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.

Episode 195: ‘Twin Peaks’ and Other Tales

Sean Tuohy and contributing editor Caitlin Malcuit talk about “Twin Peaks: The Return.” The pair also discusses “Jaws” (the movie and the book), 1970s television actors, and “Red Dawn.”

Follow Sean Tuohy and Caitlin Malcuit on Twitter @SeanTuohy2 and @badlycooked, respectively. Also read Caitlin’s most recent “Twin Peaks” recap.

Episode 194: She Rides Shotgun Author Jordan Harper

Author Jordan Harper talks to Daniel Ford about writing crime fiction at a young age, his need for a writing “womb,” why writers need to make their own brand of crazy work for them, and what inspired his debut novel She Rides Shotgun.

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Don’t let anyone tell you what to do, don’t follow trends. Just go out there and do the best you can.
— Jordan Harper

To learn more about Jordan Harper, like his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @jordan_harper. Also read our first interview with the author.

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 193: Apollo 8 Author Jeffrey Kluger

Jeffrey Kluger, author of Apollo 8 and TIME magazine’s editor-at-large, talks to Daniel Ford about his love of writing and science, his research process for Apollo 8, his relationship with Jim Lovell, and why mankind must continue to explore and discover.

Apollo 8 was the first time we removed ourselves from the gravity well of our planet, sailed across the real, true blue water of deep space, and entered the gravitational influence of another world.”
— Jeffrey Kluger

To learn more about Jeffrey Kluger, visit his official website, read his work on TIME.com, or follow him on Twitter @jeffreykluger.

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 192: The Four Legendary Kingdoms Author Matthew Reilly

Australian (rock star) author Matthew Reilly returns to the podcast and talks to Sean Tuohy about how his writing process has changed over the years, why he embraces outrageousness, and what inspired his new book The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

I love reading totally outrageous, page-burning action thrillers.
— Matthew Reilly

To learn more about Matthew Reilly, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @Matthew_Reilly. Also listen to Sean Tuohy’s first interview with the author

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 191: The TimeKeepers Author Jenn Bregman

Jenn Bregman, author of her first legal thriller The TimeKeepers, talks to Daniel Ford about her early love of storytelling, how her legal career influenced her writing process, and what she has in store for her heroine Sarah Brockman.

The characters must control the story.
— Jenn Bregman

To learn more about Jenn Bregman, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @jennbregman.

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 190: Bob Lee Swagger Author Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter, author of the Bob Lee Swagger series and former film critic for The Washington Post, talks to Sean Tuohy about his career.

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Be professional. Be realistic. Understand who you are and what can you do.
— Stephen Hunter

To learn more about Stephen Hunter, like his Facebook page.

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 189: One of the Boys Author Daniel Magariel

Daniel Magariel, author of the brutally sweet One of the Boys, talks to Daniel Ford about his compulsion to become a writer, the benefits of an MFA, and the personal story that inspired his debut novel.

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If you do a little bit of work every day no matter what, eventually you’ll reach a finish line.”
— Daniel Magariel

To learn more about Daniel Magariel, visit his author page on Simon & Schuster’s website.

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.