Stories to Love

Stories to Love

A podcast where I fangirl over creators and find out all about their inspiration, in hopes to boost our own inspiration. Hosted by Tif Marcelo, author of contemporary fiction, romance, and young adult fiction.... Show More

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February 28, 2021 40 min

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Stories to Love Podcast!

My guest this week is Dr. Mona Shroff. She is a romance author, an agency sibling, and a good friend. In this episode we discuss her most recent release Then There Was You, the crux and difficulty in writing second books, and digging deep into writing grief and redemption in romance. And there’s a little tidbit in there about me and Mona probably meeting one another over 20 years...

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*Welcome to Episode 22* of the Stories to Love Podcast!

My guest this week is Rachel Lacey. She is a romance author and happens to be one of my dearest friends. In this podcast we talk about her most recent book, COME AWAY WITH ME, her pretty extensive backlist, and writing fan fiction.

I appreciate all who have subscribed! If you haven’t, please do subscribe, and leave a rating when you can. If you’d like to support this podcast, p...

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Welcome to Episode 21 of the Stories to Love Podcast!

So it’s just me today with a short episode! As promised, I would start to mix in answers to some of the questions you’ve sent over to me, either hearing through the podcast as well as responses to my newsletter. Thank you to those who have reached out. I’m really humble that you want to know more about me. You can reach me via my Instagram or my website

I do hope everyone’s hangin...

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Welcome to Episode 20!

My guest this week is  thriller author Jennifer Hillier. This in-conversation was recorded back in October, but with the backlog of episodes and my deadlines…well, you know the deal. I do have to say that the timing as this being the first in-conversation of the new year is pretty spectacular, a great  jump off point for us here because Jennifer is just…so so cool. I’m a fan of Jennifer’s work, from her first ...

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Welcome to episode 19, and the first of the new year. I know, we are already 2 weeks into the new year, but this is the first I’ve been able to take a breath!

It will just be me on this episode, and it’s a short one! Today I want to chat about the way ahead of this podcast, and top three things I learned in general, in 2020. This is going to be one of those recap episodes that I meant to record before 2020 was over, but if there’s a...

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Welcome to Episode 18 of the Stories to Love Podcast

Hello everyone and happy New Year’s Eve! I had a few minutes and am in between deadlines and wanted to air this special episode with Gail D. Villanueva. Gail is a middle grade author and we talk about her menagerie of pets, superstition in books, respecting the middle grade reader, hope and consent in her books. In addition, I wanted to highlight the Kidlit for Luzon Campaign, whi...

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Welcome to Episode 17 of the Stories to Love Podcast

I can’t wait for you to meet my next guest! You guys. This is such a treat!  I was able to get Tia Curtis of Tia Curtis Quilts of Camp Follower Bags into the recording studio. If you don’t know this mega-talented lady, go ahead and head on over to her Instagram, and I will wait. In this episode we chat about our similar arcs in our creative life, how she balances business and art,...

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Episode 16 of the Stories to Love Podcast

I’m wishing a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US listeners! I took most of the holiday weekend off, so I could cook for my family and enjoy each other’s company. 

For this episode, I have author and writer’s coach Nina Crespo. We talk about ending one series while in between writing another series, being a writer’s coach, and her three important things she’s learned as both an author and a w...

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I’m really excited today to introduce you to my next guest Amy Impellizzeri, who is the author of I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS and LEMONGRASS HOPE, among other fiction and nonfiction titles. She is the first of I hope many of the Tall Poppy Writers I get to introduce you to. The Tall Poppy Writers are a collective of women authors who seek to uplift each other and each others books. We have Facebook group called Bloom where we share book r...

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Welcome to Episode 14!

My next guest is Kim Russo of Kim Dyes Yarn. Besides being one of my sweetest friends, she’s also talented as heck. We talk about her career path, how she choses her color ways, optimism, and making scary goals. Kim is a quiet force, and the kind of creator I look up to, and I asked her to come on to the podcast because she has inspired me along the way of my creative journey.

Links discussed:

Kim Dyes Yarn

Stitc...

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*part of a special series for Filipino-American History Month*

My next guest is Dr. Jeannie Celestial, licensed clinical psychologist and cookbook author. We talk about cookbooks as preserving family recipes and culture, working with 5 other authors, and her work in mental health and wellness. I think you’ll find my in conversation with her so wonderful and enlightening.

Links discussed:
FilipinX Health Initiative in Solano County

Bala...

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*part of a special series for Filipino-American History Month*

We’re at the tail end of this month and this episode is the peniultimate episode for Filipino-American History Month! You'll meet Sarah Smith, romance author. She just had the release of her second full length book,  SIMMER DOWN, and we talk about her journey into authorship, her work as a copywriter, and writing her sophomore book.

Links:
The Generation Why Podcast

Mak...

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*part of a special series of Filipino-American History Month*

Welcome to Episode 11!

Today we have Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, a Filipino-American Book Blogger, Bookstagrammer, and Podcaster. We talk about her deep love of books, how she is writing all the time, and her evolving to-do list.

Links to things discussed:

Lisa Kleypas, Wallflower Series

Julia Quinn, The Bridgerton Series

Rick Riordan, Olympus Series

The Circle of Magic by Tamo...

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*part of a special series for Filipino-American History Month

I'm so thrilled to have an in-conversation with Mae Respicio, a middle grade author who is truly just so inspiring. In this episode we talk about her career changes that lead to authorship, the concept of home, and about a tidbit of Filipino-American history that made it to both of our books. She also answers a couple of questions my daughter had for her.

You can find...

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*part of a special series for Filipino-American History month.*

I get to introduce you to indie Filipino-American romance author Maida Malby. We Talk about the derth of Filipino-Americans in romance that encouraged her to write, her big pivot change in her career, and the sense of accomplishment having her book in her hand.

Links:

The Ripped Bodice: https://www.therippedbodicela.com
National Novel Writing Month: https://nanowrimo.org
Je...

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*part of a special series for Filipino-American History month.*

With October being Filipino-American History month, my conversations have centered around this unique experience Filipino Americans have lived. If possible, I am even more in awe of my parents, my grandparents, my ancestors. It becomes even more important that Filipino Americans register and vote. And if possible  Vote early. 

One of the creators I spoke to, the other ac...

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Happy Filipino-American History Month! This month I’m going to feature a several Fil-Am creators. Because I believe that today’s creators continue to build history for the next generation, I wanted to touch base with these creators to glean their enthusiasm, their optimism, and their zeal in creative work, all while being part of the Fil-Am community.

First up on the docket is Elaine Dolalas, one of the podcasters of This Filipino A...

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Welcome to Episode 6!

It's just Tif today and she discusses her progress in her most recent work, and her love for her critique group. She also talks about author photos and making sure she looks like herself.

Links to things discussed:
Sarandipity Photography: https://sarandipityphoto.com

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Welcome to Episode 5!

With me this week is Tracey Livesay, author extraordinaire and truly one of my favorites. I chatted with her about month ago about her most recent release, Like Lovers Do, the presence of friendships in her books, the nuances in friendships, empathy, and keeping your eye on the prize.

Before the conversation, I ta...

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Welcome to Episode 4!

This week we have Angelina M. Lopez ( http://www.angelinamlopez.com ), author of the the Filthy Rich series. This is a romance series with high heat and high stakes that I love so much. I interviewed Angelina about three weeks ago. In the episode we talk about her long journey toward publication—about two decad...

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