Jody Clark joins me again to talk about The Ring on the Sill the final book in his trilogy “The Soundtrack to My Life.” Jody grew up in the Kittery/York area of southern Maine and his books are based on his experiences growing up in a beach town. Jody talks about his recent launch party, meeting John Cusack, his writing habits, and what’s next.
The three songs he shared: 1st song: “With or Without you” by U2; 2nd song: “I Melt with you” by Modern English; and 3rd song: “Wild Irish Rose” by The Push Stars.
David Hanrahan is back for his third appearance. David is a former Boston trial attorney and now the author of three novels. He just released his latest novel, Sanctuary: A Catalyst for Murder. David talks about his new book, a book club in Florida he visited, when he was on the NYC television show “So You Want to be a Star,” and a few near-death experiences.
1st song: “Tired” and 2nd song: “You’re in Heaven When You’re in Love.” Both songs sung by David Hanrahan and written by fellow students at Brooklyn Technical High School, William Goldenberg and Robert Hanning.
3rd song: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” sung by “The Choirmen” at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Abington, MA performed for a special celebration of Cardinal Cushing’s 75th birthday (David is the soloist).
4th song: “Oh Lord I Am Not Worthy” sung by David Hanrahan
Amanda Woods is an author and illustrator of children’s books, the vice president of the board for the York Region Chamber of Commerce, on the board for the York Education Foundation, and the “powerhouse” at the Wiggly Bridge Distillery. She was born in Manchester, NH and currently lives in York, Maine.
She shared how she got started in the publishing world and the stories behind her children’s books, the foundation she wants to start, and what it means to her “to go all in.”
Three songs she would include on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw; 2nd song: “From the Ground Up” by Dan & Shay; and 3rd song: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis.
I’m thrilled to share another completed illustration for my children’s book For I Am Yours.
Lorraine Watry is the amazing illustrator, and she’s been blogging about her process for her followers and students. She has never illustrated a book before, but her watercolor paintings have won numerous awards.
Paula Sarver is a new author who fell into the publishing world when, after moving her mother into an assisted living center for Alzheimer’s, she discovered her mother’s prayer journal. She turned that journal into An Introspective Journey: A Memoir of Living with Alzheimer’s. Paula joined me from Knoxville, Tennessee and shared a few excerpts from her book. Her mother’s words shed light on the pain and confusion that someone living with the disease feels, and Paula’s experiences help caregivers understand and support our loved ones.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I Won’t Give Up” by Trisha Yearwood; 2nd song: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver; 3rd song: “joy.” by for King & Country
Aaron Shaver is an author, actor, storyteller, husband, and father. He also creates introspective video essays based on popular movies or TV shows and connects them to the way the themes show up in real life. He joins me from Nashville to talk about how he found his love for storytelling, how he created The Gentleman Bard, and what it means to him to go “all in.”
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Under Pressure” by Queen; 2nd song: “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk Railroad; 3rd song: “Ring the Bells” by Johnnyswim with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.
Mike Parker is a stage and film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and the founder of WordCrafts Press. He joined me from Middle Tennessee where he lives with wife, author Paula K. Parker.
Mike talks about his journey and how he started his publishing company; marrying his high school sweetheart and the secret to marriage; his time as an officer in the famed 5th Special Forces Group; what compels him to want to publish a particular book; some projects near and dear to his heart; how he juggles all his roles; what it means to him to go all in; and the mantra that helps him overcome struggles.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues; 3rd song: “Dancing in the Minefield” by Andrew Peterson.
Jody Clark grew up in the Kittery and York area of southern Maine. Contrary to the traditional path, he started off writing screenplays; when that didn’t work out, he turned those stories into novels. He now has four novels to his credit, using stories from his life and the scenic locations from his beloved state as the backdrop for his fiction.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure; 2nd song: “Pictures of You” by The Cure; 3rd song: “The World Is…” by Matthew Ryan.
Post Production Note: There’s no denying that in order to be a writer, one must go all in. There’s no risk involved with having a great idea, but not everyone can turn those ideas into novels and then release them into the world. In this way, Jody Clark is a great example of going all in. Jody has found his niche: As a self-published author, he can completely control everything about his stories, which seems to be the perfect fit for him.
However, whether you self-publish or have a publisher, you will have to learn how to market your book. Book signing tours are part of the package either way. John Grisham is one well-known novelist who started his career with A Time to Kill, a self-published novel. He went all in by touring the country, on his own, and selling books out of the trunk of his car.
I also want to add that being all in is about focusing all your energy on positive outcomes, understanding what you have control over and what you don’t, manifesting the vision, recognizing open doors when they present themselves, respecting people and their experiences, and being grateful for the opportunities that come your way. ~ Pauline
Chris Ledoux is a Portsmouth resident, an engineer, owner of Seascape Landscape, and now, a published author. The Burnt Sunset was just released June 21 and is a post-apocalyptic novel, featuring Chris’s sketches and lyrics. Chris talks about an accident that changed his life, his son’s bout with cancer, and how all of it led to his new writing career.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” by The Beatles; 2nd song: “All I Wanted” by Paramore; 3rd song: “Everlong Acoustic” by Foo Fighters.
Jamie Jenson decided to change her course after years of teaching and a life-changing event with a year of saying “Yes!” One of those yeses was pursuing a childhood dream of becoming a journalist. She recently graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University’s one-year master’s program in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism. For the past year, she’s been doing what she loves: reporting and writing about issues that she cares deeply about, including education and marginalized groups such as the homeless. Jamie shares some of her favorite adventures she’s been on this past year.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten; 2nd song: “Brave” by Sarah Barailles; and 3rd song: “Suit and Jacket” by Judah and the Lion.