PODCAST

Art In Fiction

Carol Cram

Find out what makes great, arts-inspired fiction in a variety of genres, from mysteries to crime novels, historical fiction, thrillers, contemporary fiction, and more. Art In Fiction founder and author Carol M. Cram chats with some of the top novelists featured on Art In Fiction, a curated online database of books inspired by the arts. Discover your next great read and get valuable advice on what it takes to be a successful writer.

Historical Riches feat. Lauren Belfer, author of And After the FireIn Celebration of Two Literary Giants feat. Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. PoeArt for Art's Sake feat. B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art ForgerSensation Explosion feat. Alka Joshi, author of The Henna ArtistExploring Women in Art feat. Erika Gaffney, creator of the Art Herstory Website
Join me as I chat with Erika Gaffney, the creator of the ArtHerstory website at www.artherstory.net. Highlights:The genesis of the Art Herstory websiteDevelopments in celebrating women artists from the Renaissance and Baroque erasWhy has the work of female artists not been in the public eye until quite recently?Erika's background as an Acquisitions Editor in scholarly publishingWomen artists in the medieval eraWork by female artists that has been attributed to male artistsDiscussion of some of the artists featured on the Art Herstory website, including Clara Peeters, Giovanna Garzoni, and Ann Vallayer-CosterThe beautiful art note cards available on the Art Herstory websiteArt In Fiction novels about artists featured on the Art Herstory websiteExpanding into focusing on women botanical artistsWhat's next for Art Herstory?Press Play now & be sure to check out the Art Herstory website.ArtHerstory Notecards featuring the paintings of female artists are available in museum gift shops in the United States, notably at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska.Search for Awesome Art on SaatchiMusic CreditsIntro: Paganology, performed by The Paul Plimley Trio; composed by Gregg SimpsonAd: Celtic Calypso, performed by Lunar Adventures; composed by Gregg SimpsonSubscribe to Art In Fiction to find out about upcoming podcast episodes, blog posts, featured authors, and more.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
17-06-2021
34 mins
Digging Deep in the 17th Century feat. Deborah Swift, author of Entertaining Mr PepysStill Raising Eyebrows after 150 Years feat. Lilianne Milgrom, author of L'OrigineTake Me Back to Paris feat. Alex George, author of The Paris HoursWho Is Sofonisba and Why Was She Awesome feat. Donna DiGiuseppe, author of Lady in Ermine
Meet Donna DiGiuseppe, author of Lady in Ermine, a stunning biographical novel about Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola.Highlights:Lady in Ermine is "a vivid portrait of a talented woman who defied the conventions of her times." Find out why!Who is Sofonisba Anguissola and why is she in the news lately?Discover why Giorgio Vasari, who wrote Lives of the Artists, considered Sofonisba's work worthy of the descriptor "invenzione".The Prado exhibition in 2019 that expanded Sofonisba's popularityIs it true there were "no women artists" back in the day? Why Donna DiGiuseppe chose Sofonisba Anguissola as the subject of her debut novelWas Sofonisba the Forrest Gump of her time?Why was Sofonisba considered  one of the premier portraitists of the 16th century?A reading from Lady in ErmineWhat was something Donna DiGiuseppe learned from writing Lady in Ermine ?What's the next novel about?Press Play now & be sure to check out Lady in Ermine on Art In Fiction.Donna DiGiuseppe's website and more information about Sofonisba Anguissola: www.sofonisba.netReceive 20% Off ProWritingAidMusic CreditsIntro: Paganology, performed by The Paul Plimley Trio; composed by Gregg SimpsonAd: Celtic Calypso, performed by Lunar Adventures; composed by Gregg SimpsonSubscribe to Art In Fiction to find out about upcoming podcast episodes, blog posts, featured authors, and more.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
22-04-2021
40 mins
The Play's the Thing feat. C. C. Humphreys, author of Shakespeare's RebelBooks, Glorious Books feat. Charlie Lovett, author of Escaping Dreamland
Welcome to the 1st episode of SEASON 2 of The Art In Fiction Podcast!Meet Charlie Lovett, bestselling author of 5 novels listed on Art In Fiction,  including his most recent, Escaping Dreamland.Highlights:What is a bibliophile and why do they interest Charlie so much?How Charlie chooses what to write aboutGenesis of Escaping Dreamland - what's with those children's series novels?Who really wrote the children's series so many readers grew up with (Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, et al)?Elements in Escaping Dreamland - New York, secrets, children's books, writers, and moreEvery good story starts with a question: what question launched Escaping Dreamland?Reading from Escaping Dreamland:  Alice Gold: Girl InventorGenesis of The Lost Book of the Grail - books, cathedrals, digital vs. analog, and historyWhy Barchester?The intriguing character of Arthur Prescott and his dislike of academic committee meetings (among other things)Use of the physical structure of the cathedral to hang the novel's plot onWhy Jane Austen in First Impressions? Writing the avuncular relationship between a man and a womanDoes Charlie have a favorite Jane Austen novel? The process of structuring a novelThe benefits of reading novels aloudInside the Writer's Studio - Charlie's podcastWhat's next for Charlie Lovett?Press Play now & be sure to check out Charlie Lovett's novels Escaping Dreamland, The Lost Book of the Grail, First Impressions, The Bookman's Tale, and The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, in the Literature category on Art In Fiction.Charlie Lovett's website: https://charlielovett.com/Inside the Writer's Studio Podcast: https://www.charlielovett.com/podcast/Get 50% off your first digital audiobook on AudiobooksNow.comPhoto Credit:  Strategic Arts & ProductionsMusic CreditsIntro: Paganology, performed by The Paul Plimley Trio; composed by Gregg Simpson Ad:     Celtic Calypso, performed by Lunar Adventures; composed by Gregg Simpson. Subscribe to Art In Fiction to find out about upcoming podcast episodes, blog posts, featured authors, & more.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
24-03-2021
45 mins
Coming March 25: Season 2 of The Art In Fiction PodcastBONUS: Five Writing Tips from Art In Fiction Authors
Welcome to the Art In Fiction Podcast!In this Bonus episode, I've compiled advice from nine of the authors interviewed in Season 1 of the podcast.  You'll learn five smart tips from Syrie James, Barbara Linn Probst, Maggie Humm, Stephanie Storey, Jeanne Mackin, Stephanie Cowell, Helaine Mario, Barbara Quick, and Patricia Morrisroe. Highlights:Tip #1: Write what you love to read Syrie James and Barbara Linn Probst talk about writing and reading what excites you. Tip #2: Find a mentorMaggie Humm shares her experience with writing courses and working with a mentor. Tip #3: Trust your gutStephanie Storey talks about trusting your gut.Jeanne Mackin discusses what to do about that editor in your head.Stephanie Cowell reminds authors to stay true to their vision. Tip #4: Develop a thick skin and a sense of humorHelaine Mario recommends staying true to the story you want to tell. Tip #5: Write for the love of itBarbara Quick and Patricia Morrisroe talk about making a living as a novelist.Press Play now and be sure to explore www.artinfiction.com to find novels by our featured authors.Syrie James:                     https://www.syriejames.com Barbara Linn Probst:  https://www.barbaralinnprobst.com/      Maggie Humm:               http://www.maggiehumm.net/ Stephanie Storey:        https://stephaniestorey.com/          Jeanne Mackin:              https://www.jeannemackin.com/      Stephanie Cowell:       http://www.stephaniecowell.com/          Helaine Mario:                https://helainemario.com/      Barbara Quick:               https://www.barbaraquick.com/      Patricia Morrisroe:      https://patriciamorrisroe.com/        Link to 20% Off for ProWritingAidMusic CreditsIntro music: Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in SeattleAd music: The Feverfrom the album Full Moon.Composer: Gregg Simpson, performed by Lunar Adventures. This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
12-01-2021
16 mins
Paris Between the Wars: Couture and Surrealism in the Novels of Jeanne Mackin
Welcome to EPISODE 20  of the Art In Fiction Podcast.Paris between the wars is the exciting setting for Jeanne Mackin's novels The Last Collection and The Beautiful American.In this episode, find out about wacky surrealist lobsters, why pencils and paper were not allowed at fashion shows, and a lot more!Highlights:The Beautiful American and the art and life of photographer Lee Miller, famed surrealist Man Ray, and the indomitable PicassoFact and fiction in The Beautiful AmericanHow Mackin structured The Beautiful AmericanSurrealism, violence, lobsters, and moreThe surprising role played by Picasso in The Beautiful AmericanThe Last Collection and the world of haute couture in 1930s ParisThe rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli--yes, they hated each other in real life and in the novel!Fact and fiction in The Last CollectionCommon themes in Jeanne Mackin's novelsCan the creative spirit save the world?Advice for authorsPress Play right now and be sure to check out The Beautiful American listed in the Photography category and The Last Collection listed in the Textile Arts category on Art In Fiction.Jeanne Mackin's website: https://www.jeannemackin.com/Receive 20% Off ProWritingAidMusic CreditsThe intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Feverfrom the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
08-12-2020
30 mins
Vivaldi and Mozart and Beethoven, Oh My! Three Novelists Talk About Music in Fiction
Welcome to EPISODE 19 of the Art In Fiction Podcast. The three novelists you'll meet in this episode are each inspired by a different classical composer. They discuss their inspiration and research processes, and touch on a topic rarely discussed in author circles--money! Barbara Quick is the author of Vivaldi’s Virgins, Stephanie Cowell is the author of Marrying Mozart, and Patricia Morrisroe is the author of The Woman in the Moonlight about Beethoven's inspiration for his Moonlight Sonata.Highlights:Barbara Quick: inspiration to write Vivaldi's Virgins after discovering that the 18th-century composer had been the resident priest and composer in an all-girls foundling home in Venice. She also discusses the integral role that Venice plays in the novel.Stephanie Cowell: inspiration for Marrying Mozart, a novel about Mozart's relationship with the four Weber sisters, one of whom he married. Patricia Morrisroe: how she came to write The Woman in the Moonlight, her debut novel, after a career in journalism.Barbara: how she learned Italian to help her research Vivaldi's Virgins and the help she received from Vivaldi experts.A reading from Vivaldi's Virgins.Stephanie: the challenges of choosing which stories to include in the novel and what to leave out.A reading from Marrying Mozart.Patricia: the importance of fact-checking and extensive research.A reading from The Woman in the Moonlight.Writing and money (or its lack!).Press Play right now and be sure to check out Vivaldi's Virgins, Marrying Mozart and The Woman in the Moonlight listed in the Music category on Art In Fiction.Barbara Quick's website: https://www.barbaraquick.com/Stephanie Cowell's website: http://www.stephaniecowell.com/Patricia Morrisroe's website: https://patriciamorrisroe.com/Get an extended free trial of SmarterQueueMusic CreditsThe intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
23-11-2020
56 mins
Georgia on My Mind: An Interview with Barbara Linn Probst, Author of Queen of the Owls
Welcome to EPISODE 18 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.Barbara Linn Probst's debut novel inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe is a must-read for fans of the artist and of  compelling stories.  In this lively episode, I chat with Barbara about her novel Queen of the Owls, the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, and a lot more.Highlights:Queen of the Owls and its relationship to the art and life of Georgia O'KeeffeFeminism and Georgia O'KeeffeWhat did Georgia O'Keeffe say to feminist icon Gloria Steinem when she came to visit? O'Keeffe's work in Hawaii and its relationship to Queen of the OwlsDoes a work of art benefit from interpretation by others? Do  artists always know or can they analyze their influences and intentions? Complexities of relationships as portrayed in Queen of the OwlsWhat does the title Queen of the Owls mean?Ghost Ranch and the celebrations honoring Georgia O'Keeffe's birthday on November 15 - see www.ghostranch.org for details regarding Barbara's virtual presentation about O'Keeffe's influence on her and the protagonist in Queen of the Owls Reading from Queen of the Owls Barbara's background in social work and qualitative research and its relationship to her novel-writingBarbara is an amateur pianist - how has her love of music inspired her second novel?The obsessive nature of novel-writingAdvice for new authorsPress Play right now and be sure to check out Queen of the Owls listed in the Photography category on Art In Fiction.Barbara Linn Probst's website: https://www.barbaralinnprobst.com/Ghost Ranch: https://www.ghostranch.org/Link to 20% Off ProWritingAidMusic CreditsThe intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Feverfrom the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks. This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
10-11-2020
36 mins
Around the World in Fiction: Meet Tina Hartas, the Creator of TripFiction
Welcome to EPISODE 17 of the Art In Fiction Podcast!Do you love reading novels set in locations you hope to visit? Then you have to explore TripFiction (www.tripfiction.com). In this episode, I interview Tina Hartas who developed TripFiction to provide readers with an easy way to find novels set in specific locations around the world.  We talk about technology and marketing and our mutual love of books. And as you'll discover in this episode, TripFiction was the inspiration for Art In Fiction.Highlights:The genesis of TripFiction: how trips to Vienna and Bangkok led to a great ideaWhat is TripFiction?TripFiction's Sense of Place Creative Writing CompetitionUsing social media to promote a book-lovers websiteDeveloping TripFiction--from 0 books to 14,000!Are people reading more in the age of COVID-19?The most difficult aspect of launching a websiteWhat has contributed to the success of Trip Fiction?Tina's favorite places to read aboutTina's favorite genres TripFiction reviews on YouTubeBook giveaways on TripFictionThe role of passion in creating a book website that readers lovePress Play right now and be sure to check out TripFiction at www.tripfiction.comReceive a $20 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for a paid plan on Buzzsprout.  Buzzsprout has everything you need to publish and promote your podcast!Music CreditsThe intro music on the Art In Fiction Podcast is from Symbolist Waltzfrom the album Alive in Seattle ,and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
27-10-2020
29 mins
Exploring Art & the Business of Writing: An Interview with Courtney Maum, Author of Costalegre
Welcome to EPISODE 16 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.Courtney Maum is the bestselling author of three novels as well as a fabulous writing guidebook for authors. In this lively episode, I chat with Courtney about her two novels listed on Art In Fiction, Costalegre and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and her new book for authors:  Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book.Highlights:Costalegre and its relationship to Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter PegeenRole of Surrealist artists and visual art in CostalegreComing-of-age theme in CostalegreOverview of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouRole of installation and contemporary art in the novelUse of satire in the novelWriting from the point of view of a different genderRole of Paris in I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouGenesis of Before and After the Book Deal : A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First BookValuable information for published authors Financial matters related to publishing The role that marketing plays in an author's life"The Cabins"--an artists' retreat founded by Courtney MaumPress Play right now and be sure to check out Courtney Maum's novels Costalegre and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, both found in the Visual Arts category on Art In Fiction.Courtney Maum's website: http://www.courtneymaum.comThe Cabins: https://www.thecabinsretreat.com/Link to 20% Off ProWritingAid Photo Credit:  Colin LaneMusic CreditsThe intro music on the Art In Fiction Podcast is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
17-10-2020
33 mins
Inspired by Virginia Woolf: An Interview with Maggie Humm, Author of Talland House
Welcome to EPISODE 15 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.Fans of Virginia Woolf and art will love Talland House by Maggie Humm. Learn about her inspiration for the novel that is listed in the Visual Arts category on Art In Fiction, enjoy a reading from Talland House, and discover her advice for new authors.Highlights:Talland House and its relationship to Virginia Woolf's To The LighthouseCharacter of Lily Briscoe from To The Lighthouse as the main character of Talland HouseRelationship of Lily Briscoe to Mrs. Ramsay in To The Lighthouse and Talland HouseMaggie's academic background as a Woolf scholar and the writing of Talland HouseThe challenges of writing about artVisiting St. Ives, the location for much of Talland HouseRole of Canadian artist Emily Carr in Talland HouseChallenges of switching from academic writing to fictionA reading from Talland HouseAdvice for authors:  research and the writing processMentorship programs and creative writing coursesMaggie's next novel Rodin's Mistress about the artist Gwen John and her torrid relationship with Auguste Rodin.Press Play right now and be sure to check out Maggie Humm's novel Talland House listed in the Visual Arts category on Art In Fiction.Maggie Humm's website: http://www.maggiehumm.net/Link to 20% Off ProWritingAid Music CreditsThe intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
05-10-2020
33 mins
Music To Thrill: An Interview with Helaine Mario, Author of The Lost Concerto and Dark Rhapsody
Welcome to EPISODE 14 of the Art In Fiction Podcast.In this episode, I chat about thrillers with an arts twist with Helaine Mario, author of The Lost Concerto and Dark Rhapsody, two page-turners listed in the Music category on Art In Fiction which also incorporate Visual Arts, Theater, and more. This quote about Dark Rhapsody says it all: "As much about art as music, Dark Rhapsody reveals the transformative power of both." Highlights:Background prior to becoming a thriller writer: volunteering, working for Al and Tipper Gore, and moreInspiration for The Lost ConcertoWhat Helaine loves--music and the artsCharacter of Maggie O'Shea, the concert pianist at the heart of the two novelsExploring the depth of characters within the thriller genreOther characters in the series, including Shiloh the dog and the characterization of Dane, the villain, as a lover of ShakespeareUse of character quirks to add depthPlotting advice--to outline or not to outline?Writing sequelsA reading from Dark RhapsodyWordsmithing in the editing processThe business of writing and marketingSelf-publishing vs. traditional publishingAdvice for writersHelaine Mario brings to her writing a long career working for non-profit boards and giving back to numerous charities, particularly through the Helaine and Ronald Mario Fund. All the royalties from her book sales go to programs that support reading programs and the well-being of children and families.When it comes to writing, Helaine wants, more than anything, to tell a good story, create characters with depth, and paint pictures with words. She wants to be a storyteller forever. Receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for a paid plan on Buzzsprout. Since 2009, Buzzsprout has been helping podcasters start and grow their podcasts. Press Play right now and don't forget to check out Helaine Mario's novels The Lost Concerto and Dark Rhapsody, both listed in the Music category on Art In Fiction.Helaine Mario's Website: https://helainemario.com/Music CreditsThe intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.This website contains affiliate links. If you use these links to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you.
10-09-2020
35 mins