Episode Two

Toni Crowe: Author

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Toni Crowe was a thirty-year award-winning corporate Vice-President. She worked for such companies as United Technologies, Rockwell and Honeywell. She retired early to pursue her dream of becoming a best-selling author.

Toni wrote her six-book memoir series in six months.  The basis of her books is that working hard and being smart (WHBS) is not enough to be successful. Everyone can use a helping hand. Her books were written to offer that hand.

Her latest book, Bullets, and Bosses Don’t Have Friends was an Amazon Bestseller. The book is an exploration of what it takes to succeed in corporate America. The book offers a collection of the interesting and provocative challenges in Toni’s career. She offers her solutions to tough leadership the problems and invites the reader to participate via exercises at the end of each chapter.

When she is not writing, Toni and her husband love traveling, especially to visit her children and grandchildren. When home in Florida, she sits by her pool reading with two cats, Tall and Dark on her lap.  When the right puppy comes along, he will be Handsome.

Follow Toni Crowe at: https://www.tonicrowewriter.com/

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Episode 1:Words from the River

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Welcome back to Words from the River, coming to you from the banks of the Singing River in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  I’m Laurie Nave, and I’m excited about our fist author interview today.  His name is Lee Hutch, and he released a work of historical fiction in March of 2019.

Lee is a retired firefighter turned history professor and author. Spent 15 years as a firefighter/arson investigator.  He has a BA and an MA in history, as well as an MS in criminal justice.  Since 2004, he’s been teaching college history. He and his wife, Anastasia, live in the Galveston area with their five cats, who I am sure rule the house with a firm hand (smile).  Lee’s debut novel, So Others May Live, was released in March 2019. If you are a fan of historical fiction, particularly World War Two, you will absolutely enjoy it. It follows the exploits of a firefighter in Berlin during the war. Lee is also a winner of American Book Fest’s American Fiction Award.  When he’s not writing Lee loves watching 1940s movies, which makes perfect sense for a history buff, and listening to the Red Sox.  I hope he’ll forgive me for being a Braves fan (smile)
Thank you to all of you for joining us on the Words from the River podcast.  Remember, you can listen to our podcast any time on Anchor, Spotify, Radio Public, Google Podcasts, POcketCasts, and Breaker. To access the podcast from my website, go to www.wordsfromtheriver.com.

Next week I’ll be talking with Toni Crowe, a former award-winning corporate vice president and Amazon best-selling author.  You’ll definitely want to hear her story.  Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

Episode Zero

Words from the River

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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Welcome, welcome to episode zero of Words on the River, a podcast about writing, writers, and words in general.  We are hailing from the Tennessee River, named the Singing River by those who inhabited it first, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. If you aren’t familiar with the area, it’s a little town tucked into Northwest Alabama, known as the “Hit Recording Capital of the World” back during my childhood, thanks to Fame Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.

I knew when I started a podcast that I wanted to focus on writers – writers of everything: fiction, essays, novels, plays, music.  Expression in words fascinates me. Sure I’ll subject you to my stuff from time to time. I mean, all artists have egos, don’t we? Yeah, even the introverts.  But I want to get us inside the minds of the creative people, the new writers and seasoned ones. I think writers live 2 lives (at least). There’s the regular birth to death and all that comes in between life.  Then there is the writing life, that starts when we first discover words and goes through every draft and failure and success and publication and rejection and everything else….until we stop writing. For lucky people, both lives are almost equally long, at least that’s the hope I have.

The first three episodes of each month, I’ll feature a writer of words: be they authors, poets, songwriters, or essayists. We’ll talk about a range of topics from the writing process to pantsing versus plotting to the works and accomplishments of each guest. At the end of each month, we’ll have an episode entitled Final Fridays Fiction. A segment of fiction writing by a featured author or by yours truly will be read and discussed, along with reader and listener reactions.

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Who Is Laurie?

“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
~ Arthur O’Shaughnessy

That’s me waiting to perform. That hair took me forever!

I am Laurie, a native of the Shoals.  I’m a writer, musician, teacher, and instructional designer, the wife of a manly man, mom of a couple of genius kids, and slave to a 9 pound dachshund.  You can follow me at the social media and blog sites listed here.