If you’re a regular listener to my live radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio network, you know how the show works. Okay, sometimes I throw in a few surprises for my guest like making them sing, live on air and getting them to take part in a quiz, they knew nothing about.
Well, on the last show, Friday 8th April, I did two things I’ve never done before in the five years I’ve been on the air. I had a rant, and I cried. I’m not going to tell you what the rant was about or why I cried, you need to listen to the show and find out. As well as those two monumental occurrences, we have awesome music from Lola Black and her hit single Hot Enough. Live readings from two of my flash fictions from my Collection, Heads & Tales, and my wonderful guest, Teri M Brown, who also does a reading for you.
Nikki Flynn is a writer, author, scriptwriter, director, cast director, audio sound engineer – I’m sure I’ve left something out??
When she got together with a Uni friend and decided to build a fantasy world, they had no idea how big it would get and that they would turn each episode into audio, with voice actors playing the parts of the characters.
With a large and loyal fan base, Nikki and Edwin Dantes keep bringing in the scripts and getting them out to their eager audience.
Anthologies of Ullord is a fantasy series that follows a wide array of characters. The perspectives of mortal travelers, inhabitants of different areas and the gods that govern the events of the realm all frame the larger story of the plane. The books and scripts tie into the audio fiction podcast of the same name.
Nikki is also working on solo projects like her magical pirate series, Chronicles of Fhaerythe and she’s just started working on book two of the Apotheosis, Book one being Grim. She’s got plenty of new ideas staying with the fantasy genre but may be moving away from YA.
I had a great chat with Nikki, but to understand the uniqueness and expanse of the world Edwin and Flynn have created, I would need more than an hour. Here’s the condensed (fiction) life of Nikki Flynn in 30 minutes.
The audio series is amazing to listen to with professional voice actors, music and special effects. So addictive!
Where to find the books and listen to the audio series.
It all started for Eric Goodman with his love for reading and then writing scripts for film, screenplays and then he started his non-fiction career freelancing for women magazines. Travel articles and blogs came next as he and his wife and their young child travelled through South-East Asia.
Eric published his first two novels in his 20’s – moving on a few years he’s just released his 6th novel, Cuppy and Stew.
This is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and a bit of luck.
The first part of the book tells a historical love story about how Susan Morgan, Eric’s (the author actual) wife, fills in missing pieces of her parent’s first meeting. Their love story. That’s what makes the beginning fiction. What makes this first half of the book historical, is the tragedy that followed. Susan and her sister’s parents were on board United flight 629 to Denver, which happened to be the first passenger flight on record that had been bombed. A psycho wanted to kill his mother and claim on her insurance and so stuck a bomb into her suitcase.
Sadly only 12 minutes into the flight the plane exploded killing everyone on board, including Susan and her sister’s parents, known lovingly as Cuppy and Stew. The girls were only 12 and 14 at the time.
What follows the next half is the story is how the two sisters grew through their grief by dealing with it in two different ways. However, both suffered emotional and physical abuse, as told in Susan’s memoirs.
The luck part comes into play, as their parents took out life insurance and instead of someone being the guardian of the money until the children came of age, Stew’s boss and lawyers had the sensible idea of having a bank keep the money until the girls were old enough to receive it. This payment allowed Susan to go to university, where she studied hard and then has had a prospering career. However, her sister took a different path. She never got to study, and sadly passed away earlier than she should.
If that story is not enough to grab your interest wait until you hear about the book he’s nearly finished called Curve Ball.
I enjoyed chatting with Eric and learning more about his incredible talent and the career he’s had so far. Enjoy this episode of Behind The Pen.
Find out more about Eric Goodman and take a look at all his books here.
Melanie Channell is an energy healer, tarot card reader, spiritual teacher and author. She was first granted permission to feel and hear the divine when she was at a conference and saw a guardian angel standing beside a man. From then she has numerous experiences and counts ArchAngel Micheal as a regular contact. to the divine.
In this episode of Behind The Pen Melanie opens up and explains the feeling and signs she gets. She also does a number and tarot card reading for me and explains how numbers can lead you to your correct path in life.
More about where you can find her book, Numbers Speak a Journey of Spiritual Guidence and learn more about the lessons she teaches.
When I started chatting to Athena, I assumed she was just another author and surprisingly a songwriter. But as we continued to chat more and more about her life, dedication, and love came to light.
Please watch this episode and learn about the amazing lady and what she does and plans to do 😉
More about Athena (Greek Goddess of warfare, wisdom and handicraft. Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of various cities.)
Athena Goodman was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was brought to Boston, MA, a couple of weeks after the infamous blizzard of ‘78. By the age of nine, she started developing her passion to write from her innermost feelings and thoughts.
Boston was a quaint new place to her. This prompted her to write more and put everything into writing. A beginning of a life-long journey to carve her fragile destiny with her mind and a pen as her tools to achieve everything she had ever dreamed of.
As a young girl, she finished reading all the books in her school library before the sixth grade. Goodman’s writing career began as a feature story writer in high school where her first story appeared in the Harvard Gazette.
In Virginia, she wrote for the Sundial Newspaper at a boarding college then named Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Later, she attended Radcliff College where she took graduate writing and editing classes then went to Harvard University, where her love for children’s literature was developed.