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  • The Story Discovery Podcast
     By Writers. For Readers.

    A bi-weekly podcast of short stories, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, published in Etched Onyx magazine.
    First the story, then the author interview.
    Listen and discover.

These are archived episodes from our Summer 2021 Edition of Etched Onyx Magazine.  Follow the Podcast Link at the top of the page to find our most recent shows. Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy the stories and the show.

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​Get Me the F Out of Here

The Russian phone roulette has begun, and you wonder if you’re next. Find out what happens in this flash fiction story that too many of us have faced in these trying times. Afterword, we talk with Donald Capone about his path to writing, his unique day job, and his approach to cranking out the stories and books. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.

​Losing Singularity / Doll's House / And Other Poems

On today’s show we hear five poems by Lila Rutishauser. Her works plumb the space between past and present, parent and child, and the purity and wonder of youth. Afterward, Lila shares her ‘Old Soul’ perspective on writing a crappy first draft and the power of pen on skin. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.

​Nothing, Egg Whites, Nothing

Nellie’s state of mind leads to a crash that breaks her arm, but her limb isn’t the only thing that’s broken. Follow Nellie as she smooths the sharp edges of her life into curves while hiding the truth from her brother. After the reading we talk with Piper Gourley about her writing style, her inspiration for the story, and writing about people in that space before crisis and intervention. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.


Brianna encounters a stranger on the NYC subway who inserts himself in her life. Despite her attempts to shun him, he persists. Follow Brianna and her unborn child as they navigate the travails of NYC streets and strangers. For today’s show, Melissa and JW talk about the unique circumstances of John Mahoney and his story. Although John was unable to participate in-person for the interview, JW and Melissa discuss the answers he provided in advance. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.

​The Blue Room

Earl has taken a turn for the worse, and Alice believes she was never meant to be a mother. The blue room offers her escape, and a place to conjure on futures and pasts. Where will the signs lead? After the reading, we speak with Peter Gooch about his own conjuring, the writer's muse, and that place where inspiration hides -- between the conscious and unconscious mind. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.

​16 Hours of Mistakes

The tale of Louis’ downward trajectory is one that every attendee at his AA meeting can relate to. Circumstances, bad choices, chemistry, aligning like chemical bonds. His story of addiction and disaster unfolds on the streets of Baltimore. Will it end with hope? After the story, we talk with Henry Cherry about how his photography, poetry, and letter writing has improved his craft as a writer. All audio and story material are copyright 2021, all rights reserved.

​Beneath the Marigolds (Prologue)

Today’s show is a special edition where we hear the audiobook prologue for Beneath the Marigolds, a debut novel by Nashville writer Emily Whitson. Afterward, we talk with Emily about her inspiration, her strong belief in writers’ groups, and the importance of editors.

When her friend and sponsor, Reese Marigold, goes missing after attending Last Chance, an exclusive singles’ retreat on a remote island off the coast of Hawaii, no-nonsense lawyer Ann Stone infiltrates the retreat. Ann quickly realizes there’s more to Last Chance than meets the eye. The extravagant clothes, never-ending interviews, and bizarre dates hint that the retreat is a front for a reality dating show. Could Reese be safe, keeping a low profile until the premier, or did something sinister occur after all? 

Emily C. Whitson is a former marketing copywriter and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in journalism. She is now pursuing a Master of Education with a specialization in English Literature at Vanderbilt University.

Emily is a mystery and thriller author with a focus on contemporary pop culture. Her work explores the intersection of suspense and entertainment, the dark side of celebrity and Hollywood glamour.

Learn more at www.emilycwhitson.com