Making the Most of Your Interview Appearances – Billy Dees Featuring Kristy Mickelsen

This episode discusses numerous aspects of being interviewed as a guest on podcasts as well as other types of shows.

This episode was recorded with a live studio audience via Twitter Spaces.
  • What should guests bring to the table in terms of content?
  • How should you query the shows you want to be on?
  • In what ways should you support the show after your interview?

Billy Dees and then Kristy Mickelsen each give their core presentations which together run approximately 40 minutes into the episode. Then, a conversation opens up with a live studio audience which was facilitated via Twitter Spaces. The podcast was recorded in studio with an audio feed brought in from Twitter for a question-and-answer segment.

Kristy Mickelsen

Twitter Spaces is a form of the burgeoning medium of social audio. In short, hosts can create audio spaces for presentations and talks. Billy Dees was recently named one of the top voices in social audio by the Global Interview based in Ireland.

You can find Billy Dees on Twitter @BillyDees and Kristy Mickelsen @KristyBooks.

The episode can be found on your favorite platform under the Billy Dees Podcast. The full episode is below for your convenience.

“Walking with Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path Into Dementia” by Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell retired to Bonners Ferry, ID, in 2006, after living in Atlanta, GA, for 20 years where she worked for the American Cancer Society National Headquarters and then as a real estate agent and a new home builder. She began caring for her aging mother shortly after her move and started chronicling her journey.

What began as a written collection of her mother’s difficult behaviors during dementia’s earliest stages quickly turned into a comprehensive book that she continued to update until the inevitable end of her mother’s disease.

In this interview, Carolyn talks about her years long journey with her mother and Alzheimer’s dementia, and how her journals turned into a book.

An estimated 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.

You can find Carolyn Birrell’s website here carolynbirrell.com.

You can find the full interview on your favorite podcasting platform on the Billy Dees Podcast. For your convenience the full interview is here along with the webcam version.

Podcast Update August 2022

I would like to personally thank everyone who has been listening to the Billy Dees Podcast. We don’t feature every episode here on the production website, but we did want to update followers of the blog about some updates and recent episodes.

We have had a wonderful uptick in listens over the past 90 days.

July 2022

Apple Podcasts (then iTunes Podcasts) is where the podcast debuted and remains where a sizable percentage of the listens come from. More recently, Pandora has grabbed a huge percentage of listens. Also, Goodpods, which is what Good Reads is for books except for podcasts, is also coming on strong for listens and has been very active with us on Twitter. Their goal is to have a place where independent podcasts can thrive. We also want to welcome listers on the JioSaavn platform which is based in India.

Some great guests have contributed to our growth. Here is a sample of some of our recent episodes you may have missed. All of these episodes are available on your favorite podcast platform under the Billy Dees Podcast.

“Twitter and Twitter Spaces for Authors with Ruth L. Snyder”

You can find Ruth on Twitter at @RuthLSnyder During this episode we are talking about using Twitter and Twitter Spaces for authors. Many of the topics we cover are applicable to any social media or content marketing strategy in general.

Our guest is Ruth L. Snyder who is the author of “Learn Twitter” which is geared toward writers. Ruth is also a speaker and a book coach.

“Community Building and Marketing with Twitter Spaces with Guest, Keith Keller”

You can find Keith on Twitter at @KeithKeller

Whether you want to improve your content marketing strategy or simply want to build your brand, social media is almost always a major tool in your toolbox. In this episode we are talking with Keith Keller who has been a Twitter strategist since the early days of the platform.

Keith discusses how to Amplify Your Message, Build Your Brand, and Create a Community via Twitter and Twitter Spaces. We also ask him about Social Audio, what it is, and how Twitter Spaces approaches the medium of social audio.

“Talking About Hope with Graciela Moore”

You can find Graciela on Twitter at @SoMCoaching

Graciela Moore is ICF certified, a transcendental hope coach, and author. Graciela also helps HSIP thrive into soul-alignment and is a public speaker.

On this episode Graciela talks about hope, the different ways we consider hope, and how important it is in our daily lives. Please listen in for some great insights into personal growth, happiness, and hope!

Rachel Thompson Talks About Her Book, “Broken People” and Marketing

Rachel Thompson is an author of seven books. She is a champion for survivors and is the originator of the hashtag #SexAbuseChat on Twitter.

She also promotes other writers and is also known for the much-used blogging #MondayBlogs hashtag.

You can find her on Twitter @RachelintheOC, and at @BadRedHeadMedia which is all about creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors.

On this episode we are talking with Rachel about her advocacy for survivors, being an author, and her presence on the new medium Twitter Spaces.

This year 2022, “Broken People” was released and won ‘Best in Category’ for Nonfiction with the Book Excellence Awards

Maria Humphreys from Strong Body Strong Soul, Discusses Meditation, Spirituality, and Social Audio

You can find Maria on Twitter and Twitter Spaces @sbssforme and @techie_maria

On this episode we are talking with Maria Humphreys from the Strong Body Strong Soul Podcast. Maria is passionate about inspiring stories and is very enthusiastic about all topics related to audio, including the emergence of social audio. Maria has been able to combine her meditation practices with the nuances of spoken word communication.

Jerry Zezima “One for the Ageless How to Stay Young and Immature Even If You’re Really Old”

Jerry writes a humor column for Tribune News Service, which distributes it to papers nationwide and abroad. Jerry is also the author of six books, “Leave It to Boomer,” “The Empty Nest Chronicles,” “Grandfather Knows Best,” “Nini and Poppie’s Excellent Adventures,” “Every Day Is Saturday” and “One for the Ageless.”

Jerry Zezima

Jerry has won many awards including seven for humorous writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Jerry maintains a social media presence, has made many TV and radio appearances, is a popular public speaker, and is currently writing a sitcom.

You can find out more about Jerry on his blog or follow him on Twitter.

You can find our podcast interview with Jerry on your favorite podcast platform. For your convenience the Spotify podcast is playable in this post. We also have the videocast version available on YouTube.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Donna Cavanagh “Ramo to the Rescue”

“Ramo to the Rescue”

Some time ago, many years ago actually, I crossed paths with Donna Cavanagh on Twitter. We were both part of the Twittersphere for blogging, humor, and related subject matter. We say “content” now by the way.

Post 2012, podcasting was ramping up as high-ranking politicians were giving interviews and major crime investigations were finding an audience on the medium. Twitter is built for authors and podcasters. Donna, being the consummate book marketing specialist that she is, was one of the publishers who first recognized the connection.

This was circa 2011 and HumorOutcasts was in its early days. I started doing some writing for the site and most of my audio production at that time was in traditional media forms. Podcasting existed back then but was nowhere near the powerhouse it is today. I was one of the early adopters of podcasting as it was a natural fit for me.

Donna Cavanagh

This was a great opportunity for me. By the time 2016 rolled around, Donna and I were producing author interviews regularly. I have made some wonderful associations and friends working with the talented group of HO writers.

Donna has now written and published a children’s book, “Ramo to the Rescue.” The book tells the story of a lifeguard through the lens of a child and is written in poetry style rhymes. The book was inspired by a chance meeting with a lifeguard which Donna describes during her own podcast interview. She also credits many of the people who helped her produce the book including Hannah Farr, who created the illustrations.

You can find the full interview under the Billy Dees Podcast on your favorite podcasting platform. We also have a Spotify player for you in this post as well as the webcam version on YouTube.  

HumorOutcasts Podcast Interview with Deborah Fezelle – What’s Past is Prologue

What’s Past is Prologue

Content Warning: This episode contains discussion that some survivors may find triggering. It also contains spoilers regarding the content of the book.

On this episode we have Deborah Fezelle, who is the author of, “What’s Past is Prologue.” Deborah is a frequent guest of the podcast and a familiar author to many readers. She has an incredible resume in the arts and is a graduate of Juilliard. Deborah has worked as an actress, a director and coach, and as a writer. This book is the latest installment of the Nick McDeare Series.

Deborah Fezelle

This book, because of its subject-matter, was written to be more of a stand-alone piece than the other McDeare installments. Deborah describes this book as a personal “triumph” because she had to work through her own history of trauma to carry the reader on a similar journey with the characters.

It is a very sincere and heartfelt discussion, however, as the trigger warning indicates; it contains mature subject matter.

This podcast was produced in conjunction with HumorOutcasts.com, HOPress-Shorehouse Books, and other HO brands and publishing divisions.

You can find this episode titled, “HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle – What’s Past is Prologue” on almost any major podcast network under the Billy Dees Podcast.

For your convenience the episode is below. Thank you.

You can follow Deborah Fezelle on Twitter @mcdeare and Billy Dees @BillyDees.  

Keloid Awareness with Advocate Sarah Dawn

On this episode we have Sarah Dawn, who is an advocate for keloid scarring awareness.

Sarah is very active on TikTok and believes her world doesn’t evolve around her scars, but rather her scars revolve around her world.

Sarah shares how having keloid scars has impacted her life and how she became determined to change the prevailing attitude about scars as things that are ugly and should be hidden.  

We also talk about what keloids are, and some of the ways they can impact health and wellness.

We also discuss the topic of stigma around scars. Scars are often associated with the villain of the story, not the hero. In other cases, scars can be associated with the unhealed or the unholy.

March is National Keloid Awareness Month.

You can find Sarah Dawn on TikTok @SarahDawnOfficial

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on your favorite podcasting platform. For your convenience, the full episode is posted below. Additionally, below that is the webcam version.

Emme Fox – Advocate of Love, Sexuality, and Intimacy

Emme Fox

Our guest on this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast is, Emme Fox. She pronounces her name, “M” and is an advocate of love, sexuality, and intimacy.

During this interview we cover such subjects as body and sexual awareness, the molds and constructs that society often places on us, and why some people choose to send unsolicited and explicit pictures of private body parts.

This episode does contain frank discussions of human sexuality and behavior, however, the subject matter is covered in a serious and heartfelt manner in regard to human behavior and relationships.

You can follow Emme on Twitter @emme_fox.

The complete podcast is available on your favorite podcast platform. For your convenience the episode is available below. The webcam version is also available at the very bottom of this post on YouTube.

Fantasy Author Kat Satava & Romance Author Kristy Mickelsen

Kat Satava and Kristy Mickelsen

Fantasy Author Kat Satava & Romance Author Kristy Mickelsen have been friends since grade school. Now as adults they are supporting each other’s careers and goals by taking their new releases on a book tour to connect with people and gain new fans.

Together they have a mission to use their love of storytelling, as well as their own life experiences to bring joy to others as well as awareness for the causes they care so deeply about. 

Kristy became an advocate for cancer and autism awareness when her children were diagnosed with classical autism and her father passed away from renal cell carcinoma. 

Kat is an advocate for cultural diversity and inclusion as well as using writing in therapeutic ways.  

These two wonderful women have a lot of love and compassion for not only writing, but for people from all walks of life.  You can find their books on Amazon.com and other online retailers.

Kristy Mickelsen

Kristy Mickelsen Website

Kat Satava Website

Kristy Mickelsen Author and Advocate for Cancer Awareness

This episode is an interview with Kristy Mickelsen, a 43-year-old wife and mother, whose passions include her two autistic children, reading, and writing.

Kristy Mickelsen

Kristy is the author of the book, “A Christmas to Remember.”

Kristy wrote this book based on the real emotions her mother faced when her father passed away from Stage Four Renal Cell Carcinoma. Kristy’s goal with writing this book was not only to present a Christmas love story, but to bring forth cancer awareness about renal cell carcinoma as well as another form of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer.

A Christmas to Remember not only talks about what a cancer patient goes through but also the feelings that a spouse goes through after the loss of a loved one.

You can find Kristy’s website here KristyMickelsen.com. Kristy is also on Twitter @KristyBooks.

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on most major podcasting platforms. For your convenience the episode is playable below via Spotify. There is also a webcam version available on YouTube.