Episode #01 The Worried Writer: A conversation with YA author Keris Stainton

ep1Welcome to the inaugural episode of the show!

I’m thrilled to have YA author Keris Stainton as my first guest. I met Keris in an online writing group many years ago, and I have been delighted and excited to watch her build a successful career as a beloved author of YA fiction.

For more on Keris and her books head to www.keris-stainton.com or find her on Twitter @Keris

We talk about our writing processes and routines, and the importance of support and mentorship.

Books recommended in the show:

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

The Joy Diet by Martha Beck

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific by Hillary Rettig

Other resources:

The WoMentoring project set up by author Kerry Hudson. It’s a peer mentoring service run on a voluntary basis which offers support for female writers who are unable to access paid-for services.

The Brené Brown TED talk on the power of vulnerability

Suzy Greaves: Life coach and author of The Big Leap


I’m very new to this so I’d love feedback. Please get in touch.

If there is anything you’d like covered in the show or a writing-related question you’d like answered, just let me know.

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And thank you for listening!



10 thoughts to “Episode #01 The Worried Writer: A conversation with YA author Keris Stainton”

  1. Hi
    I am a new and yes very worried writer, so am thrilled to have found your podcasts.
    I have started several novels, but never finished them, I’m hoping that I will get inspiration and hints and tips to finish one.
    Looking forward to listening to the other podcasts.

    1. Hi Debs and welcome! I really empathise with your finishing problem – getting to ‘the end’ is truly one of the biggest hurdles in writing. The good news is that it gets MUCH easier after the first time, as you know you can do it. My advice, for what it’s worth, is to concentrate on finishing one of your existing books (pick the one which is closest to the end or the one you are most keen on) and finish the story (however badly/sketchily) purely as an ‘exercise’. Tell yourself you are just practising and try to push through. Hope that helps a little and good luck! x

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