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The Bookshop at the End of the Internet is a podcast dedicated to helping book lovers discover new authors. Like any good bookshop, this podcast features a wide variety of books by the equally varied and interesting authors who felt compelled to write them. Stacey Horan, author and book lover, is the host of The Bookshop at the End of the Internet. Her interviews give you a chance to meet wonderful writers and discover your next must-read book. Listen to the authors describe their books and tell you their own stories in their own words. This podcast features books from all genres and authors from all walks of life, including those who are indie published, as well as those published by small presses and large publishing houses. Looking for unique, not-so-easy to find books for yourself, a friend or a book club? Tune in to this podcast and find your newest favorite author or maybe a soon-to-be bestseller. This podcast, like all the best bookshops, is filled with all kinds of books and all kinds of authors. There is something for everyone here. Tune in, browse around, find a new author and discover a new favorite book. You never know what treasures you might find in The Bookshop at the End of the Internet.

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    Bookshop Interview with Author Lindsey Salatka, Episode #155

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 29:32

    Author Lindsey Salatka discusses her novel, Fish Heads and Duck Skin. This story is loosely based on Lindsey's own life, specifically the five years she and her family lived in Shanghai. When she began to write the book, Lindsey originally intended it to be a memoir but that quickly changed. Fish Heads and Duck Skin is the fictional story of a woman far from home who learns to fall in love with herself and her place in the world. And the inspiration for the book's title? (Hint: Her daughter's two favorite foods.)

    Bookshop Interview with Author Gale Massey, Episode #154

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 27:40

    Author Gale Massey discusses her short story collection, Rising and Other Stories, and her coming-of-age novel, The Girl from Blind River. After Gale curated Rising and Other Stories, she realized her stories share several themes in common: nature, water, grief, and the notion of girls taking on the world. This latter theme also runs through The Girl from Blind River. Gale discusses how learning to play poker was the spark for her first novel and why she believes The Girl from Blind River is the story she was born to write.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Kristen Fogle, Episode #153

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 30:17

    Author Kristen Fogle is the Executive Director of the nonprofit literary center San Diego Writers, Ink and the author of four journaling books. Kristen discusses why she believes that everyone is (or has it within them to be) a writer. She has spent her career helping writers as an editor and instructor. Kristen discusses creating dynamic characters, journaling in whatever format sets you on fire, and the importance of feedback—not just what you do with it, but also the people from whom you choose to take it.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Lars Emmerich, Episode #152

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 34:35

    Author Lars Emmerich discusses his conspiracy thriller series featuring female protagonist Sam Jameson. Lars admits that having a female lead in this genre is a bit unusual. But if murder, espionage, and smart, tough, feisty female government agents are your thing, you'll want to check out this series. Lars chats about how he was inspired by Tom Clancy and similar authors, and why he thinks that writing books always ends up being more like a science project than an art project about half-way through the story.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Brooklyn Quintana, Episode #151

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 33:09

    Author Brooklyn Quintana discusses her debut young adult novel, Fynneas Fog: Nine of Swords. This dark fantasy adventure is the first installment in a nine-part series. It follows young Prince Fynneas, who is sent to the Morancy Academy of Military Arts on a magical and dangerous island where his survival cannot be guaranteed. Being homesick is the least of Fynneas's worries, given that he must deal with eccentric instructors, enchanted jungles, man-eating mermaids, labyrinths and talking spiders.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Theresa Kaminski, Episode #150

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 35:42

    Author Theresa Kaminski discusses her latest biography, Queen of the West: The Life and Times of Dale Evans. This project was 10 years in the making, but the inspiration for it goes back to Theresa's childhood when she watched reruns of The Roy Rogers Show on television. Dale Evans was the first female Western star and was dubbed Queen of the West. Theresa discusses the differences between Dale Evans's public celebrity image and her private persona and how much control she had over her career as a woman in Hollywood.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Shannon Stocker, Episode #149

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 31:31

    Author Shannon Stocker discusses her new children's picture book biography, Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion. This project is near and dear to Shannon's heart. Evelyn Glennie began learning music as a small child. She also began to lose her hearing starting at age 8, but her profound hearing loss did not keep her from continuing to play. Shannon's new book, Listen, is the story of Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Jolie Tunnell, Episode #148

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 29:07

    Author Jolie Tunnell discusses her series, The Idyllwild Mysteries. This historical cozy mystery series is set in 1912 in the small mountain town of Idyllwild, CA. Jolie's main character, Loveda Brown, reluctantly finds herself in Idyllwild but grows to love the town. 1912 is a year of great change for Idyllwild with the arrival of new, modern ideas and technological advances like the automobile. All this upheaval, plus Loveda's arrival, serves as the backdrop for that key component of all cozy mysteries…murder.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Nicholas Erik, Episode #147

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 33:48

    Author Nicholas Erik discusses his numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including his latest: The Tess Skye series. Nick has written over twenty novels, most of them under the pen name D.N. Erikson. These fast-paced, thrilling books are largely dark, urban fantasy stories with paranormal elements such as vampires, demons and supernatural bounty hunters. Nick is also the author of two comprehensive guides for authors in which he shares tools for marketing, building a fanbase and being more productive.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Melissa Sercia, Episode #146

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 38:42

    Author Melissa Sercia discusses her new Immortal Billionaires steamy romance series. Each book is a standalone novel, connected by a shared world, an underlying plot arc and crossover characters. These stories feature smart, strong, feisty heroines, plus dangerously hot vampires, demons and werewolves...and, of course, a Happily Ever After. The Immortal Billionaires is the latest series by Melissa, who has written two other urban fantasy series, Blood and Darkness and Beautiful Dark Beasts.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Barbara Krasner, Episode #145

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 26:19

    Author Barbara Krasner discusses her new middle grade novel, 37 Days at Sea: Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939. It is a novel in verse about a refugee ship fleeing Nazi Germany for Cuba in 1939, told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Barbara's novel is based on the true story of the M.S. St. Louis, and she did extensive research, including interviewing people who were children on board the M.S. St. Louis in 1939. 37 Days at Sea is a refugee story that is not too different from refugee stories today.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Heather Weidner, Episode #144

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 30:38

    Author Heather Weidner discusses her new cozy mystery series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. The first book, Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers, is out now. This series is set outside Charlottesville, VA in a luxury camping resort where, as in all good cozy mysteries, life seems to be complicated by mystery, mayhem and murder. Heather chats about how her love of mysteries started with Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew and how growing up as a cop's kid meant her family talked about "true crime" before it was popular.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Christopher Parker, Episode #143

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 33:09

    Author Christopher Parker discusses his debut novel, The Lighthouse. A young couple's chance encounter in a small seaside town known for its haunted lighthouse places them on a path to discover long-kept secrets and the shocking reason why fate brought them together. Christopher has crafted a story that mixes mystery, adventure, romance and magical realism. After the birth of his daughter, he was inspired to write that full-length novel he'd always wanted to write. Ten years later, The Lighthouse is now complete.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Adrian Spratt, Episode #142

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 32:46

    Author Adrian Spratt discusses his new novel, Caroline. In 1980's New York City, practical, goal-driven lawyer Nick meets free-spirit Caroline, and they develop a romance that is at times wonderful but may ultimately be doomed. The story follows Nick as he navigates mainstream society as a blind man, something Adrian Spratt knows about personally, having lost his sight at age 13. Adrian also practiced law for 20 years in NYC, so he draws on his own experiences in this character-driven work of fiction.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Shirley Reva Vernick, Episode #141

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 36:28

    Author Shirley Reva Vernick discusses her latest novel, Ripped Away. It is a YA mystery featuring a teen boy named Abe, his crush Mitzy, a fortune teller's prophecy, time travel, the slums of Victorian London and Jack the Ripper. The novel is based on real historic events, including the Ripper crimes and inquests, as well as the accusations made against Jewish immigrants at that time. Shirley hopes her books inspire teens to consider their own responses to intolerance and learn the importance of helping others.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Zach Sabra, Episode #140

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 32:45

    Author Zach Sabra discusses his debut novel, Land of Demons: A New Age Dawns. It's the first installment in the Land of Demons series, a sweeping and gritty fantasy that starts as young adult but is intended to grow with readers in terms of content, symbolism and violence. Zach's background is in screenwriting and game design. Land of Demons has been 20 years in the making and is inspired by Zach's love of movies, anime and video games, especially Lord of the Rings, Samurai Jack and the video game Spyro.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Marina Brown, Episode #139

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 29:46

    Author Marina Brown discusses her latest work, a short story collection titled, When Women Danced with Trees. This collection contains thirty-five short stories, some of which are inspired by Marina's own life and travels. When Women Danced with Trees is a collection that was years in the making, and her stories will make you laugh and cry, daydream of far-away places, and contemplate both the fragility of life and resilience of the human spirit. Marina also gifts us with a reading of one of her stories.

    Bookshop Interview with Author George R. Dekle, Sr., Episode #138

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 34:47

    Author George R. Dekle, Sr. discusses his latest true-crime book, The East River Ripper: The Mysterious 1891 Murder of Old Shakespeare. Shortly after Jack the Ripper terrorized London, New York City had its own Ripper-like murder—that of Carrie Brown, a prostitute who went by the name of Old Shakespeare. The police arrested a suspect, but much controversy surrounded the investigation, arrest and trial. Did the police arrest the right person? If not, who did commit the murder? Was it really Jack the Ripper?

    Bookshop Interview with Author Laurie Wallmark, Episode #137

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 33:12

    Author Laurie Wallmark discusses her new children's picture book, Dino Pajama Party. With this book, Laurie explored her love of fiction and writing in verse. Dino Pajama Party is Laurie's first picture book for the youngest of readers, a departure from the books she usually writes. She is also the author of five other children's book biographies about women in STEM, and she has more STEM biographies on the way. For all her books, Laurie has activity kits and teacher guides available on her website.

    Bookshop Interview with Author D.S. Lang, Episode #136

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 28:56

    Author D.S. Lang discusses her new series, the Arabella Stewart Historical Mysteries. Debbie's novels are set in Northern Ohio at the end of World War I. Her main character, Arabella Stewart, arrives back home after serving as a US Army Signal Corp operator in the Great War. Debbie's stories involve a colorful mix of post-war recovery, women's suffrage, prohibition, gangster bootlegging, championship golf tournaments and, of course, murder. The first four books in the series are available now.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Daniel Powell, Episode #135

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 31:01

    Author Daniel Powell discusses his debut middle grade novel, Paper Birds and Other Flying Objects. This delightful story is about a ten-year-old girl named Ellie who loves books, origami and adventures. Unfortunately for Ellie, everyone thinks she's weird, and Ellie believes they may be right when she discovers she has magical powers. Paper Birds and Other Flying Objects is a story about being an outsider, which is a theme that Daniel has been writing about since he was a kid.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Anna Castle, Episode #134

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 40:50

    Author Anna Castle discusses her Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series. In this unique series, Anna turns the Sherlock Holmes canon on its head. What if Professor Moriarty wasn't evil, but simply misunderstood? In this series, Anna has Professor Moriarty falling in love and solving mysteries. Anna's Moriarty is brilliant, stoic, introverted and a good guy, not an evil criminal mastermind. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, read Anna's Professor & Mrs. Moriarty series for a unique take on the genre.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Deb Richardson-Moore, Episode #133

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 31:13

    Author Deb Richardson-Moore discusses her latest novel, Murder, Forgotten, in which a famed mystery writer is losing her memory and, with it, her ability to write her thrilling stories. When her husband is murdered, she fears that she may have done it after it is revealed that the murder closely resembles one of her own stories. Deb is a former journalist and a former pastor at a church for homeless parishioners. She shares with us how her work, experiences and travels have influenced her books.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Jan M. Hill, Episode #132

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 28:01

    Author Jan M. Hill discusses her new middle grade fantasy series, the Asteria Adventures. Books 1 and 2—Asteria: The Discovery and Asteria: Annese Does it Again—are available now, with more installments still to come. Jan was always a reader of fantasy novels and started playing D&D in college. In fact, she uses the D&D format as a basis for her storyline in this series. These fast-paced novels are designed to hold the attention of young readers, and Jan has woven lessons for kids into the Asteria stories.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Sally Handley, Episode #131

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 32:35

    Author Sally Handley discusses her latest suspense novel, Stop the Threat, in which a small town arms its teachers in an attempt to improve school security. The story follows one of the teachers and the school resource officer as they wrestle with the implications of the new gun policy, which divides the town and results in unexpected consequences. As a former public-school teacher, Sally wanted to give a voice to the various perspectives surrounding this controversial and complicated topic.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Rachel Trusty, Episode #130

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 31:03

    Author Rachel Trusty discusses her latest novel, Not Without Yesterday. It's a story told from the dual perspectives of a husband and wife who are dealing with their own demons. Not Without Yesterday addresses the idea that none of us wants to be without our yesterdays, even if those experiences aren't anything we would have chosen for ourselves. Rachel's inspiration was her own suffering with PTSD from serious medical experiences, and writing this book helped her seek closure through her characters' story.

    Bookshop Interview with Authors Claire Matturro and Penny Koepsel, Episode #129

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 31:32

    Authors Claire Matturro and Penny Koepsel discuss their new book, Wayward Girls, a novel inspired by true events and their own experiences. Wayward Girls is the fictional story of a boarding school for teen girls labeled rebellious by the adults in their lives and two former students who managed to survive the experience. The main characters must confront the scars left by their boarding school years and the memories that still haunt them, including the mysterious and tragic fate of one of their friends.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Diane E. Keyes, Episode #128

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 31:44

    Author Diane E. Keyes discusses her debut children's picture book, Peas Let Her Be a Princess. Diane is a third-generation children's librarian. Over the years, she has written numerous puppet show scripts for kids. When a friend challenged her to write a book, she decided to give it a try, and Peas Let Her Be a Princess was the wonderful result. Diane has put her own spin on the well-known fairytale, The Princess and the Pea, presenting it in a new way to create humor and laughter for young readers.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Carolyn Haines, Episode #127

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 33:24

    Author Carolyn Haines discusses her new novel, Independent Bones. It is the latest installment in the long-running Sarah Booth mystery series, in which unconventional Southern belle and private investigator, Sarah Booth Delaney, gets into more trouble solving another mystery in her small town in the Mississippi Delta. Carolyn was a journalist before she became a novelist. She never intended to write mysteries, let alone a long-running series, but now…Independent Bones is #23 in her Sarah Booth series.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Susan Y. Tanner, Episode #126

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 30:28

    Author Susan Y. Tanner discusses her latest novel, A Whisper of Trouble, which features the art of horse whispering. This book marries Susan's love of writing with her passion for horses, and it's her fourth novel in the multi-author Trouble Cat Mystery series. The story was inspired by Susan's discovery of Italy's efforts to protect their indigenous horse breeds. Susan is the author of 6 other historical romance novels, including a historical western romance trilogy and a 3-part Scottish Highlands romance.

    Bookshop Interview with Author L.M. Whitaker, Episode #125

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 28:03

    L.M. Whitaker discusses her debut novel, The Crucible of Steele. It is a fast-paced tech thriller that began with two questions: What if Charles Darwin's contemporaries began a process for breeding the perfect human? And what if a modern-day woman with no living relatives has a chance encounter with a nearly identical twin, leading her to discover that she is the product of a 150-year eugenics experiment? In The Crucible of Steele, the science is real, but writing it was a race against time.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Debora G. de Farias, Episode #124

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 34:37

    Author Debora G. de Farias discusses her debut historical novel, Standing Tall. It's the story of Cecilia Grierson, Argentina's first female physician. Set against the progressive Golden Age, Standing Tall explores the vibrant culture and realities of life in South America, including the plight of immigrants, the fight for women's rights, and the yearning to be part of the global pursuit of knowledge in science and art. Debora writes about little-known heroes in the hope that we may get to know them better.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Claire Matturro, Episode #123

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 31:50

    Author Claire Matturro discusses her latest novel, The Smuggler's Daughter. It is a crime thriller set on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which is Claire's home state and a place that she readily admits is rich for crime fiction. The Smuggler's Daughter is a twisting, turning game of cat and mouse. Claire's story is inspired by real-life events that took place in Florida in the late 1970's involving a drug smuggling ring that lead to several murders where the bodies were buried in a sink hole.

    Bookshop Interview with Author DeAnna Lynn, Episode #122

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 24:54

    Author DeAnna Lynn discusses her latest children's picture book, SOAR! Looking for a book for young readers about overcoming adversity and rising above stereotypes? Check out SOAR!, which introduces readers to a young boy from inner city Chicago who learns to overcome the circumstances in his life and appreciate how special he truly is. DeAnna is an experienced Early Childhood educator, and she uses her knowledge of social-emotional development to write culturally relevant books for children of color.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Rick Reed, Episode #121

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 37:25

    Author Rick Reed discusses his Jack Murphy thriller series. In the latest installment, The Fiercest Enemy (#9), a chilling discovery in the underground mines of rural Indiana sends Det. Jack Murphy searching for the truth on behalf of the victims. In writing this series, Rick draws from his own background as a detective with more than 30 years in law enforcement. His main character is based on several detectives he has known over the years, and the books' supporting casts are amalgamations of real people.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Lani Forbes, Episode #120

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 30:55

    Author Lani Forbes discusses her new young adult historical fantasy series: Age of the Seventh Sun. This new series is a trilogy, with Books 1 and 2 (The Seventh Sun and The Jade Bones) available in bookstores now. These books are inspired by MesoAmerican mythology and, in particular, the origin myth of the five suns. In creating this series, Lani has woven together a fun mix of fantasy, history and romance set in a rich and complex world, based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Maya people.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Donna Meredith, Episode #119

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 29:07

    Award-winning author Donna Meredith discusses her latest novel, Buried Seeds. It is the story of two women, a century apart, who come to realize that advocating for causes they believe in often comes with great personal sacrifice. In 2017, one woman takes over as president of the local teacher's union, while in 1903 her great-great-grandmother joins the women's suffrage movement. Buried Seeds, as with all of her books, contains strong yet flawed heroines who find courage and, in turn, find themselves.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Stella May, Episode #118

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 29:32

    Author Stella May discusses her novel, Rhapsody in Dreams, a modern-day love story with a mystical twist. How many chances do we get to find love with the one person who is meant for us? In Rhapsody in Dreams, a couple discovers they had a chance encounter as children, but that may not be the only time their souls have previously found each other. Stella is also the author of the Once & Forever trilogy, an epic story about love, family, jealousy and betrayal that spans two continents and three generations.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Erica George, Episode #117

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 22:58

    Author Erica George discusses her debut young adult novel, Words Composed of Sea and Sky. This lyrical novel is written with a dual timeline for the two main characters, each of which is a young woman learning to express herself through poetry. One lives in present-day Cape Cod; the other lives in the same town in the year 1862. This novel, like much of Erica's writing, is all about finding your own voice. Words Composed of Sea and Sky will be available on bookshelves on May 25, 2021.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Nova McBee, Episode #116

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 35:31

    Author Nova McBee discusses her latest book, Calculated, which will appeal to readers both young and old who enjoy mission-impossible-type stories. Nova blended several sources of inspiration to write this book: living in Asia, the issue of human trafficking, and Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. Her novel, Calculated, involves a math prodigy, high stakes intrigue and fast-paced action. It is the first book in the series, and the second book, Simulated, will be available in May 2021.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Donna Galanti, Episode #115

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 27:36

    Author Donna Galanti discusses her latest middle grade novel, Unicorn Island. It is the first book in a new series about a young girl who discovers a mysterious island off the coast of South Carolina, an island full of mythical beasts and darker dangers. After writing several books for adults, Donna tried her hand at books for kids and found her niche with middle grade stories. Unicorn Island is her second MG series. Her first series includes Joshua and the Lightning Road and Joshua and the Arrow Realm.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Darryl Bollinger, Episode #114

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 32:23

    Author Darryl Bollinger discusses his latest novel, The Healing Tree. Darryl has written seven medical thrillers, with his plots revolving around hospitals, big pharma and the healthcare industry. Darryl worked in healthcare for 28 years, and he has no shortage of inspiration for his thrilling novels. The Healing Tree is his most recent book, and it, too, involves plenty of danger and deception. But, above all, it is the story about the lengths we will go to for the chance to save someone we love.

    Bookshop Interview with Author McKenna Dean, Episode #113

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 33:26

    Author McKenna Dean discusses the first two books in her Redclaw Origins paranormal romance series: Bishop Takes Knight and Bishop's Gambit. Set in the 1950's, the stories center around Redclaw Security, part detective firm and part enforcement agency, which regulates matters involving the growing population of shifters that has emerged since the onset of the nuclear age. McKenna also discusses her writing journey and some of the strange things she discovered during her research into the 1950's.

    Bookshop Interview with Author M.K. Tufft, Episode #112

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 41:12

    Author M.K. Tufft discusses her middle grade series for kids, Putney and the Magic eyePad. She writes stories with a STE(A)M theme -- science, technology, engineering, art and math. Marsha is a retired engineer with degrees in mechanical, aerospace and materials engineering. She enjoys developing experiments for kids to give them fun experiences with STE(A)M. If you like her stories, check out her website,, to find instructions for the experiments, designs and solutions in her books.

    Bookshop Interview with Authors Kathy Chiu and Rebecca Pebble, Episode #111

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 28:12

    Authors Kathy Chiu and Rebecca Pebble discuss their new novel, Endowed. The story involves four women who meet in an improv troupe and become friends. The characters are all from very different backgrounds, but they find the common bond of friendship as they help each other navigate life, loss and love. Both Kathy and Rebecca are improv troupe veterans. As they wrote, they used improv concepts such as “yes and,” and the story is written in a “cut to” format, much like a comedy improv performance.  

    Bookshop Interview with Author Esther Jantzen, Episode #110

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 38:48

    Author Esther Jantzen discusses her middle grade novel, WALK: Jamie Bacon's Secret Mission on the Camino de Santiago. WALK is one of the first books for kids written about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile walk beginning in France and continuing across Spain. It has been a pilgrims' route since the beginning of the 9th century. Esther has walked the Camino three times, which was a life-changing experience for her, and she hopes the adventures in her book, WALK, will inspire young readers as well.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Sherry Knowlton, Episode #109

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 36:12

    Author Shery Knowlton discusses her latest novel, Dead on the Delta, which is the fifth book in her Alexa Williams suspense series. Dead on the Delta follows Alexa Williams to Africa for an adventurous ride filled with wild animals, amazing locales, pressing environmental issues and, of course, murder. In this book, as with all of her stories, Sherry uses her fiction to address a number of social issues, and she pairs her storylines with actual historical mysteries or events ripped from news headlines.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Donald Quist, Episode #108

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 42:11

    Award-winning author Donald Quist discusses his linked story collection, For Other Ghosts. The stories take place in settings across the world with characters that are equally varied. Donald approached this story collection as a means of radical empathy, pushing himself to write beyond what he knows and to find connections to and amongst his characters and his readers. Donald also authored the acclaimed essay collection, Harbors, which he will follow with another essay collection releasing Fall 2021.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Marina Brown, Episode #107

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 32:09

    Author Marina Brown discusses her latest novel of historical literary fiction, The Orphan of Pitigliano. This novel won the 2020 Published Book of the Year award, as well as a gold medal, in the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. The Orphan of Pitigliano is a sweeping story involving a small Italian village, Jews in Italy during WWII, Etruscan grave robbers, a modern-day medical mystery and old-world superstitions, including il malocchio (the Evil Eye).

    Bookshop Interview with Author Michelle R. Young, Episode #106

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 31:37

    Author Michelle R. Young discusses her debut novel, Gear Heart. It is the first book in a new sci fi trilogy that marries a retro, futuristic, steam-punk vibe with an espionage thriller. She found inspiration for her story from a vivid dream that she dreamt over and over for year before she finally began to write the story. As a young person, Michelle dealt with two learning disabilities and hated writing in school. Now, however, she is hard at work writing books 2 and 3 of her Gear Heart trilogy.

    Bookshop Interview with Author Michael Wiley, Episode #105

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 41:59

    Author Michael Wiley discusses his new series starring Private Investigator Sam Kelson. The most recent installment is Lucky Bones, book #2 in the series. Sam Kelson is not your typical PI. He suffers from disinhibition, and his inability to keep his mouth shut is not a helpful trait for a private investigator. However, it does make for some very interesting storylines.  Michael found inspiration for his character's affliction from his teenage kids' embarrassment at almost everything he said and did.

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