Rosie Walsh is making her US debut with GHOSTED, a novel set in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where she was raised. (It was actually called THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL when it came out in England.) A former documentary filmmaker, a huge animal lover and a new "mum" herself, Rosie talks about dropping her pseudonym (Lucy Robinson) and using her real name for this novel, how she structured it, how tough it was to actually write, and her tricks for getting over a "Bad Writing Day."
International best-selling author, Jill Santopolo, talks about writing THE LIGHT WE LOST, her strategies for crafting a successful book (short chapters!), how she writes anywhere and everywhere but always schedules it in, why she started writing and editing for kids, and what's coming next for her, including an appearance at Author's Night on the East End on August 11th.
Jen Oliver is the Canada-based founder and CEO of FitMama, a movement empowering women to love their bodies while focusing on pre and post-natal care, even decades post-partum! The author of "The Love FitMama Way: Transforming the Core of Motherhood," Jen uses her fitness training, nutritional counseling expertise and healing arts to help moms look and feel good about their bodies. Listen to our chat as Jen and I interview each other for our respective podcasts (hers is called: FitMama). Listen in!
Chef, food stylist, author and instructor, Lauren Costello, shares some of her French Culinary Institute-trained well-earned tips from her books, "Notes on Cooking" and "The Competent Cook." One tip: just say yes to everything! She reveals some food styling secrets, how to make breakfast kids will eat, and the importance of putting a little love into every dish.
Pushcart Prize winner, Rebecca Makkai, talks about her latest novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, the story of a man facing the 1980s Chicago AIDS crisis as well as the story of a mother searching for her lost daughter in 2015 Paris. This beautiful, interwoven tale paints such a vivid picture of an intimate relationship, a time and place, and a mother's love. Rebecca shares what gives her "writer goosebumps," her use of dramatic irony (remember that term from school?!), and what she wished other women wouldn't ask her at book readings. She also gives specific advice to aspiring fiction writers.
Wall Street Journal Contributor, Andrea Petersen, shares her research and personal experiences from her book, "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety." She gives tips for how to raise less anxious children, how to help loved ones with anxiety and when to leave your kids alone in the house.
Priscilla Gilman, author of "The Anti-Romantic Child" and former assistant English professor at Yale and Vassar, talks about raising her autistic son, coping with divorce, managing her career and finding happiness, all the while weaving the wonderful words of Wordsworth throughout her story.
Courtney Maum, author of "Touch" and "I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You," talks about her unique professional path to becoming a writer (Corona party promoter in Paris!!), her meeting with a professional cuddler, how she accidentally came up with her novel ideas and the eternal quest to stock the fridge.
Poet and author extradordinaire, Kwame Alexander, speaks off the cuff about love, life and writing. A best-selling author and Newbery Award winner for "The Crossover," Kwame has written 25 books including "Rebound," "Booked," and "Solo." His work is intended for middle grades/young adults, but as a grown-up, I absolutely love his work. (I cried, repeatedly.) He blends sports and poetry in a unique way which provides "instant access to humanity." Hear about Kwame's plans, his work in Ghana, his future books and his thoughts on the NFL's taking a knee.