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Laurel lives and breathes and shivers and writes and publishes in the highest incorporated town in the U.S.! She's the author of several books, all available on Amazon.

Alligator Preserves Episode 8: A Visit with Sherry Ficklin

 

Best-selling author Sherry Ficklin (second from right) attended my book launch party for Waterwight Flux! Other authors in attendance included (left to right) Lynn K Hall, Diane Smith, and Carol Bellhouse. That’s me on the right! Not in photo: Stephanie R. Sorensen. Photo credit: Marcia Martinek, Editor of the Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper

Sherry Ficklin, best-selling author of the Stolen Empire Series, visits with Laurel McHargue in this episode of Alligator Preserves! She explains how she has become “a toucher of things,” and shares amazing stories of her own life and how her experiences have influenced her writing.

Show Notes:

  • Sherry Ficklin tells a secret about a visit to the White House
  • Sherry is “a toucher of things”!
  • Earliest memories with books, telling stories, and winning her first monetary award
  • Her writing over ten years and feedback from Penguin Books
  • Writing challenges
  • Autobiographical elements of her work
  • “Vantablack” material (favorite color is black!)
  • Dark side characters, 1st person books, and choosing names
  • Contract negotiations with publishers
  • Research and Canary Club adventures
  • Marketing to YA and other audiences
  • Queen series books
  • Sherry’s “Dragon’s Eye” adventure, the fruit that “ruffied” her
  • Advice to new authors and what’s next for her
  • Her childrens’ response to her writing
  • Introduce next topic: Visit with Buddhist practice teacher Ken McLeod
  • CIPA EVVY Awards open for submissions @ cipabooks.com

Links:

Sherry Ficklin’s website

Losing Logan Paperback May 2, 2014

Playing with Fire: A Hacker Novel (The #Hackers Series)

SHIFT – Colour changing rainbow paint – Black 2.0 x Rainbow Liquid (VANTAblack items)

The Flowers in the Attic Saga: Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind; If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday; Garden of Shadows (V.C. Andrews books)

The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker)

A Canary Club Story (Canary Club Series books)

Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Trade Paperback Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, In (The Inheritance Cycle)

CIPA EVVY Awards info

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

Alligator Preserves Episode 7: Battle-Dressed Breasts

South Korean tailors could have learned a few things from the tailors at West Point!

In this episode, Laurel recounts a time she nearly instigated an international incident when she was an Army officer in South Korea, and several comedic situations during her three months in support of Exercise Team Spirit ’89.

Show Notes:

  • Laurel discusses an embarrassing and frightening incident in a public restroom in South Korea
  • She talks about her 3-month deployment to support a Team Spirit exercise in 1989
  • South Korean soldiers and their interaction with a female Army officer
  • South Korean tailors try to make clothing to fit
  • Laurel encourages audience to imagine being in a situation in which you are misunderstood
  • Introduce next topic: Visit with best-selling author Sherry Ficklin

Links:

Battle-Dressed Breasts story with photos (story first published in Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman

Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Being a Woman (2013-07-29)

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

Alligator Preserves Episode 6: Interview with Stephanie R. Sorensen, Author

Author Stephanie R. Sorensen also paints…and sews! This is one of her Victorian creations.

“What’s a Toru?” I asked my guest Stephanie R. Sorensen, author of the highly acclaimed novel Toru: Wayfarer Returns (Sakura Steam Series) (Volume 1)

Listen to today’s episode–my very first Alligator Preserves interview–to discover the answer to my question and many more as we discuss the writing process, character development, author challenges and much more.

 

Show Notes:

  • Author Stephanie R. Sorensen talks about her novel Toru: Wayfarer Returns (Sakura Steam Series) (Volume 1)
  • Her earliest memory with books and telling a story to an audience
  • The importance of character transformation in stories
  • Writing challenges and prioritizing multiple obligations
  • Evolution of language and the media
  • Memorable characters in literature and a type she’s itching to develop
  • Opinions on indie-published books
  • Writing routine and advice for new writers and authors
  • What’s next?
  • Introduce next topic: How I almost created an international incident while in the Army

Links:

Novel Stephanie remembers with memorable, heart-gripping character:
Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter (Volume 1)

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

 

Ready to be a Patron of the Arts?

I’m excited (frightened, anxious, and feeling lots of other emotions, but mostly happiness) about my new podcast Alligator Preserves and the launch of my Patreon Campaign to support it.

Once per week, I’ll publish an episode about writing and storytelling with tips and ideas for writers and storytellers! Interspersed with my solo episodes, I’ll host interviews with other authors and individuals with memorable stories as well.

Perhaps you have a memorable story to share?

Please consider becoming a patron of my podcast. Details about Patreon and the rewards you will receive are below, and thank you for allowing me to entertain you!

Laurel’s Patreon Campaign for the Alligator Preserves podcast!

Alligator Preserves Episode 5: Words of Warning Signs

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…”

Who remembers the song by Five Man Electrical Band (1971)? I do, and in this episode of Alligator Preserves you’ll hear how some signs can be not only confusing, but downright embarrassing.

Laurel McHargue describes a time when misreading a sign led to a situation that left her feeling far from virtuous.

Show Notes:

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-McHargue/e/B00INB9OO6

Dying of Embarrassment essay and photos

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

YouTube link to Five Man Electrical Band song Signs

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

Alligator Preserves Podcast Episode 4: Pets

In this week’s episode, Laurel McHargue introduces listeners to another character in her life: her dog, Ranger.

Inspired by a man in her writing group who one day told everyone “Don’t get a boat,” Laurel knew she had to write a piece called “Don’t Get a Dog.” She reads excerpts from the piece as she muses about the pets in her life, and shares a confession at the end.

Show Notes:

  • Story inspiration at writing group meeting
  • Raised by “No pets!” parents, she nevertheless got some free ones along the way
  • After reading 8 books on dog training, found the best one for her new German Shepherd puppy: “The Art of Raising a Puppy
  • Blog post “Don’t Get A Dog
  • Brainstorm about pets and pet owners
  • Storytelling tip: Focus on one character at a time
  • Confession
  • Introduce next topic: Words of Warning Signs

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-McHargue/e/B00INB9OO6

The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete

Don’t Get a Dog ironic essay and photos

Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Power of the Dog

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

Alligator Preserves Podcast Episode 3: Boston Boy Goes to Texas

Who’s your daddy?

In today’s episode, host and author Laurel McHargue introduces her father as she never knew him. With a shoe box filled with letters from a 19-year-old son to his parents and siblings during WWII, Laurel shares her thoughts on the bizarre world of parent/child relationships.

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Show Notes:

  • The letter shoe box.
  • Charles Bernier, age 19, off to “somewhere” in 1943
  • Blog post Boston Boy In For An Eye-Opener with narrative
  • Questions about parents
  • The parent/child relationship
  • Brainstorm about questions and the brain
  • Storytelling tip: Focus on a small thing
  • Introduce next topic: Something completely different

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-McHargue/e/B00INB9OO6

Blog post with photos: Boston Boy In For An Eye-Opener

http://leadvillelaurel.com/writing-tips/

https://www.facebook.com/LeadvilleLaurel/

https://twitter.com/LeadvilleLaurel

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

 

Alligator Preserves Podcast Episode 2: Hair

Ever been in a hairy situation?

In this episode of Alligator Preserves, host and author Laurel McHargue discusses her on-again-off-again love affair with hair and her failure to achieve a childhood goal.

Alligator Preserves is hosted and produced by Laurel McHargue with technical support provided by her husband, Mike McHargue. Follow her on her website at leadvillelaurel.com where she writes about life, real and imagined, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LeadvilleLaurel. If you enjoyed this podcast, you might enjoy her books. Find her work on Amazon.

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Show Notes:

  • Storytelling and blog post entitled “My Hair Piece” with interjected narrative
  • Brainstorming about hair and mundane topics, finding the humor, and learning something about the human condition
  • Memories of hair and listener encouragement to explore their own
  • Writing tips and announcement of next topic: a young man’s eye-opening experience when he joins the Army in 1943

Links:

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

Blog post entitled “My Hair Piece”

Writing tips

Laurel’s Facebook page

Laurel’s Twitter

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

 

 

Alligator Preserves Podcast Episode 1: Balls

When you hear the word balls, what comes to mind?

In this episode, host and author Laurel McHargue discusses a very special gift she received long ago from an old family friend. Her decision to take the gift on her morning run leads to several memorable discoveries.

Alligator Preserves is hosted and produced by Laurel McHargue with technical support provided by her husband, Mike McHargue. Follow her on her website at leadvillelaurel.com where she writes about life, real and imagined, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LeadvilleLaurel. If you enjoyed this podcast, you might enjoy her books. Find her work on Amazon.

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Show Notes:

Links:

Laurel’s Amazon Author page

Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness

Balls blog post with photos

More about Baoding Balls

Writing tips

Saturday Night Live’s Schwetty Balls episode

Laurel’s Facebook page

Laurel’s Twitter

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music