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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • Brian Lamb interview, 1997

    • Authors, American - 20th century - Interviews; Books and reading; Authorship
    • Brian Lamb discusses his book, “Booknotes: America’s Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas.” He talks about C-Span and the emphasis on viewing events and interviewees. Lamb says the United States has the best checks and...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • April Smith interview

    • Women detectives - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Government investigators - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction
    • April Smith discusses her novel, “North of Montana.” She begins by talking about how her book is about an FBI agent whose cousin gets murdered, so she decides to take in her cousin’s children and raise them. She describes another character in the...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Stephen Coonts interview, 1998 May

    • Imaginary wars and battles – Fiction; International relations – Fiction; Stealth aircraft – Fiction; Nuclear warfare – Fiction; Nationalists – Fiction; Air warfare – Fiction; Japan – Fiction;
    • Stephen begins the interview talking about the scenario he set up to explore the nature of warfare in the future. For the majority of the interview, Connie and Stephen discuss the major plot points as well as the main characters and their...
    • Patricia Smiley interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Women detectives - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Consulting firms - Fiction; Business consultants - Fiction; Sinclair, Tucker (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Patricia Smiley discusses her book, “Cover Your Assets.” She begins by detailing the plot of the novel, which is the second book in the Tucker Sinclair series. Tucker Sinclair is a Los Angeles business consultant who must solve the mysterious...

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