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.
“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.
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.
H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who recently wrote the Vanity Fair cover article on Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Buzz called in to talk about the 25th anniversary edition of “Friday Night Lights.” We discussed his original cancelled book tour in 1990, what the book means to him 25 years later, and how it still applies to high school students. We also debated whether his book is better than “Jay Cutler’s Interceptions for Dummies.”
Luther Campbell is a legendary rapper (the leader of the 2 Live Crew) who has been fighting for free speech rights for over two decades. His new book is “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City.” We talked about his beginnings as an independent artist, how the 2 Live Crew quickly caught on to mainstream success (and brought about an obscenity declaration and a case before the Supreme Court), and why he continues to fight the good fight for civil liberties.
Chris Epting’s “Roadside Baseball” is now in its new and improved second edition, and chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history, with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location (like the West Side Grounds in Chicago — the original home of the Cubs). We had a great conversation about the book and shared some great childhood baseball memories.
Dennis Lehane is the New York Times best-selling author of “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island.” His newest book is “World Gone By.” We talked about making books into films, how his writing process has evolved, and how success changes the way you work. I hope to find out about that last point for myself one day.