Episode 239: The Demon Crown Author James Rollins

Good friend of the podcast James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force Series, talks to Sean Tuohy about his new novel The Demon Crown (out Dec. 5).

I allow myself 90 days of research. On Day 91, I start writing.
— James Rollins

To learn more about James Rollins, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @jamesrollins. Also listen to last year’s live interview with the author at The Harvard Coop.

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Episode 238: What We Build Upon the Ruins Author Giano Cromley

Giano Cromley, author of What We Build Upon the Ruins and The Last Good Halloween, talks to Daniel Ford about why he got an MFA, why he loves writing short stories, and how he crafted the memorable characters and narratives in What We Build Upon the Ruins.

Sit down, in isolation, and get words on paper.
— Giano Cromley

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

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Episode 237: ‘Almost Friends’ Writer and Director Jake Goldberger

Screenwriter and director Jake Goldberger, whose credits include “Almost Friends,” “Life of a King,” and “Don McKay,” talks to Sean Tuohy about his writing and directing style, learning to work with actors, and his upcoming project with one of our favorite directors, Lexi Alexander.

To learn more about Jake Goldberger, visit his IMDB page. Also watch the trailer for “Almost Friends."

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Episode 236: Garden of the Lost and Abandoned Author Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and author of Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves, talks to Daniel Ford about how her filmmaking background influenced her writing, her immersive research process, and the rare trust she developed with her subject, Gladys Kalibbala.

There’s a cumulative power in taking small steps forward.
— Jessica Yu

To learn more about Jessica Yu, visit her official Facebook page. Also watch the book's trailer! 

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Episode 235: In the Midst of Winter Author Isabel Allende

In an incredibly personal and emotional interview, best-selling international author Isabel Allende talks to Sean Tuohy about her new book In the Midst of Winter.

Why do I choose to write a particular story? Because it matters to me.
— Isabel Allende

To learn more about Isabel Allende, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Episode 234: Have You Met Nora? Author Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades, author of Have You Met Nora? (out Oct. 31) and The Thunder Beneath Us, returns to the podcast to discuss what went into crafting the characters in her new book, how long it took her to write and edit the novel, and the themes she wanted to explore through her mixed race, and very secretive and conflicted, main character Nora.

Blades and Daniel Ford also talk about what inspired her to start a podcast with her sister, and what’s coming up on Season 2 of “Hey Sis!

Focus on your voice and the story you want to tell.
— Nicole Blades

To learn more about Nicole Blades, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Also listen to our first podcast interview with the author, and read our review of Have You Met Nora?

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Episode 233: Only Dead on the Inside Author James Breakwell

James Breakwell, social media comedian (Xploding Unicorn) and author of Only Dead on the Inside, talks to Sean Tuohy about channeling his tweets into a book, what his kids think about his literary prowess, and their shared grieving over losing “the greatest podcast ever recorded.”

Try not wetting your pants during this podcast. We dare you.

It writes itself. You just add the apocalypse and see what happens.
— James Breakwell

To learn more about James Breakwell, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Also listen to Sean and James’ first podcast together!

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Episode 232: Actor and How Did This Get Made? Co-Host Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer, actor, producer, and co-host of How Did This Get Made?, talks to Sean Tuohy about how his love for bad films turned into a podcast, the show’s upcoming live events in Boston, and the tribal mentality of people watching bad movies and discussing them.

There’s a beauty in something that goes so horribly wrong.
— Paul Scheer

To learn more about Paul Scheer, visit his official website, subscribe to How Did This Get Made?, and follow him and the show on Twitter @paulscheer and @HDTGM.

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Episode 231: Kate Fox Mystery Series Author Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker, author of Dark Signal and Stripped Bare, talks to Daniel Ford about telling herself stories when she went to bed as a kid, how much of herself ends up in her main character Kate Fox, and being named 2017 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

The more books I write, the more I learn to trust my process.
— Shannon Baker

To learn more about Shannon Baker, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @sbakerwriter.

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Episode 230: Writer and Producer Portland Helmich

Portland Helmich, host of the podcast “Stranglers,” producer, writer, and actor, talks to Daniel Ford about her upcoming appearance at PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, Mass. on Nov. 1 with “Stranglers” executive producer Susan Gray.

Helmich also discusses pitching a podcast on sex and spirituality, producing a documentary on John F. Kennedy’s final major speech at Amherst, and writing a short film about George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy for the U.S. Army Museum.

Write what’s true.
— Portland Helmich

To learn more about Portland Helmich, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @Portlandh. Also listen to our first podcast with Helmich!

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Episode 229: Professor Joe R. Lansdale Explains the Art of Showing Up

Joe R. Lansdale, Hap and Leonard creator and author of Rusty Puppy and Cold in July, makes his Writer’s Bone podcast debut!

Lansdale talks to Sean Tuohy about how East Texas influences his work, not always realizing the “ah ha” moments when they happen, and why half the battle for writers is showing up.

You’re better at understanding why you do a certain thing when you’ve had greater space between it.
— Joe R. Lansdale

To learn more about Joe R. Lansdale, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @joelansdale. Also read Sean’s first interview with the author.

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Episode 228: Live From Chatter With Poet and Literary Historian Kim Roberts

Poet and literary historian Kim Roberts sits down with Daniel Ford, Sean Tuohy, and Melanie Padgett Powers at Chatter in Washington D.C.

Roberts discusses what inspired her recent poetry collection, The Scientific Method, her work for DC Writers' Homes, and why Washington D.C. is a great city for writers.

Culture, and ties to culture, is more important than ever.
— Kim Roberts

To learn more about Kim Roberts, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @fan_belt. Special thanks to Chatter's Claude Jennings for running the board! 

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Sid Sanford Lives! Reading at I AM Books in Boston’s North End

Daniel Ford reads from Sid Sanford Lives! at I AM Books in Boston’s North End. He also takes questions from an insightful and engaged audience.

The next Sid Sanford Lives! reading/signing is at Belmont Books on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Find more details on Belmont Book’s Facebook page.

Photo credits: Stephanie and Karen Schaefer
This book is a lot of things. It’s a love letter to family, a meditation on love and friendship, and an exploration of what happens when life doesn’t go your way.
— Daniel Ford

Learn more about Daniel Ford by visiting his official website, liking his Facebook page, or following him on Twitter @danielfford. Sid Sanford Lives! is available on I AM Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

Learn more about I AM Books by visiting the official website, liking its Facebook page, or following the store on Twitter @iambooksboston.

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Episode 227: Blurred Lines Author Vanessa Grigoriadis

Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, talks to Daniel Ford about what she discovered while investigating the sexual revolution occurring on college campuses across the United States.

Grigoriadis, who is a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, also discusses the current state of journalism.

To learn more about Vanessa Grigoriadis, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @vanessagrigor.

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Episode 226: Live From Books on the Square With Hollywood Homicide Author Kellye Garrett

Mystery author Kellye Garrett introduced her new book Hollywood Homicide last Saturday night at Books on the Square in Providence, R.I.

While attendees sipped on wine from bin 312 and indulged in cupcakes from Sin Desserts, actress Mia Ellis read the first chapter of Hollywood Homicide. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy then asked Garrett about her origins as a storyteller and what inspired her character Dayna Anderson.

(Special thanks to Vanessa Lillie for organizing the event!)

Just write the book. Don’t worry about being perfect. And then re-write it.
— Kellye Garrett

To learn more about Kellye Garrett, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @kellyekel.

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Episode 225: The Last Ballad Author Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad (out Oct. 3), A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road of Mercy, talks to Daniel Ford about establishing his storytelling work ethic, chasing Ella May’s ghost while writing The Last Ballad, what he’s learned from his writing students, and why writers need to be really honest with themselves about why they want to write.  

Photo credit: Mallory Brady Cash

To learn more about Wiley Cash, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Also read an excerpt of The Last Ballad.  

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Episode 224: Live at Trident Booksellers & Café for Sid Sanford Lives! Book Launch

On Sept. 21, Daniel Ford launched his debut novel Sid Sanford Lives! at Trident Booksellers & Café with the help of his family, friends, and the Writer’s Bone crew.

Ford read from the book, answered fun questions from Sean Tuohy and the audience, and signed plenty of books! Listen to the audio, and then come out to Ford’s next author talk at I Am Books in Boston’s North End on Sept. 28.

To learn more about Daniel Ford, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @danielfford. Sid Sanford Lives! is available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.

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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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