Darron Cardosa is a popular blogger and author of “The Bitchy Waiter: Tales Tips & Trials from a Life in Food Service.” We had a fun talk about why he initially started the blog & how he was able to turn it into a book, why some customers treat servers so poorly, and what change he would make in the industry if he had the power.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sylvia Day is the best-selling author of the “Crossfire” series of novels. Today marks the release date of the 5th and final book, “One with You.” We had a very entertaining chat about her writing process, how her characters direct her to where the story should go, and the television version of the series that’s currently in the works.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Taylor Bayouth is the author of a fun new book, “How to Steal the Mona Lisa and Six Other World-Famous Treasures.” We discussed his inspiration for writing the book, how he researched the potential capers, and what he hopes readers will take away from it. Now that Taylor has been on the show, this website is now likely being monitored for security and/or training purposes.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Owen Gleiberman was the long-time movie critic for “Entertainment Weekly” and now writes for BBC.com. His new book, “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies,” is a great read — a very personal story of his life reflected through films. We discussed how the book came about, how his reviews always gave readers a sense of who he was, and who might play him in the movie version of a book about someone watching movies.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Linda Gray is an award-winning actress who of course starred on Dallas. She is also an accomplished director, a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and now the author of a revealing new memoir, The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction. We discussed her motivation for writing the book, how she decided it was important to age gracefully, and how she really discovered who she was at 60.
Nicholas Sparks called in to the show to talk about his latest book, “See Me,” which is now in its 13th week on the bestseller list, and also his new movie “The Choice,” which the first film adaptation of one of his books for which he’s taken on the producer role. We talked about why he decided to head up production for the film, why its North Carolina setting is a character in itself (and why it was great to shoot the movie in basically his backyard), and how he approaches each new novel with an open mind and an empty slate.Follow @bigwakeupcall
“Count” Domenick Dicce has written an invaluable survival guide should one find themselves turned into a vampire, “You’re A Vampire: That Sucks!” We discussed very practical things you’d need to know to live the vampire lifestyle, including how to enjoy foods beyond blood, selecting the most comfortable coffin, and providing for one’s financial (indefinite) future.
Jeff Kinney is the best-selling author of the wildly popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series of books. The 10th volume in the series, “Old School,” is scheduled to be released on November 3. We talked about the long-lasting impact of the series, how he feels about the imitators, and his upcoming international tour. We also hatch a potential idea together for the next Greg Heffley ‘n’ friends adventure.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michael Ian Black is a very famous comedian and actor who is also a prolific author of children’s books, and he called in to discuss his latest, “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo-Bop,” about a scat-singing rooster who wants to change his tune. We had a very entertaining chat about what inspired him to write books for children, how this story came about, and if he insisted on “name above the title” billing.
Jason Hanson is a former CIA officer, security specialist, and recent successful contestant on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” His new book is “Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Live.” We talked about basic protection and evasion techniques, how there’s no political divide when it comes to survival skills, and the #1 thing he took away from his time in the CIA that anyone can put to practical use.Follow @bigwakeupcall