Insights from Adult Fiction Authors: A Conversation on Writing, Inspiration, and Publishing


Join us for a captivating conversation with two talented adult fiction authors, Janet Walden-West and Sarena Ulibarri, as they sit down with Jocelyn Rish to discuss their unique journeys to becoming published authors. Janet’s repertoire spans across Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, as well as Urban Fantasy, while Sarena specializes in Speculative Fiction and excels in editing anthologies of Optimistic Climate Fiction.

In this tip-packed interview, they divulge the secrets to their creative process and share what motivates and inspires their craft. Discover the evolution of their writing rituals, their innovative approaches to book promotion, and their invaluable resources for honing their writing skills. Along the way, you’ll gain a glimpse into the publishing industry, and the challenges that these writers faced on their long and winding roads to publication.

This discussion is a must-watch for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the writing craft and the business of publishing. So, settle in and let Jocelyn, Janet, and Sarena take you on a journey that will inform, inspire, and entertain.

Meet The Authors:

Sarena Ulibarri is a speculative fiction author and editor from the American Southwest. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, DreamForge, GigaNotoSaurus, Solarpunk Magazine, and elsewhere, and nonfiction essays have appeared in Strange Horizons and Grist. Her novella, Another Life, is forthcoming from Stelliform Press in 2023. As an anthologist, she has curated and published several international volumes of optimistic climate fiction: Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (2018), Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters (2020), and Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures (2021). Find out more at
Get a copy of Sarena Ulibarri’s book, ANOTHER LIFE at (affiliate link)

Janet Walden-West lives in the Southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print. She writes intersectional sexy-times Contemporary and Paranormal romance, and boss-girl Urban Fantasy heroines.A Pitch Wars mentee/mentor alum, and RWA Golden Heart finalist, she’s the author of the Contemporary SALT + STILETTOS: South Beach Romances series, and the Region Two Urban Fantasy romance series. Her Urban Fantasy short stories can be found in multiple anthologies. She is represented by Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency. Find out more at
Get a copy of Janet Walden-West’s book, AGENT ZERO at (affiliate link)

Jocelyn Rish is a writer and filmmaker who loves researching weird and wonderful animals and sharing what she learns. Her debut was BATTLE OF THE BUTTS, about ten animals that do weird things with their butts. Her latest book is BATTLE OF THE BRAINS, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection about ten animals with mind-blowing brain abilities. When she’s not writing, she tutors kids to help them discover the magic of reading. Jocelyn has won numerous awards for her short stories, screenplays, films, and novels and lives in South Carolina with her adorable dog. Find out more at
Get a copy of Jocelyn Rish’s book, BATTLE OF THE BUTTS at (affiliate link)


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