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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After decades of consistent, high-quality work, Christopher Golden continues to appreciate every day as a professional writer. From movie-tie ins to his own novels, Golden continues to do the work necessary to stay afloat in the business. Whether it’s Bram Stoker Award-winning novels, graphic novels, anthologies, or video games, he is a successful and prolific creative, by any standard.


CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Ararat, Red Hands, Snowblind, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows. Golden co-created (with Mike Mignola) the comic book universe known as The Outerverse, featuring such characters as Baltimore, Joe Golem, and Lady Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Hex Life, Seize the Night, and The New Dead, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, and the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson). A frequent speaker at conferences, schools, and libraries, Golden is also co-host of the podcast Defenders Dialogue, and the founder of the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. The winner of the Bram Stoker Award for best novel in 2017 for Ararat, Golden has been nominated ten times in eight different categories, winning twice. He has also been nominated multiple times for the Shirley Jackson Award, sharing a win in 2020 with James A. Moore for the anthology The Twisted Book of Shadows.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Where that lost “Sons of Anarchy” sequel might be
  • How to get the work done, year after year
  • What Stephen King thought of the cover for ROAD OF BONES


J. D. Barker –

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Christopher Golden –

Road of Bones –

Three Story Method: Writing Scenes –

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The Carbon Almanac –

Story Rubric – 

Nonfic Rubric – 

Scene Rubric –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Fascinating interview today. I love the eclectic range of Christopher’s (what a great name for a writer) writing.
    That cover for Road of Bones is brilliant. Listening to Christopher talk about that road made me immediately think of what I might want to carry in the boot of my car if I was driving along that road.
    I enjoyed the conversation about expertise in books and I agree that getting every fact right is not always important – that’s why it’s called fiction. Andy Weir got away with his storm sequence on Mars even though it couldn’t possibly happen because Mars’ atmosphere is only 1% air pressure so any ‘storm’ would barely stir a feather.
    Confession time – I’ve never watched an episode of Sons of Anarchy. It must have come out at a time when there was other stuff I watched.
    A couple of James Bond trivia facts that might interest JD. Agatha Christie used the name James Bond as the protagonist in a short story ‘The Rajah’s Emerald’ published in 1926. Ian Fleming got the name James Bond from a real person, an ornithologist who wrote a book ‘Birds of the West Indies’ in 1936.
    Great show and ‘Road of Bones’ is now on my to-read list.

  2. J. Thorn

    2 years ago  

    Thanks! Christopher is a great writing name.

    Sons of Anarchy is violent, but a masterclass in character study.

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