My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope

Award-winning fantasy & paranormal romance author Leslye Penelope shares perspectives on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week’s best thing.

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Episodes

Monday Feb 19, 2024

“Imagining Success” is an interview series where I talk to authors who have achieved career milestones that others only dream about and ask them how they got there and where they go from here. 
In this interview, I speak with award-winning SFF author Mary Robinette Kowal about the meaning of success and how it evolves over time.
She discusses the motivations behind her writing, the challenges she faces, and the importance of authenticity in her work. We also touch on impostor syndrome, goal setting, and finding the essence of what drives us as writers.
Find Mary Robinette online at https://maryrobinettekowal.com/
Her latest novel is The Spare Man
Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WFL5WPFDwr8
 
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe to the podcast: https://lpenelope.com/podcast
Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Sunday Feb 11, 2024

Watch on YouTube 
Mentioned:
How to Revise Your Novel workshop
Imaginary Worldbuilding course - https://lpen.co/worlds
Story Seed workbook - https://lpen.co/storyseed
Enneagrams - https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/types
Pro Writing Aid's romance week - https://lpen.co/romanceweek
All the Sinners Bleed by SA Cosby - (Amazon), (Bookshop)
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Crafting the Villain

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Watch in YouTube: https://youtu.be/DeIidsoalEY
- Footnotes newsletter - https://myimaginaryfriends.net/footnotes
- Savage City is on sale! - https://books2read.com/savagecity- Preordder Daughter of the Merciful Deep - https://lpenelope.com/book/daughter-of-the-merciful-deep/
Mentioned:- Bookbub - ebook deals- Scribecount - track book sales- FaRoFeb - Fantasy Romance February- Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell - Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland - Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland - Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody - "Designing Thriller and Mystery Twists That Work" by Samantha Skal - Ink & Magic podcast - 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black - - Imaginary Worldbuilding course  
 
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Monday Jan 15, 2024

Pre-order Daughter of the Merciful Deep – coming June 4, 2024
 
Pre-order Brutal Fortress – get it from me March 1 and everywhere March 15!
 
Mentioned:
Bridgerton Tea photos - https://www.instagram.com/p/C2GS35brisd/
Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/
FaRoFeb (Fantasy Romance February) - https://farofeb.com/
Scapple - https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/overview
Story Seed Workbook & Mini-course - https://lpen.co/storyseed
American Fiction film
The Color Purple film
The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer - https://amzn.to/48wNCyp
The Book of Clarence film
Saltburn film
Jeymes Samuels Breakfast Club interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zyrdLjoHgI
Filmmaker Hal Hartley - https://www.halhartley.com/
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Which One Are You Feeding?

Monday Jan 01, 2024

Monday Jan 01, 2024

Watch on Youtube!
 
- Become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net/footnotes
 
- Revision Workshop: Monday, January 24, 2024 at 7pm ET
 
- Imaginary Worldbuilding cohort - https://learn.myimaginaryfriends.net/courses/imaginary-worldbuilding
 
- Pre-order Daughter of the Merciful Deep - coming June 4, 2024
 
- Pre-order Brutal Fortress - get it from me March 1 and everywhere March 15 
 
Book Recomendations:
- Paladin’s Faith by T. Kingfisher - https://amzn.to/48Cfdhr
- Passion by Lisa Valdez - https://amzn.to/3S1Q4r0
- The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata - https://amzn.to/47iyqne
 
- Ink and Magic podcast
 
- Some Lines a Day Journal - Leuchtturm1917
 
- Tabitha Brown IG post #1 - https://www.instagram.com/p/C1fU9yXP06k/
- post #2 - https://www.instagram.com/p/C1gLuKFrQ40/
 
- My year end post 
 
- Insight Timer app
 
- Author Nillu Nasser - https://nillunasser.com/
 
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

The Manuscript Strikes Back!

Monday Dec 04, 2023

Monday Dec 04, 2023

Watch in YouTube
Mentioned:
My other podcast! Ink and Magic
Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
Pre-order my new book, Daughter of the Merciful Deep 
My upcoming revision course – https://myimaginaryfriends.net/revision
Final Imaginary Worldbuilding course cohort in January – https://lpen.co/worlds
My author newsletter: https://lpenelope.com/newsletter
Footnotes newsletter: https://myimaginaryfriends.net/footnotes
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen 
Pushing Daisies TV
The Muse Writers Center - https://the-muse.org
Insight Timer - https://insighttimer.com/
Junot Díaz Substack - https://junot.substack.com/
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Three Books at Once??

Monday Nov 20, 2023

Monday Nov 20, 2023

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AMZyTkoOz_s
Mentioned:
Writers Craft 5.0 bundle deal!
Ink and Magic podcast episode 1 is out now! https://inkandmagic.net
Pre-order Daughter of the Merciful Deep - https://lpenelope.com/book/daughter-of-the-merciful-deep/
My upcoming revision course - https://myimaginaryfriends.net/revision
Imaginary Worldbuilding cohort in January - https://lpen.co/worlds
Jane Friedman's business clinic - https://janefriedman.com/business-clinic/
 
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

NaNoWriMo update

Monday Nov 13, 2023

Monday Nov 13, 2023

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Mentioned:
The Faceless Mage by Kenley Davidson
My author newsletter: https://lpenelope.com/newsletter/
 
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Monday Nov 06, 2023

Watch on YouTube
Mentioned:
Footnotes newsletter
1:1 Writer Mentorship with me
My new podcast! Ink and Magic
Jane Friedman
The Hot Sheet newsletter
My Preptober video playlist & live write-in info
My novel revision course waiting list
My Nanowrimo novel inspiration cover
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Monday Oct 23, 2023

Get on the Footnotes newsletter
Watch on YouTube
Preptober & NaNoWriMo write-ins, Mondays & Wednesdays, 7pm ET.Get reminder emails: https://myimaginaryfriends.net/nano 
Mentioned:
Tara McMullin "The Work You Were Born to Do" (paywall) - https://www.whatworks.fyi/p/the-work-you-were-born-to-do
Nalini Singh interview on Fated Mates podcast - https://fatedmates.net/episodes/2023/10/17/s0606-trailblazer-nalini-singh
Holly Lisle "How to Revise a Novel" - https://hollylisle.com/how-to-revise-a-novel/
My Resources for writers - https://lpenelope.com/resources-for-writers/
Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – https://amzn.to/3xf7TFV
My interview with Author Montrez (The Novel Creature Network) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuGQQLwNx40 
ZigZag Claybourne Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidiansky/breath-warmth-and-dream-book-one-of-the-khumalo-trilogy
My author newsletter -  https://lpenelope.com/newsletter
The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. Join fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope as she shares insights on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and this week's best thing.
Subscribe and view show notes at: https://lpenelope.com/podcast | Get the Footnotes newsletter & become an Imaginary Best Friend: https://myimaginaryfriends.net
Support the show: https://paypal.me/heartspell
Stay in touch with me! Website | Instagram | Facebook
Music credit:
Say Good Night by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarudCreative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/SZkVShypKgM
Affiliate Disclosure: I may receive compensation for links to products on this site either directly or indirectly via affiliate links. Heartspell Media, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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