About

I started the Author Stories Podcast in the fall of 2014 because I wanted to listen to authors tell their stories. Not just about the stories they’d written, but the stories of what made them who they are. I wanted to know what made creative people tick, and I am fascinated by the journey that people take to get to where they are.

I looked for a podcast that fit the bill and couldn’t find one, so I started the show that I wanted to listen to. The show I saw in my head would be something akin to Inside The Actors Studio, but for authors. I wanted to go deep and ask the kinds of questions that an author rarely gets asked. What I’ve found in over 750 interviews is that the authors’ lives are more fascinating than the stories they tell. If you are a writer, I hope the collective wisdom from the centuries of combined writing experience is of help to you. If you’re a reader that wants to know more about your favorite storyteller, I hope you find new reasons to love them and their work even more.

Interview with Fantasy author Brandon SandersonI focus on authors from all backgrounds and genres, indie or trad-pub. None of those distinctions really matter to me, I just love to listen to authors talk, and I believe that I have become a better writer by spending time learning about the craft from some of the best writers in the world.

For information about scheduling visit this page, or for comments about the show, email me at authorhankgarner at outlook dot com.

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  1. Hank, I wrote to you several months ago to express my appreciation of your podcast. I have now listened to shows from 500 back to 359, have looked up many of the authors, and have been elated with the audiobooks I’ve heard (from the Los Angeles Public Library). I would just like to mention three – The Map Thief, The Secret Token (Roanoke Colony), and Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon, which wasn’t the book you talked to her about, but I will get around to that. I have suggested your podcast and several of the books to family and friends, trying not to be pushy. And I’ve decided to write notes of appreciation to the writers. The Map Thief author sent me a lovely reply.

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