Alanna Klapp’s Four Guest Host Podcasts for The Writing Show in 2009

My name is Alanna Klapp, and if you’re reading this, thank you! I’m a writer and guest host for The Writing Show, a podcast which provides information and inspiration for writers. I love to read and write, and to explore the vast online opportunities that exist for writers of all levels.

My friend, neighbor, and fellow writer, Jenny, e-mailed me the link to the 43 Most Inspiring Writing Advice Posts of 2009, posted on the Procrastinating Writers Blog. Jenny’s aunt, Darrelyn Saloom, is a writer who made the list of 43 with her piece titled The Battle of Resistance. The inspiration for this list is the group writing project proposed by Daniel Scocco on Daily Blog Tips. The project? To write a 2009 Year in Review post.

I’d pondered a blog of my own since September (even wrote a short list of ideas for posts last month), but this is what motivated me to start. Through this project, I can introduce myself and share what I’ve done in 2009 as my first blog entry. What better way to begin than to reflect on an end?

So, with this in mind, here’s the list of Alanna Klapp’s Four Guest Host Podcasts for The Writing Show in 2009.

1. Writing Fiction, with author John Derhak, posted on February 8th

John Derhak is the author of two hilarious and scary novels, Tales from the moe.Republic and Tales to Chill Your Cockles.

2. Writing Fiction, with Thrity Umrigar, posted on July 5th

Thrity Umrigar is the national bestselling author of four novels, including The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven.

3. Writing Memoir, with Deanna R. Adams, posted September 27th

Deanna Adams is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl.

4. The Importance of Detail, with Erin O’Brien, posted December 5th

Erin O’Brien is the author of the novel Harvey & Eck, written numerous nonfiction pieces for various publications, and blogs at The Erin O’Brien Owner’s Manual for Human Beings.

Some of you know me and have listened to these interviews, and I thank you! If you’re new to The Writing Show, I invite you to listen to these podcasts along with the other 2009 shows, and the archives that date back to 2005. There’s a show for you no matter what you write.

I also invite your comments and feedback. If you’ve listened to any writing podcasts in 2009 that you found informative and inspirational, please share them!

Thanks for reading and listening, and Happy Writing!


  1. Thanks Jenny! I'm glad to hear you like the title. I'm not completely crazy about it, but the deadline to participate in the group writing project was today, so that's what it is for now! Thanks again!

  2. Bren: Thanks for reading! Yes, that's a great phrase, “labour of love”, I really do enjoy it! All the best to you, too, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog to get my European perspective on things! Keep up the good work!

    Erin: Thanks again, it was so much fun!!

    Diane: Hello! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog! Actually, it's funny you ask that, because I found you through John Ettorre. Back in March of 2009 I attended the writers conference at Lakeland, and John did a presentation called “Writing for the Web.” I had your name and blog address written in my notes as a blog to check out. It's funny how small the circles run! Thanks for visiting and I would love it if you visited again! Happy Writing!

  3. Your Blog's better than mine! Love the photos and video.

    Anyway, thank you for the great interview on The Writing Show and Happy Holidays! (Which of course includes all of them!)

  4. Hi Alana, I found you on the Group Writing Project. I'd love to subscribe via email to your Author Show, but can't find a place to do that. I don't subscribe via RSS feeds to anything, and I can't subscribe via iTunes because I use satellite internet and have a daily download limit. Do you offer email subscription to keep up with who you are interviewing. Thankx so much

    Aggie Villanueva

  5. Deanna: Hi! I wouldn't say better, but thanks very much for your kind words, that means a lot coming from you!!! And thanks for reading! I appreciate it!

    Thanks again for being such a great interview on The Writing Show! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Happy Holidays to you, too! I hope to see you in the spring of 2010(ah,spring…..) Thanks again for everything!

    Aggie! Hello!! Thanks for following my blog and for your interest in The Writing Show!! Thanks, too, for including me in your list of Top Seven Picks! I found Visual Arts Junction last night from the Group Writing Project, as I am planning a post on all of the Writing & Education entries. I was especially excited about the VAJ's 10 Hottest Author Interviews of 2009! I want to carefully read and digest it all before I blog about it. To me there's nothing more fun than an author interview. Authors are like rock stars to me (and I know I risk sounding cheesy and nerdy when I say that, but it's true!).

    As far as answering your question about an email subscription (and I thank you for wanting to subscribe to The Writing Show!), I checked The Writing Show's site and didn't see a way to subscribe via email. I'm going to email Paula B, the producer and main host of the show, and I'll get back to you with a better answer. In the meantime, I found your email and have added you to my list, as I do send out emails announcing when my next interview will be available for download (and will post the links on my blog from now on). Paula also has excellent interviews and there are a few others guest hosting as well, on all kinds of writing topics. I hope you enjoy and find value in the show!

    Thanks again for everything Aggie, and I'm looking forward to more of your work and keeping in touch!

  6. Thank you so muc! I look forward to keeping up with you. If you like interviews, I've just complied my 2009's into a book and you can win a free ebook copy for nearly any e-reader of your choice here:

    Many people have subscribed and not left comments as we've had some comment box problems, so I've decided to give a copy to everyone, not just four people. Be sure to comment to get you copy.

    Shelagh Watkin, at VAJ, also compiled a book of interviews that you can also get free in the ebook version.

    Thankx again for checking on the subscription for me. Merry Christmas.

  7. Hi Aggie! Thanks so much, I left my comment and I'm looking forward to reading your book as well as Shelagh's! What a great idea!

    As far as the email subscription, I talked to Paula and she confirmed that there isn't an email subsciption available. I'll be sure to email you links to the interviews I do, and if you want, I can email you when a new show will be available from Paula or the other guest hosts? There used to be weekly shows but now there about 2 a month, so it wouldn't be like I was bombarding you with emails all the time.

    Also, Paula did mention that you can download the iTunes software onto your computer and listen from your computer, you don't have to have an iPod or iPhone or anything like that. I'm not sure if that helps?

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Aggie, and thanks again for everything!!

  8. Alana, I would really appreciate the email notices. Thankx. The reason I don't download the episodes is that I use satellite internet, which means there is a daily download limit. And though I've paid extra to have the most they sell, I still reach that limit already almost daily.

    Occasionally I can download something extra though. I'll try to save some for one of your shows, or your partners' shows every once in awhile! Hope you enjoy the interview books. I'll keep in touch

  9. Hi Aggie! I'd be happy to email you whenever there's a new Writing Show podcast available! Paula's next interview will be posted on January 3rd. Thanks again for listening and stopping by!

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