Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Keeping Yourself Going with NYT Bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub

Wendy Corsi Staub knows how to keep things interesting after writing so many novels. By switching up her writing routine and process, branching out into areas like screenwriting, and reminding herself of why she’s writing in the first place, she maintains her enthusiasm for her work and always looks forward to conquering a new challenge. Wendy is a NYT bestselling author who has written over ninety novels and is well known for her Lily Dale mystery series. To preorder her upcoming novel, The Other Family, follow the link below.


New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Wendy discovered creative writing in 3rd grade
  • How to add a charged object to your story
  • The importance of comic relief characters
  • Why dictation can help with dialogue
  • The differences between screenwriting and novel writing


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The Other Family

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Voice Over by Rick Ganley – and recorded at Mill Pond Studio –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great show guys.
    Interesting to hear from a long-time successful writer who writes in different genres, and a pantser. And she writes screenplays too. Multi-talented. Tried dictation myself a few times but as a pantser it’s never worked for me. I notice she also wrote a book about Prince Harry (a few years ago, as Wendy Brody). A lady of many talents.
    Looks like I’ve got a lot of writing to do to catch up with her impressive 90+ books output.
    Enjoyed the interview.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Yes, Wendy is quite prolific. An inspiration! Thanks for listening 😉

    2. Wendy Corsi Staub

      2 years ago  

      Thanks so much! Happy writing!

  2. Stephanie Bond

    2 years ago  

    I really enjoyed this episode because Wendy is a no-excuses writer who just keeps going. Loved her advice that no matter what industry changes are afoot, keep writing, keep producing. I admire that she exercises new writing muscles, and includes her family in her projects. Most of all, I enjoyed hearing her laughter and expression of obvious joy in her career–so many writers forget this is the best job in the world. Thanks for bringing us this interview!

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Yes! The joy of it all!

    2. Wendy Corsi Staub

      2 years ago  

      Oh, thank you so much for listening! And you are so right–best job in the world, as you well know!

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