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 will be 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.


Latest Podcast Episode

Debut Author Podcast: Leslie A. Rasmussen

Leslie A. Rasmussen is the award-winning author of the novel, After Happily Ever After. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. She went on to write television comedies and is a member of The Writers’ Guild of America. Leslie wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High.

After leaving the business to raise her boys, she attained a master's in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Recently, she’s written over twenty essays for Huffington Post, MariaShriver, and SheKnows, and has been on several panels discussing women being empowerment to start a new chapter in midlife. Leslie loves dogs and is a member of The Alliance of therapy dogs and has volunteered at her local Animal Shelter. She lives in Los Angeles and is married and has two sons.


Past Podcasts


   First Name   Last NameDebut Title (click for podcast)   
Leslie A.
Rasmussen After Happily Ever After
Elissa Grossell
Dickey The Speed of Light
Libby
Hubscher Meet Me In Paradise
Debra Thomas Luz
Sarah Penner The Lost Apothecary
Jill
Caugherty Waltz in Swing Time
Christina
Consolino Rewrite The Stars
KD Allbaugh Face Down in Rising Sun
Jeannée
Sacken Behind the Lens
Beatryce
Ruby No Sweeter Touch
Gina
Wilkinson When the Apricots Bloom
Tiffany Meuret A Flood of Posies
Elizabeth  Chatsworth The Brass Queen
Shail
Rajan The Summer Breeze
L. Bordetsky-Williams Forget Russia
Christina
Tsirkas The Night Sender
Judith Teitelman Guesthouse for Ganesha
Kathy Sechrist Success is the Best Revenge
Joyce
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
Ehsaneh

Sadr A Door Between Us  

Valerie

Taylor What's Not Said

Michele

Levy Anna's Dance

Anita

Kushwaha Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters

Barbara

Conrey Nowhere Near Goodbye

J.L.

Cole Silver Heights

Susan

Payne Forever Kind of Woman

A.H.

Kim A Good Family

Tricia

Zacher Many a Sudden Change

Amanda

Brainerd Age of Consent

Lindsey

Cook How to Bury Your Brother

Stephanie

Newman Barbarians at the PTA

Pamela

Raleigh Sandshell Island

Anju

Gattani Duty and Desire

Tracey

Enerson Wood The Engineer's Wife

Jacqueline

Kang The Club  

Carol

LaHines Someday Everything

Diane

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