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This podcast features the creative minds of some of the best storytellers to ever leave ink on the page. Each week, the host and the listening audience are taken on an adventure by a NY Times Best-Selling author. In most cases, their latest release is featured. But in every case, their approach to the craft and their overall volume of work is discussed. Probing questions are asked; secrets are revealed. Genres include: Suspense, Thrillers, and Cozy Mysteries, as well as a pinch of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The complete listing of those conversations can be found on the Public Display of Imagination website at: https://publicdisplayofimagination.com/
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She’s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes domestic noir and psychological thrillers. Her work has been published in twenty-six countries and fourteen languages. Her novel THE COLD ROOM won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Paperback Original. Her novels FIELD OF GRAVES and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE were each RITA nominees for Best Romantic Suspense.She also co-authors the international thriller series, “A Brit in the FBI” with New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Today we’re going to dig into the pages of her latest standalone thriller, TEAR ME APART. Please welcome, the “Thriller Chick” J. T. Ellison…
She’s a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of a whole host of novels that fall into the Cozy Mystery genre. She’s also written several Romance novels and she won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for romantic comedy.She left the glitz and glamour of Toad’s Place, for the peace and quiet that comes with a fulltime position at the Cromwell, CT. Public Library. Needing a break from the non-stop excitement, she packed up all her worldly belongings and moved across country to Arizona, where she met her husband and began her writing career. Jenn McKinlay is my guest today and the latest installment in her Library Lovers Mystery Series, HITTING THE BOOKS, just released…
Today’s guest is the bestselling author of nearly 40 published books over his career, which has seen him produce work for TV, Movies, and Video Games… We’re sure to pull on all of those dangling threads at some point during today’s conversation. He’s written both standalone and series and serial novels… He was the 3rd author (and 1st American author) to be tasked with taking over for Ian Fleming and continuing the James Bond story, something he did for 7 years.His book THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, is an encyclopedic work on all things 007, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Biographical/Critical Work. His Black Stiletto 5-book series has been optioned for TV & Film. Today, we’ll explore his latest release – BLUES IN THE DARK… Raymond Benson is our guide for today’s adventure.
ELLISON COOPER - Buried

ELLISON COOPER - Buried

2019-11-1501:04:28

She’s a dual Irish/American citizen, who was born just outside of Washington DC where she grew up among senators and supreme court justices. She has a PH.D in Anthropology from UCLA, with a background in archaeology, cultural neuroscience, ancient religion, colonialism, and human rights.She’s conducted field work in various locations around the world, including Micronesia, West Africa, Central America, and Western Europe. She has also done research at the University of London, Institute of Historical Research and her academic work has been published in a variety of journals, including the prestigious Cambridge Archaeological Journal. She briefly attended Georgetown Law School and worked as a murder investigator for the Washington DC Public Defenders Service where she gained an insider’s view of the criminal justice system.Aside from writing the riveting thriller series that will launch today’s adventure, she’s also a Wilderness K9 Search and Rescue volunteer and certified as a Federal Disaster Worker for the Incident Command System. Ellison Cooper takes us on today’s adventure…
He’s a native of the Brooklyn, NY, who graduated from Brown University and ascended the ranks of a major New York City Ad Agency, before leaving the city behind in August of 2001 and moving to Portland, ME, to begin a new career as a fiction writer.Since that time, he’s published five books in the McCabe & Savage Thriller series and each one of them has ascended the rankings on the NY Times Best-Seller list. Book #6 in the series, A FATAL OBSESSION, released in August 2018, just a few short weeks after this conversation.NY Times Best-Selling Thriller author, James Hayman, takes us on this Way Back When’s Day Adventure as we crack open the pages of THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE.
He’s a Navy Seal and Shadow Warrior, whose personal missions have kept readers turning pages for the past 3 years. In days past and gone, he followed orders explicitly, without questioning what he was being instructed to do… or why…Now, he has a new identity and the playing field is clouded by shadow and misdirection. What was once clear, is now ambiguous at best.Today’s adventure will be guided by a pair of Navy Veterans, who are the writing team behind the Tier One series. They will introduce us to our Shadow Warrior, John Dempsey and give us a brief overview of how his world has changed from one of certainty, to one of perspective, point of view, and high-stakes judgment calls. Our guides for today’s adventure are Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson.
She began her writing career in 1981 and since then has authored more than sixty-five New York Times bestsellers. She majored in English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university.She was the featured, headline host of Thrillerfest 2008, where she was awarded the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award. She has more than 80 million copies of her books in print in 33 different languages, but she’s still got stories to tell.Today, we step into a world of twists, turns, romance, and suspense. Sandra Brown is our guide for today’s adventure as we step into the pages of her latest thriller…TAILSPIN.
JEFF GUNHUS - Gypsy Blood

JEFF GUNHUS - Gypsy Blood

2019-10-3101:03:31

He’s a USA-TODAY bestselling author of a number of thriller and horror novels for adults and Young Adults. His series, The Templar Chronicles, featuring Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his son, an 11 year old reluctant reader, to give reading a try. The family experiment worked and a new book series was born. His experience with his son, has made him passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and he has become a proactive advocate in child literacy issues.His books for adults have become both USA-Today and Amazon bestsellers. His with novel, Night Chill, scoring nearly one-thousand positive reviews.He’s a father of five, who leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole and Labrador Retriever, Rocky. Today, Jeff Gunhus takes us on a chilling adventure as we crack open the pages of Gypsy Blood…
She’s played out her imagination on the page since childhood, compiling story after story well into her college years, when med-school intervened. Once her Family Medicine Residency was behind her and her medical career was established, she returned to her keyboard.She’s won a Lefty Award, was nominated for an Agatha, and chosen as one of Suspense Magazine‘s best debut authors of 2016. She enjoys classical music, fine whiskey, art, travel, embroidery, and a good ghost story. Her Gethsemane Brown Cozy Mystery series introduces readers to their own ghost they can get cozy with. It’s 4 books deep and today the author takes us on an adventurous tour. Alexia Gordon is my guest...
He’s a native of Seattle, who grew up aboard a sailboat, and often found adventure around the islands and marinas and commercial docks of the Pacific Northwest… sometimes trouble. He now lives in California with his family but frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the ever-present company of the rain.His debut novel, PAST CRIMES, won the Anthony, the Macavity, and Strand Magazine’s Critics Award for Best First Novel. It was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero awards. Publishers Weekly and Library Journal gave PAST CRIMES starred reviews, and Kirkus called the book “an exciting heir to the classic detective novel”.The book introduced readers to an Army Ranger named Van Shaw, whose troublesome past called him home just in time to become the lead suspect in a murder… his grandfather’s murder. Subsequent volumes have kept readers turning pages for four years at this point. Today’s adventure finds Van Shaw in the midst of a three-day party that swallows up the isolated town of MERCY RIVER every year. Please welcome my guest, award-winning author Glen Erik Hamilton…
TOSCA LEE - A Single Light

TOSCA LEE - A Single Light

2019-10-1100:59:42

She’s an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels including the two that will seed the popcorn trail for today’s adventure.Her work has been translated into 17 languages and been optioned for TV and film. She’s a notorious night-owl, who loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.When she’s not at her keyboard, working through the twists and turns of her next storyline, you might find her bouncing around social media or hanging around the snack table.She’s a former Mrs. Nebraska, who bestselling author Steven James calls, “One of the most gifted novelists, writing today.” Please welcome my guest, the multi-faceted, Tosca Lee…
LOU BERNEY - November Road

LOU BERNEY - November Road

2019-10-0400:49:58

Between the ages of 12 and 19, he was fired from approximately nine different jobs… including newspaper delivery boy (for dereliction of duty), apartment complex maintenance man (for general incompetence), and photo darkroom attendant (for dereliction of duty, general incompetence, and the inappropriate use of a darkroom).Putting his sketchy job history behind him, he has gone on to author a number of bestselling books, including THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, which won the Edgar, the Anthony, the Barry, and the Macavity Awards in 2016, as well as state sponsored awards from Alabama and Oklahoma.Today, we’re going to talk about his latest release, a thriller / love story, which is set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination. Bestselling author, Lou Berney is my guest, and today he takes us on an adventure down NOVEMBER ROAD…
K.J. HOWE - Skyjack

K.J. HOWE - Skyjack

2019-09-2701:13:28

She was born in Toronto, but “enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years.” She’s lived in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe, and the Caribbean, all of which have given her an insider’s view into various cultures and lifestyle settings around the world.She has a Specialist’s Degree in Business from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, in Pennsylvania. She’s been nominated for a host of writing awards and won several, including 3 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.She’s extremely well-versed in the field of hostage negotiation, having spent many hours in conversation with former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives, all of which was used to weave creative threads into the fabric of her Freedom Broker, Thea Paris thriller series.She’s a member of The Rogue Women Writers and Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the annual International Thriller Writers Conference, held each July in New York City. Author K.J. Howe takes us on today’s Adventure as we peel open the pages of her most recent Thea Paris thriller, SKYJACK...
She a prolific writer and whose captivating psychological thrillers are perennial favorites on the NYT Bestsellers list. Her novels have been translated and published in 26 different languages and her fan base wraps around the world.The list of awards for her work is long and spans the gamut from Macavity’s, to Agatha’s, to Edgar’s, to the prestigious Hammett Prize. Her work has been listed as “top picks” and “Best of the Year” on such programs as Good Morning America, The Today show, and Entertainment Weekly.She has 16 keep-you-up-late, page-turning novels to her credit, and #17 has just released to wide-spread acclaim. Bestselling Author, Riley Sager, calls it “A dark, thrilling tale of survival and obsession.”Bestselling, Award-winning Author, Lisa Unger takes us on today’s adventure as we peel open the pages of her latest release – The Stranger Inside...
She's a graduate of New York University with a degree in journalism. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Bio-ethics from Columbia University. She splits her time between a pair of passions… writing great fiction and journalism.As a freelance journalist specializing in health and science features, she’s contributed multiple articles to The New York Times’ Science section, Popular Mechanics, and other mainstream publications. She also writes a monthly, mystery diagnosis column for Cosmopolitan dot-com. Her fiction includes the popular reads: No Time To Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Living Proof. Today, we’re going to dig into the storyline of her latest release, Mother Knows Best. Best-Selling Author, Kira Peikoff takes us on today’s Adventure into what a mother knows…
D.M. PULLEY - No One's Home

D.M. PULLEY - No One's Home

2019-09-0601:11:42

She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations into building failures.A structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland, inspired her debut novel, THE DEAD KEY, which went on to win the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, she has sold over a half a million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into eight different languages.She writes historical mysteries, that shine a light into the darker side of life in the Midwest during the 20th century, when cities like Detroit and Cleveland were struggling to survive.Today, she’s going to walk us into the pages of her new release, NO ONE’S HOME. Bestselling author, D.M. Pulley takes us on today’s mysterious adventure…
He’s a Canadian Olympian and the co-founder / co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, New York City’s largest learn-to-swim school. As a provocative voice in the swimming and Olympic community, he has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award for his work on NBC’s broadcasts of the Olympic Games. He’s also written a column for Swimming World magazine and was the author of the popular swimming blog, Cap & Goggles.He’s currently 3 volumes deep into a series of books built around the exploits of a former rich kid, felon, and swimmer, who now works in the shadows, of the streets of New York City. Together with his partner, dominatrix Cassandra Kimball, Lawrence Darley, Jr., known to his friends as “Duck” has become a highly sought-after ‘finder’ for wealthy Manhattan families in need of assistance with their darkest secrets.Today, we’re going to peel open the pages of Book 3 in the Duck Darley series, The Tower of Songs, with our guest. Casey Barrett…
The gracious and debonair, Tom Straw, takes us on today’s Adventure. He published his first mystery novel, The Trigger Episode, in 2007. Then, he got an opportunity to ghost write a series of books for a popular TV Series, featuring a best-selling crime novelist, who had been given permission by his friend, the mayor, to tag along with a police detective, so that he could research his next series of books. You may remember the series; it starred Stana Katic as detective Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as author, Richard Castle. Today’s guest authored seven Richard Castle / Nikki Heat novels, all of which became New York Times Bestsellers.He’s also an Emmy – and Writer’s Guild of America – nominated TV writer and producer, having written and produced Night Court, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Dave’s World, Grace Under Fire, Cosby, Whoopi, and Nurse Jackie. We’ll talk about some of that during today’s conversation.He’s a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, he lives in Connecticut, where his home is his castle.And today he takes us on an adventure into the world of his new novel, BUZZ KIILLER…
MIKE BOND - Goodbye Paris

MIKE BOND - Goodbye Paris

2019-08-2201:08:49

He’s a best-selling novelist, war and human rights journalist, and environmental activist. He has covered guerrilla wars, death squads, and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa, Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, and ivory poaching and other environmental battles in East Africa and Asia.The Washington Times called him, “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” His critically acclaimed novels take the reader into intense situations in the world’s most perilous places, into wars, revolutions, dangerous love affairs, and political and corporate conspiracies. Kirkus Reviews said that his novels “make readers sweat with [their] relentless pace.”He speaks multiple languages, has climbed and trekked over 50,000 miles on every continent from the Antarctic to Siberia, and is at home in some of the most primitive and dangerous places on the planet. Author Mike Bond takes us on today’s adventure, as we peel open the pages of his latest release, GOODBYE PARIS…
She’s a New York Times Best-Selling author who thrives on suspense. Her suburban-based thrillers draw readers in, and keep them up late, turning the pages. She grew up in a Hollywood family of writers and in a household filled with books. Her parents wrote screenplays for classic movies like The Desk Set, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and Captain Newman, MD.She was the last of four daughters to start writing or, as she calls it, to succumb to her genes. She’s been an Edgar Award finalist and a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She’s the author of Night, Night, Sleep Tight and You’ll Never Know, Dear, as well as, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. She’s also an active blogging member of The Jungle Red Writers.The uber-talented Hallie Ephron, takes us on today’s adventure as we crack open the pages of her new bestseller, Careful What You Wish For.
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