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JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

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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Author Vanessa Riley talks about her latest piece of women’s historical fiction, Sister Mother Warrior. Through determination in navigating the challenges of uncovering women’s history and a promise to write history from all perspectives, she created a gripping novel worthy of piquing the mind. Vanessa has had an accomplished career, graduating with several degrees and helping many businesses and startups before writing over twenty books. To order Sister Mother Warrior, follow the link below.


Vanessa Riley writes Regency Romances and Historical Fiction of dazzling multi-culture communities with powerful persons of color. Vanessa writes for historical romance readers who admire and acquire books that showcase women who find joy in sweeping kisses and strong sisterhoods. Even in the darkness, she promises to give you laughs and to show you how light always prevails and how love always, always wins.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to write from a full perspective
  • What Vanessa’s research process looks like
  • How her engineering background influences her writing
  • The power of a single sentence


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Vanessa Riley –

Sister Mother Warrior

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Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life – and Atticus –

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

Audio production by Geoff Emberlyn – 

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. I feel an affinity with Vanessa because although she has always written, when it came to university, she went down the engineering route to pay the bills, me too. And it’s great to hear that her engineering background and mind influences her research and writing. I can understand that… and she drinks tea… (Wikipedia). What a star.
    If her mum’s cake was a fruitcake containing liquor, they can be stored for a few weeks or months in a cool place, presumably that is why it was buried, especially in a hot country.
    I still don’t understand why I studied engineering at university when I always wanted to be a writer 🙂 but it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one to go down this route…
    I enjoyed this interview.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      The big question is how much you missed Zach?

      1. Christopher Wills

        2 years ago  

        Sorry, who?

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