DIY MFA Radio: Perfecting Your Plot Twists with Steven James

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Episode 216: Perfect Your Plot Twists — Gabriela Pereira Interviews Steven James

This podcast originally appears on www.diymfa.com Sept. 5, 2018. Duration: 46 min.

 

 

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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY CROOKED PATH–a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY CROOKED PATH is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

 

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Peter & Steven James Discuss Three Aspects of Emotionally Engaging Fiction

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Internationally Bestselling author Steven James hosts Crime writer Steven James on the Story Blender

 

 

This podcast originally appears on thestoryblender.com June 25, 2018. Duration 58 min.

 

Topics of discussion:

  • Elements of Crime fiction
  • Psychopaths
  • Three Aspects of Emotionally Engaging Fiction
  • Character, Research, Plot
  • Peter Jame’s writing process

 

 

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About Peter James

Peter James is an international bestselling thriller writer. He is a New York Times bestseller, as well as having 11 consecutive Sunday Times No 1s, and he is published in 37 languages. His DS Roy Grace crime novels have sold 18 million copies worldwide. Prior to becoming a full-time author, he was responsible for 25 movies. In 1994 Penguin published his novel, ‘Host’, on two floppy discs as the world’s first electronic novel. His novels have won numerous awards, most recently the coveted 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and he was publicly voted by WH Smith – Britain’s biggest book selling chain – The Best Crime Author Of All Time. Visit him on YouTube: http://www.peterjames.com/youtube
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Taylor Stevens Discusses Writing Goals & Beautiful Prose vs Speed Decisions

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This podcast originally appears on theshow.taylorstevensbooks.com Sept. 10, 2018 Duration: 26 min.

 

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TAYLOR STEVENS is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. Her books, known for high-octane plots populated with fascinating characters in vivid boots-on-the-ground settings, have been published in over twenty languages. THE INFORMATIONIST, first in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series has also been optioned for film by James Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.

Stevens came to writing fiction late. Born into an apocalyptic cult, separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before she turned fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest of cult leaders, or as a worker bee child caring for the many younger commune children, washing laundry, and cooking meals for hundreds at a time. In her twenties, Stevens broke free in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond.

In addition to writing novels, Stevens shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and the details of her journey into publishing through email, podcast, and video tutorials.

You can find her at:
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patreon.com/taylorstevens
facebook.com/taylorstevens
* twitter @taylorstevens 

 

 

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Host Steven James Discusses Storytelling with actor, director, and screenwriter Paul Leyden

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Host Steven James Discusses Storytelling with actor, director, and screenwriter Paul Leyden

This podcast originally appears on thestoryblender.com May 7, 2018. Duration: 60 min.

 

 

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About Steven James

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY DEADLY KISS–a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY DEADLY KISS is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

Joanna Penn & David Kadavy Discuss Prioritizing Writing

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The Creative Penn: Prioritizing Writing with David Kadavy

This podcast originally appears on thecreativepenn.com July 2, 2018. Duration: 57 min.

 

 

The Heart to start win the inner war and let your art shine

 

 

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About David Kadavy

David Kadavy (@kadavy) is a bestselling author, blogger, podcaster, and speaker. Through his blogging at kadavy.net and his podcast, Love Your Work, he helps people find satisfaction through following their crafts, even if it takes them down unconventional paths. David’s writing has appeared in Quartz, Observer, Inc.com, The Huffington Post, McSweeny’s Internet Tendency, and Upworthy. He has spoken in eight countries, including appearances at SXSW at TEDx. He lives in Medellín, Colombia.

FBI Retired Case Files Review: Epi.121: John Mindermann – Watergate, FBI Public Perception Today

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EPISODE 121: JOHN MINDERMANN – WATERGATE, FBI PUBLIC PERCEPTION TODAY

This podcast originally appears on Jerriwilliams.com on June 21st, 2018. Duration: 1 hr 51 min.

 

 

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About Jerri Williams

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, jokes that she writes crime fiction inspired by true crime FBI cases about American greed and corruption in an attempt to relive her glory days investigating scams and schemers. She served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. During her career, most of her investigations targeted major economic and financial crimes. Her investigation of a $350 million Ponzi scheme resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures; the case she conducted on an international advance fee scam resulted in a 14-year prison sentence; and her major investigation of business to business telemarketing fraud, which included a long-term undercover operation, resulted in 16 search warrants, 25 convictions and multi-year prison terms.

Jerri is also the host and producer of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast featuring interviews with retired agents about their careers and high-profiled cases. You can find out more about her at http://www.jerriwilliams.com.

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She believes he’s a con-man. He believes he’s a victim of what happens when greed and giving collide.

Special Agent Kari Wheeler refuses to accept the hero label, even after receiving the FBI and the City of Philadelphia’s Medal of Bravery. She just wants to get back to work. Her new case has her investigating Cuthbert “Cuddy” Mullins, a self-described do-gooder who says he is changing the world for the glory of God. He’s accused of running the largest charity Ponzi scheme in the country. As he attempts to convince everyone – wealthy philanthropists, donors, non-profits, and even himself – that it’s all a big misunderstanding, Kari knows that she and Cuddy have something in common; they are both living a lie. He claims God gave him the gift to read troubled souls. Will he be able to read hers?

GREEDY GIVERS–an FBI crime novel about temptation, corruption, and redemption inspired by an actual true crime FBI case—is the second book in the Philadelphia FBI corruption squad series. Buy the Kindle Edition and trade paperback today!

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI special agent, jokes that she writes crime fiction in an attempt to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she called on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write Greedy Givers. You can find out more about Jerri at jerriwilliams.com. You can also connect with her on Twitter @jerriwilliams1 or Facebook at Jerri Williams Author.

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In Pursuit is a gripping tale of a defining moment in American history—the Watergate scandal—told for the first time by the FBI agent who was coincidentally on weekend duty when the burglary occurred.

Former FBI Special Agent John Mindermann collaborates with best-selling author Brian Solon to deliver an action-packed, ride-along narrative, dramatically unfolding with vivid imagery, high-speed chases, and simmering political intrigue revealing new details and insights—including a previously undisclosed FBI shutdown of the White House.

Mindermann’s formative years growing up in San Francisco’s Mission District and working as a police officer in the 1960s instilled a determination to fight against injustice and get to the heart of the matter—when the fate of the day hinges on thinking fast and acting faster.

 

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Author Matthew Hennessey Discusses his new book Zero Hour For GEN X

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Bookmonger: John J. Miller interviews Matthew Hennessey to discuss his book, Zero Hour for Gen X.

This podcast appears on National Review Aug. 20, 2018. Duration: 14 min.

 

In Zero Hour for Gen X, Matthew Hennessey calls on his generation, Generation X, to take a stand against tech-obsessed millennials, apathetic baby boomers, utopian Silicon Valley “visionaries,” and the menace to top them all: the soft totalitarian conspiracy known as the Internet of Things. Soon Gen Xers will be the only cohort of Americans who remember life as it was lived before the arrival of the Internet. They are, as Hennessey dubs them, “the last adult generation,” the sole remaining link to a time when childhood was still a bit dangerous but produced adults who were naturally resilient.

More than a decade into the social media revolution, the American public is waking up to the idea that the tech sector’s intentions might not be as pure as advertised. The mountains of money being made off our browsing habits and purchase histories are used to fund ever-more extravagant and utopian projects that, by their very natures, will corrode the foundations of free society, leaving us all helpless and digitally enslaved to an elite crew of ultra-sophisticated tech geniuses. But it’s not too late to turn the tide. There’s still time for Gen X to write its own future.

A spirited defense of free speech, eye contact, and the virtues of patience, Zero Hour for Gen X is a cultural history of the last 35 years, an analysis of the current social and historical moment, and a generational call to arms.

 

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Matthew Hennessey is an associate op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal and the author of “Zero Hour for Gen X” (Encounter Books, 2018). He is a graduate of Hunter College (CUNY) and Fordham University. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and their five children.

 

 

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Owning Your Story — Interview with Grace Kennan Warnecke

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Gabriela Pereira Interviews Grace Kennan Warnecke on the DIY MFA Podcast Episode 207

 

Owning Your Story — Interview with Grace Kennan Warnecke

  This podcast originally appears on Diymfa.com July 4, 2018 Duration: 45 min.

 

 

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Grace Kennan Warnecke’s memoir is about a life lived on the edge of history. Daughter of one of the most influential diplomats of the twentieth century, wife of the scion of a newspaper dynasty and mother of the youngest owner of a major league baseball team, Grace eventually found her way out from under the shadows of others to forge a dynamic career of her own.

Born in Latvia, Grace lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of eleven. As a child, she witnessed Hitler’s march into Prague, attended a Soviet school during World War II, and sailed the seas with her father. In a multi-faceted career, she worked as a professional photographer, television producer, and book editor and critic. Eventually, like her father, she became a Russian specialist, but of a very different kind. She accompanied Ted Kennedy and his family to Russia, escorted Joan Baez to Moscow to meet with dissident Andrei Sakharov, and hosted Josef Stalin’s daughter on the family farm after Svetlana defected to the United States. While running her own consulting company in Russia, she witnessed the breakup of the Soviet Union, and later became director of a women’s economic empowerment project in a newly independent Ukraine.

Daughter of the Cold War is a tale of all these adventures and so much more. This compelling and evocative memoir allows readers to follow Grace’s amazing path through life – a whirlwind journey of survival, risk, and self-discovery through a kaleidoscope of many countries, historic events, and fascinating people.

 

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Grace Kennan Warnecke’s memoir, Daughter of the Cold War describes her unique and extraordinary upbringing as the daughter of famed U.S. diplomat George Kennan. Grace’s life has been an incredible and at times difficult and dangerous journey through history. Her father became the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and was the architect of the U.S. policy on containment of Russian expansion during the Cold War. Born in Latvia, Grace lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of twelve. As a child, she witnessed Hitler’s march into Prague, and attended public school in Moscow during World War II.

Grace forged her own brand of citizen diplomacy at a time when few women held prominent positions with the U.S. Foreign Service. Grace ultimately became a Russia specialist proving that when governments fail to communicate, it’s up to their citizens to keep talking.

Grace escorted Joan Baez to Moscow to meet with dissident Andrei Sakharov, served as Ted Kennedy’s interpreter when the Senator travelled to Russia to meet with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, and harbored Josef Stalin’s daughter on the Kennan family farm in East Berlin, Pennsylvania after Svetlana defected to the United States.

While running her own consulting company SOVUS in Russia, Grace witnessed first-hand the breakup of the Soviet Union. She had a face-to-face business meeting with a young Vladimir Putin. Grace’s accomplishments include becoming director of a women’s economic empowerment project that created women-run small businesses in a newly independent Ukraine.

Ms. Warnecke was founding executive director of the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra and associate producer of the prize-winning PBS documentary The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations. As a professional photographer she was senior editor of A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union. She has served as an election observer in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Grace is chairman of the board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She is a former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a member of the advisory council of the Kennan Institute.

She lives in New York and Martha’s Vineyard.

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