Episode 223: The Damascus Cover Author Howard Kaplan

Howard Kaplan, author of The Damascus Cover and Bullets of Palestine, talks to Sean Tuohy about how being a shy kid led him to storytelling, his appearance at Boston Film Festival on Sept. 23 to promote the film adaptation (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt, and Olivia Thirlby), and why he wanted his thrillers to have underlying messages.

Learn more about Howard Kaplan by visiting his official website, liking his Facebook page, or following him on Twitter @kaplanhow. Also watch the trailer for “Damascus Cover,” which premieres this Saturday at Boston Film Festival.

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Episode 222: Live With Authors Alex Segura and Radha Vatsal in Queens, N.Y.

On Sept. 14, Daniel Ford moderated The Queens Bookshop’s first-ever author event (!!!), held at Maple Grove Celebration Hall in Kew Gardens, N.Y., as part of 2017’s Brooklyn Book Festival.

The author panel included Alex Segura, best known for his Pete Fernandez Miami mystery novels, and Radha Vatsal, scribe of the historical fiction novels, A Front Page Affair and Murder Between the Lines. Alex and Radha had great insights into the craft of writing, a passionate crowd of readers asked thoughtful questions, and our hosts generously allowed Ford to read from his debut novel Sid Sanford Lives!

To learn more about Alex Segura, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @alex_segura. Also read Sean Tuohy’s interview with the author.

To learn more about Radha Vatsal, visit her official website or like her Facebook page.

The Queens Bookshop is a good friend of the podcast! Find out more about their mission to bring more books to Queens by reading Lindsey Wojcik’s feature. Also visit their official website, like their Facebook page, or follow the store on Twitter @bookshopqueens.

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Episode 221: Heavy Green Author Sam Lightner Jr.

Sam Lightner Jr., author of Heavy Green: The Collision of two Unlikely Missions in America's Secret War, talks to Sean Tuohy about how a rock-climbing expedition unexpectedly led to him writing fiction.

To learn more about Sam Lightner Jr., visit his official website or like his Facebook page. Also read Sean Tuohy’s review of Heavy Green in September’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar.”

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Episode 220: Silencer Author Marcus Wicker

Poet Marcus Wicker talks to Daniel Ford about his new poetry collection Silencer. Wicker discusses why he pursued an MFA and how hip-hop influences his poetry. The author also shares one of his poems on the air and explains the difference between writing, reading, and speaking poetry.

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There’s no way to escape inequity, and a bullet could come for you at anytime and anywhere.
— Marcus Wicker

To learn more about Marcus Wicker, visit his official website or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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Episode 219: The Names of Dead Girls Author Eric Rickstad

Author Eric Rickstad returns to the podcast! He chats with Sean Tuohy about his new novel The Names of Dead Girls (out Sept. 12).

You don’t really know what you know until you start writing.
— Eric Rickstad

To learn more about Eric Rickstad, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @ericrickstad. Also listen to Rickstad’s first appearance on the podcast.

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Episode 218: ‘Marjorie Prime’ Actress Stephanie Andujar

Actress Stephanie Andujar returns to the podcast to talk about her new movie “Marjorie Prime.” Andujar also chats with Sean Tuohy about her sketch comedy show, “StephA: One Woman Show!”

Once I know the background of a character and get into wardrobe, I become that character. I turn on.
— Stephanie Andujar

To learn more about Stephanie Andujar, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Watch the trailer for “Marjorie Prime” below.

Episode 217: The Room of White Fire Author T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker, author of the recently published The Room of White Fire, talks to Daniel Ford about how a high school mythology class ignited his passion for reading and writing, and what real-life events inspired his new book, and what’s in store for his new hero Roland Ford.

I just try to open the imaginary dam and let the water come out.
— T. Jefferson Parker
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To learn more about T. Jefferson Parker, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @TJParkerauthor.

Episode 216: The Trespasser Author Tana French

Tana French, award-winning author of In the Woods, The Secret Place, and The Trespasser, talks to Daniel Ford about how her acting career influences her fiction, crafting characters like Antoinette Conway, and the importance of setting and atmosphere in murder mysteries.

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I like exploring other people. That’s what’s interesting to me.
— Tana French

To learn more about Tana French, visit her official website or like her Facebook page.

Episode 215: The Creators of “Comrade Detective”

Sean Tuohy talks to the minds behind Amazon’s new series “Comrade Detective”—writers and creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and director Rhys Thomas.

To learn more about “Comrade Detective,” watch the trailer below or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Talkin’ Baseball With ESPN Researcher and Author Mark Simon

In a special, bonus podcast episode, ESPN researcher and author Mark Simon talks to Daniel Ford about his book The Yankees Index: Every Number Tells a Story.

Simon, who grew up a New York Mets fan devoted to reliever Neil Allen, discusses how he landed his job at ESPN, what led him to Triumph Books and writing about the New York Yankees, and his research process for the book (aided in part by past Writer’s Bone guest Katie Sharp). He also shares sound advice that aspiring sportswriters and researchers should take to heart.

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To learn more about Mark Simon, visit ESPN or follow him on Twitter @msimonespn.

Episode 214: Home Fire Author Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire, talks to Daniel Ford about why writing is all she ever wanted to do, what it’s like having a novel longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and how she crafted the characters and plot in her recent novel.

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This is the kind of writer I’ve been until now. Who knows what kind of writer I’ll be tomorrow.
— Kamila Shamsie

To learn more about Kamila Shamsie, follow her on Twitter @kamilashamsie

Episode 213: All Grown Up Author Jami Attenberg

Author Jami Attenberg talks to Daniel Ford about her novel All Grown Up. Attenberg discusses how she crafted her main character Andrea, representing single womanhood in a different light, and writing about New York City.

You just get up and write every day. And I feel lucky I get to do that.
— Jami Attenberg

To learn more about Jami Attenberg, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Read our review of All Grown Up in March’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar.”

Episode 212: Hum If You Don’t Know the Words Author Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais, author of Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, talks to Daniel Ford about writing stories at a young age, how mystery and detective novels influence her work, and how her upbringing in Apartheid South Africa inspired her debut novel.

If you really want it, and really believe in it, keep writing and make it happen for yourself.
— Bianca Marais

To learn more about Bianca Marais, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Also read our official review of Hum If You Don’t Know the Words in August’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar.”

Episode 211: Fierce Kingdom Author Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips, author of Come In and Cover Me, The Well and the Mine, and the recently published Fierce Kingdom, talks to Daniel Ford about the books that inspired her to become a writer, her ideal writing time, and focusing on the mother-child relationship in her latest novel.

Make yourself write. I find inspiration highly overrated.
— Gin Phillips

To learn more about Gin Phillips, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @GinPhillips17.

Episode 210: Best-Selling Author Michael Connelly

Crime fiction master Michael Connelly sits down with Sean Tuohy to talk about who inspired his new character Detective Renée Ballard for his new novel The Late Show, keeping Harry Bosch fresh, and what drives him to keep inventing new characters and high quality narratives.

There’s something magical and mystical about writing.
— Michael Connelly

To learn more about Michael Connelly, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @Connellybooks.

Episode 209: Screenwriter Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon—whose credits include “The Hurricane,” "Wyatt Earp,” and “Highway to Heaven,” talks to Caitlin Malcuit about his writing process, his disappointment with the superhero movie market, and his upcoming projects.

To learn more about Dan Gordon, visit his IMDB page.
The industry isn’t a social welfare office, it’s a business.
— Dan Gordon

Episode 208: What We Lose Author Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose, talks to Daniel Ford about her circuitous path to writing, why she decided to pursue an MFA, and what inspired her incredibly well-written and structured debut novel.

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Write the story you want to write regardless of whether or not you think it has commercial appeal.
— Zinzi Clemmons
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To learn more about Zinzi Clemmons, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Also read our review of What We Lose in July’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar.”

Episode 207: Killerjoy Author Jon Negroni

Jon Negroni, author of Killerjoy and The Pixar Theory, talks to Daniel Ford about what fuels his writing process, his publishing journey, and what inspired his debut fantasy novel.

If you’re going to start something, do what you’ve got to do to finish it.
— Jon Negroni

To learn more about Jon Negroni, visit his official website or follow him on Twitter @JonNegroni.

Episode 206: Found Audio Author N.J. Campbell

N.J. Campbell, author of Found Audio, talks to Daniel Ford about what inspired his debut novel, being surrounded by writers growing up, what led him to Two Dollar Radio, and the deep, deep, deep philosophical discussions he has with his friends.

My process involves being patient with myself and with what’s happening on the page.
— N.J. Campbell

To learn more about N.J. Campbell, visit his Tumblr page or follow him on Twitter @njcampbelltweet.

Episode 205: Author and Poet Erica Wright

Author and poet Erica Wright talks to Daniel Ford about her upcoming poetry collection All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, the differences between writing fiction and poetry, and why there’s a poet, poem, or poetry collection for everyone.

You do have to risk something of yourself in order for a poem to function.
— Erica Wright

To learn more about Erica Wright, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Also listen to our first podcast interview with the author and poet.