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Episode 244: Smothered Author Megan Cassidy

Episode 244: <i>Smothered</i> 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.

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

Episode 240: <i>Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?</i> 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.

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 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 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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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 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 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.

Photo credit: Kristyn Greenfield of KG Creative Photography, LLC
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 218: ‘Marjorie Prime’ Actress Stephanie Andujar

Actress Stephanie Andujar returns to the podcast to talk about her new movie “Marjorie Prime.” Andujar also chats with Sean Tuohy about her sketch comedy show, “StephA: One Woman Show!”

Once I know the background of a character and get into wardrobe, I become that character. I turn on.
— Stephanie Andujar

To learn more about Stephanie Andujar, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Watch the trailer for “Marjorie Prime” below.

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 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 210: Best-Selling Author Michael Connelly

Episode 210: Best-Selling Author Michael Connelly

Crime fiction master Michael Connelly sits down with Sean Tuohy to talk about his new novel The Late Show.

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.