Debut Author Podcasts

Each Debut Author Podcast is a conversation between our moderator Maggie Smith and a debut women's fiction author. 

Maggie Smith, a member of WFWA since 2015, hosts our podcast. Her debut novel, TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, placed third in the 2019 Rising Star competition and was published in March 2022 by Ten16 Press. Her short story, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, appeared in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s 2018 anthology False Face and she blogs on writing-related topics for the Chicago Writers Association and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Association.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Writer’s Association and is the Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine.  A confirmed workshop junkie and avid Instagrammer, Maggie makes her home in Milwaukee. 

If you are a WFWA member and would like to submit your debut women's fiction for podcast consideration, please visit our submissions page.

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Debut Author Podcast: Special Episode Feisty Deeds Anthology

This week’s special episode is a roundtable discussion with four of the editors of the anthology Feisty Deeds published on Women’s Fiction Day June 8, 2024. This collection of 23 juried short stories came from members of WFWA’s Historical Fiction affinity group who meet weekly to share the ups and downs of writing in this genre. The selected stories range across centuries, continents, and cultures and feature ordinary women facing extraordinary challenges in astonishing ways. You’ll hear how the initial idea for an anthology morphed into a two-year collaborative venture with these five women each volunteering their time and expertise to this passion project. We discuss the initial planning process, how decisions got made, the developmental editing stage, and what each editor personally learned from the experience.

It’s obvious that this publication was truly a labor of love and a great example of what association members can achieve when they work together. The royalties from the sale of Feisty Deeds benefit the WFWA Scholarship Fund and the group of five editors are already planning their next volume.  If you’re a member of WFWA, write historical fiction, and would like to join the affinity group, their FB link is

Other links: (info on the book) and


  First Name   Last NameDebut Title (click for podcast)   
Feisty Deeds Anthology Feisty Deeds
Cynthia Bogard A History of Silence
Barbara  Bellesi Zito Lucky Stiff
Kyle Ann Robertson White Picket Fences
Patricia Bernstein A Noble Cunning
Special Episode 2023 Star Award Finalists Erin Litteken, Lyn Liao Butler, Anna E. Collins  
Susan Carew Take The Plunge
Heidi McIntyre Sea Magic
Kimberly Young In The Event of Death
Lisa Williams Kline Between the Sky and the Sea
D. Liebhart House on Fire
D.K. Silver The Weight of Flowers
Annie Cathryn The Friendship Breakup
Audrey Burges The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone
Kimberly McMillan Never Enough Time
Caitlin Avery Life of Cyn
Barbara Miller When You See Her
Allyson Rice The Key to Circus-Mom Highway
Roxana Trabulsi Of Mud & Honey
Brynn Brynn Barineau Jaguars and Other Game  
Patricia Hudson Traces
Kathy Maresca Porch Music
Georgia Day Of Sand and Bone
Amy Watson Closer to Okay
Linda Moore Attribution
Karen Heenan Coming Apart
Wendy Adair The Broken Hallelujah
Gloria Mattioni California Sister
Nancy Yeager When We Were Friends  
Anastasia Zadeik Blurred Fates
Suzanne Moyers 'Till All These Things Be Done
Judith Turner-Yamamoto Loving the Dead and Gone
Jacqueline Boulden Her Past Can't Wait
Carol Van Den Hende Orchid Blooming
Tamatha Cain Song of the Chimney Sweep
L Maristatter
Tiny Tin House
C.J. McGroarty Clara in a Time of War
Leslie Kain Secrets in the Mirror
  Special Episode WFWA's 10th Anniversary
Adele Holmes Winter's Reckoning
Carol Dunbar The Net Beneath Us
Angela Cairns Touch
Sharon Peterson The Do Over
Dianne Braley The Silence in the Sound
Rita Rowe Becoming Ruthless
Maggie Ginsberg Still True
Carolyn Clarke And Then There's Margaret
D.F. Kennedy The Truth
Staci Greason All the Girls in Town
Lisa Williamson Rosenberg Embers on the Wind
  Special Episode WFWA Founders
Nina Wachsman The Gallery of Beauties
Chris Posti Falling Apart, Falling for You
E.J. Tanda Queen of Secrets
Karla Huebner In Search of the Magic Theater
Jen Craven Best Years of Your Life
Robin Maass The Walled Garden
Jody Herpin Relative Consequences
Carol Orange A Discerning Eye
Suzanne Mattaboni Once In a LIfetime
Linda MacKillop The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon
Grace Marcus Visible Signs
RLynn Johnson Cry of the Heart
Janis Daly The Unlocked Path
Erin Litteken The Memory Keeper of Kyiv
Melanie Mitzner Slow Reveal
Karen Winn Our Little World
Judith Brenner The Moments Between Dreams
Eileen Brill A Letter in the Wall
Kimberly Nixon Rock Bottom, Tennessee
Kris Spisak The Baba Yaga Mask
Zoe Disigny The Art of Traveling Strangers
Sarah Branson A Merry Life
Maggie Giles The Things We Lost
Jen Gilroy The Sweetheart Locket
J. Marie Rundquist All I'm Asking
Sita Romero Words We Cannot Say
Judy Lannon Nine Days
Lisa Roe Welcome to the Neighborhood
Erin Flanagan Deer Season
Shirley B. Novack The Story Of...
Kathy Strobos Partner Pursuit
Harriet Cannon Exiled South
Tammy Harrow All the Salt in the Sea  
Kerry Chaput Daughter of the King  
Cheryl Corriveau The Demanding River
Tonya Mitchell A Feigned Madness
Kimberly Sullivan Three Coins
Dawn Hogan Unbroken Bonds
Georgina Key Shiny Bits in Between
Kelley McNeil A Day Like This
Joani Elliott The Audacity of Sara Grayson
Maan Gabriel After Perfect
Luisa Ramondo Beyond the Cobblestones
JoAnn Catania A Scarcity of Virgins
Judy Stanigar Marika's Best Laid Plan
Pamela Stockwell A Boundless Place
Kalyn Fogarty What We Carry
Paulette Stout Love Only Better
Cherie L. Genua Greetings from Tucson
Rebecca Campbell Sandalwood
Special Podcast Episode with Star Award/Debut Finalists
Julia Brewer Daily No Names to Be Given
Sarah Adlakha She Wouldn't Change a Thing
Karen Martin Dancing the Labyrinth
C. D'Angelo The Difference
Penny Haw The Wilderness Between Us
Elizabeth de Veer The Ocean in Winter
Julee Balko The Things We Keep
Lyn Liao Butler The Tiger Mom's Tale
Amanda Johnson East of Manhattan
Kristina Parro Lucky: A Novel
Amanda Jane Schiller Wicked Games and Wasted Years
Maggie Smith Truth and Other Lies
Camarillo The Lockhart Women
Tavi Taylor Black Where Are We Tomorrow?
Bouchard First Course
Kathleen M. Basi A Song For The Road  
Kris Clink Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy
Rodenberg Finding Napoleon
K. Blanton Brenner Appaloosa Sky
Jennifer Jensen The Vice
Kristi Lee The Worst Thing I Could Do
Kate Allen Fear of Flying
Dorothy Staley Bear Woman Rising
Leslie A.
Rasmussen After Happily Ever After
Elissa Grossell
Dickey The Speed of Light
Hubscher Meet Me In Paradise
Debra Thomas Luz
Sarah Penner The Lost Apothecary
Caugherty Waltz in Swing Time
Consolino Rewrite The Stars
KD Allbaugh Face Down in Rising Sun
Sacken Behind the Lens
Ruby No Sweeter Touch
Wilkinson When the Apricots Bloom
Tiffany Meuret A Flood of Posies
Elizabeth  Chatsworth The Brass Queen
Rajan The Summer Breeze
L. Bordetsky-Williams Forget Russia
Tsirkas The Night Sender
Judith Teitelman Guesthouse for Ganesha
Kathy Sechrist Success is the Best Revenge
Yarrow Sandstorm
Denny S. Bryce Wild Women and the Blues
Kathryn Holzman Real Estate, A Novel
Melissa Hunter What She Lost
Florence Reiss Kraut How to Make a Life
Geeta Schrayter Reaching Riverdale
Densie Webb When Robins Appear
Bhaswati Ghosh Victory Colony, 1950
KJ Dell’Antonia The Chicken Sisters
Rachel Mans McKenny The Butterfly Effect
Jaye Burke Venice
Grace Sammon The Eves
Madeleine Van Hecke Once You Know
Paula Adler Return to Magnolia Bloom
Angela Terry Charming Falls Apart
Katey Schultz Still Come Home
Sarah McCraw Crow The Wrong Kind of Woman
Mary Helen Sheriff Boop and Eve’s Road Trip
Regina Buttner Absolution
Nguyễn  Phan Quế Mai The Mountains Sing

Sadr A Door Between Us  


Taylor What's Not Said


Levy Anna's Dance


Kushwaha Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters


Conrey Nowhere Near Goodbye


Cole Silver Heights


Payne Forever Kind of Woman


Kim A Good Family


Zacher Many a Sudden Change


Brainerd Age of Consent


Cook How to Bury Your Brother


Newman Barbarians at the PTA


Raleigh Sandshell Island


Gattani Duty and Desire


Enerson Wood The Engineer's Wife


Kang The Club  


LaHines Someday Everything


Barnes More Than
William Schreiber Someone To Watch Over
Dianne Romain The Trumpet Lesson
Lisa Braxton The Talking Drum
Sherri Leimkuhler What's Left Untold
Lainey Cameron The Exit Strategy
Marolyn Krasner The Radicals
Shawn Keller Cooper Drawing Down the Moon
Elizabeth Gauffreau Telling Sonny
Kelly Duran Can't Take It Back
Jae Hodges The Rose and the Whip
Jamie Beck If You Must Know
Sharina Harris (Im)perfectly Happy  
Kathleen West Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes
Alison Hammer You and Me and Us
Sally Suen Crystal Cove
Diane Byington If She Had Stayed
Donna Koros Stramella Coffee Killed My Mother
Rebecca Hodge Wildland
Barbara Linn Probst Queen of the Owls
Joanne Kukanza Easley Sweet Jane
Linda Rosen The Disharmony of Silence
Michelle Davis Learning to Bend
Kimmery Martin The Queen of Hearts
Sarah Robinson Every Last Drop
Jennifer Gold The Ingredients of Us  
Sarah Jones Summer Squall
Lorelei Brush Uncovering
Ellen LaCorte The Perfect Fraud
Leanne Treese The Language of Divorce
Kathleen Barber Are You Sleeping 
Judy Kundert Sky Queen
Leslie M. Rollins Good-Time Girl
Marlene Adelstein Sophie Last Seen
Jess Woods The Process of Fraying
Kimberly Lynne A Pocketwatch, Spray Paint & Morphine
Amber Cowie Rapid Falls
Kaela Coble Friends & Other Liars
Suanne Schafer A Different Kind of Fire
Leah Decesare Forks, Knives and Spoons
Erin Bartels We Hope for Better Things
Romalyn Tilghman To the Stars with Difficulties
Jennifer Klepper Unbroken Threads  Unbroken Threads
Leslie Schweitzer Miller Discovery Discovery
Sarahlyn Bruck Designer You  Designer You
Heather Frimmer Bedside Manners  Bedside Manners
Reyna Marder  Gentin  Unreasonable Doubts  Unreasonable Doubts
Megan A. Clancy A Burden of a Daughter The Burden of a Daughter
Ann Griffin Another Ocean to Cross Another Ocean to Cross
Julie Maloney A Matter of Chance A Matter of Chance
Johanne Levesque Trouble & Strife Trouble & Strife
Sally Crosair Come Back
Irene Olson Requiem for the Status Quo
Rachel Dacus The Renaissance Club
Denitta Ward Somewhere Still
Elena Mikalsen Wrapped in the Stars Wrapped in the Stars
Eldonna Edwards This I Know This I Know
Marianne Hansen The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger
Carrie Mumford All But What's Left All But What's Left
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn The Last Dreamer The Last Dreamer
Julie Clark The Ones We Choose
Anna Quinn The Night Child The Night Child
Jennifer Irwin A Dress the Color of the Sky A Dress the Color of the Sky
Lori Henriksen The Winter Loon The Winter Loon
Sweta Srivastava Vikram Louisiana Catch Louisiana Catch