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Writers on Writing

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

NOV 06: Eileen Pollack’s The Professor of Immortality

Inspired by the true story of the Unabomber, Eileen Pollack’s fictional Technobomber is an incel archetype.  His anger at the ways in which technology is destroying the environment and ruining the quality of human existence couples with a deep loneliness and inner rage at being unable to find love, driving him over the edge.  The Professor of Immortality raises concerns about the people designing future technology and how it will affect our everyday lives.

Eileen is a writer whose novel Breaking and Entering, about the deep divisions between blue and red America, was named a 2012 New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories.  Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Essays.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

OCT 21: A.F. Brady’s Once A Liar & Robyn Carr’s The View From Alameda Island

Eleven times #1 New York Times bestselling author, Robyn Carr, joins us with The View from Alameda Island.  You’ll hear why, despite Robyn’s success as a writer, her daughter most admires Robyn’s humility. And from Robyn’s perspective, we’ll hear what it’s like writing sex scenes, knowing your daughter’s going to read them.  How she sets those scenes up, why they’re important to romance and women’s fiction. And what Robyn says to readers who wish she’d skip the sex scenes.

Dozens of millions of Robyn’s books have been sold around the world, and translated into more than 19 languages.  

Also joining us, A.F. Brady, New York State licensed mental health counselor and psychotherapist turned novelist.

Brady’s long career in mental healthcare provides her with an abundance of material for creating the perfect sociopathic character, in her second novel, Once A Liar.  When a character is so cold, distant, and dastardly, what makes the reader stick with him?  We’ll find out today!

Tune in at noon PT / 3 pm ET on Seattle’s KKNW am1150 and FM 98.9HD3. Or online, from anywhere in the world, at https://1150kknw.com/ … hope you’ll join us!

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

OCT 02: Casey Barrett’s Tower of Songs

Today Vicki is joined by former Canadian Olympic team swimmer turned broadcaster turned novelist Casey Barrett.  You’ll learn how the discipline he learned as a world class swimmer translates to his writing career.  We’ll also discuss the darker side of competitive sports, why he bucks the conventional advice regarding writing prologues, and the best and worst things that can happen while writing a novel.  His latest work Tower of Songs continues the saga of his anti-hero, Duck Darley.

Casey is a Canadian Olympian and the co-founder and co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, New York City’s largest learn-to-swim school. His short fiction, essays, and books coverage have appeared in The Village Voice, Mystery Tribune, Crime Reads, Booktrib, and elsewhere.  He has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award for his work on NBC’s broadcasts of the Olympic Games.

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Career, Fiction, Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

SEP 30: Victoria Dahl’s False Step & Kimberly Friedmutter’s Subconscious Power

Your highest goals and deepest desires are well within reach, the trick is unlocking your self-empowerment.  Today, we will demystify tapping into your hidden ability to navigate life’s hurdles, reduce stress, improve sleep, overcome addiction, get fit, and achieve career goals.  Stars and political power brokers alike have used the techniques found in Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted.

Kimberly Friedmutter is a UCLA Health Systems Board Member, Certified Master Hypnotist, Spiritual Counselor Specialist, Medical and Dental Specialist, and board-certified on the American Board of Hypnotherapy among other organizations.  She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, TLC, CNN, and more.

“Love stories and scary stories are flip sides of the same coin. They each tap into the most basic human drives: to survive and to mate.”  From high in the Wasach Mountains of Utah comes Victoria Helen Stone, formerly known as Victoria Dahl.  Why the pseudonym? Find out today as she discusses her latest novel False Step.

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, has left the lighter side of fiction under her former guise and continues her bestselling ways with a turn to dark suspense.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

SEP 25: NYT Bestseller & History Channel Host Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer returns to Conversations Live today to talk about his bestselling non-fiction children’s pitcure book series, Ordinary People Change the World, which includes two books we’ll discuss today … I am Marie Curie and I am Walt Disney.  Brad delves into how the 2016 election surprisingly boosted sales of two particular books in the series, and we’ll find out where his inspiration comes from in choosing the subjects of each book.

The versatile Brad Meltzer is a NYT bestselling author of thrillers, non-fiction, children’s books, and more.  He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

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AUG 26: Greg Iles’ Cemetery Road & Glen Hamilton’s Mercy River

Despite a car accident that left him in a coma for 8 days, #1 New York Times Bestseller Greg Iles, much like bandmate Stephen King, rejoined the legendary and notorious lit-rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders. Described as the William Faulkner of the Breaking Bad generation, the incident left Greg no stranger to adversity.  Today we’ll discuss how his body of work has helped put his homestate of Mississippi on the map.

Born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War, Greg spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983.  His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.  His latest is Cemetery Road.

Later, while Glen Hamilton’s novels always begin and end in rain-soaked Seattle, Mercy River never leaves the Pacific Northwest as the central plot sees our hero race on a mysterious journey to the arid high desert of central Oregon.  A Seattle native and award-winning author, Glen returns to Conversations Live to discuss the fourth installment in his popular Van Shaw series.

Glen is the current President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  He is a winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards.  A resident of California, he frequently returns to Seattle to soak up the rain.

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Career, Fiction, Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

JUL 22: Kimberly Friedmutter’s Subconscious Power & Victoria Dahl’s False Step

The power to achieve your highest goals and deepest desires resides inside of you, the key is unlocking your self-empowerment.  Today, we will demystify how to tap into your hidden ability to navigate life’s hurdles, reduce stress, improve sleep, overcome addiction, get fit, and achieve career goals.  Stars and political power brokers alike have used the techniques found in Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted.

Kimberly Friedmutter is a UCLA Health Systems Board Member, Certified Master Hypnotist, Spiritual Counselor Specialist, Medical and Dental Specialist, and board-certified on the American Board of Hypnotherapy among other organizations.  She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, TLC, CNN, and more.

“Love stories and scary stories are flip sides of the same coin. They each tap into the most basic human drives: to survive and to mate.”  From high in the Wasach Mountains of Utah comes Victoria Helen Stone, formerly known as Victoria Dahl.  Why the pseudonym? Find out today as she discusses her latest novel False Step.

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, has left the lighter side of fiction under her former guise and continues her bestselling ways with a turn to dark suspense.

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Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

JUL 15: Rosalind Brackenbury’s Without Her & Resolution Not Conflict with Dr. Susan Heitler

You might be the type to have a few close friends, or you might be a social butterfly with acquaintances coming out of the woodwork, but in either case, you have to admit friendship is full of complexities.  Poet and novelist Rosalind Brackenbury takes a deep dive into friendship in her new book Without HerToday, we’ll explore why friendships last or don’t, why it gets more difficult to find lasting friendships with age, and how to spot red flags of a toxic relationship before it’s too late.

Award-winning writer Rosalind is a former writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has also served as poet laureate of Key West, teaching poetry workshops.

Later, you’ll learn the 8 red flags that you may be in a toxic relationship, and how to get out of it with Dr. Susan Heitler, whose mantra is “Resolution, not conflict.”

Susan Heitler, PhD., is an integrative therapist, drawing from a broad range of treatment techniques to aid her clients in dealing effectively with their problems.  She is also an author and TedX speaker.

 

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Fiction, Uncategorized, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

MAY 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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MAY 06: Robyn Carr’s The View From Alameda Island and A.F. Brady’s Once A Liar

Returning guest Robyn Carr has met with tremendous success writing multiple New York Times bestselling novels for her Sullivan’s Crossing series, but today she comes to us with a standalone book, The View from Alameda Island.  Today, she’ll reveal the rationale behind her decision to depart from a sure thing and take a break from her series.

Robyn is a prolific author of romance and women’s novels, repeatedly making appearances on the New York Times bestselling list, often in the number one spot, and having sold tens of millions of books.  Her novels have been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries.

Later, A.F. Brady has worked in mental healthcare for many years, a career which has undoubtedly influenced her first two novels, The Blind and Once A Liar.  She joins us today to talk about the latter, in which a high-powered sociopath meets his reckoning when he’s accused his mistress’ brutal murder.

A.F. Brady is a New York State licensed mental health counselor/psychotherapist, and a proud native New Yorker who has turned a lifelong passion for writing into her first two novels.

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