How to write book series

Interview with Chuck Buda This week I am talking to Chuck Buda. Chuck Buda writes horror in series. A lot of authors these days choose to write in series. Instead of pushing the whole story in one big book they actually prefer to break up the book in multiple installments. I was quite interested in […]


Writing True Crime

Jeff C Stevenson grew up in South California. When he read an ad in an 1976 magazine about a Christian Rock band The All Saved Freak Band, featuring Glenn Schwartz. This started an interest in what turned out to be a Christian Cult on Fourtney Road. Jeff spent years researching Fourtney Road, conducting interviews with […]


Mindfulness for authors

Interview with Cassie Premo Steele As an author, your brain is always buzzing with ideas. Sometimes it is very hard to shut your brain and thoughts off so you can start writing – start making progress in your story and manuscript. Cassie Premo Steele, author, writing coach and mindfulness enthusiast; explains how she uses mindfulness […]


Poetry Festivals

Interview with Philip Meersman I am so sorry for not uploading an episode sooner but I was an idiot. After what seemed the worst weekend ever ( Boyfriend forgot his ID so could not go to Belgium with me, train delays, long travels and quite a foul mood) I forgot my laptop at my parents´ […]


Engaging with your fans

I am so excited to start podcasting again! I am so so so sorry for not having uploaded a podcast episode last sunday, but I found a job. Well, it’s an internship, but I get paid to do shit so … as the Thai say : same same but different. I have a 1.5 hour […]


How to find and use beta readers

One of the most exciting and best ways to get feedback for your manuscript is by using beta readers. Beta readers are people – they can be family and friends or people you have never even met, that read your book and give you feedback on the manuscript. This way you know that your readers, […]

Becoming a music journalist

Becoming a music journalist

Interview with Jordan Blum A lot of people dream of being a journalist, a writer or just having a day-job where they are able to write and let their creative spirits loose. One way o fachieving this is by becoming a professional journalist. In this interview I talk with Jordan Blum who is a professional […]

How to do a book tour

How to do a book tour

Interview with Charles Blackstone When you have written your book and edited it for the one thousandth time, when you have found a publisher or even published it yourself… the next thing you have to do is market it. One of the best and to be honest – most fun, ways of marketing your book […]

On networking as an author

On networking as an author

Episode 13 Interview with Savy Leiser Today I’m talking to Savy Leiser, a 23 year old writer living in Chicago. She graduated from North Western University in 2015 and released her book The Making Of A Small Town Beauty King in February 2016. The book is a contemporary young-adult comedy about a boy who wants […]

the blind blogger

The Blind Blogger

Interview with Maxwell Ivey Hi! Welcome to Merlot and Writing… or should I say The Write Way… That’s right! We did a complete overhaul of the Podcast, blog and brand! Because of all your awesome and great responses I felt we could do better and bigger! I also want to say sorry because it took […]