Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

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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Drawing Inspiration From Real Life with NYT Bestseller Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner loves to draw inspiration from real life when writing her books. Whether she’s using her favorite hiking trail as a setting, reading a fascinating true crime article, or interviewing field experts for accurate information, her commitment to the realistic and plausible makes her stories all the more thrilling. Lisa is a NYT bestselling author who is published in thirty countries and is well known for books like The Neighbor and Before She Disappeared. To order her latest novel, One Step Too Far, follow the link below.


New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk kids and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read!

J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author.

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:

  • How to write everyday characters
  • How physical activity can impact your writing
  • The craft of writing a non-human character
  • How to maximize danger within your setting
  • The importance of excellent research


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One Step Too Far

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great show today. Lisa is big here in the UK, I see her books front and centre in the bookshops, when we’re allowed in them. I also love hiking. I’ve done a lot of it, especially in my days wearing you-can’t-see-me-suits. One of my ambitions – too late now – was to work in mountain rescue. Even in UK hiking can be dangerous. I know most of the old skills and I fear for the current generation relying too much on technology in the wild. I always carry all the gear, including a compass. Wise words by Lisa and J D.
    Her latest book sounds fascinating, and I love the idea of the cadaver dog so I’ve put it on our shopping list for lovely wifey Denise when she next visits the supermarket. Hmm. I wonder if she wants to be killed or maimed – could be a fun birthday present for her – hope nobody’s monitoring my social media… 😇

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      You really should kill your wife. LOL!

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