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Creativity, Fiction, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

JUL 15: A Dangerous Breed with Glen Erik Hamilton

Thriller author Glen Erik Hamilton returns to Conversations Live with the latest novel in his popular Van Shaw series, A Dangerous Breed.  We discuss a broad range of topics, including character development and how he keeps his recurring characters evolving from book to book.  We also dive into some of the research he did for the novel, and where he took creative license and why.

Glen also shares his perspective on artist rights and responsibilities as related to our current political climate and how artists can (or should) go about representing characters from other backgrounds or orientations.

Glen grew up aboard a sailboat in Seattle, Washington, playing and occasionally finding trouble around the islands, marinas, and commercial docks of the Pacific Northwest.  His books in the Van Shaw series have won numerous awards and received critical acclaim from Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and more.

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JUL 08: The 12 Rules of Attention with Dr. Joseph Cardillo

We often use the words mindfulness and attention interchangeably, yet they have quite different meanings says Dr. Joseph Cardillo. He returns to Conversations Live to explain how recognizing that difference can make a big impact on your happiness, at work, and with life in general.  We also discuss how to talk to your brain using visualization as a powerful method of communication, and what we can learn from nature.

Dr. Cardillo covers all of this and more in his new book The 12 Rules of Attention: How to Avoid Screw-Ups, Free Up Headspace, Do More & Be More At Work.

Dr. Joseph Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and sought after expert on energy teaching, as well as best-selling author of several books in the fields of health, mind-body-spirit; and psychology. He holds a PhD in holistic psychology and mind-body-medicine and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, Live Happy magazine, and The Huffington Post.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 01: The Lost and Found Bookshop with Susan Wiggs

If you had to start over, what would you do, and who would you be?  Returning guest Susan Wiggs explores that question along with the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself in The Lost and Found Bookshop.

Susan shares her thoughts on artistic expression, how she develops her stories and characters, and the responsibility she feels an author has in portraying characters outside their own ethnic background.  She also reveals how she persevered through an incredibly tough period early in her career.

Susan Wigg’s novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have been translated into more than 20 languages and 30 countries.  Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film, and The Lakeshore Chronicles has been optioned for adaptation into a series.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUN 24: #1 NYT Bestselling Thriller Author on The Last Odyssey

James Rollins blends science, history, and thrills in The Last Odyssey — the 15th of his books in the Sigma series.

We share how James’ travels and some of the history he discovered inspired the story. And separate fact from fiction by exploring where and why he took creative license. We also take a quick look at what’s coming later in 2020 in a book of short fiction stories.

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.

 

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Relationships

JUN 17: Good Talk with Daniel Stillman

What’s the difference between a good conversation and a transformative conversation?  Most often, it’s the difference between getting what you want from a conversation versus wishing you could get that time back.  Daniel Stillman designs conversations for a living.  Today, he discusses how real change is needed now, more than ever, and that change will not come through force, edict, or persuasion.  Our future will be built through conversation.

His new book, Good Talk: How to Design Conversations that Matter has dozens of tools and interactive components, making it an accessible handbook to navigate the conversations that matter.

Daniel works with organizations like Google, Nike and Visa to help them frame and sustain productive dialog, deepen their facilitation skills, and coach them through the innovation process.  He also hosts The Conversation Factory podcast where he interviews leaders, changemakers and innovators on how they design the conversations in their work and lives.

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Arts, Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUN 10: Alka Joshi with The Henna Artist

Today Vicki chats with author Alka Joshi about her new book The Henna Artist.  Alka shares some of the intimate details of her relationship with her mother that led her to develop the main character in the book, and reveals the cultural traditions and legacies of India in the process.  She also shares her own personal story of what it’s like to be a nine year old immigrant in a strange and new culture.

Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She graduated from Stanford University and worked in the fields of advertising and PR before starting her own marketing consultancy. In 2011, she obtained her MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, California. The Henna Artist is her first novel. 

Alka shares her writing and publishing process on her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNLMIc32Z-y4hzkiE3o6rQ

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUN 03: The Last Trial with Scott Turow

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent joins Conversations Live with his new explosive legal thriller, The Last Trial.

We discuss why, as an already established writer, Scott Turow became a lawyer. How he’s evolved his favorite recurring character, Alejandro “Sandy” Stern — now 85 years old. And we explore two of the big questions at the heart of the book: What’s the value of a life? And what do we do, when our strongly held beliefs are pushed to the limit?

Scott Turow is the author of 11 bestselling works of fiction and two nonfiction. His books have sold more than 30 million copies, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He’s frequently contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

 

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Lifestyle, Non Fiction, Sustainability

MAY 27: Attainable Sustainable–The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living by Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa says the past few decades have “done a number” on what we consider normal. Now, COVID-19 has disrupted that normal, and many are trying to create their own new-normal, by becoming more self-reliant. So how can we create a sustainable, more natural way of living regardless of where we live? One small step at a time, from wherever we begin, says Kris.

We discuss her #1 success tip. How to create a greener lifestyle when time and money is limited. Microgreens, the easiest vegetables to grow, and easy ways to ferment foods like sauerkraut. Why your bunny’s poop makes great fertilizer. And why her natural living blog made National Geographic come calling.

Kris Bordessa is an eco-expert, freelance writer, and author. She created the blog Attainable-Sustainable in 2011. Her new book is Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living.

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History, Non Fiction

MAY 20: The Lincoln Conspiracy with Brad Meltzer

“ …  a story few people know, one that’s set in a time of deep political division in America … It shows us what good leaders can do in times of strife – perfectly on point for where our country is today.” Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer returns to Conversations Live to share some of the stories from The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President and Why it Failed. While most Americans know Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, few know of the first attempt on his life. It happened on the way to his inauguration, setting his presidency off to a rocky start. We discuss the challenges he faced as an underdog and how, even during times of civil war, Lincoln’s primary aim was to unite the country.

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. Meltzer coauthored The Lincoln Conspiracy with Josh Mensch, a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer, with a focus on American history.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAY 13: Love, Death, and Rare Books by Robert Hellenga

Award winning writer, Robert Hellenga, joins us with his eighth novel, Love, Death, and Rare BooksBOOKLIST describes the story as “... an ode to physical books, their smell and feel, but also to the idea of both living life and reading about it, not choosing one over the other.”

Robert’s been writing for 40 years about love and loss, so what does he know now that he wishes he’d known when he first began his writing journey?  How did the Italian men who worked for his father influence him as a child? And what did he learn about the rare book business during his story research? He’ll answer these questions and more today.

Robert Helenga’s many accolades range from The Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, to the Washington Post “Best Novels of 2010″, and the Society of Midland Authors 2015 fiction award. Hellenga is professor emeritus at Knox College in Galesburg, where he taught for many years.

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