Author Stories Weekly Recap Feb 16 Edition

This week has been a great week for author interviews. I am a big believer in studying the creative process from all sorts of people and authors from every genre. Check out some of these amazing authors and hear their stories and thoughts on story craft and the art of storytelling from the week of February 12-16, 2018.

This week’s author interviews

We started the week with Jason Anspach and Nick Cole recapping the last year of Galaxy’s Edge and talking about what’s next.

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Today Jason Anspach and Nick Cole return to talk about what they’ve learned from nearly a year of Galaxy’s Edge and looking toward the completion of their initial nine book run. What’s next from Galaxy’s Edge, and how are they expanding and taking it to new levels? Tune in today to find out.

From the minds of Dragon Award winning author Nick Cole (CTR + ALT + REVOLT!) and Jason Anspach (’til Death), Galaxy’s Edge is a universe of adventure where outlaws, rogues, and rebels fight to survive under the oppressive regime of the Republic and its fearsome Legionnaires.

Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.

Jason Anspach is the author of ’til Death and co-author of the Military Science Fiction franchise, Galaxy’s Edge.

Tuesday John Lescroart dropped by to talk about his long career writing legal thrillers. This was a fantastic interview that deserves more than one listen.

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“Lescroart never ceases to amaze his fans. The wit, the timing, the dialogue—everything combines to give this author yet another bestseller and provide readers with a fast-paced, memorable thriller.” —Suspense Magazine

“The narrative flows effortlessly and includes a Perry Mason–worthy moment when Hardy manifests a bit of courtroom magic. Lescroart is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy great ensemble casts.” —Booklist

In John Lescroart’s latest thriller, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy is called upon to investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds courtesy of a recent client. But this plan is cut short when, against his wife’s wishes, he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper, Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company—but she insists that she’s innocent and Dismas wants to believe her.

As he prepares for trial, Dismas probes deeply into the Wagner clan’s history, discovering dark secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, startling betrayals, and menacing blackmailers. Suspense builds as the trial date looms, and the closer Dismas gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that he has a large target painted on his back.

With John Lescroart’s razor-sharp dialogue, intricate plotting and relentless pacing, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

John Lescroart is the author of over twenty-seven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia CutThe KeeperThe Fall, and Fatal. His books have sold more than ten-million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages. He lives in Northern California.

Hump day brought my long-time friend and health author and podcaster Jimmy Moore to the show. Jimmy brings great insight into the nonfiction side of the business.

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Today I am joined by my dear friend international bestselling health author Jimmy Moore. We talk about his history as a writer, hosting the longest running health podcast on the internet, dealing with the notoriety that comes with success, communicating complex issues in layman’s terms, and much more.

Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the energetic personality behind the über-popular blog Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and the host of the longest-running and one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show. He has interviewed over 1200 of the world’s top health experts and has dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible about living healthy so they can make the right decisions for their health. Jimmy is an engaging speaker who has been invited to speak all around the world, including the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and across the United States. He is the international bestselling author of The Complete Guide To FastingThe Ketogenic CookbookKeto Clarity, and Cholesterol Clarity as well as the upcoming release of The Keto Cure and Keto Freedom. Learn more about Jimmy and his work at


Thursday Kimmery Martin debuted her new novel The Queen of Hearts.

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Meet cardiologist Zadie and trauma surgeon Emma. Best friends since sum¬mer camp, the pair has journeyed through medical school and residencies together. Years later, they have settled in Charlotte, NC with families and suc¬cessful careers. But when a face from their past appears at the hospital where Emma works, it threatens to topple both women’s carefully constructed lives and tear a gash in their friendship.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life—both professionally and personally—through a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question ev¬erything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

Alternating between the friends’ med school experience in Louis¬ville, KY and present-day careers in Charlotte, Martin captures the all-con¬suming nature of medicine and its effect on the women’s personal lives. The author has a keen eye for portraying modern domestic life. Martin’s medi¬cal background means hospital scenes are vibrantly realized on the page, and her quirky, humorous voice adds levity to the otherwise serious moments.

Thrumming with suspense, humor, and empathy, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS proves that matters of the heart between two best friends can be some of the most wrenching and secret-filled.

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor, born and raised in the moun¬tains of Eastern Kentucky. A lifelong literary nerd, she reviews books, interviews authors, and works extensively with the library foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and three young children. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is her first novel.

We closed out the week with motivational speaker and self-help author Marilyn Sherman. Need some encouragement? This is the show for you.

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Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence. For the last 22 years, she has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately.

With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her work with live presentations and her accompanying motivational books have been described as ‘life-changing’.

She is a graduate of Washington State University and her first job in corporate America was with a finance company. They saw her management potential early on and put her into a 18-month accelerated management program and moved her from Seattle to Las Vegas in 1986. After three months, her training manager was killed in an accident and she was moved to an alternate training branch in San Jose. But, it was during that time that she fell in love with Las Vegas and vowed to be back one day.

After working and living in San Jose and then Allentown, Pennsylvania, she left the finance company to fulfill her dream of becoming a motivational speaker. Working with a contract training company, she became a road warrior conducting 6-hour management seminars up to 5 cities a week, up to 4 weeks a month for 5 years. She eventually started her own speaking and training company and moved to Las Vegas in 2003.

She is the author of 4 motivational books including her latest goal-setting book released this month called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List”.


Tune in next week for another packed roster of the best author interviews on the internet.

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