Mermaids, Myths, and Your Manuscript: A Conversation With Indie Author Errin Stevens

 

This week we speak to indie author Errin Stevens about her novel Updrift, mermaids, using writing to suspend disbelief, and what she wishes she’d known about writing when she started. Errin’s answer is one of the most inspirational shoulda-coulda-woulda answers that I’ve recorded for the Indie Beginning Podcast, so don’t miss it. If you missed last week’s episode where Marie introduced readers to Updrift or would like to hear the introduction again before we begin head over to episode 35.

This week’s Topics:
1. There is a rush to the water that is crossing age and culture with The Shape of Water, Meg, and The Little Mermaid remake. What inspired you to head to the ocean in your novel, Updrift?

2. As a lover of mythology and paranormal I’m often amazed how the stories stick with me though the decades. What do you think it is about these stories and the creatures within them that stick with us? Which ones have stuck with you?
-Ben and Marie discover some facts about mermaids that was unexpected.
-Some benefits of water therapy.

3. What research went into “updating” the mermaid mythos to fit into a modern story?
-Marie and Ben discuss their ‘guilty beliefs’ when it comes to paranormal.

4. In your opinion, how does an author create a tale that allows the reader to suspend disbelief? What trick have you learned that takes the reader to a place where merfolk are real?
-Lesson! Start in the middle.
-Our hosts open up about their writing preference.

5. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing about the writing process that you wish you would have known, what would that be?
-After more than six months of episodes each shoulda-coulda-woulda author moment inspires us to write. This moment is no different; it’s the most positive answer we’ve had to date!

You can find Errin Stevens’ books Updrift and Breakwater on Amazon and most other book sites. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.
All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

Updrift by Errin Stevens an Audiobook Introduction

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast introduces readers to the YA Fantasy Romance Updrift from indie author Errin Stevens as read by Marie Kammerer Franke. This story follows Kate and her mother Cara as they pick up and head to the ocean for a new beginning, and a new adventure. The story begins with young Kate taking a splash – quite literally – and finding a new friend; a friend unlike any other she has ever had. Mermaids, love, new beginnings… what else could a story lover ask for?

Tune in next week when we discuss researching mythology, inspiration and more with Errin Stevens. How did this story come to be? What is the best way to create a tale that inspires the reader to suspend disbelief? Our interview will also include one of our most inspirational ‘Wish I’d Known’ segments to date. Do not miss this one!

Updrift is available on:

Amazon    Audible    iBooks    Barnes & Noble    Book Depository    Kobo

Learn more about our featured author:

Website    Goodreads    Facebook    Twitter: @errinstevens    Instagram    Pinterest

If you are a self published author or published with a small independent publisher and would like to be a featured author on the Indie Beginning Podcast head over to our ACNBooks Submission page for more information.

This week’s episode was brought to you by Shirts by Sarah. Head over to shirtsbysarah.com to find the shirt that tells your story. Subscribe to this podcast to keep up to date with the stories and the discussions. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. And help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a review for us as well on ApplePodcasts or wherever you found us. Reviews are so important for any project and help us bring you the best content possible.

Music found in this episode was performed by Jahzzar and is titled Look Inside. Read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!

Climate Change and Dystopian Stories: A Conversation with J.G. Follansbee

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An Interview With J.G. Follansbee

This week we bring you a discussion with indie author J.G. Follansbee about using climate change as a backdrop for his dystopian tale Carbon Run. If you missed our reading of Carbon Run head over to episode 33. It can also be found on your preferred podcasting platform.

J.G. Follansbee was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for our fans. Here’s the list:

1. Since this is an end of the world kind of story, I thought I’d start with a Chicken or the egg type of question. What inspired you to write a post-apocalyptic story? Have resent weather events led to this tale or do you simply love the genre?

2. Your book seems (to us) to be a warning about the environment and how the government could use such a catastrophe against its people. Do you feel that as authors and creators it is our duty to discuss current issues through our crafts?

3. Climate change has become such a controversial topic: is there anything in your story you wish you could take out or change because of new information. Has there been any reader backlash?

4. What type of research goes into this genre of writing?

5. If you could go back in time and warn yourself about one part of your future as an author, what would that warning be?

Plus, did you know Charlie Huston was in a rejection letter weighing contest?

J.G. Follansbee’s discussion episode will help with your writing, inspire your reading, and maybe even teach you some things about climate change and where we may be heading. Carbon Run is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for the story and all of the stories you read when you’re finished! Reviews are such an important part of any artist’s journey and lead to learning and better content. In fact, podcasts love reviews too! Marie and I would be so appreciative if you’d leave a comment and review on apple podcasts or wherever you found us! Subscribe to the show to keep up with the stories!

Links to the sites featured in this week’s episode can be found below. This episode was brought to you by Shirt by Sarah! With school starting soon why not send your children back with an original ‘T’. Believe it or not, my best friend, Jeremiah and I actually met because of the shirt I was wearing one day! True Story! Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. All research, writing, editing was done by Benjamin Franke. Remember – read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.

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Carbon Run By J.G. Follansbee, An Audiobook Introduction

This week we introduce readers to indie author J.G. Follansbee’s dystopian novel Carbon Run about a daughter trying to find her father in a future ravaged by climate change. An accidental fire set ablaze the habitat of an endangered species of bird causing Bill Penn to flee for his life ? accidental or not, these deaths amount to a death penalty. What else has global warming inflicted on our planet?

Tune in next week when we speak to J.G. Follansbee about his novel. Why did the author use climate change as his backdrop for this dystopian tale? What type of research went into this story? Has there been any backlash due to the controversial nature of global warming in today’s political atmosphere? Marie and Ben will also discuss reviews for this story and much more!

After the episode stop on by Amazon and grab a copy for yourself. Remember to rate and review this story. Reviews are such an important part of the growth of any artists endeavor. In fact, if you’ve enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 star review wherever you found the show. There’s no better way to support us and it’s free. You can also go to ACNBooks.com/indie-beginning-podcast to let us know how we’re doing (link as promised!).

This episode was brought to you by Shirts By Sarah. Shirts By Sarah has so many designs that there is bound to be a bunch to help you tell your tale! Music found in this episode was written and performed by Jahzzar and is titled Look Inside. The Indie Beginning Podcast is an ACNBooks production. Ben Franke was the narrator for this audiobook introduction episode, for contact information go to acnbooks/meet-the-hosts.com. The first two chapters of Carbon Run were read and aired with permission from the author. As always, read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.

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Using Music In and To Inspire Your Writing: A Discussion With Indie Author Barbara Quinn

Last week we listened to Marie introduce readers to the indie read The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me. If you missed that episode, or just want to refresh your memory head back to episode 31. For our discussion we wanted to delve into the depths of using music as inspiration for writing. Also, we wanted to take a look a using music as a healing tool as Sophia from the story used Bruce Springsteen’s music.

Barbara Quinn was kind enough to send us her thoughts. Here’s a list of the topic questions:

1. In the from the author segment from your novel’s Amazon page you say, “This book is a tribute to the healing power of music and in particular to the songs of Springsteen?” what other artists or art form do you turn to for inspiration and to help guide you through life’s difficult moments?

2. What do you think it is about music, writing, or art in general that helps people to heal? Do you think it unlocks something within them or simply takes them away from the world and into their ‘self’ for a while?

3. There have been amazing reviews for The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me – congratulations on over 50 with all 4+ stars by the way! ? one thing that many people pointed out was that this was their first introduction to you with one reviewer saying, “This is definitely not my normal genre.” Do you think that the fact that most people can relate to the effects of music helped get people to that crucial step of reading the blurb?

4. One of your reviewers mentioned that she continually went to YouTube to listen to Springsteen songs because her knowledge of ‘The Boss’ (my little addition) was limited, but it helped her get a better feeling for Sofia’s feelings. Did you want the songs to help with understanding your character, or was this a bonus effect?

5. If you could go back and tell yourself anything about the field of writing what would it be? 

Barbara Quinn’s discussion episode will help with your writing, inspire your reading, and maybe even teach you some things about music and life that you did not know. The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for the story and all of the stories you read when you’re finished! Reviews are such an important part of any artist’s journey and lead to learning and better content. In fact, podcasts love reviews too! Marie and I would be so appreciative if you’d leave a comment and review on apple podcasts or wherever you found us! Subscribe to the show to keep up with the stories!

Links to the sites featured in this week’s episode can be found below. This episode was brought to you by Shirts by Sarah! With school starting soon why not send your children back with an original ‘T’. Believe it or not, my best friend, Jeremiah and I actually met because of the shirt I was wearing one day! True Story! Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. All research, writing, editing was done by Benjamin Franke. Remember – read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!

https://sanmiguelwritersconference.org/music-authors-listen-write-2/

https://www.bookish.com/articles/music-and-literature-books-that-inspired-classic-rock/

https://blog.mindvalley.com/sound-healing/

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=313

 

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The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me: An Audiobook Format Introduction

This week the indie beginning podcast introduces readers to indie author Barbara Quinn with her indie read The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me. This story follows Sofia who came home to find her husband cheating and must now let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul. As is plain to see from the title, this story is influenced by the music of Bruce Springsteen and each chapter is headed by a different song from ‘The Boss’. If you are a fan, like me, this book has its own little built in soundtrack.

Tune in next week when we speak to the author about her thoughts on the power of music and art as a healing tool. What music has inspired her career? We also do a bit of research on our own about mixing writing with music. I (Benjamin) fell in love with music before I ever read a written word. Music is my oldest love (don’t tell Marie!) and I was so excited to be able to combine my love of books, my love of podcasting, and my love of music to bring you these episodes with Barbara Quinn.

The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me is available for purchase on amazon. It has had many positive reviews and will be great from any lover of stories collection. This week’s episode was brought to you by Shirts by Sarah. Head over to shirtsbysarah.com to find the shirt that tells your story. Subscribe to this podcast to keep up to date with the stories and the discussions. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. And help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a review for us as well on ApplePodcasts or wherever you found us. Reviews are so important for any project and help us bring you the best content possible.

Music found in this episode was performed by Jahzzar and is titled Look Inside. Read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!

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