Kindling: The Storey Publishing Podcast

Storey Publishing

In Kindling: The Storey Publishing Podcast we explore the spark that ignites a deep-rooted passion for sustainable living. The authors we’ll meet will empower you with the skills and savvy they’ve gleaned from years of hands-on experience.

In each episode, a member of the Storey family will interview an author they have worked with. From editors, to publicists, to designers you’ll get a sense of the inner workings of a publishing team and learn what fuels our excitement, and what we love most about creating books that share our author’s expertise with the world.

All Episodes

Tune in as Storey acquisitions editor Carleen Madigan speaks with author Will Sutherland about his book, Skoolie! In this episode of Kindling, author Will Sutherland talks about how he first started converting school buses into mobile living spaces, and how his book, Skoolie! can teach anyone to do it. If you can build Ikea furniture, Will says, you can build a skoolie.

Jul 7

16 min 24 sec

Tune in as Storey project editor Mia Lumsden speaks with author Rachel Corry about The Sandalmaking Workshop. In this episode of Kindling, author and shoemaker, Rachel Corry, explains what (literally!) sparked her interest in making sandals, how the lack of easy-to-follow instruction inspired her to write The Sandalmaking Workshop, and how accessible the craft is to everyone—she’s even taught it to an 11-year-old!

Jun 23

13 min

Tune in as Storey publicity and marketing campaign director Alee Moncy speaks with author Phyllis Good about No Recipe? No Problem!  In this episode, best-selling cookbook author Phyllis Good explains that she wrote No Recipe? No Problem! as a guide for her younger self—sharing how she went from meticulously following a recipe to freestyling with confidence in the kitchen, and how you can too. Plus, she offers grocery store shopping strategies and reveals the staple ingredients she keeps in her pantry and fridge. 

Jun 9

18 min 8 sec

Tune in as Storey creative director Alethea Morrison speaks with author Ann Hobbie and illustrator Olga Baumert about their collaboration on Monarch Butterflies.  In this episode, Hobbie and Baumert share their experience working with a remarkable team of women to bring Monarch Butterflies to life, from the initial outline to finished illustrations and everything in between. Plus, they talk about conservation efforts and the fact that when kids learn to care for an individual creature, like the Monarch butterfly, they start to notice other insects and other things growing in the garden, and start to care about them, too.

May 26

17 min 42 sec

Tune in as Storey creative director Alethea Morrison speaks with Kristi Nelson about her book, Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted.  In this episode, Nelson shares how cancer was a big breakthrough experience for her in terms of orienting toward a more grateful life. She offers thoughts on how to awaken a sense of possibility in moments of uncertainty, and first-hand tips for navigating anxiety. 

May 12

20 min 38 sec

Tune in as Storey's Acquiring Editor, Deb Burns, speaks with Meg Thacher about her book, Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations. In this episode, Thacher shares her passion for astronomy from how she got started (spoiler alert, an inspiring professor made all the difference!) to what it was like to write her first book, the beautifully illustrated Sky Gazing. She goes on to explain that astronomy acts as a "gateway science" for kids who are fascinated by mysterious black holes and the unimaginable size of the sun.

Apr 28

16 min 18 sec

Storey publicity & marketing campaign director Alee Moncy speaks with Catherine Newman about her book, How to be a Person, 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You're Grown Up. In this episode, Newman explains how a trip to the library—where she came up empty-handed—inspired her to write How to be a Person, 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You're Grown Up for her daughter. Plus she offers insights on how the book inspires kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, to roll up their sleeves and get to work on becoming a better person.

Apr 14

16 min 54 sec

Storey acquiring editor Carleen Madigan speaks with Chris Hobbs about his book, Christopher Hobbs's Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide. Hobbs explains that his fascination with mushrooms had its roots in his upbringing as a lay naturalist and how a gut-wrenching, rebellious run-in with “eating all kinds of junk and candy and hamburgers and soda” led him to discover the healing power of mushrooms. Plus, Hobbs shares how mentors shaped his lifelong love of mushrooms and reveals which mushrooms he has in his kitchen right now.

Mar 31

23 min 14 sec

Storey’s publisher, Deborah Balmuth speaks with best-selling author Maia Toll about how she got into herbalism, and her Wild Wisdom series including The Illustrated Bestiary, The Illustrated Crystallary, and The Illustrated Herbiary. 

Jan 5

16 min 42 sec

Dean of The Pie Academy Ken Haedrich (Maple Cookbook, Harvest Baker, Pie Academy) delves into the world of baking with Storey art director Carolyn Eckert, touching on the importance of community and providing solutions for some of the most common pie-making conundrums.  

Oct 2020

17 min 43 sec

Gardening guru and best-selling author Niki Jabbour (The Year Round Vegetable Gardner, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, Groundbreaking Food Gardens) and Storey editor Carleen Madigan cover a variety of gardening topics, from buying seeds to growing in a polytunnel, and dig into Jabbour’s forthcoming book, Growing Under Cover.

Oct 2020

22 min 17 sec

Expert fermenters and best-selling authors Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey (Fermented Vegetables, Fiery Ferments, and Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments) explore the power and importance of fermented foods and discuss their upcoming book, The Big Book of Cidermaking, with Storey publicist Anastasia Whalen.

Sep 2020

18 min 21 sec

Storey acquiring editor and editor of best-seller The Backyard Homestead Carleen Madigan discusses homesteading, editing, and trying new hobbies with Storey art director Carolyn Eckert. 

Sep 2020

18 min 6 sec

Best-selling author and herbalist Rosemary Gladstar (Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and Fire Cider!) speaks with Storey’s publisher, Deborah Balmuth, about the benefits of herbal medicine and the growth of its popularity.

Sep 2020

22 min 36 sec