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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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Keeping Bram Stoker Alive with Dacre Stoker

Dacre Stoker is committed to keeping his great great-uncle’s work alive and relevant. By writing Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, with JD, reproducing Bram’s first-edition classics, and adapting his little-known short stories into graphic novels, he has expanded the Bram Stoker universe to a generation of new readers by retelling old stories in a new and exciting way. Dacre is an international bestselling author who is well known for works like Dracula the Un-Dead and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker and for offering extensive Transylvania tours that help uncover the real geography referenced in Bram’s writing. To learn more about Dacre’s work, visit the links below.


Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). His latest novel, Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, released in October 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam in North America, Penguin Random House in the UK, and additional publishers in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Brazil, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Portugal, and Poland with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.

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, Jim 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:

  • Dacre’s experience writing with JD
  • How to co-write when you don’t share a writing process
  • The importance of real or believable geography
  • How to blend the real world with the supernatural
  • Why you should explore alternate storytelling opportunities


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting show today. I love the creativity of Dacre reference different formats of stories. I’ve ordered a UK copy of the ‘new’ Dracula book from his kickstarter.
    Also I love hearing about how people write and research, not how people pretend they do it, but real stories like J D nearly missing a plane because he wanted to finish a bit of writing.
    I’m not an expert in Dracula but a great book written by a Dracula academic is ‘A Dracula Handbook’ by Elizabeth Miller. It’s a readable book delves into the facts about Dracula. I won’t spoil anything in the book which is a fascinating read but there are a lot of myths people believe about Dracula and vampires that… are just made up… 🙂 I know, shocking.
    My wip, my first serious attempt to write a bestselling book, is a prequel to Dracula – ‘Think you know the Count Dracula origin story? Think again.’
    So I loved today’s show.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks for the comment! I’d also recommend “The New Annotated Dracula” if you’d like some insight on the story.

      Maybe you should write a prequel to Dracul? LOL!

  2. J.D. Barker

    3 years ago  

    Elizabeth Miller helped us out tremendously. Bram has horrible handwriting and she’s one of the few people who can read it 🙂

  3. Wallace

    3 years ago  

    I started reading Dracula a few years back but never finished. It seemed to drag on and on… Was surprised to find that character was part of a common European folk tale.

    As a side note in reference to JD’s discussion of his prediabetes, I came across this quick video discussing the benefits of brewers yeast in this regard.

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