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Fiction, Writers on Writing

NOV 05: Marie Lu’s WILDCARD, Lisa Unger’s Under My Skin, & Lou Berney’s November Road

#1 New York Times bestseller Marie Lu joins Vicki today to discuss her new book WILDCARD: It’s Time for a Rematch.  She’ll share how her experiences in the gaming industry aid her in creating rich and magnificent worlds that appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.

Marie emigrated to the US from China at 5, and to learn English her mother would make her take new words she learned every week and write a story with them.  She is now a bestselling author with a film deal for her novel, The Young Elites.

Next, throughout her career, Lisa Unger has toed the fine line between literary novels and commercial thrillers, all the while staying on the New York Times bestseller lists and earning critical acclaim.  Her latest book, Under My Skin, was named one of the most anticipated thrillers of the fall.

Lisa is a New York Times and international bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels.

Finally, award-winning author Lou Berney captures the precariousness of femininity in November Road.  His latest novel is a thriller, historical fiction, a love story, a work of feminism — above all it’s a compelling piece of storytelling.

Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New YorkerPloughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

 

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

OCT 15: Joseph Olshan’s Black Diamond Fall & James Swallow’s Nomad

In a constantly changing publishing world, two writers and authors have managed to sustain thriving careers.  Today, we’ll find out how they stay ahead of the game.

First, Joseph Olshan returns to discuss how he drove the publishing path for his tenth book, Black Diamond Fall, without an agent, and whether or not it is a direction he would continue to go in.  Joseph is an award-winning author of 10 novels and is the editorial director of Delphinium Books.  He will be appearing at University Bookstore in Seattle on October 18 at 6pm.

Later, from videogames, to audio dramas, to science fiction, to the first in a new thriller series with his new book Nomad, there is virtually no writing genre too big for James Swallow.  Today he’ll share how he approaches writing a game differently than, say, a novel.  James is a British author and scriptwriter. A BAFTA nominee, Scribe Award winner, New York Times, Sunday  Times and Amazon bestseller, he is the author of over 45 original books and tie-in novels, along with numerous short stories, audio dramas and videogames.

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Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir, Social Issues, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

SEP 24: Linda Kay Klein’s PURE and Joseph Olshan’s Black Diamond Falls

On the heels of the MeToo movement comes Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeLinda Kay Klein shares how the system of mind-and-body shaming works, showing the connection between purity culture and rape culture, and the importance of facing your fears and standing up to sexual shaming.

Linda is the founder of Break Free Together, and has spent over a decade working at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change.

 Inspired by the actual disappearance of a student at Middlebury College and the vandalism of the nearby Robert Frost Homestead, Black Diamond Fall is an evocative portrait of love between a younger and older man.  Author Joseph Olshan joins us for part one of a two part conversation today to discuss this latest in his line of riveting mysteries.

Joseph is an award-winning author of 10 novels and is the editorial director of Delphinium Books.  He will be appearing at University Bookstore in Seattle on October 18 at 6pm.

 

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Fiction, Memoir, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

SEP 17: Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife & Sara Smarsh’s Heartland

Award-winning writer Ellen Keith joins us today to discuss how she found the inspiration for a great historical fiction novel in one of the worst moments of humanity’s history.  In The Dutch Wife, she chronicles a little known piece of World War II history, exposing the concentration camp brothels.

Ellen’s work has appeared in publications such as The New Quarterly and The Globe and Mail, and she has received the Anton Fiction Prize and the James Patrick Folinsbee Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing.

Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the daughter of generations of teen moms on her maternal side, Sara Smarsh was raised in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty.  In Heartland, she takes an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the perils of having less in a country known for its excess.

Sara has covered socioeconomic class, political, and public policy for numerous publications including Harpers.org, The Guardian, and NewYorker.com. She’s a recent Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard and former professor of nonfiction writing.

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Fiction, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

AUG 27: Summer Reads from Kristina McMorris, Kristan Higgins, & Lori Foster

“2 children for sale” reads the sign sitting on a farmhouse porch in 1931.  The sign is a last resort, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams.  Sold on a Monday author Kristina McMorris discusses how she weaves historical fact into fiction to create a powerful and compelling story.

Kristina is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations.

Next, Kristan Higgins admits that most of her books have a dog in them , her logic being that life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate.  Her latest novel is Good Luck with That, a story of two women on a journey to self-acceptance.

Kristan is a New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, and recipient of dozens of awards for her writing.

Finally, Lori Foster joins talks about the first novel in her Summer Resort Series, Cooper’s Charm, a tale of two sisters and how a summer in a lakeside resort brings redemption and healing.

Lori  is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 100 titles.  She is the recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 30: Mary Kay Andrews’ The High Tide Club

Queen of the beach reads Mary Kay Andrews joins Vicki today to discuss The High Tide Club, a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish Moss, cocktails, 1940’s dinner dances, and love, both lost and found.  She’ll also reveal why the South makes the perfect setting for her tales, and how her career as a journalist prepared her for her career as a bestselling author.

Mary Kay is a New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels and one upcoming beach-themed cookbook.  She spent 14 years as a reporter for various Georgia newspapers, including the last ten at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Today, we’ll also celebrate the 11th anniversary of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair with special giveaways and reflections on what our show has accomplished over the years!

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction

JUL 16: Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia & Ginny Stibolt’s Climate-Wise Landscaping

In between your real vacations, it’s always fun to find a little summer adventure, travel, and escapism through summer reads.  Today, we are joined by Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia to recommend NEW authors to look out for and suggest some readers’ favorites.

Stephanie is the Community Business Development Manager at the Lakewood Barnes and Noble.  Her position allows her the joy of knowing her “work with school administrators, librarians, and teachers will get books into kids hands, and hope it sparks a love for reading!”

Later, botanist Ginny Stibolt will be sharing ways you can help both the landscape and wildlife survive climate change, as well as sustainability tips and solutions for your own home garden. Her new book, co-authored with landscape architect Sue Reed, is Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future.  

Ginny is a freelance writer, botanist, and experienced gardener who supports climate change mitigation.  Sue Reed is a registered Landscape Architect who works with homeowners and HOA’s in creating environmentally sensitive, resource-efficient, and beautiful landscapes that conserve energy and respond to climate change.

 

 

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Writers on Writing

JUL 09: Dan Millman’s Return of the Peaceful Warrior & Mary Simses’ The Rules of Love and Grammar

Dan Millman provides a calm harbor in the storm of today’s ever-changing daily news cycles and stresses in his new book, The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior.  He intertwines fiction and autobiography, and shows how to stay centered, focused, and present.

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher, and college professor, and has authored 17 books.

Later, Mary Simses gives a valuable lesson in the futility of striving for perfection in her second novel,  The Rules of Love and Grammar.  Bestselling author James Patterson calls it a “… smart, well-told story about memory, family, and of course, love.”

Mary Simses enrolled in a fiction writing course while working as a corporate attorney, and her experiences getting short stories published led her to write her first novel, which was adapted into a Hallmark movie.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 02: Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays & Summer Reads for Everyone

How does the dream of becoming a published author compare to the reality?  Amy Meyerson was already an established writer when she penned her first novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, and today she shares her journey in going from writer to novelist.

Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department of USC, and her writings have been published in numerous literary magazines.

Later, summer weekends are filled with camping trips, journeys to the beach, barbecues, and bonfires, but during the week are the warm and relaxing evenings to yourself.  And there is no better way to pass a few of them then on the back porch with a glass (or two) of wine and a good book.  Today, Vicki will introduce you to books for everyone, from fiction to nonfiction, love to horror, and children to octaogenarians.

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Memoir, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

JUN 04: Brendan Kiely’s Tradition & Edward Hallowell’s Because I Come From a Crazy Family

High school English teacher Brendan Kiely was always on the hunt for books that would not only excite his students to learn the skills needed to study and practice in class, but also inspire them to think critically about their role in society, developing who they are and helping form their beliefs.  Award-winning author Kiely explores the insidious nature of a traditional boarding school in Tradition (is not an excuse).

Brendan is a New York Times bestseller whose numerous awards include the Walter Dean Myers Award, and Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association twice.

Later, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell turned an eye inward towards his emotionally complex upbringing, using it to build a successful life and career.  He chronicles his childhood inspiration in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist.

Dr. Hallowell is a bestselling author of over 20 books on attention deficit disorder and emotional well-being.  He is founder of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health, one of which is based in Seattle.  His national tour brings him to University Bookstore in Seattle on June 15th.

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