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Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Hosts J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, and Zach Bohannon pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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David Ellis knows how to write successful suspense into his novels. With twists and turns frequenting his pages, he puts forth special effort to make sure his plots are both complex and head-scratching while remaining decipherable to his average reader. David is a NYT bestseller of ten standalone crime novels and has co-authored eight novels with James Patterson. To purchase his latest novel, Look Closer, follow the link below.

From Amazon.com:

David Ellis is a judge and an Edgar-award-winning author of nine novels of crime fiction, as well as five books co-authored with James Patterson. In December, 2014, Dave was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District. Dave currently lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why David builds characters before plot
  • Why he isn’t afraid to keep pivoting
  • How his work as a judge influences his writing
  • Why he starts writing at 3am
  • What it’s like writing with James Patterson

Links:

J. D. Barker – http://jdbarker.com/

J. Thorn – https://theauthorlife.com/

Zach Bohannon – https://zachbohannon.com/

Wonder Lodge – https://www.vrbo.com/2911457?unitId=3483497 

2022 Colorado Gold Writers Conference – http://rmfw.org/conference-2022/ 

Tess Gerritsen – https://www.tessgerritsen.com/ 

Rizzoli & Isles: Listen to Me: A Novelhttps://books2read.com/rizzoli13 

Three Story Method: Writing Scenes – https://books2read.com/threestorymethodws 

Best of BookTook – https://bestofbooktok.com/ 

Story Rubric – http://storyrubric.com  

Nonfic Rubric – http://nonficrubric.com  

Scene Rubric – http://scenerubric.com 

Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life – https://kobowritinglife.com/ and Atticus – https://www.atticus.io/

Music by Nicorus – https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – http://www.millpondstudio.com

Audio production by Geoff Emberlyn – http://www.emberletter.com/ 

Contact – https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 

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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Wills

    4 months ago  

    Interesting interview today. It may be that one of the reasons some chapters are getting shorter is because writers are now writing a chapter as a scene whereas in the past a chapter might have contained 2, 3 or more scenes.
    I like David’s idea of manipulating the reader. David possibly meant manipulating what the reader knows about the story. But I’ve always believed that being able to manipulate a reader’s emotions – not a character’s emotions – is a powerful writing tool and a constituent part of many bestsellers. It’s the readers emotions, long after reading a book, that make them recommend a book to their friends.
    Great show. Cue ‘The Harry Lime Theme’ played on the Zither, who was the Third Man you had on the show today?

    1. J. Thorn

      4 months ago  

      Some random stranger. Thanks for listening!

  2. Patrick O'Donnell

    4 months ago  

    Outstanding interview! Get up and write at 3:30 am every morning. That is discipline! It has certainly paid dividends for him.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 months ago  

      100%

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