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Book Banter EP 96: Mary Carroll Moore Interview

Hello My Happy People,

Sorry things are getting out a little later than usual today. I overslept and just had a hard time getting focused. I'm still battling some horrible jetlag after getting home from the USA. Plus, My wonderful husband got me a new computer and he set it up for me, but for some reason it is moving slower than a sloth after a heavy meal!

This cpomputer is really testing my ability to not take a hammer to the screen. We think there is just a lot of junk we moved over from the old computer that can be deleted that is slowing things down, but it will take time to go through all the files. In the meantime, I'm sitting here, sometimes up to five minutes, waiting for a browser window to open ... I started timing them to see if I was just being unreasonably impatient.

We finally got everything edited and ready to go and bring you our interview with the amazing Mary Carroll Moore. We had such a lovely conversation and this episode ran a bit longer than I had planned, but she is just so facinating and has such a great wealth of knowledge for other authors out there and great books suggestions for readers, that I decided to just let it go long.

Mary has always been a creative person and originally chose to express that side of herself through painting and did not turn to writing until later in life. It wasn't after turning 50 that she decided to returned to college to complete a MFA in Fiction. As with many writers, Mary began writing what she knew, creating characters who were foodies and artists, two things she is personally passionate about. She wrote three novels, including Qualities of Light, a YA queer novel. This title earned her a nomination for PEN/Faulkner and Lambda Literary awards. Since shifting to creative writing, Mary has penned around two hundred articles, essays, and short stories which have been published in literary journals and magazines. As her experience with writing grew, Mary began to consider a longer form and looked into the process to create a full-length novel. Armed with new knowlegdge, Mary began teaching online writing workshops for the Loft Literary Center, Grub Street, Madeline Island School of the Arts, as well as for other venues. This teaching experience gave birth to her book on the craft of writing, Your Book Starts Here, which earned her the New Hampshire Literary “Reader’s Choice” award in 2011. To further her educational reach, Mary started a weekly newsletter that has brought her followers from around the globe and also earned awards for her work. In her newsletter, she shares tips on how to structure a book, writing ideas, and author interviews. She also started a YouTube channel which has earned more than 200,000 views for her video tutorials. When not writing, Mary loves to travel and continues to paint. She lives with her husband and their two long-haird miniature dachshunds.

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Manic Monday Vlog

Time for some amusing Christmas Dad jokes ...

Q: How does Christmas Day end?

A: With the letter “Y.”

Q: What falls every winter but never gets hurt?

A: Snow.

Q: What Christmas song do dogs love?

A: Bark, the Herald Angels Sing.

Q: What carol is sung in the desert?

A: O camel ye faithful.

Q: Who delivers Christmas presents to baby sharks?

A: Santa Jaws.

Q: What do fish sing at Christmas?

A: Christmas Coral Music!

Q. How did Mary know how big Jesus was when he was born?

A: She had a weigh in a manger.

Q: What do you call a broke Santa?

A: Saint Nick-less.

Q: Why does Santa go down chimneys?

A: They soot him

Q: How does Santa clean his sleigh?

A: With Santa-tizer.

Q: How does Santa measure his bag?

A: In Santa-meters.

And last but not least ...

Q: What did Mrs. Claus say when Santa asked about the weather.

A: “Take an umbrella. It looks like you'll have a little rain, dear.”


Book Banter Magazine's December Issue is Live!

This holiday issue is all about great gifts for any gift giving occasion. We have amazing authors from Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt - Book Talk Podcast and a Book Banter Magazine exclusive feature author, J.B. Kaufman. J.B. is a world renowned movie historian who specializes in silent and early "talkie" movies and has written several books on Walt Disney Animated Movie histories. Our featured cookbook author is Faith Kramer and her cookbook 52 Shabbats. As alaways we have a recipe, a puzzle, and so much more. Check it all out on our Book Banter Magazine page, just click HERE. Bookmark it so you never miss an issue.

Book Banter Magazine's

Year End Book Buying Guide is Live!

The Year End Book Buying Guide features every author who has been a guest on Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt - Book Talk Podcast with with a few extra Book Banter Magazine exclusive authors. It aso has live links to buy the authors' books and to their social media. Check it all out on our Book Banter Magazine page. You can find this issue and more by clicking HERE. 

The Into the West Saga Serial is Complete!

Check out the award-winning, historical fiction, family saga, Into the West Saga Serial. All the books, one through seven, are available now on Amazon. Click here to order your copy of each of the seven novellas in this serial today or you can read them all for free with Kindle

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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author (EP 96: Dec. 13th)

Season Two Ender - Gail Papp, PUBLIC/ PRIVATE: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater (EP 97: Dec. 20th)

  • Gail Merrifield Papp Website

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Steph LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

  • Meliza Farndell's Website

Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: Sept. 20th)

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military Fantasy Author (EP 85: Sept. 27th)

Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate (EP 86: Oct. 4th)

Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author (EP 87: Oct. 11th)

Otto Schafer, Award-Winning YA and Adult Fiction Author (EP 88: Oct. 18th)

Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author (EP 89: Oct. 25th)

Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur (EP 90: Nov. 1st)

Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster (EP 91: Nov. 8th)

Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist (EP 92: Nov. 15th)

Leah Ann Brown, Middle Grade Fantasy Author (EP 93: Nov. 22nd)

Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author (EP 94: Nov. 29th)

Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author (EP 95: Dec. 6th)


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