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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Writers, Ink Podcast: Episode 85 – Talking About Bill Clinton and The President’s Daughter with #1 NY Times bestseller, James Patterson

All-time great James Patterson knows how to make readers stop and think about what he’s put on the page. Whether he’s writing with former president Bill Clinton or JD, he uses personal experiences, relatable conflicts, and characters who are misunderstood or overlooked to turn ideas into stories that excite and challenge perspectives. Patterson is the bestselling author with 147 published novels, 114 of which made the New York Times bestsellers list, and he holds the Guinness World Record for most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His classic thriller, Along Came a Spider, inspired twenty-five sequels and a film adaptation starring Morgan Freeman. James also runs The Patterson Family Foundation and the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships. The Noise, which he co-wrote with JD, is available for preorder now.


JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

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:

  • What it’s like to write with Bill Clinton
  • How to spice up your covers
  • Why great beginnings and endings are worth everything
  • Why to accept that some stories just won’t turn out well
  • Patterson’s progress boosting children’s reading rates


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    I enjoy listening to JP. He makes everything sound simple. His writing philosophy seems to be hard work and application, which is not a bad formula for success. It seems to have worked for him.
    And I share his belief that educating the young is important. If we don’t educate them where is the world going to end up? I think many of the World’s problems can be solved by education.
    His Masterclass is excellent, must listen to it again.
    What I like about JP is that he doesn’t seem to think too hard about writing or is that a front?
    Must try and write to a structure or I’ll never get to collaborate with him…
    Great show.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      He’s so grounded. I agree that his approach works so well.

      I don’t think it’s a front. He doesn’t talk much about process.

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