It’s another week, which means another freshly baked podcast episode from yours truly and my lovely co-host, Vanessa Carnevale. We kick off the show by discussing whether having an online presence can help writers attract a publisher, sparked by this interview on Bloggeration with British blogger-turned-memorist, Laura Jane Williams. Vanessa explains why it was important to her to create a genuine online space and foster a community long before inking her two-book deal with Harlequin. While I offer a few simple and easy ways writers can claim their own little pocket of the internet TODAY and ~ spoiler alert ~ it doesn’t have to be big!
This week Vanessa also chats with one of her favourite historical fiction authors, Hazel Gaynor. We are so excited to have Hazel on the show, who is the New York Times AND USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home. What a star!
Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of ‘Ten Big Breakout Authors’ for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. As a features writer for national Irish writing website Writing.ie, Hazel has interviewed Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes and Cheryl Strayed, among others. Hazel is a contributing author to the WWI anthology, Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. Her third novel is The Girl from the Savoy. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
In this episode, Hazel chats about her fascinating journey towards publication which began with self-publishing her debut novel, The Girl Who Came Home, which went on to become a NYT bestseller. Hazel not only shares her amazing story but also gives writers some wonderful advice on writing. She also shares the inspiration behind her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy.
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