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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Inside Chat: Reading The Cards With Ruth Hogan

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Ruth Hogan for a fun conversation about her novel The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova, how reading Tarot cards turned into more than just research for her, why it’s important to hook the reader early on, and how she uses dogs in her books to inform the characters.

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Inside Chat: The Trouble With Sawzalls With Robert Dugoni

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Robert Dugoni for a chat about his new novel The World Played Chess, his theater background, performing his own audiobook, Vietnam, the dangers of the Sawzall, and being a big baseball fan.

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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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Inside Chat: Hushing Librarians With Freya Sampson

Big show with two big guests! First, author Freya Sampson joins us for a conversation about her novel The Last Chance Library, the strange things you find in library books, crappy first drafts, and the song she wanted to walk down the aisle to but was talked out of. Then, Denver public librarian Amy Delpo hops on for a fun chat about the power of libraries. Plus – Dave can’t believe what his students are saying.

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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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Inside Chat: Writing and Crying With Emily Spurr

Today we chat with Emily Spurr about her novel A Million Things, her struggles with mental health, finding the small things that bring joy, and how running can be both a boon and a hindrance to one’s writing. Plus – Dave starts at a new school and finds it incredibly hectic.

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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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Inside Chat: Knife Dreams With Ashley Winstead

Today we chat with Ashley Winstead all about her debut novel In My Dreams I Hold A Knife, how she spent years trying hard not to be a writer, writing for a sprawling cast of characters, her Type A personality, and getting booed off two separate karaoke stages. Plus – Dave & Laura witness a band camp kidnapping.

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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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Inside Chat: The Best Poisons With Samantha Downing

Today we chat with Samantha Downing all about her brilliant new thriller For Your Own Good, psychopathic teachers, the best poisons, and how she knows when it’s time to kill off a character.

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Inside Chat: How To Ruin Pop Music With Karin Slaughter

We chat with Karin Slaughter about her new thriller False Witness,  the human side of addiction, why she writes about violence towards women, being a cat person, the decision to include the pandemic in her book, the problem with Hall & Oates, and the trouble with Ted Danson.

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Inside Chat: Into The Alaskan Triangle With Connor Sullivan

Today we chat with Connor Sullivan all about his new book Sleeping Bear, the mysterious Alaskan Triangle, Russian sharaskas, why he didn’t get any help from his father the novelist, and how his competitive skiing career helped him with his writing. Plus – small town parade tomfoolery in Forks, WA.

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Inside Chat: Eavesdropping and Snooping With David Bell

Today we chat with David Bell all about his new thriller Kill All Your Darlings, the power imbalance between students and professors, why it’s just easier for him to over expound, the trouble with book readings, when it’s okay to eavesdrop, and the problem with students who compliment his writing. Plus – We discover why people lick banana slugs in Forks, WA. liness

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Inside Chat: Chocolate Rewards With Vanessa Riley

Today we chat with Vanessa Riley all about her new historical fiction novel Island Queen, discovering her main character through a cartoon sketch, how her background in engineering helps her writing, and how chocolate keeps her writing. Plus – more tales from our vacation! liness

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Inside Chat: Uncovering Secret Love Affairs With Stephanie Dray

Today we chat with Stephanie Dray all about her new book The Women of Chateau Lafayette, the trouble with writing three separate timelines, America’s favorite fighting Frenchman the Marquis de Lafayette, discovering an old secret love affair while doing research and having to break it to the family, and much more! Plus – Dave hits the road with the cat.

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Inside Chat: How To Write Two Books At Once With Christine Feehan

Today we chat with Christine Feehan all about her new book Murder At Sunrise Lake, trash talking her grandson, wearing a red Power Ranger onesie, writing two books at the same time, how she would force her siblings to tell her her stories were good growing up, teaching martial arts, and how she spent her first book signing in the bathroom throwing up.

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Inside Chat: How To Find A Unicorn With Keith Rosson

Today we chat with Keith Rosson all about his new novel Road Seven, growing up with comic books and GI Joe, cryptozoology, the problem with audiophiles, unicorn poop, and why it’s important to give yourself permission to write a shitty first draft.

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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. 120 Out Of Africa With Bryan Christy

Today we’re joined by Bryan Christy for a fun chat about his debut novel In The Company of Killers, his career as an investigative journalist, why he decided to switch over to fiction from journalism, how growing up in a mortician’s family affected him, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and the time he got arrested in Tanzania going after ivory traffickers. We also recommend: Never Far Away by Michael Koryta, The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Audiobook of the week is The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst. Plus- Dave is stalked by a flock of geese, Laura discovers an intriguing hole in the backyard, and Andrew tests positive for COVID.

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Inside Chat: Working Out With Lisa Renee Jones

Today we chat with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones about her new thriller The Poet, how her husband’s infatuation with serial killers helped inspire her to write the book, working out, her husband’s candy obsession, plotting with her husband, and finding resources for her novels in the strangest places.

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Ep. 106 Divorce Ranches and Dust Covers with Julia Claiborne Johnson

We’re joined by the fabulous Julia Claiborne Johnson for a fun chat about her new book Better Luck Next Time, how her father worked on a divorce ranch and helped inspire her book, her struggle to remember people’s names, being blinded by the light at the Emmys, changing the ending almost too late, dust cover etiquette, her obsession with obits, and why her family refuses to go on walks with her in public. We also recommend: The Invitation by Rachel Abbot, The Art of Violence by S. J. Rozan, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook of the week is Shed No Tears by Caz Frear. Plus- Dave gets a STOP WORK order, Laura sits on hold with aggressively vitriolic piano music, Andrew’s Christmas vacation is derailed by a beached whale.

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Inside Chat: Imaginary Friends with Evie Green

Today we are joined by Evie Green (Emily Barr) for a fun conversation about her fantastic new book We Hear Voices, the trouble with writing a book set in the future, being on Team Spider, how she’s jealous of people with imaginary friends, writing a pandemic themed book, strong female characters, how she becomes a different person when she slides into her pseudonym, and harmonizing Sinatra with her husband during the lockdown. Plus – Dave and Laura discuss small Texas towns with tornadoes, friendly bombings, and Satanic Panics.

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Inside Chat: Art Heists & Budweiser with Craig Johnson

We’re joined by the incomparable Craig Johnson for a fun chat about his gripping new Longmire mystery Next To Last Stand, the dramatic history behind the painting Custer’s Last Fight, consulting his wife for the artistic aspects of the book, Buffalo Bill Cody’s (missing?) dead body, the sheer genius of The Magnificent Seven, and why he orders Thai food from the joint right around the corner from our studio.

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Ep. 100 Getting out of Jail Free with Nicci French

Today we’re joined by the delightful duo Nicci Gerrard and Julian French who write under the pseudonym Nicci French for a conversation about their new thriller House of Correction, the desolation and claustrophobia of prisons, James Cagney, smashing genre conventions, how they don’t write at the same time, and what it’s like to finally watch The Sopranos. We also recommend: Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, The Listener by Robert McCammon, and Oath Bringer by Brandon Sanderson. Audiobook of the week is The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle.  Plus – stories from our Halloween!

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How To Embezzle Millions With Emily Gray Tedrowe

An “Inside Chat” edition! We’re joined by Emily Gray Tedrowe for a fun conversation about her gripping new novel The Talented Miss Farwell, running, how to make a $50 million embezzler relatable, and the siren song of a Redneck Woman.

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Creating Mayhem With The Villainous Natalie Zina Walschots

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Natalie Zina Walschots for a fun conversation about her hilarious and semi-autobiographical novel Hench, how she always rooted for the villains, using math to calculate the disastrous damage wreaked by superheroes, cloaks, her gleeful affinity for body horror, her “terrible” musical theatre background, and her screaming territorial cat.

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Mile High Burro Racing With Heather Mateus Sappenfield

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Heather Mateus Sappenfield for a fun conversation about her new collection of short stories Lyrics for Rock Stars, the influence Colorado has on her writing, being inspired by a visit to the Molly Brown house, how stories arrive in her head fully formed, and how her father raced burros (a true ultra endurance sport).

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Ep. 89 Witch Hunting with Alexis Henderson

We’re joined by Alexis Henderson for a fun conversation about her bewitching novel The Year of the Witching, being home schooled and her experience with Right-wing Christianity, her favorite witches of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, and struggling to remember which scenes ended up in the finished version of her book. We also recommend All the Broken People by Leah Konen and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Our audiobook of the week is Calibre by Ken Bruen read by Gerard Doyle. Plus – Dave can’t stop leaving home projects half finished, Laura starts a grease fire in a rental house, and Andrew has rattlesnakes in the backyard.

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Flying Off The Handle With Joseph Reid

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Joseph Reid for a fun conversation about his thrilling new book Departure, having a plan for an evolving main character from the very beginning of the Seth Walker series, frequent flyer tips, how he’s not as high tech as you think, and what it’s like to experience four missed landings on one flight.

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Ep. 88 Buried Treasure with Kirsty Manning

We are joined by Kirsty Manning for a fun conversation about her new book The Lost Jewels, American optimism vs. Australian sarcasm,  the Cheapside Hoard, the craftsmanship of jewelry,  the timelessness of the human spirit, and how her novel was borne of  procrastination. We also recommend Before You Go by Tommy Butler, Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, and Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn Muir. Our audiobook of the week is Soul Circus by George Pelecanos. Plus – Dave goes to the DMV for the screaming, Laura is stressed out at a photo shoot, and Andrew goes horse riding and gets a biter. 

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The Life of Zombies with Daniel Kraus

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Daniel Kraus for a fun conversation about his epic new book The Living Dead, his lifelong obsession with George Romero, sympathetic zombies, creating morally murky characters, and how he had to use the Internet’s Wayback Machine to get the truth about zombies from Romero.

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Raising the Dead with Laurell K. Hamilton

“Inside Chat” edition in which we are joined by Laurell K. Hamilton! We discuss her stunning new book Sucker Punch, how she always really wanted an ocelot, the difference between serial killers and sociopaths, the trouble with researching too much true crime, relating to Jay & Silent Bob, the origins of werewolves, and how she’s not as goth as you think. 

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How To Be A TikTok Star with Hank Green

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Hank Green for a fun conversation about his new novel A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the incredulity of thumbing your literal nose at mask wearing, writing this book because he just didn’t get to the end of his first book, the power and danger of social media platforms, and his mighty and embarrassing early screen name.

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Meeting Your Muse with Debra Jo Immergut

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to Debra Jo Immergut all about her new book You Again, visions, meditation, Antifa, being that “Arts & Crafts” kid at camp, and how to meet your muse.

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Swearing at People with Lucie Britsch

This week on an “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Lucie Britsch!  We have a fun chat about her debut novel Sad Janet, embracing the sadness of life, the absurdity of being human, and how she gets in trouble for swearing at people.

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Ep 82- Nectarine Pie with Jasmine Guillory

We are joined by the delightful Jasmine Guillory.  We discuss her new book Party of Two, media stereotypes of black women, and baking. Especially pies. And cake. And icing. We also recommend: The Distant Dead by Heather Young, The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent and Nyxe by Jedaiah Ramnarine. Audiobook of the week is The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella. Plus- Dave is annoyed by the Cripple Creek Train, Laura’s dog is scared of his new water bowl, and Andrew tries to fit in in Aspen.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive – with J. Todd Scott

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to the engaging J Todd Scott all about his new novel Lost River, seeing the origins of the opioid crisis firsthand, embarrassing his kids, and the part of his book that had his mother furiously phoning him.

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Two Truths & One Lie with Elizabeth Kay

On this week’s “Inside Chat” Edition of the podcast, we talk Elizabeth Kay  about her thrilling debut novel Seven Lies, sinister female friendships, giving herself pep talks, and the influence of Gone Girl.  We also play a rousing edition of two truths and a lie.

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Ice Cream & Chardonnay with Kristan Higgins

Author Kristan Higgins joins us for a fun chat about her new book Always the Last to Know, the fine and fun art of changing people, being isolated from her family for six weeks, and eating too much chocolate and ice cream!

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Joining Cults with Jeffery Deaver

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Jeffery Deaver! We chat about speed walking, his excellent new book The Goodbye Man, the Deaver formula, and that time his hot date turned out to be a cult recruiter.

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Ep. 71 – Of Genes & Monsters with Danielle Trussoni

Author Danielle Trussoni joins us for a chat about her fanstastic novel The Ancestor, DNA tests gone wrong, Austrian castles, and how being bored in church led to a fascination with the supernatural. We recommend: The Straw Men by Michael Marshall, The Worst is Yet to Come by S. P. Miskowski, and Transcendence and Rebellion by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is Deacon King Kong by James McBride narrated by the brilliant Dominic Hoffman.  Dave is distance teaching and his students are “right at home”, Laura is wobbly, and Andrew is disturbed by a crackling Oreo.

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Lost & Found Identities with Author Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

We are joined by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung who talks to us about her thrilling new psychological thriller The Eighth Girl, dissociative identity disorder, her favorite librarian, and leather chairs with velvet pillows. Plus- we have social distancing observations and Dave shares his top ten books about running!

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Dave’s Top Ten Running Books:

  1. Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by Chris Lear
  2. Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn    
  3. Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn     
  4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  5. The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb
  6. Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels
  7. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  8. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Allan Sillitoe
  9. Once a Runner by John L Parker Jr.
  10. Rabbit, Run by John Updike         

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Conspiracy Theories and the Titanic with Author Alma Katsu

Today we are joined by our favorite author Alma Katsu!  She talks to us about her latest book The Deep, the Titanic, her badass research skills, and why she’s keeping her fingers crossed the CIA lets her spy novel through. Great conversation!

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An Inside Chat: Author Tosca Lee!

Today we are joined by author Tosca Lee!  She talks to us all about her book A Single Light, cults, seeds, how her father paid her to write her first novel, how her mom became a writer overnight, and why watching TV shows on your phone in bed can be hazardous to your health. Fun conversation!

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Ep. 61 Author Sophie Hannah and More!

Author Sophie Hannah joins us for a chat about her new book Perfect Little Children, always asking “what if”, holding grudges, and writing murder mystery musicals. We recommend: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah, The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins, and Moon Palace by Paul Auster.  Audiobook of the week is American Predator by Maureen Callahan narrated by Amy Landon. YA Shout out is Ariel by Sylvia Plath. Dave feels awkward in a waiting room, Laura unpacks Sylvia’s lunchbox and finds a huge cheese grater, and Andrew’s kid can’t decide whether to be a DJ or a Doctor.

 

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