The Hope Prose Podcast

The Hope Prose Podcast

The Hope Prose podcast is dedicated to hope-filled books – the authors who write them and the readers they inspire. We upload new episodes once every two weeks and hope to leave our listeners with sparks to ignite their own stories–whether in real life or fictional. We want our podcast to be a place that inspires you to live a life of creative purpose through reading, writing, or maybe even singing. Words are kinda our thing. With author interviews ranging from Nadine Brandes, to Lauren K. Denton, and many more, you are sure to leave with tidbits of information that we hope inspire and uplifts you.

Episodes

May 15, 2022 50 min

In today’s episode, Tessa Van Wade stops by to talk to Rebekah and Tara about OUT OF THE SHADOWS, the first installment in her The Velieri Uprising series. She currently makes Hawaii her home, and when she’s not being a mom of two or writing, she runs a boutique gym and pilates studio. OUT OF THE SHADOWS is her first book. Listen in as she discusses her unconventional path to publishing, her background in acting and producing, her ...

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Today on Hope Prose, we’re switching things up a bit and instead of an author, you’re going to be hearing from someone who champions their books and gets them published. Our guest today is none other than literary extraordinaire himself, Don Pape! Former publisher-turned literary agent.  Listen as Don takes us behind the scenes of agent life and explains what he thinks makes a good story, query, and what he’s looking to represent a...

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Today on Hope Prose, Ashley Bustamante stops by to chat with Tara and Rebekah about her debut novel, VIVID forthcoming from Enclave in May of 2022. Ashley, hailing from Arizona, has been writing for as long as she can remember and strives to create stories that bring people together and offer positive messages of encouragement to her readers. Listen in as Ashely talks about her unorthodox foray into publishing, where her idea for a...

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In today’s episode, Katherine Reay, a national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels, stops by to talk to Rebekah and Tara about her wildly successful novel THE LONDON HOUSE.  Listen as they chat about her first foray into historical fiction, the research she conducted for the story, her love of the classics, and why food plays an important role in her novels. HINT: Jane Austen may have something to do with it. Enj...

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In this episode, Rebekah and Tara sit down with the marvelous Nova Mcbee, a Seattle native and helpless nomad and culture nerd who has lived nearly half her life in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. However, you may know her as the brains behind the popular Calculated Series---including Calculated, Simulated, and soon Activated! Listen in as she talks about her time as a PitchWars Mentor, the extensive research behind the Calculat...

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In today’s episode, Tara and Rebekah discuss the nitty-gritty of social media with Danielle Wilkinson, an aspiring author from Atlanta and Instagram coach for authors. Listen in as they tackle issues such as how to choose what platform to be on, what strategies to employ if you want to grow your audience, what mistakes you might be making, and so, so much more! If you are an author or aspiring author just trying to figure out how t...

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In today’s episode of Hope Prose, author Lillie Lainoff joins Rebekah and Tara to talk about her debut novel ONE FOR ALL (forthcoming March 8th, 2022). Lillie’s novel is close to Rebekah’s heart as it deals with Chronic illness, female friendships, loving yourself, and swords. Lots and lots of swords! Listen as they gab about Lillie’s journey to publication, her sports career as a fencer, and why it’s important that more books with...

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In today’s episode of Hope Prose, the amazing Jeff Zentner, award-winning and critically acclaimed author of IN THE WILD LIGHT, and special guest Sarina White,  join Rebekah in studio to talk about all things IN THE WILD LIGHT and writing.

Listen in for a heartfelt discussion about poetry, writing well-rounded characters, why misfit friendships make several appearances within his work, and how he handles pressure as a multi-award-w...

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Welcome back to Hope Prose! In today’s episode, Rebekah and Tara welcome Candice Pedraza Yamnitz, author of the forthcoming UNBETROTHED, to the show. Listen as they talk about Candice’s whirlwind journey to publication, method writing, and what inspired the fantasy world of Valle de los Fantasmas. 

Enjoy! 

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In today’s episode of Hope Prose, Allison Pittman, author of PUDGE AND PREJUDICE, joins Rebekah and Tara in a heartfelt discussion about true beauty, body image, how she balances being a full-time teacher and write books, what inspired her to write a Jane Austen retelling set in the 80’s, and why it’s important to write books for YOU, not the market. 

Filled with laughter and Texan personality, this is an episode you won’t want to m...

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Welcome back to Hope Prose! In this episode, CBA bestselling author Susie Finkbeiner of THE MANNER OF ALL THINGS, THE STORIES THAT BIND US, and THE NATURE OF SMALL BIRDS, joins Tara and Rebekah in the studio. 

Together, they talk about the joys and trials of writing more recent historical fiction, the role birds play in her novel THE NATURE OF SMALL BIRDS, her search to accurately and gently portray adoption in fiction, and the stor...

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November 7, 2021 38 min

You asked and we delivered! In today’s episode, Marissa Meyer stops by the studio to chat about her newest release GILDED, a haunting retelling perfect for the fall season! 

Listen in as she talks to Tara and Bekah about her world-building process, how she tackles imposter syndrome, balancing home life and work, and her top tips for writers’ getting ready to query agents. 

Enjoy! 

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On this episode of Hope Prose, Rebekah and Tara sit down with the uber-talented Olivia Smit, author and editor, to talk about all things drafting, editing, revisions, and how to move through each stage with ease. 

Allow Olivia to walk you through key things you should have in place before starting your novel, how to write your book quickly, editing tips on common problems beginner writers face and how to avoid them, plus advice on h...

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In today’s episode, USA Today Bestselling author, Lauren K. Denton, stops by the show to chat about her latest release THE ONE YOU’RE WITH and all things Southern fiction! Listen as she takes Tara and Bekah back to where it all started, gives advice on writing messy characters, and her tips for overcoming imposter syndrome. 

Enjoy! 


- Lauren’s book can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or online from the Hope Prose P...

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 On this episode of Hope Prose, Rebekah and Tara kick off a brand new season with New York Times Bestselling author, Melanie Dickerson. Listen as they chat about her newest release A PERILOUS PLAN, the first book of her new series: IMPERILED YOUNG WIDOWS and what makes a good romance, how she keeps all her characters straight, the in’s and out’s of writing a series, and how she keeps her writing fresh over the course of 20+ boo...

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September 5, 2021 22 min

On the last episode of Season Two, Tara and Bekah sit down to reminisce about their favorite guests and episodes of the year, the best advice they’ve received from the authors who've chatted with them, tease Season Three, and get you excited about all the fun things yet to come. 

Stay well, happy, and tuned in.

We’ll see you here next season! 


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C.R. Stewart joins Rebekah and Tara in an almost hour-long discussion about his Britfield series for middle-grade through YA, education, and the alarming decline of creativity in our youth. 

Born in Newport Beach, California, C. R. Stewart has 20 years of experience in writing fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays. He is an award-winning, bestselling author, creativity specialist, international consultant, and prolific writer. 

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In today’s episode, Tara and Rebekah gab with Carol Award-winning and best-selling author, Lindsay Franklin! 

Lindsay is a native San Diegan who lives with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, and three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman. Listen in as Lindsay takes them behind the scenes of her querying journey, how the Story Peddler Series came to be, how s...

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Today, Tara and Rebekah interview Amy Michelle Carpenter, YA Sci-fi and fantasy author of the book BECOMING HUMAN.

Listen as they discuss the highs and lows of writing sci-fi, tackling more than two POVs in a book, how to world-build like a pro, and her tips for authors wanting to get published either by a small press or traditionally.

Enjoy! 



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This is a LIVE and UNEDITED  episode we recorded with FOUR loyal and talented listeners of the podcast! We're embracing the imperfections today - mouse clicks, awkward pauses, and clearing of throats included. ;)  Listen as we (Tara and Rebekah) talk about some of the show's highlights, stats, memorable moments,  and interview our listeners of the podcast and panelist! 

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