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TRtW Podcast


The Journey of a 

Story series

talks about the art of writing with real writers. How do writers write? Where, when and why do they write? How do they publish their work?

If you are a published writer and/or illustrator who has published a piece of writing in any format and would like to share your writing process and publishing journey, contact me at:


Special thanks to WCAT Studios who produced all the original interviews available on video.
Thank you to the authors who have already shared their stories. Click the name to find out more about each author:

Kelly Carey

posted Oct 30, 2019, 1:12 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 1:12 PM ]

This episode features debut picture book author Kelly Carey. She talks about her debut picture book How Long is Forever? and shares some very useful tips about how to get started in the magazine article writing space and how different the processes are when writing articles for kids' magazines and writing books for kids. Kelly explains how the blog 24 Carrot Writing evolved and the need to set goals and stick to them as a writer.   

Dirk Tiede

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:58 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 1:02 PM ]

This episode features multi-talented graphic novel author and illustrator Dirk Tiede. He talks about his Paradigm Shift graphic novel series and the process of being both the writer and the illustrator for a series--and which comes first, the text or the drawings. He talks about what a graphic novel is, exactly, and the influence of social media on his art and his audience in the past, present and future.   

Abettina Dell'Orfano Morano

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:51 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 1:18 PM ]

This episode features author Abettina Dell'Orfano Morano who wrote and published the story of her parents' migration from Italy to America, title Fading Shadows, when she was in her 90s. She talks about how her son's gift of a computer started her on her way to writing down the stories in her family. Abettina also shares how the process of setting her stories onto paper and sharing them with others has impacted her life as she encourages others to tell their stories.   

Cami Baker

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:39 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 12:40 PM ]

This episode features networking guru and author of Mingle to Millions Cami Baker. She talks about how writing a book is one of the best ways to market yourself--and that you can kick-start your writing process by filming yourself instead of staring at a blank page. Cami has some great tips and tricks on how to get noticed if you already have a book published and ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone and into the market.   

Rajani LaRocca

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:31 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 12:32 PM ]

This episode features local children's Middle Grade book writer Rajani LaRocca. She talks about how she balances being a mother, a medical doctor and an author. Rajani tells us where she finds her stories, such as Midsummer's Mayhem, and her experience with seeing herself in a story as a young girl.   

Carol Gordon Ekster

posted Mar 14, 2019, 2:01 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 2:01 PM ]

This episode features local children's book writer Carol Gordon Ekster. Carol was our very first writer in the interview series and taught us about everything from starting with a blank page and turning to everyday voices and experiences for inspiration to rethinking an old project and repackaging it for a different market you hadn't considered originally. Carol talks about the process of publishing her children's book, You Know What?, and process of collaborating with an illustrator you have never met.  

Hayley Barrett

posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:58 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 1:59 PM ]

This episode features local children's book writer Haley Barrett. She talks about how she came to write, meet her agent and publish her debut picture book Baby Moon. Hayley talks about the need to revise, revise, revise your writing and also how to approach writing non-fiction for youth. 

Gloria Mezikofsky

posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:56 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 1:57 PM ]

This episode features local writer of everything--from cook books to children's picture books--Gloria Mezikofsky. She talks about how she used to struggle as a writer as a child, but her skills in elocution took her on a journey to write plays, education curriculum and onto the cook book and children's book, A Perfectly Snowy Day, illustrated by her husband Merrill. Gloria talks about the many ways words have worked their way into her career and family life.

Rebecca Caprara: Middle Grade Writer

posted Dec 19, 2018, 6:07 PM by Colleen Getty

This episode features local Middle Grade writer Rebecca Caprara. She talks about how she was able to write her book as a mother of young children. Rebecca talks about how she came to be inspired to write Magic of Melwick and the details she looked into when preparing to write her query letters to agents. 

Laurel Ostiguy: Romance Writer

posted Nov 9, 2018, 9:58 AM by Colleen Getty

This episode features local romance writer Laurel Ostiguy. She talks about how she came to write the Onondoga State series, which is in the "New Adult" category with two books published and a third in the works. Laurel talks about the New Adult category, self-publishing tips and has some great information about Beta Readers and polishing your book whether it is traditionally or self published. 

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