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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Bestseller Carter Wilson never writes the same book twice. By choosing to write standalone novels instead of series, he keeps his worldbuilding skills sharp, forcing himself to write new, unique characters in new settings for each book. Carter is a bestselling author of eight standalone psychological thrillers, including The Dead Girl in 2A and Revelation. To preorder his latest book, The New Neighbor, follow the link below.


USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson has written eight critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a four-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his works have been optioned for television and film. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado in a Victorian house that is spooky but isn’t haunted…yet. To check Carter’s appearance calendar, subscribe to his irreverent monthly newsletter, or to inquire about his availability for speaking events, book clubs, or media requests, please visit

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:

  • How to write a good author newsletter
  • How to write a book from one scene
  • How to avoid stereotypical characters
  • How your character’s gender affects your writing voice
  • Why Carter prefers consistent writing over binge writing

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Morning guys. Fascinating interview. Writing without knowing what is going to happen next is a great method. If the writer doesn’t know, the reader won’t.
    I like the idea of writers supporting each other and not competing. Books are cheap in terms of entertainment hours per dollar that we don’t need to compete.
    “Storytelling is not lost.” Agree. We no longer sit around fires waiting for the bard to tell us the story, but I worry that the book may decline if the young don’t pick them up. The audiobook in a way, replicates Homer wandering around Ancient Greece telling his stories.
    Well done Zach for trying analogue notes. I only make notes with pen and notebook, probably my age… But Zach, beware of NAS from a chump. Notebook Acquisition Syndrome… My house is full of notebooks; I have notebooks from 20 years ago. It’s fascinating rereading them but they are starting to take up a lot of space.
    I enjoyed the interview today, Carter sounds like he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      If that was the only thing Zach was suffering from, he’d be in good shape 😉

      Thanks for listening!

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