Literary Latte Podcast


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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Recent Episodes


S3 E3 – Mary Alice Monroe – A Return to Beloved Characters and Coastal Currents – We all know that a Mary Alice Monroe novel is a ‘must have’ for a trip to the beach and with many beaches still closed (due to the Corona virus restrictions) her new novel, On Ocean Boulevard, is the perfect escape. Mary Alice joins Lynda and talks about the return to her beloved Beach House series – a family story that her readers have followed for nearly two decades.

In this episode, Mary Alice shares how launching and promoting On Ocean Boulevard has been different in the wake of a pandemic and the way in which the novel’s story line has proved to be prescient.
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Feels Like Falling

S3 E2 – Kristy Woodson Harvey – Feels Like Falling Rises as a Narrative Vaccine – We are all looking for an escape right now and Kristy Woodson Harvey provides the perfect antidote to isolation with her new book Feels Like Falling which debuts April 28th.

Let’s face it; a strong Southern writer with grit is no match for a pandemic. Kristy shares with Lynda her unique experience of launching a book in the midst of a global health crisis and offers encouragement to writers whose events have been side-lined. She sees this pandemic as a creative gift that has forced her to think differently in order to connect with her readers.
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“I have gone to my favorite bookstore for years, always finding the one book I wanted – and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.”
– Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

S3 E1 – Book Buy-ology: How to Hook Your Reader & Sell More Books – Shortly after Lynda created her literary marketing firm, Booking Authors Ink, one of her first clients was the psycholinguistic trailblazer Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought. In this episode Lynda shares the impact their meeting had on the way she now thinks about marketing, how it forever changed her and taught her to think outside the lines when creating publicity campaigns for her authors.

Whether you are in the beginning stages of your writing life or a seasoned author, this episode will help you attract more readers. You’ll understand why readers choose the books they do at PHYSICAL bookstores, how you turn a customer into a READER and how you can tip the scales in your favor.
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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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