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    • Thomas Saywer interview

    • Writing
    • Thomas Sawyer discusses his book, “Fiction Writing Demystified.” He begins by stressing the idea that writers should think of themselves as entertainers. He explains that in order to entertain and keep your audience enthralled a writer must have...
    • Linda Palmer interview

    • Television soap operas; Murder mysteries
    • Linda Palmer discusses her book, “Love is Murder.” She begins by explaining how she came up with the idea for the plot, which is a murder mystery set in the world of daytime soap opera television. Palmer explains that prior to writing mystery...
    • Michael Halperin interview, 2002

    • Treatments (Motion pictures, television, etc.); Motion picture authorship; Television authorship
    • Michael Halperin discusses his book, “Writing the Killer Treatment.” He begins by explaining several ways a screenwriter can adapt a novel into a film, and how characters can be altered from the book to the movie. He talks about his personal...
    • Merrill Joan Gerber interview, 2004 December 20

    • Suburban life - Fiction; Middle class - Fiction; California, Southern - Fiction
    • Merrill Joan Gerber discusses her book, “This is a Voice from your Past.” She begins by discussing how she uses experiences from her own life in her writing. Her book is a collection of short stories that begins with a story in which the...
    • Baxter Black interview, 1995 November

    • Cowboys – Fiction; Rodeos – Fiction; Oklahoma City (Okla.) – Fiction;
    • In this interview, Connie and Baxter Black devote the majority of their discussion to talking about Baxter’s writing style, his life as a rancher, roper, and especially, as a cowboy poet and spend very little of their discussion to the specifics of...
    • Steven Frank interview, 2004 January

    • English language – Rhetoric; English language – Composition and exercises;
    • Steven begins the interview talking about how the book is both an autobiographical look at Stephen’s work as a teacher as well as a manual to writing well. For the majority of the interview, Stephen discusses a number of the analogies, stories,...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 1985 December

    • Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Screenwriters - Fiction; Serial murders - Fiction; Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, "Death Is A Lonely Business." He begins by explaining the plot of the book and how he drew on his experiences living in Venice during the early years of his career. He stresses the importance of a proper setting...
    • John Sacret Young interview

    • Motion picture authorship; Screenwriters; Motion picture industry - California - Los Angeles
    • John Sacret Young discusses a book he contributed to, “Doing It For Money.” He begins by talking about how the book was created by the Writer’s Guild Foundation. The Writer’s Guild asked over 100 Hollywood writers to talk about their beginning...
    • John Vorhaus interview

    • Swindlers and swindling - Fiction; Santa Fe (N.M.) - Fiction
    • John Vorhaus discusses his novel, “The Albuquerque Turkey.” He begins by explaining that his book is about a con artist couple who decide to stop swindling people. He talks about his career training writers overseas to write funny comedy...
    • Richard Simmons interview, 1981 July 9

    • Reducing diets; Reducing exercises
    • Richard Simmons discusses his book, “Never-Say-Diet Book.” He begins by explaining that he lost 123 lbs in 3 months. He describes his talk show, and how coworkers and friends suggest topics to cover. He says he enjoys writing in his bathtub, and...
    • Eric Van Lustbader interview

    • United States. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms - Officials and employees -Fiction; Kidnapping - Fiction
    • Eric Van Lustbader discusses his book, “First Daughter.” He begins by discussing the timeliness of the book and how he has been thinking about writing about political issues for several years. He then explains the book’s plot, which centers on the...
    • Anne Rice interview, 1985

    • Vampires - Fiction
    • Anne Rice discusses her novel, “The Vampire Lestat.” Rice begins by discussing the plot of the novel, which chronicles the life of the vampire Lestat; a character that was first introduced in Rice’s book “Interview with the Vampire.” She goes on to...
    • Amy Fine Collins interview

    • Collins, Amy Fine - Friends and associates; Women automobile drivers - United States; Automobile driver education - Psychological aspects; Automobile driver education teachers - United States; Phobias
    • Amy Fine Collins discusses her book, “The God of Driving.” She talks about how she learned to drive a car and motorcycle at an older age than most people. She describes her driving instructor Attila and how the two struck up an unlikely...
    • Michael Tolkin interview

    • Revenge - Fiction; Prisoners - Fiction; Murderers - Fiction; Married people - Fiction; Insurance crimes - Fiction; Americans - Jamaica - Fiction
    • Michael Tolkin discusses his book, “Under Radar.” He begins by explaining the plot, which follows the character Tom, who has taken his family on vacation to a resort in Jamaica. However, the vacation runs a foul when Tom pushes another guest off a...
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer interview, 2003 July

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Gigi Levangie Grazer discusses her novel, “Maneater.” She begins by talking about the inspiration for her book and how she takes notes while having lunch with her friends in Hollywood. Martinson asks Grazer to read a passage from the beginning of...
    • Thane Rosenbaum interview, 2008 April

    • Law - Literary collections; Justice, Administration of - Literary collections
    • Connie Martinson and Thane Rosenbaum begin the interview discussing how law has always been entertaining across various mediums through history. They then proceed to discuss race and the law, immigration cases, and the issue of civil disobedience...
    • Erica Jong interview

    • Jong, Erica; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography
    • Erica Jong discusses her autobiography, “Seducing the Demon.” She begins by talking about how she wrote her famous book, “Fear of Flying.” She talks about how she wrote that book during graduate school, and discusses people’s responses to it. ...
    • Gene Perret interview, 1984 January

    • Wit and humor - Authorship
    • Gene Perret discusses his book, “How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor.” He begins by talking about how he writes jokes for comedians Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller. He began writing jokes when he sent Phyllis Diller some lines, and she decided...
    • Jules Witcover interview, 2006

    • Journalists - United States - Biography
    • Jules Witcover discusses his book, “The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat.” He begins by saying that he was a columnist for the “Baltimore Sun” and that he is syndicated by the “Chicago Tribune.” Witcover...
    • Mary Higgins Clark interview, 1994 September

    • Detective and mystery stories, American
    • Mary Higgins Clark discusses her novel, “A Cry in the Night. “ She begins by explaining that her book is about a single mother who starts dating a wealthy and dangerous man. She talks about how she does research and gets ideas by going to legal...

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