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  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

    in Books

    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

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    Episode 26: How to write literary fiction with author Scott Alexander Hess

    in Writing

    In this meta-writing hour, author and fellow New School alum Scott Alexander Hess, dissects his use  and balance of language to create scene and character in his latest book, a historical novel, The Butcher’s Son (a literary fiction hell-of-a-work if I do say so mahself.)

    The author of three books, Hess masters juxtaposing elements of nature to “aggravate and propel things that are already happening” in the plot.

    The novel, set in 1930s in New York City, gains its viscosity from something Hess calls “method writing” as well as immersion research. “When I’m writing a book, I basically live in a world,” Hess says. “So for a year and a half, I’m living in the 30s.”

    The result?

    For a day and half, the time it took me to read The Butcher’s Son, I too lived in the 30s in a Hell's Kitchen tenement with three brothers taking divergent paths that eventually lead Hess right onto my bookshelf of “writers I want to be when I grow up.”

    But in the words of the first book reviewer I ever knew, “Don’t take my word for it.”

    Listen. Learn. Write.

  • 00:55

    Part Two: How to write a For Dummies book with Gwen Hernandez

    in Writing

    Hey Behind the Prosers,

    I know you've been waiting for part two of the awesome interview with Gwen Hernandez, and here it is! In this episode we talk about crafting introductions, how the writing software Scrivener helps "plotters" and "pantsers" - (listen to find out which one you are), how Hernandez uses Scrivener to structure her books with four parts, and what about self-publishing appealed to her and how she's done so successfully with her romantic suspense novels.

    I've got many great authors cued up for you in the next several episodes including:

    Dinty W. Moore's Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference Presentation (Dinty has a great new book out by the way! If you write, you should def add it to your library.)

    Scott Hess, author of the historical novel, The Butcher's Sons

    Sean Ennis, author of Chase Us, a collection of short stories

    Susan Shapiro, New York Times Bestselling author of What's Never Said, a novel 

    You know what to do next: Listen. Learn. Write.

  • 00:27

    Author Ellen Reid on Write Now Radio!

    in Writing

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    Viki Winterton interviews Ellen Reid! 

    Ellen Reid is a Book Shepherd, an author, and a speaker who practices what she preaches. Her primary focus is assisting authors in starting their own independent publishing company and producing a book that will represent the excellence of their message. She does this with an uncanny ability to get inside her clients’ minds, grasp their vision, then guide them in creating materials that take them to levels beyond what they had imagined possible.

    She has steadily built her reputation as one of the field’s premiere Book Shepherds by consistently producing top quality, often award-winning books for authors who chose the lucrative indie publishing approach to getting their books to the public. She is able to do that because her unique background gives her the experience and vision to assemble a creative team and, through her direction, inspires them to exceed the vision of her clients.

    Also her book, Putting Your Best Book Forward: A Book Shepherd’s Secrets for Producing Award-Winning Books that Sell has won several awards. She sponsors the National Indie Excellence Awards now in its 9th year. Ellen makes her headquarters in Southern California and serves clients worldwide.


  • 00:35

    How to write a For Dummies book with Gwen Hernandez, Scrivener For Dummies

    in Writing

    Many writers might covet a byline on one of the most popular educational, instructional series ever, the For Dummies line published by Wiley. 

    But not many can snag that gig. For Gwen Hernandez, her story shows how a writer follows a passion that puts her in the “right place at the right time” to compete for a contract on Wiley. In other words, it’s the magic of the universe and Gwen’s quite familiar with the serendipity of things.

    In this candid interview, which will be released in two parts, we break down how Gwen matched the witty and quick voice that is trademark to the stories, how she organized a 400-page book (hint, hint), and whether landing a For Dummies book deal means she’s hit the big time.

    For show links – visit Behindtheprose.com

  • 00:29

    Author Jill Mooradian on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Jill Mooradian! 

    Jill is both the creator and master teacher of the Synergenic Way™ - “the artful science of soul fulfillment.”

    The Synergenic Way™ is a structured approach to re-establish unification, alignment and balance into the body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit, for the purpose of self-empowered healing and spiritual evolution.

    For more than 25 years, Jill has dedicated herself to learning from leading experts in their specific field of knowledge. Her ability to understand pathology and pain from a multidimensional perspective has allowed her to assist thousands of people to transform disturbances in their health and sense of wellbeing. 

    Jill’s skill to track the evolution of a person’s soul and recognize the signs and symptoms associated with spiritual misalignment is what makes her sought after internationally.

    Jill’s years in a global practice has given her a deep appreciation for the diversity and commonality of our human experience.


  • 00:42

    Author Kathleen Stapleton on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Kathleen Stapleton! 

    Kathleen Stapleton, CFP, is celebrating her 30th year in the Financial Services Industry. She is an independent CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Stapleton is a Master Elite Advisor with Ed Slott, the renowned IRA expert. She is a past Board Member of the National Tax Shelter Accounts Association, which specializes in retirement plans. She holds many security licenses that enable her to work with people with extensive and varied portfolios.

    She herself came through the school of hard knocks. She was two years old when her Dad passed away unexpectedly. The tragedy was compounded by the fact her parents had an appointment with a lawyer that very day to create a will. Because the will was never created, Kathleen grew up living with the consequences of no financial planning.

    Kathleen holds a passion in her heart for women, helping them create practical, long-term solutions to provide financial stability and a sense of security for themselves and their families.


  • 00:26

    Demitri and Diana Makeig on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Demitri and Diana Makeig! 

    Demitri Makeig is a filmmaker and screenwriter. A graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts, he was a YoungArts winner and participated in the YoungArts Miami regional program, where he studied with master writers. He also received a Silver Medal and multiple honorable mention awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, for his screenwriting and photography. Demitri's 6-minute senior thesis film was chosen for screening at the Traverse City Film Festival. His film was also chosen for the Interlochen Review and was the film department’s pick to screen at the May 2015 Honors Convocation. 

    In the fall, he will be attending the Relativity School in Los Angeles in pursuit of a B.F.A. in Film and Digital Content with a concentration in Writing for Film and Television.

    Diana Kendros Makeig is a communications strategist and her current business venture is Identify Connected Communication, which teaches communication and inner dialogue techniques that enable her clients to take full responsibility for their thoughts, words and actions.  

    Using her Identify Communication Method, Diana teaches clients how to uncover beliefs and intentions, remove unspoken negative impressions, survey their pre-conceived conclusions and step into a space of exploration, whether in workplace or personal situations. 


  • 00:24

    Author Kimberly Forbes on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Kimberly Forbes! 

    Kimberly Turner-Forbes grew up in Southern California leading a pretty normal life. She graduated Top Ten Senior and with top 5 Montview League Honors and lettered in sports. Life looked promising. After completing some college, Kimberly worked in Retail and Corporate jobs, then her entrepreneurial spirit and talent for sewing lead her into the world of bridal design and custom work. When her health deteriorated to the point she no longer had confidence to complete projects, she went on a quest to determine why and ultimately received a diagnosis: Heavy Metal Toxicity.

    Looking back, she realized health issues plagued most of her life. She went from a vibrant, inquiring, active, athletic, engaging woman to isolated, fatigued, brain damaged, aching, tortured and useless.

    God guided her life and turned tragedy into triumph, not only to show His love for her, but to be able to share life-changing resolutions for people suffering in this day and age of our toxic environment. She has become an advocate for Waiora’s Natural Cellular Defense.


  • 00:25

    Author Susana Tuya Sarmiento on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Susana Tuya Sarmiento! 

    Susana is an international celebrity speaker, TV presenter and #1 Best-Selling Author. With women’s interests at heart and over twenty-five years of background experience in Body and Self-Image Psychology, Fashion, Styling, Personal Branding and Holistic Wellbeing, Susana delivers cutting-edge, life-enhancing tools and techniques.

    Susana’s life in 2013 came to a total halt. After increasingly becoming chronically ill and being later diagnosed with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), she experienced a complete body lockdown for a year, unable to move due to the intensity of muscle and nerve pain.

    Susana’s entire journey was documented so she could later transform the lives of others and gift us with her life-changing pearls of wisdom. From the hidden signs that we are ignoring daily that led to a healthy, happy and high energy woman to contract an autoimmune disease (amongst the top 10 leading causes of death in women), has come her knowledge of how to break the odds, NOT self-abandon, nor ignore the messages from inner guidance, heart and body and how it is only ‘us’ who hold the key to our self- healing.

    Susana lives her message and it is a true testament to her life-calling experience to lead and inspire women to look, feel and thrive to their greatness. 


  • 00:26

    Author Brian Whetten on Write Now Radio!

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    Viki Winterton interviews Brian Whetten! 

    By the age of 30, Brian Whetten had received a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley, raised $20 million for two high tech startups, became an internationally known academic and speaker, made and lost millions three times – and burnt out twice. He had gone from “being the one in high school that the chess team made fun of” to seemingly having it all. Yet he felt miserable. In the midst of an emotional and spiritual crisis, he began reaching out for help, and found his world view shaken to its core. This led to six years of deep inner work and a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

    Today, Brian delights in doing business in a different, more loving, more purpose-filled way – and in helping others do the same. He specializes in supporting entrepreneurs and executives as they build companies that create both money and meaning. He writes the conscious business column for the Huffington Post and is the author of both Selling By Giving and the book Yes Yes Hell No! The Little Book for Making Big Decisions. Over the last 8 years, he has coached dozens of the top transformational leaders in the industry, and supported thousands of purpose driven professionals on their journey to six and seven figure success.