Episode 10: Julia Kelly

In the 10th episode of Truer Words, Kathryn talks with author Julia Kelly about writing romance and historical fiction, how a writing career can complement a day job with transferable skills, and how to move to London (tip: have a British mom).

Julia is the author of several romance and historical fiction novels and co-host of the podcast, You’re Never Going to Read This.

Find Julia on Twitter: @the_julia_kelly and Instagram: @juliakellywrites. Her website is juliakellywrites.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

The Light Over London by Julia

The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series by Julia

Alexis Anne

Alexandra Haughton

Audra North

One Week in Wyoming

One Week in Hawaii

You’re Never Going to Read This - Julia’s podcast with her sister

The Martian by Andy Weir

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

About Truer Words:

Truer Words is created and produced by Melissa Baumgart and Kathryn Benson. Our music was composed by Mike Sayre, and our logo was designed by Marianne Murphy.

You can follow us on Twitter @truerwordspod and on Instagram @truerwordspodcast.

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Episode 9: Christina Bryza

In the 9th episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Christina Bryza about working in journalism and publishing, advocating for herself as an unagented author who also worked at her publisher, and her shift into intuitive work.

Christina is the author of the picture book parody, ARE YOU MY BOYFRIEND?

Find Christina on Twitter: @christinabeane and Instagram: @christinabeane. Her website is christinabryza.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

The Artist’s Way

Julia Cameron

A recent profile of Julia Cameron in NYTimes

The Daily Northwestern

How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan

Medill diplomas misspelled

The Wizard of Oz

Popular Science

Parenting Magazine

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Are You My Boyfriend?

Are You My Mother?

Urban Outfitters

Pretty is the kid-safe “sexy”

Spiritual Mechanic - Erin-Ashley Kerti

Glo.com meditation

Christina’s website (you can sign up for #ThankYouThursday here)

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Episode 8: Bianca Turetsky

In the eighth episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Bianca Turetsky about working for an artist, doing historical research, hunting for vintage fashion, and how to get cheap theater tickets. Plus: how Bianca is DEFINITELY WRITING A THRILLER now.

Bianca is the author of the Time-Traveling Fashionista books and co-author of the upcoming Magic on the Map series with Courtney Sheinmel.

Find Bianca on Twitter: @biancaturetsky and Instagram: @biancaturetsky. Her website is biancaturetsky.com. Magic on the Map #1: Let's Mooove! will be available May 7th from Penguin Random House.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Writopia Lab

Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival

Minds Matter

Bridge to Terabithia

The Baby-Sitters Club

Sweet Valley Twins

Sweet Valley High

Nancy Drew

Christopher Pike

R.L. Stine

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel

Lucia Aniello in Architectural Digest

Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

Robin Benway / Robin’s instagram

Steven Kellogg

Rolling Stone

Julian Schnabel

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Before Night Falls

Javier Bardem

Les trésors de les parfums françaises


Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette

Titanic exhibit

Great Lakes Science Center

New York Historical Society

Hamilton exhibit at the New York Historical Society


Hamilton app

TDF - Theater Development Fund

Hello, Dolly!





Sandra Suy - illustrator for The Time-Traveling Fashionista

Sandra Suy on Instagram

Children’s animation on the Titanic

Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra

Fashion Plates

Full Fathom Five

James Frey


Radical Candor, by Kim Scott

Writopia Sleepaway Camp

Bug Juice

Courtney Sheinmel

Magic on the Map

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Everything I Never Told You

Tana French

The Met Gala

Ocean’s 8

FIT Museum

Isla Fisher

Marge in Charge

Hollywood’s Eve by Lili Anolik

Seduction by Karina Longworth

You Must Remember This - Karina Longworth’s podcast

Ecuador Service Trip with Writopia

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Episode 7: Ally Condie
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Episode 6: Jasmine Guillory

In the sixth episode of Truer Words, we focus on romance novels! We also include some housekeeping notes, including that we are moving to an every-other-week publishing schedule moving forward.

Then we talk to author Jasmine Guillory! Jasmine is the author of the wildly popular romance novels, The Wedding Date and The Proposal, along with the upcoming The Wedding Party and future novels yet to be written.

Find Jasmine on Twitter: @thebestjasmine and Instagram: @jasminepics. Her website is JasmineGuillory.com.

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Show Notes:

The Worst Bestsellers Podcast / @worstbestseller

Kathryn’s episodes of The Worst Bestsellers:

Episode 117: Year One

Episode 28: Black Hills

The Sauce Podcast / @saucepodcast

Melissa’s All I Wanna Do essay

Jasmine on the Today Show!

Reese’s Book Club

Berkley Romance

Tessa Dare

Courtney Milan

Beverly Jenkins

Nora Roberts

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Rachel Fershleiser

Tessa Dare quote that Kathryn mentions

The Ripped Bodice store

The Ripped Bodice Diversity Report

Thinking About Jewish Children’s Literature in a Time of Rising Antisemitism - Katherine Locke


Holly Root, Jasmine’s agent

Holly’s interview on 88 Cups of Tea

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

Intercepted, by Alexa Martin

Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfield

Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Girls of Canby Hall, by Emily Chase

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz

Sherry Thomas

The Hollow of Fear (third book in Lady Sherlock series), by Sherry Thomas

@ThatEricAlper tweet about waking up in 1918

The Agency series, by Y.S. Lee

All You Can Never Know, by Nicole Chung

Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal

Pride, by Ibi Zoboi

Judy Blume

Back to the Future series

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