Tag Archives: Authors

Susan Wiggs

Best-selling author Susan Wiggs called in to talk about her newest novel, “Map of the Heart.”  We discussed the perks of being a successful author, keeping in touch with her readers, and reverse-translating her books.

Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee wrote the 2016 bestseller “The Thousandth Floor” and has just released the second volume of the trilogy, “The Dazzling Heights.”  We discussed how refreshing it is to have a book featuring young adults where the future isn’t dystopian, how to avoid the “middle book syndrome,” and why the title is such a tongue twister for me.

Alicia Silverstone

Critically-acclaimed actress and best-selling author Alicia Silverstone called in to talk about her busy career, her new line of healthy organic vitamins, and why she created the Kind Diet.

Bruce Campbell

bruce campbellIt was a pleasure to chat with Bruce Campbell about his new book, “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor” (which Bruce reveals in our interview is part 2 of a planned trilogy).  We discussed elocution, investing in Detroit, why you should never stop working, how he prepares for Q&A sessions at conventions, and what’s happening on his book tour (which comes to The Music Box Theatre in Chicago on September 1).

Karin Slaughter

Critically-acclaimed and best-selling author Karin Slaughter called in to discuss her new stand-alone novel, “The Good Daughter.”

Marc Ruskin

Marc Ruskin spent 27 years as an FBI agent, most of them undercover.  He shares many of his stories in a new book, “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI.”  We discussed what it takes to become an undercover agent, how he created and maintained multiple identities, and how the challenge of remaining undercover has evolved with technology.

 

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book is “Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To.”  We had a fun chat about the stories in the book (The Alabama Jewish Mafia!  Bootleggers!  Philanderers!  THC smuggling!), assuming and or/wishing we were adopted, bringing back scrapbooking, and transcript tattoos.

Jesse Brown from Canadaland

Jesse Brown is the host of the #1 Canadian podcast, “Canadaland,” and author of the entertaining and enlightening new book “Canadaland’s Guide to Canada.”  We discussed what “Sorry” really means, why Canada doesn’t really want you to move there, and the importance of Tim Horton’s in Canada’s sense of pride and nationalism.  Also, as required by the laws of Canadian Content, we talk about beer and hockey.

Michael Nesmith

MIKE NESMITHOne of the greatest sentences ever spoken to me in my life happened just before this interview: “Ryan, I’ve got Michael Nesmith on the line for you.”  It was an absolute thrill to chat with Mike about his new book, “Infinite Tuesday:  An Autobiographical Riff.”

 

 

Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon called in to talk about his new children’s book, “Touch the Earth.” We discussed the book’s positive environmental message, his faith in children to help take care of the planet, his White Feather Foundation, and how this book came from  a very special and personal experience.