Episodes

Nonfiction General

Anne Byrn- A NEW TAKE ON CAKE

Anne and I chat about her latest cookbook A New Take on Cake, why she decided to do this cookbook, how cake mix baking is more common today than when she first started out with this concept, updating some of her favorite recipes, how she approached this project, and much more.

Mystery/Thriller

Nicole Baart - EVERYTHING WE DIDN'T SAY

Nicole and I discuss Everything We Didn't Say, researching cold cases for inspiration, rewriting this book three times, setting books in her home state, being selected as one of the October Book of the Month selections, what she has learned while writing ten books, and much more.

Nonfiction

Jenna Blum - WOODROW ON THE BENCH

Jenna and I discuss Woodrow on the Bench, what Woodrow taught her and others that interacted with him, how each chapter of the book contains a lesson from Woodrow, writing a memoir versus fiction, the book that inspired her cover, A Mighty Blaze and what's on tap for it in 2022, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Kimmery Martin - DOCTORS AND FRIENDS

For this special episode, Carol Ann Tack of Top Shelf at Merrick Library and I interview Kimmery Martin together. We talk about her new book Doctors and Friends, writing the book pre-pandemic, how it changed post-pandemic, her wonderful website, and so much more.

Mystery/Thriller

Kimi Cunningham Grant - THESE SILENT WOODS

Kimi and I discuss These Silent Woods, living off the grid, the book's original title, her tweak to the cover design, how writers need to have both the thickest and the thinnest skin, her writing process and how it has changed, and much more.

Nonfiction

Laurence Leamer - CAPOTE'S WOMEN

Laurence and I discuss Capote's Women, the illusion these women created for the world and how happiness was elusive for them, what surprised him the most while writing this book, the carefully chosen cover photo, his favorite of the books he has written, and much more.

Nonfiction

Deborah Voll - THE TELL-ALL GUIDE TO AIRBNB HOSTING

Deborah and I discuss her book The Tell-All Guide to Airbnb Hosting, her encore career, serving as an Airbnb Superhost by renting rooms in her home, some crazy Airbnb stories, tips for being a great host and a fabulous guest, her podcast Calm the Chaos, and much more.

Mystery/Thriller

Alice Henderson - A BLIZZARD OF POLAR BEARS

Alice and I discuss A Blizzard of Polar Bears, working as a wildlife researcher and bioacoustician, how she believes strongly in including accurate science in her novels, the animal she is focusing on in her third book in the series, Barnes and Noble's selection of A Solitude of Wolverines as its October mystery pick, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Tabitha Forney - PAPER AIRPLANES

Tabitha and I discuss Paper Airplanes, telling this very personal story, how 9/11 transformed the United States, the chapter she found the most difficult to write, participating in Pitch Wars, her publishing journey, and much more.

Historical Fiction

Laura Morelli - THE STOLEN LADY

Laura and I discuss The Stolen Lady, her decades-long fascination with the Mona Lisa, how the Nazis sought to steal all of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings and drawings during World War 2, that the Mona Lisa was never delivered to its patron and instead how da Vinci brought it to France with him, and much more.

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Todd Doughty - LITTLE PIECES OF HOPE

Todd and I chat about his book Little Pieces of Hope, celebrating all of the things that bring us joy in life, how and why he started these lists the day WHO declared a global pandemic, looking to his daily life for inspiration, the bright and sunny cover, working in book publicity, and much more.

Nonfiction General

Abbe Greenberg & Maggie Sarachek - THE ANXIETY SISTERS' SURVIVAL GUIDE

We discuss their new book The Anxiety Sisters' Survival Guide, how they became Anxiety Sisters, living with anxiety in today's world, the questions they are most frequently asked, how they want to provide a comprehensive understanding of what anxiety is, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Kristy Woodson Harvey - CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF

Kristy and I discuss Christmas in Peachtree Bluff, writing a holiday story versus a non-holiday story, returning to Peachtree Bluff after a hiatus and whether she will write more in the series, Friends and Fiction, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Christine Pride & Jo Piazza - WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM

We discuss We Are Not Like Them, how they started writing the book together and what their writing process looked like, encouraging people to have more in-depth conversations on race, why storytelling induces empathy, being selected as the October Good Morning America book club selection, the editorial process, and much more.

Historical Fiction

Patti Callahan - ONCE UPON A WARDROBE

Patti and I discuss Once Upon a Wardrobe, finding the source of Narnia and its inhabitants in C.S. Lewis’ life, creating such a strong sense of place, how her title and cover came about, having her book launch the new Harper Muse imprint, the beautiful letter she received from Lewis’ stepson about this book, and much more.

General

Matthew Patin - The Texas Book Festival

Matt and I discuss the Texas Book Festival, what his job as Literary Director entails, the festival’s origins and how it has evolved, the hybrid schedule for this year, how authors are selected, what the Texas Book Festival learned from the pandemic, some of our favorite Texas independent bookstores, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Tracey Lange - WE ARE THE BRENNANS

Tracey and I discuss her debut novel We Are the Brennans, her writing process, the characters she enjoyed writing the most and the least in the book, writing from multiple points of view, the Little Free Library drops coordinated by Celadon Books, and much more.

Bobby and Cheryl Love - THE REDEMPTION OF BOBBY LOVE

The Loves and I discuss their book The Redemption of Bobby Love, telling their story to Humans of New York and the amazing response they received, how Bobby had to get used to a new name, the importance of forgiveness, and mo...

Nonfiction

David Page - FOOD AMERICANA

David and I discuss his new book Food Americana, creating Diners Dives, and Drive-Ins, his attempt to define American cuisine, choosing the foods and the food outlets to include in this book, the death of regionalism, the renaissance in artisanal bagel making, how COVID revolutionized certain aspects of the restaurant business, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Jayne Allen- BLACK GIRLS MUST DIE EXHAUSTED

Jayne and I discuss her unusual and ultimately rewarding publishing journey, her new role at Zibby Books, how her background involves working in industries at a time of significant upheaval, her trilogy, and much more.

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Elizabeth Barnhill - Our Favorite Books of Fall 2021

Elizabeth and I chat about our Favorite Books of Fall 2021.

Nonfiction

Cindy Weinstein and Dr. Bruce Miller - FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS

We discuss their new book Finding the Right Words, deciding on what format to use, writing together, differentiating the various diseases that cause memory loss, the importance of reading to retaining language, and much more.

Nonfiction

Nathaniel Philbrick - TRAVELS WITH GEORGE

Nathaniel and I discuss Travels with George, why and how Nathaniel, his wife, and his dog recreated George Washington’s travels during the first two years of his presidency, how people tend to idealize the past, wading through the myths and traditions surrounding Washington, the book’s fabulous cover, and much more.

Contemporary Fiction

Jane Igharo - THE SWEETEST REMEDY

Jane and I discuss The Sweetest Remedy, writing in the third person, being selected for Book of the Month (twice), setting a book in Nigeria, crafting her second novel, and much more.