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Hi there and welcome to my podcast show. My name is Alex Breck and I'm a Scots thriller writer living on a beautiful but remote island off the West Coast of Scotland. I hope to entertain you with my witty and sometimes irreverent banter about the life of an indie author while at the same time give you tips and advice about writing and getting started as an author. You can do it, I promise!
 
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For the past eighteen months most of us have been cooped up at home or locally with very little to do or see. As writers our inspiration has come from within or at least why we could see from pour windows. Whilst writers have vivid imaginations, we are now in a position to spread our wings a bit further as things ope up. Therefore, today's episode …
 
Things are opening up and we now have more freedom to roam. For authors this means we can now turn our hands to research that doesn't involve the internet and electronic resources. However, the world has changed and so too has the way we now approach our research. Today, I give you an in depth overview of what needs to be done to manage research tr…
 
Today I'm chatting to Debut Author, Jocelyn-Anne Harvey, about what life is like as a debut author, the publishing process and the steps you need to take on publication of your book. Even if we are experienced authors, it is worthwhile looking back to see what we did then and how that can help us now. There's something for everyone in here.…
 
Today I'm chatting to Kathleen Sweeney Marketing Lead and Customer Service Advisor for Book Brush, a tool which allows authors to develop custom marketing and promotion images for their books. This is the only graphics and video tool which is specifically for authors. Join us to find out what it is, how you can use it, and how it can change your ma…
 
This weeks show is a little different as I look at the pandemic one user in and talk about caring for yourself as a writer. There is no doubt life has completely changed and many of us may be more stressed or worried than we realise. It's important to be kind to yourself and to look after yourself so I would urge you to listen to this weeks show, o…
 
Today on the show I do an episode myself on what I have found out about undertaking historical research and why each piece of documentary evidence is important. It takes thing deeper and I share what I have found out about the process. I share lots of tips and ways you can do this research for yourself, applying it to your own topic.…
 
In todays' show I chat to Izolda Trakhtenberg about how to develop your skills as an effective public speaker. Izolda has travelled the world as a NASA Master Trainer so she knows the subject from every conceivable angle. Jam packed with hints, tips and advice, you cannot afford to miss this one.By Wendy H. Jones/Izolda Trakhtenberg
 
There are characters, and then there are characters that leap off the page. Today I'm talking the latter with historian and author, Lexie Conyngham. Join us and immerse yourself in all things characterisation and find out how you can write realistic characters that readers will simply love.By Wendy H. Jones/Lexie Conyngham
 
Today on the show I am joined by Kelly Blanchard to talk about how writers can support each other, which I believe is a topic which is long overdue discussion. Not only is Kelly one of the most supportive people I know, she also has one fo the nicest accents. It was a pleasure to chat to her and find out what we can do to more effectively support t…
 
Devotionals are something which are not covered much on writing podcasts, yet they are a large part of reader's lives worldwide. Today I chat to Amy Boucher Pye about both writing devotionals and getting them published. Amy is the Editor of the Book Section of Woman Alive Magazine and herself a prolific and highly talented writer of daily devotiona…
 
In amongst all the writing and marketing advice, it is easy to forget that advice on getting started might be just the thing that is needed to help a fledgling writer along. Even established writers can forget what it was like when we started out. Join me, and my guest, Ruth Leigh, as we talk about getting started in Writing.…
 
Today, I chat to multi-award winning author, Joanne Harris about writing realistic settings. In her latest book, Orfeia, is set in three different worlds - Contemporary London, Alternative London and the Underworld - and the settings are sublimely written where everything can change at the twist of a well placed word. So. Joanne knows a thing or tw…
 
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