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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Janelle Brown (Quick & Wordy audio interview)

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Janelle Brown is author of ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING and an essayist and journalist. Her writing appears regularly in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she spent five years as a senior writer at Salon, covering a diverse range of subjects — from Internet culture to the war on drugs, pop culture to style, public policy issues and the digital music movement– and began her career as a staff writer at Wired, working on seminal Web sites like HotWired and Wired News during the heydey of the dotcom boom. In the 1990’s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Greg Harrison, and their very spoiled dog, Guster.** JanelleBrown

Set amid the country club gossip and rampant affluenza of Silicon Valley’s nouveau riche, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a smart, acerbic comedy chronicling one eventful summer when the lives of the Miller family are turned upside-down.

After his pharmaceutical company’s explosive IPO, Paul Miller leaves his wife Janice for her tennis partner, attempting to cut her out of nearly a half-billion dollars. Eldest daughter Margaret is on the run from her creditors after her fledgling post-feminist magazine Snatch implodes; and neglected Lizzie, a naïve teen enjoying a newfound popularity with boys at school, discovers that she’s actually become the school slut. The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country club ladies, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other.

“My second grade teacher was right.”*

The six word memoir book Janelle mentions:
Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Deepak Chopra, Moby, and more. A New York Times bestseller and subject of hundreds of stories from The New Yorker to NPR and hailed as “American haiku,” SMITH’s book of six-word memoirs is both a moving peek at the minutia of humanity and the most inspirational toilet reading you’ll ever find.

Janelle’s Reading:

I especially appreciated Janelle’s openness and honesty in sharing with us what at one time she saw as a mistake, but what ultimately turned out to be a silver-lined cloud. Check out her website at

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Thanks to Natali Brown for You’ve Gotta Believe from the Podsafe Music Network

**Adapted from Brown’s website

Lani Diane Rich and Samantha Graves, Will Write for Wine

Listen NowLaniJust a casual conversation with two authors who love wine and writing ~ Lani Diane Rich (Wish You Were Here) and Samantha Graves (Out of Time)WARNING: If this is the first Words To Mouth audio interview you’ve listened to…BEWARE!

This is a three-way telephone conversation and we had some issues with sound quality. Please be forgiving. Sometimes there’s a bit of overlap or extraneous noise…Specifically, something was a bit amiss with Lani’s phone line (found out later, her mic was mismatched), but just hang in there and bare with us ~ it really was a blast talking to these two writers and obvious heartfelt girlfriends.

Learn about their books, their shared podcast & forum, their advice for writers and just enjoy their fun-loving friendship…I sure did—Lots of Laughs!SamanthaGraves

To win a FREE copy of Lani and/or Sam’s new releases, leave a comment below or call 206-309-7318 and leave a voice mail message.

HURRY and go enter to win a beautiful diamond necklace at Sam’s website…time is of the essence!



Thanks to Natali Brown for You Gotta Believe from the Podsafe Music Network.

Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, N.M. Kelby


A bit about N.M. Kelby:
Nicole M. Kelby is the author of Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), Whale Season (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), In the Company of Angels (Theia/Hyperion), and Theater of the Stars (Theia/Hyperion). Named “Outstanding Southern Artist” by The Southern Arts Federation, her work has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club.Her short stories have appeared in many publications including One Story, Zoetrope ASE, and the audio magazine Verb. Her story “Jubilation, Florida” was selected for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, and later recorded by actress Joanne Woodward for the NPR CD Travel Tales, and included in New Stories from the South: Best of 2006 (Algonquin Books). Kelby is working on the film version of Whale Season along with Actor/Singer Dwight Yoakam. She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Inter-Arts grant, the Heekin Group Foundation’s James Fellowship for the Novel, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in fiction, two Jerome Travel Study Grants, and a Jewish Arts Endowment Fellowship.

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book?

N.M.:  I think that life can be a morbid adventure and we all need to be reminded to laugh and take a moment to look at the beauty that is around us. I like to say that I write wildly poetic prose for people who are still willing to believe in joy.

Carrie:  Tell us about Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill without giving too much away.

Courage in Patience, Beth Fehlbaum


Beth Fehlbaum wrote Courage in Patience to give hope to anyone who has to face their greatest fears and find out what they’re made of. 

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book? Beth:  I am a teacher, as well as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. While working through recovery, I wrote a lot of short stories and poems,as a way to process my feelings and memories, stuff like that. I shared the  pieces I wrote with a good friend of mine, and he suggested that I try writing a novel. I have always written, ever since I can remember. I majored in English in college, with my focus on writing rather than literature. I played around with the idea of a novel– of really trying to start one– for about four months. An idea began to germinate: how would it be if a teenager who is being sexually abused were able to get out of her abusive home, and connect with her biological father who has not known her at all as she has grown up? At first, I was writing it for myself– but as it developed into a story that was not so much about sexual abuse any more, but rather about teenagers in general facing their greatest fears and learning what they are made of, I began to think about publishing it. Carrie: Give us a taste of Courage in Patience.

Beth:  After six years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from her stepfather, 15-year-old Ashley finally finds the courage to reveal the painful details of her experiences with her mother, who refuses to acknowledge the problem and turns her back on her daughter. After confiding in her teacher—the only adult whom Ashley can trust—she is removed from her home and sent to live with her father and his second wife, Beverly, an English teacher. Nurtured by Beverly, an extraordinarily positive influence in her life, Ashley and a summer school class of troubled teens learn to face their fears and discover who they really are.

The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel (audio interview)

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DiaryThe Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel

Introduction written by Lily Koppel:Lily
Ever since I climbed into a dumpster outside of I apartment building and rescued a 75-year-old diary, kept by a young woman in the 1930s, I strongly believed that this story was an important one to tell. THE RED LEATHER DIARY: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (HarperCollins), is about my discovery of Florence Wolfson’s diary, the amazing life that is portrayed in its pages and the return of the diary to its owner at 90. T
he book speaks to the significance and “private truths” of all of our lives.

Thanks for baring with the sound quality–sometimes these phone interviews are challenging.For a chance to win a FREE copy of The Red Leather Diary, simply leave a comment below the interview post on or call 206-309-7318 and leave a voice mail. Be sure I’ve got your mailing address ~ email at iTunes

Thanks as always to Natali Brown for You Gotta Believe from the Podsafe Music Network.


Debba Haupert, author of The New Book of Image Transfer

Transfer by Debba HaupertI met Debba Haupert at Podcamp Nashville. She’s an extraordinary woman and the creator of ~ A place for inspiration, appreciation, and celebration of girlfriends. Little did I know at the time, Debba is also the author of a popular craft book on image transfer. I’m honored to help her promote her book and her efforts in new media. Take a moment to read our conversation and if you’re interested in hearing her turn the tables and interview me, check out Girlfriendology (on iTunes).

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book?

Debba:  After leaving a corporate job, I followed my creative passion and went into the craft/hobby industry. With a marketing background, I soon was working with craft companies on newsletters, promotions, and PR. I started working with Lazertran, an image transfer paper company out of Wales. At an industry tradeshow, I taught a class on doing image transfer. The acquisitions editor for Lark Books was in the class and asked me to write a book on it! I will add that the product is very inspiring. It does allow you to put a custom image on pretty much any surface – ceramics, paper, wood, glass, fabric, etc. It was a blast to write the book and get to see what new techniques I could come up with!

Carrie:   What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from this book?

DebbaDebba:   There isn’t enough instruction and inspiration available on television any more – the Carol Duvall Show (craft show on HGTV and DIY) is no longer taping.* There aren’t any general crafts magazines so books are the best resource for technique and inspiration. I was able to demonstrate some of the projects from the book on the Carol Duvall show and in magazines which was a wonderful way to show people how to combine technology (image creation – photoshop, using photographs, etc.) with craft (surfaces and techniques).

Carrie:   Tell us about your writing process.

Debba:  Funny, it seems like writing a craft book would be easy and fun. It was fun, but it wasn’t easy! You have to go back and forth with the editor to approve projects, send in chapters on an aggressive timeline, etc. One of the fun parts was the photo shoot. I went to Asheville, NC for a week to take all the images for the book. The Lark Books editors and photo crew were fabulous, especially the talented Terry Taylor–That means you have to have multiple sets of projects in various stages of completion. If the photo doesn’t work out, you have to have another example to use, so there is a lot of prep before the photo shoot.

Carrie:   The process of writing a book is not easy, to say the least. What motivated you to keep going, especially in those times when it was far from convenient to write?

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