We are so fortunate to have Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press & SparkPress, and author of Write On, Sisters!, & Green-light Your Book. She will discuss how to Green-light Your Manuscript.
Please note this is a SPECIAL DATE...
TUESDAY, December 19, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time on
JJ Elliott, author of There Are No Rules for This. She'll be talking with us about Life After the Book Launch (Yup... once again... a virgin...
Julie Barton is the author of the wonderful New York Times bestselling memoir: Dog Medicine–How My Dog Save Me From Myself. She has a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State.
Julie is widely published; her credits include Brain Child Magazine, Louisiana Literature, Two Hawks Quarterly, and The Huffington Post, among others. She’s also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, she lives in Northern California with her husband Greg, two children, and a small menagerie of pets.
Meghan Riordan Jarvis, is a clinical psychotherapist, author, podcast host, TEDx speaker, and sought-after consultant with over twenty years of experience in the fields of trauma, grief, and loss. Meghan’s forthcoming memoir follows her experience of deteriorating mental health after her father's and mother's deaths in short succession, eventually receiving the same therapeutic support she offers her clients. The End of the Hour is a touching story of how unresolved trauma can threaten the security of all that is held dear. Meghan is part of the Virgin Authors' exciting collaboration with Zibby Books. Watch it here or on the Virgin Authors' Facebook Live.
All three Virgin Authors totally love Amy Ferris. We initially met her through Story Summit and then we were lucky enough to meet her in person at the 2022 Kauai Writer's Conference and found how loving and kind she is in real life. She's a powerhouse... author, editor, screenwriter, and playwright. Her memoir Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis was adapted into an Off-Broadway play in 2012. Amy’s list of awards and accolades includes being one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” by Women’s eNews, in 2019; and being named one of NextTribe’s “Women of the Year,” in 2021 and wrote an amazing book, MIGHT GORGEOUS, which we discussed on Virgin Authors' Facebook Live.
Despite Emma Grey's vast experience as a feature writer, photographer, professional speaker and accountability coach, she wrote her first adult novel, The Last Love Note, in the wake of her husband’s death. It’s a fictional tribute to their love, an attempt to articulate the magnitude of her loss and a life-affirming commitment to hope. Emma is part of the Virgin Authors' exciting collaboration with Zibby Books.
Jessica Machado is an editor on the diversity, equity and inclusion team at NBC News. Previously, she was a staff editor at Vox, the Daily Dot, and Rolling Stone. LOCAL, a memoir woven with Hawaiian history, is her first book. Her deeply personal memoir incorporates so much history and opens a wider discussion about tradition and fitting in. LOCAL weaves universal themes of belonging, loneliness, grief, and how we reshape ourselves to fit into society’s norms.
Noelle Salazar is our very first RETURNING guest! We loved talking about her latest novel, The Roaring Days of Zora Lily, which debuts in October, 2023. She also shared invaluable information about how she RESEARCHES MATERIAL for her novels. To remind our viewers, Noelle Salazar was a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, and a NFL cheerleader before she became the USA Today and international bestselling author of The Flight Girls. Her second novel, Angels of the Resistance, released November 2022, and, again, her latest book, The Roaring Days of Zora Lily, is due to come out on October, 2023. We obviously LOVE Noelle and we're so grateful for her returning to the show.
Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Wine People (August 2023, Zibby Books— Pre-order here!), You’re Not You, But Not For Long, and Bread and Butter, and the editor of the food writing anthology Food & Booze. A former executive editor with the award-winning literary journal Tin House, she is a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Madison, Wis. Since 2013 she and novelist Susanna Daniel have run the Madison Writers’ Studio, offering a variety of creative writing workshops and classes.
Today we talked with two amazing writers about their books and the world of non-fiction writing: Katie Russell Newland is the author of A Season With Mom: Love, Loss, and the Ultimate Baseball Adventure, which is a story of her journey to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks in a single season to fulfill her late mother’s dream. She is based in Austin, Texas with a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy.
Anne R. Keene is the author of The Cloudbuster Nine, which is a story about a baseball team that helped us win World War II. Anne has published works in The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Saturday Evening Post. The Cloudbuster Nine was recognized by Newsday as one of its “Top 12 Baseball Reads for the Season.” A graduate of the school of Journalism, and also resides in Austin, Texas.
All three of the Virgin Authors whipped through Ann Garvin's fun book, THERE'S NO COMING BACK FROM THIS. Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is a scientist turned humorist, a USA TODAY and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of five books. She is the CEO and founder of the award-winning The Tall Poppy Writers and she thinks everything is funny and a little bit sad. Watch this fast interview with Ann Garvin as she shares intel on the behind-the-scenes life working wardrobe in the movie industry and tell us how she became the founder of Tall Poppy Writers, an incredibly supportive group of published writers working together for the betterment of the industry.
We were so honored to talk with Nina Schuyler, who is the author of AFTERWORD. Her amazing non-fiction work... HOW TO WRITE STUNNING SENTENCES offers amazing tools and is a must-have. We spent a fast 1/2 hour talking with her about this book in particular... it's perfect for our fellow Virgin Authors. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco, Stanford Continuing Studies, AND MORE!
Nicole Magistro is a professional reader and amateur mother who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She owned a bookstore for 15 years, wrote thousands of book reviews, and memorized a few too many bedtime stories. Her favorite place in the world is the real Read Island, which inspired this journey. As an author, Magistro is the winner of the Colorado Book Award, SCBWI Spark Honor, and a finalist in Reading the West Book Award. She has written READ ISLAND, a children's picture book, and shares how to CREATE YOUR OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY.
Jane Delury 's first book, The Balcony, a novel-in-stories, won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her prize-winning short stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and Narrative Magazine. HEDGE, her next book, is due out in June, 2023 and we had fun discussing the mechanics and her inspiration behind this beautiful, intense book. Jane is part of the Virgin Authors' exciting collaboration with Zibby Books.
Alison Kimble 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 has written Strange Gods and shares how to STRENGTHEN A SUPPORT BASE
Brenda Janowitz is the author of seven novels, including THE GRACE KELLY DRESS, which has been optioned for film by Hallmark/ Crown Media. Her eighth novel, THE AUDREY HEPBURN ESTATE, will be published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House on April 18, 2023.
Megan Tady is a writer and editor running the company Word-Lift. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, among others. SUPER BLOOM, her debut novel, publishes May 2, 2023 by Zibby Books. She's working on her second novel, CHAMPIONS FOR BREAKFAST, publishing in 2024, also via Zibby Books. Megan lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.
March 16, 2023 - TESS THOMPSON is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction with nearly 40 published titles. She shares how to successfully write series! After the Virgin Authors celebrated their 1st Year of INCREDIBLE SHOWS with some past guests and good friends, we managed to learn some fascinating tips from Tess on how she plans out her series (she has 10 different successful series published. TRULY AMAZING LADY and we were so grateful for her patience with our tiaras and celebration. Fun show with valuable info shared! Thank you Tess and everyone who took the time to be with us for this special show!
March 16, 2023 - Award-winning author, MARY OTIS with ZIBBY BOOKS delivers an arresting debut novel - BURST - that explores the relationship complexities between mothers and daughters, the desire to escape, and the longing to connect. Burst is a powerful story about how we become―and unbecome―our mothers, how we absorb the past, and how we burst into our own futures.
February 16, 2023 - REBECCA OLMSTEAD is an accomplished, award-winning author who shares how she writes in different genres. From inspirational, short story, cozy mysteries & essays. She's been a personal friend of all three of the Virgin Authors and we are THRILLED to have her on our show.
January 19, 2023 - GERRI RUSSELL shared some great tips on Staying Connected to Your Fans. Gerri is an award-winning and bestselling author of twenty novels and two novellas. Her novels are set in the twelfth to seventeenth century Scotland and fun and flirty contemporary novels set in the Pacific Northwest. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by RT BOOKreviews Magazine
January 4, 2023 - ALISHA FERNANDEZ MIRANDA was SO MUCH FUN!
THE VIRGIN AUTHORS had THE BEST time talking with Alisha Fernandez Miranda on our very first collaboration with one of ZIBBY BOOKS authors.
Alisha Fernandez Miranda is the author of a coming-of-middle age story, My What If Year: Four Internships, Three Countries, Two Kids and One Life-Changing Misadventure, coming from Zibby Books in 2023. Detailing her year of unpaid internships in the dream jobs of her childhood, the book follows Alisha on her quest to figure out what might have happened if her life had taken a different path.
December 15, 2022 - NANCY NAIGLE! We had the be BEST time visting with USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle who whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career as an SVP for Bank of America and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. WATCH THIS INTERVIEW FOR VALUABLE INSIGHTS ON HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR.
December 1, 2022 - LAUREL GREER was kind enough to talk with the Virgin Authors about the meaning and effective use of tropes in writing.
A USA Today Bestselling Author, Laurel's latest release, Lights, Camera...Wedding? is available now.
Thanks for all of your insight and laughs, Laurel!
November 17, 2022 - NOELLE SALAZAR Living in Hawaii, Jackie is a busy published author AND a fiction editor. The Virgin Authors enjoyed discussing the importance of critique groups to all writers. It was a fascinating talk.
October 10, 2022 - JACQUOLYN McMURRAY Living in Hawaii, Jackie is a busy published author AND a fiction editor. The Virgin Authors enjoyed discussing the importance of critique groups to all writers. It was a fascinating talk.
September 15, 2022 - MAISEY YATES is another USA TODAY'S BESTSELLING AUTHOR! (We have THE best guests!) Maisey has been writing for Harlequin for over 10 years but, get this, she has more than 100 published books under her belt.
The 1/2 hour flew by as Maisey explained how it all started, how she submitted DIRECTLY to Harlequin and how she is juggling her writing schedule. Thanks for your time Maisey!
July 21, 2022 - K.K. ALLEN is USA TODAY'S BESTSELLING AUTHOR.
The Virgin Authors enjoyed talking with K.K. Allen as she discussed the Top 5 Tips for self-publishing.
July 21, 2022 - ANGELA FORD, Amazon's #1 Best Selling Author founder of publishing company, This interview was PACKED with hot tips on how YOU can get on the Best Seller Author list too! Incredibly talented and SO KIND to spend the time with us - especially since she had to deal with a major time difference.
Super valuable information. Enjoy!
Thank you Angela. We all learned so much from you. What an interview!
July 8, 2022 - ZIBBY OWENS, founder of publishing company, ZIBBY BOOKS, award-winning podcast, MOMS DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ, author of BOOKENDS & PRINCESS CHARMING. Oh, and she's a mom of four. Watch this video to see how she does it all!
Thank you Zibby. We were THRILLED to meet you and honored to add you to our list of Virgin Authors.
June 9, 2022 - Meet KIM HORNSBY!
What a powerhouse! This beautiful lady shared some fascinating insight on how she made it to USA TODAY'S BESTSELLING list. On top of being an author of 16 published novels, she just wrapped up producing a short film based on her book, CHAT.
**She was also gracious enough to give us the specific BLOG POST HERE, which covers her steps to USA TODAY'S BESTSELLING list. CHECK IT OUT!
Thirty minutes flew by and we can't thank Kim enough for her time.❤
May 19, 2022 - STACEY POWELLS! We LOVED HAVING HER ON OUR 4TH EPISODE!
She chatted about the TORTUOUS job of querying, sharing some insider tips about Reedsy and more. ENJOY this video to learn more.
**We'd also like to THANK all of our guests on the show. Having people with us during the show is such a support. THANK YOU
May 12, 2022 - SABRINA YORK - Her Royal Hotness!
We were THRILLED to have Sabrina join us and give us the scoop on LAUNCHING A BOOK!
Her new book:
HOTTEST NEW RELEASE! Don’t miss the Wired Series Bundle, releasing in a special 10th Anniversary Edition! Think a playful 50 Shades in an office where employee hookups are taboo (or, supposed to be), and everyone is a little horny. What could go wrong, right?
THE WIRED SERIES
So much information and laughs.
CONGRATS to our winner for the night! Jessica guessed the Word of the Night...STEAMY! We are sending her one of our very own Virgin Authors' mugs. Yay!
We also want to thank EVERYONE for joining us tonight and a HUGE thanks to Sabrina York.
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April 21, 2022 - REBECCA BLOOM was our first (our Virgin 🥰) Guest!
We did have mishaps on this very first interview, BUT WE HAD A BLAST AND WE LEARNED SO MUCH!
During this first show, Rebecca gave some INCREDIBLE insights on the Path to Publication - whether to go traditional, hybrid, or self-publishing. She went over the pros and cons of all.
WATCH THIS TO LEARN & TO LAUGH!
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CONGRATS to our winner for the night - Suzanne Minarcine, PhD - who was the closest to guess how many queries Mandi sent out before acquiring an agent. (BTW... the answer was 95. Whew.)
Virgin Authors' FIRST LIVE show - ever! GIFTS, GAMES & GALS During this first show, we all had a blast while we introduced the three Virgin Authors, played a fun drinking game & even GAVE AWAY TWO of our Virgin Author mugs to the WINNERS of the 'word of the night' game. Tiffany Lawrie & Kristi Dunbar! WOOT WOOT!
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We are thrilled we finally get to talk with Brooke Warner about Green-Lighting Your Manuscript.
Brooke started her publishing career almost 25 years ago. In 2012, she left the world of traditional publishing to co-found the groundbreaking hybrid publishing house She-Writes Press.
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Please note this is a SPECIAL DATE, on TUESDAY,
December 19th @ 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.