My First Live Interview!

Last week I had the profound honor of being a guest on Dave Congalton’s radio program,  “Hometown Radio with Dave Congalton.”  Although I’ve known Dave for years: he’s long been one of my writing mentor’s as well as a fellow Nipomoite,  this was the first time I’d had the pleasure of joining him on the air.

Listen to Interview

What was it like? Terrifying, at first. I mean it wasn’t like other interviews I’d done that were taped and could be edited if I made a mistake. This would be LIVE and if I blew it, there was no rewind and re-record button.  My heart was pounding and I had the strongest desire to run right out of that studio and head for the safety of home when I slipped on those headphones and faced that microphone.


But I fought through the fear and stayed.

Dave, ever the consummate professional, must deal with guest nerves all of the time because he seemed to know just what to say to help me with my pre-interview jitters. Before we started recording he helped me relax  with a few warm up questions. These were so easy to answer that by the time the microphone was turned on, what I thought would have been absolute torture turned into a friendly chat between friends.

And before I knew it, our thirty minutes was up.

In addition to hosting a popular radio show for the past 26 years, Dave Congalton is a screenwriter, producer,  former director of the Central Coast Writer’s Conference, and award-winning author.  His books include Three Cats, Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss, When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die, with co-author Charlotte Alexander and The Talk Radio Guest Book with co-author Deborah Bayles. His screenplay, Author’s Anonymous, starring Kaley Cuoco and directed by Ellie Kanner was released as a major film in 2014.


Thank you Dave for this amazing opportunity!

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A teacher, Laurie Woodward is the author of  several novels including Forest Secrets, and the fantasy series The Artania ChroniclesShe also cowrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes her novels on the Central Coast of California.

My Publisher Chose Artania!

I recently got this exciting email from my publisher.

“Your following titles have entered the Creativia Funnel:

Artania – The Pharaoh’s Cry

This self-evolving platform is the next step in Creativia’s path to capture both niche markets and larger categories in the Amazon marketplace. While all of our books receive ongoing marketing (through AMS, BookBub and our 70+ partners), this is the first time we’ve combined all of our marketing functions together into one seamless platform. No further action is necessary from your part, but here are some things you can do to ensure that your book will get the maximum benefit:

– Make sure your book has as many reviews as possible in the marketplace (the funnel works best with books with 100+ reviews)

– Ensure that your author photo in Amazon is of high quality, and that your Amazon Author Central information is complete (incl. editorial reviews, if any). For great examples on author bios and photos, please have a look at the Amazon Top 100 authors.

– Spread the word about your discount and free promotions

Congratulations, and good luck!”

Yahoo! And thanks to Creativia Publishing for believing in my work!


Creating an Author Page on Facebook

Are you a shy author like me? Do you find it challenging to put yourself out there to get interest in your books? Are you afraid that you will become that annoying salesman that everyone avoids? If so, one way to create interest is to make a fan page on Facebook

It’s easy. All you have to do is Click on “Create” and then “Page” from your home page. Next you will be asked to choose from an icon menu. I chose “Brand” but “Entertainment” works just as well. Now you set up your page just like your FB profile, link to your books, and wallah you are ready to invite friends to like it.

Give it a try. You won’t even sound like that annoying time share salesman you listened to in Hawaii just to get a free snorkel trip. I promise.