This page introduces the writers who have featured to date.
If you have used Scrivener to write/edit your novel or any other published material, and would like a guest blog spot, please contact me via email or Facebook. I am currently scheduling guest blog posts for 2017 and into 2018.
Her first book, Blood of Toma received a finalist designation for the Montaigne Medal awarded to the most thought-provoking novel as a part of the Eric Hoffer Award. It also won one of five Finalists spots for the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Historical Fiction.
Lauren is a young adult historical fiction author who loves to dive into history and find overlooked, under-appreciated and relatively unknown tidbits of our past. She then crafts engaging stories for her readers, with characters who love and lose, fight wrong with right, and hope in times of despair.
Lauren resides with her husband, Mark, in Texas. They are expecting their first child this year and couldn’t be happier!
He is a British author, specialising in science-fiction. His first book, The Unjudged, is available on Amazon. He is currently working on a second novel, due out in 2018.
He has a masters in Creative Writing from Queens University Belfast (2011).
As well as his books, Phil has seen his plays performed at the Camden Fringe Festival (London) and by the Orpen Players (Colchester).
Phil also runs a blog dedicated to helping writers be more productive and manage their time: WriteWithPhil.
Almost a year previous, in February 2017, we discussed her 5-Figure Author Challenge summit (15-19 March) and her Author Remake course. Before that, Alinka was my guest in March 2016, when her first novel, The Descendant, was published under her penname, Ally Capraro.
Alinka Rutkowska is a multi-award-winning and #1 international best-selling author and coach. She is the CEO of LibraryBub – the first service, which connects indie authors with libraries. She’s been featured on Fox Business Network, Author Marketing Club, The Author Hangout, Examiner, She Knows, She Writes, Blog Talk Radio, The Writer’s Life and many more.
Click here for a free copy of Alinka’s ebook: How I Sold 80,000 Books.
You can also download my 7 Secrets to Self-Publishing in 2017.
Patsy is a frequent guest on my blog. We’ve been nag buddies for a long long time, and have worked together on workshops for RedPen. Our most recent event was a residential writers’ weekend workshop at the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove, in March 2018. Our next one will be at the same venue in Spring 2019. Click here for more details.
Patsy’s first guest appearance on my blog was way back in October 2015. She’d just published her first romantic novel: Firestarter!. Patsy was my guest again in April 2016 and once more, in November 2016. In October 2017, Patsy described how she researches her novels – on location. She popped in again in January 2018 to discuss New Year’s Resolutions.
Patsy Collins is a novelist and short story writer. More than 400 of her short stories have been published, many of them in magazines in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Australia and South Africa.
Some of her short stories are also available as collections: No Family Secrets, Not a Drop to Drink, Over the Garden Fence, Through the Garden Gate, Up the Garden Path, All That Love Stuff and Slightly Spooky Stories. Her most recent publication (April 2018) is Love and Kisses.
Patsy’s stories also appear in collections with other authors. For example: Noirville, Tales from the Darker Side.
She’s also co-written From Story Idea To Reader, a non-fiction book about writing, published in November 2016.
Her co-author, Rosemary Kind, is an experienced writer / editor / publisher, so the pair of them make an excellent team.
I reviewed this book on Amazon and can recommend it to you.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in Nebraska where she works as a Pediatric Cancer research lab manager.
Erin’s first novel, The Phantom of Faerie Mountain won 1st place in YA Fiction for the 2016 Purple Dragonfly awards and Silver placement for YA Mystery in the 2016 Readers’ Favourite awards.
When not daydreaming of magic, mystery, and mischievous characters, Erin enjoys gardening and spending time with her two senior Italian greyhounds and her newly rescued greyhound, Cricket.
Kay has spent over a decade as a software delivery specialist, including mobile apps, web apps and websites. She has a passion for translating ideas into professional software used by businesses and consumers worldwide.
Kay published two books in January and a third in June, and her fourth in October!
Having set up several business ventures, Kay understands exactly what it is like to start businesses from scratch with limited time and on a budget. With a diverse background in sales, business analysis, performance coaching, consulting and market research, Kay aims to demystify key topics and to help readers to gain clarity so that they can achieve their personal goals.
Check out Kay’s website here.
Anna K Payne was my guest in October 2017.
The My Planted Flowers series to follow six women as they join a Bible study together, renew their relationship with God, face danger, and meet the men of their dreams. The Workbook is the book the women use in the series.
Anna’s passion and vision is to inspire hope, encourage others, love richly, and listen well through the strength of Jesus Christ. She seeks to inspire and encourage through her devotionals and cozy mysteries as well as aiding her family of writers publish their own books.
Anna likes to study the art of writing, learning to edit her own work, and exploring the creation of an author platform. When she isn’t at the computer writing or editing she is discussing plots with any one of her children – including her talented son-in-law. She has been discovered asking the advice of her cats. “They have good ideas,” she says. The world around her offers a variety of sinister plots even if it is just someone waiting for the bus.
Tad Frizzell was my guest in September 2017.
Tad has had an unusual life, filled with mountains, monasteries, and travels in foreign lands. He shares his journey to date on his website: http://tadfrizzell.com.
Megan Wagner was my guest in August 2017.
A fellow member of Self-Publishing School, Megan is the author of Fighting FIRED with Fire: A Guide to Coping with Job Loss, Rising from the Ashes and Igniting a Career You Love. An inspiring text, this book is written from Megan’s direct experience.
Megan’s received a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Indiana State University and a M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from St. Bonaventure University. Along with putting her marketing knowledge into everyday practice, Megan also shares her talents with up and coming professionals as an adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure University.
Born and raised in southwestern Indiana, Megan’s also a painter, blogger and photographer. She resides in Upstate New York with her husband, Ben, and dog, Sammy.
To discover even more about Megan, please visit her website. There’s also a free-to-download Vision for Your Life worksheet available.
Karl has his formal education and experience within Economics. The interest for numbers, finding a common playground with children and the love for ice cream has led him on the journey writing his book A Million Ways to Make Vanilla Ice Cream.
Karl’s delicious book asks the reader: Is it really possible to make something as simple as vanilla ice cream in so many different ways?
His answer is: Yes! Read and see for yourself!
I’ve read and reviewed Karl’s book, and this is what I wrote on Amazon: Quite apart from my love of ice cream, as a Mathematician myself, I was drawn to the concept that 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 1 million. So, with the six factors – starting base, thickener, sweetener, flavour, mixing and freezing – each having 10 options, there really are a million ways to make vanilla ice cream. Karl is clearly passionate about ice cream – and his book caters for all tastes and dietary preferences. After explaining all the choices open to the reader, his 30 recipes demonstrate how various combinations produce a delicious dessert. My favourite is the Vanilla Ice Cream with Mascarpone – it is amazing.
Check out Karl’s Facebook page here.
Epic Animal Quest is a social enterprise that works with animal shelters and sanctuaries around the world raising awareness, improving marketing, raising money, and working hands on with animals in need.
Lee’s new book, The Vegan Argument: Why There Really Is An Answer For Everything, is all about answering the questions, myths, and arguments against Veganism. It argues that Veganism is the best option for the animals, our health, and the future of our planet.
Steve Shipley, my guest in March 2017, is a writer, publisher, Scrivener trainer and author of the Udemy course Scrivener for iOS. (For my readers, if you click the link you will get 70% off the price of the course; this offer is valid until the end of April.)
Steve wanted to make sure people were comfortable using Scrivener on their iPads and iPhones, so he created his two-hour training course on how to get the most out of it, regardless if we only use Scrivener for iOS or also use it in conjunction with a desktop version. (He spends 80% of his time with Scrivener on his iPad, 10% on his iPhone and the remaining 10% still on his desktop.)
Steve has written two books and scriptwriting stage plays, all using Scrivener. Wine Sense, co-written with Deanna Lang is available as a paperback or as a Kindle version.
You can find Steve Shipley on Twitter as @shipleyaust.
Courtney Kenney, my guest in March 2017, uses Scrivener for nearly all of her writing, not just writing books: capturing random ideas, for her blog posts and email newsletters.
Courtney Kenney was a project manager for 16 years at technology companies, Motorola and Workday. She left corporate life behind in 2016 and started her own business as a book launch consultant. She’s currently managing a launch for a NY Times bestselling author.
Courtney Kenney is the author of four books including Layoff Reboot: Bounce Back from Job Loss and Find a Career You Love, Unleash Your Author: Write a Book in 30 Days, and 7 Step Book Launch Plan: Strategies to Publish and Promote Your Book.
Her latest, Creating Space to Thrive: Get Unstuck, Reboot Your Creativity and Change Your Life was on special offer at the time her blog post.
Later this year, she will release her first science-fiction novel.
Linda Lindquist was my guest in February 2017.
Linda, a Certified Malware Removal Specialist, has been in the computer industry working for Fortune 500 companies since 1969. In 2007, she started a small business servicing computers for senior citizens. 98% had malware! Her goal is to make and keep computers healthy again.
Rachel, my guest in October 2016, is the author of ebooks Bite-Sized Fiction For Busy People and up-and-coming Tall Tales For Humdrum Days.
She’s also recently published her new journal:
Get Organised! An Idea Tracker For Writers.
During the day, Rachel works as a full-time dental nurse at a small local practice in a little Welsh village in South West Wales. In her spare time, Rachel writes, and she uses Scrivener!
You can find out more about Rachel and keep up to date with all her latest news on her website where she also maintains a bi-weekly blog on writing tips and advice.