Debut Author Podcasts

Welcome to our Debut Author Podcast series!  

Debut Podcast
Quick links to each of our episodes:

July 4, 2018: Anna Quinn

 Anna QuinnThe Night ChildAnna Quinn is a writer, teacher, and the owner of The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, WA. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her writing has appeared in Writer's Digest, Psychology Today, Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Manifest-Station, Lit Fest Anthology 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology. Anna's first novel, The Night Child, was published Jan. 30th, 2018 by Blackstone Publishing.  You can find her in these online spaces:, and Instagram.


July 3, 2018: Jennifer Irwin

 Jennifer IrwinA Dress the Color of the SkyA native New Yorker and captivating storyteller with a flair for embellishment, Jennifer Irwin currently resides in Los Angeles with two cats, a dog, and her boyfriend. After earning her BA in Cinema from Denison University, she worked in advertising and marketing, raised three boys, and ultimately became a certified Pilates instructor. While she has written screenplays and short stories since her college days, A Dress the Color of the Sky is her first novel. You can find her in these online spaces:, and Facebook.


June 10, 2018: Lori Henriksen

 Lori HenriksenThe Winter LoonLori worked as a social worker and licensed family therapist in San Francisco before turning to writing. She now lives in Oregon, in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, surrounded by forest where hiking trails that weave through the trees follow and cross a creek with crashing waterfalls. Finding solace in nature and in the company of Ponderosa Pines over 100 feet tall, pushing toward old-growth status, she writes stories, putters in her garden and hikes with her rescue dogs. You can find her in these online spaces:, and Facebook.


May 5, 2018: Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Sweta VikramLouisiana CatchBorn in India, Sweta writes about women, multiculturalism, wellness, and identity. Sweta, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, amongst other publications, across nine countries on three continents, is an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and in her spare time, teaches yoga to female survivors of rape and domestic violence. You can find her in these online spaces:, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook


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

Maggie SmithMaggie Smith is a full-time writer in Milwaukee. Her first women’s fiction novel, Not So Simple, is in revision and she’s at work on her second, Girl Most Wanted, a domestic suspense. Her short story, The Devil You Know, will be published in 2018 in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Anthology, False Faces. 



More about our Debut Author Podcasts

Women's Fiction Writers Association members with a women's fiction debut are welcome to submit their book for participation. 

These podcasts provide:

  • Greater visibility for WFWA published authors
  • Increased awareness of women's fiction among readers
  • Opportunity for readers to hear more in-depth conversations with authors

Why Readers Should Participate

  • Introduction to new, or new to you, authors
  • Lively discussions

You do not have to be a member of WFWA to access the Debut Author Podcasts.

Why Writers Should Participate

  • Support the women's fiction category and fellow WF writers
  • Gain new readers who are already fans of women's fiction
  • Support the industry you hope will support you
  • Give readers a chance to learn more about you and your writing - making a personal connection with readers

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