Issue 33 - Follow the Leader - Christina Baker Kline, Doreen Orion, Dr. Diana Kirschner

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Some of the best writing advice I’ve received over the years has been from interviewees. There’s something about sitting down and engaging in an intimate chat with a fellow writer that can’t be replicated in any other form—not even a how-to article or a first person account.

When we first started WOW! in September 2006, the mission was to promote the communication between women writers, authors, editors, publishers, and readers. We created the “WOW! conversation bubble” logo you see on the site because interviews are an integral part of our publication. That mission still holds true today.

In celebration of our three-year anniversary, we’re doing what we do best: chatting with successful women authors! This all-interview issue features a diverse selection of authors whose stories are as varied as the authors themselves. I have to admit, this issue hasn’t been the easiest to put together. Some interviews fell through, and we’re still waiting on others; but somehow we managed to pull everything together and are thrilled with the outcome. From a humor writer to a ghost hunter, a love doctor to a career counselor—one of these authors is bound to inspire your writing.

One thing to remember: just like the children’s game, Follow the Leader, you’ll still want to look at the road ahead of you and decide if it’s the path you want to take. We have authors who recommend self-publishing and others who are vehemently opposed to it. We have authors that think social networking is a waste of time and others who think it’s the cat’s meow. That’s the wonderfully unpredictable thing about interviews—you never know what someone is going to say! The best thing to do is listen to it all, take it all in, bring a lunch or your favorite beverage, and pull up to the screen as you read. Enjoy the conversations, then follow the advice that resonates with you.

A big, warm, thank you goes out to our freelancers and staff members:

A big thank you goes to WOW! columnist LuAnn Schindler for her hilarious interview with Doreen Orion, author of Queen of the Road. I especially loved the part about the nudist RV park and Doreen’s quote, “You haven’t lived ‘til you’ve done naked karaoke.”

Thank you goes to WOW! columnist and contributing editor Margo L. Dill for her insightful and writerly chat with Christina Baker Kline. One of my favorite parts of this interview was finding out that Christina put aside her latest novel, Bird in Hand, for a few years before picking it up again. That gives me some hope I will actually revisit my novels-in-progress from many years ago and complete them!

Another big thank you goes to WOW! columnist Marcia Peterson for her interview with Dr. Diana Kirschner. I wish I had this advice back when I was dating! Dr. Diana says something that certainly some of us can relate to: “I wanted the guys that didn’t want me, partied and tried too hard, settled for crumbs, got dumped in humiliating ways, and hid out with pints and pints of Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream.” Hmm ... Sounds vaguely familiar!

We welcome freelancer Sara Hodon to the WOW! family and thank her for her interview with Dr. Katherine Ramsland. Get ready for some chills! This interview is fascinating to me on all levels, but my favorite parts were the stories Katherine told. One was about a time when she agreed to meet a murderer out in the woods—alone—to research her vampire book, which she now says, “It was a risk that, in retrospect, seems dumb.” Another story was about when she visited a cemetery at night to record paranormal voices ... and recorded one.

We welcome back freelancer C. Hope Clark and thank her for her interview with mystery author Kathryn Wall. You can tell these two have a great relationship and that makes the interview that much more intimate. When Hope asked Kathy how similar she is to her protagonist, Bay Tanner, she said, “We both smoked and quit, don't drink, swear occasionally and mildly, and are uncomfortable with praise or undue attention. Nah, we're nothing alike.”

We welcome freelancer Andrea Campbell to the WOW! family and thank her for her interview with Elizabeth Lyon. These two have known each other for years—they met while they were both authors with Blue Heron Publishing, now defunct—so I was thrilled when they decided to share their chat with WOW! readers. I learned that Elizabeth is a single parent of two disabled children who are now adults with lots of needs. She’s an amazing woman. And as a publisher, I found the statistics Elizabeth shared on book publishing in regards to the economy rather interesting. Many of the categories are down in sales, but it appears juvenile titles are up! Who knew?

We welcome back freelancer Cathy C. Hall and thank her for her interview with career expert Maureen Anderson. I loved learning about Maureen’s first publishing clip (Good Housekeeping) and reading her inspiring stories of people who made a career switch. My favorite quote in this interview is, “Don’t decide the best part of your life is behind you.” That really resonated with me.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d also like to thank contributing editors Margo L. Dill and Joanne Stacey for making the issue sparkle!


Perhaps it was because of last month’s issue on self-promotion, or perhaps it’s because all the cool kids are doing it, but we finally ramped up our social networking platform! You can find WOW! on the following social networks.




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Angela Miyuki Mackintosh is Editor-in-Chief and Art Director of WOW! Women On Writing. She has been published in Maxim, Transworld Surf and Skate, Vice Magazine, and numerous trade publications for the action-sports industry. She is an award-winning artist whose works have been commissioned for public art by the city of Long Beach, and has received grants from Funds for Women.

Angela lives in Placentia, California with her husband, Michael, and her cat, Noodle.



Margo L. Dill is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, living in Mahomet, Illinois. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grit, Pockets, True Love, Fun for Kidz, Missouri Life, ByLine Magazine, and The News-Gazette. She is a columnist and contributing editor for WOW! Women On Writing. She is assistant editor for the Sunday Book page in The News-Gazette. Her first book, Finding My Place, a middle-grade historical novel, will be published by White Mane Kids. She writes a blog called, Read These Books and Use Them, for parents, teachers, and librarians. She owns her own copyediting business, Editor 911. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her husband, stepson, and two dogs—Chester, a boxer, and Hush Puppy, a basset hound. You can find out more about Margo by visiting her website:


Joanne Hirase-Stacey is an attorney turned freelance writer. She lives on a mountain pass in southeastern Idaho with her very supportive husband, Bill. Joanne and Bill love rescuing the “dangerous breeds” of dogs, and currently have a Belgian shepherd named Maggie, a Rottweiler named Isamu, and a Pit Bull named Zebekiah. Joanne has been published in legal journals, and various magazines and anthologies. She will soon have her own “star” on the “Walk of Fame” in Pocatello, Idaho when her poem is engraved into stone and embedded into the sidewalk in Historic Old Town. When she’s not writing, you can find Joanne running up and down the mountain, quilting, painting (watercolors, oils and acrylics), practicing her karate (she’s slowly making her way to a black belt!), and trading in the Forex market. You can visit her website at!


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