Episode 67: My Least Favorite Sequels

April 18, 2018

Marissa is by herself talking about her least favorite sequels. From Twilight to Harry Potter, there’s a sequel for her to discuss and breakdown why the book fell flat compared to the first. Come listen in and see if your least favorite made it onto the list.


Episode 66: Book Trope Bingo: YA Novel

April 15, 2018

Once again Halle and Marissa have taken book tropes of one genre and thrown them onto bingo cards to see if their chosen books can earn them the win. This time they tackle Young Adult novels and their infamous tropes. Grab your own bingo card from facebook at facebook.com/authorstraining and play along!


Episode 65: The Author Debate - Fixing Twilight

April 4, 2018

Twilight has a bad reputation for being a bad book. Many people have thought about what they could do to fix it. Is there a way to fix it? Maybe all Twilight needs is a new villain. Halle and Marissa go head-to-head again as they debate over what villain would make Twilight a better book: Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries or Hannibal Lecter from the Hannibal TV show?


Episode 64: Beta Readers and Where to Find Them

March 28, 2018

Beta Readers are an important part of making a book great before it hits the market. Finding them and knowing which advice to take can be tricky. Marissa and Halle are here to help! Come listen to their advice and tips on Beta Readers.


Episode 63: Writing Backstory

March 25, 2018

Backstory can be tricky in a novel. Having too little or too much can impact how a character is viewed. Come listen to Halle and Marissa give tips and advice on how to place backstory in your novel.


Episode 62: Sit-Ups For Your Creativity

March 21, 2018

Marissa and Halle are back with more writing exercises, but this time with a twist. They have created their own to share with you! Come listen in and try out the new exercises for yourself.


Episode 61: Magical Realism

March 18, 2018

With so many genres out there, it’s easily to overlook some. Halle and Marissa are back with another subgenre to explore. Come listen in and learn about Magical Realism.


Episode 60: Unused Story Ideas

March 11, 2018

Novel ideas are wonderful but they are not all created equal. There are times when an author will write an idea down and think it’s wonderful only to see it weeks later and find that it makes no sense. Come listen in to Marissa’s and Halle’s unused story ideas and see if you want to take them for yourself.


Episode 59: How to Name Your Pesky Novel

March 4, 2018

Naming a book can be the bane of a writer’s existence, so Halle and Marissa are here to help. From what a good book title needs to tips on how to think of one, this episode is sure to help in naming that pesky novel.


Episode 58: Our Favorite Classics

February 25, 2018

Everyone has read a classic at some point in their life, and whether you love them or hate them, they are classics for a reason. From Dracula to Farenheit 451, Halle and Marissa lists their favorite classic novels.