Michael Ellsberg is the author of three books, The Power of Eye Contact, The Education of Millionaires and his forthcoming book The Last Safe Investment. He is someone who has a lot to say about the publishing industry and we talk about that, including some of the pros and cons he has experienced.
One of the things I love about these podcasts is how much I grow as a writer, and this episode was no exception. I got to realize how my constant tinkering is something I really want to let go of. More on that in the episode.
I also want to say how incredible Michael is at being real. He dives head first into a lot of topics that many people would never share about publicly. Drugs, depression, income, we talk about it all.
Laura Jane Williams is a blogger, author and woman who empowers others to share their voice. Laura is officially the first repeat guest we’ve had on Darken the Page. Since we last spoke Laura has published an e-book, signed with a literary agent so we talk about how she did that and what she learned.
She is also part of this wonderful group of women who give a voice to the experience of women through her writing. This is the 3rd interview in a unintended 3 part series that included Jamie Varon and Emma Gannon, two good friends of Laura.
This is a special episode where Dave answers a question from a listener: “What do I write about?” We discuss how much we already write with the use of computers, the importance of journaling and Dave shares some of his favorite writing prompts.
Check out the Write Now Podcast with Sarah Werner, especially episode 16 which relates to this topic of “what do I write”, her episode is about making writing fun again, and you can listen to it on iTunes or at her website.
Dawn and Hawkes. Chris and Miranda came together in 2010 both romantically and musically and have launched a beautiful career together that’s taken them around the world, on the TV show The Voice and I just adore their music and who they are together.
What I appreciate most about this conversation is the depth and in particular how Chris and Miranda experience their “muse”, how they find it and what they do when it’s not present.
Sarah Werner is the host of the podcast “Write Now with Sarah Werner” and she joins Dave Booda for a conversation about the creative process and about why they do what they do. Sarah and Dave share some of their favorite stories and bits of advice, as well as share their love for writing.
Jamie Varon is a freelance writer, graphic designer and creative consultant. She has been the west coast producer of Thought Catalog and joins Darken the Page to talk about the marriage of art and commerce, how she got started and what keeps her centered.
Emma Gannon is a journalist and blogger from the UK, she regularly contributes to many different publications like the Telegraph, Glamour, Evening Standard, Independent,The Daily Beast, ThoughtCatalog, and a bunch more. She runs girllostinthecity.com where she writes regularly about books, fashion, feminism, theatre, film, travel & culture.
We talk about blogging, being real in your writing and what her fears are as a writer.
A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. AJ approaches his writing like his life, and experiments with both quite liberally. We talk about some of the habits he has, how he gets everything done with his kids vying for his attention and what advice he has for writers looking to make money through freelancing.
Fred Knipe has spent his entire life involved in a plethora of creative projects from being a hit-producing songwriter in Nashville, to an Emmy award winning writer for TV. Most recently he developed the persona of Merlin F Ludiker, a free-range savant who has entertained large law firms in every major city with his blend of wit and intellectual humor.
Fred and I talk about what has kept him in the game of creativity for so long, what he learned writing country hits in Nashville, the importance of relationships in the creative process and where brilliant ideas come from.
John Morgan is a public speaker, coach and one of the most passionate people I know. I’ve been wanting to have this conversation for several years, ever since I met John. His YouTube channel is a great demonstration of what happens when you hit record and don’t filter what you say. I love the passion he brings to everything and how he really trusts his own wisdom.