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Welcome to Now Appalachia Radio with host and thriller author Eliot Parker. The show will profile Appalachian writers and creative people. Proud to be part of the August on the Air Global Radio Network. Authors on the Air Global Radio Network is an international digital media corporation comprised of radio talk shows, podcasts, book reviews and anthology publishing with 3 million listeners in 40 countries and over one million social media friends. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elio ...
 
Novelist Spotlight is a gathering place for people interested in reading and writing great fiction and literature. This is where you will hear from the authors who write the novels and learn of their motivations, writing process, characters, struggles and successes. Novelist Spotlight is hosted by Mike Consol, a lifelong journalist and author of four novels.
 
Thank you for joining me, author Jess Montgomery, for afternoon tea breaks as I chat with authors and artists about inspiration, creative process, motivation, connecting with audiences, and more. Every other week, I chat with authors and artists about their work, process, insights, techniques, challenges and more. I find these chats inspiring and refreshing for my own creative work, and share these chats with you in the hope that if you are also a creator, you'll find inspiration and ideas i ...
 
This show features an interactive discussion, expert hosts, and guests focused on solving cyber security and privacy challenges in innovative and creative ways. Our goal is for our audience to learn and discover real, tangible, usable ideas that don't require a huge budget to accomplish. Shows like “How It’s Made” have become popular because they explain complicated or largely unknown things in easy terms. This show brings the human element to cyber security and privacy.
 
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On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Sheila Myers about her new novel THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE. Sheila Myers is an award-winning author and college professor in Upstate New York. Her penchant for research and meanderings through the wilderness, lakes, mountains, and vistas (and the occasional trip to a cemetery) in the …
 
In the spotlight is Nancy Stohlman, author of several books, including “Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction.” We discuss: >> How flash fiction is changing the way we tell stories >> The challenge of writing short >> Dehydrating your copy >> How the story chooses the author >> The importance of journaling >> Writing sabbaticals and retreats …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Scott Blackburn about his new thriller novel IT DIES WITH YOU. Scott is an English instructor and a 2017 graduate of the Mountainview MFA program. He lives in High Point, North Carolina with his wife and two children. When he is not writing and teaching, Scott enjoys training in comb…
 
In the spotlight is the story of a mother, a son, a newspaper clipping, and the celebrated novelist Larry Woiwode, who passed on April 28, but not before having left behind some important advice for the host of this podcast and fiction writers everywhere. Learn more about Larry Woiwode from this New York Times review of his memoir titled “A Step Fr…
 
In the spotlight, from the Low Country of South Carolina, is DM Brockington, a writer fascinated by witches and psychic abilities. When she’s not reading urban fantasy, paranormal or contemporary fiction novels, she’s writing them. Her body of work includes titles such as “Rise of the Millennial Witch,” “Uncloaked” and “Our Little Secrets.” The lis…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Eliot interviews co-hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast as well as authors Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland. In addition to the podcast, they are the authors of "Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything)." Sarah attended Transylvania University …
 
Gay Talese, one of the pioneers of the New Journalism (along with Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion and Hunter S. Thompson, among others) joins the program to discuss his long and storied career. Now 90 years of age, he is hard at work on his latest book. We discuss: >> Writing about everyday people >> Publishing industry titan Nan A. Talese >>…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with author Jamie Lyn Smith about her latest book TOWNSHIP. Jamie Lyn Smith is a writer, editor, and teacher. She earned her BA in English and Theatre from Kenyon College, her Masters in Education from Fordham University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State University. Jamie Lyn is …
 
Anna Pitoniak is the author of “The Futures,” “Necessary People” and “Our American Friend.” She graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. She worked for years in book publishing, most recently as a senior editor at Random House, before launching her writing career. We discuss: >> Learning the novel …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Valerie Nieman about her latest novel IN THE LONELY BACKWATER. Valerie has been a farmer, a sailor, a journalist, a teacher. To the Bones, a genre-bending novel about Appalachia, was published by West Virginia University Press in 2019, joining three earlier novels, a short fiction co…
 
Eliot Parker is the author of five novels: “Breakdown at Clear River,” “Making Arrangements,” “Fragile Brilliance,” “Code for Murder,” and “A Knife’s Edge.” We discuss: >> Developing an author platform >> What makes a novel Appalachian? >> The storytelling ethos of the south >> Hallmarks of creative writing >> Pat Conroy, John Grisham and Ray Bradb…
 
In the spotlight is historical novelist Diana Giovinazzo, author of the Italy-based titles “The Woman in Red” and “Antionette’s Sister.” We discuss: >> Why she quit writing >> How she came back to it >> Using a music soundtrack to facilitate your writing sessions >> Why aspiring novelists should NOT start with short stories >> The stress of full-ti…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio author Michael Wayne Hampton about his new novel DREAM KIDS. Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of five books of fiction. His criticism, essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications such as Atticus Review, The Southeast Review, 3AM Magazine, and Fiction Southeast…
 
Jay Newman, a former hedge fund portfolio manager who spent 40 years involved with international finance, has authored the new novel “Undermoney,” part of a three-book deal with Scribner. With cameo appearances by Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, the novel offers a fictionalized account of the very real instances of the moral…
 
In this episode, I chat with Hannah Mary McKinnon about her newest thriller, "Never Coming Home," which releases May 24, 2022. Learn more about Hannah at: https://hannahmarymckinnon.com/ WANT BONUS CONTENT, GIVEAWAYS, AND UPDATES FROM ME? SUBSCRIBE TO MY FREE E-NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE!By Jess Montgomery
 
In the spotlight is Andromeda Romano-Lax, who worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, “The Spanish Bow,” was translated into 11 languages, and her next three novels — “The Detour,” “Behave” (an Amazon Book of the Month), and “Plum Rains” (winner of the Sunburst Award) — reflect her diverse inte…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jess Montgomery about her latest novel THE ECHOES. Jess writes a Writer's Digest magazine column, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)" and was formerly the “Literary Life” columnist for the Dayton Daily News. Based on early chapters of the first book in the Kinship Series, The Widows, Jess…
 
In the spotlight is Ray Jay Perreault. After 10 years as a U.S. Air Force pilot, he spent almost 30 years in the aerospace industry with Northrup Grumman, the giant defense contractor. He began writing science fiction after realizing there was a niche for more sophisticated stories and more realistic sci-fi storytelling. His titles include: “Virus:…
 
It’s surprising how many people love movies and spend zero time reading books. It’s especially surprising when you consider how many movies are based on books. One of the sharp distinctions between books and movies is that novels allow readers to participate in the co-creation of the story in ways that moviegoers cannot. Allow me to explain. Noveli…
 
James N. Frey is an award-winning playwright and the author of nine novels, including: “The Long Way to Die,” which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and “Winter of the Wolves,” a Literary Guild Selection. But he is best known for his series of books about how to write novels, beginning with “How to Write a Damn Go…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Virginia historian Jonathan White about his new book: A HOUSE BUILT BY SLAVES: AFRICAN AMERICAN VISITORS TO THE WHITE HOUSE. Jonathan White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author of ten books and over 100 articles, essays, and reviews …
 
Montana-based Christine Carbo is the author of four novels: “A Sharp Solitude,” “The Wild Inside,” “The Weight of Night” and “Mortal Fall.” We discuss: >> The elements of suspense >> Writers’ groups >> Self-doubt >> Her early unpublished novels >> Career turning points >> Her new project Learn more about Christine Carbo here: http://www.christineca…
 
Scotland-based author Carole Johnstone writes about “the wonderful and terrible things we do for love.” She is also convinced “the most dangerous stories are the ones we tell ourselves.” That kind of thinking is apparently an approach that works, considering that three publishing houses bid on her first novel, “Mirrorland.” We discuss: >> The advic…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Nancy Allen about her novel RENEGADE. Nancy Allen, author of the Ozarks Mystery Series, practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She’s tried over thirty jury cases, including murder and sexual offenses, and …
 
Elena Gorokhova grew up in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in a courtyard. At age 10 she was seduced by the beauty of the English language and spent the next eight years deciphering its secrets at Leningrad English school #238, to her mother’s bewilderment. She came to the United States and told her story through two memoirs: “A Mountain of Crumbs” …
 
In this episode of Tea with Jess, I chat with John Scalzi, a New York Times best seller in fiction. His first published series novel, "Old Man's War," was a Hugo Award for best novel Nominee, ranked #1 on the Locus Online reader poll, and is listed on the NPR.com reader poll of the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Book/Series. Since then awards …
 
Cristina de la Torre has been translating words and cultures since she came to live in the United States as a child. She taught Spanish at Emory University in Atlanta for many years and started a highly successful track in translation courses in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. She is proudest of her work in literary translation, having tran…
 
Sharon Short is the author of the novel “My One Square Inch of Alaska,” and also writes under the name Jess Montgomery, under which she pens historical mystery novels featuring Sheriff Lily Ross as her protagonist. We discuss: >> Her writing advice column in Writer’s Digest >> Writing in first person versus third person >> Genre writing >> Using ps…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Robert Gwaltney about his novel THE CICADA TREE. Robert Gwaltney, a writer of southern fiction, is a graduate of Florida State University. He resides in Atlanta Georgia where he is an active member of the Atlanta literary community. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals…
 
In the spotlight is Lisa Barr, author of WOMAN ON FIRE (just optioned by Hollywood actress Sharon Stone), THE UNBREAKBLES and FUGITIVE COLORS. We discuss: >> Sharon Stone’s plan to produce and star in the screen adaptation >> Using female protagonists >> Writing sex scenes >> Lisa’s interest in World War II themes >> The concept for her next novel …
 
C.L. Pauwels (aka, my friend Cyndi) and I chat about her newest novel, "Unwelcome Ties," what it's like to write a "prequel," in this case a novel that includes a character who is the main character in novels C.L. has already published ("Forty and Out" and "Burned Bridges"), staying connected and motivated as a writer in the best of times and the p…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jessica Weible about her new non-fiction book DEAD LETTERS: DELIVERING OPENED MAIL FROM A PENNSYLVANIA GHOST TOWN. Jess Weible is a freelance writer and reporter. She is also a founding editor for The Watershed Journal, an inclusive, regional literary magazine for the western Pennsyl…
 
In the spotlight during this episode are the novelists Anna Pitoniak, Jami Attenberg and the late, great Susan Sontag. Featured are excerpts from their blog post, newsletter and Paris Review interview, respectively. Pitoniak’s latest novel is titled “Our American Friend,” while Attenberg recently published a memoir titled “I Came All This Way to Me…
 
Dan Conover is the author of seven novels, including The Goddess Daughter Trilogy (written under his pseudonym D.C. McElroy), with plans to author 15 books in the overall series. Learn more about him at: https://www.danconover.com We discuss: >> His correspondence with Patricia Anthony, author of “Flanders” >> Growing up in a sci-fi world >> Using …
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews science fiction author J.V. Hilliard about his latest book THE LAST KEEPER. Born of steel, fire, and black wind, J.V. Hilliard was raised as a highlander in the foothills of a once-great mountain chain on the confluence of the three mighty rivers that forged his realm’s wealth and power for…
 
In the spotlight this episode is Steven Spatz, founder and president emeritus of BookBaby, one of the country’s many self-publishing houses for book authors. We discuss: >> Success stories in self-publishing >> Book marketing strategies >> Advantages of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing >> The use of AI in creating future audiobooks >> Ris…
 
When The Economist published its best books list for 2021, “Mother for Dinner” by Shalom Auslander was among the featured. The magazine dubbed it a “laugh-out-loud, gravely serious satire on identity politics” during which “a mother’s deathbed presents a solemn decision: whether or not to eat her. The family are Cannibal-Americans, the most reviled…
 
In this episode, I take a tea break to chat with author Meredith Doench about her newest book, "Whereabouts Unknown." It's also her first standalone thriller, so we talk about making the transition from series books to a standalone, her inspiration for the novel, how she does research and selects themes, and more. I first met Meredith through the D…
 
Always a wanderer, novelist Boo Walker has lived in locales ranging from St. Petersburg, Florida and Valencia, Spain to the Yakima River Valley in Washington State and Cape Elizabeth, Maine with his wife and son. He writes under both his given name and writes thrillers under the pseudonym Benjamin Blackmore. We discuss: >> Pat Conroy, Nelson DeMill…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Kentucky author Ashley Blooms about her latest novel WHERE I CAN'T FOLLOW. Ashley Blooms is the author of Every Bone a Prayer, which was long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize and which NPR said “bears within its pages striking beauty and strangeness in equal measure.” Her second nov…
 
In the spotlight is novelist Jami Attenberg, who has now written her memoir, “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home.” As the daughter of a traveling salesman in the Midwest, Attenberg was drawn to a life on the road. Frustrated by quotidian jobs and hungry for inspiration and fresh experiences, her wanderlust led her across the count…
 
In the spotlight is Stephanie Storey, author of the art history novels “Oil and Marble” and “Raphael: Painter in Rome.” We discuss: >> Art history >> Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci >> Fictionalizing historical figures >> Cinematic writing >> Taking the novel to the Silver Screen >> Her next work in progress >> Etc. Learn more about the…
 
An interview from decades ago with Mick Jagger about the writing and editing of the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls” album revealed a valuable lesson for any writer. In this episode we extrapolate from what the rock legend had to say about the writing of “Some Girls” and apply it to our own efforts to produce literature. Novelist Spotlight is produced …
 
In the spotlight is London-based novelist Marek Handzel, author of three titles: “The Dojang,” “Redemptio” and “I Must Stay at Home.” In addition to martial arts and vigilante gangs, we discuss: >> Self-publishing >> The daily regimen >> The crime genre >> Writing dialog >> Liking the struggle >> Writing advice >> Major influences >> Etc. Learn mor…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio poet laureate, Keri Gunter-Seymour. Five times a Pushcart nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour's work can be found in many fine journals, anthologies and publications - Rattle, Still, CALYX, Main Street Rag, The American Journal of Poetry and The LA Times- as well as on her website: http://www…
 
In the spotlight is author, editor and writing coach Roy Peter Clark, who is also senior scholar and vice president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a journalism think-tank in St. Petersburg, Fla., and founder of the National Writers Workshop. We discuss: >> The Poynter Institute for Media Studies >> The art of x-ray reading >> “The gree…
 
Christina Consolino is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in multiple online and print outlets. Her debut novel, Rewrite the Stars, was named one of ten finalists for the Ohio Writers' Association Great Novel Contest 2020. I first met Christina through the Antioch Writers' Workshop, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors, a…
 
Think you’re putting the finishing touches on the final draft of your manuscript? Hold that thought. Before calling your newly minted novel “complete,” employ the power of the “one paragraph rewrite” and see where it takes you. This episode explains of how it works. Novelist Spotlight is produced and hosted by Mike Consol, author of “Hardwood: A No…
 
In the spotlight, the upcoming publication of “Family Recipes: A Novel about Italian Culture, Catholic Guilt and the Culinary Crime of the Century.” Novelist Spotlight is produced and hosted by Mike Consol, author of “Hardwood: A Novel About College Basketball and Other Games Young Men Play” and three yet-to-be-published manuscripts, including “Fam…
 
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Virginia author John Copenhaver about his latest book THE SAVAGE KIND. John is the author of Dodging and Burning, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction r…
 
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