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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.

Strack Press Presents “Warm Springs” by Michael Kilman

Author and anthropologist Michael Kilman

Strack Press Presents “Warm Springs” by Michael Kilman–anthropologist and author of the Science Fiction series “The Chronicles of the Great Migration.”

Kilman lectures at the University of Colorado at Denver and works on his YouTube series “Anthropology in 10 or Less.

In this episode, I narrate Kilman’s horror short story! Contact me at laurel@strackpress.com for information on having me narrate your short story, or for an interview.

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Find Michael Kilman’s books on Amazon!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 54: Nipples–Flatten or Flaunt?

In this episode I share my experience competing in the Turquoise Lake Half-Marathon several years ago after lots and lots of “tapering”!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 53: “West Point Woman” by Sara Potecha

Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman: How Character is Created and Leadership is Learned, visits with me on the Alligator Preserves podcast. Sara and I have many things in common, including our graduation from West Point in 1983 with the 4th class to include women!

We share West Point stories and discuss Sara’s self-help book on leadership with advice applicable to every workplace.

Watch on YouTube Here:

“Audio Only” on Alligator Preserves Here:

Show Notes with Links:

  • Why go to West Point? We discuss our reasons and give shout-outs to cadets who made a difference in our lives.
  • “Plebe poop” and Bugle Notes (a cadet’s “bible”).
  • On being an enigma in our own families and overcoming ignorance about the military.
  • Day 1 civilian to soldier, English teachers who made us suffer, thoughts of quitting, and wonderful mentors.
  • Being actors in different roles, and issues with upper-class women.
  • Fear and Airborne School.

    Sara’s “Beast Barracks” Platoon (Sara is far left, first row)
  • Universal principles and tools to navigate the workplace.
  • Sharing stories with our children and why Sara ultimately wrote this book on character and leadership.
  • Teaching integrity, and the “no excuse” response.
  • Encouragement from classmates (but not all).
  • Humility, leadership, and Sara’s greatest challenge: suddenly becoming a single mother when the father of her three daughters died in a tragic accident.
  • Possible follow-on book with soldier-mother stories.
  • Gail O’Sullivan’s book Tough as Nails: One Woman’s Journey Through West Point
  • Shout-outs to Sara’s daughters: Larisa (Gaba) Barclay, Gwenyth Gaba-Thome  and Joye Gaba, and her husband, Reed Potecha; our classmate MG Ray Royalty; her West Point mentor: BG Barney Forsythe, PhD; and her book coach, Cathy Fyock.
  • Sara’s website: www.WestPointWoman.com

    Sara on Graduation Day, May 25, 1983
  • Facebook | Instagram
  • National Speakers Assocation: https://www.nsaspeaker.org
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Families of the Wounded Fund
  • Active Heroes

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Alligator Preserves Episode 52: “The Author Inside You” Podcast

I was recently honored with an interview by Leah and Matt Rafferty, hosts of the weekly podcast “The Author Inside You.” We talk about books and inspiration and publishing and marketing and how to have a great book launch party!

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“Orbs”: my 12th Narrated Short Story!

Were you aware of the short stories I’ve been writing and narrating each month for the past year? I recorded my milestone 12th story today–just in time for the vernal equinox tomorrow! (There’s a tie-in to my story).

I hope you might take a listen to “Orbs” and check out some of my other short stories on my podcast “Alligator Preserves“! You can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! And please let me know what you think! “Like” my episodes (if you do) and share them with your friends!

Listen to “Orbs” Here:

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Alligator Preserves Episode 51: Dragon Soldier

Robert Goswitz’s debut novel–The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune

In this episode, author Robert Goswitz takes us to Vietnam with Private Ed Lansky in 1971.

I interview Robert Goswitz about his debut novel–The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune–a unique account of a young new draftee’s first tour in Vietnam . . . with a mystical twist!

 

 

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Robert introduces himself and admits the main character, Lansky,
    Author Robert Goswitz

    is based on his own experience in Vietnam.

  • Robert explains why he wrote this book and why it took him “this long” to write it.
  • Military Writers Society of America coach Kathleen Rogers, and his agent Jeanie Loiacono of the Loiacono Literary Agency.
  • Writing tips for authors trying to hone their skills
  • Black Opal Books
  • He talks about the racial divide in America in the ’60s and ’70s and how the same issues arose in Vietnam, though the dynamics
    The author in Vietnam, 1971

    between races disappeared in “the bush.”

  • The irony of Robert’s Americal Award
  • Nixon and his promise to bring the troops home
  • Stars and Stripes Magazine
  • Names in “The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune” and characters (like “Chief” based on real people)
  • Importance of “setting” in books
  • Reading as a writer
  • Loneliness and psychological conditions associated with being in
    Photo taken by the author in Vietnam, 1971

    a foreign environment

  • Dragon as good luck in Vietnam
  • the 195th Infantry Brigade
  • Robert reads a passage from his novel
  • Humor, even in harshest situations
  • Lansky’s (and Robert’s) evolution as a soldier
  • The tiger scene and ceremony
  • How Robert chose to end the book, and what’s next
  • Shout-outs to those who helped him complete this project
  • Another photo of the author as a soldier in Vietnam, 1971

    Link to Robert’s Amazon Author Page

  • Robert’s email: rgoswitz@me.com

 

 

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Authors Interviewing Authors!

Author Kaye Lynne Booth recently asked to interview me for her blog, and then sent a lovely press release to the Chaffee County Times Special Edition Mountain Guide!

I’m honored by the time and care she put into this interview and hope you enjoy it too. Find it here:
Author Hides Away in Leadville! (but most people know where to find me!)

I’m anxiously awaiting the shipment of my books for tomorrow’s book launch party . . . hope they’ll arrive between avalanches!

Waterwight Breathe: Book III

Thank you, Kaye Lynne! I love how local authors support other authors in this most competitive publishing environment!

 

 

Alligator Preserves Episode 50: The World of Waterwight!

Waterwight: Book I

In my 50th episode, I present my Waterwight trilogy–a YA fantasy adventure completed this week and available in full today! I talk about its genesis and narrate the first two chapters of Book I.

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Celeste isn’t home yet . . .

Show Notes:

Waterwight Breathe: Book III

 

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Alligator Preserves Episode 49: Love and Love Again!

Me and my man, in our 36th year together!

After my husband suggested I listen to a Hidden Brain podcast about the difficulties of long marriages, I decided to brainstorm about my own thoughts on the matter before listening. I didn’t think we were having any problems (and we’re not, really)!

This is a humorous look at aging in relationships, and

Hugging. Always hugging. And laughing. My Mum and Dad (RIP).

how to make them work!

 

 

 

 

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Love you!

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Short Story 11: The Foxhole

Senior year photo in parade uniform: 1983

“What should my next short story be about?” I asked one of my sons and his girlfriend recently.  They gave me a couple of challenging suggestions, and The Foxhole is the result! It will be included in a “linked short story” collection I’m working on with the link–or common element–being West Point, The United States Military Academy.

Enjoy! Please “Like” it (if you do) and leave me a comment or another suggestion!

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My Dad. He actually gave me the advice in my story!

Show Notes with Links:

  • I read my short story! Take a listen and check out some of my previous episodes and short stories!
  • Link to short story Anchors Aweigh!
  • My author/editor friend Stephanie Spong‘s Amazon Author page
  • All about West Point, USMA
    Everything “Dress-right-dress” in the closet Plebe year!

    Muddy me after “Army training” at Fort Knox, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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