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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Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Jena Brown, and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss the week’s entertainment news, including Laureate Alice Munro, the DOJ’s suit to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster, how OpenAI destroyed a trove of books used to train AI models, and GPT-4o. Then, stick around for a chat with author Kate White!

Kate White is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels of suspense: ten standalone psychological thrillers, including the upcoming The Last Time She Saw Him (May ’24), and also eight Bailey Weggins mysteries.

For fourteen years Kate served as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, which under her became the most successful magazine in single copy sales in the U.S. Though she loved her magazine career, she decided to leave ten years ago to concentrate full-time on another passion: writing suspense fiction.

Kate’s first mystery, If Looks Could Kill, was a Kelly Ripa Book Club pick, a #1 bestseller on Amazon, and an instant New York Times bestseller. She has been nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award in the fiction category, and her books have been published in over 30 countries worldwide.

Like many female mystery authors, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, in her case The Secret of Redgate Farm.

Kate is a frequent speaker at libraries, book conferences, and organizations, and has appeared on many television shows, including The Today ShowCBS This MorningMorning Joe, and Good Morning America.

She is also the editor of the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, as well as the author of several bestselling career books, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This and the ground-breaking Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

Kate is an avid traveler and enjoys spending each winter with her husband at their home in Uruguay. She holds an honorary doctorate of letters from her alma mater, Union College, where she gave the 2022 commencement speech.


Check It Out!

The Last Time She Saw Him: A Novel: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0063247399/keywords=thrillers

Nobel Laureate Alice Munro Has Diedhttps://apnews.com/article/alice-munro-dies-f2311484b33c450ab16331aef6548631

The Trial – The DOJ’s Suit to Block Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Simon & Schusterhttps://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/2022/09/more-on-the-trial/

OpenAI destroyed a trove of books used to train AI models. The employees who collected the data are gonehttps://web.archive.org/web/20240510161715/https://www.businessinsider.com/openai-destroyed-ai-training-datasets-lawsuit-authors-books-copyright-2024-5

HELLO GPT-4ohttps://openai.com/index/hello-gpt-4o/


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

Jena Brown – https://www.⁠⁠⁠jenabrownwrites.com

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠

Kate White – https://www.katewhite.com/


TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers, Ink special offer!!!)


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley and recorded at Mill Pond Studio

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

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Join hosts JD Barker, Christine Daigle, Jena Brown and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss the week’s entertainment news, including science fiction authors being excluded from the Hugo Awards for fear of offending China, how romance bookstores took over America, and OpenAI Sora. Then, stick around as Christine chats with author Gregg Hurwitz!

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 24 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA (including the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), DC, and Marvel, and poetry. Currently, Gregg is actively working against polarization in politics and culture. To that end, he’s penned op eds for The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, The Bulwark and others, and has produced several hundred commercials which got over a hundred million views on digital TV platforms. He also helped write the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.


Check It Out!

Lone Wolf: https://www.amazon.com/Lone-Wolf-Orphan-Novel/dp/1250871735

Hugo Awards Controversy: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/17/books/booksupdate/hugo-awards-china.html

Sexily ever after – https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/14/romance-bookstores-across-us

OpenAI Sora – https://openai.com/sora


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

Jena Brown – https://www.⁠⁠⁠jenabrownwrites.com

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠

Gregg Hurwitz – https://gregghurwitz.net/


TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers, Ink special offer!!!)


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley and recorded at Mill Pond Studio

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

*NOTE: Some of the links are affiliate links.

Join hosts JD Barker, Christine Daigle, Jena Brown and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss the week’s entertainment news, including Simon & Schuster being bought by a private equity firm, Open AI book lawsuits, and how a judge’s ruling is impacting AI companies. Then, stick around as Christine chats with author Katherine Arden!

Katherine Arden is the New York Times bestselling author of the Winternight trilogy and the Small Spaces Quartet. In addition to writing, she enjoys aimless travel, growing vegetables, and running wild through the woods with her dog, Moose. She lives in Vermont. For more information about Katherine, check out this page on her website: https://katherineardenbooks.com/about-the-author


Check It Out!

The Warm Hands of Ghosts: https://katherineardenbooks.com/books/the-warm-hands-of-ghosts

Simon & Schuster Interview – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2024-02-10/stavros-simon-schuster-was-an-unloved-gem

OpenAI Lawsuits – https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/14/two-openai-book-lawsuits-partially-dismissed-by-california-court


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

Jena Brown – https://www.⁠⁠⁠jenabrownwrites.com

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠

Katherine Arden – https://katherineardenbooks.com/


TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers, Ink special offer!!!)


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley and recorded at Mill Pond Studio

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

*NOTE: Some of the links are affiliate links.

Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch, and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss the week’s entertainment news, including some positive news out of Barnes & Noble. Then, stick around as JP chats with author and #1000wordsofsummer founder Jami Attenberg!

Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, The Guardian, and others. She is a New York Times bestselling author of seven works of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up. Her latest non-fiction book, 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round, was released on January 9 and is available now in ebook and audio.


Check It Out!

1000 Wordshttps://www.amazon.com/1000-Words-Writers-Creative-Productive-ebook/dp/B0C7RLR19M

The Dialogue Doctor: The Language of Love (A Masterclass in Story Intimacy) – https://dialoguedoctor.teachable.com/p/story-intimacy

JD’s robot snowblower in action – https://www.tiktok.com/@jdbarker_author/video/7321512733466250538


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

JP Rindfleisch IX – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.jprindfleischix.com/⁠⁠⁠

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠

Jami Attenberg – https://www.jamiattenberg.com/


TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers, Ink special offer!!!)


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley and recorded at Mill Pond Studio

Show notes & audio production by Geoff Emberlyn – ⁠https://twitter.com/horrorstoic⁠⁠⁠

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

*NOTE: Some of the links are affiliate links.

Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch, Kevin Tumlinson, and Patrick O’Donnell as they discuss the week’s entertainment news, including some optimistic publishing predictions from the stage of the 74th National Book Awards. Then, stick around as Christine chats with crime fiction legend James Ellroy!

Called “The American Dostoyevsky” by Joyce Carol Oates, James Ellroy is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American TabloidThe Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s a Rover, and the L.A. Quartet novels: The Black DahliaThe Big NowhereL.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. His latest novel, The Enchanters, came out in September and is available now wherever books are sold.


Check It Out!

The Enchantershttps://bookshop.org/p/books/the-enchanters-james-ellroy/19462467

James Ellroy’s American Tabloid: A Full Cast Audio Drama (An Audible Exclusive) – https://www.amazon.com/James-Ellroys-American-Tabloid-Audio/dp/B0CJ16ZQQH

Write Publish Profit 6.0: Join The Waiting List! – https://infostack.io/stack/wpp6/

“David Steinberger’s Narrative” (via Publishing Perspectives) – https://publishingperspectives.com/2023/11/the-national-book-awards-david-steinbergers-narrative/


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

JP Rindfleisch IX – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.jprindfleischix.com/⁠⁠⁠

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠

Patrick O’Donnell – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.copsandwriters.com/⁠⁠

James Ellroy – https://www.jamesellroy.net/


TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers, Ink special offer!!!)


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – ⁠⁠⁠http://www.nhpr.com⁠⁠⁠ and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – ⁠⁠⁠http://www.millpondstudio.com⁠⁠⁠

Show notes & audio production by Geoff Emberlyn – ⁠https://twitter.com/horrorstoic⁠⁠⁠

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

*NOTE: Some of the links are affiliate links.

Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch IX, Kevin Tumlinson, and Patrick O’Donnell as they discuss the week’s publishing topics, including the copyright lawsuit two well-known authors are bringing against OpenAI. Then stick around as Christine chats with New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub!

Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, best known for the single-title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women’s fiction written under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA TodayAmazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists. Her latest novel, Windfall, releases tomorrow, July 11, 2023, and is available for preorder now.


Check It Out!

Mona Awad and Paul Tremblay’s suit against OpenAI – https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/05/authors-file-a-lawsuit-against-openai-for-unlawfully-ingesting-their-books

Hinton Publishing – https://www.hintonpublishing.com/

“The Year of The Slim Volume” – https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a44377129/short-books-popularity/

Submit your solar punk/optimistic sci-fi, horror ghost stories, or dragon-featured tales to PW for fall coverage consideration (deadline is July 18, so hurry!) – https://www.publishersweekly.com/sffhsept23


Show Links:

Writers, Ink on YouTube! – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@jdbarker_author/podcasts⁠⁠⁠

J.D. Barker – ⁠⁠⁠https://jdbarker.com/⁠⁠⁠

Christine Daigle – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.christinedaiglebooks.com/⁠⁠⁠

JP Rindfleisch IX – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.jprindfleischix.com/⁠⁠⁠

Kevin Tumlinson – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.kevintumlinson.com/⁠⁠⁠

Patrick O’Donnell – ⁠⁠⁠https://www.copsandwriters.com/⁠⁠⁠

Wendy Corsi Staub – https://wendycorsistaub.com/

TODAY’S SPONSOR:

AutoCrit – https://www.autocrit.com/jd (click this link to take advantage of our Writers Ink special offer!!!)

IngramSpark: Self-Publish Like a Pro! – https://selfpub.is/3NADWdg


Other Links

Best of BookTok – ⁠⁠⁠https://bestofbooktok.com/⁠⁠⁠

Booktrib – ⁠⁠https://booktrib.com/author/writers-ink/⁠⁠

Music by Nicorus – ⁠⁠⁠https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep⁠⁠⁠

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – ⁠⁠⁠http://www.nhpr.com⁠⁠⁠ and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – ⁠⁠⁠http://www.millpondstudio.com⁠⁠⁠

Show notes & audio production by Geoff Emberlyn – ⁠https://twitter.com/horrorstoic⁠⁠⁠

Website Design by Word & Pixel – ⁠⁠⁠http://wordandpixel.com/⁠⁠⁠

Contact – ⁠⁠⁠https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/⁠⁠⁠

*NOTE: Some of the links are affiliate links.