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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Taking Risks to Pursue Your Dreams with Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is no stranger to taking calculated risks as a writer. From leaving high-paying jobs to constantly letting go of agents and switching publishers, she has always lived by the phrase: “If you really want to write, you’re going to write.” Lisa is a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author who has sold millions of books worldwide. Among many outstanding works, she is well known for her debut novel, The Perfect Husband, a twisted story of love and suspense. Her latest publication, Before She Disappeared, is available tomorrow.


New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk kids and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read!

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 kill a friend and maim a buddy
  • Why Lisa gets inspired by true stories
  • Why writing is a personality, not an art
  • The differences between calculated risks and impulsiveness
  • How to find your unique writing process


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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Great interview today J. I love the idea of killing people who have crossed me in the past… I remember when I was a school teacher and… oh sorry, slight misunderstanding there. I’ve got to the bit where she explains ‘…in fiction…’ I’d better put those knives back in the knife block in the kitchen.
    Totally agree with Lisa’s view that people love reading and will always love reading. I recall hearing those stories last century and every new technology advance digs up the doom and gloom merchants but there is something therapeutic or medicinal in relaxing alone in a silent room and immersing oneself in the world of a story in a great novel.
    It’s one of those simple pleasures that go far back into history when oral storytellers would wander around and people would gather round the camp-fire to listen to some amazing story about how a group of warriors crossed the oceans to rescue someone’s beautiful wife who had been stolen away to a great fortress city.
    If more people in the world tried reading as therapy or stress relief or simply as relaxation, this world would be a much better place.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      I agree. I’m not anti-audiobooks but I prefer my reading experience to be individual and silent.

  2. Vale

    3 years ago  

    Oh hey, lots of missing episodes! I don’t know if it’s just my Stitcher app, but I was just thinking today that I hadn’t seen any updates from you guys since the first part of December. I was worried you’d disappeared. I’m glad you’re still around =] Do you know if there’s a problem on Stitcher or if it’s just me?

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Sorry about that! Stitcher didn’t update the feed. I contacted them and they said it’s now functioning properly.

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