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Wesley Mueller and Michael Kurt bring you Talking To Ghosts, the manifestation of their need to meet and learn about other creators. Talking To Ghosts reaches out to musicians, artist, and other creative individuals and tries to reach into their minds to pull out interesting and funny stories about the way they work.
 
Find your next favorite book here on the podcast where readers hear authors read a chapter, or two, of their book after a brief interview. Hosted by thriller author, Jason A. Meuschke Are you an author or would like to recommend an author for the show? Email us at samplechapterpodcast@gmail.com and let Jason know! You can also text or leave a voicemail at 660-851-1146 and it could be in the next episode! Find out more about Jason on his website at https://www.jasonameuschke.com
 
THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE is a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writers Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni, author and comedian Matt Wildasin, and musician and animator Dave Thomas. Each week Brian, Mary, Matt and Dave (along with occasional co-hosts Phoebe and Dungeonmaster 77.1) discuss the latest news in horror fiction, films, comic books, games and more, along with in-depth interviews with the genre's biggest names!
 
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Episode 154 kicks off December in Superhero style with speculative fiction author, Carrie Harris! Carrie dives deep into her history of eclectic jobs, the inspiration behind some of her previous novels, motivation to keep trying, and how her tenacity led to a book deal writing about the X-Men for Marvel Comics! Carrie Harris website Carrie Harris o…
 
Jacqueline Winspear talks about her memoir, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing. After 16 novels, she has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her story tackles the difficult, poignant and fascinating family accounts of three generations --- …
 
Episode 153 with Calgary based crime thriller author, Dwayne Clayden is up at last! Join Jason and Dwayne for a fascinating discussion on learning the "writerly language", writing what you know, author validation, and so much more before diving into an ominous sample chapter from his latest thriller in the Brad Coulter series! Dwayne Clayden's webs…
 
We have a new format for our first “Bookaccino Live” Book Group event, in which we discuss American Dirt with the author, Jeanine Cummins. Carol interviews Jeanine at the start and then invites eight readers to ask questions live. To finish we went to questions from our Zoom audience. Carol had been looking forward to this interview for a long time…
 
He's back! The long-time friend of the show, author, and podcaster, Armand Rosamilia returns with his latest book, Make Pretend! As a frequent guest, Armand and Jason get more into the writing process than usual but we also have a lot of laughs discussing important things like Funko Pops, and do you really need pants during a pandemic? Armand Rosam…
 
This week on the Talking to Ghosts podcast we talked with Demian Dinéyazhi' about their recent performance at PICA’s Time-Based Arts Festival, having to adjust to performing during the pandemic and forest fires over the summer, and how punk energy exists in indigenous, Black, and brown communities. Demian is the founder and director of R.I.S.E, whi…
 
Tennessee life coach and author, Christina M. Eder is our guest for episode 151! Join in the laughs as Jason and Christina discuss having a heart for helping people begin their dreams, having infectious positivity, living with intent, and discover what in the world is a Frog Blog! (you'll even hear one!) Christina M. Eder website Christina's books …
 
Susie Yang joins Carol to discuss her debut novel, White Ivy, which is the “Today Show Read With Jena” selection for November. Susie's main character, Ivy Lin, was born in China. Her parents left her there and moved to the States, bringing her to join them when she was five. When Ivy is accepted as a scholarship student at the school where her fath…
 
Episode 150 brings a delightful chat with sound producer and author, Jim Metzner! Listen to Jim describe his long-running radio show, Pulse of the Planet, discovering the sounds around you, and learn new and fascinating things about the inspiration for his novel, Sacred Mounds, a book thirty years in the making! Sacred Mounds website (not the music…
 
This week on the podcast we have author and artist Tatiana Ryckman! We talked about her new novel's hotline launch event, the depression after releasing a new work, and starting a band during the pandemic. "The Ancestry of Objects" is out now on Deep Vellum. You can still grab her novella "I Don't Think Of You (Until I Do)" from Future Tense Books.…
 
Happy Halloween! It's our final BONUS episode of the month with special guest author, producer, and screenwriter, Bonne' Bartron! Listen in as we discuss the hardships of filmmaking, characters inspired from life, switching from scripts to fiction novels and so much more before diving into a creepy sample chapter from Bonne's debut novel, Whispers!…
 
Aimee Molloy, the instant New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother, joins Carol to discuss her second novel, Goodnight Beautiful. It is one of those books Carol simply cannot stop talking about, with stellar twists that are so well plotted. In Goodnight Beautiful, Sam, a psychotherapist, and Annie are newly married. While Sam works l…
 
Graphic Novelist, Michael May is our guest for episode 148! Prepare yourself for an episode chock full of podcasting, writing for comics, blogging, stressing over every word, and one heck of an entertaining sample chapter reading! It's all just a click away true believers! Michael May website, blog, and social media links Michael May on Amazon Hell…
 
Episode 147 features a wonderful return guest in Horror & Dark Fantasy author, Liz Butcher! We catch up on her previous book, Fate's Fury, talk work/life balance, ghostwriting, and discuss how inspirational creepy old homes can be for an author! Liz Butcher website Liz Butcher on Amazon Creative Edge Publicity NaNoWriMo (my ID is Jason A. Meuschke)…
 
Rose Carlyle joins Bookreporter Talks To from New Zealand to discuss her debut thriller, The Girl in the Mirror, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. Carol loves this line to describe it, “It’s a thriller with identical twins, fast yachts, tropical harbors, secrets and deceit, sex, and crocodiles.” She read it floating in the pool and looked …
 
Episode 146 brings the goods with beloved actor/producer/screenwriter, and now author, Lou Diamond Phillips! Prepare yourself for amazing insights and laughs as Jason and Lou discuss topics like his inspiration for the book, switching from screenwriting to writing a novel to describe the images in his head, world-building, will there be a sequel, a…
 
This week on the podcast we have Heldáy de la Cruz who is an artist and illustrator working in the undocumented and queer communities in Portland, Oregon. We talked about working during COVID and how filming projects have changed, his participation in a new PICA exhibit by Carlos Motta called "We Got Each Other's Backs." The best place to find Held…
 
For the show's second BONUS episode #145 of October, we're welcoming sci-fi and urban fantasy author, Jabe Stafford! Learn about writing in isolation, journaling for self-discovery, identifiable villains, and what the heck is a Yoga Witch? All this plus a sample chapter from Jabe's debut novel, Ales, Agents & Alchemy, is just a click away! Jabe Sta…
 
Lisa Jewel joined Carol from London to discuss her newest novel, Invisible Girl. Carol and Lisa first met at BookExpo a few years ago, where they quickly bonded over Lisa’s thriller writing. Carol has interviewed Lisa before, which brings a very funny moment to the interview. They talk about Lisa’s inspiration for Invisible Girl, which came from a …
 
Episode 144 brings an action-packed chat with award-winning author, Gary Phillips! Listen in as they discuss being a storyteller, working in different genres and media to both inform and keep your writing fresh, consistency is key as a writer, and we get a little side-tracked discussing cigars and how many is still okay in the current pandemic. All…
 
Prepare yourself for a month of bonus episodes starting today with episode 143 and return guest, Splatterpunk-nominated author, Lucas Mangum! I had a blast chatting with Lucas about things like lifestyle changes and parenting tips for the pandemic, revising old stories, developing fully realized characters and stories, and the perks of being award-…
 
Lisa Unger, the New York Times bestselling author of 18 novels, joins Carol to discuss her newest psychological thriller, Confessions on the 7:45. In this thriller, Selena's usual train commute is interrupted and stalled. She begins a deep conversation with her seat neighbor and reveals a few too many secrets from her personal life the way many of …
 
Episode 142 is here with a truly delightful author from Canada, Nina Munteanu. In the episode, Nina and Jason discuss character flaws, having the environment be a character in our prose, the "what ifs" in historical fiction, the writer's "wavelengths", and much more all before enjoying a magical chapter reading. Enjoy! Nina Munteanu website Nina Mu…
 
Suzanne Skyvara, the Vice President of Marketing & Editorial for Goodreads and Danny Feekes, who is their Managing Editor, return for a fall book discussion with Carol where they share titles that are resonating with Goodreads readers! Like their talk in June, there's a lot here to discover, with discussions about each new suggestion. They share bo…
 
Episode 141 brings us not one, but TWO sample chapters from a pair of author friends who are releasing at the same time! Nate Granzow and Mat Snyder talk with Jason about writing clubs, critique, research and so much more before diving into spectacular samples from each of their new novels! Be sure to join their Facebook launch party on October 1st…
 
Robert Dugoni joins Carol to talk about The Last Agent, the second book in his Charles Jenkins series. Jenkins has walked away from his life as an agent after being exonerated on charges of espionage. But when he learns that Paulina Ponomayova, the woman who saved his life, is being held in a Russian prison, he is lured out of retirement to return …
 
Episode 140 of the show features first-time author, and friend of the show, Katie R. Dale! Listen in as we dive into Katie's memoir and discuss mental health, way to seek and find help, writing for the reader, and the process of putting together that first book. Suffice to say the interview is an informative, and timely, look at very real struggles…
 
This week on the podcast we talk to Shawna Potter of the band War on Women! Shawna is an activists and the author of the new book “Making Spaces Safer” (out now on AK Press). We talked about recording during COVID/protests, not wanting to make a Trump record, and how to reach people with music. War on Women’s new album, Wonderful Hell, will be out …
 
Wendy Walker joins Carol to discuss her newest thriller, Don't Look for Me, which like her previous books, All is not Forgotten, Emma in the Night, and The Night Before, is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. In Don't Look for Me, Molly Clarke has disappeared, leaving behind only an empty car at the edge of town and a note at a hotel. She's not the f…
 
Speculative Fiction author and podcaster, Theresa Halvorsen is our delightful guest for episode 139! We're talking about the voices in an author's head, always learning, her podcast the Semi-Sages of the Pages, as well as diving behind the scenes of her debut novel, Warehouse Dreams! Theresa Halverson website with social media links Theresa Halvers…
 
Bonus episode time with special return guest, Edward Willett! Come along for a fun conversation as we discuss his two upcoming releases, building an anthology with other authors, the many ways of writing a book, and the sometimes hilarious pitfalls of transcription services. All this and an always amazing, and thrilling chapter reading from book th…
 
Ruth Ware joins Carol to discuss her newest suspense/thriller, One by One. This is her sixth thriller, and again it’s a Bookreporter Bets On selection. One by One takes place in a luxury ski cabin in a spectacular setting. It’s attended to by a two-person staff at the ready to cater to the visitors’ every need. The current guests: eight coworkers f…
 
South Africa makes its first appearance on the show with author, Elaine Dodge! Jason and Elaine discuss topics like the mushy middle, pantsing the first few chapters, writing in places you've never been, bears, and brains in jars! All this and more before diving into a wonderfully steamy sample chapter from her award-winning book, Harcourt's Mounta…
 
That's right! It's time again to check in with our good buddies Alex Kennedy and Bruce Lord from I Die:You Die. It's been a little over a year since we've seen each other and it was definitely time to catch up. We talked about podcasting and maintaining a website during the pandemic, working on diversity in our coverage, and left a nice chunk at th…
 
Episode 136 is doubly exciting as we feature the writing duo of CM Adler and AK Alexander with their new novel, Deadly Affairs! This interview is full of laughs and interesting tidbits like creating a "killer" character, juggling multiple author identities, character research and so much more and all before diving into a thrilling sample chapter. T…
 
Bookreporter celebrated its 24th anniversary yesterday! To mark the occasion, we invited nine of our longtime reviewers to share their favorite summer books. They each engaged in a lively dialogue with Carol as they talked at length about what they took away from each book. Our reviewers hail from across the country. They are so much of the heart a…
 
One of horror fiction's greatest living writers, Brian Hodge, sits down with Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni for a career-spanning interview on creativity, professionalism, and surviving the publishing industry's cyclical waves. Plus, the Horror Writers Association gets health care options and a new diversity grant, Gwendolyn Kiste gets a two-book…
 
Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN and A PIECE OF THE WORLD, joins Carol to discuss her latest novel, THE EXILES, which is set in Australia in the early 19th century when the country was known for being a penal colony. Three young women are brought together to tell this story. When Evangeline, a young govern…
 
Episode 135 is one for the ages as we sit with multiple award-winning, best-selling Thriller author, Hank Phillippi Ryan! We discuss how she fell in love with storytelling, writing effective suspense, the comfort of a returning character vs the thrill of a standalone novel, and so much more. And you for sure don't want to miss the gripping sample c…
 
This week on the Talking to Ghosts podcast we spoke to Jasmine Wood about her new project Lota Leona. We talked about moving to Ireland, releasing a new album during quarantine, and how she had to adapt to playing professionally as part of the Portland Center Stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Lota Leona’s new release, Pink Sun, is out …
 
This week, Carol talks to Fiona Davis, who returns for a second "Bookreporter Talks To" interview discussing her latest book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue. As with her other four books, Fiona focuses on a landmark building in New York City. This time it's a building I'm sure we'd all love to spend years roaming around, the New York Public Library. She…
 
Welcome to part 2 of our Six-Gun Justice special featuring Mystery, Crime & Spur Award-Winning Western author, Richard Prosch! It's a great interview with a truly great guy where we discover not only how the Dan Spalding character came to life but also, at times, seems to have a life of his own! We also talk about making the most of your writing ti…
 
Screenwriter and producer Jed Shepherd sits down with Brian and Mary to discuss the success of Shudder's HOST, making movies with friends, his upcoming Sam Raimi project and much more. Plus Brian, Mary, Dave and Matt discuss the massive, industry-altering layoffs at DC Comics and what they mean for the future of comic books.…
 
Crime & Western Novelist, Screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop is our guest for this exciting week of hosting the authors from the Six-Gun Justice Podcast! We have a wonderful chat about the podcast, writing characters of the opposite sex, using his skills as an interrogator in his writing and so much more before diving into a clif…
 
Finola Austin joins Carol to talk about her debut historical fiction novel, Bronte's Mistress. Set in 1843, it’s the story of Lydia Robinson, who is best known for her secret affair with Branwell Bronte, the brother of the famous Bronte sisters. Here, Finola looks at the complex character of Lydia, a woman who is trapped in Victorian era social mor…
 
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