I love podcasts. I listen to podcasts about writing, editing, creativity, entrepreneurship, or ones that are purely inspirational. I use the time getting dressed and the commute to and from work each day to listen. Some days that is almost two hours of podcast listening time!
And now I’ve discovered a new podcast, Born to Write by Coach Azul Terronez! The episodes released so far are powerful and inspiring. The first three guests are an impressive line up: Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income), Jon Vroman (The Front Row Factor), and boss-mom Dana Malstaff.
Azul Terronez uses his skills as a writing coach and educator to ask his amazing guests about their writing journeys. He starts with asking how writing was like for them as kids. Jon Vroman, like a lot of kids, didn’t enjoy writing, feeling like it was something he was forced to do in school. Others, like Dana Malstaff excelled in school, but didn’t set out to write a book. But writing the book ended up helping her to focus on her strengths and her Boss-mom brand.
Azul talks with Pat Flynn about the process of coaching him through writing his book. As a coach and a podcaster, Azul has a natural talent of asking the right questions to draw out the ideas and stories from writers.
I look forward to many more episodes of Born to Write, and working with Coach Azul on my first non-fiction book! As a YA Science Fiction writer I said I would *never* be able to write a non-fiction book. Then I heard Coach Azul on a podcast and little seeds of ideas for a non-fiction book started niggling in the back of my brain. Now I’m working through Coach Azul’s Authors Writing Academy and trying to narrow down the focus of my book.
I’ve included a lot of links in this blog post, so I hope you check out these amazing podcasts. Are there other podcasts that you like to listen to that I don’t have listed here? Leave a note in the comments and let me know which ones are your favorites!
As a young adult author and voracious reader, I try to make it to as many YA book signings, readings, and discussions as I can. Next week, here in downtown Boise, Idaho I will get to attend an event for two amazing YA authors – Victoria Schwab and Madeleine Roux.
Our local bookstore, Rediscovered Books has brought both authors in for one night of discussion of both their books and their creative processes. I find listening to how other authors navigate this world of creativity and business fascinating and enlightening. I am excited to hear about their journeys from aspiring writers to popular YA authors.
Even though they write in YA genres a bit darker than mine, I still think there is a lot for me to learn. I am in awe of the worlds they have created in their books, and am looking forward to hearing how they came about.
The event will be much larger than can be handled in the bookstore, so it will be held at the downtown Boise Public Library! Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. MST.
November 30th and I’ve finished NaNoWriMo 2016 with 50,620 words! Even though this is the fifth Nano I’ve won, it is still quite a natural high. Every time I finish a novel and write The End, I feel like I’ve just reached the summit of Mt. Everest.
This month offered a variety of challenges that threatened my nano word count. I started the month with a migraine that lasted several days and ended it with food poisoning. Also the first weekend in November my kids and grand baby moved back from Japan.
I decided that if I was going to finish (failure was not an option) I needed to maximize whatever time I could find. At work I reserved the conference room to use on my lunch hour so I had a full hour to write undisturbed. I was able to get a good 1200 -1400 words in each lunchtime.
In the evenings I never knew when I came home if my kids and grand baby would be waiting for me. So the nights I was free, I concentrated on writing as much as I could. With such small snippets of time I needed to get into the flow of writing quickly.
I’d been reading the book FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In it he explains many concepts about flow and enjoyment of life. I noticed that getting into the flow of writing, that place where I’m totally immersed in my fictional world and can write 1200 to 5000 words in a few hours, is total enjoyment for me. Which of course, since enjoyable, encouraged me to write anytime I could find. I didn’t have any issues with so-called writer’s block, or procrastination.
Csikszentmihalyi also talks about this flow experience as not only affecting our enjoyment of life, but to our contribution to the world around us:
“Flow is important both because it makes the present instant more enjoyable, and because it builds the self-confidence that allows us to develop skills and make significant contributions to humankind.” FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Today, August 10th the third novel in my Recycling Humanity young adult science fiction series comes out on Amazon! To celebrate this book launch (and my birthday!), the e-books of Recycling Humanity and Starlight Max are only 99 cents each! This special price will only be good through August 17, 2016 (in case you’re reading this in the future).
Biolab Zeg description:
A SECRET BIOLAB. DANGEROUS MERCENARIES.
ONE GIRL MUST LOSE EVERYTHING TO SAVE THE REST OF HUMANITY.
Time is running out for the last remnants of humanity. They must migrate to another solar system in order to survive. 17-year-old Sadie Kerum has been training to become an engineer and pilot, but she’s not very good at either job. Secretly, she’s found her passion working on the hidden Biolab Zeg, where Dr. Evans, a terraforming expert, is training her.
While helping rescue a shipful of orphans near Biolab Zeg, mercenaries attack Sadie’s ship. She must risk revealing her carefully held secret in order to save her precious cargo.
But the mercenaries aren’t the only dangers she must face. Sadie is soon caught in the middle of a deadly power struggle between people that want to alter humanity’s future at any cost. Only Sadie can sort through the secrets and lies to save humanity from the danger from within their own leadership.
I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! If you want to know what’s coming up next in the Recycling Humanity universe (I’ve got more exciting plans in the works), and get a free short story (which I won an Honorable Mention for in the Writers of the Future contest!) – then sign up for my newsletter at my website www.heatherleeyder.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you want to be added to my newsletter and updates.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kate Elliot’s first young adult novel, Court of Fives. Everything from the world building to the amazing array of characters made this an enchanting read.
The intricate Fives trainings and competitions made the book fast-paced and riveting. I loved how Ms. Elliot wove the theme of Fives throughout the book, giving hints to deeper meanings for the levels and symbols of the games.
The interactions between Jess and Kal on and off the Fives court gave the novel heart and took us inside the lives of two very different classes of people in this world. Jess is tough, strong, and loyal to her family, even when it is not deserved. Kal works hard to avoid living a life his family wants for him.
I look forward to the next book in this series, Poisoned Blade, which comes out on August 16, 2016. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick this one up at WorldCon that week and have Kate Elliot sign it! #MidAmeriCon2
With my Recycling Humanity’s third book in the series, Biolab Zeg, I’m trying something new. Pre-orders on Amazon. I’m hoping to get more reviews this way, so that the Recycling Humanity world is visible to more readers!
I love this post-apocalyptic world and the kick-ass young women and men that are making it a better place despite all the challenges I keep throwing at them. Biolab Zeg gets us even closer to the Migration toward humanities’ new home, and gives us yet another flawed but strong young woman to go through space adventures with.
As the date gets closer to the August 1, 2016 availability, I will give updates on how it’s progressing. Right now it looks like only the e-book is up for pre-order.
If anyone is interested in a free e-copy of Biolab Zeg in return for an honest review, email me at author (at) heatherleedyer (dot) com!
In 2015 when I published Recycling Humanity and Starlight Max, it was only going to be the two books in the series. I didn’t want to do a trilogy since I have issues with odd numbers (I know, right?). But I’ve had many readers requesting more stories in the Recycling Humanity universe, and I love the characters and the world they’re surviving in, so I’ve decided to write at least two more books. Four is a great number!
The third book in the series will be coming out this July 2016. To celebrate and prepare for its launch, we’ve created all new covers! When I originally was going to have only the two books we did a special photo shoot with an amazing model for the cover. It was an incredible experience to go through the whole process. But now that I’ve introduced at least two more books to the series, I need covers that will all go together. And my graphic artist did an awesome job! Such fun!
Hope you enjoy these covers! I’ll have news of #3 soon!