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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I Am Not Who You Think I Am with NYT Bestseller Eric Rickstad

One secret. Eight cryptic words. Lifetimes of ruin. In his latest novel, I Am Not Who You Think I Am, Eric Rickstad uses vivid personal memories and intentionally constructed settings to create a gripping thriller tale. Rickstad is a NYT and international bestseller well known for his Canaan series, which includes stories like The Names of Dead Girls and Lie in Wait. To order I Am Not Who You Think I Am, follow the link below.


Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Canaan Crime Series novels, which includes THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS, THE SILENT GIRLS, and LIE IN WAIT. These dark, psychological page-turners with a dash of the Gothic are set in remote, northern Vermont, and have been heralded as masterful, disturbing, profound and heartbreaking. Rickstad’s first novel, REAP, was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. His latest novel WHAT REMAINS OF HER will be published July 24, 2018. Rickstad lives in Vermont with his wife, son, and daughter, and writes all his first drafts with a pencil in notebooks, often outside in the Vermont woods.

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 Eric doesn’t outline
  • How to employ personal memories in writing
  • Why to draft on paper
  • Why setting is character
  • How to find a good agent


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Great interview today. I love Gothic stories which is why I’m moving into that area. I read ‘Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruis Zafon around 10 or more years ago, when it was first published in English; a great book. It can’t fail in my eyes as it’s a book about books. And I love the use of framing devices for stories.
    Erik’s new book sounds really interesting; I’ve added it to my reading list.
    Interesting discussion about handwriting. When I started writing I used to handwrite onto a page because I couldn’t type and home computers weren’t a thing.
    It’s an interesting theme coming from your podcasts that the start to a bestselling book is a great concept matched by a great one liner. Listening to Erik describing his new book you almost don’t care how the book is written because you want to find out the solution to the problem he has posed – Story might be King but Concept is God.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Great contrast from last episode with Nicholas Sparks who types everything from the beginning. There’s no one right way!

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