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  • The Story Discovery Podcast - Winter 2020
     By Writers. For Readers.

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

All episodes from the most recent edition of Etched Onyx Magazine are available on the Podcast page. These shows were released as part of our Winter 2020 Inaugural Edition. Enjoy!

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​The Audition

A humorous tale of a musical director vetting aspiring actors and the unlikely impact on all involved.  After the reading we speak with Becky Hinshaw about the origin of the story, writing practices, the challenge of creativity during a pandemic, and even bear attacks.

​Constance Beach

The Bleecker family looks to enjoy some much-anticipated together-time at Constance Beach, but nature, and those pivotal moments in life, may have other plans. After the story we speak with Christopher about writing inspiration, his approach to storytelling, and an emotion he most appreciates.  It might surprise you.  Also, keep an eye out for his debut novel, We Take Care of Our Own, to be out soon.

​Just Start

Discover a safe place, where a chance interaction between two strangers struggling to overcome their demons, changes both lives and hearts.  After the reading, Melissa reveals her writing style as well as some of her surprising friends. Bonus points to those who can guess the type of bird that performs a few cameos during the interview.

​Sense of Taste

Lauren is on a mission. She needs some chips, and she needs them now, but sometimes your past gets in the way. Even at the grocery store.  After the reading, we talk with April about what sparked the idea for this story, and how a background in journalism informs her fiction and non-fiction writing. 

​Old James and the Whittler

Old James is looking for a companion.  What he finds is a kindred spirit with a secret. Together, they discover the joys of a simple life while whittling a mystery.

Lady of the Lake (Prologue)

Today’s show is a special edition where we hear the prologue for a work-in-progress by local Nashville writing fixture, Katie McDougall.


It’s Allison Bosch’s sixtieth birthday and she’s hiking a seldom-traveled ridge in the San Juan Mountains where her husband died sixteen years prior. What happens when her dog, Jez, encounters a mountain goat will leave you wanting to read the next chapter. After the reading, we talk with Katie about her writing method, working with agents on this novel-in-progress, and about The Porch, a Nashville non-profit that support writers through education and community.