NEW EPISODE! S4E17 How Adam Perry Works Full Time, Has a Family, and Writes Books

Author Adam Perry’s writing life is methodical. He works a full-time job, raises three kids with his wife, and still finds time to write every day. 600 words. 3,000 words a week. That’s about one book every six months. We ask him today about his confidence as a writer, how he decides to self-publish, and what his journey in the world of traditional publishing has been like. 

His new book is ‘The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books.’

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And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S4E16 In Which We Are All Van Gogh

A kind friend sent Shawn a book written in 1933 that rocks his world. Shawn and Maile talk about the book, which is all about the life of Vincent van Gogh. They wrestle with the question Van Gogh’s father asked him in his early days of creativity, “What if at the end the work remains poor? Are the rewards worth the gamble?”

The book discussed is Lust for Life by Irving Stone. 

If you love the content we’re creating, or if you’d like access to some bonus interviews and other material, or if you’d just like to help us feed our six children, you can contribute $5 / month over at our Patreon account to make all of that happen. This podcast depends on listeners like you! Thank you!

As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S3E15 Christiana Peterson Fell Into a Grave (Literally and Metaphorically)

Christiana Peterson, author of Awakened By Death, shares some stories with us today about what it was like to grow up with a fascination with death, nearly falling into a grave when she was a child, and how she talks to her own kids about mortality. They explore Shawn’s Amish roots and how that community deals with death and dying. And Christiana shares what her friends and family think about her strange obsession. 

To find out more about Christiana and her work, you can visit her HERE.

If you love the content we’re creating, or if you’d like access to some bonus interviews and other material, or if you’d just like to help us feed our six children, you can contribute $5 / month over at our Patreon account to make all of that happen. This podcast depends on listeners like you! Thank you!

As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S4E14: Leslie Bustard on Rediscovering Poetry in the Midst of Cancer

A little over a year ago, Leslie Bustard received a cancer diagnosis–Stage 2 breast cancer and Stage 4 melanoma. The side effects of immunotherapy have been harsh, the entire journey a roller coaster. And yet in the midst of it, life is beautiful, and she has discovered something new about herself: she is a poet. Today we talk with Leslie about finding beauty in the midst of difficult days. 

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S4E13 Antoinette Brim-Bell and Seeing in New Ways

Shawn speaks with poet Antoinette Brim-Bell about trying new things (she’s a professor but also taking a playwriting class), why she’s waited to write about race (until now), and the difference between simply taking up space and being worthy of the space we’ve been given.

You can find out more about Antoinette at her website.

Antoinette’s book, These Women You Gave Me.

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

And keep writing!

Ash Wednesday, Snow Thursday, and Unexpected Signs of Spring

Ash Wednesday was this week, and I was reminded that last Ash Wednesday I was in Nashville at a book conference handing out ARCs of These Nameless Things and wondering what all the talk was about this new virus. More has changed in the world during the last year than at any other year in my lifetime. It certainly has a way of sitting you down and making you think, about life, about love, about family.

I remember attending our local Episcopal church with the kids a few Ash Wednesdays ago. I remember walking to the front with the kids and seeing the priest place the ashes on their foreheads while saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This year has, more than any other, served to remind me of this.

And yet life goes on, in the midst of our awareness of death. The snow falls today, the tiny, astounding flakes accumulating. Yesterday, when I took Winnie out for her morning constitutional, I rounded the bend and found, with great surprise, that the sun was rising. It was only 6:15 in the morning, but the sun was rising. I felt like I was in Narnia, when the White Witch’s reign begins to falter and signs of spring peek through the snow.

And then, this verse: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

There is beauty to be found in the perseverance, in that taking of the next step, even in the waiting. The harvest will come, if we do not give up.

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If you’re interested in signing up for our novel-writing course, time is running out! You can find out more about The Nine Month Novel and sign up HERE. It is going to be an amazing process – join nearly 20 other writers as we come together, encourage one another, learn more about writing, and get these novels written.

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Our podcast, The Stories Between Us, continues! If you’re new to it, I want to take a moment and point you back to some of our most-listened-to episodes:

Janelle Stoltzfus and Walking the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Tsh Oxenreider and Creativity as Therapy
Ira Wagler: Writing Down the Broken Roads
The Story of How We Met (and How Our Writing Brings Us Home Again)
Some More Thoughts on Hope

Happy listening.