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Book Realities

We host a weekly podcast and YouTube Channel (links are down below) where you’ll dive into the literary world, hear exclusive interviews with independent authors, discover the latest book releases and learn from our insider experts on how you too can have a book reality.

If you are an independent author and would like to be a guest on our podcast – then email us at – guest@bookreality.com

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Series 2 Episodes



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Chelsea Banning

Join special guest, author Chelsea Banning in conversation about her Arthurian fantasy novel, Of Crowns & Legends, her writing style, her love of Renaissance and Medieval fairs (Renfaire) and how a book signing with 2 people in attendance became a viral moment on Twitter that catapulted her into being a full-time writer.

6 April 2023 (WA Time)

Mark Fryday – Episode 14

Join musician, songwriter, author, writer of musicals and poet, Mark Fryday, in conversation with Ian as they discuss a love of words, a knack for inventing beer names, how to plan (or not) your book, the beauty and attraction of the British Pub and the propensity of repressed feelings and emotions within Great British (and further afield) society! All that and a few serious reflections on RUOK and CALM.

For further information on Mark – visit: https://markfryday.com/

30th March 2023
Author Angeline King

Angeline King – Episode 13

Angeline King is (​from September 2020 to September 2023) the Writer in Residence of Ulster University whilst completing a PhD in creative writing. A multi-talented fiction and non-fiction writer she has a passion for story-telling and a love of language, in many guises. Join Angeline and Ian in conversation about Ulster Scots, the business of writing, why she used to write in the mornings, how walking and thinking is essential for her creative processes and an overview of the many and varied projects Angeline has been involved with.

23rd March 2023

Gabriella Lang – Episode 12

Join author Gabriella Lang in conversation about her memoir Food and Freedom, her love of Russian history and how, on 17 July 1998, she found herself at the interment of the last of the Romanov Czars, Emperor Nicholas II, his family, Dr Botkin and their three faithful servants in St Petersburg´s Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral.

16th March 2023
Author Sana Turnock

Sana Turnock – Episode 11

Join Ian in conversation with author, podcaster, motivational speaker and business woman, Sana Turnock. Sana has been described as honest, enthusiastic and someone who dares to be different in her approach. In this episode of Book Realities she discusses why she wrote the Courage Journal and also how she is dealing with a recent medical revelation in her life. You can follow Sana at : https://courageunravelled.com/about/

9th March 2023

V M Knox – Episode 10

Join Publishers Weekly ‘Starred Review’ author, V M Knox in conversation with Ian Hooper as they discuss why she was mistrustful of indie publishing initially, her operatic background, her love of all things to do with code breaking and cryptography, and how that led to a very short-sighted teenager asking her, “Did you used to do that in World War II?”…. 

2nd March 2023

Mark Anthony – Episode 9

A special pre-launch interview with Mark Anthony, author of the Fantasy trilogy, LIT and specifically the second book in the series, Ascent. Discover more at https://bookreality.com/project/mark-anthony/

23rd February 2023
Author Dean P. R. Buswell

Dean Buswell – Episode 8

Join Ian in conversation with Dean P.R. Buswell, author of the Urban Fantasy novel, The Order of Elysium. Influenced by Nordic and many other myths and legends, Dean has woven these into a stunning lore of his own.

16th February 2023

Lee Gaitan – Episode 7

Join Ian Hooper in discussion with Lee Gaitan, a contributor to the Book Reality anthology, Forgiveness is the Hardest Thing.

In 2020, US-based author, Rica Keenum, suggested the possibility of an anthology based on the topic of Forgiveness. 

One of the authors who submitted a piece for the anthology was, Lee Gaitan. An award-winning author of four books, including the Amazon #1 Bestseller My Pineapples Went to Houston, First Edition, and Lite Whines and Laughter, which garnered three international book awards and for which she was named a First Place Winner for Georgia Independent Author of the Year. She has authored chapters in several bestselling books and award-winning anthologies. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write, Enchanted Conversations, and Bella Grace among others. Her blog entries have earned a first-place win and honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and she is a winner of the Nickie’s Prize Writing Competition. Her 2021 release, My Pineapples Went to Houston, Second Edition, has already won two awards.

9th February 2023
Author Josh Barry

Josh Barry – Episode 6

An interview with author Josh Barry exploring his fascination with all things “light entertainment” and his remarkable book, Beyond the Title, a collection of celebrity interviews.

2nd February 2023
Editor Alix Kwan

Alix Kwan – Episode 5

An interview with editor, Alix Kwan, exploring what she does, how she was trained and how she works in collaboration with authors to refine and polish their manuscripts.

26th January 2023

Robert C Littlewood – Episode 4

An accomplished classical singer, Robert C Littlewood was born in Catford in the Borough of Lewisham, London. He emigrated to Australia with his family arriving in 1964 initially in Perth, Western Australia. 

With a deep and abiding love for the genres of science fiction and fantasy, he decided, like one of his literary heroes, CS Lewis, that he wanted to write the kind of novel he would like to read himself. Hiving completed the first two books, Deviance and Convergence in ‘The Balance Wars’ trilogy, he is currently working on Book 3 Equilibrium.

19th January 2023
Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Quinlan – Episode 3 

Barbara Ann Quinlan was, by her own admission, the archetype “wild child” in her teens and early adulthood. Romantically linked to Zohar Argov, widely known in Israel as ‘The king of Mizrahi music’, she also rubbed shoulders with Elizabeth Taylor, Rod Steiger and many more of Hollywood’s elite.

With a life story as remarkable as hers, there’s a good reason it took three volumes to document it. The Love Seeker trilogy is a tour de force of a force of nature.

12th January 2023

Peter Shearing – Episode 2

Join Royal Australian Navy veteran, Peter as he discusses his debut novel, Glacier, an historical fiction novel set in and around the Mediterranean and the island of Malta.


12th January 2023
Author Murray Ernest Hall

Murray Hall – Episode 1

Kicking off our 2nd series of Book Realities – interviews with independent authors, where we discuss their books, their writing methods and what inspired them to be writers in the first place, is a second chat with author, Murray Hall,

A former Commonwealth Games double silver medalist in cycling, Murray brought his first book out in 2018, a non-fiction account of his great-grandfather’s experiences in the First World War. Now though, he is back with his first fiction novel, Unlikely Barons, set in Western Australia’s “wild west”. The Kimberley town of Broome in the 1990’s.

Join him and host, Ian Hooper in discussion about this fictional (but set on so much fact) book of crime capers and the most unlikely criminal barons you’ll ever meet.

12th January 2023

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