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 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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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