Monday 2 November 2020

5 Best Podcasts for Authors

 By Cassandra Samuels

During these pandemic times I've found a lot of comfort and joy in listening to a Podcast or ten. There are so many out there to choose from in any topic you like. Seriously, pretty much any hobby or subject and there will be a podcast for it. These are just five of my favourite podcasts for authors.

1. The History Chicks

Available on all good podcast services

I've mentioned these ladies several times in my 'love to' parts of previous blogs. Who doesn't love finding out about amazing women in history. Susan and Beckett cover such women as Catherine the Great, Joan of Arc and Jane Austen, down to lesser known women like Typhoid Mary Mallon and Maria Montessori.

2. Stuff You Missed in History Class

Available on all good podcast services

Holly and Tracy love to cover the things in history that are so interesting but don't make the mainstream history lessons.

3. The Creative Penn

Available on all good podcast services

This podcast covers so many things. Joanna Penn manages to keep us up to date while spilling any frustrations she may be having with her own writing. She has amazing special guests as well and some really good resources for writers.

4. So you want to be a writer

Available on all good podcast services

Australian Authors Valerie Khoo and Allison  Tait bring some local flavour for writers with great interviews and plenty of writing chat makes this podcast a joy to listen to.

5. Writer's Life Radio

Available on all good podcast services

This is a great little podcast if you want a lot of info but given to you in 5 minute chunks. Some really great advice and their website has some really great resources for writers.

Do you have a favourite podcast you listen to? Any Podcasts you would like to share?

Love to Love - watching my granddaughter Charlotte learning to clap hands.

Love to Learn - about interesting bits of history I never knew.

Love to laugh - watching Gogglebox.


  1. Ooh, thanks for these, Cassandra! I love 'So you want to be a writer'. I also listen to a lot of history podcasts, like David Crowther's The History of England, for research purposes.

  2. They are great. There is one for everyone and everything. Some are better than others of course but I do recommend giving them a go.

  3. Thanks for the suggestions, Cassandra. I'm always aiming to listen to them but never get around to it. Think it's because I'm more for visual than aural but will try.

    1. They would be great to listen to in the car on the way to and from work. That is when I used to listen to them. It's a bit like listening to talk back radio because it is usually people chatting about a subject but without all the nasty opinions and irritating callers.

  4. They looks amazing, Cassandra! I confess I'm not a podcast kind of girl, but I'm tempted to listen to these. My non-writer sons devour various podcasts in their interests and have been telling me for years to go that route. Maybe I should listen...! Lovely to know they're out there. Have to say I enjoy short taped bookish segments on Facebook every week, so it would be similar, just without the visual.

  5. Thank you for sharing this podcast information, Cassandra. I'm looking forward to listening to some of the podcasts you have recommended.

  6. I've heard many writers say that blogs are old news now and that podcasts are the in thing. There was a great workshop a couple of years ago at the RWA conference too on podcasts, but I have to say that I'm flat out even getting a newsletter out these days as an author.
    Will file these sites away for such time as I embark on a car trip!


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