Category Archives: What’s Write for Me

Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Julia, Maya and Rami


We’ve got a great show planned for Wednesday, June 26 from 4-6 PM EDT.Joining us today are two familiar folks, and one new one.

First up is a fellow Tirgearr Author, Maya Tyler is a multi-published author of paranormal romance novels and blogger at Maya’s Musings. An avid reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes that “True Love’s Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, listening to music (alternative rock, especially from the 1990s), practicing yoga, and watching movies and TV.

Second is the happiest horror author I know. Rami Ungar knew he wanted to be a writer from the age of five, when he first became exposed to the world of Harry Potter and wanted to create imaginative worlds like Harry’s. As a tween, he fell in love with the works of Anne Rice and Stephen King and, as he was getting too old to sneak up on people and shout “Boo!’ (not that that ever stopped him), he decided to merge his two loves and become a horror writer. Today, Rami lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio. He’s self-published three novels and one collection of short stories, and his stories have appeared in other publications here and there. Rose, his first novel with Castrum Press, will be released June 21st, 2019. When he’s not writing your nightmares or coming up with those, he’s enjoying anything from the latest horror novel or movie to anime and manga to ballet, collecting anything that catches his fancy, and giving you the impression he may not be entirely human.

Third, and new to the show, is another Tirgearr Author. Julia Byrd lives and writes in Chicago with her handsome dog and scruffy husband. She tells people she enjoys books, wine, baking, and architecture as plausible cover for her secret double life. Her second Gothic romance, Soil and Ceremony, was published by Tirgearr Publishing in June 2019.

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Kelsie and Rick


Join Us Wednesday, April 24 from 4-6 PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio

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Dragons, and Dryads and Elves – oh my!

We’re taking a step in a slightly different direction. Anyone who plays video games knows that there is an incredible story behind each one. Even if the history isn’t active in the game, it’s there. World building for a fantasy game can be especially challenging.

This week, we will chat with Rick Simmons, programmer and trouble shooter for Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted. He is joined by Kelsie Belanger, an artist and animator for the game.

I’m looking forward to getting to know these two talented people a lot better. I know we’re going to have a great time, regardless of where the conversation takes us.


Meet Artist Kelsie Belanger

How are you involved with Istaria?

I’m an artist, specializing in 3D animation and user interface (so icons), as well as some minor work in texturing and modeling. I also own and manage the Discord and have managed various events in the past.

Favorite pastime

I love to draw, but mostly I like playing video games with my friends.

Favorite book series or author

My favorite book series is the Age of Fire series, by E. E. Knight, though really only the first three books.

Family, furry friends or other life stuff

I have an elder sister and a young niece, and a whole boatload of cousins. I’ve a cat and a lizard as pets, though I really want a snake in the future, too.

Major things happening in life right now

I’m working my way through college to get a bachelor’s degree in Biology, however I do hope to get into the gaming industry as a 3D animator in the future.


Meet Programmer Rick Simmons

How are you involved with Istaria?

I’m a programmer and do client and server side programmer. In general, I try to keep some distance from the design side of Istaria. It’s my experience that programmers make games that programmers like, while Istaria is intended for a wider crowd.

Favorite pastime

I like cooking and reading. For fiction, I usually read hard scifi and non-fiction is currently the psychology and biology of consciousness.

Favorite book series or author

While a bit older of a series, I still think the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons is a fantastic. I think a Canticle for Leibowitz deserves to be read more widely. For non-fiction, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter is a favorite.

Family, furry friends or other life stuff

Wife and two kids, but kids are mostly grown up now.

Major things happening in life right now

Getting on the crazy train… I think we’re on the cusp of significant changes to our lifestyle, based on climate change, and trying to figure out a better place to live that is more insulated from those effects. Maybe not so crazy.

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Red Rive Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Ingrid and Keelan

Red Rive Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Ingrid and Keelan

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Wednesday, March 27th from 4-6 PM Eastern time on Blog Talk Radio

Spring is springing (at least here in Florida) and what better way to celebrate than with two new authors on our show!

Ingrid St John

First up is Ingrid St. John, author of HaUNTED. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries, and horror. She grew from reading Nancy Drew and Francine Pascal to reading Brandon Massey, Michael Romkey, and Tananarive Due. It was after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street that inspired her into writing her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films. Ingrid currently resides in Northern California, and is looking forward to thrilling, and scaring you with more to come…

Keelan LaForge

Second is Keelan LaForge, author of the His Mighty Hand Trilogy. Keelan LaForge is a writer from Northern Ireland. Her trilogy explores the truths of living with mental illness and domestic abuse. Keelan writes for Terror House Magazine and Café Lit. She also used to write for Vintage Life magazine. She is a drummer and loves anything vintage. She is a single mum of two and writes almost as often as she drinks coffee.

Welcome ladies! I know we’re going to have a great time!

Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Karen and Viv



red river radio logoI decided to do another marketing show. I decided to bring in two of my favorite author/ promoters to join us.

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Karen Vaughan is the author of comic mysteries, predominantly her lively Laura and Gerry books, as well as Holmes in America and Dead Comic Standing. She also helps promotes other authors, not only with her Writer’s Roundtable show, but with Owl & Pussycat Promotions.


Viv Drewa, author of Midnight Owl, the Owl and the Sipan Lord, The Angler and the Owl, among others. She and Karen work together with Owl and Pussycat Promotions.


Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with John, KG & Ryanne on Wednesday, December 26 from 4-6 PM Eastern

Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with John, KG & Ryanne on Wednesday, December 26 from 4-6 PM Eastern

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What’s Write for Me with John, KG & Ryanne

It’s the last show of 2018, and it’s fitting to see the New Year out with some wonderful guests! One is returning, the other two are brand new. Please help me welcome them.

Ryanne Anthony

First up is new guest, Ryanne Anthony, author of the Negative Ion Series, The M Series, The PlayNISE Series. This is her first visit on the show. Welcome to the show, Ryanne! 

John Clark

Next, is John Clark, author of Finding God, Depression Blues, 30-day Optimism Solution, and more. John is also a new guest. Welcome to the show, John! 

Kevin G Daniel KG Bethlehem

Finally, is KG Bethlehem, the author of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian novels, including Avenging Knights, Astronomical, and The Forever Spring. This is KG’s second visit to the show. Welcome back, KG! 

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with JD Karen, Marta & Viv


Join Us Wednesday, November 28 from 4-6 PM EST

Once in awhile, Christina and Dellani like to relax a little. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas to come, they decided to talk to a few good friends and share words of wisdom about every author’s nightmare, marketing. To that end, he invited our friends to sit down, share a hot beverage, and chat for a couple of hours. Without further adieu, let’s meet our guests!

First up, my creative cohost, Christina Giguere. When she’s not saving the day as a virtual assistant, Christina Giguere likes to write. Her alter ego, Rachel Rueben has a blog called: Writing By The Seat Of My Pants for self-published authors where she discusses publishing news and tips for indie authors.She also has a free book called:Self-Publishing Hacks: What The Other Authors Already Know available on the blog.However her latest book is called: Social Media Hacks: An Authors Guide To Navigating Social Media.

Next in line is author and illustrator J.D. Holiday. JD has five books.Four children’s books: Janoose The Goose, Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game- all picture books, a chapter book for sixty nine year olds called, The Great Snowball Escapade, and an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories &Imaginings For The Reading Spot. JD has been a radio show host where she interviewed a wide variety of authors, including all of the authors in this group. She gave Dellani her infamous “If your character had a theme song, what would it be?” question.

Our third guest is author and radio show host, Karen Vaughan. Karen lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ who has plenty of catitude! Karen started her literary journey in 2005 when she was home on sick leave and was tired of starting at the four walls or twiddling her thumbs. An idea for what would become DEAD ON ARRIVAL popped in to her head and the feisty 30 something character Laura wouldn’t leave her alone til her story was written. Laura took a break from pestering the poor author, so she could write a free-standing novel DEAD COMIC STANDING.Soon Laura was on the campaign to get Karen back to what would become the Laura and Gerry series.It now has 7 books, the latest being DEAD TO WRITES.Karen is the proud mom of one, step-mom of 4 grown kids, and 2 grandchildren.While not writing her fingers to the bone she hosts WRITERS ROUND TABLE the second Tuesday of each month. She is also a partner with Viv Drewa in OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS, promoting independent authors. Karen is a standup comedian who does her routine for local talent nights and loves reading,crafts and drawing.

Our fourth guest is Marta Moran Bishop, who says, “I started out as a child!” (writing, that is) Truthfully, my mother dragged me kicking and screaming to write chapters for Keeping The Upper Paw, but I didn’t really begin to work at writing until my mother was dying and we read her the short poems my Grandmother Helen Springer Moranwrote in the nineteen thirties, she loved them so much that after she passed away, I took them, extended them and wrote others and Wee Three: A Mother’s Love in Verse was born. Now I have 2 children’s poetry books, a novel called Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal, the story of the first year of our rescue foal’s life told from his point of view, 4 adult poetry books, a dystopian series called The Divide, and four other novellas and five short stories. I write both poetry, (adult and children’s) stories of animals, the paranormal, dystopian, and many other things.

Fifth is author Viv Drewa. Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963.Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing. She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the”Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

She has started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help her fellow authors by providing affordable services.

Finally, Dellani Oakes, an author and radio show host. I don’t talk about myself much, but since I’m going to be more relaxed than usual, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a married mother of four, with two beautiful granddaughters.

In college, my father, who was a PhD in English, and a University Press editor, handed me a stack of papers for a book he was editing, and said, “This is the worst thing every written, so I need your help.You can recognize what’s wrong, even if you don’t know why, and you can correct it.” That and a blue pencil, were my introduction into editing. It was a good trial by fire. I can still hear his voice in my head when I edit. “You don’t need that. It’s crap!”

I have been writing stories since I learned how. Before that, I was telling them. I became a published author in 2008, with my historical novel, Indian Summer. I am an author, mostly of romantic suspense,but I have branched out to romance, sci-fi, historical romance,fantasy, and murder mysteries. My most recent novel is So Much It Hurts released by Tirgearr Publishing.

Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Jenny and Mark!


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Wednesday, October 24, join Dellani and Christina as they chat with authors JS Burke and Mark Stevens. This is Jenny’s second visit, and Mark’s first. We know they’ll have a great time, and so will you!

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Mark Stevens

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in the suburbs of Boston and from Principia College in Illinois. He worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles; as a City Hall reporter for The Rocky Mountain News in Denver; as a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (PBS) and as an education reporter for The Denver Post.

After journalism, he worked in school public relations before starting his own public relations and strategic communications business. He lives in Denver. Mark and his wife have two grown daughters.

Mark is currently president of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America and hosts a regular podcast, The Rocky Mountain Writer, for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Mark is the author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series which includes Antler Dust, Buried by the Road, Trapline, Lake of Fire and his newest release, The Melancholy Howl.


JS Burke

JS Burke

J. S. Burke is the creator of the award-winning Dragon Dreamer series: Science Fantasy Adventure with flying dragons and an undersea world. Burke has worked as an author, artist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. The author lives in Georgia with family and rescue pets. Burke loves chocolate and so do the dragons!

The Dragon Dreamer series grew from years at sea, a fascination with the alien, intelligent octopuses, and a love of dragons. These stories blend imagination with real science and author experiences. The deadly sea storm that threatens Arak, a young dragon, is one Burke survived. This series of young adult books is for age 9 and older. “Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book” has original, hand-drawn snowflake mandalas inspired by the Dragon Dreamer series. J.S. Burke is the author of The Dragon Dreamer and Dragon Lightning and Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book.

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