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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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Catherine Coulter knows how to build a successful series. From creating strong foundational characters to keeping track of things as simple as physical description throughout books, she’s able to continue adding to longform series while keeping the stories and characters cohesive. Catherine is a #1 NYT bestselling author of 88 books. To purchase her latest novel, Reckoning, follow the link below.


Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of 87 books. Her numerous historical romances established her as an icon in the genre and a must-read for readers world wide. Coulter’s readership has also grown exponentially with her hugely popular “unputdownable” FBI thriller series, starring the husband and wife team FBI agents Savich and Sherlock. Her FBI thrillers have expanded to include a new international thriller series — A Brit in the FBI — co-written with popular thriller writer JT Ellison. This six-book series has also captured a dedicated readership with high-stakes, fast-paced international cases involving new characters Nicholas and Mike. Coulter has also added a new novella series, starring Grayson Sherbrooke (from the Sherbrooke historical romance series), titled The Grayson Sherbrooke Otherworldly Adventures. Currently there are four novellas — the 5th installment will be released later this summer. (The Grayson books are available only in ebook.) Upcoming new release! The 25th book in her FBI thriller series, VORTEX, will be released on August 10th, 2021. Coulter lives in northern California with her thriller cat Eli and her thriller husband. She enjoys hearing from readers and posts on her Facebook page daily. Please visit her at her website for more information.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Catherine’s fascination with history
  • How to deal with setting changes
  • Why you can’t be tied to your outline
  • What Catherine’s drafting process looks like


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. I like the fact that she doesn’t plot. Plotting makes writing too much like work and takes all the discovery and fun out of it.
    Loved her idea that one must write even though it could be crap. My writing creed has always been:
    ‘No such thing as good writing, only good editing… but you can’t edit a blank page…’
    Welcome back Zach, some of us have missed you.
    Hope J’s foot gets fixed soon. Must be big waves in that paddling pool.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      The waves are bigger on this side of the pond 😉

      Thanks for listening!

      1. Christopher Wills

        2 years ago  

        Have a great remainder of your holiday. And I hope you’ve got broad shoulders and a sense of humour.

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