Listening In – Kalie Holford talks writing YA romance, BookTok, and lyrics as prose
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1d ago
Listening In is a series of author interviews, featuring authors whose works have been transformed into audiobooks! Kalie Holford’s YA debut, The Last Love Song. This novel is “a queer YA Mamma Mia! with a dash of Maureen Johnson” and “celebrates the music of an uncertain heart.” The Last Love Song is narrated by Taylor Meskimen and Amanda Dolan. Listening In #27Kalie Holford Kalie Holford lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and two puppies. She loves Mamma Mia!, country music, and love songs and stories. Her passion is writing books featuring messy queer kids who make mistak ..read more
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Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2024: KWL Author Spotlight on Dianne Scott
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3d ago
Dianne Scott spoke to us about her debut novel, Final Look, the first in the Christine Lane mystery series – now shortlisted for the 2024 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. On an island full of intrigue, a killer’s identity is the best-kept secret. Policewoman Christine Lane felt the humiliation like a slap. Transferred to a sleepy island station, she could almost hear her career screeching to a halt. During a violent protest on Toronto Island, a resident is found dead and Christine is hurt. Her boss threatens to sack her for incompetence and she vows to maintain a low profile. When the ho ..read more
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KWL – 343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra
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1w ago
#343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra In this episode, we are joined by Vancouver-based Bal Khabra, debut author of hockey romance novel Collide! Bal started out as an avid reader of romance and reviewer of romance titles, and after reading over 150 romance novels in one year, decided she was ready to write one! In this episode, we are joined by Vancouver-based Bal Khabra, debut author of hockey romance novel Collide! Bal started out as an avid reader of romance and reviewer of romance titles, and after reading over 150 romance novels in one year, decided she was read ..read more
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Listening In – L.K. Bowen talks seeing herself represented, discovering her debut novel was a thriller, and reading (a lot)
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1w ago
Listening In is a series of author interviews, featuring authors whose works have been transformed into audiobooks! L.K. Bowen’s For Worse, “a debut thriller that pulls the reader deep into a dark web of sinister plots for marital revenge.” For Worse is narrated by Lisa Flanagan and L J Ganser. Listening In #26L.K. Bowen Debut author L. K. Bowen was born in Boston and made her way to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. Like Ellie, her protagonist in For Worse, Bowen has the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, which is slowly destroying her vision. To learn more ..read more
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Writing successful sports romance: a KWL recap
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2w ago
Sports romance is one of our favourite genres here at Kobo Writing Life, and it’s an ever-growing (and enduring) romance reader favourite in general! For any author interested in writing a sports romance, or for the regular sports romance writer who is looking for more inspiration, the words of advice from sports romance sensations Elena Armas and Becka Mack are not to be missed. Read on to get some great advice for your next (or first!) sports romance novel! Writing sports romance that feels real – Not every sports romance has to be between the star player and the up-and-coming sports journal ..read more
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KWL – 342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan
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3w ago
#342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan In this episode, we spoke with Patrick E. Horrigan, academic and author of American Scholar, published by Lethe Press. Since recording this episode, American Scholar was shortlisted for the 2024 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Fiction category. Congratulations, Patrick! Patrick is also the author of two other novels, plays, essays, and more. In this episode, we spoke with Patrick E. Horrigan, academic and author of American Scholar, published by Lethe Press. Since recording this episode, American Scholar was shortlisted for the 2024 ..read more
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Listening In – Adriana Mather talks romantic comedies, researching with pastries, and writing relatable characters
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3w ago
Listening In is a series of author interviews, featuring authors whose works have been transformed into audiobooks! Adriana Mather is a NYT best-selling author of the How to Hang A Witch series. Her latest release follows her foray into romantic comedies with Mom Com, “a heartwarming tale of love, family, and pastry perfection.” Mom Com is narrated by Jorjeana Marie. Listening In #25Adriana Mather Adriana Mather is the New York Times bestselling author of the How to Hang a Witch series and the Killing November series, with family roots that go back to Sleepy Hollow, the Salem Witch Tria ..read more
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How to write twists and turns that keep your readers reading
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3w ago
Readers love twists, turns, and surprises in fiction – that much is a given. Whether they’re diving headfirst into a thriller or a sweet romance, any and every genre fiction title has some sort of wrench thrown into the plot to amp up the action or keep readers guessing. But these aren’t necessarily unpredictable – in mystery and thriller fiction, for example, it’s a genre convention to have a twist here, a turn there. Likewise, most romance novels have a conflict in the second act that must be resolved in the third act in order for the heroes to get their happy ending. These are expectations ..read more
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Listening In – Caldwell Turnbull talks sci-fi novels, monster lore, and being a steady writer
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1M ago
Listening In is a series of author interviews, featuring authors whose works have been transformed into audiobooks! Caldwell Turnbull is the award-winning author of multiple novels and short stories. His latest is We Are the Crisis, the “long-awaited sequel to No Gods, No Monsters.” The second book in The Convergence Saga “sees humans and monsters clash as civil rights collide with preternatural forces” and is now available in audiobook form. We Are the Crisis is narrated by Dion Graham. Listening In #24Caldwell Turnbull Cadwell Turnbull is the award-winning author of The Lesson and No ..read more
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KWL – 341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini
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1M ago
#341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini In this episode, we are joined by Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini, online and digital accessibility experts who work at UsableNet, whose goal is to “make the digital world more accessible and usable.” In this episode, we are joined by Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini, online and digital accessibility experts who work at UsableNet, whose goal is to “make the digital world more accessible and usable.” Jeff and Michele recently wrote and published their first book together, an amazing guide to all things digital ac ..read more
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