Inspirational Journeys

45 EpisodesProduced by Ann Harrison-Barnes

Welcome to Inspirational Journeys, where amazing things happen for authors, readers, creative artists and entrepreneurs alike, as we share our stories, one listener at a time. I'll share tips and aspects of my author journey, while inviting special cohosts to discuss certain aspects of the creative … read more

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Special Guest Interview with Dyane Forde

July 19th, 2019


My special guest is a self-published author, founder of the Lost Pen Magazine, a digital Christian art and lit publication, the founder of the Christian Creative Nexus, an online support and promotional resource for …

Book Review of Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart

July 16th, 2019


This is a book review of the first novel in the Rosey Corner series. This book is available everywhere, but I strongly encourage you to get the Audible Version, because the narrator was excellent! Please support this …

Book review of Cassandra and the cowboy by Janine Mick wills

July 15th, 2019


If you remember my interview with Janine Wills on July 9, you will love this book review of her debut novel. Be sure to get all of my books for half …

Special Guest Interview with Janine Wills

July 9th, 2019



Today’s guest is the author of a Christian Romance series, set in Texas during the 1880s. Listen as we discuss her writing process and how she became inspired to write this western style series.   

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How dreams inspire our creative writing

July 4th, 2019


Jen and I talk about how dreams can inspire our writing. We also talk about how voicing our life-long dreams out loud will make them come true. Be sure to subscribe to Jen's podcast:

Special Guest Interview with Annie Acorn

June 27th, 2019


Today's guest is a prolific author and a book publisher. You might want to have your journals, notebooks, the notes app on your smart phones or a …

Special guest interview with Kristi Bridges

June 26th, 2019


Today's guest is an author, the host of the 1 Moment Wiser podcast, she does daily devotions on Facebook and YouTube, and she's a teacher and a song …

Writing challenge: write a letter to your younger self

June 24th, 2019


In this episode I share a personal update and a writing challenge. Please support this podcast by visiting If you have feedback about anything you’ve heard about in this …

Special Guest Interview with Mark Antony Raines

June 22nd, 2019


I had a very special conversation with Mark Antony Raines, author, podcast host and radio show presenter. This episode was a bit different, because not only was I interviewing him for my show, but I was also being a …

Special Guest Interview with Laura Legendary

June 18th, 2019


My special guest is Laura Legendary, who is an author, speaker, educator, owner of Elegant Insights Braille Creations and co-founder of the Fashionability channel podcast. To learn more about Laura and her handcrafted …

Fractured fairytale writing challenge

June 17th, 2019


In today’s episode I give you another fun writing challenge, take a fairytale and write why things happen in the story and make it your own version. If you have a suggested writing prompt you’d like me to share, please …

A fun writing exercise

June 16th, 2019


In today’s episode, I pass on the same writing challenge to you that I did for another Facebook group. Please support this podcast by tapping the support this podcast button within your podcast app or by visiting the …

Special publishing news

June 13th, 2019


Today I give you a bit of news about my publishing journey, and a little encouragement for aspiring authors when they’re finding publishers. Please …

Four tips for planning your next series

June 11th, 2019


In today’s episode I give you four tips for strategizing and planning your next book series. Be sure to leave me a voice message at the following …

Book review of the loudest meow by Wendy ledger

June 7th, 2019


Although Wendy and I talked about her book yesterday, today I give a book review of her book the loudest meow a talking cat fantasy: book one of the cats of the after light series. If you have questions, suggestions, or …

Special Guest Interview with Wendy Ledger

June 6th, 2019


In today's episode, I talk with Wendy Ledger, author of The Loudest Meow: a Talking Cat Fattasy: Book 1 of her Cats of the Afterlife series. You can purchase the book on Amazon at:   

Book review of walking by Innervision by Lynda Lambert

June 2nd, 2019


In this episode I give a review of the book walking by Innervision stories and poems by Linda McKinney Lambert. This book can be found in paperback book in audio format from Amazon. You can leave voice messages if you …

Writing tip: find inspiration in simple activities

May 30th, 2019


In today’s episode, I describe how I found inspiration for one of my chapters in something as simple as an Uno game. I also encourage you to find inspiration in your simple activities. Don’t forget you can leave voice …

Special Guest Interview with Kevin Morris

May 28th, 2019


In today's episode my special guest Kevin Morris and I talk about his love of poetry and his blog. Visit his website at to learn more. If you have any feedback or questions about something you've …

Special Guest interview with Claire O'Sullivan

May 25th, 2019


In today's episode I talk with Aspiring Christian Romantic Thriller author Claire O'Sulivan. Connect with Claire online for updates and information:

Two writing exercises

May 21st, 2019


In this episode I give you two writing challenges. You can also leave me feedback by sending voice messages at the following link:

Special guest interview with Mary L. Schmidt

May 20th, 2019


Today my special guest shares her journey of the loss of her son due to cancer and her writing process. To learn more, visit her website at:


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Special Guest Interview with Amy Bovaird

May 17th, 2019


In this episode, I talk with Memoire author Amy Bovaired about her writing her teaching, her work as a motivational speaker and her love of travel and adventure. To learn more about her new release and her other books, …

Special guest interview with Meredith Burton

May 16th, 2019


In today’s episode, I speak with guest author Meredith Burton about her writing, her latest book, and her work as a motivational speaker and a Sunday …

Book review of happy renewal year challenge devotional

May 13th, 2019


In this episode, I am giving a book review for the happy renewal year challenge devotional: every day mom challenge book 3 by Dr. Jennifer Ikner …

Three writing prompts

May 13th, 2019


In this episode I give you three writing exercises and the stories behind them.


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Book review of the haunting an electric eclectic book by Karen J Mossman

May 10th, 2019


In this episode I give a book review of the haunting and electric Eclectic book. Links will be found in the associated show notes blog post. To …

Symbolism as character description

May 9th, 2019


In this episode I give you a better understanding of using symbolism in your character descriptions.


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My self discovery

May 8th, 2019


In this episode, I start out by thanking everyone who has supported me. I also share the self discovery I made on Monday, along with something negative that happened to me, which God turned into a positive. I also give …

Seven tips for creating well rounded characters

May 7th, 2019


In this episode I discuss traits and attributes of a well-rounded character. I giveyou seven tips for helping you develop stronger characters, and I will provide the steps in the show Notes blog post


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New beginnings

May 6th, 2019


This is an episode where I read one of my original poems and provide a prayer for those in need.


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Special Guest Interview with Edward Cohen

May 3rd, 2019


In this episode, Edward Cohen and I talk about a unique calendar he has created for the visually impaired and a special product to go along with this calendar. To learn more about his innovative products, visit his …

Special Guest Interview with Phyllis Staton Campbell

May 2nd, 2019


I had a delightful conversation with multi genre author Phyllis Staton Campbell, who has written a variety of books and short stories for over 30 …

Special guest interview with Joan Myles

April 29th, 2019


I have a wonderful, Holy Spirit-filled conversation with guest author Joan Myles. to learn more about her work and to browse her blog, visit her …

Marketing tip: create event announcements

April 27th, 2019


This episode was inspired by my marketing virtual assistant, who created an announcement flyer for upcoming guests on my podcast.


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writing prompt, umbrellas and chairs

April 27th, 2019


IShare a story and a writing prompt with you in this brief episode.


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Progress update in writing encouragement

April 24th, 2019


In this episode I give you little progress update on my writing and I encourage you to keep writing and revising and let your characters pull you …

Tips for revising your work

April 23rd, 2019


This episode is in response to the Jen Lowry writes podcast episode for today. You can find her podcast at . In this episode I talk about the importance of seeing dumps during your …

Book review of the last lecture

April 22nd, 2019


This is not only a book review, but it also gives words of encouragement to the listeners as well as a couple of book recommendations. Book recommendations include the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership by John C …

Interview with Karina Kantas

April 19th, 2019


I had a wonderful time chatting with the delightful Karina Kantas about her work and the book she has written alongside Karen J. Mossman. They have …

A poem and a challenge

April 18th, 2019


Today I share a poem inspired by a blog post which I will share in the show notes, and I give you a special challenge as a Takeaway.


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Character interviews and writing encouragement

April 17th, 2019


In this special episode, I talk about using charater interviews as a way to get to know your characters.

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Tips and encouragement for aspiring podcasters

April 17th, 2019


Id you're learning how to build your podcast on Anchor, I share some tips that I have learned and give you some encouragement to elp yu along the way. If you're interested in learning about the brand mentioned in my …

Encouragement for podcasters and a little introduction

April 15th, 2019


I’m giving a bit of encouragement to new podcasters and aspiring podcasters, and telling others about what to expect from my podcast


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