Author Life

Author Life

Author DelSheree Gladden is partnering with the Bestselling Reads author community to discuss the lives authors live and how their writing and careers have progressed and what lessons they've learned along the way. Partner episodes will feature authors from around the world sharing their insights on their writing journey and the challenges and successes they’ve experienced along the way. The podcast will also feature discussions on writing, marketing, and publishing advice to help authors further their writing journey.


November 14, 2022 45 mins

International bestselling thriller author Avanti Centrae joins the podcast this week to talk about her upcoming novel, "Cleopatra's Vendetta." This new standalone (for now) novel follows up her VanOps series. "Cleopatra's Vendetta" release this month, so keep an eye out on your favorite ebook and paperback retailers! For more information about Avanti, visit

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Whether you're just getting started with book marketing or trying to rebuild or improve upon current marketing efforts, this episode will help you evaluate where to focus your time and money in order to effectively build an author platform and share your books with more readers.

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October 8, 2022 47 mins

Conflict drive a story, whether character-oriented or plot-oriented. In this episode, learn how to create conflict that adds depth to the story and character arcs and how to avoid common pitfalls when developing conflict in a story.

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September 29, 2022 16 mins

While I'm recovering from covid, rather than coughing through an episode, I'm going to share the first chapter from The Crazy Girl's Handbook. I'm working on turning my books into audiobooks and setting up through either Apple or Patreon bonus content for subscribers where they'll be able to listen to my audiobooks. I'll have more info on that soon. For now, enjoy an audio chapter of a fun, romantic story where I don't sound like a...

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Steve Novak and Meg Amor are back on the podcast to talk about the editing process. Steve's first experience with a professional editor was on the "Island Fever" anthology, which Meg edited. Both share their tips about approaching editing from a writer's and editor's standpoint. To learn more about Steve and his writing follow him on Twitter at To get in touch with Meg about editing, email jocnz@ya...
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September 14, 2022 49 mins

Scott Bury makes a return to Author Life Podcast to talk about his own foray into podcasting. Scott's "Eastern Front Trilogy" inspired him to share more of the research and stories he collected while writing his books.

Switching mediums always comes with challenges, and Scott also shared some of his lessons learned and advice for others interested in venturing into podcasting.

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The anthology, "Island Fever," brings together a variety of authors all sharing their perspective of fever and its consequences on the delicate ecosystems, economy, and people of the islands of Hawaii.

I'm pleased to have most of the contributing authors on the podcast this week to talk about their experience working on the anthology and the inspirations behind the stories.

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August 31, 2022 64 mins

If you're hitting roadblocks in your story or struggling to bring it all to a satisgying conclusion, consider taking a deeper look at your story structure. This episode does a deep dive into different types of structures and the components which make up a well crafter story.

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What does it take to create unique stories? Bestselling Reads authors are back on the podcast talking about how they develop and improve their creative processes and how creative problem solving in writing helps develop unique stories and characters.

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July 27, 2022 55 mins

Meet Roger Eschbacher this week on the podcast! Roger is a live action and animation writer, actor, and author. His books have been traditionally and independently published and he is an alum of LA's celebrated comedy troupe, The Groundlings.

Roger talks about his writing path, in both TV/film and novels, and how he balances the various genres of writing he works in.

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July 13, 2022 59 mins

Go beyond choosing a place and time for your story to take place by fully considering all aspects of setting. In this deep dive into setting, learn about the various elements of setting, how those elements impact characters and story, and how to better integrate setting into story and character development.

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July 6, 2022 26 mins

Deciding how to tell a story is just as important as deciding what story to tell. This episode will delve into narrative modes, point of views, narrative tense, narrative voice, and narrative modes. Each of these elements impact how a story is told and are important considerations in storytelling methods. Learn more about each aspect of storytelling and how choosing the right ones can improe your storytelling.

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June 29, 2022 44 mins

Whether your a pantser or a plotter, these tips for outlining can help you better flesh out a story and identify plot and character arc problems. Learn about different outlining methods and how to best use an outline, as well as the importance of reflecting your outline and the outlining process to identify weak or laggng sections of story.

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June 8, 2022 77 mins

SeriouslyGina joins me on the podcast this week to talk about her early experiences in querying. This was originally recorded several years ago, so some references may be out of date, but you can still get an interesting a look into the overall process of querying agents.

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June 1, 2022 31 mins

Fully developing villains and secondary characters can be challenging because so much focus and effort goes into creating stellar main characters. Skimping on rounding out villains and secondary characters can leave a story feeling flat. Learn how to dive more deeply into who your villains and secondary characters are and how to integrate them into the story in order to make it fuller, more engaging, and more realistic.

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Several Bestselling Reads authors are back on the podcast this week talking about setting. We discuss the importance of setting in various genres and writing styles, make a side trip into a discussion of aphantasia and how that might affect writing and description, and offer tips for integrating setting into story.

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May 18, 2022 44 mins

Writing a query letter is not only intimidating for many writers, but it can take what feels like endless amounts of revisions to get one just write. In this episode, I'll give practical tips for writing a query letter that will make the process less overwhelming and help you craft a compelling letter.

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May 11, 2022 29 mins

Some writers excel at writing characters who are their same sex, and others have a knack for writing the opposite sex. Regardless of which type of writer you are, this episode will offer helpful tips on writing the opposite sex and developing strong characters who will intrigue and engage the reader.

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May 4, 2022 26 mins

Scott Bury joins me on the podcast this week to talk about collaborative publishing and how this model benefits both authors and publishers. 

This was recorded in 2015, so discussion of Kindle Worlds at the end is out of date, but still an interesting discussion to hear how those worlds got started at the time.

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