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Thriving Authors Podcast

96 EpisodesProduced by Dallas WoodburnWebsite

Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world, connecting with a wide audience of readers. On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publ… read more

96 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Episode 97: Overcoming the "Second Book Slump"

January 27th, 2023


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m reflecting on how welcoming a second baby relates to birthing a second book. Becoming a mom …

Episode 96: Interview with Megan Kuhar

January 20th, 2023


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with trauma-informed, certified life and success coach and clinical hypnotherapist professor Megan Kuhar.

In my fascinating conversation with Megan, she …

Episode 95: Two Questions to Transform Your Writing Time

January 13th, 2023


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m diving into two simple but mighty questions to ask yourself every single week to really …

Episode 94: Interview with Natasha Ho

January 6th, 2023


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m sharing an amazing conversation with celebrated entrepreneur and Marketing and Growth Strategist Natasha Ho. She shares a simple mindset reframe she calls the …

Episode 93: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself on New Year's Eve

December 30th, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share what I’m doing to really soak up these final hours of 2022 and looking ahead to 2023. I …

Episode 92: Interview with Maggie Knox

December 23rd, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley who write under the pen name Maggie Knox. I just devoured and loved their latest novel

Episode 91: Finding Your Ideal Reader

December 16th, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share all about finding your ideal reader for your book. I also share two stories from my own …

Episode 90: Interview with Amanda Hardy

December 9th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with published author and former client Amanda Hardy. She is the author of Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest talk about the transition to motherhood, which is such …

Episode 89: My Top Tips for Connecting With a Publisher

December 2nd, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share my top tips to get someone in the industry to care about your book and want to read and …

Episode 88: Interview with Melinda Rangel

November 25th, 2022


In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with published author, professor, and former client Melinda Rangel. She is the author of Iron Sharpens Iron: Daily Proverbs for Today's Martial Artist. And she …

Episode 87: Lessons from My Biggest Launch Yet

November 18th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I would love to invite you to celebrate with me!! Last month marked my biggest launch yet for my …

Episode 86: Interview with Elaine Aldrete

November 11th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with my dear friend and former client Elaine Clark Aldrete. She’s the founder of Teaching Life Choices Inc & author of the debut middle-grade novel …

Episode 85: Cultivating Gratitude in My Writing Life

November 4th, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share three stories from my own writing life of ways that gratitude has helped me.

Gratitude …

Episode 84: Interview with Carol van den Hende

October 28th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I got to chat with my friend Carol van den Hende, author of the award-winning Goodbye, Orchid …

Episode 83: Desire & Surrender

October 21st, 2022


In today’s solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I get vulnerable and share a couple stories from my personal life – and how they relate to …

Episode 82: Interview with Brad Graft

October 14th, 2022


In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m sharing a fascinating conversation I had with Brad Graft, the author of the Brotherhood of the Mamluks trilogy.

If you’re interested in history, or in writing and …

Episode 81: Transitioning into your Writing Time

October 3rd, 2022


I have a brand new solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast coming at you today, where we talk about ways to transition in and out of your …

Episode 80: Interview with Brianna Wilkerson

September 30th, 2022


I have a special episode for you today of the Thriving Authors Podcast where I sat down with my dear friend & client Brianna Wilkerson @madewellwomen to chat about her experience being part of Thriving Authors …

Episode 79: All About Thriving Authors Academy

September 23rd, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m answering all of your questions about Thriving Authors Academy, my signature six-month …

Episode 78: Deep Dive into Cover Design

September 16th, 2022


I like to surprise my clients in Thriving Authors Academy with bonus sessions where I bring in experts to talk about various topics. Last month, two amazing cover designers, Rebecca Barney & Lenore Stutznegger, …

Episode 77: Interview with Lilian Sue, PR Coach for Authors

September 9th, 2022


Have you ever wondered about hiring a publicist for your book? Or maybe you would like to make a plan to rock PR on your own… but you have no idea …

Episode 76: Are you in a season of waiting?

September 2nd, 2022


I have a new solo episode for you today delving into the question: Are you in a season of waiting?

Sometimes we want something SO BADLY, but there is …

Episode 75: Interview with Barbara Graham

August 26th, 2022


Barbara Graham is the author/editor of the New York Times bestselling Eye of My Heart: 27 Women Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother, her non-Hallmark take on the complexities of being a …

Episode 74: 6 Reasons to Invest in Your Writing

August 19th, 2022


In this solo episode straight from my heart to yours, I talk about three important ways you can invest in your writing AND six reasons you should do …

Episode 73: Interview with Risa Nyman

August 13th, 2022


Risa Nyman was born and lived in Boston until a move to the Ocean State two years ago. She proudly carries her Boston accent with her wherever she goes. Risa has worked as Executive Director and President of the League …

Episode 72: Over-writers vs. Under-writers

August 6th, 2022


In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, l delve into the differences between over-writers & under-writers.

First of all, you might …

Episode 71: Interview with Filip Dousek

July 29th, 2022


Filip Dousek is an AI & analytics expert. He was the founder and CEO of, one of the first startups in the world to automate big data analysis, which got acquired. He is the author of Flock Without Birds, …

Episode 70: Self-Care Tips for Writers

July 22nd, 2022


This is a solo episode straight from my own personal experience of coming out of a season of book launching, and is also a topic that has come up a …

Episode 69: Interview with Tobey Hiller

July 15th, 2022


About Tobey:

Tobey Hiller writes fiction, flash and poetry. She’s the author of a novel, four collections of poetry, and a book of stories. Her …

Episode 68: Virtual Book Launch!

July 9th, 2022


In this special podcast episode, I am super excited to share the audio from my virtual book launch for my new short story collection How to Make …

Episode 67: Interview with Iris March

July 1st, 2022


I am delighted to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast where I sat down with my friend Maureen Wise, pen name Iris March …

Episode 66: 10 Tips to Crush Your Book Launch

June 24th, 2022


I am excited to share a brand new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, which is very much a day-in-the-life episode because it is all about the week before book launch. And guess where I am right now in my life?? I …

Episode 65: Interview with Vanessa Hua

June 17th, 2022


Vanessa Hua is a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and best-selling novelist. Her latest novel, FORBIDDEN CITY, tells the story of a teenage girl from a small village who is selected to serve the Communist …

Episode 64: Why are pre-orders so important?

June 10th, 2022


I am delighted to share a brand-new episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, all about pre-orders and why they matter so much to authors!

In this episode we discuss…

Episode 63: Interview with Jessica Thompson

June 3rd, 2022


In this week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I got to sit down with Jessica Thompson all about how she combined her love of mysteries and …

Episode 62: Having Cheerleaders in your Writing Life

May 27th, 2022


This week’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast is dedicated to a very special person in my life, on his birthday: my Dad! I talk about what he has meant to me as a writer, how he's been so instrumental in my career …

Episode 61: Interview with Robert Gwaltney

May 20th, 2022


A graduate of Florida State University, Robert Gwaltney resides in Atlanta, Georgia. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization that strengthens children and their …

Episode 60: What is an ARC and why do I need one as an author?

May 13th, 2022


This week we’re talking all about ARCs! If you’ve never heard this term and are scratching your head, like “not another acronym!” don’t fear. I’ve …

Episode 59: Interview with Angie K. Love

May 6th, 2022


For the past decade and a half, Angie K. Love has had a rewarding career as an Acupuncturist, finding deep fulfillment in helping people heal in …

Episode 58: Using Your Book Cover to Build Buzz

April 30th, 2022


Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world and connecting with a wide audience of readers.

On …

Episode 57: Interview with Rebecca Bischoff

April 22nd, 2022


I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the talented multi-genre novelist Rebecca Bischoff! If you like to …

Episode 56: Interview with J Trevor Robinson

April 15th, 2022


I am excited to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring the hilarious and insightful J. Trevor Robinson …

Episode 55: Interview with Alison Kimble

April 9th, 2022


Alison Kimble began writing because she loves stories and believes in their power to shape our world and ourselves. Her writing blends the real and the fantastical and crosses genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. She …

Episode 54: Interview with Melanie Hooyenga

April 2nd, 2022


Multi-award winning YA author Melanie Hooyenga writes about strong teen girls learning to find their way in the world. Her time travel series, The …

Episode 53: Interview with Cori Cooper

March 25th, 2022


I am delighted to share a brand new episode of Overflowing Bookshelves, featuring my sweet friend @authorcoricooper, who is one of the most inspiring people I know. Her joy about the writing life is contagious and her …

Episode 52: Interview with Lenore Stutznegger

March 17th, 2022


Lenore Stutznegger is the author of the award-winning debut novel BLUE SHADOWS FALL. She grew up running barefoot in the woods of Mechanicsville, Virginia with a dog at her side, five crazy siblings, and creative …

Episode 51: Interview with JD Spero

March 11th, 2022


Johannah Davies (JD) Spero’s writing career took off when her first release, Catcher’s Keeper, was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award …

Episode 50: Virtual Book Launch!

March 3rd, 2022


This is a special episode: a recording of my virtual book launch for my new novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life! My amazing sister & …

Episode 49: Interview with Lisa Czarina Michaud

February 25th, 2022


Lisa Czarina Michaud is a novelist and translator. Her debut novel, SLANTED & DISENCHANTED, came out last year to rave reviews. Born and raised in Chelsea before a family relocation to Long Island, she has been …

Episode 48: Interview with Cynthia Morris

February 15th, 2022


Author and Certified Coach Cynthia Morris is the founder of Original Impulse, helping people become the writers they’ve always wanted to be. Cynthia …

Episode 47: Interview with Elizabeth Gonzalez James

January 14th, 2022


Before becoming a writer Elizabeth was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho …

Episode 46: Interview with Ethel Rohan

December 9th, 2021


Ethel Rohan is the author of In the Event of Contact, winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize (2021). Her debut novel The Weight of Him (St. …

Episode 45: Interview with Rebecca Prenevost

November 6th, 2021


Rebecca Prenevost is the author of The Mom Walks series: Starting in Fifth, Getting Crushed, and Catching Up. Never in a million years did Rebecca think she’d be a writer. But she was looking for fiction books that …

Episode 44: Interview with Shanthi Sekaran

October 9th, 2021


Shanthi Sekaran's most recent novel, The Samosa Rebellion, was written for 8-13 year olds, but it's definitely the kind of book adults can get into, …

Episode 43: Interview with Audiobook Narrator Elise Arsenault

September 29th, 2021


Elise Arsenault is the amazingly talented voice actor who narrated the audiobook of my novel The Best Week That Never Happened. She is a classically …

Episode 42: Interview with Joan Steinau Lester

September 18th, 2021


Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator, columnist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including Mama's Child and Black, White, …

Episode 41: Interview with Ruth Mitchell

September 11th, 2021


Ruth Mitchell is the author of the award-winning novel Deleted, described as "Inception meets 50 First Dates." She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and grew up writing plays for the neighborhood kids and …

Episode 40: Interview with Rachel Huffmire

July 4th, 2021


Rachel grew up in the middle of a wheat field where she found plenty of time to read and dream. Her mom paid her a dollar per classic novel
she read …

Episode 39: Interview with Emma Dhesi

June 19th, 2021


This episode is sponsored by Patreon supporter Michael Swaidan. Thank you, Michael!!

Emma Dhesi writes contemporary Women’s Fiction. She began writing seriously while a stay at home mom with 3 children under five years …

Episode 37: Interview with Holli H.L. Anderson

May 14th, 2021


Holli H.L. Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury …

Episode 36: Interview with Sonya Judd

May 6th, 2021


As a thriving professional in the tech industry, Sonya Judd's life was interrupted by a premature baby and spontaneous twins less than a year later. Having three children born within a year of each other, often referred …

Episode 35: Interview with Katya Cengel

April 19th, 2021


Katya Cengel is an author and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post among other publications. She has reported from North …

Episode 34: Interview with Mary Potter Kenyon

April 10th, 2021


Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology, and is a certified grief counselor. She is the Program …

Episode 33: Interview with Emily Grabatin

March 24th, 2021


Emily Grabatin is the author of the book DARE TO DECIDE: Discovering Peace, Clarity and Courage at Life's Crossroads. Through coaching, writing and leadership development, she helps individuals recognize who they are, …

Episode 32: Dallas Woodburn interview with UCL Writers' Society

March 16th, 2021


This episode is a bit different! I was recently invited to be a guest speaker for the Writers' Society at the University College of London to answer …

Episode 31: Interview with Kelli Warner

January 30th, 2021


Kelli Warner is the author of NOT WITH THE BAND and THE MOMENT WE FELL: humorous and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind …

Episode 30: Interview with Kiley Roache

December 17th, 2020


Kiley Roache is the author of FRAT GIRL and THE DATING GAME, two young adult novels published by Inkyard Press, a division of HarperCollins. Kiley …

Episode 29: Interview with Maggie Reyes

December 10th, 2020


Maggie Reyes is the author of the Questions for Couples Journal, and is also a blogger and podcast host. She is a Life Coach and Modern Marriage Mentor who specializes in helping driven, ambitious women create the …

Episode 28: Interview with A.H. Kim

November 30th, 2020


A.H. Ann Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. She was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, …

Episode 27: Interview with Gabi Justice

November 18th, 2020


Gabi Justice is the author of Dog Girl, her young adult contemporary romance debut which just released on November 17, 2020. She is the mom to three …

Episode 26: Interview with Shana Lynn Schmidt

November 9th, 2020


Shana Lynn Schmidt is the author of the award-winning memoir Over Our Hearts: a mother's journey learning to listen in, about her experience listening in to her heart during teen daughter's pregnancy and beyond. She is …

Episode 25: Interview with Hope Bolinger

October 19th, 2020


Hope Bolinger is the author of the modern-day Daniel retelling trilogy, Blaze, Den, and Vision (releasing in August 2021). The YA superhero romance …

Episode 24: Interview with Samantha Vitale

September 15th, 2020


Samantha Vitale has an insatiable hunger for two things: big challenges and amazing stories. When not working at her highly technical day job, she can be found devouring books or writing new ones of her own. She lives …

Episode 23: Interview with E.K. Baer

August 21st, 2020


E.K. has been writing poetry ever since she was very young. She published her first book, A Collection of Poems, when she was 10 years old. Her …

Episode 22: Interview with Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

August 5th, 2020


Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the author of two middle grade book series, each published by HarperCollins Children's Books, THE GUARDIAN HERD (a quartet) …

Episode 21: Interview with Karen Strong

July 20th, 2020


Karen Strong is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel Just South of Home, which was selected for several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books, CCBC Choices, and Bank Street Best …

Episode 20: Interview with Lisa Moore Ramée

July 14th, 2020


Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in the Northern California, with her husband, two kids, two obnoxious cats and more …

Episode 19: Interview with Caitlin Horrocks

July 7th, 2020


Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations, named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her story collection This …

Episode 18: Interview with C. Hope Clark

June 19th, 2020


C. Hope Clark is the Editor of FundsforWriters, named one of the Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 10 years. She is also a …

Episode 17: Virtual Book Launch for THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED

May 18th, 2020


I'm excited to share this very special episode! My debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, was published on April 21st by Month9Books and Blackstone Audio. It is such a thrill to have it out in the world and …

Episode 16: Interview with Morris Ardoin

April 24th, 2020


Morris Ardoin earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana State University and a master’s in communication from the University of Louisiana. A public relations practitioner, his work has appeared in regional, …

Episode 15: Interview with Natalie Lund

April 17th, 2020


Natalie Lund is the author of the young adult novels, We Speak in Storms and The Sky Above Us (forthcoming Nov. ’20). She is a former middle and high …

Episode 14: Interview with Laura Sibson

March 26th, 2020


After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee …

Episode 13: Interview with Farrah Penn

March 11th, 2020


Farrah Penn was born and raised in a suburb in Texas that’s far from the big city, but close enough to Whataburger. She now resides in Los Angeles, …

Episode 12: Interview with Mark Gottlieb

March 4th, 2020


Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list …

Episode 11: Interview with Tara Lynn Masih

February 27th, 2020


Tara Lynn Masih has won multiple book awards in her role as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: …

Episode 10: All About Book Covers!

February 19th, 2020


In this special episode to celebrate the cover reveal for my novel The Best Week That Never Happened (check it out + read an exclusive excerpt at The Nerd Daily!) we are diving into a behind-the-scenes look at book …

Episode 9: Interview with Kelly Jensen

February 10th, 2020


Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current …

Episode 8: Interview with Nathan Leslie

February 3rd, 2020


Nathan Leslie won the 2019 Washington Writers' Publishing House prize for fiction for his collection of short stories, Hurry Up and Relax. Nathan’s …

Episode 7: Interview with Julie Hoag

January 28th, 2020


Julie Hoag lives in Minnesota with her husband and three sons. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a scientist at the University of Minnesota, as …

Episode 6: Interview with Parker Peevyhouse

January 21st, 2020


Parker Peevyhouse is the author of the YA science fiction thrillers Where Futures End, The Echo Room – which Kirkus called “a thrilling ride” in a starred review -- and Strange Exit, which was just published by Tor …

Episode 5: Interview with Stephanie Kuehn

January 13th, 2020


Stephanie Kuehn is a psychologist and an author. She has written five novels for teens, including Charm & Strange, which won the ALA’s 2014 …

Episode 4: Interview with Jim & Stephanie Kroepfl

January 6th, 2020


Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl are a husband-and-wife team who write novels and stories of mystery and adventure from their rustic cabin in the Rocky …

Episode 3: Interview with Jennieke Cohen

December 23rd, 2019


Jennieke Cohen writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. Her debut …

Episode 2: Interview with Tobie Easton

December 11th, 2019


Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  Her debut novel, Emerge, is a …

Episode 1: Interview with Andrew Buckley

December 4th, 2019


Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for …

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