Tag Archives: Authors

David Sanger

unnamed (6)New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger called in to talk about his his new book The Perfect Weapon: War Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.  We discussed how security struggles to keep up with technology, how the iPhone truly changed the world, and whether or not he had to write the book longhand or on a manual typewriter to protect the manuscript.

James Patterson

attachmentJames Patterson, who holds the Guinness World Record for most New York Times #1 Bestsellers, called in to talk about his latest novel, The President is Missing, a collaboration with Bill Clinton.  We discussed how he and President Clinton decided to partner up for a book, their working relationship, and coming up with an “about the authors” section for two incredibly famous people.

Al Roker

ruthless tideAl Roker gave us a call for a chat about his new book Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster.   After asking Al for some tips on getting up early and maintaining energy while working on multiple projects, we had a discussion about the history behind the event, the parallels that can be drawn between then and now, and how experiencing many weather events helps to inform his writing.

Tom Papa

9781250144386Tom Papa called in for a fun chat about his new book Your Dad Stole My Rake…and Other Family Dilemmas.  We discussed why he wanted to put down his thoughts into convenient book form, writing for a specific audience, dealing with “wacky” morning radio shows, and the eternal dilemma of juggling work and family.

Chris Matthews

bobby-kennedy-9781501111860_hrMSNBC’s Chris Matthews called in to talk about his new book Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.  We discussed his personal memory of Kennedy’s assassination, how America would be different with Kennedy instead of Nixon, and why he likes to be nearly camera-ready even for radio appearances.

 

Neil Strauss

straussNew York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss joined the show to talk about the new paperback edition of “The Truth.”  After a brief yet scintillating discussion about book royalties, we chatted about relationship issues, common denominators in failed partnerships, how childhood observations stay with you forever, and why his next book might be a parenting guide.

Ted Bell

overkillTed Bell called in to talk about his newest novel, the 10th in the Lord Alexander Hawke series, “Overkill.”  We discussed his history in and love of Chicago, why it’s been three years since “Patriot,” how the film adaptation is progressing, how his books go over in Russia, and a potential Trump/Putin buddy comedy.

Christine Lahti

lahti bookEmmy, Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and director Christine Lahti called in to discuss her new book, “True Stories From an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”  We discussed how the book began as a series of readings and might end up as a film, what makes someone an unreliable narrator, and our attempted careers as mimes.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

confidence codeKatty Kay and Claire Shipman are the New York Times bestselling authors of “The Confidence Code.”  Their new book is “The Confidence Code for Girls.”  We discussed the particular challenges facing girls academically, how we can empower our daughters, and why we need to show them it’s okay to fail.  My daughter will understand this quite well when she’s old enough to listen to this radio program.

Peter Swanson

beautiful liesBest-selling novelist Peter Swanson called in to talk about his latest book “All the Beautiful Lies,” which is being called “a diabolically clever tale of passion, obsession, revenge and cold-blooded murder.”  Peter and I discussed why this might not be the perfect bedtime book for me, his writing process, and how to spot an author’s influences.