Writer On The Road


Do you have a story to tell? Here at Writer on the Road, it’s the journey that matters. Regardless of where you are on your writing journey, Writer on the Road will inspire you to take your dreams and make them happen. So sit back and enjoy the show as I bring you guests who know what it's like to go it alone and who are willing to reach out to the rest of us by sharing their stories; authors, publishers, entrepreneurs—people at all stages of the writing journey, just like you and me. It's time, dear listeners, to answer the question for yourself: do you have a story to tell?

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#161 Mel & Sam in Orlando: Audio Matters & What You Need to Know For Your Writing

Podcasts are the new blogs. And, as an author, the best way to reach your audience to promote your novels and stories is through audio. If you’re not guesting on podcasts, it’s time to start. Audio is king, is the key message we bring away from our Pod...
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#160 10 Minutes with Sam & Mel: Tall Ships, Hamilton & a Research Sabbatical

It’s time to write. And research. Join us as we enter the research and writing phase of our NYC journey. Let’s call it a writing retreat where we meet people who give generously of their time and knowledge with no expectation of return. If you love his...
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10 Minutes with Mel & Sam in NYC: Living Like Locals and Dastardly Budget Discussions

International travel, book buying, theatre attendance and writerly adventures all need budgetary considerations if one wants to survive for an extended period in the greatest city in the world. Having comfortable shoes is also a good idea. In this epis...
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#158 10 Minutes with Sam & Mel in NYC: A Night at the Theatre

The writing life can be tough sometimes and this week was no exception as we busied ourselves attending two theatre pieces; Antigone in Ferguson and Mojada. You don’t need to know your Greek myths but it helps if you want to fully appreciate the politi...
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#157 10 Minutes With Mel & Sam in NYC: Writin’ Along On Our Pushbikes, Honey…

Writing the road less travelled is turning out to be the path of our NYC ’10 Minutes With Mel & Sam’ journey. Exploring the greatest city in the world on foot, by bike, train and ferry is opening up adventures we never deemed possible all that time...
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#156 10 Minutes with Mel & Sam in NYC: Bookshops Aren’t Meant to be Like That

Join us in NYC to celebrate the creative freedom of being able to work from anywhere, starting with the greatest city in the world. We explore the opportunities in the world of theatre, books and writing, combined with travel, good food and the occasio...
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#155 Never Give Up On Your Publishing Dreams, with Cassie Hamer

If at first you don’t succeed at this thing called writing…keep writing, and learning, and writing some more. Cassie Hamer, author of  After the Party, has put in the hard yards, earning her Masters in Creative Writing, and then unlearning most of what...
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#154 Grand Narratives & Epic Adventures: The Real Meaning of Romance, with Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Welcome to the world of pirates, love, blackmail, ill-gotten gains, treason and trickery. And that’s on a good day. Elizabeth Ellen Carter is an award-winning historical romance author who pens richly detailed historical romantic adventures. Carter is ...
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#153 How To Narrate Your Novel, with Renee Conoulty

You’ve written your novel and now it’s time to narrate it. Renee Conoulty is the author of novels and flash fiction that contain elements of dance, romance, and/or military life in a variety of genre – chick lit, women’s fiction, romantic comedy, conte...
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#152 How To Boost Your Writing Work-Flow using Dragon Dictation, with Scott Baker

Are you ready to ditch your keyboard? Scott Baker is an expert in all things Dragon Dictation. If you want to learn to train your Dragon, Scott’s your man. Scott’s official bio: Scott Baker has written dozens of books under various pen names and spent ...
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#151 What Happens When a Software Developer & a Pair of Writers Get Together? with Lee Powell

Lee Powell is a writer and expert in technology. He works with Angela Ackerman and her co-creator Becca Puglisi at One Stop for Writers. He also created the Windows version of renowned writing program Scrivener. When the team collaborated, they came up...
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#150 Career Strategies For Indie Authors, with Adam Croft

Adam Croft is an Indie author and a counterpoint to anyone who says you can’t make a living through Indie publishing. He’s sold more than 1.5 million books and once bumped J.K. Rowling off the USA Today bestseller list. His ‘Knight and Culverhouse’ thr...
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Asking Big Questions: Writing The Landscape Novel, with Karen Viggers

Karen Viggers is the award winning, internationally bestselling author of four novels, including her new release, The Orchardist’s Daughter. She writes contemporary realist fiction set in Australian landscapes, and her work explores connection with the...
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#148 From Traditionally Published To Indie: A Success Story, with Keri Arthur

I’ve always trusted myself. I’ve always written what I want to write and gone in the direction I want to. I’ve never actually had much input from the publishers that way. So that really hasn’t changed. I’m still using the same beta writer that I always...
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#147 How to Cut Through The Noise & Win Google Love Using SEO, with Kate Toon

“With small businesses, their greatest assets are all the other people in their network, and leveraging that can lead to big gains.” Kate Toon is an award-winning SEO copywriter and SEO consultant with over two decades of experience in all things adver...
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#146 Boundless: From Indie Brand to Indie Movement, with Michael Evans

This week’s podcast showcases up and coming Indie author, Michael Evans, and coincides with the launch of the Indie Issue of Author Success Stories Magazine. Find out more here. Michael Evans is a young adult author and futurist. He’s an up and coming ...
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#145 How to Create Characters That Resonate With Your Readers, with Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker and co-author of six best-selling books with the latest one the updated Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who...
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#144 Out of Africa: Telling the Story That Wants to Be Told, with TM Clark

Born in Zimbabwe, T.M. Clark completed her primary school years at boarding school in Bulawayo, but on weekends and holidays she explored their family ranch in Nyamandhlovu, normally on the back of her horse. Her teenage years were totally different to...
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#143 Do You Need An Agent? The Business of Being a Writer, with Haylee Nash

Ever wondered whether you’re better to strike out on your own  with your writing career, pitch directly to publishers or hire an agent? Haylee Nash, of The Nash Agency, outlines the pros and cons of each option, demystifying the publishing cycle in the...
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#142 The Magic of Being a Writer, with Belinda Alexandra

One of the joys of being a writer is sinking into the research abyss: events, characters, society, music, language and culture, reading books of the period, interior design, cookbooks, and the list goes on. Belinda Alexandra writes historical and histo...
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#141 A Room Of Her Own, with Darry Fraser

Darry Fraser is the bestselling author of Daughter of the Murray, Where the Murray River Runs, and The Widow of Ballarat. We first met Darry on the podcast, here, where we talked about the research and writing of The Daughter of the Murray, and here, l...
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#140 Writing Life Out Loud: A Story Told in Real Time, with Lisa Messenger

Lisa Messenger writes her books in real time – almost like a journal. Sometimes the results aren’t pretty, but they’re real. Messenger is an Australian entrepreneur, author, and the founder and CEO of Collective Hub, an international multimedia busines...
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#139 Writing Fight Scenes For Women, with Aiki Flinthart

Aiki Flinthart is the author of the YA 80AD Series (where the downloads went nuts), the Ruadhan Sidhe Series, Shadows Wake, Shadows Bane and Shadows Fate, and now, newly released, Iron, the first of the Kalima Chronicles. She has been shortlisted for t...
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#138 The Spiderweb Effect: How Writing A Book Will Grow Your Business, with Brian K. Wright

Brian K Wright is the host of Success Profiles Radio and publisher of Success Profiles Magazine. Over the last 6 years, Brian has interviewed world-class achievers such as Darren Hardy, Jack Canfield, Loral Langemeier, Kevin Harrington, Sharon Lechter,...
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#137 Writing, Procrastination & Getting Things Done, with Geoff McDonald

In the last 13 years, Geoff McDonald has read 550 books and written sixty plus Book Rapper ebooks, as well as over 1000 blog posts. And now he’s launching two books on the same day, Done and Project Done. McDonald has always been prolific, great with i...
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#136 Allegory & the Australian Landscape, with DM Cameron

Sometimes, it’s best to let a novel speak for itself. DM Cameron’s Beneath The Mother Tree is lyrical from the first page and deliciously unputdownable. It could be Cameron’s Irish ancestry, or her background as an award-winning scriptwriter, or never-...
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#135 How to Build a Community of Loyal Readers, With Rachael Johns

ABIA award-winning and bestselling author, Rachael Johns, is one half of the duo who has been organising the upcoming Australia’s West Coast Fiction Festival, an event eighteen months in the making. The other half is Tess Woods. It’s shaping up to be o...
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#134 Women’s Fiction Takes to the High Seas, with Tricia Stringer

There’s something about character driven novels that has you turning the pages, feeling you know the characters already but want to know more. But what about writing them, with one eye on giving your reader a satisfactory ending whilst at the same time...
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Knowing When It’s Time to Step Up Your Writing Ambitions, with Ber Carroll

Told in seven first-person voices, The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy, is a new direction for Australian author, Ber Carroll, author of eight contemporary fiction novels. Tightly constructed and difficult to edit, it’s Carroll’s most ambitious novel...
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#132 What A Career as an Author Looks Like: 10 Years, 15 Books & Gaining Momentum, with Jacquie Underdown

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a career author? Jacquie Underdown has put in the hours and she’s starting to reap the rewards after ten years of hard work. It’s not an uncommon story. Underdown set about learning her craft through a A Maste...
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#131 Kindle Unlimited or Wide, and Other Vexing Indie Publishing Questions, with Joanne Dannon

There’s no such thing as an overnight success in the writing game – well, maybe occasionally – but there’s a fast establishing pathway to give yourself the best chance of a long and profitable writing career. First, it takes time and writing more than ...
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Origin Stories, Myths & Dragons: How to Write SciFi/Fantasy, with Sherrilyn Kenyon

With over 70 million books sold, Sherrilyn Kenyon is worth listening to when it comes to all things writing. She’s experienced all the trials that we’re familiar with and celebrated all the successes the rest of us dream about. Stygian, a Dark Hunter N...
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How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile and Why You Should, with LinkedIn Expert, Adam Houlahan

Are you a scaling entrepreneur who wants to gain influence by defining who you are and why you matter? Checking your LinkedIn profile is one of the first things a potential connection will do before they reach out to you, and you need make a good impre...
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#128 Name Your Poison: Writers, Alcohol & The Creative Muse, with Cassandra Gaisford

Are you a grey area drinker? If your writing routine is anything like mine you go about the business of writing all day and knock off in time to do a little editing whilst watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of wine or two…or three. Imagine my cha...
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#127 How To Self-Publish Your Book, with Alexandra Amor

The world needs your book, says Self-Publishing coach, Alexandra Amor. In the ever-changing world of publishing it’s easy to become overwhelmed and that’s where Amor steps in as she guides your through the publishing maze. Amor has been an independent ...
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#126 What Readers Want in a Novel, with Book Reviewer, Helen Sibbritt

Writers need readers and one way to find readers is through book reviews. With over 800 romance book reviews under her belt Helen Sibbritt knows a thing or two about what makes a good book and it would be pertinent for the writers amongst us to listen ...
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#125 When Australian Romance Authors Take on the World, with Alli Sinclair

Australian romance authors are taking on the world with their novels. Hot on the heels of Natasha Lester’s success with The Paris Seamstress, Alli Sinclair’s latest novel, Burning Fields, will be available worldwide in November. Burning Fields is an hi...
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#124 Strategically Planning a Writing Career, with Annie Seaton

We talk a lot here at Writer on the Road about what it takes to be a successful author. Today, we’re celebrating the success of one of our favourite authors, Annie Seaton. Our conversation is short and it’s powerful as Seaton shares with us her journey...
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#123 On Being a Real Writer, with Christian White

It’s a question that bugs us all – when do we get to call ourselves a real writer? Christian White, Aussie author of thriller The Nowhere Child shares with us what it feels like to become an overnight success in the literary world. The Nowhere Child is...
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#122 Writing For Your Life: An Indie Publishing Success Story with Bella Andre

Have you ever wondered how to become a bestselling Indie author? Well, here’s the secret: write and write a lot. This is from a woman who has just celebrated selling over 7 million books. Her other secret is to work really hard for a very long time. Be...
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#121 When Writers Collaborate, with Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman, Cathryn Hein & Fiona McArthur

What do you get when you combine the talents of four of Australia’s top romance authors – Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman, Cathryn Hein and Fiona McArthur? A bestselling romance series, for a start. And an altogether fun podcast, notwithstanding the chal...
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The Art of Travel-Inspired Novel Writing, with Janice Horton

Travel fiction has a long tradition. Think Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathon Swift, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, and more recently, The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith. The list...
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Accountability, Clarity & Mindset: Success Traits For Entrepreneurs

Success comes in all shapes and sizes and it seems successful people share similar habits. A strong success mindset requires vision, strategy, focus, grit, consistency, and positive positive habits. Kim Argentsinger is a creative entrepreneur, coach an...
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Bikers, Millionaires & Military Men: Writing The Romantic Hero, With Jackie Ashenden

The post Bikers, Millionaires & Military Men: Writing The Romantic Hero, With Jackie Ashenden appeared first on Writer On The Road.
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The Business of Entrepreneurship, with Classy Career Girl Founder, Anna Runyan

Are you ready to invest in yourself to achieve your goals? Do you know what your ideal workday looks like? Do you need a step by step process to help you get where you want to go with your life? Anna Runyan, founder of Classy Career Girl, has a Corpora...
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Turning To Crime: Writing Colonial Mysteries, with Alison Stuart

Curious about how an author goes about building a world to create a series? Alison Stuart, Australian author of historical fiction set around the time of the Civil War, is embarking on a new project, the Harriet Gordon Mysteries, the first of which, Si...
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#115 How To Market Your Book: The Five Stages Of The Reader’s Journey, with David Gaughran

‘Self publishing hasn’t just arrived, it’s taken over,’ says a man who knows. David Gaughran, champion of Indie authors, and author of several versions of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible, has released a new bible for us, Strangers To Superfans,...
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#115 How To Market Your Book: The Five Stages Of The Reader’s Journey, with David Gaughran

‘Self publishing hasn’t just arrived, it’s taken over,’ says a man who knows. David Gaughran, champion of Indie authors, and author of several versions of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible, has released a new bible for us, Strangers To Superfans,...
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Advising Young Women in Business by Studying The Masters In Leadership, with Robyn Wilson

Working with millennials is rewarding because young entrepreneurs think differently. New ways of thinking, getting rid of the past and working with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, is the way forward. Any of these things sound famil...
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Advising Young Women in Business by Studying The Masters In Leadership, with Robyn Wilson

Working with millennials is rewarding because young entrepreneurs think differently. New ways of thinking, getting rid of the past and working with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, is the way forward. Any of these things sound famil...
Melinda Hammond author