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JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Chasing the Boogeyman with NYT Bestseller Richard Chizmar

A thrilling blend of fiction, true crime, and memoir– in his latest novel, Chasing the Boogeyman, NYT bestseller Richard Chizmar utilizes real childhood memories, urban legends, and cleverly constructed add-ons and external media to craft a story so intense and believable it has readers thinking the crimes legitimately took place. Richard has been published in over fifteen languages and is well known for cowriting Gwendy’s Button Box with Stephen King and for his iconic magazine, Cemetery Dance. To preorder Chasing the Boogeyman, which releases tomorrow, follow the link below.


Richard Chizmar is the author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and A Long December, which was nominated for numerous awards. His fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and multiple editions of The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award. His third short story collection, A Long December, was recently published to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly. Chizmar’s work has been translated into many languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor. Please visit the author’s website at

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why Rich chose to blend fiction with reality
  • How much of Chasing the Boogeyman is actually true
  • His approach to writing a uniquely structured novel
  • Why he chose to include photographs and other media
  • Why modern childhoods are “less crazy”


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1 Comment

  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting show today.
    Must be difficult to blend truth and fiction from the present; I bet the lawyers had to read it a few times before passing it.
    Sounds like some of the stuff you hear on the podcast ‘Lore’ where you’re not quite sure what is truth and what is folklore – great to listen to for inspiration if you’re writing horror btw.
    When you mentioned ‘Rubberband Man’ at the start I recall it being a favourite disco song in the 1970s and I was thinking OK it was disco, but I wouldn’t call it a crime or horror, although a heavy metal fan might. 🙂
    Love the show.

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