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.

The Writer’s Bone Podcast Archives

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.

Episode 204: UNSUB Author Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner, author of this summer’s hot (and terrifying) thriller UNSUB, talks to Daniel Ford about how her law background helped her hone her writing process, crafting her heroine Caitlin Hendrix, and what real-life events inspired UNSUB.

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I don’t write to exercise my demons; I write to inflict them on my readers.
— Meg Gardiner

To learn more about Meg Gardiner, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or like her on Twitter @MegGardiner1.

Episode 203: The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Kay Simpson, president of the Springfield Museums and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, talks to Stephanie Schaefer about The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

We really wanted to give visitors the feeling that they were walking into the beloved books of Dr. Seuss.
— Kay Simpson
Photos courtesy of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Photos courtesy of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

To learn more about The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, visit the official website, like Springfield Museums’ Facebook page, or follow it on Twitter @SpfldMuseums.

Episode 202: American Bang Author Doug Richardson

We start the July 4th festivities with a bang. An American Bang.

Today’s podcast episode features perpetual Writer’s Bone guest Doug Richardson. Doug and Sean talk about…well, you know what they talk about by now. Everything and nothing.

Sean said in June’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar” that Doug’s new Lucky Dey thriller American Bang just might be the best of the series. Go pick it up after listening to this interview and then let us know what you think about it.

I don’t know what keeps the tank full. It’s just been re-filling itself for years.
— Doug Richardson

Episode 201: Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give Author Ada Calhoun

Ada Calhoun, author of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give and St. Mark’s Is Dead, talks to Daniel Ford about her honest approach to writing about marriage, the future of journalism, and what she loves about New York City.

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Marriages are messy. And complicated. And if you gloss over the weirder stuff, you don’t really do it justice.
— Ada Calhoun

To learn more about Ada Calhoun, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @adacalhoun. Also read Gary Almeter’s review of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give.

Episode 200: For the 200th Time…

Episode two hundo! Yes, we’re just as surprised as you are. To celebrate our 200th episode, Sean Tuohy and Daniel Ford compiled their favorite clips from the last couple of years. It features authors, screenwriters, actors, directors, comedians, feminists, and journalists.

Share your favorite Writer’s Bone interview by commenting below, tweeting us @WritersBone, or by dropping a line on our Facebook page.

Thank you for listening, we truly appreciate it. Now, for the 200th time, keep writing, everyone!   

Episode 199: The Switch Author Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder, author of The Fixer, Guilty Minds, and, most recently, The Switch, talks to Sean Tuohy about his writing process, what inspired The Switch, and his run-in with the Russians (!!!).

The best writers may not be the most talented. They may just be the most stubborn.
— Joseph Finder

To learn more about Joseph Finder, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @JoeFinder.

Episode 198: Grunt Author Mary Roach

Today’s guest is Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Gulp, Bonk, Packing for Mars, and, most recently, Grunt. Roach talks to Daniel Ford about poking around “nitty gritty details of life,” her immersive writing process, and coordinating with the military during her research process for Grunt.

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I’m much happier poking around the nitty gritty details of life.
— Mary Roach

To learn more about Mary Roach, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @mary_roach

Episode 197: The Unwritable Rant’s Juliette Miranda

Bourbon-loving, storytellin’ Juliette Miranda, host of The Unwritable Rant podcast, talks to Daniel Ford about bourbon, how she got into podcasting, why the rants are unwritable, torturing her guy (lovingly, of course), and a very special guest coming up on her podcast.

The kind of thing you put in print isn’t going to necessarily going to translate into something you want to say.
— Juliette Miranda

To learn more about Juliette Miranda and The Unwritable Rant, visit the official website or follow her on Twitter @MorningNeurosis.

Today's episode is brought to you by Scrivener. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop. Visit the app's official website for more details.

Today's episode is brought to you by Scrivener. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop. Visit the app's official website for more details.

Episode 196: The Women of Saturn Author Connie Guzzo-McParland

Connie Guzzo-McParland, author of The Women of Saturn and publisher at Guernica Editions, talks to Daniel Ford about her late start into storytelling and how her immigration experience inspired her incredibly ambitious debut novel.

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You have to persevere and keep on writing.
— Connie Guzzo-McParland

To learn more about Connie Guzzo-McParland, visit her official website.