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Episode 299: The Emperor of Shoes Author Spencer Wise

Episode 299: <i>The Emperor of Shoes</i> Author Spencer Wise

Author Spencer Wise joins Daniel Ford and Rebecca Weston at the PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, Mass., to discuss his debut novel The Emperor of Shoes.

Episode 281: A Dark and Pulpy Night at Podcast Garage

Episode 281: A Dark and Pulpy Night at Podcast Garage

Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy reconnect about what they're reading and writing. Special guest Rebecca Weston makes edits in real time.

Episode 260: How to Stop Time Author Matt Haig

Episode 260: <i>How to Stop Time</i> Author Matt Haig

Today’s guest is Matt Haig, author of The Humans, Reasons to Stay Alive, and, most recently, How to Stop Time. Haig talks to Daniel Ford about his constant impulse to externalize things and write them down, how memory, hope, despair, and melancholy are woven into How to Stop Time, and how he battles writer’s indecision (as opposed to writer’s block).

Episode 259: Poet Phillip B. Williams

Episode 259: Poet Phillip B. Williams

Poet Phillip B. Williams reads from his collection Thief in the Interior, and then talks to Daniel Ford about the poets who have influenced his work and the idiosyncrasies of his writing process.

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 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.  

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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 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

Episode 219: <i>The Names of Dead Girls</i> 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).

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 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 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 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.