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Author's Beat can also be heard at www.blogtalkradio.com
Author's Beat can also be heard at www.blogtalkradio.com
It's a spooky Halloween night and our host, Mark H. Newhouse, is reading a delightfully chilling story by Horror writer Billy Wells, when suddenly he's interrupted by urgent news, a real horror story that's taking place at a Walker Point radio station in Maine.
Intended as a tribute to Stephen King and similar to the Orson Welles’ 1939 Halloween radio program, The War of The Worlds, The Horror of Walker Point by Anthony Marino, was a production of www.AudioComicsCompany.com. It was originally broadcast on All Hallows Eve by Maine Public Radio’s Rocky Coast Radio Theater.
Author's Beat is grateful for the written permission of Producers William Dufris and Lance Roger Axt, as well as their associates at the Audio Comics Company for allowing us to share this event with our ghoulish worldwide listeners.
Enjoy this spookily fun return to radio days of the past with your little kiddies. We did. (Evil laugh)
Any of the books referred to in the interviews below can be ordered from this web site by clicking on the author's name or title below
Program 1: Linda Chapman, Kidnapped and abused
Program 2: Kenn Kincaid, Hardboiled mysteries from a former cop
Program 3: Linda terBurg, Sell your books with a marketing guru
For a complete version please go to YouTube http://youtu.be/rkgQpvzTx6I
Program 4: Barbara Phillips, Sexy sci-fi and female empowerment
Program 5: Katherine Schumm, Beautiful and inspiring living
Program 6: Jane Tichenor, Romance
Program 7: Gail Braman, What did her husband buy at lunch: A gold course in Vermont?
Program 8: William S. Russell, Kid's adventures into the supernatural
Program 9: Arline & John Murphy, The Light of Love: Hope for children of divorce
Program 10: Morris Wolff, A real mystery: Whatever happened to Raoul Wallenberg?
Program 11: Ray Moore, An English detective
Program 12: Susan Boyd, Murder and mystery award winner
Program 13: Anna Massengill, The real Gitmo. I loved living in Guantanamo
Program 14: L.W. Lewis:Laugh with poems for all ages
Program 15: Lois Podoshen: Trying on Bathing Suits and Other Horror Stories (humor)
Program 16: Paul D. Jackson: If a Frog Had Wings, anything can happen
Program 17: Mark H. Newhouse: Multi-award winning children's and adult author
Program 18: Don Busi: D-Day memoirs of a hero
Program 19: Jenny D. Beard: Historical fiction of early America and religious persecution
Program 20: Pat Jocelyn: A great way to break into publishing
Program 21: Chris Coward: Award-winning sci-fi author, VP Florida Writers Association
Program 22: Active Retiree: Women's clothing and a 'size zero'
Program 23: Darlene Funkhouser: Women spies of the Civil war and female empowerment
Program 24: Kathy Porter: President of a large book club tells writers like it is
Program 25:Mary Lois Sanders: Great ways to break into writing
Program 26: Pat Snodgrass: Writing non-fiction and history on a local level 7/28/13
Program 27: Billy Wells: Short horror anyone? Video trailers 8/4/13
Program 28: Village Neighbors Short Story Contest winners 8/11/2013
Program 29: Fran Copeland: The proverbial Jane of all trades 8/18/2013
Program 30: Allennita Cooks & Charlene Meeker: Picture books for children 8/25/2013
Program 31: Carlos Perez: Reading, writing and testing 9/1/2013
Program 32: Sam Dalmont: Memoirs of cowboy life on a Texas ranch 9/8/2013
Program 33: Gary Corsair: A search for truth--The Groveland Four--A Legal Lynching 9/15/2013
Program 34: How can we meet agents, publishers? 9/17/2013
Program 35: What do agents want? 9/22/2013
Program 36: Rein in your brain: A how-to of mental training 9/29/2013
Program 37: The Old West in books. Real or myth? 10/6/2013
Program 38: Discover new worlds with books 10/13/2013
Program 39: Ed Ziegler: World War 3: Are we losing?
Program 40: Jack L. Hayes: Baseball's Best & Business' Worst
Programs 41 & 42: The Horror of Walker Point--Our Halloween special
Program 43: Dr. If is really Gordon Ralph
Program 44: Successful Writers: Picture Books, Murders. Children (Dianne Ochlitree & Alan Davick M.D.)
Program 45: Special books make special gifts
Program 46: Surprising Twists on Favorites: Richard Gartee and Linda Kelly
Program 47: Mastermind for Life by Arthur Huy, Hypnotherapist
Program 48: Pennie Whitt: Car Racing and Kids
Program 49: Professor Birdsong and his weird criminal tales
Program 50: Tom Bender talks about "Run For It"
Program 51: A Criminal Investigation into Sex Trafficking in America: Dr. Leonard Territo and Professor Natalyia Glover
Program 52 Making Laughs: L.W. Lewis and Mark Newhouse
Program 53: Can you fool a lie detector?
Program 54: Katherine Mitchell: romance novels. Don Canaan's audiobook: Alzheimer's Dutiful Daughter
Program 55: Daniel Solin: The Smartest Sales Book You'll Ever Read
Program 56: Tales2Inspire Lois Stern (Editor)
Program 57: Peter Shianna: Take Off
Program 58: Orchard Hill: A personal Appalachian triumph by Raybun T. and Penelope A. Bowland and James T. and Lisa M. Cummins
Program 59: Leigh Court: Shhh Erotic Romance
Program 60: Rick Greenberg: Faith in a Box (Do you believe in miracles?)
Program 61: Carmela Cattuti: The Struggles of an Italian Immigrant Girl
Program 62: Rik Feeney: Writing Books for Fun, Fame and Fortune
Program 63: Carl Baker: To Defend Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
\Programs 64/65: Gene Klein: An inspiring story of surviving the Holocaust
All of our authors' books are available by clicking program above or the Amazon graphic below
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Villagers Blanket the World with Internet Radio Program
By Fran Copeland
About one month ago I got an e-mail from Villager Mark Newhouse. Mark, otherwise known as Top Cat in his position as leader of the Children's Authors Team of the Villages, was casting his net for local authors.
Some years ago I joined CAT because I had some time available, but the need to work intervened. Reality superseded children's fantasy spinning and I dropped off from the team. Work, which is often not much fun unless you are a clown, tends to get in the way of your hobbies and social life, doesn't it?
Mark and his cohort Don Canaan were seeking local writers to appear on their radio blog broadcast. Called Authors Beat, the show was created to allow writers to entertain and inform listeners while publicizing their work.
If you have walked through Barnes and Noble, or the gigantic Books-a-Million at Lake Square Mall in Leesburg, you have become aware of how competitive writing for publication is in this country. Therefore the Newhouse-Canaan enterprise is a wonderful opportunity for an author.
I was feeling in an adventurous mood, probably from too much sleep or a chemical imbalance, so I responded to Mark's bait by saying I would be interested in being on the show if ever he scraped the bottom of the barrel looking for participants. It was something that sounded fun to do some day.
Some day came two weeks later. I drove to Mark's Villages home with my heart pounding, my tongue glued to the roof of my mouth and my brain chanting "Idiot! What have you gotten yourself into?"
I write, therefore I do not generally speak. I am a victim of shaky knees syndrome. But when I got to Mark's house and met Don, I was immediately set at ease. A comfy sitting room, a non-threatening microphone, and two guys who are way too energetic for a post-menopausal gal like me to hang out with make odd bedfellows but, voila! Before I knew it, and before I could take back anything I had said, another Authors Beat program was in the can, ready to be accessed by anyone with a computer or smartphone and who cares to listen in free of charge.
Authors Beat can be found at www.blogradio.com/authorsbeat. Though the regular broadcast is on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. RT, all thirty-plus programs prepared so far are archived and can be accessed at any time.
Writers, preferably those who belong to Writers League of the Villages, are welcome to contact Mark at www.markhnewhouse.com if you're interested in appearing on Authors Beat. He can also direct you into joining Writers League of the Villages. Remember, there is strength and power in numbers, and one cannot have too much of either. Unless you are running a country.
I was relieved when my stint was done. It is remarkable to me that an author and former school teacher such as Mark, and a journalist and former NBC film editor such as Don, can meet in The Villages, strike up an association and help their fellow scribblers reach about 14,000 listeners at no cost except half an hour of their time. It just boggles my mind.
Retirement is not for sissies. Active retirement has no definition. It is what you want it to be.
I do have one regret.
I did not ask Don Canaan if he knew Tom Brokaw.
Rats. Maybe next time. I am kind of fond of old Tom.
Starting Their Own Radio Show?
Authors Do the Craziest Things!
Mary Lois Sanders with Mark H. Newhouse & Don Canaan
When two authors, strangers, get together and create an internet radio program have they bitten off more than they can chew? May be, but award-winning authors Mark H. Newhouse and Don Canaan teamed up to produce an on-going series of radio interviews called Author’s Beat, and voilá. Author’s Beat is broadcast free on www.blogtalkradio.com/ authorsbeat.
Both Mark and Don agree that they have been inspired by what they’ve learned in the process. In producing Author’s Beat, they have discovered passions and talents they never imagined, a benefit worth more than just promoting the books of their fellow authors.
Newhouse says that their already-archived 25 half-hour programs share the books and fascinating lives of authors via live and phone interviews. The stories are inspiring, humorous, and haunting, some even bringing tears to their eyes.
“It has been an amazing adventure,” Newhouse, the initially reluctant host of Author’s Beat, said. “I’m basically shy and to be able to sit with these dedicated authors for a fast-moving and interesting conversation is something I never thought I could do.”
Newhouse, a member of the Florida Writer’s Association, the Author’s Guild, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the founder and past-president of the Writer’s League of The Villages, was drafted into this challenging project by fellow WLOV member, Don Canaan, who directs and produces the programs.
Canaan, a former award-winning film editor for NBC News, as well as author and journalist, has had his own website, www.IsraelNews Faxx.com for 21 years. Together they wanted to find new ways to publicize the books of fellow Writer’s League members.
“I felt this was a great oppor-tunity to help our members share their creativity with a wider audience and for us to interview non-Writer’s League authors so as to improve our own skills and learn from experts. We never expected that having so much fun would be so educational and personally rewarding," Canaan said.
Newhouse handles the guest lineup and reads all of the books and author biographies the week before the taping of each show, while Canaan directs and edits the program.
“We don’t judge the books, but share them and the back story of how these authors developed their passion and overcame obstacles to produce their achievements. Our hope is to inspire children and adults to read and write more by showing how everyone has a story to share,” Newhouse said.
More than 28 authors are already on archived programs, free for listening to at any time at http://www.authorsbeat.us or blogtalkradio.com. Episodes include the heartbreaking memoirs of a woman who was kidnapped at age five. Another woman, although terminally ill, completed a book for children of divorce that earned a tribute from the Vatican.
“I nearly cried on the air at that one,” Newhouse said.
One author investigated the real-life mystery of a hero of World War II who saved more than 100,000 Jews from the Nazis, was subsequently imprisoned by the Soviet Union and, for all practical purposes, vanished. Canaan chose this book to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day and the millions who died during this tragic time.
“Authors are people who care and our program tries to show this side of their humanity,” Newhouse said.
The co-producers have often been surprised at how well the interviews have gone.
“It isn’t always easy,” Canaan said. “At first some of the tech problems, like poor sound quality, timing, and other little gremlins, made it seem as if we’d never get this done, but we’re very proud of the end result—a fast half-hour glimpse at books and authors that are fun, informative and heard by more than 10,000 listeners (and increasing at a rate of about 1,000 per week). We’ve learned things about our fellow writers we never could have anticipated and our program has been cited for its content and growing popularity.”
Authors come from all backgrounds—a Cincinnati police officer turned pastor; the daughter of an alcoholic and abusive father; a wife whose husband told her he had bought a golf course in Vermont—a golf course in snow country? Anything is possible in the world of writers.
“What we’ve learned is that every author has a different reason for why they write, but one thing they all have in common is their passion for what they are doing,” Newhouse said. “It is a passion we share with them.”
“We’re not going to stop until we have every single author we can get,” Canaan said with a mischievous gleam in his eye.
Newhouse agreed, saying, “Unless Don kills me first. This is a labor of love. It is lots of preparation and work. Neither of us makes any money from this, but what we do gain is priceless.”
Newhouse summed up, saying, “As a former teacher I am amazed at how much these short programs have taught me. These writers have overcome some amazing obstacles and are a light for others to follow. We're just helping to keep that light glowing, which, in turn, keeps the light glowing inside of us as well. We hope others will feel as inspired by these programs as we do.”
You can listen in free anytime at www.authorsbeat.us or markhnewhouse.com using your computer or smartphone. You can apply to be a guest by using the contact form on the latter website.
While new programs are posted each week, Sundays at 7:30 p.m. EST, you can listen free anytime, anywhere in the world, at www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsbeat. As Newhouse said as he ends each show, “You may be next!”
Folks in this Issue
Mary Lois Sanders, managing editor, has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music. She has written for children since 1987 and been a freelance editor since 1990. She is a member of SCBWI, Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and Florida Writer’s Association (FWA).
Mark H. Newhouse is a former Central Islip, Long Island teacher and author of the upcoming Author Marketing Checklist, The Rockhound Science Mysteries, (Teacher’s Choice Award- Learning Magazine), The Midnight Diet Club (1st Prize published YA fiction, Florida Writers Association) and other books and stories. All books are available on Amazon.com. Visit markhnewhouse.com for more information.
Don Canaan is the award-winning former film editor for NBC News and author of Horror in Hocking County, now an audiobook, Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter (a medical police procedural mystery with a female detective) and Dedicated Doctor or Baby Broker?, a sequel to Dutiful Daughter. The audiobook versions of Horror in Hocking County, Dutiful Daughter and Dedicated Doctor are available at Amazon and at Audible.com. All e-books are available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iTunes.