Writers, Ink: Your backstage pass to the world's most prolific authors

By J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle

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What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join host J.D. Barker and a panel of industry experts as they pull back the curtain and offer rare insights from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/writersink/support

Episode Date
Four novels in, Katherine Wood explains why she dropped her pen name and went with her authentic self on her new book.
Jul 22, 2024
UK#1 Bestselling author Peter James explains why he locked himself in a coffin and drove a train to improve his prose.
Jul 15, 2024
Kelsea Yu - Words are never wasted when writing a novel
Jul 08, 2024
You never forget your first death threat. Writing 80s fiction with Snowden Wright.
Jul 01, 2024
The important of voice with NYT Bestseller Ace Atkins.
Jun 24, 2024
How well do you know your spouse? Bestselling author, Kimberly Belle, explains why marital secrets make such great novels.
Jun 17, 2024
How to write a reliable unreliable narrator with bestselling author, Carol LaHines.
Jun 10, 2024
Ellery Lloyd - Writing hit fiction with husband and wife team, Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos.
Jun 03, 2024
King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head, Just Shoot Me, and more with TV writer, Michael Jamin.
May 27, 2024
NYT Bestseller Kate White explains why "What if" are the two most important words in an author's toolbox.
May 20, 2024
KimBoo York Explains Proximity and Branding in Serial Fiction.
May 13, 2024
Writers, Ink Podcast: Episode 241 — Genre hopping from romance to thriller with author Sarina Bowen.
May 06, 2024
Character analysis using AutoCrit with Daniel Kaplan.
Apr 28, 2024
Vampires in Alaska with bestselling author, CJ Tudor.
Apr 22, 2024
Writing yourself as a fictional character with NY Times Bestseller Anthony Horowitz.
Apr 15, 2024
The six elements necessary to every story with bestselling author, Steven James.
Apr 08, 2024
Savants, Camelot Music, and his writing process. Bestselling author Carter Wilson takes us back to the '80s with his latest thriller.
Apr 01, 2024
A career born in fairy tales with Bram Stoker Award-winning "quiet horror" author, Cynthia Pelayo.
Mar 25, 2024
From Graphic Novels to the Satanic Panic of the 90s with RAINBOW BLACK author, Maggie Thrash.
Mar 18, 2024
Publishing and screenwriting tips and tricks with award-winning ONLY HUMAN author, Audrey Wilson.
Mar 11, 2024
Journalism, philosophy, and biohacking with bestseller, Kira Piekoff.
Mar 05, 2024
From Batman to thrillers, how working in comics has influenced NYT bestseller Gregg Hurwitz.
Feb 26, 2024
The one where NYT bestseller Katherine Arden explains how the devil might react to a hell created by people.
Feb 19, 2024
The one where Joanna Goodman explains how to be in the present moment and write the book.
Feb 12, 2024
The one where author Nick Petrie explains how talking to veterans has helped him shape his iconic character, Peter Ash.
Feb 05, 2024
The one where literary agent Lucinda Halpern explains the essential element to getting published.
Jan 29, 2024
The one where author Brock Swinson explains how to defend your time and get the writing done.
Jan 22, 2024
The one where author Jami Attenberg provides gold to help you hit your word-count goals and get your book to the finish line.
Jan 15, 2024
The one where author Matthew Blake tells us how he went from writing screenplays to crafting a debut thriller that sold for millions.
Jan 08, 2024
The one where author Natalie Haynes explains how she juggles fiction, non-fiction, touring, and a radio show for the BBC.
Jan 01, 2024
The one where two bookseller veterans explain what it takes for authors to get on their shelves.
Dec 25, 2023
The one where NYT bestsellers Robin & Michael J. Sullivan cover the pros and cons of indie, trad, and hybrid publishing.
Dec 18, 2023
The one where Tyler Wagner explains how Authors Unite can take your publishing career to the next level.
Dec 11, 2023
The one where bestseller Caz Frear explains why she submitted a novel for awards before she actually wrote it.
Dec 04, 2023
The one where bestseller Wendy Whitman explains our fascination with true crime and how to incorporate it into your fiction.
Nov 27, 2023
The one where NYT Bestseller James Ellroy details his process. How does it differ from yours?
Nov 20, 2023
The one where NYT bestsellers Beth and Boyd Morrison explain why every book should have dragons.
Nov 13, 2023
The one where Sally Gardner explains why you need to take your main characters out to dinner.
Nov 06, 2023
The one where Mariana Zapata explains how she received over a quarter BILLION views on TikTok.
Oct 30, 2023
The one where Andrew Child explains what goes into writing the 28th Jack Reacher book with his brother, Lee Child.
Oct 23, 2023
The one where Richard Chizmar explains the art of telling a fiction tale as “true crime."
Oct 16, 2023
The one where Ashley Winstead explains story arcs and why Twilight was important.
Oct 09, 2023
The one where Daniel Sweren-Becker takes a stab at explaining our complicated relationship with true crime.
Oct 02, 2023
The one where M.P. Woodward reveals how his tech work with Amazon Prime Video inspired him to write again.
Sep 25, 2023
The one where Khashayar J. Khabushani explains why you're not a real writer until you've cried over a typewriter (while passing through TSA).
Sep 18, 2023
The one where Ryan Steck explains why he writes the epilogue first.
Sep 11, 2023
The one where Nicholas Fillmore explains how he turned his time with an international smuggling ring into a solid memoir.
Sep 04, 2023
The one where Stephen King's former assistant, Marsha DeFilippo, proves it's never too late to write that first book.
Aug 28, 2023
The one where Sara DiVello explains how to properly promote on social media.
Aug 21, 2023
The one where Josh Malerman explains why every story needs a good beat.
Aug 14, 2023
The one where Marc Cameron explains what it's like to write for the Tom Clancy estate.
Aug 07, 2023
The one where Nick Cutter and Andrew F. Sullivan explain the pros and cons of co-authoring.
Jul 31, 2023
The one where Kerrie Droban explains how to craft a true crime page-turner.
Jul 24, 2023
The one where Josh Haven provides many reasons NOT to go to Russia (and why those reasons make a great thriller).
Jul 17, 2023
The one where Wendy Corsi Staub explains foreshadowing.
Jul 10, 2023
The one where Polly Stewart explains how to write a reliable unreliable narrator.
Jul 03, 2023
The one where NYT Bestseller S.A. Cosby explains how he found his inner child and wrote for kids with Questlove.
Jun 26, 2023
The one where NYT bestseller Riley Sager explains why the best twist needs a twist and how all good stories are the sum of their parts.
Jun 19, 2023
The one where NYT bestseller Richard North Patterson talks race, prejudice, identity, and how to handle them properly in your work.
Jun 12, 2023
BONUS EPISODE! - The one where director Rob Savage explains how he scares the bejesus out of us with his new movie, THE BOOGEYMAN!
Jun 07, 2023
The one where #1 NYT bestseller Tessa Bailey explains how to talk dirty in your books.
Jun 05, 2023
The one where NYT bestseller TJ Newman explains why it's so important to find your corner of the market.
May 29, 2023
The one where NYT bestseller Kate White explains why writing a good mystery is like peeling an onion.
May 22, 2023
The one where fantasy author C.L. Polk explains how she crosses genres in her work.
May 15, 2023
The one where Melissa Blair tells us how she lit up BookTok by publishing her novel anonymously.
May 08, 2023
The one where Victor Manibo explains how he uses the Story Engine card deck to help shape his novels.
May 01, 2023
The one where #1 NYT bestseller Dennis Lehane explains why working in the absolute worst hell is not as bad as writing the middle of a novel.
Apr 24, 2023
The one where NYT bestseller Caroline Kepnes tells us what it’s like to have a hit Netflix show based on her YOU series.
Apr 17, 2023
The one where Anthony McCarten explains what it’s like to write biopics for Winston Churchill, Queen, and Whitney Houston.
Apr 10, 2023
The one where Brenda Novak explains what it’s like to sell books and coffee out of your Airstream.
Apr 03, 2023
The one where NYT Bestseller Kim Sherwood explains what it was like to write a James Bond chase scene when she’s never driven a car.
Mar 27, 2023
Hugh Howey Update! Silo, Beacon 23, and More.
Mar 21, 2023
The one where Tracy Clark explains what happens after you figure out where you’re going to hide the body.
Mar 20, 2023
The one where Vaishnavi Patel explains how she hit the New York Times list with her debut novel.
Mar 13, 2023
The one where NYT Bestseller William Landay explains why no writer of any quality can base their work on fact.
Mar 06, 2023
The one where New York Times Bestseller Daniel Suarez talks ChatGPT, future tech, and what it’s like to get a phone call from the pentagon after they read your book.
Feb 27, 2023
The one where #1 New York Times Bestseller James Rollins explains why villains must have a purpose and how the prologue just might be dead.
Feb 20, 2023
The one where Gregg Hurwitz discusses Orphans, AWA Studios, and writing for Morgan Freeman.
Feb 13, 2023
The one where Swedish sensation Tove Alsterdal explains the importance of setting as a character.
Feb 06, 2023
The one where bestselling author C.J. Tudor explains why it's better to have no agent than the wrong agent.
Jan 30, 2023
The one where Mary Adkins explains why you don't need an MFA (unless you do).
Jan 23, 2023
The one where Ewan Morrison explains how being a hippie, swinger, part-time Marxist prepper with his own nuclear bunker has helped shape his fiction.
Jan 16, 2023
The one where Claire Douglas explains why she writes so damn fast.
Jan 09, 2023
The one where Thom Carnell explains writing for magazines like SWANK isn't just about exposure.
Jan 02, 2023
The one where D. Eric Maikranz explains what it’s like to have Mark Wahlberg make a movie from his indie published book.
Dec 26, 2022
The one where Tim Waggoner explains why teaching is a gateway drug to learning.
Dec 19, 2022
The one where Paul Tremblay explains why two unreliable narrators can be better than one.
Dec 12, 2022
The one where Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist Jake Bible explains Drabble.
Dec 05, 2022
The one where Dan Padavona explains why failure IS sometimes an option.
Nov 28, 2022
The one where bestselling ghostwriter Alex Cody Foster explains how to run from the cartel when traveling with John McAfee.
Nov 21, 2022
The one where Jennifer Givhan talks witches, demons, motherhood, and unreliable narrators.
Nov 14, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Anthony Marra discusses Mercury Pictures Presents and how films can inspire your fiction.
Nov 07, 2022
The one where Bestseller David Kadavy helps us all rethink productivity.
Oct 31, 2022
The one where Bestseller Wanda M. Morris adds a twist of thriller to historical fiction.
Oct 24, 2022
The one where #1 International Bestseller Ruth Ware explains "faffing around."
Oct 17, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Andrew Child explains why Jack Reacher has No Plan B.
Oct 10, 2022
The one where Zach interviews half the NYT bestseller list about the Harlan Coben Challenge.
Oct 03, 2022
The one where International Bestseller Jeffrey Archer explains why he writes by hand.
Sep 26, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Josh Malerman talks basketball and Daphne.
Sep 19, 2022
The one where Martin Edwards discusses his Life of Crime.
Sep 12, 2022
The one where Anthony Horowitz talks writing for the James Bond Franchise.
Sep 05, 2022
The one where #1 NYT Bestseller Meg Gardiner explains what it's like to write a sequel to HEAT with Hollywood legend Michael Mann.
Aug 29, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Kimberly McCreight explains how she gets past the first page.
Aug 22, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Riley Sager explains the benefits of a messed up protagonist.
Aug 15, 2022
The one where #1 NYT Bestseller Catherine Coulter explains why you can't be tied to your outline.
Aug 08, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller David Ellis explains why he builds characters before plot.
Aug 01, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Tess Gerritsen explains why she writes her first draft by hand.
Jul 25, 2022
The one where Vanessa Riley explains the power of a single sentence.
Jul 18, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Blake Crouch talks Upgrade, Dark Matter, and other Big Ideas.
Jul 11, 2022
The one where NYT Bestseller Barbara Graham explains the differences between writing plays and novels.
Jul 04, 2022
How to Deal with Rejection with NYT Bestseller Eva Lesko Natiello
Jun 27, 2022
Approaching a Memoir with Hollywood Star Colton Haynes
Jun 20, 2022
Perseverance and Professionalism with NYT Bestseller Christopher Golden
Jun 13, 2022
Approaching a Story with Hollywood Legend and Screenwriter David Koepp
Jun 06, 2022
Writing Science Fiction with NYT Bestseller Emily St. John Mandel
May 30, 2022
Question and Answer Episode - May 2022
May 29, 2022
Writing with Your Spouse with International Bestseller Lars Kepler
May 23, 2022
Poetry and Persistence with NYT Bestseller Don Winslow
May 16, 2022
Blueprint for a Book with Jennie Nash of Author Accelerator
May 09, 2022
How to Tell a Story with Meg Bowles of The Moth
May 02, 2022
Question and Answer Episode - April 2022
Apr 25, 2022
Kingdom of Bones with #1 NYT Bestseller James Rollins
Apr 18, 2022
Sticking with Standalones with Carter Wilson
Apr 10, 2022
Staying on Schedule with Elissa Sussman
Apr 04, 2022
Question and Answer Episode - March 2022
Mar 28, 2022
The one where #1 NYT Bestseller Gillian Flynn explains why Gone Girl shouldn't have worked.
Mar 21, 2022
History, Thrillers, and the Secret Underground with #1 NYT Bestseller Brad Meltzer
Mar 14, 2022
Emotion is Everything with Film/TV Producer Scott Steindorff
Mar 07, 2022
Q&A Episode - February 2022
Feb 28, 2022
How to Pivot Your Story with Eliza Jane Brazier
Feb 21, 2022
Finding Time to Write with NYT Bestseller Jonathan Kellerman
Feb 14, 2022
Writing Complicated Characters with NYT Bestseller Gregg Hurwitz
Feb 07, 2022
The Secrets to Success with #1 NYT Bestseller Dean Koontz
Jan 31, 2022
Drawing Inspiration From Real Life with NYT Bestseller Lisa Gardner
Jan 24, 2022
Keeping Yourself Going with NYT Bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub
Jan 17, 2022
Supporting Local Bookstores with Elle McKenzie of Bookshop.org
Jan 10, 2022
Behind the Scenes of WOOL with NYT Bestseller Hugh Howey
Jan 03, 2022
Q&A Episode - December 2021
Dec 27, 2021
Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction with Jason Porath
Dec 20, 2021
The Art of Simplicity with Derek Sivers
Dec 13, 2021
Writing About the Pandemic with NYT Bestseller Jodi Picoult
Dec 06, 2021
Q&A Episode - November 2021
Nov 29, 2021
Finding Co-Writing Chemistry with Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller
Nov 22, 2021
Led Zeppelin: The Biography with NYT Bestseller Bob Spitz
Nov 15, 2021
Special Episode: WOOL Update with NYT Bestseller Hugh Howey
Nov 10, 2021
100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet with NYT Editor Pamela Paul
Nov 08, 2021
Facing Your Challenges with NYT Bestseller Andrew Child
Nov 01, 2021
Q&A Episode - October 2021
Oct 25, 2021
Finishing What You Start with MJ Preston
Oct 18, 2021
I Am Not Who You Think I Am with NYT Bestseller Eric Rickstad
Oct 11, 2021
Necessary Sacrifices with #1 NY Times bestseller, Nicholas Sparks
Oct 08, 2021
How to Dictate a Novel with Kevin J Anderson
Oct 04, 2021
100th Episode Special: Question and Answer - September 2021
Sep 27, 2021
Understanding the Collaborative Process with NYT Bestsellers Jon and Jesse Kellerman
Sep 20, 2021
Adapting Wool for TV with NYT Bestseller Hugh Howey
Sep 13, 2021
Blending the Lines of Genre with Joyce Carol Oates
Sep 06, 2021
Question and Answer Episode - August 2021
Aug 30, 2021
Adapting Stephen King for Television with Peter and Jason Filardi
Aug 23, 2021
Chasing the Boogeyman with NYT Bestseller Richard Chizmar
Aug 16, 2021
Ditching Your Comfort Zone with NYT Bestseller Chuck Wendig
Aug 09, 2021
The one where New York Times bestseller Karin Slaughter gives up all her secrets (and talks writing thrillers, too).
Aug 02, 2021
Question and Answer Episode - July 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Simplicity Is Key with NYT Bestseller Riley Sager
Jul 19, 2021
Writing Comedic Horror with NYT Bestseller Grady Hendrix
Jul 12, 2021
Overcoming Rejection with Bestseller T.J. Newman
Jul 05, 2021
Question and Answer Episode - June 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Finding a Writing Workshop with Bestseller Jasmin Darznik
Jun 21, 2021
Talking About Bill Clinton and The President’s Daughter with #1 NY Times bestseller, James Patterson
Jun 18, 2021
Building Your Public Image with Dana Kaye of Kaye Publicity
Jun 14, 2021
How to Ghost Write with International Bestseller Kathrin Hutson
Jun 07, 2021
Question and Answer Episode - May 2021
May 31, 2021
Rejecting Assumptions About Aging with Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer, Justine Bateman
May 24, 2021
Writing a Novella Collection with Josh Malerman, NY Times Bestselling Author of Bird Box
May 17, 2021
Writing Rounder Characters with Andy Weir, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of The Martian
May 10, 2021
Writing in Different Mediums with the NY Times Bestselling author of YOU, Caroline Kepnes
May 03, 2021
Writing Spontaneously with the #1 NY Times creator of Jack Reacher, Lee Child
Apr 27, 2021
Question and Answer Episode - April 2021
Apr 26, 2021
Rethinking the Writing Process with NY Times Bestselling author, Robert Dugoni
Apr 19, 2021
Navigating New Genres with former CIA spook turned author, Alma Katsu
Apr 12, 2021
The Power of Personal Branding with Jeniffer Thompson
Apr 05, 2021
Why You Need a Mailing List
Mar 29, 2021
Keeping Bram Stoker Alive with Dacre Stoker
Mar 22, 2021
Writing an Extended Series with #1 NY Times Bestselling author C.J. Box
Mar 15, 2021
From Book to Screen with THE UNDOING author, Jean Hanff Korelitz
Mar 08, 2021
Thinking Beyond Books
Mar 01, 2021
"The Little Things" with writer/director John Lee Hancock
Feb 22, 2021
Greenlights with Academy Award winning actor turned author, Matthew McConaughey
Feb 15, 2021
Writing Where You’ve Been with Ann Charles
Feb 08, 2021
Retelling True Stories with Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko
Feb 01, 2021
A Manuscript Diagnostic Tool: Story Rubric and Nonfic Rubric
Jan 25, 2021
Taking Risks to Pursue Your Dreams with #1 NY Times bestseller, Lisa Gardner
Jan 18, 2021
The Benefits of Writing in the Morning with H.M. Gooden
Jan 11, 2021
Overlooked Marketing Tips with International Thriller Writers’ Jeff Ayers
Jan 04, 2021
2020 Review and State of the Industry
Dec 28, 2020
Finding Successful Routines and Understanding LLCs with Attorney Jonathan Kirsch
Dec 21, 2020
How to Make It as a Solopreneur with Eddie Generous
Dec 14, 2020
Creating Professional Covers and Ads on BookBrush with Kathleen Sweeney
Dec 07, 2020
The Thinning Line Between Indie and Traditional Publishing
Nov 30, 2020
#audiblegate with Susan May
Nov 24, 2020
Pursuing Multiple Projects with Christopher Rice
Nov 23, 2020
Gaining Exposure with Publicist Mickey Mikkelson
Nov 16, 2020
Designing the Perfect Cover with Books Covered's Stuart Bache
Nov 09, 2020
Finding Mindfulness as a Writer with Seth Godin
Nov 02, 2020
Rounding Up Reviews with Chanticleer's Kiffer Brown
Oct 26, 2020
Keeping Bookstores Alive with Tom Holbrook
Oct 19, 2020
Accurately Depicting Law Enforcement with Patrick O'Donnell
Oct 12, 2020
Writing Crime with the FBI's Betsy Glick
Oct 05, 2020
The Advantages of Co-Writing with NY Times bestseller, Tosca Lee
Sep 28, 2020
Becoming More Than Just an Author with Jessica Brody
Sep 21, 2020
Writing on Day One with T.W. Piperbrook
Sep 14, 2020
Writing Killer Hooks with Adam Croft
Sep 07, 2020
Marketing Yourself as an Author with Joe Hart
Aug 31, 2020
Immersing Yourself in Your Story with #1 NY Times bestseller, Heather Graham
Aug 24, 2020
The Benefits of Drafting on Paper with NY Times bestseller, Tess Gerritsen
Aug 17, 2020
Writing Fresh and Believable Fiction with ITW Interim Executive Director, KJ Howe
Aug 10, 2020
Unlocking the Authorpreneurial Mindset with Jim Kukral of Unskippable
Aug 03, 2020
Optimizing and Automating Amazon Ads with Dierk Demers of Prestozon
Jul 27, 2020
The Science of Pen Names with NY Times bestseller, Riley Sager
Jul 20, 2020
Useful Marketing and Writing Techniques with Mark Dawson
Jul 13, 2020
Dreaming and Writing with the President of the H.W.A., John Palisano
Jul 06, 2020
Marketing on Amazon with Dave Chesson
Jun 29, 2020
The Secrets to Writing Nonfiction with Honorée Corder
Jun 22, 2020
Finding Time to Write with Tim Ryan
Jun 15, 2020
Maximizing Your Reach as an Indie Author with Lindsay Buroker
Jun 08, 2020
Write What You Know with James Blatch
Jun 01, 2020
Using StoryOrigin to Grow Your Platform with Evan Gow
May 25, 2020
Pushing Your Writing Limits with Jon Land
May 18, 2020
Educating Authors with Bryan Cohen
May 11, 2020
The Business of Writing with Scott Nicholson
May 04, 2020
Mastering the Creative Process with #1 NY Times bestseller, David Baldacci
Apr 27, 2020
Beating Resistance with Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne
Apr 20, 2020
Transitioning Between Careers with Romona Robinson
Apr 13, 2020
Author-Agent Relationships with Alec Shane
Apr 06, 2020
Captivating Readers with #1 NY Times bestseller, James Rollins
Mar 30, 2020
Writing for an Audience with NY Times bestseller, Jeffery Deaver
Mar 23, 2020
Fostering Positive Change with #1 NY Times bestseller, Kathy Reichs
Mar 16, 2020
Crafting Cinematic Scenes with NY Times bestseller, Blake Crouch
Mar 09, 2020
Tapping Into Your Reader's Emotions with Chuck Palahniuk
Mar 02, 2020
Becoming a Successful Author as a Stay-at-Home Mom with Mercedes Yardley
Feb 24, 2020
Taking Advantage of Opportunity with Meg Gardiner
Feb 21, 2020
Creating a Magazine and Brand with NY Times bestseller and founder of Cemetery Dance Magazine, Richard Chizmar
Feb 17, 2020
Thriving with Asperger Syndrome and a Manuscript Update
Feb 10, 2020
The Importance of Passion and Perseverance with #1 NY Times bestseller, James Patterson
Feb 03, 2020
Designing a Career as an Authorpreneur with Joanna Penn
Jan 27, 2020
Authentic Business Mindset with Chris Brogan
Jan 20, 2020
Work-Life Balance with Paul Tremblay
Jan 13, 2020
Writing Historical Horror with Alma Katsu
Jan 06, 2020
Storytelling and the Creative Process with NY Times bestseller, Josh Malerman
Dec 30, 2019
Traditional and Independent Publishing with Hugh Howey
Dec 23, 2019
A Pivot on Pursuing a Traditional Publishing Deal with J. Thorn
Dec 16, 2019
Pursuing a Traditional Publishing Deal with J. Thorn
Dec 16, 2019
What it Takes to be a NY Times and International Bestselling Author with J.D. Barker
Dec 09, 2019
A New Podcast for Writers
Dec 09, 2019