The Worried Writer Podcast
By Sarah Painter: Writer and Queen of Procrastination
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Novelist Sarah Painter explores tips and techniques for overcoming fear, self-doubt and procrastination to get the work done. Each episode includes an interview with an author on their writing routine and creative process.
||The Worried Writer Episode#40: Cressida McLaughlin ‘You Have To Love The Story’||Cressida McLaughlin writes feel-good romances for Harper Collins, including the bestselling The Canal Boat Cafe and The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse. Cressida’s latest series is called The House of Birds and Butterflies and is being released in f||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #39: James Blatch ‘I Live And Die By Whiteboards’||My guest today is James Blatch. James is a co-founder and director of the Self Publishing Formula with bestselling indie superstar, Mark Dawson. SPF offers fantastic training courses for authors on advertising, self-publishing, and book cover design,||30 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #38: M.J. Ford ‘I Just Write As Hard And As Fast As I Can’||My guest today is Michael Ford, who writes under the name M.J. Ford. Michael has written and edited children’s fiction for Working Partners for several years, as well as working as a ghost writer on other projects. His debut novel for adults,||31 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #37: Caroline Mitchell ‘I dictate the first draft’||My guest today is Caroline Mitchell. She’s an ex-police detective turned USA Today bestselling thriller author. Her latest book, Silent Victim just became a global bestseller when it hit number 1 on Amazon in the UK, USA and Australia.||1 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #36: Joanna Penn ‘The Healthy Writer’||Joanna Penn is an award-nominated New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writing thrillers, supernatural crime and fantasy under the name J.F. Penn. I consider Joanna my unofficial mentor and I’m personally very grateful for the information||31 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #35: Lisa Hall ‘We’re Living The Dream’||My guest today is Lisa Hall, author of the bestselling psychological thrillers Between You and Me and Tell Me No Lies, which Heat magazine called ‘breathlessly fast-paced and cleverly unsettling’. Not content with a successful career as an autho||31 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Ep#34: ‘Check In With Your Goals’||In this ‘just me’ episode I recap my progress over 2017, give tips learned from my recent ‘performance and presentation’ training, and answer a listener question about getting a trilogy published… Writing progress: As the end of the year appro||2 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #33: Katie Cross ‘I call myself a naptime entrepreneur’||My guest today is Katie Cross. Katie writes both YA fantasy and contemporary women’s fiction. Her books include The Network series, which kicks off with Miss Mabel’s School For Girls, and Bon Bons To Yoga Pants.||1 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #32: Monica Leonelle ‘I’m a burst of energy writer’||My guest today is Monica Leonelle. Monica is a USA Today bestselling author writing YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as practical books for writers such as Write Better, Faster and The 8-Minute Writing Habit. Before becoming an author,||1 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #31: Phoebe Morgan ‘Getting A Deal Is Often About Timing’||My guest today is Phoebe Morgan. Phoebe Morgan is both an editor at HarperCollins and an author, so she understands both sides of the publishing equation. Her debut psychological thriller, The Doll House, is coming out on the 14th September,||1 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #30: A.L. Michael ‘Always Write More Than You Talk About Writing’||My guest today is A.L. Michael, author of nine romantic comedies including Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and The Last Word. Her latest release is Cocktails and Dreams, part of the new Martini Club series. Andi is also a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator,||1 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #29: M. J. Lee ‘Let Yourself Enjoy Life’||My guest today is Martin Lee who writes under the name M.J. Lee. He is a bestselling author of historical crime fiction and his books include the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mysteries, Samuel Pepys and The Stolen Diary,||30 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #28: ‘Guarding Your Writing Time Is A Matter of Training’||In this ‘just me’ episode, I give a writing update and answer a couple of questions. Writing update: I’ve been on tight editing deadlines all month with my latest novel, Beneath The Water, but the end is truly in sight. Huzzah!||31 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #27: Tracy Buchanan ‘Write A Novel That You Want To Read’||My guest today is Tracy Buchanan, author of The Atlas of Us, No Turning Back and the number one bestseller, My Sister’s Secret. My Sister’s Secret was one of the top ten bestselling books of 2015 and has been published in the US, Denmark, Italy,||3 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Ep#26 Rachael Lucas ‘I’m horrible when I’m writing!’||My guest today, Rachael Lucas, writes contemporary romantic fiction for Pan Macmillan. Her titles include Coming Up Roses and Wildflower Bay, and her first YA novel, The State of Grace is coming out this month (6 April 2017) from Pan Macmillan Children.||31 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #25 Marie-Louise Jensen ‘A lot of my writing was done in the car’||In this episode I speak to Marie-Louise Jensen who writes books for children and young adults. Marie-Louise’s books include Between Two Seas and The Lady In The Tower, both of which are published by the Oxford University Press and were shortlisted for||1 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #24: Gillian McAllister ‘I write everything down’||My guest in this episode is Gillian McAllister. Gillian’s debut thriller Everything But The Truth is out on 9 March 2017 from Penguin and she is represented by Clare Wallace at the Darley Anderson Agency. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy||1 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #23: Super-Charge Your Writing Goals for 2017!||Happy new year! This is a short episode to kick off 2017 and I reveal my tip for super-charging your goals. In the January 2016 episode, I defined what makes a good goal and how to set one, and this year I talk about the importance in working out the||31 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #22: Holly Martin ‘I Just Love Writing’||Holly Martin is the author of funny, romantic fiction and paranormal YA, including her successful White Cliff Bay series, One Hundred Proposals and The Guestbook. Holly was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance,||1 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer #21: Deadlines and Mild Concussion||Just a short episode this month and there is no author interview – apologies! I am buried under a deadline and some life stuff and, as alluded to in the title, I also managed to faint and bang my head a couple of weeks ago which knocked out a week of||1 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #20: Caroline Green ‘Storytelling Is What Inspires Me’||Caroline Green is an award-winning author of books for young people. Her debut, Dark Ride, won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award, Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award,||3 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #19: Mark Edwards ‘Just Do It!’||Mark Edwards is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers such as Follow You Home, Because She Loves Me and The Magpies. Before going solo, Mark published a number of police procedurals written with Louise Voss including Killing Cupid and Forwa.||1 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #18: Nina Harrington ‘It Was All About Fear’||Nina Harrington published her first romance in 2009 and since then she has won awards with her fiction, been translated into 23 languages, and sold over a million books worldwide. As well as publishing with Harlequin Mills & Boon and Carina,||31 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #17: Siobhan Curham ‘Keep Your Life Interesting’||My guest today is Siobhan Curham. Siobhan is the award-winning author of several books for adults and children including Finding Cherokee Brown, True Face, Dear Dylan – which won the YoungMinds Book Award in 2010 – and The Scene Stealers.||1 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #16: Cesca Major ‘Being rejected is hideous’||My guest today is Cesca Major. Cesca is a fascinating interviewee as she writes in two genres under different names. Cesca’s debut historical novel, The Silent Hours, was published last year by Corvus, to great acclaim. However,||31 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #15: A.J. Waines ‘I love deadlines’||Alison Waines publishes fiction under the name A.J.Waines and has sold over 150,000 books worldwide. Last year, she topped the UK and Australian Kindle bestseller charts with her number one hit Girl On A Train,||1 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #14: Emma Newman ‘It’s All Bobbins’||My guest today is Emma Newman. Emma writes dark short stories, science fiction and urban fantasy. Between Two Thorns, the first title in her Split Worlds series was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Novel and Best Newcomer Awards.||31 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode 13: Mel Sherratt ‘You have to face that fear’||My guest today is bestselling author Mel Sherratt. Mel writes gritty crime dramas and, as her alter ego Marcie Steele, romantic comedies. Since 2012 she has published ten novels and she has sold over half a million books.||29 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode 12: Mark McGuinness ‘Start with your curiosity’||Mark McGuinness is a poet, creative coach, and author of non-fiction. As well as coaching individuals and businesses, Mark runs two highly successful websites for creatives, Lateral Action and Wishful Thinking. Mark’s first non-fiction title,||31 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Ep#11: Make 2016 Your Best Writing Year Yet!||This episode is a bit different to usual. I wanted to talk to you about something which has changed my life and I thought I needed a little bit more time to do the subject justice. So, although it’s a shorter episode than usual,||31 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Worried Writer Episode #10: Miranda Dickinson ‘Remind yourself that it’s fun!’||My guest today is Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson. Miranda’s first book, Fairytale of New York, was a massive success and was short-listed for the RNA Novel of the Year award as well as hitting the top ten on the Sunday Times Bestse||2 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #09 The Worried Writer: Catherine Ryan Howard ‘The More You Do It, The More You Want To Do it’||Catherine Ryan Howard is a self-publishing superstar with the successful titles Mousetrapped, Backpacked and Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Catherine recently landed a two-book deal with Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books.||4 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #08 The Worried Writer: Joanna Penn ‘I measure my life by what I create’||This episode features Joanna Penn, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author writing heart-pounding thrillers under the name J.F. Penn, as well as non-fiction books for authors. Joanna is a superstar in the world of indie-publishing and I was s.||29 9 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #07 The Worried Writer: Clodagh Murphy ‘There’s a reason I write fiction…’||In this episode I talk to author of romantic comedy, Clodagh Murphy, about her writing process, journey to publication and struggles with self-doubt. Clodagh Murphy has published several romantic comedies including Girl In A Spin, Frisky Business,||2 9 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #06 The Worried Writer: Lani Diane Rich ‘Claim Your Awesome!’||Join me for an energising chat with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, podcaster extraordinaire, and inspirational writing teacher, Lani Diane Rich. Lani writes funny romantic books and, under the pen name Lucy March,||30 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #05 The Worried Writer: Annie Lyons ‘You can lead me anywhere with a slanket!’||In this episode I chat to bestselling author of romantic comedy, Annie Lyons. Annie and I signed with Carina at around the same time and her debut novel, Not Quite Perfect, came out a month after mine. We got chatting online and have shared the highs a||8 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #04 The Worried Writer: A Conversation with thriller author C.L. Taylor||In this episode I chat with Cally Taylor about hopping genre, developing craft through short stories, getting the writing bug, and typing while walking on a treadmill. Cally Taylor wrote two sparkling romantic comedies,||10 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #03 The Worried Writer: A Conversation with Julie Cohen||This episode includes a conversation with Julie Cohen, creative writing tutor and author of twenty books including Dear Thing and Where Love Lies. For more information on Julie and her books, head to www.julie-cohen.||14 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #02 The Worried Writer: A Conversation with Stephanie Burgis||My guest today is Stephanie Burgis, award-winning author of short stories and novels that mix the genres of fantasy and historical. I’ve know Stephanie online for a couple of years and I’m continually impressed by her productivity.||24 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode #01 The Worried Writer: A conversation with YA author Keris Stainton||Welcome to the inaugural episode of the show! I’m thrilled to have YA author Keris Stainton as my first guest. I met Keris in an online writing group many years ago, and I have been delighted and excited to watch her build a successful career as a bel||14 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Entertaining & Useful!
If you write - or want to write, or wish that actually DOING the writing was easier - this is a must-download podcast. Lots of tips and tricks during the author-to-author conversations. Give it a whirl!
A pleasure to listen to, whether you are a reader or a writer of any type, its an insight into the mind of the successful, a reassurance for the frustrated, and Sarah has the loveliest voice you could ever want.
Listen - you won't regret it
I'm loving this podcast and am so glad that Sarah takes the time to do it. It's really well produced first off - none of that 'broadcasting from down a well' sound effect here - just crisp, clean audio.
Sarah's guests are from varied genres, and are all interesting and down to Earth, just like the host. She asks the questions we want to know, especially about 'a writer's day' which, I, like Sarah, am also very interested in. How other people do the same thing as you, but in their own way, is always interesting. I've really come across some little gems in this - moments where I've said (almost out loud, not ideal as I was weeding the front garden) 'Ooh, me too!!.
If you like hearing about authors, you'll enjoy it and if you write aswell, then that's a bonus, Give The Worried Writer a whirl. You won't regret it.
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