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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Understanding the Collaborative Process with NYT Bestsellers Jon and Jesse Kellerman

Father-and-son team Jon and Jesse Kellerman know a few things about the collaborative writing process. By discussing story ideas months in advance, creating long, detailed outlines, and regularly scheduling time to meet in-person or on Zoom, the two are able to work together to masterfully craft stories. The Kellermans are both bestselling authors who have been in the industry for many years. Jon is well-known for writing novels like Double Homicide and Capital Crimes with his wife, bestseller Faye Kellerman, and Jesse is well-known for working with his father on the Clay Edison series. To order The Burning, their latest release, follow the link below.


Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored The Golem of Hollywood and The Golem of Paris. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

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 Jon and Jesse talk about at Thanksgiving
  • When to put your characters in dire situations
  • How to circumvent writer’s block
  • The importance of writing every day
  • How physical, non-verbal creative pursuits affect your writing


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. What a great relationship they have. And I enjoyed the takeaways they came up with. “Pay retail and get old” How many things have I seen in my life that I could have bought for nothing that is now worth a lot of money? Comics, vinyl etc. Did you know bitcoin first started trading from between $0.0008 to $0.08 each in July 2010?
    I also love the idea of “do the job and enjoy it or find another job.”
    But I think you 3 need to be careful what you say. Don’t tell everyone that we writers never work an 8 hour day or everyone will want to be a writer. You could cause a collapse of society; you could cause an apocalypse. Then what would you write about?
    Great show today – enjoy your event.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      I think the internet can keep a secret 🙂

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