For the Christmas edition of our podcast, I decided to do something a little different. If you listen to my podcasts on a regular basis, you’ll know that I usually interview one author per podcast. This time though, I interviewed two former students of the Sydney Writers’ Centre who have both released books this month.
Heather Smith completed the Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers course at the Sydney Writers’ Centre several years ago. This led her into business blogging on a regular basis for a host of national online and printed publications, including The Daily Telegraph, Flying Solo (a website for ‘solopreneurs’), My Business (a website for business advice), ninemsn, Woman’s Day, The Courier-Mail, Latte and Network magazine. Her first book Learn MYOB in 7 Days (Wiley) was published in December 2011. Heather is currently working on her next book, Learn Small Business Start-up in 7 Days (Wiley).
Al McKillop is an accomplished corporate business writer but, from an early age, he harboured a secret ambition to become Scotland’s answer to Bruce Lee. Enthralled by the bravery, athleticism and professionalism of the fighters, the guts and glory spectacle, the sheer brutality of mixed martial arts (MMA), Al decided that writing about it was a much better option. Moving to Sydney, he completed Creative Writing Stage 1, Feature Writing Stage 1 and Selling your eBook on Amazon at the Sydney Writers’ Centre over the last year or so. He has turned his dream of writing into reality with The Last Word Mixed Martial Arts (Germinal Press). However, Al’s first love is writing fiction, mostly in the crime or thriller genre. He is currently working on a crime novel based in his native Scotland.
It was a great conversation with two very talented people and I hope you enjoy it.
If you’d like to follow in Heather’s footsteps, why not enrol in our How to Write a Business Book seminar?
You can read a full transcript of the podcast here.