Episode 24: How to write a For Dummies book and romantic suspense (but not at the same time) with author Gwen Hernandez

Hey Behind the Prosers,

scrivenerfdcoverI know you’ve been waiting for part two of the awesome interview with Gwen Hernandez, and here it is! In this episode we talk about crafting introductions, how the writing software Scrivener helps “plotters” and “pantsers” – (listen to find out which one you are), how Hernandez uses Scrivener to structure her books with four parts, and what about self-publishing appealed to her and how she’s done so, successfully, with her romantic suspense novels.

I’ve got many great authors cued up for you in the next several episodes including:

Dinty W. Moore’s Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference Presentation (Dinty has a great new book out by the way! If you write, you should def add it to your library.)

Scott Hess, author of the historical novel, The Butcher’s Sons

Sean Ennis, author of Chase Us, a collection of short stories

Susan Shapiro, New York Times Bestselling author of What’s Never Said, a novel 

You know what to do next: Listen. Learn. Write.


Gwen Hernandez

Gwen Hernandez

Gwen Hernandez is the author of Scrivener For DummiesProductivity Tools for Writers, and the Men of Steele series (romantic suspense). Before she started teaching Scrivener through her popular online courses, she was a manufacturing engineer and a programmer. She loves to travel, read, jog, practice Kung Fu, and hang out at home near Boston with her Air Force husband, two teenage boys, and a lazy golden retriever. Find her online at gwenhernandez.com.


  • Are you a plotter or pantser? Find out at [4:58].
  • Interested in Gwen Hernandez’s writing schedule? Skip to [9:19].
  • Curious about what goes into self-publishing a book? Listen in at [16:07].
  • Want to know more about how a self-published author markets their material? Go to [34:20].


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