Sophia Gholz is a children’s picture book author. Her debut work is titled, The Boy Who Grew a Forest. It is the true story of Jadav Payeng, who single-handedly planted over twelve hundred acres of lush forest on a once barren island in northeastern India. Tune in to hear Sophia talk about her writing journey, the magic of Jadav’s story and the lesson that small things done by one person can have a big impact on the lives of many.
Angelica Shirley Carpenter is an author, retired librarian and Wizard of Oz expert. Angelica's latest book, Born Criminal: Mathilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist, chronicles the life of one of the most important (but least known) leaders of the early women’s movement—a woman who was effectively written out of history. Angelica’s book is intended to write Mathilda Gage back in. Tune in to hear Angelica discuss her writing journey ... Read more
Author Katie Cross is both a young adult fantasy writer (The Network Series and The Dragonmaster Trilogy) and an author of contemporary women's fiction (The Health and Happiness Society). She believes in the power of books to change lives and knows that sometimes we all want to channel magic, ride dragons and connect with people over similar life experiences. Tune in to hear Katie discuss her writing journey, the inspiration she re... Read more
Lori Oliver-Tierney is everyone who put a dream on hold. At 50, she decided that she'd waited long enough and set out to fulfill her dream of hiking the John Muir Trail. Lori Oliver-Tierney's memoir is titled, Trudge: A Midlife Crisis on the John Muir Trail. It chronicles her journey on the trail, which is filled with asthmatic moments, painful blisters and many colorful characters. Tune in to hear Lori discuss her journeys, on the... Read more
Sue Chamblin Frederick is a southern belle turned author, and her southern roots have enriched her stories about life in small towns. She is the author of numerous books, including her Madison County series, which are filled with feisty characters, down-home details and lively storylines -- much like Sue herself. Tune in to hear Sue talk about her writing journey and why life in the South holds such inspiration for her.
Cindi Handley Goodeaux is the author of the children's picture book series, The Adventures of Princess Jellibean. Cindi is a lifelong disability advocate who uses her writing to teach understanding and inclusion, as well as to entertain. Tune in to hear Cindi discuss her writing journey, her upcoming projects and the power of social media.
Flora Beach Burlingame is the author of two works of historical fiction, both of which pay homage to her great grandfather, John Ogilvie. Her latest book, Path of Progress, chronicles her great grandfather's fight for women’s rights during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tune in to hear Flora talk about her writing journey, her grandfather's legacy and the box of old family documents that started her novel writin... Read more
Joan Schoettler is the author of the nonfiction children's picture book, Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life, a story about the life and work of American artist Ruth Asawa. Tune in to the podcast to hear Joan talk about her writing journey, her fascination with Ruth Asawa's story and how her years of teaching children's literature at the university level helped shape her own writing.
Mark Wayne Adams is the award-winning author of the Family Tree novel series for young adults. He is also the illustrator of numerous children's picture books, which collectively have won over 100 book awards. Tune in to hear about Mark's journey as both author and illustrator and his thoughts on teamwork in the publishing industry.
Robin Newman writes crime fiction...for little kids. Robin is an award-winning author of children's picture books and early chapter books, and her writing journey has spanned three careers, from lawyer to legal editor to full-time author. Tune in to hear Robin discuss her detective series for young readers and the real-life inspirations for her picture books.
Author Krys Fenner uses her passion for writing to raise awareness of difficult social issues and to help others overcome the challenges they face in their own lives. Her desire to help people led her to pen her Dark Road series. Tune in to hear Krys discuss her writing journey and describe how her own deeply personal experiences serve as inspiration for her stories.
Peter Margaritis is the author of two books, Taking the Numb Out of Numbers and Improv is No Joke, in which he shares his passion for helping people become more effective communicators and leaders by using the principles of storytelling and improv comedy. Tune in to hear all about his journey from accidental accountant to professional keynote speaker to two-time author.
Lawrence Martin is an award-winning author whose writing journey has spanned nearly four decades and includes a wide and varied body of work. Tune in to hear him discuss his love of writing and his numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, including his historical fiction trilogy centered around late Civil War Savannah, GA.
Boo Walker is the best-selling author of the Red Mountain Chronicles series. Tune in to hear Boo talk about his passion for writing and how his real life adventures color and shape his stories.
Author Jennifer Swanson has written over thirty-five nonfiction books for kids. In this episode, Jennifer discusses her love of writing, her passion for science and her unique ability to make complicated STEM concepts fun for young readers.
Author Renee Garrison spent her teenage years as the only girl in a boys' military boarding school. Tune in to hear Renee discuss her writing journey and describe how her real-life experiences influenced her award-winning novel, The Anchor Clankers.
In this week's episode, author and poet Pat Stanford discusses her award-winning book, Fixing Boo Boo: A Story of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the deeply personal story behind story.
French-American author Evelyne Holingue writes children's, middle grade and young adult fiction. In this episode, Evelyne discusses her latest novel, All the Mountains We Can Climb, and describes how her writing journey has spanned two countries and two languages.
N. Jane Quackenbush is the author of children's and middle grade fiction, including The Children's Horrible House series. Tune in to hear about how she incorporates STEM learning into her fantastical stories, while drawing inspiration from her own childhood experiences.
In this podcast episode, Mary Falbo, the author of the cookbook, Giovanna's Legacy: Gifts from Her Italian Kitchen, describes her efforts to honor her mother, Giovanna, and all of the hard work (and eating!) that went into the compilation of over 180 of her mother's Italian recipes.