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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:

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. 

Ellen Holtzman: Non-fiction Essayist

posted Oct 15, 2018, 11:25 AM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 11:26 AM ]

This episode features local psychologist and essayist Ellen Holtzman. She talks about how she started focusing on writing later in life and taught herself how to improve as a writer. Ellen writes non-fiction essays and amplifies what seem to be simple life experiences to a thing of beauty and keen insight. 

Sally Chetwynd: Adult Fiction Writer

posted Sep 17, 2018, 10:33 AM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 11:27 AM ]

This episode features local fiction writer Sally Chetwynd. She talks about how the characters in her books really help lead the way through the stories she writes. As a self-published author, Sally has a keen perspective into getting a story out into the world as she has with her two novels: Bead of Sand and The Sturgeon's Dance. 

Satin Russell: Suspense that Sizzles

posted Sep 17, 2018, 10:27 AM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

This episode features local romance writer Satin Russell. She talks about how considering a future career on her birthday lead her to decide to switch her focus from finance to writing full-time. Satin's writing, which she describes as "suspense that sizzles," has resulted in two books self-published as part of the Harper Sister Series. 


PJ Carmichael: Poetry & Zines

posted Jul 6, 2018, 12:10 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Jul 30, 2018, 6:12 PM ]

This episode features local poet PJ Carmichael. He talks about how his appreciation for music led to his love of poetry and how he started publishing his own poetry through Zines, which is a DIY magazine format that is highly accessible and inexpensive to print. Zines are fun to trade and collect and have a following all their own.


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Eileen Doyon: Non-fiction

posted Jun 26, 2018, 12:01 PM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Jul 7, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

This episode features non-fiction author Eileen Doyon. She talks about the healing power of writing and how it led her to writing and compiling true stories that took the form of a series of books titled Unforgettable Faces and Stories within which she compiles "Your story told by YOU!"

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