Uncorking a Story

Stories influence, teach and inspire us, but what about the storytellers who create them? Uncorking a Story profiles storytellers to uncover how their background and life experiences influence the stories they create. We learn what motivates them, their path to success, and what fuels them to keep creating. It all starts by asking one simple question, where does your story begin? Welcome to uncorking a story. All of the books promoted on Uncorking a Story can be viewed and purchased here: https://bookshop.org/shop/UncorkingaStory

From Punk Bands to Bestsellers, with Richard Roper

“I kind of almost became an author by accident. It was a case of rediscovering a love of fiction, and then, on idle weekends, working on things purely to entertain myself. It grew from there.” — Richard Roper In this episode, author Richard Roper shares insights into his unique path to becoming an author, starting…

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Twins and Trails: Peter Malone Elliott’s Journey from Screen to Page

Join us in this intriguing episode as we dive into the creative world of Peter Malone Elliott, an award-nominated screenwriter and author of the captivating novel “Blue Ridge.” From the mysterious allure of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the complex dynamics of identical twins, Peter shares the inspiration behind his debut novel and his seamless…

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Unseen Lists: Discovering Ourselves Beyond the Pages, with Julee Balko

In this episode, we delve into the captivating world of Julee Balko, an author renowned for her intricate portrayal of complex female characters and her bold exploration of themes like grief, personal growth, and the transformative power of storytelling. Julee shares the journey behind her latest novel, “The Me List,” a story rich with snark,…

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Unwritten Rules: Queer Motherhood, Resilience, and the Reckless Pursuit of Storytelling with Gail Marlene Schwartz

“Embracing the reckless part of me, saying ‘yes’ to what resonates deeply despite insecurities, has been a pivotal part of my journey. It’s about integrating every piece of life into a narrative that compels not just me, but also my characters to move forward.” – Gail Marlene Schwartz About Gail Marlene Schwartz Gail Marlene Schwartz…

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You are Braver than you Think, with Suzette Mullen

Suzette Mullen is a memoir and nonfiction book coach and retreat leader. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times and Today.com, among other outlets. As a book coach, Suzette focuses on amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ writers as she guides them to find their deeper stories and define their big ideas. She joined…

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Parts of Self, with Boo Trundle

Boo Trundle is a writer, artist, and performer whose work has appeared across various platforms and publications, including The Brooklyn Rail, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and NPR’s The Moth. She has released three albums of original music with Big Deal Records and joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her first published novel, The…

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BONUS FRIDAY: Building Myths, with Jared Michaud

Jared N. Michaud is a devoted fiction writer driven by a passion for writing that began before he reached age seven. Influenced by literary giants like C.S. Lewis and Orson Scott Card, he discovered the transformative power of storytelling, and at twelve he began crafting his first novel. Today, Jared writes from a little house…

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Learning from Life’s Disappointments, with E.A. Aymar

“In writing, what’s really crucial is persistence. Every ‘no’ brings you closer to a ‘yes’. And when you infuse your personal experiences into your stories, you’re not just writing; you’re breathing life into your characters. That’s when your stories truly begin to resonate with your readers.” — E.A. Aymar About E.A. Aymar Multiple Anthony Award-nominated…

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A Pearl of Great Price, with Dr. Vilma Luz Caban

Dr. Vilma Luz Cabán is a dedicated educator with over 30 years experience in Westchester County, New York. She serves as an Executive Board member for the One Circle Foundation and her personal passion lies in addressing social and economic inequities. She joins me today on Uncorking a Story to discuss her career and memoir,…

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It’s Never too Late, with Iris Yamashita

Iris Yamashita is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the movie Letters from Iwo Jima. She has been working in Hollywood for fifteen years developing material for both film and streaming, has taught screenwriting at UCLA, and is an advocate of women and diversity in the entertainment industry. Iris joined me on Uncorking a Story to…

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