Writer's Bone

Matthew Norman, author of We’re All Damaged (available June 1) and Domestic Violets, talks to Gary Almeter about the difficulties writing a second novel, how he developed the character of Andy Carter, his use of pop culture references, and what’s cool about Omaha, Neb.

Direct download: Episode_127_Were_All_Damaged_Author_Matthew_Norman.mp3
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Nathaniel Philbrick, the best-selling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and Bunker Hill, talks to Daniel Ford about how he caught the history bug and what inspired his new book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.

Direct download: Episode_126_Best-Selling_Author_and_Historian_Nathaniel_Philbrick.mp3
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Melanie Padgett Powers, founder of Mel Edits, stops by to chat about starting off as a newspaper reporter, how she landed in Washington D.C., and why she decided to start her own business. She also reveals her editing pet peeves!

To learn more about Melanie Padgett Powers, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MelEdits. Also read her essay “Stop Calling Yourself A Freelancer.”


Richard Russo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls and Nobody’s Fool, talks to Daniel Ford about his late start into storytelling, how Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher and a quirky local news story inspired him to return to Sully and North Bath in Everybody’s Fool, and why aspiring authors need to want it so much more in today’s publishing market.

Direct download: Episode_125_Pulitzer_Prize-Winning_Author_Richard_Russo.mp3
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Author Billy Coffey talks to Daniel Ford about his early influences, his writing process, and what inspired his new novel There Will Be Stars.

Direct download: Episode_124_Author_Billy_Coffey.mp3
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Michelle McNamara, founder and editor of TrueCrimeDiary.com, was an early guest on our show. Her passion for writing and true crime reporting was undeniable, and she was incredibly gracious to two aspiring writers who had just ventured into podcasting. Her answers to our questions were thoughtful, insightful, and inspiring. Sadly, McNamara passed away on April 28 at the age of 46. We thought of no better way to honor her memory and service to the craft of writing and reporting than to remaster our original interview and share it with our listeners. She was a terrific guest, and she will be missed.

Direct download: Remembering_Michelle_McNamara.mp3
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