Tart Thoughts: Linda Hengerer and/or Suzanne Fox discuss wonderful writing and what writers can learn from the masters.
Tart Thoughts 5-Minute Drill Season 3

5-Minute Drill: Set Pieces

Aug. 26, 2021

What is a set piece, and how do I use it in a story?

Tart Thoughts 5-Minute Drill Season 3

5-Minute Drill: Setting

Aug. 21, 2021

What elements of setting do writers need to consider for their story?

Tart Thoughts Dick Francis Season 3

Russia Week - Dick Francis's Trial Run

Aug. 7, 2021

What can writers learn from a Grand Master of the genre about secrets, societal expectations, setting, and building characters for story?

Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 3

Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree

July 29, 2021

What can writers learn about secrets, family dynamics, writing fiction from real life, and creating characters who serve the story from Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree?

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 3

Mary Stewart's Thunder on the Right

July 25, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Suzanne Fox discuss Mary Stewart's Thunder on the Right, point of view, an unworldly protagonist, and why they don't enjoy this book as much as other novels she wrote.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's Airs Above the Ground

April 28, 2021

In this episode of Tart Words, Suzanne Fox and Linda Hengerer are discussing Mary Stewart’s book Airs Above the Ground and how she uses unusual settings, creates vivid animal characters, and shows relationship dynamics.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's The Moon-Spinners

April 23, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Suzanne Fox discuss Mary Stewart's book The Moon-Spinners, how she uses setting, shows family love and loyalties, and how her characters answer a Call to Adventure.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's My Brother Michael

April 14, 2021

In this episode of Tart Words, Suzanne Fox and Linda Hengerer are discussing Mary Stewart’s book My Brother Michael and how she uses setting, incorporates both ancient and recent history, and how her characters answer a call…

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's This Rough Magic

March 30, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Suzanne Fox talk about This Rough Magic, how she uses a dolphin as both needing rescue and rescuer, and plays characters off each other who are at the beginning and end of their career.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's Nine Coaches Waiting

March 22, 2021

In this episode of Tart Words, Suzanne Fox and Linda Hengerer are discussing Mary Stewart’s book Nine Coaches Waiting and how she develops her characters and uses genre. It was first published in 1958 by Hodder & Stought…

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's Wildfire at Midnight

March 17, 2021

In this episode of Tart Words, we’re discussing Mary Stewart’s book Wildfire at Midnight and how she uses setting, genre, and plot in this story about mountain worship taken to the extreme.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 1

Mary Stewart's Madam, Will You Talk?

March 9, 2021

In this episode of Tart Words, Linda and Suzanne are discussing Mary Stewart’s book Madam, Will You Talk?, and how she uses POV (Point of View) and Backstory in this twisted tale of murder, betrayal, and love.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Bites Tart Thoughts Tart Words Season 1

Tart Words Podcast - Trailer

Jan. 29, 2021

Writers read. Readers bake. Bakers write. Welcome to the Tart Words Podcast, for readers who want to hear their favorite authors talk about their writing life; for writers who want to hear about the nuts and bolts of writing…