Latest Episodes

S2, Ep. 6: Self-Publishing, Wattpad, Danielle Steel, and “The Rain Song”

May 11, 2021

Should you self-publish? Are you on Wattpad? Is fear holding you back from showing your writing? Kristine talks about the fear she’s been holding onto and what finally made her decide to reveal the first chapter of her very first novel. 

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S2, Ep. 5: Original, Uncut “Farmer Boys,” A Short Story

April 27, 2021

The full, uncut version of “Farmer Boys” before cutting more than half of the tale to be published in Local Honey | Midwest. 

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S2, Ep. 4: “Farmer Boys,” A Short Story

April 14, 2021

A friendly reminder to keep submitting and to write what you love. This short story was rejected by many (even The New Yorker), but after cutting more than half of the tale, “Farmers Boys” found a home with Local Honey | Midwest. 

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S2, Ep. 3: “Mediocre Marie Bumps Her Head,” A Short Story

March 30, 2021

Another short story by Kristine. Mediocre Marie gets a goose egg and isn’t able to try out for soccer. Instead, she decides to try out for a musical: “The Music Man.” But does Mrs. K. see any talent during Marie’s audition?

Photo: Kristine Perkins

S2, Ep. 2: “Burning in the Heartland,” A Short Story

March 16, 2021

Feeling stuck? In life? Having deep thoughts? Me, too. A little unsolicited advice plus a story about a young woman in middle America who is pregnant, lost her job, got kicked out of her house, and her husband is lost in the war overseas.

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S2, Ep. 1: “Aunt Oliva is a Witch,” A Short Story

March 2, 2021

First episode of season 2. A short story written by Kristine during the summer of 2020. A weird little tale of two young boys and their witch-like aunt.

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Ep. 8: Sexy Strawberry

Oct. 13, 2020

Last episode of season 1. A farewell until spring and a sexy strawberry writing prompt to carry you through the next few months. 

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Ep. 7: Kali White VanBaale Interview

Sept. 29, 2020

Kali White VanBaale’s latest novel, “The Monsters We Make,” is out now. We talked about the inspiration for this tale, farming, the writing life, and everything under the sun.

Photo: Robert Delsol, contributed by Kali White VanBaale

Ep. 6: You Should Run

Sept. 15, 2020

Women are grossly underrepresented in American politics. Full stop. That needs to change. Host Kristine Keil takes this episode off course for an important PSA.

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S1, Ep. 5: ‘Ione,’ A Short Story

Sept. 2, 2020

Inspired by both of Kristine Keil’s grandmas, “Ione” is a kind old lady who helps a middle-aged woman find friendship in this short story.

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Ep. 4: Author Kris Abel-Helwig Interview

Aug. 18, 2020

In this episode, author Kris Abel-Helwig discusses her latest young adult novel, “I Wish My Words Tasted Better,” book number two in her trilogy.

Photo: Kris Abel-Helwig, contributed by Kris Abel-Helwig

Ep. 3: Damien Dominguez for Ward 3

Aug. 4, 2020

Kristine shares a short story she wrote in 2019 for a contest. It didn’t win, but it’s a great example of an author slowly finding their voice or writing style.

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Ep. 2: The One Tom Arnold Liked

July 18, 2020

The actor Tom Arnold found me on Twitter seven years ago and told me he liked this short story of mine.

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Ep. 1: Welcome, Who is This?

July 18, 2020

What is The Iowa Fiction Show and who is Kristine Keil? Find out in this short background clip.

Photo: KP