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Passions & Prologues

Passions & Prologues

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Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond the books they're known for. These longform, relaxed conversations show listeners a new side of some of their favorite content creators as well as provide insight into the things that inspire their work.

73 Episodes
Anna Pitoniak had written several novels before the pandemic and planned to take a break when the world changed. She found herself with lots of time and little to fill it. Insert The Artist's Way, a book millions have used to discover (or re-discover) their creative vein. In this discussion, we breakdown how Anna used the book to flesh out her stunning new novel, The Helsinki Affair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Christina Henry's books are enthralling, heart-wrenching, and will leave you in awe... which makes sense when you hear about her deep love of movies that are much the same. This conversation delves into her love of samurai movies, how she's begun taking her kid to classic movie theaters, and the Iron Giant... It makes sense. Her new book Good Girls Don't Die is now available! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Something About Her, Clementine Taylor's debut novel, tells a story of joy and discovery, something Clementine found when she took up swimming. In this chat, Adam and Clementine dive into her passion, their shared love of Edinburgh, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lyndall Clipstone's books are world-renowned for providing intricate and richly imagined worlds where readers can get lost. And when you learn about the way she loves to spend her free time, you'll understand why. Her latest book, Unholy Terrors, is now out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Matt Singer loved movies so much that he's made a career out of it writing for Screencrush. His passion began as a child watching At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert, the subjects of his latest book, Opposable Thumbs. It's a deep dive into their relationship as partners and how they changed how we ingest movies. We discuss his favorite films of childhood, Kevin Smith, Mel Brooks, and a bunch more. Adam is running the Boston Marathon and would love your support as he fundraises for the Boston Medical Center! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Laurence Leamer, bestselling of nearly 20 books, turns 82 this month, and we spent a morning discussing the many stories he's told throughout those decades. We dissect the art of making a guest comfortable during an interview, exchange stories of interviews gone well (and wrong), and discuss his extensively researched new book, Hitchcock's Blondes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Isa Arsén is acutely aware of the rhythms of everything around us. She spends her life thinking about how sound affects us all. It even sparked the inspiration that became her debut novel, Shoot the Moon. We discuss how her passions started as a child with her father's music and turned into an entire career. And there is just a sprinkling of quantum theory and rocket science tossed in here... as a treat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Alexandra Christo is an internationally bestselling fantasy author who knows a thing or two about monsters, myths, and legends. And her love of all three was spawned through her discovery of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this chat, we discuss her enduring love for the series and how it inspires her writing, including her latest, upcoming novel, The Night Hunt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michelle Cameron is an author, creative writing teacher, and avid re-reader of books for myriad reasons. Her new book, Babylon, is one of the reasons Michelle dove back into older writing, but we also discuss why we turn to book seasonally, depending on our emotions, and for research. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Kerri Maher is a bestselling author and mom to a newly minted teenager. In this chat, we discuss the experiences she's had raising her daughter, taking her to Paris, and her new book All You Have to Do Is Call, an essential read about the Jane Collective and women's rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Carissa Orlando is passionate about how the mind works. So much so that she's spent her life studying and teaching about it. She works to improve quality and access of mental healthcare for children and their families during the day and writes terrifyingly captivating stories at night. Her debut novel, The September House, weaves both horror and psychology together and we get into how it came to be! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lucy Clarke, bestselling author of several "destination thrillers" loves few things more than grabbing her surfboard and finding the perfect wave. It's how she frees her mind and unwinds. She also has a deep passion for exploring the world and finding new locations to write her edge of your seat thrillers which is how her latest stunner, The Hike, came about. We discuss her love of the waves and the Norwegian hike she took that became the must read novel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Angie Kim's debut novel, Miracle Creek, was an international bestselling, Edgar Award winning best book of the year. Her latest novel, Happiness Falls, is a Good Morning America book club pick all about when a father goes missing, his family's desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another. A key character in this story is mute and it asks questions about intelligence and how we perceive it as a society, something Angie is deeply passionate about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Holly James, author of the new RomCom The Déjà Glitch, has spent her adult life understanding sleep. Why we all struggle to get it and how to improve that concept. It's something she normally keeps separate from her other career as a writer but in this discussion we dive into both! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Tim Murphy's new book, Speech Team, is a nostalgic and cathartic look back at a traumatic high school experience of several members of a championship speech team. The story itself is a slow burn that lets the reader care deeply about the characters and their experiences. It makes sense, when you learn the types of stories and shows Tim is obsessed with personally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Marie Benedict has been a bestselling author many times over but her works co-authoring with Victoria Christopher Murray have set the book world on fire with their poignant deep dives into fascinating woman and their history. The First Ladies, their INSTANT NYT bestseller, is much the same. In this unique discussion, Marie brings something a bit different to the table... She discusses her co-authors passions and how they inspired their latest book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Andrew Ridker's first book The Altruists took the literary world by storm and his new book Hope is just as captivating. Part of the reason why his books are so relatable is the humor he's able to inject into his characters. It makes them more well rounded. We chat why this matters so much to him and why he loves breaking down comedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Josh Winning's new book, Burn the Negative, is an homage to all things horror and when you hear this conversation you'll understand that he has the chops to back up his writing. We discuss his adoration for the Scream movie franchise, how he's been seeing franchises out of order for years, and what it's like to interview the Muppets! It's... a wide-ranging chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Learning that Candi Sary thinks a great deal about ghosts won't surprise you when you read her book Magdalena. This conversation dives into her childhood interest in the beyond and how, instead of seeking to be scared she found peace of mind with the stories of ghosts. Take a listen and check out her new book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
For UK-based bestselling author Paige Toon getting there is half the fun. She loves taking road trips to new countries to see bands she loves in locations they would normally never be found. It's a passion that has shown her entirely new cultures and helped inspire the amazing books she's writes. Don't miss her latest, Only Love Can Hurt Like This Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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