Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

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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Storytelling and the Creative Process with Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman has a unique approach to storytelling and the creative process. During the process of selling the rights to the Bird Box movie, Malerman learned the ins-and-outs of the entertainment industry. He even started his own production company. Josh toured the country for six years with his band, The High Strung, but has since taken a break to write and enjoy life with his wife in Michigan.


Josh Malerman is an American author and also one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung, whose song “The Luck You Got” can be heard as the theme song to the Showtime show “Shameless.” His book Bird Box is also currently being filmed as a feature film starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson. Bird Box was also nominated for the Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the James Herbert Award. His books Black Mad Wheel and Goblin have also been nominated for Stoker Awards.

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 powerhouse, J. Thorn, 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 Bird Box changed Malerman’s career
  • When to take calculated business risks
  • Why every author needs a support group
  • Why you shouldn’t save your best story ideas for later
  • How to be fluid with story structure
  • When and why to restart a draft


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Voice Over by Rick Ganley – and recorded at Mill Pond Studio –

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  1. Todd Milligan

    4 years ago  


    I am really enjoying your new podcast. Keep up the great work.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Thanks, Todd!

  2. Jenni Clarke

    4 years ago  

    Loved this, his wandering answers remind me of my essays in school, my teacher’s always said I’d go off on tangents and then almost wander back to the point. Fun
    Love the less precious idea too.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Josh is a blast.

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