We are also featuring some of Kaya's favorite songs and songwriters such as: Savannah Chesnut Gabby Barrett Ingrid Andress Hailey Steele Rhiannon Gidden You will love them! So Tune in and enjoy. Check out Kaya below and how to connect.
Kaya McLaren Prior to being an author, Kaya McLaren had many diverse experiences that she continues to bring to her writing. After earning her B.A. in anthropology, she worked as an archaeologist all over the western U.S.—including Alaska and Hawaii, often living in her tent. Later, she became a massage therapist and worked in Sun Valley. When she was ready for another change, she pursued a teaching career that would last fifteen years, and would take her to the Quinault Rainforest, the wheat country of North Central Oregon, the top of Snoqualmie Pass, and the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. She taught elementary, K-12 art, and K-5 music, art, drama, and dance. During transitions, she worked as a program director at a summer camp, a wrangler on a dude ranch, a chairlift operator at a ski resort, a clerk in natural foods stores, a farmer in a garden greenhouse, and a technician in medical research and archaeological laboratories. Many of these experiences have found their way into her novels. Although native to the mountains of Washington State, she now floats between the places that inspire her most—the Rocky Mountains of the Southwest, and Baja California Sur, Mexico. When she’s not writing books, she likes to kayak, ride horses, telemark ski, bicycle, swim, SUP, play bass, guitar, and cello, and travel. Her dog Frida from the streets of Todos Santos now goes with Kaya just about everywhere.
CLEARSTORY RADIO FRIDAY 1:00 PM Nashville Time WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming
I'm over the moon about sharing with you this week a chat with the author of one of my favorite books in the last few years. I'd like to say I discovered him. In a way I did. By way of an Advanced Reader Copy just waiting on the shelf in the back of Parnassus Books. I opened up this new novel from a writer I'd never heard of and - BAM! The first line knocked me over. The last line sealed the deal. It's on my forever shelf for books I'll read over and over again. Rough, wild, and totally amazing. Tune in for a great conversation with one of today's most talented writers. John Larison was born in Oregon in 1979, and worked as a fly-fishing guide and high school English teacher before turning full-time to writing. His most recent novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry, was a Los Angeles Times and Seattle Times bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, and a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award and Will Rodgers Medallion. It was named a Best Book by O Magazine, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Outside Magazine,Powell's, NPR's All Things Considered, The Times (United Kingdom), and others, and is currently being developed for a feature film. He lives with his family near Bellfountain, Oregon.
CLEARSTORY RADIO MOVES TO FRIDAY 1:00 PM Nashville WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming I'm so excited that we are going to help people wrap up their week and kick off their weekend at the same time. ALSO - TAKE NOTE - Clearstory Radio has a stellar line up for the Fall and y'all - I'm not kidding. Getting literal with it. Stay tuned for more news.
OUR FIRST GUEST for our new time slot is the incredible award winning author, Claire Fullerton. Follow the link to the wonderful page of her website featuring her new novel, Mourning Dove - Why? Because it has the audio excerpt from Chapter One and you can get a sneak listen to her wonderful voice before she graces the air with her presence as she joins us for conversation about writing, winning awards, dancing in Texas, Roaming the World, and all things Divine.
It's going to be a conversation you don't want to miss.
Claire Fullerton is the author of 5-time, award winning, Mourning Dove. She is the author of Dancing to and Irish Reel, A Portal in Time, and the novella, Through an Autumn Window, which appears in the book, A Southern Season. Her next release is titled, Little Tea, to be released in May, 2020. Claire hails from Memphis and now lives in Malibu, CA.
Nashville WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming It's Clearstory Radio Day and today we have as our guest the incredible human being and writer, Kerry Madden-Lunsford. She is the author of a new picture book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, published by Schwartz & Wade of Random House. She also wrote Maggie Valley Trilogy for children, which includes Gentle’s Holler, Louisiana’s Song and Jessie’s Mountain, published by Viking. Her first novel, Offsides, (Morrow) was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age. Her book, Up Close Harper Lee, made Booklist’s Ten Top Biographies of 2009 for Youth. Her first picture book, Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie, was illustrated by her daughter, Lucy, and published by Mockingbird Publishers. Kerry is a regular contributor to the LA Times OpEd Page. She directs the Creative Writing Program at UAB and teaches in the Antioch MFA Program in Los Angeles. The mother of three adult children, she divides her time between Birmingham and Los Angeles.
Her favorite quote - I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.-Jacqueline Woodson
CLEARSTORY RADIO Nashville WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming
It's Clearstory Radio day and today we visit on air with Editor and a Story Midwife, Blake Leyers
She has edited and coached the birth some of the largest author names in fiction where her magic touch has helped elevate unknown authors from oblivion to new discoveries to New York Times Bestsellers. We make no bones about the gift that a true editor brings to the story and to the table and Ms. Leyers is one of the finest in the business!
Why do writers love working with her and line up to seek her services? Because she's flat-out gifted! Humble. Never tries to make the story her own but seeks to serve the author and the greater good of the characters, place, setting, theme and plot of the novel.
Her love for art and the written word began when she was very young. Drawing supplies and storybooks topped the list of her favorite things.
The quote from her website says it all: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman
Blake hails from Nashville, Tennessee where she spends a luscious amount of time with her husband, three children, and two cats. When she's not happily ensconced in her editing lair, she's primarily about slaying task dragons. Blake believes a good day contains liberal doses of humor, grace, wine, and the series comma.
It’s Clearstory Radio day and today we visit on air with Terry Price about the ancient Labyrinth which shows up in societies across the globe. Without explanation these old civilizations knew something of the power the labyrinth holds for healing, meditation, contemplation, prayer - Terry Price Terry Price is a labyrinth facilitator writer, speaker and teacher. 1:00 central 107.1 and 103.7 Nashville or streaming at Radio Free Nashville. #labyrinth#radio#clearstory#meditation#storytelling
ABOUT TONY Tony Simmons is the author of "The Caliban Cycle," an ongoing urban fantasy series about the rise of a new Merlyn-level magister; and the new arcane adventures of Capt. Gideon Argo and The Flying Zombies, starting with "The Lost Lemurians." His other works include the zombie survival horror novel, "This Mortal Flesh," the fantasy adventure novel "The Book of Gabriel: An Endtimes Fable," the space fantasy novel "Dragon Rising," and the literary novel "Welcome to the Dawning of a New Century." His short story collections are "Tales of the Awakening Dead," and "The Best of Days," and he has published a collection of newspaper columns, "Dazed and Raving in the Undercurrents." He edited the two-volume "City Limits" anthologies for the Panama City Centennial, and he is content provider and editor for PanamaCity.com and NewsHerald.com. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including "Between There," "Dark Things V," "Writers Cafe," "North Florida Noir," and others. Tony is currently at work on a range of short- and long-form projects. He lives in Panama City Beach, Florida. He shoots video, paints, builds strange contraptions, and watches lots of sci-fi.
He is not Herbert.
CLEARSTORY RADIO Nashville WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming
Clearstory Radio is delighted to have long time friend and local author Phyllis Gobbell on to talk about her latest mystery, writing novels, and all the wonderful things we still have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Phyllis Gobbell writes a little bit of everything, but her latest focus has been mysteries. The most recent book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, Treachery in Tuscany (Encircle, 2018), follows Secrets and Shamrocks and Pursuit in Provence. She co-authored An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow and Season of Darkness with Douglas Jones, based on two high-profile murders in Nashville. She wrote “Lost Innocence” for the anthology, Masters of True Crime, a narrative that is now an audiobook.
Her short stories and memoirs have won awards, and she has received Tennessee’s Individual Artist Literary Award.
Gobbell was a founding member of a writers’ group that has met on Tuesday nights for - yes! - nearly four decades!
An associate professor of at Nashville State Community College, she teaches writing and literature. When she’s not writing or teaching, she plays tennis, plays the piano, and spends time with her daughters and their families, all who live in the Nashville area.
CLEARSTORY RADIO Nashville WRFN - 107.1fm & 103.7fm and Streaming
Join Clearstory Radio Wednesday, Oct 10, 1:00-2:00pm Central Time as our friend singer, songwriter Les Kerr joins us in the studio to talk music and Southern Festival of the Book where he'll be performing live. We're highlighting some of our favorite upcoming panels and presentations and having a whole lot of fun in the process. Join us for some great music and a good portion of Literary Soul Food.
Streaming Live Wednesday, 1:00pm on WRFN Join us today on Clearstory Radio on WRFN 107.1fm and 103.7fm Nashville as we enjoy a creative conversation with one of our favorite writers. Signe Pike talks with us about her fabulous new novel, The Lost Queen. We'll talk about Scotland, Druids, Research, writing, reading, and the mystical world she walks us into with her words.
Already being compared to Outlander and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth—a forgotten historical queen of sixth-century Scotland—and twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
AND - as always with a great mix of music, literary soul food and new happenings in the book world!
CLEARSTORY RADIO STREAMING Wednesday 26, 2019 - 1:00PM Central 107.1fm and 103.7fm Nashville or Streaming THIS WEEK we welcome Patti Callahan to the show to talk about her amazing new novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. It's the inside story on where that spark of inspiration came from, traveling to Oxford and capturing one of the greatest love stories of all time between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis.
As always with a great mix of music and good words for your soul.
For ten years I had the great pleasure of creating and hosting a radio program on WRFN-Radio Free Nashville. The title of the show has changed with the seasons but the focus has always remained the same. It has always been about the importance the Power of Story in every area of our lives.
To that end I have interviewed best-selling and debut authors such as that guy in the picture, Rick Bragg, our official Elvis of the Southern Word. I've had the pleasure to attend the Nashville Southern Book Festival and interview authors for days on end back-to-back. I did the same thing at SIBA - The Southern Independent Booksellers Association until I lost my voice and couldn't speak but was walking in an exhausted, natural high from so many wonderful story makers like Wm. Paul Young and Elizabeth Berg dropping in to chat.
I've met new authors too long a list to mention and discovered their work for the first time. Authors like Wiley Cash, and Julie Cantrell and Micheal Farris.
I've met young, dynamic writers before they were published and felt like some sort of wordy Godmother as they visited with me on the air, me beaming with so much pride for them you could see it in my voice.
Clearstory has featured publishers, agents, editors, artist, songwriters, and readers. Bloggers, reviewers and festival folk. Booksellers and book binders. Songwriters and musicians who tell stories their way.
We interviewed a man I had met on a plane en route to California who came on the air just to share the story of his family's move from LA to Kentucky and what that was like for them. We talked about why his wife had fell in love with a rural back-road town in Kentucky and been determined to move their urban LA family there. Since it just so happens that they were a Black family moving from a good neighborhood in California to a Southern rural town I sure wish I still had that most excellent visit in the archives.
Everyone has a story. Our world is fueled with them. It's where we find our common ground in all the world. We need to value story as our life blood. To shut up, be still and take the time to listen. I promise you we will be better humans for doing so.
Thank you for tuning in and being a part of my life On Air as the program continues to shape-shift into tomorrow.