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Sep 14, 2023 | 0 comments

Host & Guest


Kristen McGuiness


Kathleen Kaiser &

Adanna Moriarty





About This Episode

On a Mission for Change:  Unveiling the Rise of a New Publishing House

In our latest podcast episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kristen McGuiness, a prolific author and visionary founder of Rise Books. Kristen shared her incredible journey in publishing, from working at the big five houses to becoming an accomplished writer. Her upcoming debut novel, “Live Through This,” set to release on October 10, 2023, embodies the spirit of change that defines Rise Books.

Kristen’s passion for stories that inspire change and radical ideas is the driving force behind Rise Books, and she discussed how the publishing house offers a unique platform for authors to make a difference. We also delved into her role as a book coach and her dedication to helping authors find their path in the literary world-including how you can make money writing full-time like she has done as a ghostwriter.

Kristen’s energy and motivation are infectious, and so is her inspiring vision for Rise Books. Whether you’re an aspiring author or a book enthusiast, this episode is a must-listen.

Stay tuned for Kristen’s insights and explore the world of publishing from a fresh perspective. Join Kathleen and Adanna to catch this engaging 51-minute conversation and discover the power of stories for change.

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About our guest

Kristen McGuiness

Kristen McGuiness is the author of Live Through This, her debut novel coming October 10, 2023, and the bestselling memoir 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life, which was optioned by Original Films/CBS Cable with Alison Brie attached to star. She has over twenty years of experience in book publishing, as an author, editor, and book publisher, with such houses as St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins.

Kristen is also the co-founder of Row House Publishing, along with President and Publisher Rebekah Borucki, and currently runs the book coaching company, Rise Writers, which provides book coaching and management for emerging and established authors. In addition, she is the publisher of Rise Books, launching in 2023, which publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry of radical inspiration. Kristen has appeared on the “TODAY Show,” in USA Today, and in Marie Claire, and has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, Shondaland, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Psychology Today, Salon, and The Fix. She lives in Ojai, CA, with her husband, two children, and a dog named Peter.

LIVE THROUGH THIS is a modern-day Western about love and heartbreak, set in 2016 at the edge of our turbulent times.

Jane Ambrose is a woman trying to reconcile the joyous mediocrity of middle-aged life until one night out ends in the ultimate tragedy. Negotiating between advocacy and exploitation, Jane must face her complicated past but also her complicated marriage, as she decides if she is willing to fight for the dream she left behind, and against the systems that destroyed it.

Kirkus Reviews describes the book as “a testament to the horrific damage that gun violence exacts on society. McGuiness’ novel shows off her skills as a terrific storyteller; the work sends her resilient protagonist through the highs and lows of life as a single mom who joins a complicated fight to safeguard the public and finds new purpose. An engrossing, epiphanic story of second chances, anchored by a relevant message.”

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