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Episode 253: Dreamland Author Sam Quinones

Episode 253: <i>Dreamland</i> 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.&nbsp;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 &nbsp;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 180: Author James Boice

James Boice, author of The Shooting, talks to Gary Almeter about America’s gun culture and how he developed his empathetic characters.

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To learn more about James Boice, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @jamesboice.