Beyond the Pen

Beyond the Pen

Reading Between the Lines Are you a book lover always looking for that next great storyteller who can transport you into a reality unlike your own? Or maybe you're a creative writer looking for the perfect muse to inspire you to create a world of pure imagination. Well then, Beyond the Pen is an excellent podcast for you. Hosted by Maccabee and Marccella, two book-loving voice actors who act more like siblings than co-hosts. Each week, they interview unknown and newly published authors about themselves, their books, and, most importantly, the story behind the story. Inspiring and Educating That's not all. At the end of every month, Maccabee and Marccella interview the creative experts within the publishing world, giving you a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to publish your favorite books. For More Information To learn more about the show, our guests, and where you can get your copy of their books, visit our website at BeyondthePenPodcast.Com. In addition, transcripts are available for purchase at Buy Me a Coffee with a donation of $5 or more. Make sure to leave your email address and what episode transcription you'd like. Help Grow Our Community Remember to follow us, leave a review, and share your favorite episode(s) to continue growing a supportive community of storytelling book lovers worldwide. If you want to become a show sponsor, contact us. We would love to spotlight your business as we have for the following companies: Text4More, Malibash LLC, and The Memory Collective.

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November 29, 2022 53 min

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Have you ever considered creating fan fiction for your favorite book series? Or maybe experiment with a well-known character's backstory to answer the question, what if? Well, this week's guest author, Alice McVeigh, did just that to one of Jane Austen's most infamous villainous characters, Lady Susan. In Susan - A Jane Austen Prequel, Alice shows us that not all villains start evil initially but are...

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Teaching our children about empathy in their early stages of life is very important to any parent. However, it takes talented and passionate people to create these feelings in those around them at any age. This week's guest, Aruna M. Lepore, is a shining example of this with her children's book, Peanut the Penguin. The origin of Peanut has been inspired by the penguins of Cape Town, South Africa, to her ...

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Dinners are a time to catch up on the goings on in our family and friends' lives. It's also a time when parents ask their single-adult children all those questions no one wants to hear. Are you dating anyone yet? When are you going to settle down and have children? Have you even tried looking for the right guy/girl? This can drive many of us crazy, especially if you're not into the opposite sex. And ...

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Coming from a generation of mental health and trauma can rain on anyone's parade. However, our guest author, Sandy Joy Weston, has always found some way to keep thinking positively no matter the storm has come her way. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. This allowed her to rise from the projects to owning and training her more well-known clients over the years. So, come with us as we go...

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Are you someone who loves geography or Alchemicals like the Philosopher's Stone? What would you do if you came across a mythical creature who disappeared behind a bolder? Would you find a way past it to travel to a whole new world? Well, that's what Lucy and Dee, our protagonists, did as they traveled down the Silk Road - made of real silk into the world of magic, dragons, and demons. So come with us as...

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History has a great way of inspiring creativity, especially when our ancestors are the inspiration. Guest author, Mary Kendall, tells us how her grandfather, a lawyer, inspired her to write The Spinster's Fortune. This historically driven fictional tale brings us back to two months before Black Tuesday occurs, sending us into WWII. We'll be discussing everything from generational wealth and how it can te...

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What do you do when a string of supernatural murders occur in a quiet, small mountain town? Simple, you allow your local witches to take care of it, especially when one of them is being framed. This is the bases of our next guest author, Kirsten Weiss, and her book Bound: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery. This is the first in a series of 13 books that'll keep you spellbound the entire time. Spells included.


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   Author Gare Allen gives us an insight into the spiritual world and the paranormal with a bit of help from our resident witch and spiritual advisor, Marccella. Gare shares how his levitating bed and other supernatural events impacted his life at 12. As he got older, he took a sabbatical at 22 to find himself. This led him into the world of metaphysics and a new norm of spiritual healing, just like our resid...

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Let's catch the killer of a well-known and celebrated nun, Sister Margaret as we patrol the streets of Manhattan with authors Travis Myers and Natasha Myers Marsiguerra. We'll canvas the pages of their debut novel, Sister Margaret: A Tommy Keane Novel, to answer your questions. Like, how impactful is the crime to the people of Manhattan? Can Tommy find the killer in time while dealing with the ghosts...

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Let's hit the books at the Writing Academy to learn what to look for in a writing coach with our literary professor, LaNette Kincaide. She gives us a very transparent look into the publishing world before your book is on the digital and physical shelves of your favorite book store. Discover some tips and tricks to help you in finding a coach that will inspire, mentor, and flourish your imagination. Plus w...

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When Cesar, a young man from the streets, volunteers for the Navy during the Vietnam War to escape Mr. Mike, a gangster working for the Cartel, only to find out that he's fighting a battle on two fronts. Both will either make him stronger, or kill him before he reaches his 20th birthday. Learn about what inspired author Andre Lewis Carter to write his latest novel, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Joi...

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Enter Warminster with author J.V. Hilliard in his book, The Last Keeper, as he leads us through the kingdoms of Ravenwood, Thronehelm, and the Queen's Chapel. Take a look behind the vale as we discover the dark path of a nightmarish blindman, and what started him on his path of tyranny. Following adventurers like the knight, Sir Ritter, and Daemus Alacar, the seer, in this D&D inspired high fantasy novel ...

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We take a trip through the Feywild with author Danielle Orsino and discover the origins of your favorite fey characters in book one of the Birth of the Fae series, Locked Out of Heaven. In this epic fantasy, we learn about two factions of powerful angels that remained on earth after being abandoned by their creator during the Great War with Lucifer. The two monarchs have opposing views on how they should govern t...

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Are you an author thinking about creating an audiobook but don't know anything about it? Maybe you're new to voice acting and are interested in narrating audiobooks but don't know how to start? Well, in this episode our guest, Ashley Durham of Malibash Media, LLC., Marccella, and I are going to give you a crash course into everything that has to do with audiobooks. Everything from platforms to up...

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August 23, 2022 34 min

After taking some time off during the summer, we decided to let everyone know what we were up to and a few things we have in store for our wonderful community of supportive listeners. Here are a few things we talked about:

  • Services we're working on
  • Our current projects
  • Reasons why we took two months off
  • The diversity of our community
  • Future guests we're looking for
  • Some of our favorite guests
  • Future hopes and dreams

  • Visi...

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    August 16, 2022 46 min

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    What if Bill And Ted went to the 1990s —the age of Nirvana, grunge, punk, Lollapalooza—and stopped off in Portlandia along the way? Join us as we ride with Darby on her trip back to mid-1990s Chicago with author, Andy Frye, as the conductor. You'll enjoy the good times with Darby as she relives her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and nostalgia you could ever imagine in Ninety Days in th...

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    The term "Good Egg" has been around for a very long time (1915-1920 to be exact), but our next guest takes it to a whole new level and beyond. In this episode, we'll be sitting down with author Sandy Ciaramitaro and her SEL book series, you guest it, The Good Eggs. We'll be discussing topics like:


  • What the term SEL mean?
  • Virtuous Calendar Layout
  • Egg-centric Mannerisms
  • The Good Eggs Foundation
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    How much has life changed your thinking since you were a child? Have you had to change your goals and life long dreams because of other peoples opinions of them? Maybe you need to reboot your supercomputer to the factory settings. That's where author Carrie Schmidt comes in with her new book Behind the Screen - Uncover the Truth: Connect to your Power, Passion, Purpose. Come with us as we discuss how a sp...

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    We take a trip through Heaven, Hell and Limbo with Death as our guide as he hunts down a psychotically demonic killer named Radix. During our trip down the River Styx, we talk with the ferryman himself, author Chris LaParco, about his book A Story Told. We'll discuss everything from criticism from mainstream publishers and tv directors, the reality of conflicts (real and fictious), and so much for. So get...

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    April 28, 2022 45 min

    How often have you heard a teenager or an adult say, "I'm fine." And yet knew they weren't. We all fear that if we burden anyone else with our problems, they'll either see us in a different light, tell us that we're overreacting, or even worse, make fun of us. We all have something we're afraid to share, and that's why the teens in Boys and Girls Scream by author Kern Carter started a teen group at t...

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