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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 58: “You Say Goodbye” with author Keith Steinbaum

Author Keith Steinbaum

Author Keith Steinbaum discusses his latest novel You Say Goodbye–a Beatles-inspired murder mystery–and his first novel, The Poe Consequence, which will be re-released in March 2020. Keith and I discuss inspiration and the amazing child whose efforts launched Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research.

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Author Keith Steinbaum introduces himself
  • Keith Steinbaum’s Beatles-inspired murder mystery “You Say Goodbye”

    Keith and I talk about the story within a story in his Beatles-inspired murder mystery You Say Goodbye

  • Keith discusses how he found his inspiration for the character counterbalance (KayLeigh) for the main character (Sean), and the tragedy that launched a foundation to support children’s cancer research: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Please watch the video in the link to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and consider donating to this cause (my request)
  • “Meat on the bones” writing turned a short story into this novel (read more in his TheWriteWayCafe interview)
  • We talk about writing without a money goal
  • The idea behind Mel Gibson’s movie “Signs” sparked an idea Keith already had in his head (“The film itself certainly wasn’t all that memorable,”) and I challenge him to put a feeling that overcame him into words (he does so beautifully, I might add)
  • Keith is motivated by the weightier side of life, and poetry was his outlet
  • “You Say Goodbye” was created only on Sundays (find out why)
  • We talk about serial killer and the PRESS, and I ask if Keith knew whodunnit from the beginning
  • Keith talks about using his own lyrics, and reads a passage from his novel
Let’s see…do I download the audio version (quite good!) or pay over $600 for a paperback…or wait for the re-release?!
  • We briefly discuss his first novel, The Poe Consequence, which will be re-released in March 2020 (it’s available now in audiobook, and you could order a paperback copy for anywhere from $349-$627  if you can’t wait for the re-release, but  I don’t believe you’ll get a Rolex watch with it!)
  • Here’s a trailer for “The Poe Consequence”: Trailer
  • Keith talks about his experience with the Hispanic community
    Author
    Keith Steinbaum

    and jokingly commented that he was never in an East L.A. gang

  • We discuss Edgar Allan Poe and tarot cards
  • Shout-outs
  • Black Opal Books
  • Contact Keith: website
    email: keith@keithsteinbaum.com
  • His favorite preserves? Listen and learn!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 57: “Murder in the One Percent”

Author Saralyn Richard

Award-winning author Saralyn Richard talks with me about her writing process and her novel–Murder In The One Percent–a page-turning, often humorous murder mystery.

The murder takes place where one would not expect it to, and the story abounds in red herrings!

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Saralyn (pronounced like Marilyn) introduces herself
  • Naughty Nana is inspired by the antics of Saralyn’s family sheepdog

    She has also written a fun children’s book called Naughty Nana, based on the antics of her family sheepdog

  • We talk about various reader reactions to her one percenter murder mystery
  • She talks about how she keeps track of all the potential killers
  • An actual dinner party inspired this murder mystery
  • She discusses how she came to the whodunnit decision…
  • And the need to write in 3rd person omniscient
  • We discuss character development and inspiration for different characters and character naming conventions
  • Saralyn reads a passage from Murder in the One Percent
  • Murder in the One Percent

    We talk about when the character dies, and how, and the horrifying “naturally occurring” poison palytoxin, which is not yet in the book Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons

  • She discusses how she used “what if” thinking when writing…
  • And surprises that happen along the way
  • Dealing with criticism (not all constructive)
  • Saralyn offers advice to aspiring murder mystery writers
  • Her next book–A Palette for Love and Murder–out next year
  • Shout-outs
  • Saralyn’s website
  • Saralyn’s preferred preserves? Apricot!

If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road by becoming a patron! It’s easy-peasy to do! Check out how HERE!
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Alligator Preserves Episode 56: Ouray 100 Cheers and Tears

Ouray 100 Ultra Race participants: Nick McHargue (pacer), Mike McHargue (completed 58.8 miles), Mike Lamond (completed 102.1 miles in 48 hours), Erich Kraft (pacer)

As race crew for my husband during the 2017 Ouray 100 Endurance Race in 2017, I bemoan my discomfort in the cold rain, then chastise myself when I witness the brutal conditions the racers endure.

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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!

If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
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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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Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
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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.

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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

If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
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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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If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
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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:

If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
“Please and thank you”~Ron Swanson

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! I’d love it if you “liked” the episodes you listen to, and I’d love it even more if you’d post a quick comment!

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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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If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron!
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If you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! I’d love it if you “liked” the episodes you listen to, and I’d love it even more if you’d post a quick comment!

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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!