Get Published Episode 52 – Nate Hendley: Journalist, Author, Editor

Whew! Have you ever had one of those weeks where you always seem to be scrambling around? I’m sure you have and this week has been one for me which ended with a weekend in the mountains building snow shelters with my Scout troop. Fun, but not exactly time I could spend working on Get Published.

Still, I am very pleased with the interview you will hear with Nate Hendley. Nate is a Journalist (since the 1990’s), an Editor and an Author. I’m very happy to have a non-fiction author on the show to talk to us about the differences (and similarities) between fiction and non-fiction writing. Nate has a lot of great experience to share and I got a great deal from the interview.

I’ve also (finally) finished reading Philippa Ballantine’s newest novel “Geist”. I take a few minutes to review it in the “Tips and Typos” section.

Enjoy the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 52 – Nate Hendley: Journalist, Author, Editor

  • Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 52 – Nate Hendley: Journalist, Author, Editor

Welcome to the show.

00:48 — Promo – The Secret World

01:27— Tips and Typos – Get Published Episode 52 – Nate Hendley: Journalist, Author, Editor (continued)

  • Mike reviews “Geist” by Philippa Ballantine
  • Email feedback at getpublishedpodcast dot com with your comments

04:12 – Promo – View from Valhalla

04:25 — Get Published Episode 52 – Nate Hendley: Journalist, Author, Editor (continued)

Nate Hendley talks about being a journalist, an editor and an author. He shares the differences and similarities between fiction and non-fiction writing.

50:53 — Promo – GalaxyBillies

52:42 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Nate Hendley –

Philippa Ballantine –

Books of the Order –

Voices by Veronica (The Secret World) –

View from Valhalla –

GalaxyBillies –

Five Rivers Publishing –



  1. I am looking forward to reading Mr. Hendley’s book, ‘The Boy on the Bicycle’. There is a very informative podcast titled Get Published Episode 52-Nate Hendley-journalist, author, editor.
    The interview is much like his book ‘Motivate to Create’ with a few more very wise tips about writing. Mr. Hendley talks about the importance of researching, fact checking and editing the vast amount of material necessary to write an accurate book.
    Mr. Hendley talked about the tons of books he read when he was doing research for his book ‘American Gangsters’. He explained that, while reading many of the books he used for research, he started to notice that some of the authors hadn’t really done a lot of original research, and it was pretty obvious that they read somebody else’s account of something and then paraphrased it a bit and put their own version down, with no direct quotes to back it up, or newspaper accounts or anything.
    Mr. Hendley, also author of ‘The Black Donnellys’ The Outrageous Tale of Canada’s Feud says Tsk Tsk, to the copying of other writers work in this way, and so does the publisher of Thomas P. Kelley’s, ‘The Black Donnellys’ The True Story of Canada’s Most Barbaric Feud. Hmm?

  2. If you will allow me, I would like to elaborate on my previous comment with one of many examples of fiction, invention and imagination paraphrased from the novel ‘The Black Donnellys’ by Thomas P. Kelley.
    “I’ve read this material in a previously published famous book”

    Following the release of ‘The Black Donnellys’ in 1954 by Thomas P. Kelley, an interest was sparked in a case that had gone cold for more than 60 years. Gathering and using material from old newspapers, police and court records, as well as taking creative license with details and plot elements where the truth about certain aspects or events were not known, Mr. Kelley’s sensationalized account of the Donnelly tragedy was soon under the microscope. Although being the most popular and the most famous book ever written about the Donnelly massacre, it was heavily scrutinized and criticized for not being historically accurate.
    An example of Mr. Kelley’s work, is the scene where James Donnelly and three of his sons get their fortunes read by Grandma Bell, with the predictions of their violent deaths. In the books ‘The Black Donnellys’ ‘The True Story of Canada’s Most Barbaric Feud’ by Thomas P. Kelley and ‘The Black Donnellys’ ‘The Outrageous Tale of Canada’s Deadliest Feud’ by Nate Hendley, both describe this encounter with Grandma Bell, however the encounter first appeared in Kelley’s book in 1954. This account according to both authors happened in November, 1879 and is described very much in the same way in about two and one half pages, right down to the tossing of the coin/coins onto Grandma Bell’s table for payment of the reading. According to historical records, Grandma Bell died in 1878. This scene invented by Kelley never happened at all, but Kelley’s writing of it puts him at his pulp fiction best.
    Mr. Hendley is a non-fiction, true crime/biography author, and wrote for Altitude Publishing that specialized in short punchy Canadian non-fiction, primarily of a historical nature.
    Mr. Hendley’s book released in 2004, and surprisingly also titled ‘The Black Donnellys’, (the title coined by Mr. Kelley in 1954 and continuously borrowed because of it’s notoriety) contains many of the elements from Kelley’s book where Kelley took creative license with details and plot elements using fiction, invention and imagination where the truth about certain aspects or events were not known. Intentionally or not, using inaccuracies by not researching all of the elements believed to be factual from Kelley’s book affects the truthfulness of Hendley’s biography. Research is key, all sources must be verified.
    I also find that Mr. Hendley’s true crime/biography has us guessing what is fact and what is fiction because there is no delineation between his sometimes colorful and melodramatic writing and the material he is presenting as a result of his research, which I believe to be non existent!
    Because of the amount of fiction, invention and imagination appropriated from Mr. Kelley’s book, it is my opinion that Mr. Hendley’s, ‘The Black Donnellys’ is not a work of non-fiction, and is a flawed representation of the true crime/biography genre. It would also be logical to assume that if Mr. Kelley’s book can be criticized for not being historically accurate, so can Mr Hendley’s.

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