Episode 67 – Rut-Busting for Writers with Nancy Christie

In this episode, Mark interviews Nancy Christie, the author of the award-winning book Rut-Busting for Writers.

Screenshot from the interview with Nancy

Prior to the personal update, Mark shares a word about the episode’s sponsor . . .

Revised feel for the book covers

. . . including the recent project he has completed there, an audiobook being read by Scott Overton for Mark’s 10,000 word short story “This Time Around.”

Mark talks about using Findaway Voices to get this audiobook created as well as having a different narrator finishing off the work on the novel A Canadian Werewolf in New York via ACX. Mark shares that he’ll be publishing via ACX to Audible and then using Findaway Voices to distribute the audiobook for A Canadian Werewolf in New York to all the other audiobook retail and library channels, which include Kobo Audio, Apple Books, Google Play, OverDrive and many many others.

Mark transitions into his personal update which includes details about working on a new story in his “Canadian Werewolf” universe. He talks about the tale “Stowe Away” which is writing for a “monster road trip” themed anthology in the Amazing Monster Tales anthology series. (The first book, which Mark also had a story appear in, was Dawn of the Monsters.)

Mark describes the story “Stowe Away,” which he is about 1500 words into writing, as Planes, Trains & Automobiles meets Logan.

He also shares some of the work he has done reworking the cover for A Canadian Werewolf in New York and the short story “This Time Around” to include a ghosted in wolf image (giving the book a bit more of an urban fantasy look and feel).

Mark also shares the fact that the crud he picked up in Vegas is still with him, and earlier that day, he finally made it in to the Doctor’s office and was prescribed antibiotics to finally help get rid of the cough that seems to refuse to leave.

Video of just the interview with Nancy

In their conversation, Mark and Nancy talk about:

  • Nancy’s passion for writing that started in the 2nd grade
  • How she had never planned on being an author until she “accidentally” published her first book
  • The two years of personal journal entries she started when her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and how that evolved into a book project
  • The Rut-Busting workshops Nancy had been offering which ended up being adapted into a book
  • Strategies for dealing with procrastination
  • The concept of creating a writing roadmap
  • The importance of consistency with devoting the time to writing
  • The value of the 30 minute / 30 day strategy that Nancy recommends
  • The writing toolbox and the objects Nancy uses from them in a writing workshop
  • And more . . .
Rut-Busting Book for Writers

After the interview, Mark reflects on a few things Nancy said, including the concept of “just get started” as well as the idea of making time to write for 30 minutes every day for 30 days.

Links of Interest

Nancy Christie is the author of the award-winning Rut-Busting Book for Writers, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and The Gifts Of Change. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications.

Peripheral Visions and Other Stories, Christie’s second short fiction collection, won a second place award in the prestigious 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. It’s scheduled for publication in 2020 by Unsolicited Press. She is currently working on Rut-Busting Book for Authors, a companion book to Rut-Busting Book for Writers, that will be released Fall 2019.

A professional writer based in Ohio, Christie provides copywriting services to agencies, businesses and organizations nationwide through her company, Professional Writing Services.

A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Florida Writers Association and Short Fiction Writers Guild (SFWG), Christie teaches writing workshops at conferences, libraries and schools. She is also the founder of the annual “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day (

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