Between the Reads

Between the Reads

Vivacious Black woman who loves to read spicing up the TBRs of anyone who likes their books Black. Entertaining, humorous and always insightful interviews with Black Indie and traditionally published authors. Come along with me on bookish journeys into the worlds they create, learn about characters you'll love -- or love to hate -- and get a sneak peek at what really goes on in the minds of your soon-to-be favorite authors. Between the Reads podcast. The voice for Black Indie authors.

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January 18, 2022 44 min

In this episode, I speak with author Kellye Garrett about her novel Hollywood Homicide. We talk about her inspiration for the novel, how she creates her characters, her journey into being a hybrid author, and the joys of cursing. 

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Kellye Garrett is the acclaimed author of the upcoming Like A Sister (Mulholland Books) suspense novel in which no one bats an eye when a disgraced reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx—except her ...

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Audra Russell speaks with author and leader Terrance Lee.

Terrance Lee, AKA The Introvert Leader had always avoided taking on leadership roles in his life.  At the age of 13, an experience occurred which caused him to doubt his ability to speak in front of people, and caused him to shy away from the spotlight.  This worked for Terrance until he eventually had to learn leadership skills by necessity at his first engineering job out o...
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Audra Russell speaks with horror authors Sylvester Barzey, Michelle Lane & Steven Van Patten.

There's a misconception that Black horror authors only recently came on the scene after Jordan Peele's debut horror film. But Black people have been on the horror scene along.

We have a great time discussing Black authors in the horror space, expectations for the future, diversity in horror, and making stories believable (because...

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October 19, 2021 50 min

Felix Dimaro and I sneak in between the pages of his novella, Viral Lives, and talk about his character Simon, who has no moral compass, the importance of writing characters relatable to any culture, and taking up space in the horror genre.

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Audra Russell chats with author Sylvester Barzey.

Sylvester Barzey is a best-selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY, and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre. 

We creep between the pages of his short story compilation, Stitches, and talk about the importance of ...

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Brenda and I get deep between the pages of her mystery and suspense novel, Heartless, and talk about her road from self-published to traditionally published and back again. We get into what it's like to write from a man's perspective, the world of the futanari, writing erotica, and share a lot of laughs -- and heartfelt moments --  along the way.

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Audra Russell speaks with author Liela Fuller. 

Liela Marie Fuller is an Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Entrepreneur. Liela is a transparent author – unashamed to put her life in print. In Life’s Reflection, her first poetry book, she invited us deep into her world, gripping us with passionate pieces like “Black Rose,” “Is Love What You Call It,” and “Addicted”. Liela’s transparency in the face of trials attracted the attention of ma...

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September 13, 2021 33 min

Audra Russell speaks with author Jacqueline Stewart.

Author Jacqueline Stewart resides in the state of Louisiana. She’s a military spouse and mother of two children. She graduated from Northwestern State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Her roots in writing began with play productions. Jacqueline has written several inspirational plays, a web series, and a short film. She’s also written inspirati...

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Audra Russell speaks with author Cerece Rennie Murphy.

 National bestselling and award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy has published ten novels, children’s books, and short stories, including her latest release Between Two Seas. In addition, Mrs. Murphy and her son are also working on completing Ellis and The Cloud Kingdom, the 3rd book in the Ellis and the Magic Mirror early reader children’s book series. Mrs. Murphy lives and ...

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Audra Russell speaks with horror author and Writer's Atelier owner Racquel Henry.

Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer, editor, and writing coach with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She spent six years as an English Professor and currently owns the writing studio, Writer’s Atelier, in Maitland, FL. In 2010, Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine where she still serves as an editor, and recently joined Voyag...

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August 23, 2021 40 min

Audra Russell speaks with author Darbrielle Thomas.

Darbrielle is a Black Queer author hailing from Long Beach, California. "The goal has always been?love" Darbrielle bares the heart on her sleeve in debut memoir, "Love 'Oirs." The 31-year-old?relishes the opportunity to become the best version of herself, and the beginning of her journey?starts here, in her detailed account of instances where she warred with and...

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Audra Russell speaks with author and entrepreneur Charles Ford.

Charles Ford is an author who wrote about his experience as an employee of Con Edison. He is also a songwriter and music video producer and podcaster under the artistic name of Chas Bronxson. He can be heard on Chuck D of Public Enemy's Anthem Tongue Radio on the RapStation Network hosting two different shows: Art-Of-Facts and Genre Collaborations. He will be releas...

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August 17, 2021 57 min

Audra Russell speaks with author A.J. Ross.

A.J. Ross is a Detroit-born and bred English teacher turned author. Writing since childhood, Ross thrived on the idea of creating her own worlds beyond the confines of the society she was born into. That desire led her to the world of Science-fiction, Superheroes, and Fantasy; mostly because these were the first worlds where she saw people like her. (Storm from X-men, Star Trek's Uhura...

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August 3, 2021 44 min

Audra Russell speaks with author Samone Johnson.

California native Samone Johnson is a self-published storyteller, real estate investor, occasional blogger, mentor, and Thriftbooks junkie. Many of her writing projects have been inspired by her life experiences. She has served as a mentor for incarcerated youth for over ten years. In 2012, she self-published her first autobiographical short story, The Weekend: A Short Before the Stor...

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August 3, 2021 69 min

Audra Russell chats with author M Shelly Conner.

Chicago native M Shelly Conner spent her summers bouncing between her grandmother in Memphis and relatives in Los Angeles, reveling in the sprawl of the Great Migration. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A multigenre writer, she is the creator of the Quare Life web series and has published essays on dapper queer aesthetics, Black womanhood, self-sustaina...

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Audra Russell speaks with horror authors Queen Aishah and Eboni Caldwell.

Hailing from Newar, New Jersey, Queen Aishah is a comedienne, actress, producer, media personality, and humanitarian. Her authenticity and unique comedic timing make it easy for her to connect with diverse audiences of all ages. For more than 20 years she has been spreading her talent and joy to audiences, including hosting and headlining numerous comedy shows...

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Audra Russell talks with author Carlos Patterson.

Carlos Patterson is a North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-raised author, father, endurance athlete, Health and Life Coach, mentor, prosperous entrepreneur, and Real Estate investor. He has earned degrees in Biology and Mathematics.

Carlos is a student and coach of self-improvement and professional development. He has worked extensively in the health coaching discipline making him a habit tr...

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Audra Russell chats with author Rita Williams-Garcia.

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Childr...

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June 15, 2021 88 min

Audra Russell speaks with author and poet Ludy Wooten.

Ludy Wooten is a creative thinker and writer. Her passion for writing began at an early age. She was born in Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 6. Her love for writing stemmed from having to learn English as a second language. She would spend hours enamored with the English language through watching shows like Sesame Street, listening to music, and watching video...

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June 13, 2021 55 min

Audra Russell speaks with horror author Yanatha Desouvre.

Desouvre is a modern-day renaissance man, full-time faculty member of Entrepreneurship at Miami Dade College, # 1 best-selling Amazon.com author, filmmaker, and public speaker. In addition to various publications and audiobooks, Desouvre wrote a well-received textbook titled, Essential Guide to Windows 10. His latest novella, “Revelations: Roads to Redemption, has been partia...

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