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Writers on Writing

Creativity, Fiction, History, Writers on Writing

MAR 25: James Rollins & The Last Odyssey

Vicki welcomes back for the fourth time #1 New York Times Bestselling author James Rollins to discuss the 15th novel in his popular Sigma Force series.  Blending historical fact and science fiction with the suspense of a thriller, The Last Odyssey is described as the thinking readers fiction.

Today we’ll talk about how some of the history and James’ travels inspired the story.  We’ll also separate a little fact from fiction, and take a sneak peek at a new book of short fiction coming later in the year.

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 25 million copies sold.  A practicing veterinarian, Rollins has pursued scuba, spelunking, and other adventures around the world, and currently lives and writes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

 

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Fiction, History, Writers on Writing, Young Adult Fiction

MAR 04: Sharon Cameron with The Light in Hidden Places

With World War II Poland as a backdrop, The Light in Hidden Places is based on the extraordinary true story of Stefania Podgorska, a teenage girl who made the choice to hide 13 Jews in the attic, while two Nazis requisitioned the house below them.  Author Sharon Cameron took a hands-on approach to her research, stepping foot into the places and experiences of one of the most troubling times in world history.  As memories dwindle, Sharon emphasizes the importance of carrying history forward through storytelling, and shares where, how, and why she took creative license in telling this remarkable story.

Sharon Cameron is a multiple award-winning author, and the #1 NYT bestselling author of The Dark Unwinding, A Spark UnseenRookThe Forgetting, and The Knowing. 

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JAN 15: The Body Outside the Kremlin with James L. May

For our Writers On Writing Series, James L. May, author of The Body Outside The Kremlin joins us with what Publisher’s Weekly calls a “richly evocative first novel…gripping…thriller deserves high marks…for historical detail about a prison that served as a key link in the gulag chain.”

We discuss the history of the White Sea Solovetsky Islands and Russia’s renowned concentration camp. How and why this sparked the location and set the scene for his murder mystery. His favorite scenes to write. Most surprising research. What James knows now, that he wish he’d understood when he began writing his book. Does his work as a reviewer inform or hinder his own creativity? And is it worth doing an MFA in Creative Writing?

James L. May’s short fiction has appeared in Tigertail, and he reviews fiction for The Florida Book Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, and New Orleans Review.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JAN 08: NYT Bestselling Action Thriller Author Brad Taylor & Hunter Killer

 With 13 Pike Logan action thrillers hitting the New York Times Bestsellers list, author Brad Taylor says no one is more than surprised than him. He always wanted to write but never had time until his final military assignment at The Citadel.

Set in Brazil, Hunter Killer is the 14th in the hit series—hot off the presses January 7th.  Today Brad shares his POV on writing and why he broke the rules, developing strong protagonists, the scenes he loves to craft, and the challenges of writing.

Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (Delta Force). He continues to consult with various agencies on asymmetric security threats.

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Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Uncategorized, Writers on Writing

DEC 25: Merry Christmas! Victoria Helen Stone aka Victoria Dahl & Unlock Your Subconscious Power with Kimberly Friedmutter

What if everything you need to achieve your goals and deepest desires is already inside you? What if all you really need, is the key to unlock your inner power? Today we demystify how to tap into that hidden power and live the life you dream of. Celebrities, business leaders, and political power brokers have used the techniques 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 and is board-certified on the American Board of Hypnotherapy. She’s 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 we talk with thriller author Victoria Helen Stone, aka Victoria Dahl. Why change genres and why the pseudonym? We share that and more as she discusses her latest novel False Step.

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling romance novelist Victoria Dahl, stepped away from the lighter side of fiction writing and into the world of dark suspense.

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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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