Emmy Award-winning journalist and former CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin joined the show to talk about her new novel, “Savage News.” We discussed why she wrote a novel versus a memoir, how she got a glowing testimonial from Amy Schumer, and the impact of “fake news” on journalists and newsrooms.Follow @bigwakeupcall
New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Mark Greaney joined the show once again to discuss his new novel, the latest in his popular Gray Man series, Mission Critical. We talked about his travels, his writing process, the surrealism of writing in coffee shops on the road, surrounded by writers who want to be him, and how he stays organized (or not) while working on multiple books at once.Follow @bigwakeupcall
James Rollins returned to the show to discuss his new book, Crucible, which explores humanity’s potential extinction at the hands of artificial intelligence. Despite James frightening the you-know-what out of me while describing his book, we managed to have a brief discussion of baseball and favorite local roast beef restaurants while also becoming best friends.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ted 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.
Mark Greaney is a New York Times #1 Bestselling Author and creator of the Gray Man series. His newest book is Agent in Place. We discussed his writing process, working through deadlines, creating realistic dialogue, and the distinction between the story and storytelling.
A.J .Finn has written one of the most anticipated novels of all time in “The Woman In The Window,” which is already set to become a major motion picture. We talked about the amazing pre-publication buzz, signing for a seven figure sum, how vintage movie posters inspired the book’s cover, and dodging novelist groupies.
Critically-acclaimed and best-selling author Karin Slaughter called in to discuss her new stand-alone novel, “The Good Daughter.”
Andrew McCarthy called in to talk about his debut novel, “Just Fly Away,”which is out now. We discussed his choice to tell the story from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl, how he found the voice of the narrator, and how writing is similar to acting, but on a more personal level.
Christine Lennon is a writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first novel is “The Drifter.” We discussed the real events upon which the based the book, how she related to the characters, and the inclusion of ’90s pop culture references to set the scene. Christine and I are two examples of “Generation X slackers” who have accomplished something (though a novel is way more impressive than a silly radio show.)
Amy S. Foster is an accomplished songwriter (composing four #1 hits) as well as a novelist, and her latest book is “The Rift Uprising,” the first book in the trilogy. We talked about the creative process of songwriting vs. writing a novel, why Young Adult literature can be for boys, too, and why not every SciFi-type book for teens doesn’t need to involve a dystopian future.