Tag Archives: Authors

Episode 513. Writing Crime Novels

Novelist Russel McLean (right) talks about his new novel And When I Die and reveals both surprising influences and his fascination with extended families with dark secrets. Featuring Glasgow’s answer to the Corleones, shifting perspectives, early submission problems, the similarities between crime novelists and … Continue reading

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Episode 437. Back Room Shakespeare

Chicago actor and now author Samuel Taylor chronicles the origins of the Back Room Shakespeare Project in his new book My Life With The Shakespeare Cult. Part cri de coeur, part call to arms, Sam’s book is a brief and … Continue reading

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Episode 404. The Scottish Effect

Novelists Alexandra Sokoloff (American) and Craig Robertson (Scot) discuss how living in Scotland inspires their work. Featuring thin boundary issues, chasing markets, how art imitates life, so-called “monster-boning”, the differences between Glasgow and Edinburgh, shout-outs to novelists Ian Rankin, Alexander … Continue reading

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Episode 385. Unknown Dan Rice

Author David Carlyon talks about his book Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of and its subject, one of the richest entertainers of the 19th century and the Jon Stewart of his day. Featuring “Hits on the … Continue reading

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Episode 377. By The Numbers

Playwright, director, and comedy nerd/scholar/author Gary Rudoren discusses his very funny book Comedy By The Numbers: The 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity (co-written with Eric Hoffman). Featuring more talking in pubs, parental influences, the road to publication (by McSweeney’s), … Continue reading

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