Ep. 173 Plague Pits & Ghosts With Elly Griffiths

We’re joined by Elly Griffiths for a fun chat about her latest Ruth Galloway mystery The Locked Room, plague pits, the time she used the same name for different characters, The Grey Lady Ghost, and why you should never wear the same outfit as the dust jacket photo of your book. Plus – Dave has stories from his camping trip, Laura buys a new outfit that makes her look like a fisherman, and Andrew has a bad restaurant experience. We also recommend: Breathless by Amy McCulloch, The House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, & Artifact by Joshua James.  Audiobook of the week is The Hop by Diana Clarke.

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Holding On To Good Ideas With Fabian Nicieza

We’re joined by Fabian Nicieza for a fun chat about his new book The Self-Made Widow, how he had the ideas for his first two books 30 years ago, how comic books helped him learn English as a kid, the downside to being nominated for an Edgar Award, and why people think Deadpool is Canadian. Plus – Dave has an awkward encounter with a receptionist.

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Ep. 173 How To Grift Your Friends With Julie Clark

We’re joined by Julie Clark for a fun chat about her new novel The Lies I Tell, the psychology of con artistry, real estate scams, being a self-taught author, graphic design, Joan Jett, and what makes June & July special.  Plus – Dave pokes fun at his father-in-law, Laura pokes fun at Dave, and Andrew’s buying pills. We also recommend: The Island by Adrian McKinty, Of Sea and Shadow by Will Wight, and The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager. Audiobook of the Week is The Wrong Side by Robert Bailey.

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Ep. 172 Secrets & Lies With Siena Sterling

We’re joined by Siena Sterling for a fun chat all about her debut novel Tell Us No Secrets, the impact of friendship, boarding schools, smoking rooms, and the time a teacher called her a witch. Plus – Dave goes from zero to hero at the beach and Andrew avoids near catastrophe while dropping off his kid at summer camp. We also recommend: Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon, This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub, The Fallen Ship: Rise of the Gia Rebellion by Mark Wayne McGinnis. Audiobook of the week is Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe.

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Ep. 171 How To Talk To Strangers With Clare Pooley

A fun chat with Clare Pooley about her new book Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting, giving nicknames to strangers, the impact of working from home all the time, and how she ended up singing backing vocals on an ABBA song. Plus – Dave and Andrew get VIP treatment at the Weird Al Yankovic concert, and Laura is plagued by beeps. We also recommend: Hide by Kiersten White, Deer Season by Erin Flanagan, and Starship for Sale by M. R. Forbes. Audiobook of the Week is The Unwilling by John Hart.

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Ep. 170 Cars, Cake & EEGs

This week: Dave doesn’t get his promised cake, Laura takes Sylvia in for an EEG, and Andrew goes car shopping. Again. Our recommendations are: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, A Bond Broken by J.T. Wright, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. Audiobook of the week is With A Mind To Kill by Anthony Horowitz.

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Ep. 169 Running Barefoot Through Books With Isabel Cañas

A fun chat with Isabel Cañas about her debut novel The Hacienda, how she’s afraid of the dark, why she spend a lot of time in an unfinished basement as a kid, hot priests, and what it means to run barefoot through books. Plus – Dave goes to the track, Laura screams while falling and is laughed at, and Andrew hosts a host of Girl Scouts. We also recommend: Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza, Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, & The First Born Academy by Isla Frost. Audiobook of the Week is Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

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Discovering The Brown Betty With Seraphina Nova Glass

We chat with Seraphina Nova Glass about her new thriller On a Quiet Street, why she wouldn’t want to be in a book club, how she doesn’t know how to type, writing Hallmark Christmas movies, and the reason why a Brown Betty made it into her book. Plus – Dave, quite literally, hits the ground running.

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Ep. 168 Banana Bread & Model Railway Sets With Linwood Barclay

We’re joined once again by Linwood Barclay for a fun chat about his new novel Take Your Breath Away, the nightmares of home renovations, the delights of banana bread, why he builds model railway sets, and the anxiety he gets awaiting to hear back from his editor. We also recommend: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, Death in the Sunshine by Steph Broadribb, and Child of the Grove by Tanya Huff. Audiobook of the week is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.   Plus – We recap mishaps we’ve had with guests over the years, Laura recruits help at a jobsite, and Andrew can’t dance.

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Remembering The Betamax With Stephen Lloyd

We’re joined by Stephen Lloyd for a fun chat about his new book Friend of the Devil, the differences between novel writing and screenwriting, being an insufferable drama student, when football was REALLY violent and tackling the serious issue of Betamax vs. VHS. Plus – Dave’s students get some outsized reactions while performing in public.

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Ep. 167 Living To Write The Tale With Dervla McTiernan

A fun chat with Dervla McTiernan about her new novel The Murder Rule, having to learn the idiosyncrasies of US law, The Innocence Project, Lucky Charms cereal, and the crazy circumstances surrounding the day she first heard back from a literary agent. Plus – Dave draws unwanted attention to himself, Laura drives a neighbor away, and Andrew buys yet another boat. We also recommend: Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor, Midnight Riot: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, and Discovery by R.E. Link.  Audiobook of the week is Snap by Belinda Bauer.

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How To Pick Your Poison With Lydia Kang

We’re joined by Lydia Kang for a fun chat about her new historical fiction book The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding, the Manhattan project, New York City blackouts during WW2, and her obsession with poisons. Plus – heckling seems to run in Dave’s family.

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Morphine & Violins With Hernan Diaz

A fun chat with Hernan Diaz about his new novel Trust, the dearth of novels about money, the American myth of the self made man, how narratives can shape reality, the value of fiction and its relation to truth, and pens. Plus – Dave’s classroom has mice, a busted radiator, and disappearing food.

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How To Terrorize Your Friends With Jennifer McMahon

We chat with Jennifer McMahon about her new novel The Children on the Hill, using her childhood and love of movie monsters as inspiration, how her first short story was about a haunted meatball, terrorizing her friends at slumber parties, writing what scares you, and her favorite movie snacks.  Plus – Dave rants about trail closures for raccoons.

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Ep. 166 History, Horror & Spiders With Alma Katsu

We talk to Alma Katsu about her new novel The Fervor, Japanese fire balloons, finding inspiration in civil unrest, and the inanity of the Japanese internment camps. Plus – Dave hides from the deans, Laura is forced to hop on yet another social media app, and Andrew forgets what grade his kids are in. We also recommend: The Hollows by Mark Edwards, City on Fire by Don Winslow, and A Warship Named Sky: A Hero’s Story by Saxon Andrew. Audiobook of the week is The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow.

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Ep. 165 Speaking Ill Of The Dead With Sascha Rothchild

A fun chat with Sascha Rothchild about her new novel Blood Sugar, finding inspiration in the middle of the night, why she doesn’t care if you hate her book (you won’t), TV writing vs. novel writing, and why it’s okay to speak ill of the dead. Plus – Dave and his runny nose battle a mask on the airplane, Laura is over Millenials, and Andrew wants out of all group texts. We also recommend Litani by Jess Lourey, Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea, and The Emmisary by Michael J. Edwards.

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Snarfing Jellied Eels With Ben Aaronovitch

We’re joined by Ben Aaronovitch for a fun chat about his new novel Amongst Our Weapons, drinking coffee late into the evenings, marathon book events in Germany, jellied eels, why he hates mushy peas, the spell he wishes he could use, conspiracy theories, and the genius of grapefruit knives.

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Ep. 164 How To Be An Awful Collaborator With Sarah Pinborough

We’re joined by Sarah Pinborough for a fun chat about her novel Insomnia, being petrified of everything growing up, why she finds the horror she writes amusing, watching TV in the afternoon in lieu of working, and what makes her a terrible collaborator. Plus – Dave sees the worst theatrical performance of his life, Laura unsuccessfully channels her inner Johnny Appleseed, and Andrew’s getting too old to go to concerts. We also recommend: Seven Days by Alex Lake, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, and A Door Into Time by Shawn Inmon. Audiobook of the week is The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter.

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Ep. 163 Sharpshootin’ With Kate Quinn

We’re joined by Kate Quinn for a fun conversation about her novel The Diamond Eye, the Ukranian sniper known as Lady Death, the timeliness of this book, her “method writing” experience, and how to know when to fictionalize. Plus – Laura needs business help, Dave can’t find the finish line, and Andrew dives deep into his wallet for a birthday dinner. We also recommend: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, No Second Chances by Rio Youers, and  Fast Time At Aldmont High by Laurence Dahners. Audiobook of the week is Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark.

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Ep. 162 Giving Away Barbie Doll Heads With Karen White

We chat with the always fun Karen White about her new novel The Shop on Royal Street, staying in haunted hotels, her love for old houses, how nothing she writes is planned, and why she’s planning on chucking Barbie doll heads at the audience at her next book signing. Plus – Dave sucks at slots, Laura is the only one alarmed by the tornadoes during her trip to New Orleans, and Andrew pays for an Airbnb for the wrong weekend. We also recommend: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Last Flight by Julie Clark, and Violent Graduation by Jon Hindmarsh. Audiobook of the week is Gated Prey by Lee Goldberg.

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What To Pack For A Danish Picnic With Sara Blaedel

A conversation with Sara Blaedel about her new novel A Harmless Lie, insect collecting, speaking in the voices of her characters, and the best foods to take when you’re picnicking in Denmark. Plus – Dave has a horrific half marathon tale.

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Going Undercover With Ken Croke And Dave Wedge

We chat with Ken Croke and Dave Wedge all about their riveting new book Riding With Evil: Taking Down The Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. Ken talks to us about having the luck of the Irish, going undercover, how it affected his family, having to lie nonstop and remember those lies, and the fears of getting caught.  Dave joins us to talk about writing the book and the great tool it will make for law enforcement. Plus – a bewildered Sylvia garners unwanted attention by wearing a Michigan sweatshirt in New Orleans.

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Ep. 161 Writing When It Pays With Peter Swanson

We’re joined by Peter Swason for a fun chat about his new novel Nine Lives, why he refuses to write bios for his characters, recycling lyrics, why he won’t write down his ideas, the tremendous demands authors place on their readers, the secret to a good lobster roll, and his NY Times crossword strategy. Plus – Dave has the worst birthday ever, Laura gets a scare, and Andrew thinks it’s a good idea to grab real gold coins from his safe for St. Patrick’s Day. We also recommend: The White Girl by Tony BurchEntanglement Bound by Mary E. Lowd, and The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.  Audiobook of the week is Shamed by Linda Castillo.

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Ep. 160 Why You Should Be A Food Critic With C. J. Box

We’re joined again by one of our favorite authors C. J. Box for a fun chat about his latest Joe Pickett novel Shadows Reel, his new favorite Denver Nugget player, incorporating the recent US civil unrest in his book, why he doesn’t save plot points for future books, the reason he spent some time as a food critic, and the delicacy that is the Rocky Mountain oyster.  Plus – Dave gets no respect from his Principal, Laura has a horrific incident with Nelson the dog, and Andrew invests in a creative way to deodorize his son’s bedroom. We also recommend: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes, and Shadow Sun Survival by Dave Wilmarth.  Audiobook of the Week is Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay.

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Ep. 159 Sleeping Behind An Electric Fence With Erica Ferencik

We’re joined by Erica Ferencik for an interesting conversation about her new novel Girl In Ice, sleeping behind an electric fence in Greenland, her relationship with fear, learning to be aware at all times, kayaking in the Iceberg Graveyard, and how she created her own Nordic language. Plus – Dave is the good cop, Laura relies on pencil marks on wood, and Andrew is a hero. We also recommend: Exit by Belinda Bauer, Road of Bones by Christopher Golden, and Battlefield Reclaimer by David North. Audiobook of the week is All Day is a Long Time by David Sanchez.

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Ep. 158 Fakin’ It With Erica Katz

Today we chat with Erica Katz all about her new novel Fake, why you might not know if you’re looking at a real work of art at a museum, private jets, the wealth disparity in New York, and the book she was reading that made her stop writing because of her insane book envy. We also recommend: The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni, and Legacy Earth by Ross Buzzell. Audiobook of the week is The 22 murders of Madison May by Max Barry. Plus – Dave has a plumbing emergency gone awry and we recap a fine dining experience at Andrew’s. IMG_4231

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Harp Music & Hanging Wallpaper With Rebecca Ross

On this Inside Chat edition we have a fun conversation with Rebecca Ross all about her new novel A River Enchanted, listening to harp music, Scottish folklore, the Atlanta Falcons, the horrors of hanging wallpaper, and why she leaves glasses scattered around the house.

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Ep. 157 Holing Up In Hotels With Mark Greaney

Today we chat with Mark Greaney (operating on generator power) about his new novel Sierra Six, finally seeing The Gray Man come to the big screen, working with Tom Clancy, and holing up in hotels to make deadline. We also recommend: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer, Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay, and The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. Audiobook of the week is Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby. Plus – Dave rails against a lack of customer service anymore, Laura blows up her father forgetting Valentine’s Day, and Andrew wins big on the Super Bowl.

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Inside Chat: Arsenic & Old Baseball With Heather O’Neill

A fun chat with Heather O’Neill about her new novel When We Lost Our Heads, Montreal Expos baseball, the sheer exhaustion of writing,  the beauty of arsenic as a poison, the dark side, and cake eating. Plus – Dave can’t keep his students away from the concession food.

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Ep. 156 Stalking Martha Stewart With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a fun chat about her new book The Other Family, how she stalks Martha Stewart, getting her best ideas from her sons, Victorian death rituals, where you can find her rum cake recipe, and who her Amazing Race partner would be. We also recommend: A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw, The Trees by Percival Everett, and Mother of Learning by Domagoj Kurmaic. Audiobook of the week is Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Kantor. Plus – Dave’s classroom is a house of horrors, Laura readjusts vacation plans after study crime maps, and Andrew makes bank from the airlines due to an “overweight” plane.

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Ep. 155 Flash Fiction & Running Zen With Charmaine Wilkerson

We’re joined by Charmaine Wilkerson for a fun chat about her debut novel Black Cake, writing short fiction, cake (naturally), the search for plausibility, the zen of running and how it pertains to writing, and her love of crunchy foods. We also recommend: Five Decembers by James Kestrel, The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, and Prodigies by Apollos Thorne. Audiobook of the week is I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Plus – Dave rails against school administrators, Laura finds herself aimlessly wandering and muttering to herself, and we’re both shocked by how much Andrew the tooth fairy doles out.

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Ep. 154 Heather Gudenkauf Is Hot & Cold

Today we chat with Heather Gudenkauf about her new thriller The Overnight Guest, being a true crime addict, how the seasons influenced her writing, putting a dog in every one of her books, and keeping a police chief on speed dial. We also recommend: These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant, Notes on an Execution by Dania Kukafka, & Unidentified by Douglas E. Richard. Audiobook of the week is The Unfamilar Garden by Benjamin Percy. Plus – Dave rues his decision to choose pickup over delivery, and Laura kicks back and watches everyone fall on the ice.

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Ep. 153 When Books Become Trays With Elizabeth George

Today we talk to Elizabeth George all about her new Inspector Lynley novel Something To Hide, teaching the craft of writing, what happens to her books when screenwriters get hold of them, her adoration of Idris Elba, and that time her husband used her book as a tray. We also recommend: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, and The Eve of Snows by L. James Rice. Audiobook of the Week is Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Plus – Dave is publicly shamed while skiing, Laura takes a drugged dog to the vet, and Andrew’s hawking girl scout cookies.

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Ep. 152 Buttered Popcorn & Stale Raisinets With Stephen Hunter

We’re joined once again by one of our favorite guests – Stephen Hunter. We chat all about his new book Targeted, his favorite Christmas snack, his aversion to new things, being a terrible short story writer, getting the names of his own characters wrong, and why he prefers old Raisinets. We also recommend: The Dry by Jane Harper, The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner. Audiobook of the Week is The Treatment by Mo Hader. Plus – we discuss our personal COVID outbreaks and supermarket strikes.

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Ep. 151 Driving and Crying

A fun show today as we recap our trip to New York, Laura is witness to a Nair emegency, and Andrew hurts his back putting together Christmas presents. Our book recommendations are: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, How To Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller, and Voyagers by Ben Bova.  Audiobook of the week is Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman.

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Ep. 150 How Not To Read A Book With Darby Kane

Today Darby Kane joins us for a fun chat all about her new book The Replacement Wife, the voices in her head, why she switched genres, her experiences as a divorce lawyer, and her deep dark secret when it comes to reading a book. We also recommend: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Guide by Peter Heller, and The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Audiobook of the week is I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Plus- Dave feels ripped off at his yearly physical, Laura is freakishly paranoid, and Andrew has a hard time feeding his dogs.

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Ep. 148 Crushing Keboards And Minibars With Jeffery Deaver

We chat with Jeffery Deaver about his new novel The Midnight Lock, the joys of being back on a live book tour, the food in Italy, minibars, getting locked out of his house, scary dolls, his unique writing process, his attempt at picking a lock, and why he needs to keep buying new computers. We also recommend: Bewilderment by Richard Powers, Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky,The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens, Audiobook of the Week is The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. Plus – Dave is a competitive band parent, Laura has a cat tale, and Andrew’s dog is really really really strong.

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Ep. 147 Writing Really Fast With Jodi Picoult

A fun chat with Jodi Picoult about her new novel Wish You Were Here, why it was the book she never intended to write, not seeing her son for two years, the effect of COVID on the medical profession, the secret bond she learned from interviewing COVID patients with near death experiences, and that time she forgot to take the wrapper off her Reese’s cup. We also recommend The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin, Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby, and A Learning Experience by Chris Nuttall.  Audiobook of the Week is Chouette by Claire Oshetsky. Plus – Dave forgets the name of his student at a parent teacher conference, Andrew has another bad Uber experience, & Laura’s dog is a drama queen.

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Ep. 146 Sherry Thomas Is The Unobservant Author

A fun conversation with Sherry Thomas about her new Lady Sherlock book Miss Moriarty, I Presume?, not using the character of Moriarty as an antagonist, what makes a good villain, and writing for Holmes despite not being very observant in real life. We also recommend: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, Shoot The Moonlight Out by William Boyle, and Rocket Repo by CP James.  Audiobook of the week is Black River by SM Hulse. Plus – Dave brings a knife to class, Laura is force fed Christmas music, and Andrew attempts surgery on himself and fails.

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Ep. 143 Check and Mate With Gabriella Saab

We chat with Gabriella Saab all about her debut novel The Last Checkmate, the Polish resistance, chess, traveling for writing, and the PTSD that concentration camp survivors experience. We also recommend: The Locked Door by Freida McFadden, They Never Learn by Layne Fargo,  and Backyard Starship by J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.  Audiobook of the week is A Line To Kill  by Anthony Horowitz. Plus – Dave’s students hide his keys, Laura takes delight at grown men falling down, and Andrew can’t hit golf balls any more without needing a deep tissue massage.

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Ep. 142 Drunken Pool Diving With Josh Malerman

We chat with Josh Malerman all about his new novel Pearl, having to write with his keyboard at an angle, how he maintains tension in his books, outdoing himself, and why he drunkenly jumped in a pool with his clothes on. We also recommend: The Handyman by Bentley Little, The Quiet Ones by Brandon Massey, and Suited for Life by Daniel Schinhofen.  Audiobook of the week is The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Plus – Dave’s students create a fan Instagram page for him, Laura sprints while marching with the band, and Andrew gets an anonymous letter complaining about the plethora of animatronics in his yard.

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Ep. 141 Metabolizing Darkness With Lisa Unger

We chat with Lisa Unger all about her new novel Last Girl Ghosted, the differences between social media and real life, how technology changes the way we relate to each other, online dating, her Rilke and Jung obsession, waiting to hear her characters’ voices, and how she uses writing to metabolize darkness. We also recommend: Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar, No Exit by Taylor Adams, and Od Magic by Patricia McKillup.  Our audiobook of the week is Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. Plus – Dave gets a vampire stake through the sole, Laura semi accidentally eats old gray yogurt, and Andrew’s kid snores at the movies.

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Ep. 140 The Witching Hour Is Upon Us With C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a chat about her new novel The Lighthouse Witches, the lost history of the forgotten Scottish Witch Trials, the beauty (and horror) of lighthouses, the friendliness of basking sharks, and getting a Tarot card reading from her daughter. We also recommend The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish, and Arrival by Jasper T. Scott.  Audiobook of the week is Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So. Plus – Dave can’t sit criss cross applesauce, Laura’s clients are breaking into their own house, and Andrew gets hit hard by hotel tax.

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Ep. 139 Writing Ain’t Romantic With Kimberly McCreight

We’re joined by Kimberly McCreight for a chat about her new novel Friends Like These, how her psychology degree comes in handy, the unromantic grind of writing, listening to a single song on repeat, and what happens to her pulse rate while writing. We also recommend A Novel Way To Die by Tamra Baumann, The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, and Foresight by M. R. Forbes. Audiobook of the week is Vortex by Catherine Coulter. Plus – Dave is locked out of his school while on a run, Laura makes a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls disappear, and Andrew takes umbrage with 5 Guys.

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Ep. 138 Falling Down In Libraries With Lemony Snicket

We’re joined by the hilarious Lemony Snicket for a fun chat about his new book Poison For Breakfast, stealing ideas from kids, the reality of being on set for filming, the reason he doesn’t want to narrate his books anymore, his hatred of PB&J sammies, the real reason he took up the accordion, creating first drafts that fill him with despair, and the rude, falling down encounter he had in a public library. We also recommend: Verity by Colleen Hoover, One Got Away by S. A. Lelchuk and Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas.  Our audiobook of the week is The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor.

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Inside Chat: The Future’s Not So Futuristic With Matthew Fitzsimmons

Today we chat with Matthew Fitzsimmons about his new novel Constance, putting a spin on familiar tropes, middle of the night revelations, the closeness of cloning, the fun way he approaches research, whether or not he would clone himself, binging the Coen Brothers, and why the answer is always bacon.

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Ep. 137 Writing In Coffee Shops With William Kent Krueger

We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger about his new novel Lightning Strike, why he burned through editors early in his career, his four paper routes growing up, the Ojibwe people, writing in coffee shops, and his memories of the time he spent in the Boy Scouts.

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Ep. 135 The Glamorous Art of Cigarette Smoking With Megan Abbott

We’re joined by Megan Abbott for a fun conversation about her new novel The Turnout, why she bought a pair of used ballet shoes from eBay, glamorous cigarette smoking, the exhaustive nature of showrunning, what it was like writing for The Deuce, and her multifaceted superstitions that affect the way she writes. We also recommend New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan, A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams, and Lost Contact by Nathan Hystad. The audiobook of the week is The Houseguest by Emilie Richards. Plus – Dave breaks down what it’s like to climb a 14er, Laura opens up the crawl space, and Andrew’s cats get locked in the bathroom and exact their revenge.

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Ep. 134 Stoop Sittin’ with Kate Reed Petty

We’re joined by Kate Reed Petty for a chat about her debut novel True Story, stoop sittin’, the off kilter structure of her book, how storytelling affects trauma, and why she’s gifting her mother a visit from a pet psychic. We also recommend Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith, Palm Beach by Mary Adkins, and Phoenix Dawn by Dietmar Arthur Wehr. Audiobook of the week is Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. Plus – Dave is a poor painter, Laura tells a story of a jagged piece of broken granite and a slashed throat, and Andrew talks toilets.

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Ep. 133 Burning Spell Candles With Andrea Bartz

We’re joined by novelist Andrea Bartz for a lively chat about her latest thriller We Were Never Here, her experiences traveling alone, Tokyo karaoke, coded messages, running gags, the benefits of therapy, and the spell candle she lights while writing. We also recommend: Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot, Animals by Will Staples, and Luck in Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Our audiobook of the week is Lights Out Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey. Plus – Dave has travel woes, Laura is freaked out by falling apples, and Andrew joins us shirtless from Hawaii.

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Ep. 132 Metalheads and Meathooks With Grady Hendrix

We’re joined by New York Times best-selling novelist Grady Hendrix for a lively chat about his latest horror novel The Final Girl Support Group, the final girl that inspired the book, his bitter memories of Ed Begley Jr., why (and how) he read 326 books over a 10 month period, his affinity for metalheads, and the one word he uses too much in his writing. We also recommend: Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian, Girls With Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman, and The Tracker by Saxon Andrew. Our audiobook of the week is The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine. Plus – Dave goes to the home run derby, Laura can’t abide Sylvia’s driving, and Andrew gets a letter from Peter at camp. It ain’t pretty.

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Ep. 131 Unhealthy Obsessions With Riley Sager

We’re joined by New York Times best-selling novelist Riley Sager for an enjoyable chat about his latest thriller Survive the Night, scaring women in airport bookstores, how his book was basically borne from sheer laziness, his obsession with Disney World, listening to the same Spotify techno playlist over and over and over again while writing, and being overrun by parsley. We also recommend: Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World by Madeline Levine, We Two Alone by Jack Wang, and The Fossil by Joshua Calvert. Our audiobook of the week is Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino. Plus – Dave sinks slowly while floating down the Platte River, Laura isn’t sure if she’s been dismissed or just dissed by her Doctor, and Andrew can’t row.

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Ep. 130 Speaking Bawlmerese With Laura Lippman

We’re joined by Laura Lippman for an enjoyable chat about her new literary thriller Dream Girl, her Bawlmer accent impersonation, why she has to go solo to the movies to watch horror movies, how she’s the second funniest person in her house, being a genre writer, the difficulties of writing for all the different types of readers, and why you should still bother with a twist despite knowing the readers are gonna figure it out. We also recommend: Girl One by Sarah Flannery Murphy, Homestretch by Graham Norton, and The Acheron Inheritance by Ken Lozito. Our audiobook of the week is Maps for the Getaway by Annie England Noblin. Plus – Dave cries at his job interview, Laura has another ER experience, and Andrew’s kid thinks he’s weird.

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Ep. 129 Collateral Damage With Caitlin Wahrer

Today we’re joined by author Caitlin Wahrer for an enjoyable chat about her new thriller The Damage, how she managed to practice law and write at the same time, why the book doesn’t really reflect her views, how she found out Stephen King blurbed her book, why social media is not good for you if you’re looking to commit a crime, and her missing early work “Squirrelock Holmes.” We also recommend: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane, and The Dark Forest by Lou Cixin. Our audiobook of the week is Down Range by Taylor Moore. Plus – Dave & Laura recap their vacation and Andrew drops his kid off at camp.

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Inside Chat: The Best Books of 2021 So Far With Amazon’s Sarah Gelman

Today we chat with Sarah Gelman from Amazon Books about the best books of 2021 thus far, the fights that go down amongst the editors to get their picks on the list, and the real reason she loves cookbooks. Check out the full list here – https://www.amazon.com/Best-Books-of-the-Year-So-Far/b?ie=UTF8&node=3003015011

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Ep. 128 Who Needs Research? With Carter Wilson

Today we’re joined by Carter Wilson for a fun chat about his new thriller The Dead Husband,  how he hates to do research for his books, the comments he gets at book clubs, small towns, and how being bored in a real estate relicensing class led to him becoming a writer. We also recommend: A Death At Seaside by Emma Jameson, What Waits For You by Joseph Schneider, and The Lost Secret by Vaughn Heppner. Our audiobook of the week is Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill. Plus – Dave & Laura do a deep dive on the psychology of Andrew, and we find out his kids are amazing trash generators.

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Ep. 126 Snakes, Trucks & Typing With Taylor Adams

Today we’re joined by No Exit author Taylor Adams for a chat about his new thriller Hairpin Bridge, the trouble with writing for the bad guy, his pet snake, being inspired by a real life bridge, quitting his real job to write full time, and his insane writing process (it involves lots of typing). This week we also recommend: Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons by Keith Rosson, The Promised Lie by Christopher Nuttall. Our audiobook of the week is Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica.  Plus – Dave’s student finds his graduation speech changed, Laura faces challenges getting rid of “master” suite, and Andrew runs into a Church group from Arkansas with a predilection for early morning John Denver music played loudly.

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Ep. 125 Buried Standing Up With Josh Malerman

Today we’re joined by Bird Box author Josh Malerman for a chat about his novella collection Goblin, putting off making an acceptance video for the Stokers, why Goblin>Rolling Hills, how he’s easily scared, why we should be buried standing up, playing music, what it means to get the janitors to tap their toes, and the success of Birdbox. This week we also recommend: No Stone Unturned by Pam Lecky, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Marianna Enriquez, Reincarnation by Michael Head. Our audiobook of the week is How Lucky by Will Leitch.  Plus- Dave gets yelled at by his Principal (again), Laura hears another screaming animal, and Andrew has a murderously questionable Uncle.

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Ep. 124 Seeing Psychics With Laura Hankin

Today we’re joined by author Laura Hankin for a chat about her latest novel A Special Place for Women, the secret world of exclusive women’s clubs, why she downloaded an astrology app and went to a psychic, what it means to be a “girlboss,” and the reason why she had to hold a pillow over her stomach while recording her audiobook. This week we also recommend: Murder in the Crypt by Irina Shapiro, Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau, Early Years by Turtle Me. Our audiobook of the week is Just Get Home by Bridget Foley.  Plus- Dave plays in sewage, Laura is witness to a giant sonic fireball, and Andrew is happy for once.

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Ep. 123 Spacing Out With Andy Weir

Today we’re joined byThe Martian author Andy Weir for a chat about his latest book Project Hail Mary, cobbling the story together from pieces out of his “brain junkyard,” trying to get better at writing, defending Shemp, his hatred for flashbacks, and why he would never go into space. This week we also recommend: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor, Just My Luck by Adele Parks, The Trouble With Tourists by Saxon Andrew. Our Audiobook of the week is The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright.  Plus- Dave gambles on the 80’s, Andrew monkeys around, and Laura’s windshield wipers are making her lazy.

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