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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Writing for an Audience with Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver knows how to write for an audience. By listening to comments, critiques, and making smart compromises, Deaver crafts the story he wants while appealing to his readers. As an international bestseller, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Novel of the Year, and Edgar Award, and author of over thirty-five novels, he is a respected member of the writing community. He is well-known for his Colter Shaw and Lincoln Rhyme novels, two chilling mystery series. Jeffery’s next novel, The Goodbye Man, will be available this May.


The author of thirty-four novels, Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony award, a Gumshoe Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader’s Award for Best Short Story of the Year. In 2001, he won the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award for his Lincoln Rhyme novel The Empty Chair. In 2004, he was awarded the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden Of Beasts and the Short Story Dagger for “The Weekender.” Translated into 35 languages, his novels have appeared on a number of bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the London Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO film retitled Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin.

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 utilize the “Mint Toothpaste” test
  • How to reuse old characters
  • Why to outline a book
  • How to keep a reader engaged
  • How to grow in today’s writing climate


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Jeffery Deaver –

The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver –

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver – 

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 –

Contact – 

“Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    4 years ago  

    Listening to Jefferey talk about his near recruitment with a cult gave me a chill as I had a similar experience in Washington in 1979. I was 21 and hitch-hiking and Greyhounding up and down the East coast from Boston to Miami Beach. I was “recruited” in the Washington Youth Hostel whilst trying to date a German girl. We were taken to a big house somewhere in Washington by a well known cult where they tried to recruit us to work on farms with lots of young and happy people. Being a cynic even then, I didn’t buy it. When I got back to the Youth Hostel at around 2200 my German friend was checking out but her flight home was in a few days. She told me they told her they would make sure she got her flight…
    What we experienced in that house must have missed me because it didn’t convert me.
    Listening to Jefferey brought back that event and I still wonder about my German friend.
    Agree with you J and J. D. what a lovely guy. Great interview J.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Whew! Close call, it sounds like. Glad you made it out 😉

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