In this episode, we speak with Arwen Faulkner, director of The Journal Project, an Ottawa-based charitable program collecting blank journals and donating them to women in family violence shelters.

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Show Notes

The Journal Project webpage:

Click here to learn how to donate to The Journal Project.

The Journal Project Facebook Page

Arwen’s Globe and Mail Article: You would never suspect my history of being sexually abused. This is my story.

Arwen’s Carleton University Writing Competition honourable mention winning piece: Run, Baby, Run

Books mentioned:

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In this episode, we speak with young adult romance author Jennifer Farwell (Kevin’s MA classmate and now LA writer!) about her new book, Seven Weeks to Forever. Jennifer is a former Ottawa resident, who made the move to sunny Los Angeles, California. In this interview, we chat about her move to LA and that writing scene, as well as the importance of online marketing for novels, and why it’s better to get bad reviews than no review at all! (E.g. Her novelย Rockstar’s Girl has a controversial ending – so you either love it or hate it!)

jennifer farwellWhat is Jennifer’s book about? Here’s a taste of Seven Weeks to Forever: “Cassidy Jordan knows she’ll die a few weeks after her eighteenth birthday, and she can’t wait. This is her second time here, and she knows what’s waiting for her in The Life-After — the place most mistakenly call “the afterlife.” Getting back there is supposed to be easy: she just has to find nineteen-year-old Riley Davis and help him get his life on track. But doing that isn’t easy at all.”

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Show Notes

Books mentioned:

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Kevin’s newest release ofย Smash Fear and Write Like a Pro and The Novel Writer’s Blueprint

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Kevin’s Review of Rock Star’s Girl

Catherine’s article on how to import a book from the USA to Canada:


The Novel Writer’s Blueprint Facebook Fan Page

Flavourwire article: The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet




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