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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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Barbara Graham employed her unique spiritual writing process while crafting her debut novel, What Jonah Knew. Through mindful storytelling and a more “hands-off” approach, letting the story come to her and keeping what feels right instead of meticulously planning and outlining, she produces writing that is genuine, intriguing, and effortlessly maintains its flow. Before becoming a novelist, Barbara had a lengthy career as a playwright, poet, and journalist, writing for various recognized magazines, like Time, NatGeo, and Vogue. To preorder What Jonah Knew, follow the link below.


Barbara Graham is an award-winning essayist, playwright, and author who has written for Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; More; National Geographic Traveler; and Vogue. She is the author/editor of the New York Times bestseller Eye of My Heart. What Jonah Knew, a psychological thriller, is her first novel. Barbara’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at theatres around the country.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Barbara conceived What Jonah Knew
  • The differences between plays and novels
  • How Buddhist practices influence her writing
  • Why she rejects writing constraints
  • How to develop complex characters


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2022 Colorado Gold Writers Conference – 

Barbara Graham –

What Jonah Knew

Three Story Method: Writing Scenes – 

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Story Rubric –  

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Voice Over by Rick Ganley – and recorded at Mill Pond Studio –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. Barbara has an excellent writing background so she can be a pantser, safe in the knowledge that she can write. She sounds quite laid back given her tough experiences. Fascinating to hear that someone with her experience, knowledge and connections seriously considered self-publishing. As you say in your post-interview conversation self-publishing has come a long way for this to happen.
    BTW listening to the travails of J D ‘Battenboard’ Barker and now Zach ‘Blockboard’ Bohannon is almost as much fun as watching Tim ‘the Tool Man’ Taylor used to be. I hope Zach is OK.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Nobody cares about Zach. LOL!

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