Welcome to the Pens & Prosecco Podcast

“The less alone a writer feels, the less likely they are to give up.”

Michaela perry

My vision behind this podcast is to discuss all stages of the writing journey. Why? Because success doesn’t happen over night. And talking about the hardships, talking about how others struggle with writer’s block/burn out/loss of drive and thousands of other negative affects that comes from choosing to pursue this mentally/emotionally demanding passion is important. It’s important to know you’re not alone. &&& it’s important to know that when it’s hard, there’s a way to make it out on the other side. Writing can also be a beautiful, vulnerable challenge that can set your soul on fire. The Pens and Prosecco Podcast is here to remind you that no journey is the same, but each journey is worth pursuing. The writing community is strong, welcoming and full of support! Make connections, find your people and works towards your goals!



MEET KATIE WALL…Katie is a book coach and editor at Craft Better Books, a company she and her husband founded with the goal of helping authors grow in their craft so they can do just that: craft better books. As a book coach Katie supports writers as they plan, draft, revise, or query their books. She’s a cheerleader, accountability provider, and reflective listener for her clients. Katie writes fantasy and is an avid reader in her spare time, which isn’t much these days with two young kids and a small business. Her love of crafting reaches beyond the written word into knitting and DIY projects, but she is happiest when curled up with a good book, a fuzzy blanket, and her cat on her lap. While she has yet to complete a novel-length manuscript, she has big plans for writing a trilogy of trilogies and pursuing traditional publishing.


MEET KATIE ZHAO…Katie Zhao is the author of the Chinese-inspired middle grade fantasy The Dragon Warrior and its sequel, The Fallen Hero. She’s also the author of the forthcoming Asian American young adult thriller How We Fall Apart and middle grade sci-fi Last Gamer Standing. Katie grew up in Michigan, where there was little for her to do besides bury her nose in a good book or a writing journal. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a minor in political science (2017); she also completed her master’s in accounting there (2018). She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative Management and is published with Bloomsbury, Scholastic, and Penguin Random House. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, singing, dancing (badly), and checking out new Instagram-worthy restaurants. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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MEET ANGELA MONTOYA…Angela has always been a storyteller. Either by dancing, writing ridiculous poems about frogs, or putting on little plays for her family and forcing her younger sisters to perform them. But it wasn’t until a crisp February evening in 2016 that she put pen to paper––more like fingers to keys––and started to write. From that day forward, she became obsessed with the craft of writing. When her nose isn’t stuffed into a book or laptop, she spends her time watching bad reality TV, hanging outside, or seeing whatever musical she can. She is a current Pitch Wars mentee and hopes to begin querying in late February.

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