Literary Latte Podcast – Season 2


The podcast with a Southern accent on writing. Each episode is a jolt of inspiration fueled by engaging conversations with best-selling Southern authors and publishing industry pros who give real-world advice on the craft and business of writing. Inspired, informed and always outside the book.
Hosted by literary publicist, Lynda Bouchard. Powered by storytellers. O

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S2 E14 – FROM THE VAULT – Adrian Rice – The Importance of Poetry & Southern Porches – This is an episode from the vault. My conversation with the award–winning poet, Adrian Rice is one of my favorites. I went back and listened to it again and I’d forgotten how much fun it was talking with Adrian. He shares some really important points about writing and poetry in particular. Plus, I could listen to his accent all day long. Since this interview Adrian has published a new collection of poems titled – The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems. It’s also interesting to see what’s changed and what hasn’t changed on this podcast. You’ll notice the music and intro have changed but the underlying principal that writing is hard work and takes commitment is the through-line of every episode.
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“Fear is the major cargo that American writers must stow away when the writing life calls them into carefully chosen ranks.” – Pat Conroy

S2 E13 – Bren McClain – Bren McClain is fearless in her writing life and in this season finale episode the acclaimed author of One Good Mama Bone provides the perfect coda to our conversation in episode 11 –

Bren’s writing journey was not always an easy one and she poignantly shares the struggles and lessons learned on her way to publication. Bren considers herself a 27 year overnight success. She is honest about the realities of the ever-changing publishing landscape and she offers encouragement for every writer.

Bren is the personification of grit and grace. In this episode she talks about the importance of never giving up. NEVER. The publication of One Good Mama Bone changed her life. She calls it ‘the work of her heart.’ Great writing always finds its audience and hers reached a French publisher who embraced her story, thought it was a tour de force and has just been released by Éditions Le Nouveau Pont.

Bren never disappoints. Her novel explores the strengths and limitations of parental love and the healing power of the human-animal bond. It’s a story that has resonated with readers. The advice she shares in this episode will resonate with writers as well.
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S2 E12 – Landis Wade & Ed Southern: Why You Should Attend a Writers’ Conference – We could all use more creativity in our writing lives. Sometimes we just need a bit of encouragement and a reality check. A writing conference is a perfect place to find it. Nothing beats the authentic engagement and energy of meeting fellow writers and publishing industry pros face to face. In this episode Lynda is joined by two special guests who break it all down – author and podcaster Landis Wade and Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Landis gives us tips and insights from an author’s point of view. Ed takes us behind the scenes for an insider perspective.

Landis Wade is the author of the popular award-winning Christmas courtroom adventure trilogy; The Christmas Heist, The Legally Binding Christmas & The Christmas Redemption. Landis talks about the way a writing conference helps you think differently and how it helps spark ideas, friendships and important professional connections. Landis shares a few things he learned from Longmire best-selling author Craig Johnson and he has practical advice for anyone thinking about attending a writing conference for the first time.

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Ed Southern is Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He served as VP of sales and marketing for John F. Blair Publishers before taking the helm at the NC Writers’ Network in 2008. Ed is the author of 4 books including a short story collection, Parlous Angels. He received the 2015 Fortner Award from St. Andrews University for his service to the literary arts in North Carolina. In this episode, Ed talks about the purpose of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and what sets their conferences apart. He shares the best way to prep for a conference and why writers from around the world are encouraged to join the Network. He also talks about a habit he wished every writer would adopt.
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S2 E11 – Bren McClain – A Secret Shared, Maternal Love & A Pilgrimage to the Page – A Secret is shared. A Story is born. Read the first paragraph of One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain and you’ll know why the late Pat Conroy wanted this stunning debut novel for his fiction imprint Story River Books. It’s Southern to the core. It’s about motherhood. It’s beautifully written. Bren’s writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction.

In this episode, award-winning novelist Bren McClain talks with Lynda about meeting Pat Conroy and how it changed her life. She shares the way this story came to her and how she eventually found the missing piece that made the story work. Bren explains the risk of keeping your characters ‘safe,’ and the way a teacher’s belief in her writing kept her on the path to completing her award winning novel, One Good Mama Bone.

One Good Mama Bone, was named a Great Group Reads 2017 Selection by the Women’s National Book Association, was chosen as a 2017 Okra pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and received the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.

Bren is at work on her next novel (working title: Took) which won the 2016 William Faulkner –William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress award. Bren was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm and now makes her home on 100 acres outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

NOTE: Bren and Lynda keep the conversation going in Literary Latte’s season finale. So meet us back here in November for the rest of the story! Bren is Literary Latte’s season finale guest. You won’t want to miss it.
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Rea Frey

S2 E10 – Rea Frey – Motivations, Secrets & the Relationships That Connect Them – Award-winning author Rea Frey sits down with Lynda to talk about her new domestic suspense novel, Because You’re Mine. The book revolves around lots of secrets and unpredictable characters. It’s a gut-wrenching mystery with a heart-breaking, unexpected ending. It asks – how well do we really know our friends?

Rea is a brand specialist, who helps her clients hone and refine their ideas but it wasn’t until she was at an airport, waiting to board a flight that the idea for her debut novel came to her. She wrote it in one month. Rea talks about the way writing her debut novel, Not Her Daughter, changed her life.

In this episode, Rea talks about the business of writing and she has salient advice for writers. We dive into the motivation for writing Because You’re Mine. Rea takes us along for the ride where lines are crossed, morals are questioned and there’s a secret reveal. You might say it’s a cliffhanger.
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Never Have I Ever

S2 E9 – Joshilyn Jackson – Story Arc, Narrative Drive & Plot Twists – What if someone knew your worst secret and was ready to use it against you? New York Times award-winning author Joshilyn Jackson keeps us on edge with that chilling premise in her psychological thriller Never Have I Ever. Fellow author, Lee Child, says “it has an ominous back beat.” Joshilyn sits down with Lynda to reveal where she gets the inspiration for crafting unforgettable characters and the way she exposes the psychological under currents of her characters.
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Shari Stauch

S2 E8 – Marketing Matters: The Creative Mind Shift – This episode is a replay of my interview with Where Writers Win founder Shari Stauch. It was one of the most downloaded and listened to episodes from Season 1. Shari and I talk about actionable marketing tips and we lob creative publicity ideas out there for you. Marketing matters big time where your book is concerned because it is PART of the creative process – not separate from it.

Whether you are just beginning a manuscript or have completed one, this episode is for you. It’s filled with real world, road tested advice.

At the core marketing is simple – it’s about telling the BETTER story. This episode will help you do that.
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Mary Alice Monroe

S2 E7 – Mary Alice Monroe – Land & Life Mirrored in Reality – In her newly released novel, The Summer Guests, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe explores the complexities of relationships and the parallels between land and life. A hurricane is the catalyst that brings very different characters together in this novel and as the storm approaches the South Carolina coast, residents are forced to evacuate and leave possessions behind. An important question is posed: what do I treasure most?

In this episode, Mary Alice Monroe talks with Lynda about the real storm that sparked the idea for this novel, she reveals what she treasures most and the way she immerses herself in the research of environmental issues for each novel.
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Mary Kay Andrews

S2 E6 – Mary Kay Andrews – Renovating a Life While Staying True to a Dream – The New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads, Mary Kay Andrews, delivers this summer’s blockbuster, Sunset Beach. In this episode Lynda takes us beyond the book and talks with Mary Kay about the back-story to becoming such a prolific writer. Mary Kay shares her advice on writing and publishing and the secret to sustaining her career.
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Jim Jordan

S2 E5 – Jim Jordan – Discovering The Slave-Trader’s Letter Book – Award-winning author and historian, Jim Jordan, transports us back to 1858 in Savannah, Georgia to share the true story of the criminal life of slave trader, Charles Lamar in his award-winning book, The Slave Trader’s Letter Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade. Jim talks with Lynda about finding the lost documents that brought his book to life and how being lousy at golf led to his real passion.
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Joan Cashin

S2 E4 – Dr. Joan Cashin – Looking Past the Traditional Civil War Narrative – So you think you know everything about the Civil War? Think again. In this episode, Georgia native, noted Civil War historian and award-winning author Dr. Joan Cashin provides a fresh perspective on the American Civil War and offers one of the most original interpretations of our country’s most wrenching internal conflict to date. Joan joins Lynda to talk about her new book, WAR STUFF: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War. | Twitter: @JoanECashin

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Kevin Morgan Watson

S2 E3 – Kevin Morgan Watson – Press 53 and the Prime Purpose of Publishing – Kevin Watson, Press 53 Founder and Publisher, talks with Lynda about why running a publishing house is like ‘taming an octopus’ and the advantages for authors of being published by a small independent press. Kevin reveals why his publishing house specializes in short-fiction and poetry and offers up salient advice for authors from his real-world perspective.
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Patrice Gopo, All the Colors We Will See

S2 E2 – Patrice Gopo – Heritage, Ethnicity and the Value of Diversity – Award-winning author, Patrice Gopo, talks with Lynda about the unique writing journey that resulted in her new collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See and shares how the reality of her heritage affects her quest to belong. In this honest and courageous conversation, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages.
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S2 E1 – Kirkus Book Reviewer: Bill Thompson – Lynda picks the brain of one of the best book reviewers in the biz in this fascinating episode. You’ll discover what it takes to get a book review, what a reviewer looks for and valuable insider tips.
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