Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Bob Williams joins me for Episode 247 to talk about going from theater major to writer, why he left theater and never looked back, how acting and writing are similar and different, living in different parts of the country and how that affected his creativity, his love of mystery/thrillers, meeting authors online that inspired him, trying his hand at writing fiction, the importance of editing and putting your best product out, relaunching a series, and much more. About Bob Williams: Bob Williams currently livesRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Journalist and author Lenora Chu joins me for Episode 246 of Author Stories. In this episode we talk about Lenora’s path to becoming a writer, how she secretly longed to be a journalist while she studied a completely different path, how moving to China inspired her latest book Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve, how her perceptions of China have changed, how the society is changing, and much more. About Lenora Chu: Lenora Chu is an award-winningRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram In Episode 245 fantasy author Kendare Blake joins me to chat about her career as a writer, leaving her career in finance to pursue creative writing in London, writing short stories vs. novels, why she writes dark fantasy stories, urban fantasy vs. epic fantasy, how to choose the right agent and publisher, and much more. Buy Kendare’s books on Amazon About Kendare Blake: Kendare Blake is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northernRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today in Episode 244 Fantasy author Leigh Bardugo joins me to for a spirited chat about writing, where ideas come from, the importance of seeing a project through to the end, especially when it gets hard, revisiting legends and fairy tales, the importance of fantasy and why these stories resonate with us, writing an iconic character like Wonder Woman and which parts of Diana’s legacy were important to her, and much more. Buy Leigh’s books on Amazon About Leigh Bardugo: Leigh Bardugo is aRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor joins me today for Episode 243 of Author Stories. In today’s episode we talk about Hazel’s love of story and her entry into the writing world at age 40, her love of history, why she self published her first book and how she later transitioned to a traditional publishing deal, looking for the hidden stories in history, why she loves the early 20th century time period, the Titanic, the hoax that fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and much more.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Caroline Todd, one half of the writing duo known as Charles Todd joins me today to talk about her history as a story teller, how world travel informs her stories, the rich tradition of story telling that runs in her family, writing with her son, how they worked out their writing process, creating characters, writing historical fiction, and much more. Buy Charles Todd’s books on Amazon About Charles and Caroline Todd: Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Chris Pavone is one of my new favorite authors. On today’s episode of Author Stories, Chris and I talk about his newest book The Travelers, how an assignment in third grade set him on the path to publishing, how crossword puzzles got him into publishing, the importance of genre fiction, how he decided to become a novelist, Luxembourg as an ex-pat, ghostwriting, finding his voice as an author, and much more. About Chris Pavone: CHRIS PAVONE is author of three national-bestselling thrillers: THE EXPATSRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Heather Harpham joins me to talk about the importance of story telling, acting and developing one person theater productions, the real story that would be the basis for her new book Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, writing memoir, how grief affects creativity, sharing our experiences with others using the power of story telling, and much more. About Heather Harpham: Heather Harpham (b. 1967) is an American writer and theater performer, born and raised in northern California, who lives and worksRead More →

Today Tricia Goyer joins me for an inspirational start to the week. In this episode we talk about her love of stories as a young person and how some serious life challenges altered the path she thought she would take in life, how the spark was ignited that would lead to her becoming the prolific author of 70 books in 20 years, the challenges of writing historical fiction, writing from a particular worldview without alienating your audience, her writing schedule while balancing family and other obligations, her creative process, and much more. Buy Tricia’s books on Amazon About Tricia Goyer: Tricia Goyer is a God-centered,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Thomas Mullen, author of Dark Town and Lightning Men joins me today to talk about his new book, his lifelong desire to be a writer, writing literary fiction with a magical realism twist, how he found his place writing historical fiction, the importance of telling the truth in fiction, writing believable characters, not shying away from difficult subjects, and much more. About Thomas Mullen: Thomas Mullen is the author of The Lightning Men, Darktown, and The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Fiona Davis, author of the brand new book The Address joins me to talk about her history as an actor on and off Broadway, her love of architecture, how place affects story, bringing the past to life, finding the interesting tidbits about a place’s history that can launch a story, her writing process, her breakout book The Dollhouse, and much more. About Fiona Davis: Fiona Davis was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah, and Texas. She began her career inRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Science Fiction/Romance author Veronica Scott joins me for episode 236. In this show we talk about her lifelong love of writing, how she turned her hobby into a writing career after her daughter inspired her with her own writing and publishing, writing as a family affair, writing for anthologies and for USA Today, her writing process, and much more. Buy Veronica Scott’s books on Amazon About Veronica Scott: Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me joins me for episode 235. In this episode we talk about Ali’s early love of books, attending boarding school, working with young people as a nurse, the moment her book was born, her unique writing style, the writing process, leaving the country to edit and revise her book, how she gets in her creative mindset, the intimidating news her publisher gave her after buying her manuscript, and much more. Good Me BadRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today on Author Stories I am joined by Karen McManus, author of One Of Us Is Lying that EW.com called “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club”. We talk about her journey to publishing her tremendous new book, dabbling in YA before finding her voice as a writer, the unexpected success of, and the television series news about OOUIL, and much more. One of Us Is Lying makes the New York Times Bestseller list for the 15th week in a row! ​Deadline Hollywood: “E! Developing One of Us IsRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Hugh Howey returns to the podcast today to talk about his new book Machine Learning. In this episode we talk about what Hugh’s been up to since his first appearance from South Africa before setting sail a couple of years ago, the importance of short stories and how the craft of writing them differs from longer fiction, what he’s learned from his voyage, what’s new with the film/tv adaptations in the works, and much more. We recorded this show Monday morning right after eachRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Today I am joined by the author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simons. In this episode we talk about her growing up in Soviet Russia and coming to America, the challenges of learning a new language and culture, her love of books, finding her passion as a writer, writing epic American stories in the vein of Russian classics, historical fiction, the changes in publishing, and much more. Buy Paullina’s books on Amazon About Paullina Simons Paullina Simons is the author of twelve novels, a memoir,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Jerilyn Dufresne, author of the Samantha Darling mystery series. You won’t want to miss this episode full of writerly wisdom. We talked about her history as a writer and the circuitous route to realizing her dream, cozy mysteries, finding community online, how stories come to life, characters that have lives of their own, beginning a writing career later than some, writing for anthologies, and much more. Buy Jerilyn’s books on Amazon About Jerilyn Dufresne: Jerilyn Dufresne is the author of the SamanthaRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Brenda Hiatt, a more than thirty year veteran of writing and publishing. Brenda and I talked about what got her started writing, how she broke into publishing, how genres in publishing have changed through the years, writing Regency, teaching the craft of writing, the odd requests publishers made for her to add to her books, writing YA, getting her rights back and publishing her older works as an indie, and much more. Buy Brenda’s books on Amazon About Brenda Hiatt: Brenda Hiatt is theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I have a doubleheader episode with two indie up and comers. Fayth Thomas and Javan Bonds share their stories with us today. Fayth wanted to communicate with her children in a new way, and wrote a children’s book to help her children understand diabetes. Javan has an inspiring story of turning life-altering adversity into art and action. About Fayth Thomas: Fayth Thomas is an experienced day-care owner. She lives in the Washington, DC, metro area with her kids, her husband, and their pet fish. Before she started writing children’sRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am happy to bring you an interview with Christine Handy, author of Walk Beside Me. In this episode we talk about Christine’s lifelong desire to be a writer, how an unintended modeling career delayed her writing, how a life changing medical condition brought writing back to the fore, the role of art in how we deal with tragedy, her desire to share her story with others, telling inspirational stories while being honest and not being afraid to show the ugly with the beautiful, why she chose notRead More →