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Abigail Dean Talks Writing Psychologically Flawed Characters

Abigail Dean Talks Writing Psychologically Flawed Characters

April 19, 2021

Debut author Abigail Dean talks about writing Girl A, one of 2021's Most Anticipated Books, writing psychologically flawed characters, and the pressure of following up a hugely successful debut.

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Robert McCaw Shares the Importance of Good Editing for Self-Publishing

Robert McCaw Shares the Importance of Good Editing for Self-Publishing

December 30, 2020

Today's guest is Robert McCaw, author of the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series, talks about the importance of good editing, cover design, and other elements of self-publishing correctly. Also covered- making the transition from self-published to traditional publishing. 

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Jeff Lindsay on the Dexter Finale & Return, Plus New Riley Wolfe Series

Jeff Lindsay on the Dexter Finale & Return, Plus New Riley Wolfe Series

December 28, 2020

Jeff Lindsay - author of the Darkly Dreaming Dexter series, which was adapted for Showtime as the hit show Dexter - talks about the much-hated series finale, its return, and his new series featuring another anti-hero, Riley Wolfe.

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Historical Novelist Fiona Davis On Writing the Recent Past

Historical Novelist Fiona Davis On Writing the Recent Past

August 24, 2020

Today's guest is Fiona Davis, historical novelist, national bestseller and library darling. Fiona Joined me today to talk about the 125th anniversary of the New York Public Library, which is the setting for her newest book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue. We talk about writing historical fiction, research methods, the difficulty of writing dual timelines and the difference between writing recent history versus the past.

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Dan Koboldt On Co-Authoring & Putting the Science in Fiction

Dan Koboldt On Co-Authoring & Putting the Science in Fiction

April 20, 2020

Today's guest is Dan Koboldt. Dan joined me today to talk about his publishing journey with SciFi, non-traditional routes to success in the audio world and how to put the science in fiction. 

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Stephanie Wrobel on Researching Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy & the Value of an MFA

Stephanie Wrobel on Researching Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy & the Value of an MFA

April 13, 2020

Today’s guest is Stephanie Robel whose debut novel, Darling Rose Gold, is available now. Stephanie joined me today to talk about her research involving Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in order to write her novel. Also covered, how being a copywriter and having an MFA helped Stephanie transition into the publishing world.

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Sarah-Jane Stratford On Writing About The Hollywood Blacklist & The Red Scare

Sarah-Jane Stratford On Writing About The Hollywood Blacklist & The Red Scare

March 30, 2020

Today's guest is Sarah Jane Stratford. Her first novel, Radio Girls, was based on the early days of the BBC and its pioneering talks producer, Hilda Matheson. Red Letter Days, her newest novel, continues that tradition by similarly highlighting a little known but influential woman in media set during the 19 fifties Red Scare and inspired by the real life TV producer Hannah Weinstein, Red Letter Days reveals the untold story of women who escaped the Hollywood blacklist. Sarah joined me today to talk about the inspiration for Red Letter Days and the research involved in writing about the Red Scare. Also covered - the challenge of basing a fictional character on a real person, and the last repercussions of the Red Scare.

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Lisa Gardner: Forensics Research Vs. Reality

Lisa Gardner: Forensics Research Vs. Reality

February 17, 2020

Today’s guest is Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller novelist and self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries. She’s also had four books become TV movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide) and has made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN. Lisa invites her readers to enter the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” Sweepstakes at LisaGardner.com. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected to meet a grand end in Lisa’s latest novel. Past winners have nominated spouses, best friends and even themselves. Lisa joined me today to talk about her newest release When You See Me, which combines three of her most loved characters, and how heavily research plays into her process.

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Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

Michael Tougias On Adapting His Own Work For Younger Audiences

February 10, 2020

Today’s guest is Michael Tougias, the author of many true rescue stories, including THE FINEST HOURS, which was adapted into a Disney film. His latest, INTO THE BLIZZARD has been adapted for middle grade readers from his adult non-fiction book about the Blizzard of 1978. Michael joined me today to talk about the difference between seeking publication with fiction versus non-fiction, and the challenge of adapting his own work for a younger audience. Also covered, research, and the process of interviewing your subjects face to face.

 

 

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Juan Pablo Villalobos On Writing Tough Non-Fiction For Teens

Juan Pablo Villalobos On Writing Tough Non-Fiction For Teens

December 9, 2019

Today’s guest is Juan Pablo Villalobos, author of The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border. Juan Pablo joined me today to talk about the experiences of young refugees, and his approach to compiling their stories. Also covered: using a narrative within non-fiction.

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