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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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Tracy Chevalier On Writing Historical Fiction

Tracy Chevalier On Writing Historical Fiction

December 2, 2019

Today’s guest is Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With A Pearl Earring. Her tenth novel, A Single Thread, released recently. Tracy joined me today to talk about the the plight of “excess women” in England post World War 1, how writing leads her to hobbies - not the other way around – and how a writer needs something in their lives that isn’t word-based. Also covered: the pressure of an expectant audience, and learning your own rhythms as a writer.

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T. Jefferson Parker On Knowing When To Leave A Character Behind

T. Jefferson Parker On Knowing When To Leave A Character Behind

September 2, 2019

Today’s guest is T. Jefferson Parker, the bestselling author of 13 stand alone noir crime novels, as well as three separate series featuring the characters Merci Rayborn, Charlie Hood and his latest, Roland Ford. He joined me today to talk about knowing when it’s time to create a new character, as well as the bittersweetness of leaving an old one behind. Also covered: the importance of setting in fiction, and how to create a place readers want to return to, what has changed in publishing over time, and how to stay invigorated as a writer.

 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Marketing With Kelly DeVos

The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Marketing With Kelly DeVos

July 22, 2019

 

 Today’s guest is Kelly DeVos whose work on body positivity has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Vulture, Salon, Bustle and SheKnows. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins. Her second book, Day Zero, is coming in 2019 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.

Kelly joined me today to talk about the sophomore experience in publishing, the importance of networking, and how NOT to market yourself. Also covered: jumping genres but still remaining true to your author brand.

 

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The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach

 

 

 

 

Research For The Orphan’s Song Plus Writing For Adults Vs. Teens with Lauren Kate

Research For The Orphan’s Song Plus Writing For Adults Vs. Teens with Lauren Kate

July 1, 2019

Today’s guest is Lauren Kate. the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Fallen novels, the Teardrop novels, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. Kate joined me today to talk about the inspiration for her newest adult historical, The Orphan’s Song. Also covered: what differences – if any – there are in writing for the adult vs. the YA market.

 

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