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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Prolific author Jeffrey Archer knows the importance of sticking with your process. By consistently writing in scheduled two-hour segments, drafting by hand, and keeping series alive only as long as he wants to, he efficiently produces gripping novels that both him and his readers enjoy. Jeffrey is an international bestseller of over 275 million copies worldwide, and has been writing for over fifty years. To preorder his latest novel, Next in Line, releasing tomorrow, follow the link below.


Jeffrey Archer is one of the world’s bestselling authors, with sales of over 275 million copies in 97 countries, and is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (twenty times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). He was born in London, and brought up in the West Country. He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, and thirty years as a Member of the House of Lords.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Jeffrey approached writing Princess Diana’s character
  • Why he pays special attention to character progression
  • What his novel planning looks like
  • Why he writes every word by hand


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Next in Line

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Fascinating interview. I first heard Jeffrey Archer being interviewed on TV about writing in the early 1980s maybe even before the internet was invented. I have followed Jeffrey Archer for many years – I remember his political career in the days of Thatcher and Reagan, his fall from grace and his rise from the ashes to become a bestselling author.
    A few takeaways today:
    The amount of revision he does – it must work given the number of books he has sold.
    His enjoyment of writing, even after many years – of course selling a lot of books helps the enjoyment.
    His quote; “I wish there was a shortcut but there isn’t.” (paraphrased)
    Finally, and I think my most important takeaway – becoming a great writer involves hard work – “go to the ballet…”
    I loved this interview today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Lots of wisdom there. Too bad we all spend so much time looking for shortcuts.

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