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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Tapping Into Your Reader’s Emotions with Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is a master at tapping into his readers’ emotions. Whether through sympathetic attachment, comedic relief, or intense realism, Palahniuk manipulates emotion to create breathtaking novels that engage his readers throughout the entire story. He is most well-known for his debut novel, Fight Club, a dark satire following the thrilling story of an office worker with insomnia as he falls into insanity. After Fight Club’s success, Chuck continued creating captivating and award-winning stories, including Choke, Lullaby, and Guts. His most recent work of nonfiction, Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different, is available now.


Chuck Palahniuk’s novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Lullaby, Survivor, Haunted, and Invisible Monsters. Portions of Choke have appeared in Playboy, and Palahniuk’s nonfiction work has been published by Gear, Black Book, The Stranger, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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 to capture your reader’s emotions
  • How to make your characters liked or respected
  • How to employ cognitive reframing in your writing
  • How to transition well between scenes
  • Why to join a writing workshop


J. D. Barker –

J. Thorn –

Chuck Palahniuk –

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk –

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk –

Three Story Method by J. Thorn and Zack Bohannon –

Three Story Method Workbook by J. Thorn and Zack Bohannon –

Music by Nicorus – 

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

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  1. Jenni Clarke

    4 years ago  

    Oh wow, not sure what I’ve taken away from this one. Not in a bad way though just so much underlying ideas. I think I need to listen again.
    I like my little online writers group, we tend to be very helpful to each other and I’m always sad when people leave.
    I’ve not read fight club or seen it. It is on my tbr list.
    Love the little phrase dropping idea. The little stories are fun but also a little poignant.
    Like the emotional pull of a character writing tip too.
    Thanks for this podcast.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      There are many layers to Chuck 🙂

  2. Christopher Wills

    4 years ago  

    What a great interview. Chuck has a way of saying so much with so few words. I love the ways he revealed about gaining character empathy.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      So true. I listened to the interview multiple times and I’m still finding gems in there.

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