Short Story Author Tommy Housworth

Tommy Housworth

Author Tommy Housworth’s Buddhist Catnaps and Broken-Down Hymns is a masterful collection of short stories with themes of music, death, religion and the longing to escape – with a little addiction sprinkled in. His stories read like the comfortable connection you’ve had with great writing… smooth flowing words with intellectual challenge and emotional discomfort to share the ride.

In this episode of the Caity McCardell Show, Housworth spoke with me about the short story genre, the themes and challenges of his writing, and his company Seven Course Communications.

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Actor Phillip Sisco

Phillip Sisco

My guest today is Phillip Sisco, an actor with the organization Poetic Justice Project. Phillip spent 29 years of his life in prison and was released in April of 2013. In this episode he tells me his story, talks about acting post-incarceration and explains the goals of Poetic Justice Project.

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Author Greg Giuliano

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Greg Giuliano is the Founder of Ecstasis, a leadership and organizational development consulting company, and he’s the author of The Hero’s Journey: Toward a More Authentic Leadership, a book for aspiring leaders and people wanting to show up for life in a powerful way.

This interview dives into Greg’s perspectives on leadership and personal development, what vulnerability and integrity mean to leaders, transformation and the desire for change, one of his communities that challenges him, and one of the leadership traits in his book: love.

From his book, The Hero’s Journey: “Love, the sixth hero trait, is an important one. Our capacity to love and be loved enables us to create and maintain a web of significant relationships that sustain us and those we love. We all want to be loved. We all want to have someone to love. Love is a capacity for mature mutuality between two people. What does this mean? Love transcends childhood dependency. Love is a free choice to be connected to another person. We freely and intentionally choose to establish and maintain a connection with another person, sharing ourselves as completely as we can. This is real intimacy.”

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Greg and his company, Ecstasis, are active on Facebook and Twitter.

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Author Cesar Torres

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This week on the Caity McCardell Show, Caity speaks with Cesar Torres, author of 12 Burning Wheels and 13 Secret Cities

13 Secret Cities is a novel in four parts, and Cesar talks about the wild ride the first segment takes us on – political unrest, violence, ritual and family disconnect. His books have a fascinating modern foundation combined with futuristic tweaks that keep the reader on their toes.

Take the first step of Torres’ 13 Secret Cities and discover the schedule of the book’s next three segments at 13 Secret Cities.

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Sharon Lovejoy

Sharon Lovejoy

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My guest today is Sharon Lovejoy, author and illustrator of a large number of books on the magic and mystery of gardening, three of which we address in this interview: Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots; Trowel and Error; and Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars, all published by Workman Publishing.

Lovejoy’s first novel is Running Out of Night, which is available now for pre-sale, shipping in November 2014.

From her book Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: “Running a successful and fulfilling Camp Granny isn’t about having a giant flat-screen television with 300 channels and big swimming pool or the latest computer games – it is about you and the time you share with your grandchild.”

Sharon also owns and operates Comfort Found Literary Lodging in Maine, a penthouse apartment for passionate readers to enjoy time on comfortable furniture, reading a library of books in a beautiful MidCoast Maine’s Damariscotta.

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Emil DeAndreis

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My guest today on The Caity McCardell Show is Emil DeAndreis, author of the hilarious book about the world of substitute teaching, Beyond Folly. This is a 9-story ride through the misadventures of Horton Hagardy, a sub living in San Francisco who works with a variety of colorful characters: teachers, administrators and students.

Horton is confronted by challenges and mayhem, but his life is very different from the author’s. Find out how the “rent-a-teacher” character differs from DeAndreis’ experience of substitute teaching and how the author’s passion for education inspired him to create a story that is both funny and enlightening.

Chris Cucchiara

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My guest today is Chris Cucchiara, author of the book Lessons From the Gym For Young Adults: 5 Secrets to Being in Control of Your Life, published by Bettie Youngs Book Publishers.

Cucchiara is a former world-class bodybuilder, he co-founded California Gym, and he’s been a lifestyle coach for over 30 years. His book is intimate, revealing and demands young people to assess where they are and where they want to be. Young adults who want to make a difference, who see something beyond what they’re being taught, are going to excel with the teachings in Cucchiara’s book.

This interview dives into Cucchiara’s past as the son of an alcoholic, how mentors – and the movie Rocky – changed his life, how resilience and action directed him, messages he has for young adults to build successful lives, and a few of his important coaching distinctions.

Cucchiara specializes in “assisting people committed to achieving their highest level of
lifestyle management,” and this conversation shares how that’s possible.

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Andy Rosen (Dr. Rosen Rosen)

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Today on the Caity McCardell show my guest is record producer and song writer Andy Rosen, aka Dr. Rosen Rosen. Rosen’s credits include work with Wanderhouse and Kay and his most recent project is Make a Shadow, an EP with Atlantic Records recording artist Meg Meyers.

Rosen also co-hosts the popular podcasts Totally Laime and Totally Married with his wife, Elizabeth Laime.

Dr. Rosen Rosen’s latest EP, Make a Shadow with singer Meg Meyers is releasing February 2014. In this episode he talks about what record producing involves, his views on fame, his background (managing to stay out of the destructive side of the music industry), and a remixing project that helped open doors into the record producing business.

But the news in 2014 that really lights him up is the forthcoming birth of his first child!

Songs heard on this episode:
- Head Head Heart sung by Meg Meyers from the Make a Shadow EP.
- Wanderhouse’s Sugar, a single from the GoodCrook label.
- Ofelia’s Hawk Fly Tiger Run, a single released in 2013 by the GoodCrook label.

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James Horvath

James Horvath

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James Horvath is a children’s author and illustrator whose book Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail, was published by Harper Collins in April 2013 to very positive reviews. Atlanta Parent, for example, named Dig Dogs Dig one of their Best Books of 2013 and the book garnered the coveted positive review from Kirkus. But mostly, Horvath’s first book has been extremely popular with children.

Horvath’s second book, released in December of 2013, is Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail, and young fans are eagerly awaiting his third book Work, Dogs, Work: A Highway Tail, expected in late 2014.

In today’s show, Horvath talks about the luck and talent that attracted Harper Collins to his work, his background in construction that guided his writing and illustration, his family’s choice to unschool their boys (and how he balances work and unschooling), and the lively (and sometimes hidden) characters in his books.

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Alice Keys

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In this episode of The Caity McCardell Show, Caity is joined by author Alice Keys to discuss her passion for writing, her various formats (poetry, 100-word stories, blogging, fiction) and her experience living in France.

Alice is also the author of several novels: Rose and her Werewolves of Seaside four-volume series: Claire de Lune, Alpha, Mist, and Wild Moon Rising.

A few of the areas referenced in this conversation are a journal entry entitled Anonymous I Leave, the website Haiku Heights, Alice’s poem entitled The Search Ends, the tongue-in-cheek piece Why You Should Stay Away From Poets, Alice’s work on the website Mad In America, one of Alice’s 100-word stories called Burning Dog, the exercise of writing haikus including Torrent of Life, and her piece Rocking On The Great Ouija Board.

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