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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Finding Time to Write with NYT Bestseller Jonathan Kellerman

Bestseller Jonathan Kellerman knows how to find time to write. From raising children for almost thirty-two years to practicing psychology professionally to maintaining a dedication to playing and collecting guitars, he still finds time in his schedule to pursue his love of writing. Jonathan wrote his first book, When the Bough Breaks, in 1985 and has published a bestseller every year since. His latest novel, City of the Dead, is available below.


Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored The Golem of Hollywood and The Golem of Paris. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

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:

  • Why Jonathan prefers to fly under the radar
  • Why LA is the best setting for a crime novel
  • The state of information and accessibility
  • How to decide when to collaborate
  • How to regulate your writing pace

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Morning guys. Great interview today. It’s motivating to hear from someone who loves their writing and what they produce.
    Happy that you’re still alive and kicking Zach. I hope you get well soon.
    Fascinating that Jonathan joked about Hollywood churning out widgets – it mirrored the conversation the three of you had before the interview. One only has to read any William Goldman Hollywood memoir to see that is true. I highly recommend Goldman’s Hollywood memoirs btw.
    Interesting chat about streaming films. Lovely wifey Denise and I binge-watched the new Reacher. Only meant to watch the first episode but it was so good we watched 5 episodes the first night and the remaining 3 the next night. First time I’ve ever binged TV. Once I recorded 6 different film versions of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and watched them all on one Saturday.
    Love the idea a meeting has the IQ of its dumbest member. That’s a t-shirt to wear to work…
    Interesting chat with Jonathan and discussion later about producing similar writing output under different conditions. I suspect it’s partly due to the idea that one’s effort unconsciously increases or decreases to fill the time allotted.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Thanks, buddy! If you binged something it must be good. I need to check out the new Reacher.

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