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Writing in Different Mediums with the NY Times Bestselling author of YOU, Caroline Kepnes

Bestseller Caroline Kepnes is no stranger to writing in different mediums. Along with being an author, she uses her past experiences as a screenwriter and entertainment reporter to write intriguing stories while meeting deadlines and allowing herself to be less critical of her work. Caroline is well known for thrillers like Hidden Bodies and You, the latter of which was adapted for television, and for working as a writer on shows like 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her latest publication, You Love Me, is available now.


Caroline Kepnes is the author of YOU, HIDDEN BODIES and PROVIDENCE. The hit Netflix series You is an adaptation of her debut novel. The upcoming second is based on her sequel HIDDEN BODIES. After graduating from Brown University, Caroline continued writing short stories (on her computer, sorry typewriter) while embarking on a career in pop culture journalism first at Tiger Beat, then at Entertainment Weekly. She also worked as a TV writer on 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

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 Stephen King said about You
  • How to characterize a serial killer
  • When to write in 2nd person
  • How to be less precious with your words
  • The differences between writing and screenwriting


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You Love Me

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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today guys.
    I love Caroline’s attitude and her confidence. I think she’s brave to write in second person, but clearly it works for her. I’ve read a lot of books but I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel in the second person. I suspect I may have read non-fiction books in the second person, it seems more natural, especially for self-help books.
    Funny when you talked about a Zombie Christmas story because I immediately thought of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and then I wondered if there is any mileage in writing ‘A Christmas Carol and Zombies’. But… it’s already been done. Check out ‘I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story For Christmas’ published in 2012 on our favourite online bookseller. Although some of the reviews are not good, so it probably could be done better.
    I enjoyed today’s interview because I love strong confident women although I would probably run a mile if I ever met her. What goes on in her mind and where does she get her ideas from? 🙂
    Great show.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks, Chris! Caroline was so much fun to talk to.

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