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Programs - The Writer's Voice

"The Writer's Voice" is a series in which we invite noted authors to talk about their work and read from their favorite writings. Programs are listed in reverse chronology, most recent one at the top. To locate a specific writer, type a portion of the name in the search box to the left.

Steven K. Smith

Join host Robin Farmer as she sits down with New Jersey-to-Richmond transplant Steven K. Smith, who moved to VA with his family, fell in love with the state and ultimately spun his fantastic bedtime stories into adventure tales of surrounding Virginia outdoor landmarks. This 6 book series is called The Virginia Mystery Series and is geared towards young readers his children’s age.

Steven K. Smith, Author and Father of 3.

With his three sons being the main inspiration for his return to writing, Steven opened up his blog at MySons3.com as a way to document the trials and triumphs of being a father of 3, which also later was spun into his first piece of non-fiction. Listen below for the full interview! (November 2017, 22 mins)

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Kimberley W. Eley

Author and CEO of KWE Publishing, Kimberley W. Eley

“Some have discovered what they love to do. They enjoy their work and have made a career out of doing what makes them “tick”! After a career shakeup in 2014, Kimberley Eley knew she wanted to make a life change. Along the way, Eley interviewed a man who uses flying monkeys to reach his students, a woman with a spy-like name who creates creative intrigue, an inspiring coach and teacher who defied death, an entrepreneur who travels the country with a toilet suitcase, an animal trainer who crisscrosses the country with her cat circus, a travel agent who sends her customers into the unknown, and many more!

Eley asks the questions many people ask themselves: Why can’t I have fun at work? If you love what you do, will you really never work another day in your life? Are people who are passionate about what they do really different from everyone else? “Tickers” takes the reader on a journey across America, talking with many different people who share one thing in common: They do what they love to do.” Join Host Jennifer Robbins-Riley as she speaks with Richmond Author and Publisher Kimberley W. Eley about her journey to writing “Tickers” and more! (19 minutes)

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Lana Krumwiede

Author Lana Krumweide

Join us as host Robin Farmer sits down with Lana Krumwiede, an active local Richmond writer, founder of Richmond’s Children’s Writers, board member of James River Writers and former chair for the James River Writers Conference to talk about her journey through writing her trilogy of novels, The Psi Chronicles and more! Krumwiede has an exciting and decorated past in the Richmond writing scene, tune in below to hear all about her newest publication titled “River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond”  from Chop Suey (RVA) featuring short stories from 18 Richmond authors portraying historically relevant tales! (24 minutes)

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Kris Spisak

Host Robin Farmer sits down with author Kris Spisak for a history on her unexpected rise to being a published writer. Before getting published, her personal work was being featured on Google’s main page and was starting to be widely used in college classrooms, even. After 6 years of being a college writing instructor, Spisak became a professional writer and editor which led her to the realization that many business professionals of all ages and intersections were making the same grammar mistakes over and over again.

Author Kris Spisak

From this discovery, Spisak independently maintained a grammar blog which eventually led her to an opportunity to make a grammar book for widespread publishing. She also is noted for the development of the game “Grammar-topia” which fosters learning about grammar in a fun, pop-culture based way, which indirectly works an reinforces the forsaken grammar concepts. Tune in below to hear more about Kris Spisak’s journey through writing and about how her phenomenal game can help us learn more effectively. (16 minutes)

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Joy Harris

Working for over a decade to gather insight to the miracles and obstacles of her Grandmother’s life, Joy Harris takes us on a behind-the-scenes journey through the life of the remarkable Maggie Ingram. Harris’ biography about Ingram’s life titled “Singing Ain’t Enough” debuted at number one on Amazon for books, was featured in both Gospel Living and Christian Living magazines, has received high praise from Richmond Magazine and Style Weekly and was even highlighted during the Virginia Folklife Showcase. Maggie Ingram was very well known in the Richmond and surrounding Virginia areas for her female empowerment in the church.

Singing Aint Enough

That spread far and wide as inspiration to show other women that God does in fact speak through them musically and a woman’s place is not sitting silent in the pews during service. Her strength and miraculous nature to persevere and achieve success in multiple careers will uplift you, and Joy Harris’ love and admiration for her Grandmother in the writing of this book will inspire and warm your heart. Tune in to hear host Robin Farmer lead you through an enthralling chat with the author. (20 minutes)

 

 

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Bill Blume

“For Gidion Keep, hunting vampires is easy. It’s high school that might kill him.” Local author Bill Blume’s first young adult novel Gidion’s Hunt (originally titled Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter) was published in 2013. His most recently published novel, Gidion’s Blood, is the next in the Gidion Hunt, Vampire Hunter series. Bill discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His short stories have been published in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County. He is heavily involved in James River Writers. Bill talks with host Robin Farmer about his writing process, the themes his writings explore and the importance of the supportive writing community in Richmond.   (18 minutes)

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Joanna Suzanne Lee

Joanna Suzanne Lee earned her MD from MCV and a Master’s in Applied Science from William & Mary.Her poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals and her first play All In, co-written with Mark Covington, was recently performed at Firehouse Theater.  She has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. As a leading force behind River City Poets, Joanna makes possible a wide range of poetry happenings throughout Richmond. She gives semi-regular workshops on various aspects of poetry but particularly enjoys focusing on the intersection between creativity and healing. Host Robin Farmer talks to Suzanne about her transition from MD to poet, her belief in the healing power of writing, and how she overcame her fear of speaking in public with the realization that reading her poetry aloud gives her a unique experience to connect with listeners.  (23 minutes)

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Rebekah L. Pierce

Murder on Second StreetHost Robin Farmer talks to Rebekah L. Pierce, an author, playwright and screenwriter focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. While at VCU, she wrote her first play, The Myth. Her subsequent plays include Perfect, Blu Bell, That Woman’s Child and That Color Blind Kind of Love, which made its debut Off-Broadway in 2010. Rebekah’s novels include Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders, a blend of history and fiction set 30 days before the infamous Black Tuesday – October 29, 1929. In 2016, Murder on Second Street was developed into a docu-short film called “Black Wall Street: The Money, The Music & The People” as the first film project under Rebekah’s company, RLP Productions. The film highlights the forgotten story of Jackson Ward, the other” Black Wall Street” of the early 20th century. Her other novels are The Secret Life of Lucy Bosman and Sex, Lies and Shoeboxes. This year, RLP Productions released its first webisode, “The War at Home,” which follows the journey of combat soldier Sergeant First Class Belinda Oglesby on her return home to fight another kind of war: the fight to regain custody of her children, her health and her career. Follow the series here.

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Patricia A. Smith

The Year of Needy GirlsRobin Farmer talks with local teacher and author Patricia A Smith about her debut novel “The Year of Needy Girls.” The book explores how bigotry and paranoia driven by a brutal event tears a family and a town apart. Patricia’s nonfiction has appeared in several anthologies, including “One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories” and “One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better . . . and What Hasn’t.” Her work has also appeared in Salon, Broad Street, Prime Number, and Gris-Gris. A native New Englander who now lives in Chester, Patricia says she has known she wanted to be a writer her entire life. (17 minutes)

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Kristen Green

SomethingMustBe DoneHost Robin Farmer talks to author Kristen Green about her New York Times best-selling debut “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.” The novel is a personal look at what happened in her hometown after the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education. Instead of complying with the ruling to desegregate its public schools, Prince Edward County closed them – for five years. Kristen discusses her reasons for writing the book, her conflicting feelings as her research revealed her grandfather’s involvement in the battle, and her advice for local non-fiction writers.  (25 minutes)

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