Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

Struggling to write? You aren't alone! Join indie author Marissa Lete as she converses with various writers to learn about their unique creative processes and get their best tips and tricks about how to keep the inspiration flowing, stay motivated, and fall in love with writing again.

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April 28, 2022 38 min

In this episode, I chat with previous guest Shawna Smith about her new books, Keepers of the Earth's Secrets and Natural Pregnancy Guide, unlocking our creative energy, how to prevent and remove writing blocks, honoring our natural creative cycles, and more!

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In this episode, I chat with Skylar Wolf about using writing as a way to express emotions, the struggle of dealing with different dialects when your story has characters from different countries, how the things we read influence what we write, and more!

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March 31, 2022 44 min

In this episode I chat with author Rhen Garland about her Gaslamp fantasy series, the Versipellis Mysteries, getting language and details right when you're writing in a historical setting, juggling writing with a medical condition, and so much more! 

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March 17, 2022 43 min

In this episode I chat with indie author Emily Schneider about her young adult fantasy series Scales of Ash and Smoke, writing romantic tension, creating a fantasy world, switching genres to get over writer's block, and more!

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March 4, 2022 42 min

In this episode, I chat with Norwegian author Anna Eline Bolstad about finding inspiration from history, how writing helps us understand other people better, having multiple projects and taking walks to overcome writer's block, and so much more!

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February 18, 2022 56 min

Join me as I chat with children's book author, marketing consultant, and podcaster Micaela S. Benn about working with collaborators, paying attention to diversity even beyond cultural differences, finding ways to extend the reach of our stories, and so much more!

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November 24, 2021 45 min

In this episode, I chat with past guest M.C. Winkkle about her new novel, So Long as I'm With You, why it's important to be excited about what you write, learning how to take a break from projects when you need to, the challenges of writing a sequel vs. something new, and more!

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November 12, 2021 48 min

In this episode, I chat with author N. Daniel about his journey into writing memoir as creative nonfiction, how using your voice and sharing your story can help others in similar situations, the vulnerability of writing about your own life, and so much more!

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November 4, 2021 49 min

In this episode, I chat with Carmen Richter about how we insert pieces of ourselves into our characters, how editing for others can actually make you a better writer, the importance of an excellent cover design, and so much more!

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October 28, 2021 35 min

In this episode, I chat with Vanessa Kelman about writing self-help fiction and its focus on the changes happening in the characters' lives, how getting into a writing routine can be helpful but also difficult, how deadlines can be motivating, especially if you have an accountability partner, and so much more!

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In this episode, I chat with Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis about the positive art platform they created, why writing is so important, challenging yourself when you get stuck, gaining a healthy level of self-confidence, and so much more!

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October 14, 2021 39 min

In this episode, I chat with Mandi Oyster about her books, the Dacia Wolf series, how the writing process changes as you find your voice and grow as a writer, remembering how far you’ve come when you feel discouraged, and so much more!

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October 7, 2021 51 min

In this episode, I chat with Dawn Marcotte about how becoming a better writer is a gradual process, how taking the time to make sure you book is edited well will make your book so much better, why you shouldn't wait to start marketing yourself, and so much more!

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September 30, 2021 51 min

In this episode, I got to chat with Sally Eberhardt about being an introvert and her journey to writing "Pain-Free Networking for Introverts," how she writes fictio-memoir as a way to fictionalize parts of daily life, purposefully scheduling time to step away from writing and be present in the moment, and more!

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September 23, 2021 49 min

In this episode, I got to chat with Jeanette Mundy about the book she co-authored, "Power in Your Pocket, Detox from Good Girl Syndrome," learning how to be confident enough to share our voices with the world, using stream of consciousness writing to get through blocks, and so much more!

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September 16, 2021 53 min

In this week's episode, I got to chat with #1 bestselling thriller author JK Ellem about how he crafts twisty page-turners, being competitive with the mass market as an indie author, carefully choosing your marketing options, and more!

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In this week’s episode, I got to chat with Elizabeth Suggs and Jonathan Reddoch about how publishing is a collaborative process, embracing the process of receiving feedback on your work, becoming part of the writing community and finding good critique partners, and so much more! 

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September 2, 2021 62 min

In this week’s episode, I got to chat with Ryan M. Bultrowicz about how acting ultimately led him to become a playwright, the fact that actors can completely change the experience of a play, the world of playwriting and why it’s hard to break into, and so much more!

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August 26, 2021 42 min

In this week’s episode, I got to chat with Andrea Fink about her books and the super cool world she has created, using intentional, focused daydreaming to figure out what happens next in a story, reading drafts out loud during editing, and so much more! 



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August 19, 2021 57 min

In this week’s episode, I got to chat with Jennifer R. Jensen about mental health and why it’s so important to talk about, using music as a way to find inspiration, recognizing the difference between reader preferences and the things your manuscript actually needs work on, and so much more!



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