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. 149 The Fine Art Of The “Yes And” With Chip Brewer

We’re joined by Chip Brewer for a fun chat about his debut novel Questions of Iron and Blood, fracturing his foot while running the Boston Marathon, thrillers based in reality, performing improv professionally, and the curse of having to finish reading a book no matter how bad it may be. We also recommend: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green, Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay, and The Night Ranger by A. C. Cobble. Plus – Dave gives his colleagues a piece of his mind at a holiday function, Laura puts into motion Operation Snowday, and Andrew hits it big with his sports wager.  Like really really big.

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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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Inside Chat: Amazon Book Editors’ Best Books Of 2021

We chat with Erin Kodicek from Amazon Book Editors all about their list of the best books of 2021! Plus – Dave rails against an incompetent doctor.

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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. 145 Camping With Rabbits With Alice Henderson

A fun chat with Alice Henderson about her new novel A Blizzard of Polar Bears, how she selects the species to write about for her books, how climate change is affecting polar bears, writing fight scenes, the best ways to fight climate change, learning Polish, and what its like living in a camper with a pet rabbit. We also recommend: Paranoia by Joseph Finder, Every Last Secret by A. R. Torre and Battleship Leviathan by Craig Martelle. Plus – Dave gets scolded by one of his students’ parents, Laura doesn’t like being called “young lady,” and Andrew hands out gifts!

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Inside Chat: Social Commentary With Wanda M. Morris

We chat with Wanda M. Morris all about her new book All Her Little Secrets, incorporating social commentary without being preachy, why her book has been nearly two decades in the making, finding time to write, and what it was like being the youngest of seven kids. Plus – Dave has a run in with the Denver Fire Department.

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Ep. 144 Silly Questions With Jeffrey Archer

We have a very funny chat with the great Jeffrey Archer all about his new book Over My Dead Body, his love for and bafflement of Americans, being passed by a letter box while running a marathon, why it’s important to write what you know, how his favorite sports teams can’t win, his writing routine, the founding fathers, and what he said to Jack Lemmon that made him cry. We also recommend The Collective by Alison Gaylin, Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, and Fair Trade by Mackey Chandler. Plus – Dave’s theater students take their pants off while performing for elementary students, Laura is forced to join a marching band, and Andrew shops for clarinets.

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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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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: 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: Hell Of A Chat With Jason Mott

Today we chat with Jason Mott sans sport coat about his new book Hell of a Book, the genius of Nicolas Cage, why he felt obligated to write this book, the insane fan at a book signing who fixated on his teeth, the story behind the title, and the surprising background noise he puts on while writing.

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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: 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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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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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: Calzones & Saxophones With Emily Henry

Today we chat with Emily Henry about her new rom-com People We Meet On Vacation, why saxophones have no place in pop songs, what it was like editing a book about vacations during COVID, her intense dislike of calzones and flip flops, and the benefits of wearing fuzzy socks.

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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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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. 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. 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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Inside Chat: War And Bees With Mark T. Sullivan

Today we chat with author Mark T. Sullivan about his latest novel The Last Green Valley, the surprising place he found the inspiration for his book, the fascinating history of ethnic Germans, the secret of beekeeping, and what to look for in a guide when you’re on the road researching.

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Inside Chat: Joanne Tompkins

Today we chat with author Joanne Tompkins about her latest novel What Comes After, spending time with Quakers, how working as a mediator for high trauma cases influenced her writing, writing into the mystery, how we never know what we’re dealing with, and the evil that lurks among us.

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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. 113 Shaking It Up With Susan Meissner

Today we’re joined by USA Today best-selling novelist Susan Meissner for a delightful chat about her new novel The Nature of Fragile Things, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hooking the reader early, thinking in an Irish brogue, writing genre bending books, and the joys of going down YouTube rabbit trails guilt free when you’re researching. We also recommend: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesDon’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker, and A Tribute at the Gates by C.J. Aaron. Audiobook of the week is Lola on Fire by Rio Youers. Plus- Dave , Laura walks to the dentist,  and Andrew’s son gets a moto-wheel.

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Inside Chat: Dueling It Out With Sharon Virts

Today we chat with the delightful Sharon Virts about her debut novel Masque of Honor, living in the house built by her main character, how an Oscar nominated screenwriter convinced her to write the book, the “ghost written” chapter she doesn’t remember writing, chinchilla stoles and period detail, strong female characters, calling cards, duels, and the joys of the hurdy-gurdy. Plus – Dave is (again) pulled over while out for a run.

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Inside Chat: Sleepless Nights With Abigail Dean

Today we chat with the delightful Abigail Dean about her Sunday Times best-selling debut novel Girl A, her love of true crime, being an only child, the truth about “unlikable” characters, the power of meaningful relationships against a bleak setting, and experiencing sleepless nights while writing.

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Inside Chat: The Cult Of Personality With Alison Wisdom

Today we chat with the talented Alison Wisdom about her debut novel We Can Only Save Ourselves, how she’s always been interested in cults, growing up in the suburbs, why cult leaders are always men, neighborhood Moms, and why she had to cut back on “the Manson factor” for her book. Plus – Dave is taken aback by (and comments on) a sinister looking painting he observed while virtual teaching.

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Inside Chat: Vive La Revolution With Rosalind Miles

Today we chat with the delightful Rosalind Miles about her new book The Women’s History of the Modern World, how every revolution in the history of the world has involved women,  the meaning behind “hubby power,” why women have more equality in “primitive” societies, how society invents reasons why women are inferior to men as it evolves, the myth about men and machines, and why you might be better off not having children. Plus – Dave can’t recognize his fellow teachers with the masks on – which is no different than before.

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Inside Chat: Playing Checkers With Syed M. Masood

Today we chat with the fantastic Syed M. Masood about his new novel The Bad Muslim Discount,  the reason why his literary hero is Ray Romano, the difference between writing for Young Adults vs Adults, writing comedy,  and how his great-grandmother was a ruthless Checkers player and taught him how to play.

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Ep. 110 Pits Of Salmon With Dana Stabenow

Today we’re joined by the award winning, best-selling writer Dana Stabenow for a fun chat about her new book Spoils of the Dead, the agony of writing during a pandemic,  missing her deadline by two months, Alaskan bush pilots, her R2D2 ringtone, and that time she fell in a pit full of live salmon as a kid. We also recommend: Resurrection Bay by Emma ViskicThe Mighty Oak by Jeff W. Bens, and Ganny Knits a Spaceship by David Gerrold. Audiobook of the week is Surrender the Dead by John Burley. Plus- Dave is unprepared for his school’s assembly, Laura takes Sylvia for a COVID test, and Andrew takes his kids tubing.

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