VoicePenPurpose Podcast

Each episode Amy R Brooks will talk with a newly published author or a writer who is just starting their book journey. Listeners can eavesdrop on conversations about identifying the ideal reader, writing when you don't want to, finding the perfect editor, working with cover designers, formatting for print vs. ebooks, and so much more! Amy also interviews industry experts from time to time so you can learn tips and tricks to save you time and money as you work on your book.
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Feb 1, 2018

Janelle, a published author, brings us into her unique writing and creative process. She focuses on paying attention to the true story within and bringing it to the surface. Listen in to learn more about her creative process and see how it can transform your writing journey.

Janelle Hardy is an artist, writer and body and soul worker. In Personal Mythmaking School she takes people through a 4 month transformational memoir-writing process that uses body-based prompts to spark creativity, ancient tales to bring deeper wisdom to the paths our life stories take, and creative writing prompts to get the stories down. She works with people who are longing to heal their relationship to their life stories, their creativity and their bodies, and, of course, get the first draft of their memoirs written with ease. Janelle is also the host of the Wild Elixir podcast

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Jan 25, 2018
Quinn Alexander Fontaine shares what he’s learned along his incredible journey of transformation and finding his true identity. As a proud TRANSguy, a published author and an inspirational comic, Quinn is a dynamic speaker. His first-ever book, HUNG LIKE A SEAHORSE: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy, and Recovery, made multiple International Best Seller lists within 48 hours of its launch.
In this episode, he shares all the bumps and trials along the way and how he’s learned to overcome adversity and becoming comfortable in his own skin.
His first international tour begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico and will last for 6 months. You can get info on his website about upcoming appearances as they are announced.
You don’t want to miss this episode of Voice Pen Purpose!


You can connect with Quinn at:





Jan 18, 2018

Can you imagine your house making you sick? Or being so susceptible to something that merely being near it can paralyze you? Julie tells us all about how she realized she was chronically ill as a result of mold exposure, leading to her having to move out of her house and ultimately get rid of most of her things. This path of discovery, along with learning to manage her chronic fatigue syndrome, lead her to write a book to share her experience with others. 

Julie Rehmeyer is the author of Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer's Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn't Understand, about how she combined science and intuition to find her way through chronic fatigue syndrome and mold illness. She is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor to Discover Magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Discover, Science News, Wired, and many other publications.


Connect with Julie at:


Twitter: @julierehmeyer

Dec 22, 2017

Moon cycles, witchiness, the wave of societal changes and power shifts of women and the sexual misconduct allegations, nothing is off limits in this podcast! Tune in as we talk about weaving our lives into a book that reflects our individual journeys.


Aja is an, avocado loving, minimalistic living, flip flop wearing, witchy priestess, who facilitates the clarity igniting conversations that lead to you creating a clear and concise decision making process based on what’s most important to you and how you want to feel everyday.

Aja believes that as women, our most profound clarity and healing comes from gathering in circle to support and be supported and having the thought provoking, life changing exchanges that spark the fire of remembrance of who we really are!

When Aja is not hosting sister circles, you can find her in The She Rewilding Community on Facebook.


Instagram: thatbosschicaja

Dec 12, 2017

Listen in as we discuss how Tracy’s book was born out of a difficult season of her life and the journey to get her thoughts out of her head, onto paper, and into a book. She began journaling to work through her faithwalk and other life events and realized that she needed to tell her story.

Tracy Graves Stevens, new author, encourager, and overcomer is on our show today. Tracy’s mission in life is to let people know ‘they can’ - they can get up when life knocks them down and they can do the perceived ‘undoable’ because their faith allows them to do all things. She will discuss how she is reclaimed, restored, and rejoiced in her Redeemed life.

Connect with her at:
Twitter: @tracygstevens
Instagram: tracygstevens
Facebook: tracygravesstevens
LinkedIn: tracygravesstevens

Dec 9, 2017
Escape from it all and join me as I talk with Hayley Hunter Hines!
Learn about all of the different tools resources and practices Hayley uses to create a magical way of life she calls Soul Sparkle Living and how she’s putting everything together in her new book, “Soul Sparkle Living: Your Guide to Creating a Magical Life."
We talk about doing life beautifully, magically, with ease, grace, space, and simplicity. Hayley wants you to know how you can live your most magical life...and so do I!
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Connect with her at:

Facebook: Hayley Hines

Nov 30, 2017

Listen in as Steve and I discuss the transitionary time in our country and politics and how he’s planning the formatting and trajectory of his book. His book is about current events that won’t necessarily have a conclusion before his book is complete, so we discuss ways of forecasting and tying everything together in a satisfying way for the reader.

Steve Nathan is the author of the upcoming book “Bridging the Political Divide “. He has run for State Senate, and has worked on a number of political and issues based campaigns. He currently has his own consulting practice, “Strategic Campaigns” based in New York City. He specializes in branding, communications and strategies for effective campaigns.

Connect with him at:



Facebook: Strategic Campaigns

The Independent National Committee

Nov 23, 2017

This episode is chock full of breakthrough guidance for those writing books. Tune in to hear a breakdown of Rashad’s process in writing his first book and also his autobiography. We talk about the importance of checking out other books within your genre and seeing what other authors are writing as well. And most importantly, be prepared and ok with getting out of your comfort zone.

Rashad Bowtie Mills is a motivational speaker, licensed mental health therapist, and author of the upcoming book: Happy Hour, Your Cocktail of Motivation and Inspiration. Rashad’s message helps people find their sweet spot using the “vowel system.” He’s energetic, passionate and speaks with a purpose.

Instagram: Rashad_Bowtie_Mills

Facebook:Rashad BowTie Mills

YouTube: Rashad Bowtie Mills

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Nov 16, 2017

Sandra, a published author, shares her exciting and unique experiences (like taking a 49 day around the South Pacific on a container ship) that have led to writing several books.

Tune in to hear what it was like traveling on a container ship and other stories from Sandra’s oceanic experiences and how those have influenced her writing. She also shares thoughts and tips from her experience and an author for those working on books of their own. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Sandra Shaw Homer has lived in Costa Rica for 27 years and in 2010 decided to take the leap of a lifetime -- a 49-day trip around the South Pacific on a container ship. She says you have to love the ocean, which rings through beautifully in her book about her experience, "Letters from the Pacific." Since then, she's "freightered" to Europe and back ("Journey to the Joie de Vivre") and along the coast of South America. In between her travels, she has been working on a memoir of her life here, "Evelio's Garden," which she hopes to see published next year. Several poems and works of creative non-fiction have been published in literary journals.


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Nov 9, 2017

In this episode, Dominique, a published author, shares his experiences of writing his first book. Listen in for a detailed recap of his writing process and the steps that led to the publishing of his first book.

Dominique Brightmon is an author, podcaster and professional speaker from Baltimore, MD. His aim is to help others become better versions of themselves through reading and other forms of self-development. Because of his love for books, Dominique has written and published “Going North: Tips & Techniques to Advance Yourself”. Find this book on Amazon and you’ll see how you too can become a better you.

Dominique has also appeared on many media outlets such as ELife Media, Fox 45 news, & Toastmasters Magazine.

Facebook: DomBrightmon
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Linked-In:  DomBrightmon
Twitter:  DomBrightmon
YouTube:  DomBrightmon

Nov 2, 2017

Grace is a world traveler and published author in preparation for moving to Guatemala. Join us as we talk through her first self-publishing experience through Amazon. She shares her biggest frustrations and ah-ha moments through the self-publishing process and shares words of wisdom for those wanting to dip their toes into self-publishing. 

*Note: We had some audio issues with this recording, so bear with us. I promise it’s worth it!*


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Her VA site: 


Facebook - Grace Snarr 

Oct 26, 2017

Elizabeth is writing a book about breaking down the current political climate from a woman’s perspective. Listen in as we talk about the feelings many women are experiencing after the recent election and how she can have a meaningful dialogue with women through her new book.

Described as a “celebrated career coach” and  “fearless entrepreneur,” Elizabeth Cronise  McLaughlin’s work has earned the support and recognition of women such as Arianna Huffington, Ali Brown, DailyWorth and WorthFM Founder Amanda Steinberg, and Emerging Women Live Founder Chantal Pierrat, among  many others.  

Elizabeth has a storied track record of success as a Wall Street lawyer, serial CEO and entrepreneur, and high-powered executive coach. After a fifteen year career as a full-time Wall Street securities litigator and trial lawyer, Elizabeth founded Gaia Project Consulting, LLC, an executive consulting and coaching firm that serves senior executives across tech, finance, banking, law, fashion, healthcare, non-profit and consulting, propelling its clients to new heights of growth and professional alignment.


Five years later, she founded The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, offering virtual and live programming to grow New Paradigm Women’s Leadership worldwide.


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Oct 19, 2017

In this episode, Chrissy and I break down the beginning stages of deciding what to write and how to get started. Chrissy has her sights set on writing her first book about her experiences of growing up in Jamaica to becoming a farmer’s wife in Oregon and everything in between. Listen in as we go explore outlining the structure for her book, next steps, and what the scope of her message for her book could be.

Chrissy is a Web Designer & Branding Strategist for female creative entrepreneurs who are ready to activate their online visibility, make their personal brand shine bright like a diamond, and create beautiful websites that sell.


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Instagram - @chrissymarquardt

Oct 12, 2017

In this episode, Dena and I discuss feeling good about our bodies and being aligned with our health goals.  She is currently interested in writing a book based on her own experiences with self-esteem and body positive work.

Dena Kowlaczyk is the owner of Radiant Journey Health Coaching. She helps women create healthy habits for a radiant life. We dive into specifics of how she can incorporate the message of her story and stories of other she’s worked with to create an all encompassing experience for readers. They get to experience her life and her story, but also learn from her expertise as a coach and how she’s helped other with gaining positive body image and body love.

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Oct 5, 2017

In this episode, I discuss with Jeff how to comfortably incorporate social media into your business in ways that don’t feel overwhelming. As Founder and Chief Strategist of True Voice Media, Jeff designs custom social business strategies to help clients rethink their businesses from the inside-out. Listen in to hear why he feels strongly about his book project and the best ways to leverage a book to boost your business.

Tune-in for ideas how you can reach a bigger audience by incorporating social media into your business.  

Jeff Gibbard is the Founder and Chief Strategist of True Voice Media, a Social Media and Content Marketing Agency in Philadelphia. Throughout his life, Jeff has been equally fascinated by people and technology. His career is the inevitable result of blending his dynamic mixture of passion, curiosity, confidence, and humility. Always a teacher, yet always a student, Jeff guides businesses to understand, appreciate, and capitalize on the two most critical opportunities for success: people and technology. Shareable is the exciting next chapter in the exploration of these two topics.

Learn more about Jeff Gibbard at, connect with him on Twitter: @JGibbard or follow him on Snapchat: jeffgibbard

Jun 6, 2017

In this episode, Carmen and I have a fun time talking about how to support members of a group during a book project. She is an amazing woman who invited other cool people to join her in an accountability circle while they all work on their first book! We cover a ton of foundational issues AND answer some of the questions that her group members wanted her to ask me.

Tune-in and learn how you can facilitate a writing circle, too!

Carmen Reynal is a Leadership and Management Trainer as well as a Culture Change Consultant who founded Creating Greatness LLC, a business dedicated to enabling Leaders to create greatness in the workplace and grow the greatness in their staff.

She has formed a group of first time authors who through a FaceBook group are supporting each other to get their dream book written and/or published.

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Jun 3, 2017

In this episode, Kim and I talk about all of the steps to take to develop general concepts into a plan, nixing ideas that don't resonate, and then taking bold action. I learned a ton during our conversation and I KNOW you will reflect on your learning processes, too. Kim sprinkled our discussion with her expert insights which gave me a  whole new level of understanding about my coping methods. Really interesting stuff! 

Kim Albano is a Leadership & Development Consultant for women looking to elevate their personal and professional growth. She is also the Founder of The Empower Up Project - a platform created to empower women through stories, advice, and collaboration.

Connect with her HERE...


May 31, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Charique Turner Richardson about her book idea. As a business coach, she wants to convey powerful information to her clients without overwhelming them. She knows they are busy, busy, busy! 

This begs the question of all listeners: how can you share your wisdom with your audience when you know that they are on the go? What can you do to meet your reader where they are?

Tune in to see what easy solutions we come up with!


Reach out to Charique and learn more about her coaching:


Let me know if you're ready to go to Costa Rica and BIRTH YOUR BOOK this summer!


May 26, 2017

In this episode, I quiz Jose on all of the scenarios that come up for new writers who don't know where to start when it comes to promoting their book.

Listen in on all of the SUPER practical tips he gives that you can use TODAY. No need to delay; start promoting your book even before it's done!


Find out more about Jose and his company on the following platforms:

Facebook @smartlocaldigital
Instagram @jayquiroz


I'd love to hear from you, too!

May 25, 2017

In this episode, I am looking back on all of the writing Megan has already completed on her forthcoming book, Wild & Holy. She is staying open to whatever tweaks and additions she needs to make to create the best book...or books. Things take a shocking turn during our interview!

Listen in to hear more about how your book might end up becoming so much more than you expected!


If you want to reach out to Megan and find out more about her Wild & Holy adventures, you can catch up with her at any of the locations below:

I'd love to hear from you, too! 

May 17, 2017

In this episode,  I discuss how to promote your book prior to its publication with media specialist Zerline Hughes! She covers all of the ins and outs of hashtags and how to use social media to build a following for your new book!

You do NOT want to miss this; it's time to work smarter- not harder! Use social media to your advantage!


After listening to Zerline, you can reach out to her here:

Twitter: @zerlinehughes

#zumbawithz #notthesetwo @mediamingle

Remember to review this episode, hit the SUBSCRIBE button, and share with your friends. If you have any suggestions or episode ideas, please email me at
May 17, 2017

In this episode, Sage and I talk about her new book Naked Communication and how impacts relationships. The scope of her book is super focused so that she can deep-dive into the topic with her readers. 

What is your books' topic? How are you helping to solve a specific problem for your clients or readers? Tune-in and get clarity about how your book can make the biggest difference in people's lives.


Want to work with Sage? See below what she has to offer and check out her book if you need to repair and expand your relationships!



PLUS....Here's a BONUS "how to ask for what you want cheat sheet" from Sage!


P.S. Amy would LOOOOVE to hear from you at


May 4, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Leann Rhodes about her inspirational memoir, Rise Up, Shine On. She shares why she decided to write her book, why she decided to use a ghostwriter (me!), and how it changed her life. 

Leann is very candid about the work and rewards of writing a book. Her insights will help you set expectations about the process and prepare for the positive shifts that can happen once you become an author.


She is also a contributing author in the new anthology, Stuff I've Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame. Her story, along with many other stories from women, examine how we can rise up and live a full life even when circumstances challenge our feelings of self-worth. Powerful message, powerful project. All book proceeds are being donated to the House of Ruth shelter for women and children.


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And explore my website, shoot me an email, and listen in on previous podcasts at

Apr 28, 2017

Shirley Hubbard is planning an anthology of stories about shame that is similar in scope to Amy's new book, Stuff I've Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame.

They discuss what worked well for Amy and how Shirley can use a some of the same structures to provide a safe space for her contributing authors. Listen in if you've ever wanted to submit a story to a book collection or if you've ever wanted to organize and publish one yourself.

It's a lot of work, but a very worthwhile project!


Find out more about Shirley's coaching programs at:

FB: Shirley Hubbard
IG: shirl_hubbard


Check out to find out more about Amy and how you can work with her on your next book project.

Apr 17, 2017

Join me and Ryan as we discuss the pros and cons of traditional publishing, how to use researched material in book writing, and more. This is a great episode for anyone who wants to write nonfiction books that changes with the times. Listen in and you'll see what I mean!

Contact Ryan and find out more about his books:


Shoot me an email and tell me about YOUR book idea!


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