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Declared one of the “Fifteen Standout Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year” by Oprah Daily, Wanda M. Morris delivers on her new book, Anywhere You Run. Morris takes the reader on a high-stakes journey from Jackson, Mississippi to Cleveland, Ohio, following the lives of two sisters in the Jim Crow South of 1964. A corporate attorney and board member for the International Thriller Writers, Wanda Morris knows how to write superb thrillers.


Bestselling author, Karin Slaughter, has described Wanda M. Morris as a “vibrant and welcome new voice to the thriller space.”

As a corporate attorney, Wanda M. Morris has worked in the legal departments of some of America’s top Fortune 100 companies. She is an accomplished presenter and leader. Wanda previously served as President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, in which she established a signature female empowerment program known as the Women’s Initiative. She is an alumna of the Yale Writers Workshop and Robert McKee’s Story Seminar. Wanda is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Crime Writers of Color. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. All Her Little Secrets is her debut novel.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why research is important for historical fiction
  • How to incorporate your own experiences in your storytelling
  • How to combine work and pleasure when it comes to travel


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  1. Christopher Wills

    7 months ago  

    Great show today.
    I was interested in the discussions about settings as I am currently doing a C S Lakin course on writing settings. A good idea to use a setting based on experience. Tolkein based some of his settings on areas he lived in, near Birmingham, UK, and others based on his terrible experiences in the trenches in WW1.
    As the sayings go, ‘write what you know’ and ‘why make work for yourself?’ Although I am currently writing a fantasy and I am enjoying making settings up, based on places I have visited. I am also having fun drawing maps – who would have thought drawing maps could be so much fun? They’re on paper at the moment but I’m going to transfer them to digital and maybe use them as reader magnets.
    I enjoyed the show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      7 months ago  

      Fantasy readers LOVE maps. Good idea!

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