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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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Bestselling husband-wife team Lars Kepler knows a thing or two about writing with your spouse. In writing as in marriage, the Kepler duo must routinely navigate around indecision, such as compromising on important plot points, in order to maintain an efficient and fun writing environment. Kepler is an international bestseller, having sold 16 million copies in 40 languages. To purchase their latest novel, The Mirror Man, follow the link below.


Lars Kepler is a No.1 bestselling international sensation, whose Joona Linna thrillers have sold more than 12 million copies in 40 languages. The first book in the series, The Hypnotist, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and the most recent, Stalker, went straight to No.1 in Sweden, Norway, Holland and Slovakia. Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Who is Lars Kepler?
  • What does research look like during the pandemic?
  • How they naturally translate Swedish for an English audience
  • What a typical writing day looks like for Lars


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. Love the way Alexander and Alexandra ‘discuss’ who wrote which word then drop it before it gets argumentative. They have a great relationship, writing and life. I bet some writers dream of a similar writing relationship with their partner.
    I wonder if the predominance of audio books in some areas but not others is a practical thing – long commutes and drives; and a cultural thing – substitute for radio which can be pretty boring. And, if it is a new market – attracting customers who wouldn’t ordinarily buy a book.
    Always fascinated by translations. It’s impossible to exactly translate a meaning or nuance which uses cultural references because they don’t usually translate. For example a reference to American Football, or Baseball would not be recognised by many in Europe because they are not widely played over here.
    “Listen to the story…” Totally agree. A great story tells the writer what should happen. Story is King.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Nor would a word liked “recognised.” LOL! Thanks for listening πŸ˜‰

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