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S3E2: Monsters & Maidens with Special Guest Lyndall Clipstone

It's startiiinnnnggggg. The air is crisper and you can smell the pumpkin spice wafting from every Starbucks nationwide--a call to the trees, time to drop your leaves. FALL IS HERE, and with it, SPOOKY SEASON. Lyndall Clipstone's Lakesedge (Fierce Reads) couldn't arrive at a more perfect time. This lush and romantic gothic fantasy features a cursed lake and (sexy? I shouldn't expose myself like this) monsters. Preorder or grab a copy from your local indie on September 28th!


You'll hear about all this and more:

  • Writing Community News - #5amWritersClub Virtual Donut Party theme "Backstory Distillery" on September 17th, NaNoWriMo prep has already started at with a six-week idea-generating event, Pitch Wars application window opening this month.

  • What We're Reading - P.J. talks about Madeliene Roux's Reclaimed, and Nat goes on a rant about Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake.

  • Lyndall's use of her English Literature PhD "The Appeal of the Male Monster" to craft Lakesedge.

  • The process of revising Lakesedge in Author Mentor Match, querying, success with a pitch contest, agent calls, and auctions.

  • What it's like being an international author, debuting during a pandemic, and publishing delays.

  • How to approach marketing your book, coming up with social media content, and developing a brand as a writer.

  • Books that inspired Lyndall to write Lakesedge, and the homework she gave Nat for Author Mentor Match.

  • What makes a book "gothic"?



Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear about later this season. Until then...

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