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Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik became fast friends while working as temporary workers at a huge law firm in Manhattan. They share a love of laughing and giving each other hell. They may be called hipsters, old school, mainstream, irreverent, classic, country, gangster, or rock n' roll. All labels apply. Special guests, music, and attitude every episode. Past guests include: Jeremy O. Harris, Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Keisha Zollar, H Jon Benjamin, Amber Tamblyn, JD Samson, Sanji ...
 
GREAT WRITERS SHAREIt’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.
 
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Welcome to Episode 95 - How JD Barker Writes I continue my deep dive with horror writers with this week's guest, JD Barker. JD is such a master of storytelling, and in this episode, we dive into the horror genre, how he has collaborated with James Patterson, and his path to becoming a storyteller. I have to say, I've found a new appreciation and in…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
Bestsellers Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller know the importance of good co-writing chemistry. In their award-winning thriller series, Red Hotel, Gary combines his knowledge of the entertainment industry with Ed’s captivating true stories to create novels that feel fascinatingly real. Gary has worked with popular media for many years and has produced fo…
 
Welcome to episode 97 - How Cat Rambo Writes Welcome to a fun interview with science fiction writer, Cat Rambo. In this interview, we get into the ins and outs and self-publishing, a topic I am super interested in. I know so many of you out there also self-publish. Cat also shares her method for writing fiction, and of course, we chat about what ma…
 
In his latest book, Led Zeppelin: The Biography, legendary biographer and journalist Bob Spitz documents the secret life of one of rock and roll’s biggest bands. Through his excellent use of storytelling combined with credibly sourced information, he’s able to write nonfiction that’s both gripping and true. Bob is a bestselling author well known fo…
 
Welcome to Episode 96 - How Jenn McKinlay Writes Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance novels. In 2020 she published a stand-alone romantic comedy, titled PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. In this interview, Jenn and I dive into her creative process and unpack how she writes novel…
 
Join returning guest Hugh Howey in this special episode as he shares an update on the WOOL adaptation from bestselling serial to streaming sensation. Hugh is a NYT bestselling author who has published his work in over 40 countries and has won critical acclaim for his three serialized works: Wool, Silo, and Sand. For news on the Wool show, visit Hug…
 
In her latest book, 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet, Pamela Paul urges her readers to take a step back and contemplate just how much the internet has shaped society. From its influence on the very basis of social interaction to the way authors think about and write stories, she seeks to capture all the ways new tech has changed our world and …
 
It's October and the creepy crawly mood is upon us. Shonali has her jack-o-lanterns lit. Christian says there's a chance that he'll be an N95 mask for Halloween. Justin and his family will be "Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti" (3 Happy Dead Guys!) Our special guests are former actor turned public servant, Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco Joaquín Torres …
 
Andrew Child never backs down from a challenge. Whether it’s leaving a stable corporate job to pursue a writing career or picking up the reins of his brother’s legendary Jack Reacher series, his willingness to take risks and put himself out there have helped him become the successful writer he is today. Child has been writing full-time since 2008 a…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
Welcome to Episode 94 - How Jeffrey Archer Writes I think Jeffrey Archer takes the cake for the author I’ve interviewed with the most books in print. Jeffrey is a storyteller to his core, and a wildly entertaining person to interview. In this interview, Jeffrey and I dive into his amazing backstory, his journey to storytelling, and how he structure…
 
MJ Preston knows the importance of returning to unfinished work. After sitting with a manuscript for over two decades, he made the decision to revise and release it as The Equinox in 2011. Little did he know, the novel would reach the quarterfinals of Amazon’s Breakthrough Awards and win critical acclaim from various authors, even being compared to…
 
Welcome to Episode 93 - How Josh Malerman writes Josh is a novelist and author of the breakout hit, "Bird Box." He is also one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. It was a blast to dive into horror writing with yet another amazing author. Josh and I do a deep dive on horror writing and again my perspective is growing on hor…
 
One secret. Eight cryptic words. Lifetimes of ruin. In his latest novel, I Am Not Who You Think I Am, Eric Rickstad uses vivid personal memories and intentionally constructed settings to create a gripping thriller tale. Rickstad is a NYT and international bestseller well known for his Canaan series, which includes stories like The Names of Dead Gir…
 
Nicholas Sparks has become one of the most prolific and successful authors of our generation. Beginning with The Notebook, Sparks has had multiple New York Times Bestsellers and countless film adaptations. He has generated legions of adoring fans who delight in his version of the modern love story, which he discusses in this bonus episode of Writer…
 
Welcome to Episode 92 - How Paul Tremblay Writes Welcome, my friends, to episode 92 with Paul Tremblay. For the first time in a long time, in this episode, I interview a horror writer. For whatever reason, I've just not had a ton of horror writers on the show, so I was pumped to dive into what makes for good horror. Paul and I dive into his process…
 
It's September! Fall has arrived and WDEK is not looking forward to the pumpkin spice lattes signage that will soon be everywhere! Justin the Intern joins us from Duluth, Minnesota. Christian and Shonali have just returned from visiting their parents in Chicago and Nashville. They discuss the Jedi mind tricks of their respective parents. The brilli…
 
Writing icon Kevin J Anderson creates his stories through a unique medium: dictation. By drafting through dictation instead of typing, he both produces ideas naturally without the stress of grammatically picking apart each sentence and easily comes up with casual, believable dialogue. Anderson has been in the writing industry for over thirty years …
 
Welcome to episode 91 - How Lindsay Ellis Writes In this episode, I get to interview a bonafide Youtube star and wonderful fiction writer. Lindsay is full of spunk and wisdom and this "get down into it and work your butt off" attitude that I just love. In this episode, Lindsey and I discuss how fiction overlaps with film, her journey to becoming a …
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
Welcome to episode 90 - How Scott Turow Writes Welcome my friends to episode 90 with another author who has solid tens of millions of books. Scott Turow is an author and lawyer. In this discussion, Scott and I dive into the guts of storytelling. More than just about any other interview, this one with Scott is special because we really tackle these …
 
Father-and-son team Jon and Jesse Kellerman know a few things about the collaborative writing process. By discussing story ideas months in advance, creating long, detailed outlines, and regularly scheduling time to meet in-person or on Zoom, the two are able to work together to masterfully craft stories. The Kellermans are both bestselling authors …
 
Welcome to Episode 89 - How Omar el Akkad writes I am so excited to welcome Omar back for a second time to the show. Omar was my first real interview for the podcast and he was last seen here on Episode 3. Unreal. I love Omar's work, and when I saw he had a novel out in the world — What Strange Paradise—I knew I wanted him back on the show. Omar is…
 
Join returning guest Hugh Howey as he talks about the complex, multifaceted process of having his bestselling sci-fi novel, Wool, adapted for TV and addresses the concerns and realizations he’s had along the way. Hugh is a NYT bestselling author who has published his work in over 40 countries and has won critical acclaim for his three serialized wo…
 
Welcome to episode 88 - How Yasmin Angoe Writes I am so excited to air this interview with Yasmin Angoe. Yasmin’s debut novel, Her Name is Knight, will be released on November 1st, 2021, and chatting with her as she surfs with her debut coming out was such a pleasure. Yasmin and I dive into what is has been like to publish her first novel, her enti…
 
Justin The Intern is the father of a month old baby! Whoa! Christian was mask shamed in Justin's home state. Shonali learns what "bussin" means. It's US Open Tennis Tournament time in NYC and we needed this! Our guests are comedian, performers, writers Merrill Davis and Táhlia Audrí! Merrill currently lives in Los Angeles. She generously shares her…
 
Legendary writer Joyce Carol Oates is a master of blending the lines of genre. In her most recent anthology, Night Neon, she employs eerily multidimensional characters, elements of hallucination and memory loss, and a unique blend of literary and genre fiction to develop gripping, unsuspecting horror stories. Oates, a staple in the writing industry…
 
Welcome to Episode 87 - How Margaret Mizushima Writes Welcome my friends to episode 87. This episode with Margaret Mizushima is overdue, because we open up a brand-new topic that I know is important to many writers. How to write non-human characters. So, for those of you who write animal or alien or monster characters, this is a great episode to le…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
Welcome to episode 86 - How Steve Berry Writes After a nice long summer break, we are back! I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and some warm weather. I am recording this intro from Cape Cod. We've been across half the country, from Colorado all the way to the east coast. It's been fun and crazy and crazy and crazy. But boy oh boy does it feel…
 
Adapted from Stephen King’s “Jerusalem’s Lot”, Chapelwaite is a true gothic horror tale. Throughout the television series, the Filardi brothers use elements of slow-burning suspense, specific dialogue choices, and world-changing decisions to bring Captain Charles Boone and the strange town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine to life. Peter and Jason Filar…
 
A thrilling blend of fiction, true crime, and memoir-- in his latest novel, Chasing the Boogeyman, NYT bestseller Richard Chizmar utilizes real childhood memories, urban legends, and cleverly constructed add-ons and external media to craft a story so intense and believable it has readers thinking the crimes legitimately took place. Richard has been…
 
Whether he’s releasing a new book or a new blog post, bestseller Chuck Wendig pushes himself to “just do it.” By drafting each story using a different, unorthodox outlining process or resisting the urge to drop a current project to pursue a new one, he seeks to deviate away from what is most comfortable in favor of producing his best work. Chuck ha…
 
Congratulations to Justin the Intern and his fiancée Laura on the birth of their baby boy Zachary! While Justin is having a baby, Jason Lam takes over introduction honors. Within a month, tides have turned and Covid-19 (Delta variant) is back. The "normalcy" we discussed last month is no more. Shonali attended her first super spreader event and Chr…
 
A tale of two sisters rediscovering a troubled past-- in her latest novel, False Witness, international bestseller Karin Slaughter uses the real complexities of childhood trauma to develop rounder, more interesting characters while paying special attention to the accurate representation of traumatized individuals so that the story feels realistic a…
 
This week we are on "summer break." Enjoy this replay from Amy Harmon. ---------- Today’s interview is with Amy Harmon. I was introduced to her work when I picked up her book What the Wind Knows. I loved the book and her style, especially for someone who loves historical fiction. What I did not know is how Amy is a complete baller. I’m not going to…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
A girl, a killer, a car-- the premise for bestseller Riley Sager’s latest novel, Survive the Night, feels dauntingly simple, but by focusing on solid character development and intense dialogue while omitting needless setting changes and extra characters, he allows the simple brilliance of the story’s concept to shine through. Riley, a returning gue…
 
Happy Pride Everyone! We celebrate our friends and our fashion icon former guest Jack Dwyer! June was the first month in a year and a half that we were social in a seemingly "normal" way. Shonali's exhausted already. Our first guest is Cisco Bradley! He's an Author, Professor of Cultural & Social History, Free Jazz & and Experimental Music Aficiona…
 
NYT Bestseller Grady Hendrix is a master of voicing his comedic ideas in an unexpected genre: horror. By focusing on timing and relevancy and making sure to meticulously revise, he’s able to write jokes that are appropriately placed and contribute to the feel of the story instead of subtracting from it. Hendrix is best known for Horrorstör, a thril…
 
Welcome to Episode 84 - How Jennifer Estep Writes Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than 40 books. This episode is great for those writers who are into writing fantasy series and wants to hear how an absolute pro goes about her business. I want to take a minute to thank Jennifer for her time…
 
Bestseller T.J. Newman has proven that you can write in any situation given enough dedication. Not only did she write her debut novel, Falling, on a notepad while working long hours as a flight attendant, but also pushed through over forty rejections before landing a publishing deal. Falling, Newman’s first and only novel about a perilous mid-fligh…
 
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