Episode 253: Dreamland Author Sam Quinones

Author and journalist Sam Quinones talks to Daniel Ford about what led him to journalism, his research and writing process for Dreamland, and his experience testifying in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee about the opioid crisis in the United States.

I thought I was writing a story about drug trafficking. And then I began to realize that it was really a story about who we’ve become as Americans.
— Sam Quinones

To learn more Sam Quinones, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @samquinones7.

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Episode 252: #NovelClass Season 1 Finale Featuring Chiara Barzini’s Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

In the Season 1 finale of #NovelClass, Dave Pezza and Daniel Ford discuss Chiara Barzini’s Things That Happened Before the Earthquake.

(Warning: This episode contains spoilers.)

Dave also talks about #NovelClass spinning off into its own podcast (launches Feb. 1!) and the podcast’s first live event on Feb. 21 in Providence, R.I. Stay tuned for more details, but start reading Stephen King’s The Shining in the meantime!

To learn more about Chiara Barzini, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @chiarabarzini.

Listen to more from the #NovelClass series on SoundCloud. If you want to suggest a future #NovelClass read, email NovelClasspod@gmail.com or drop us a line on Twitter or Instagram.

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Episode 251: The Wanted Author Robert Crais

New York Times best-selling author Robert Crais talks to Sean Tuohy about his new Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel, The Wanted.

Elvis and Joe are a part of my life and I always seem to come up with new things to learn and explore about them.
— Robert Crais

To learn more about Robert Crais, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Instagram.

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Episode 250: First Case Scenario Author Annemarie DeClark

Annemarie DeClark, author of First Case Scenario, talks to Daniel Ford about her lifelong love of mysteries, how her two aunts helped her refine her debut novel, and what she has planned next for her main character Harlee O’Conner.

I’ve always been a huge fan of mysteries.
— Annemarie DeClark

To learn more about Annemarie DeClark, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @AuthorDeClark.

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Episode 249: White Fur Author Jardine Libaire

Welcome to the first Writer’s Bone podcast of 2018!

Today’s guest is Jardine Libaire, author of White Fur. Libaire’s second novel is a truly unforgettable and original love story, one that starts with a shotgun in a hotel room. The author talked to Daniel Ford at the end of 2017 about her origins as a storyteller, her decision to get an MFA, what inspired White Fur, and plenty of great writing advice that will have you fired up to pick up a pen.

To learn more about Jardine Libaire, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @Jardineraven.

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Episode 248: Are You Sleeping Author Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping, talks to Daniel Ford about always being a storyteller, how the podcast “Serial” helped inspire her debut, and why writers must always make time for writing.

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It’s one thing to have a lot of ideas. You get such a better sense of accomplishment when you having something down on the page.
— Kathleen Barber

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

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Episode 247: Sid Sanford Lives! Reading at Belmont Books

This past fall, Daniel Ford read from his debut novel Sid Sanford Lives! at Belmont Books in Belmont, Mass., and the then answered questions from Dave Pezza and a smart group of readers.

I knew once I started writing that Jocelyn was pretty special. I wanted to give her the spotlight she deserved.
— 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 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

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Episode 246: The Frozen Hours Author Jeff Shaara

Jeff Shaara, author of Gods and Generals and The Fateful Lightning, returns to the podcast to discuss his new novel, The Frozen Hours. Shaara talks to Daniel Ford about consulting with Korean War veterans, how he chose the characters featured in this narrative, and why, in large part because of those veterans, his writing process was more emotional this time around.

You need to tackle something because you’ve got an itch than needs to be scratched. You’ve got a story that you need to tell. It has to begin with that.
— Jeff Shaara

To learn more about Jeff Shaara, visit his official website or like his Facebook page. Also listen to our last podcast interview with Shaara and read our review of The Frozen Hours in December’s “Books That Should Be On Your Radar.”

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Episode 245: Live From Belmont Books With Best-Selling Author Eric Rickstad

Best-selling author Eric Rickstad read from his latest Canaan Crime novel, The Names of Dead Girls, and answered questions from the Writer’s Bone crew during a live podcast recording from Belmont Books on Dec. 7.

Most novels are crime novels, even if they’re beautifully written and literary. They’re about literal legal crimes or crimes against the heart, crimes against humanity, crimes against the self. Someone has done something that they’re trying to work through to find a new place in life.
— 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 Sean Tuohy’s recent podcast interview with the author!

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Episode 244: Smothered Author Megan Cassidy

Megan Cassidy, author of the recently published Smothered, talks to Daniel Ford about what inspired her to write an epistolary novel, crafting characters outside of a typical narrative structure, and exploring how people react and dissect sensational crimes.

To learn more about Megan Cassidy, visit her official website, visit 50/50 Press’ official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MeganEileenC and @FiftyFiftyPress. Also listen to our first interview with the author!

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Episode 243: Colorado Boulevard Author Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton, legendary screenwriter and author of the Crush series, talks to Daniel Ford about his new novels Colorado Boulevard and From Away. He may also slip in a “Cheers” story or two!

I am compelled to write all the time.
— Phoef Sutton

To learn more about Phoef Sutton, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @phoefsutton. Also listen to our first interview with Sutton.

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Episode 242: Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee Author Stacie Haas

Stacie Haas, author of the middle-grade, historical fiction novel Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee, talks to Daniel Ford about wanting to be a writer since she could hold a pencil, how she caught the history bug, the inspiration behind her debut novel, and how her publishing journey led to 50/50 Press.

I’ve loved to write every since I could hold a pencil.
— Stacie Haas

To learn more about Stacie Haas, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @StacieHaas.

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Episode 241: ‘Served Like A Girl’ Director Lysa Heslov

Lysa Heslov, director of “Served Like A Girl,” talks to Sean Tuohy about how she changed as a person and filmmaker while making the documentary, the unbreakable bond she formed with the female veterans, and her next equally complex and emotional project.

IEDs and bullets don’t discriminate based on sex.
— Lysa Heslov

To learn more, visit the official website for “Served Like A Girl,” like its Facebook page, or follow Heslov and the film on Twitter @heslov_lysa and @servedlikeagirl, respectively. Also watch the official trailer for the movie below!

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Episode 240: Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? Author Diane Ratican

Diane Ratican, author of Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, talks to Daniel Ford about what she loves most about Los Angeles and Paris, the gems her research process uncovered, and where the Writer’s Bone crew can find a good cup of coffee in both cities.

Be true to yourself and focus.
— Diane Ratican

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

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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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