Debut Author Podcasts

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

Maggie Smith, a member of WFWA since 2015, hosts our podcast. Her debut novel, TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, placed third in the 2019 Rising Star competition and will be published in March 2022 by Ten16 Press. Her short story, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, appeared in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s 2018 anthology False Face and she blogs on writing-related topics for the Chicago Writers Association and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Association.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Writer’s Association and is the Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine.  A confirmed workshop junkie and avid Instagrammer, Maggie makes her home in Milwaukee. 

If you are a WFWA member and would like to submit your debut women's fiction for podcast consideration, please visit our submissions page.

Latest Podcast Episode

Debut Author Podcast: Jennifer Jensen

Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Jennifer married her high school sweetheart. She got a job, which she originally left college for, and over the course of a few years, she had two beautiful sons.

In December 2019, Jennifer found herself staring down the big 3-0. Having accomplished so much and at the same time, so little, she looked at the life she had made and knew something was missing. When picking up a pen and putting it to paper, after an almost ten-year hiatus, she quickly fell back in love with the world of writing. She made a pact with herself to do better with self-care and putting as much effort into her own happiness that she had put into the happiness of others. Doing so gave her space and energy to create and soon share, the characters that had only existed in her mind.

As our world continues to fight the stigma around mental health issues, Jennifer’s book series, Versions of Me, gives a glimpse into the mind of Harper Jones. In book one, The Vice, Harper—a twenty-eight year old woman—is struggling to cope with her past. As the life she has been living starts to crumble around her, she finds herself fighting not only external battles, but internal ones as well. The battles that she faces drive her motivation behind everything she does. They drive her need to drink, her need to be loved—her need to be the woman she once was.

Past Podcasts

   First Name   Last NameDebut Title (click for podcast)   
Jennifer Jensen The Vice
Kristi Lee The Worst Thing I Could Do
Kate Allen Fear of Flying
Dorothy Staley Bear Woman Rising
Leslie A.
Rasmussen After Happily Ever After
Elissa Grossell
Dickey The Speed of Light
Hubscher Meet Me In Paradise
Debra Thomas Luz
Sarah Penner The Lost Apothecary
Caugherty Waltz in Swing Time
Consolino Rewrite The Stars
KD Allbaugh Face Down in Rising Sun
Sacken Behind the Lens
Ruby No Sweeter Touch
Wilkinson When the Apricots Bloom
Tiffany Meuret A Flood of Posies
Elizabeth  Chatsworth The Brass Queen
Rajan The Summer Breeze
L. Bordetsky-Williams Forget Russia
Tsirkas The Night Sender
Judith Teitelman Guesthouse for Ganesha
Kathy Sechrist Success is the Best Revenge
Yarrow Sandstorm
Denny S. Bryce Wild Women and the Blues
Kathryn Holzman Real Estate, A Novel
Melissa Hunter What She Lost
Florence Reiss Kraut How to Make a Life
Geeta Schrayter Reaching Riverdale
Densie Webb When Robins Appear
Bhaswati Ghosh Victory Colony, 1950
KJ Dell’Antonia The Chicken Sisters
Rachel Mans McKenny The Butterfly Effect
Jaye Burke Venice
Grace Sammon The Eves
Madeleine Van Hecke Once You Know
Paula Adler Return to Magnolia Bloom
Angela Terry Charming Falls Apart
Katey Schultz Still Come Home
Sarah McCraw Crow The Wrong Kind of Woman
Mary Helen Sheriff Boop and Eve’s Road Trip
Regina Buttner Absolution
Nguyễn  Phan Quế Mai The Mountains Sing

Sadr A Door Between Us  


Taylor What's Not Said


Levy Anna's Dance


Kushwaha Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters


Conrey Nowhere Near Goodbye


Cole Silver Heights


Payne Forever Kind of Woman


Kim A Good Family


Zacher Many a Sudden Change


Brainerd Age of Consent


Cook How to Bury Your Brother


Newman Barbarians at the PTA


Raleigh Sandshell Island


Gattani Duty and Desire


Enerson Wood The Engineer's Wife


Kang The Club  


LaHines Someday Everything


Barnes More Than
William Schreiber Someone To Watch Over
Dianne Romain The Trumpet Lesson
Lisa Braxton The Talking Drum
Sherri Leimkuhler What's Left Untold
Lainey Cameron The Exit Strategy
Marolyn Krasner The Radicals
Shawn Keller Cooper Drawing Down the Moon
Elizabeth Gauffreau Telling Sonny
Kelly Duran Can't Take It Back
Jae Hodges The Rose and the Whip
Jamie Beck If You Must Know
Sharina Harris (Im)perfectly Happy  
Kathleen West Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes
Alison Hammer You and Me and Us
Sally Suen Crystal Cove
Diane Byington If She Had Stayed
Donna Koros Stramella Coffee Killed My Mother
Rebecca Hodge Wildland
Barbara Linn Probst Queen of the Owls
Joanne Kukanza Easley Sweet Jane
Linda Rosen The Disharmony of Silence
Michelle Davis Learning to Bend
Kimmery Martin The Queen of Hearts
Sarah Robinson Every Last Drop
Jennifer Gold The Ingredients of Us  
Sarah Jones Summer Squall
Lorelei Brush Uncovering
Ellen LaCorte The Perfect Fraud
Leanne Treese The Language of Divorce
Kathleen Barber Are You Sleeping 
Judy Kundert Sky Queen
Leslie M. Rollins Good-Time Girl
Marlene Adelstein Sophie Last Seen
Jess Woods The Process of Fraying
Kimberly Lynne A Pocketwatch, Spray Paint & Morphine
Amber Cowie Rapid Falls
Kaela Coble Friends & Other Liars
Suanne Schafer A Different Kind of Fire
Leah Decesare Forks, Knives and Spoons
Erin Bartels We Hope for Better Things
Romalyn Tilghman To the Stars with Difficulties
Jennifer Klepper Unbroken Threads  Unbroken Threads
Leslie Schweitzer Miller Discovery Discovery
Sarahlyn Bruck Designer You  Designer You
Heather Frimmer Bedside Manners  Bedside Manners
Reyna Marder  Gentin  Unreasonable Doubts  Unreasonable Doubts
Megan A. Clancy A Burden of a Daughter The Burden of a Daughter
Ann Griffin Another Ocean to Cross Another Ocean to Cross
Julie Maloney A Matter of Chance A Matter of Chance
Johanne Levesque Trouble & Strife Trouble & Strife
Sally Crosair Come Back
Irene Olson Requiem for the Status Quo
Rachel Dacus The Renaissance Club
Denitta Ward Somewhere Still
Elena Mikalsen Wrapped in the Stars Wrapped in the Stars
Eldonna Edwards This I Know This I Know
Marianne Hansen The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger
Carrie Mumford All But What's Left All But What's Left
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn The Last Dreamer The Last Dreamer
Julie Clark The Ones We Choose
Anna Quinn The Night Child The Night Child
Jennifer Irwin A Dress the Color of the Sky A Dress the Color of the Sky
Lori Henriksen The Winter Loon The Winter Loon
Sweta Srivastava Vikram Louisiana Catch Louisiana Catch