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Episode 160 – A Spirited Chat With Danae Ayusso

This week Justin, Terry, and Eli talk with author Danae Ayusso. She’s spicy, had great success as a self published author, garnered a loyal following of fans, and with the help if the Tribe Literary Agency she’s hoping to take over the world. Enjoy!

The artist Terry gushed about is Elena Dudina. Go check out her amazing work and pick up a print. Or three.

The cover she did for indie author Lindsay Buroker is shown in this blog post. Go find her on Amazon and buy her books. Support an indie author.

Two tools mentioned in this episode:

Visual Thesaurus

This week’s promo – “Toothless” by J. P. Moore



  1. LOL! Loved it! …and I can personally vouch that Danae’s persona is genuine. We had a lovely lunch together where we talked books for nearly 2 hours. Good times!

  2. Only my wife can say FUCK 300 times in an interview and still sound like an adorable truck stop marshmallow. And LOVE how she never actually answered a question.
    What she didn’t mention is that she finished three books last month, two this month—each being over 100,000 words—and that she can write a book in eight days and have it 85% publisher ready on the first attempt.
    Danae doesn’t have drafts, doesn’t rewrite…she doesn’t write like a normal person. She hates talking about herself, hence her rambling and use of fuck, but I’m very proud of her and wish that she would have taken a breath and slowed down so those listening could see the beautiful mind behind the impressive word counts, use of the f-word in all of the questionable ways that she does, the fans and their lives and how she’s changed them; there are a few kids now named after her characters, helped people dealing with loss overcome their heartache, and the chats and exchanged messages that she has with fans that just need to talk, vent, or ask for advice.
    Somehow my antisocial wife has become a literary crack pushing therapist of the generations and I couldn’t be prouder of her.

  3. Thanks for linking to my sites! Yes, Elena is great!

    Boy, I’m going to have to listen to this podcast. Chris’s first sentence in the comments sold me. 😀

  4. Loved it!! 🙂 Danae’s work is truly unique and she’s helped me a lot!! She’s inspired me to become a writer myself and my confidence is at an all time high!!! 🙂
    This woman rocks!!!

  5. She was an exciting guest to have on. I’ll be watching to see if she makes the jump to digital on the big sites. With her following, she might take off like nobody’s business.

    Lindsay, I’m happy to link to your sites and recommend your books. We all have to stick together. Besides, now you’ve got me drooling all over myself to get a cover from Elena when my book is complete. Very exciting stuff. Thanks again for your help.

  6. I love Danae’s work, I would suggest it to anybody over the age of 13/well mature 13 year olds.

  7. I was stalling on twitter trying to find something to cure my boredom – and KABOOM – somebody I follow tweeted this post. Now, I am not quite as bored. Thanks for posting good material. – Frisbee

  8. This girl is an idiot, plain and simple. Never read her writing and will make it a point not to.

  9. Chris, your comment is hilarious. 😀
    Absolutely love Danae’s books and all I can say is that her fans (The Corrupted) have all pretty much reached the level where we are refreshing her webpages every 5 seconds. It’s pretty insane, but that’s just it, Danae’s insane and she is an incredible writer. All of the things you think “what if a…” for, Danae has made them happen. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve burst out laughing or broken down crying while reading her literary crack.
    Simply incredible! 😀
    P.S. @JoBlo, you’re an idiot.


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