023, I had the honor of interviewing Ellen Jovin, author of Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian. In this lively discussion we talked about her adventures with the Grammar Table, her approach to language, and the wonders of the English language.   Upcoming interviews can be joined […]

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Scene It First with Delancey Stewart (Ep. 2)

The second episode of the Fictionary Scene It First interview series welcomed bestselling romance author Delancey Stewart on February 22, 2023. In this episode, Delancey talked about all things romance, writing strategies, and her favorite tropes. Upcoming interviews can be joined live by registered members of the Fictionary community, and it’s always free to register. In […]

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Scene It First with Jonathan Janz (Ep. 1)

The first episode of the Fictionary Scene It First interview series kicked off with my interview of horror author Jonathan Janz on January 25, 2023. Janz is one of my favorite authors, so it was a true pleasure to speak with him about his celebrated career, his upcoming works, and his insights on scene construction.   Upcoming […]

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