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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Ivan Wainewright

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Ivan Wainewright: 2022 Selfie Award Winner Combines Love of Music and Speculative Fiction

My ALLi author guest this episode is Ivan Wainewright, whose second book, The Other Times of Caroline Tangent, recently won the 2022 Selfie Award for fiction. It was presented to him at the Author HQ corner of the London Book Fair in early April. He was so surprised that he had won the award that acknowledges the best self-published books of the year, he had to run across the hall to fetch his book. But, as we'll hear in this episode, Ivan has been preparing to write this book for most of his life. I'll let Ivan Wainewright tell his story. 
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Dharma Kelleher

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Dharma Kelleher: Trans Author Brings Visibility to the Marginalized

My ALLi author guest this episode is Dharma Kelleher, a trans writer who believes it is important, especially in these troubled times, to portray trans characters as just as human as everybody else. Since her childhood in Georgia, Dharma has known what it is like to be marginalized. Today, she has a great deal to teach about empowerment through her fiction and nonfiction.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Orna Ross

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Orna Ross: ALLi Founder Looks Back on a Decade of Advocacy for Indie Authors

My ALLi author guest this episode is Orna Ross, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors. I'm having her on as a special guest to celebrate ALLi's tenth birthday. It was at the London Book Fair in 2012 that Orna announced the formation of a group to help, and advocate for, the growing number of indie authors who were demanding to be heard. And in the last decade, ALLi has grown far bigger than even she had imagined.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Jim Merryfield

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Jim Merryfield: How to Quit the 9-to-5 and Hit the Road on Two Wheels

My ALLi author guest this episode is Jim Merryfield, who lived what he called the British version of the Wolf of Wall Street. He was rolling in dough from his sales job for a company that really didn't care about the impact it was having on the world. Jim decided it wasn't a life for him. So, he bought a motorcycle, saw the world, and wrote about how others can do the same. Midlife crisis? Not quite. Jim Merryfield is only twenty-seven years old.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Denise Baden

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Denise Baden: Climate Fiction Author Seeks Optimistic Shade of Green

My ALLi author guest this episode is Denise Baden, who sponsors climate fiction contests, but is continuously in search of green stories of a different color, an optimistic one rather than the usual dystopian visions of the future. Denise has a background in psychology, and she's convinced that if you show readers an optimistic scenario, they're more likely to work to make it come true. Those optimistic books are so rare, in fact, that she decided to write one herself.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. M. K. Williams

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. M. K. Williams: Initially Rebuffed by Author, She Now Coaches Others on Self-Publishing

My ALLi author guest this episode is M. K. Williams, an indie author who got some rather dispiriting advice from a fellow author early in her career. She was told that she shouldn't bother. What could she possibly have to say? Turns out, she not only had a lot to say as an author but also as a coach for other indie authors. Today, she has different advice for anybody who wants to become a self-published author.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Haelee Moon

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Haelee Moone: After Abuse, Teen Author Teaches Self-Love

My ALLi author guest this episode is Haelee Moone, a fourteen-year-old author who survived an early childhood that was filled with bullying and abuse. Part of the way she healed herself was to write her book about how to love yourself. Now, she wants to give back by helping other kids who have been abused. I recently spoke to Haelee and her father, Dedrick, who told their amazing story.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Nicholas Nawroth

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Nicholas Nawroth: Artist’s Love of Dogs Makes Heartwarming Kids’ Books Paw-sible

My ALLi author guest this episode is Nicholas Nawroth, who took his interest in art and dogs to create a series of children's books featuring the adventures of dog characters based on real canines he has known. What gives Nick the most joy is the thought that his books are creating special moments for children, when they settle down to a story with an adult. I'll let Nick tell his story.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Mary Louisa Locke

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Mary Louisa Locke: Historical Mystery Author’s Own Story Is One of Patience, Perseverance, and Vision

My ALLi author guest this episode is Mary Louisa Locke, who was first inspired to write back in 1979, when her academic research showed her the stories of some incredible 19th-century women. But it wasn't until after Mary Lou retired and began her new career as an indie author that she gave these women new life in historical fiction. Mary Lou's story is one of patience, perseverance, and a vision of the past as well as the future.
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Benedict Brown

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Benedict Brown: Children’s Author Turns to Life of Crime Fiction

My ALLi author guest this week is Benedict Brown, a crime fiction author who started out writing for children. He loved the creative freedom that came with writing books for kids. He found out the hard way that it's a very competitive market for traditionally published children's authors. That's when he discovered self-publishing and he turned to a life of crime … well, crime fiction. It was there that he found success. Benedict Brown tells us his story.
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Mirinda Kossoff

Author Interview with Mirinda Kossoff: Father’s Suicide Prompts Daughter to Discover Dad’s Demons, Make Sense of Her Own Life — Inspirational Indie Authors Podcast

My ALLi author guest this week is Mirinda Kossoff, who grew up in the small town of Danville, Virginia. And all she ever thought about during her childhood was to get out of Danville and begin a life of adventure and travel. She did that, until her father's suicide brought her full circle, back to Virginia, to rediscover her father, who had converted from Judaism to fit in with Southern culture. She not only learned about her dad's demons, but discovered many truths about herself, too, when she wrote her book, called The Rope of Life.
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