Podcasts 2018-05-27T11:52:09+00:00

Let’s Talk Books Podcast: Inspiration for Writers

Are you listening? Let’s talk books.

Let’s Talk Books is the official podcast of Robin Van Auken, the Wholehearted Author. It’s my mission to learn new things and share what works, especially in the publishing industry, and who better to help with this mission than authors?

But we’re not stopping there, because we’re bibliophiles:  “a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like.”

So we’re also talking with all people who love books. This includes librarians, book sellers, book makers, printers, book collectors and reviewers. If someone has a career, or a hobby that should be a career, and it involves books, we want to know.

I’m talking to interesting people about topics such as inspiration, motivation, creating, publication and promotion. My guests have wonderful success stories to share, as well as stories of how they’ve struggled with their writing. Enjoy the shows.

A Guide to Being Alone

Today I try out a new software platform for recording podcasts, Anchor, and experiment with recording smaller audio clips, transitions, and putting together a show on the fly.I've done this to test the system and to see if I want to use it in an upcoming communications class I teach [...]

One Page Per Day with Melody Johnson

Melody Johnson has completed yet another marathon, and her reward is the publication of her upcoming novel, "Day Reaper," the exciting conclusion to her "Night Blood" paranormal romance series. The books feature heroine Cassidy DiRocco, a crime reporter living in New York who discovers vampires living beneath the city. Writing [...]

Mary Woods’ Change of Heart

Mary Woods is an artist, a poet, and the author of "The Heart of the Matter,” which guides the reader to becoming wholeheartedly happy. I know Mary through her service work with Beloved Community Council and Heart of Williamsport. We've worked on the HoW project for three years, and it's [...]

Nancy Panko’s Guiding Missal

Nancy Panko has achieved amazing success with her book, “Guiding Missal,” an unusual story about a prayer book that is carried in the pocket of three generations of men as they navigate war. As she held the Military Missal in her hands, Nancy thought, “If only this little book [...]

Joseph Smith’s Cure for Hipocrisy

Joseph W. Smith is a teacher, speaker, film critic, journalist and author living in Northcentral Pennsylvania, with his wife. The son of a professional journalist, Joe wrote his first book when he was 12, "... an ambitious and profusely illustrated sci-fi opus called Project Jupiter." Then, 37 years later, he wrote "The Psycho File.”​

Lost Coal with Lorena Beniquez

Lorena Beniquez, a writer, photographer and a filmmaker, and the author of a new book, Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Published by Arcadia, the book is part of the Images of Modern America series, so it’s part history, part photographic art, and part travel guide.

Writing for Sanity with Mike Reuther

Mike Reuther is a journalist by profession, but he never stops writing. Most mornings, before he heads to work at the daily newspaper, where he reports on government, politics, health care, crime, sports and general news, Mike works on his novels and self-help books. A non-nonsense and prolific writer, he's written 18 books.

Beyond the Wall with Alivia Tagliaferri

Alivia Tagliaferri is an author, publisher, producer and documentary filmmaker, discussing her book, Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home. Alivia operates Ironcutter Creative, a multimedia company that creates story-centric videos that are compelling, engaging and visually outstanding. She specializes in high-quality docu-style videos for television and theater broadcast, social media.

Calling All Writers

If you’re a writer, I know you’ll find some solid advice.  If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy insight into some of your favorite author’s works.

Join us as we tell a story.

My generous guests are willing to share important information about their journey to becoming a successful, or soon-to-be-successful published author. That means they’re sharing what works, what doesn’t work, their inspiration and their creative process.

They’re also willing to talk about their failures. This is one of the most important aspects of our interview: failure. We’re also going to discuss taboo topics such as shame, worry, guilt, fear and distress. That’s right, we’re going there, and we’re going to discuss how each and every author handled these negative emotions, overcoming these obstacles, and strived until they were able to reach their goal: becoming published.

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Wholehearted Author is for you if you are …

  • Starting out as a writer and could use some guidance
  • Wanting to be inspired to create and publish your book
  • Looking for like-minded, happy people and helpful mentors
  • Hoping to turn your writing into a full-time, awesome career
  • New to the concept of “permission marketing” but willing to try
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