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.Would you like to be a guest? Please check our submission guidelines on her website at tifmarcelo.com

Episodes

August 12, 2022 45 min

Episode 46  is with Mia Hopkins!

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. Her award-winning books have been featured by many publications including The Washington Post, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

In this episode, we talked about her most recent work, Tanked, which is the 3rd book in the Eastside brewery series. We discussed writin...

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Welcome to episode 45 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Chandra Blumberg.

Chandra Blumberg writes funny, heartwarming love stories about characters that feel real and relatable. Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra moved to the Chicago area after majoring in English at Michigan State University. When she's not writing, she enjoys lifting heavy barbells at the gym, making a mess of the kitchen while baking ...

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Welcome to episode 44 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Sarah Smith.

Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting h...

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Welcome to episode 43 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Annie Rains.

USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains lives in a small, coastal North Carolina town, full of lovable folks, scenic downtown areas, and breathtaking nature—similar to the towns she writes about in her books. Annie’s love of reading and writing grabbed hold of her at a young age and never let go. Her first book was published in 2015, and she...

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Welcome to episode 42 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Denise Williams.

Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. After growi...

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Welcome to episode 41 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Mia Sosa.

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Mia Sosa writes funny, flirty, and moderately steamy contemporary romances that celebrate our multicultural world. Booklist called her “the new go-to author for fans of sassy and sexy contemporary romances,” and Entertainment Weekly described The Worst Best Man as “rom-com perfection.” A graduate of...

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Welcome to episode 40 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. She also clearly escaped from a classic screwball romantic comedy. Not Your Average Hot Guy (out now!) and The Date from Hell (April 5, 2022) are her first romantic comedies, and will be followed in 2023 by...

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Welcome to episode 39 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Elle Cruz. This intro is recorded on March 24, 2022

Elle Cruz is an author of contemporary romance. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a doctoral degree in nursing. By day she works as a nurse practitioner, but at night she is writing swoon-worthy stories perfect for all the hopeless romantics out there. In addition to being an author, Elle is...

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Welcome to Episode 28 of the Stories to Love Podcast! Here with me today is Jessica Strawser.

Jessica Strawser is editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she was editorial director for nearly a decade. She is author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You; Not That I Could Tell (a Book of the Month bestseller); Forget You Know Me; and A Million Reasons Why, named to Most Anticipated lists from Goodreads, E! News & SheRead...

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Welcome to Episode 37 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Today's episode is with AC Arthur.  

AC Arthur has worked as a paralegal in every field of law since high school, but her first love is and will always be writing romance. She’s written and won awards for her acclaimed Donovans and Shadow Shifters contemporary and paranormal romance series. Under her pen name, Lacey Baker, she created the quaint small town of Sweetland and wr...

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Welcome to Episode 36 of the Stories to Love podcast! 

Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin's, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right.

In this episode we discussed her most recent novel, Love,...

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Welcome to Episode 35 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Here with me this week is Lily Chu, author of The Stand-In.

In this episode we talked about so many things--I loved this conversation! Some points we touched on are the audio production of The Stand-In with narrator Philipa Soo. We also talked about the idea of taking up space as it intersects with social power and celebrity culture. Finally we spent a magnificent time talking ab...

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Welcome to Episode 34 of the Stories to Love Podcast and here with me today is Jayne Allen, the author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted.

In this episode, we chat about the catalyst of her book, in writing books about layered human experiences, the evolution of the title of her book Black Girls Must Die Exhausted, and her incredible position at Zibby Books. This was such a fun conversation, and perfect in the beginning of this new ...

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Welcome to episode 33 of the Stories to Love Podcast!

Here with me on this episode is actress and author of The Lowcountry Bride, Preslaysa Williams We had such a fun conversation about the power of revisions, stories that continue to call to us, her life as an actor, and piecing cultural information as part of her book research. This conversation comes perfectly just before the turn of the new year because we talk a little bit abou...

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Welcome to episode 32 of The Stories to Love Podcast!

Here with me today is Ralph Walker. 

Ralph Walker is an author of speculative fiction and thrillers. His books, stories and screenplays place broken characters in worlds just around the corner; taking on climate change, technology, and a world spinning faster than they can possibly catch up.

In this episode, we talk about Ralph stepping up on becoming the facilitator of #5amwriters...

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Welcome to Episode 31 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Here with me is Lyn Liao Butler

Lyn and I chat about launching her debut The Tiger Mom’s Tale during the pandemic, about how some of her experiences have made their way into her debut, and the idea of being in the "in between."

Links discussed (many of these are affiliate links)
Women's Fiction Writer's Association
Alison Larkin: The People We Keep
Abbi Jimenez : Life...

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Welcome to the second season of the Stories to Love Podcast!

We have Nancy Naigle here to discuss The Shell Collector. It’s an inspirational fiction novel that deals with loss, grief and second chances. In this episode we discuss Nancy’s career as a romance, Hallmark, and fiction author, and her pivot from her career in banking. 

Tif also recaps last month's season and what she's up to these days.

Host: Tif Marcelo



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This is episode 29 of the Stories to Love Podcast.  

My guest this week is Teri Wilson. She is a USA Today Bestselling romance author and is best known for her books written under the Hallmark banner and Hallmark movie novelizations. She’s written quite a few books, and we’re going to discuss this journeyand the things she’s learned since then. 

This interview happened way back in February, so keep that in mind. Since then, Teri publ...

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Here with me this week is Bel Canto Books founder and bookseller, Jhoanna Belfer. In this episode we discuss her journey from hospitality to bookseller and owner of Bel Canto Books, her passion for reading and books, and navigating her emerging bookstore during COVID.

Links discussed:
The Hundred Dollar Start Up

Ann Patchett and Parnassus books

A Promised Land

Becoming

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Welcome to Episode 27 of the Stories to Love podcast.

Here with me, this week is romance writer and registered nurse April Hunt. In this episode we discuss how it’s been

* Being a nurse during the pandemic

* The pivot from romantic suspense to romcom

* We also talk about how we met, the differences in our books and different levels in steam in romance

Links to books discussed:
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
The Apology Project ...

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