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Meet the Thriller Author is a podcast hosted by Thriller Author Alan Petersen that features interviews with bestselling authors of mystery, thrillers, and suspense novels.

Meet the Thriller Author: Interviews with Writers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Books Alan Petersen

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Meet the Thriller Author is a podcast hosted by Thriller Author Alan Petersen that features interviews with bestselling authors of mystery, thrillers, and suspense novels.

    MTTA 90: Matt Coyle

    MTTA 90: Matt Coyle

    Matt Coyle is the author of the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels. He knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him the simple art of murder by Raymond Chandler. He graduated with a degree in English from University of California at Santa Barbara. His foray into crime fiction was delayed for thirty years as he spent time managing a restaurant, selling golf clubs for various golf companies, and in national sales for a sports licensing company.

    Writing at night for over a decade his debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, was finally published in 2013. The wait was almost worth it as it won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.

    Lost Tomorrows, Matt’s sixth Rick Cahill novel, came out in December of 2019.

    Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, where he is writing his seventh crime novel.

    Latest Book From Matt Coyle

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    Show Notes

    Authors mentioned: Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Lawrence Sanders, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie.

    Matt’s podcast: Crime Corner

    • 32 min
    MTTA 89: Peter Riva

    MTTA 89: Peter Riva

    Peter Riva has spent many months over thirty years traveling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of his time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount.

    Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion and it comes out in his wildly entertaining  Mbuno and Pero Thriller series.

    Kidnapped on Safari is the third book in the series. Peter Riva has created a gripping  international thriller that is a real page turner packed with adventure, suspense, and many plot twists.

    The East African setting is an important component to the book just like L.A. is integral to Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch books.

    Aside from writing international thrillers and science fiction, Peter has been a literary agent for over forty years. He has a lot of knowledge of the publishing industry from both sides of the table so I had a great talking to Peter about the business, writing, African adventures, and a lot more.


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    • 33 min
    MTTA 88: Lee Goldberg

    MTTA 88: Lee Goldberg

    #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Goldberg broke into television writing with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (seaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid’s shows (R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch, She Spies), comedy (Monk) clip shows (The Best TV Shows That Never Were) and total crap (The Highwayman, The New Adventures of Flipper).

    He published his first book “.357 Vigilante” (as “Ian Ludlow,” so he’d be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut “as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort,” singling the book out as “The Best New Paperback Series” of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties.

     His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

    His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the “Diagnosis Murder” series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on “Monk,” another show that he worked on.

    Lee has written more than thirty novels, including Washington Post bestsellers Killer Thriller and True Fiction, as well as King City, The Walk, and the internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare cowritten with Janet Evanovich.

    His latest book, Lost Hills, which has been universally lauded by seasoned crime writers and reviewers, is the result of meticulous, full-immersion research (which we talk about during the interview).

    Latest Book From Lee Goldberg


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    Show Notes

    Author mentions: Ralph Dennis, D.P. Lyle, Robert Ludlum, Janet Evanovich, Tod Goldberg (Lee’s brother and fellow bestselling crime fiction author).

    Brash Books – Lee Goldberg’s publishing company. Excellent crime thriller books.

    About the Woolsey Fire.

    Lee Goldberg’s television credits.

    Show Transcript

    Intro 0:00

    You’re listening to me to Meet the Thriller Author. The podcast where I interview writers of mysteries, thrillers and suspense books.

    I’m your host Alan Petersen and this is episode number 88. In this episode of the podcast will be meeting Lee Goldberg who is a two time Edgar award and Sheamus award nominee, and the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including Washington Post bestsellers, KILLER THRILLER and TRUE FICTION, as well as KING CITY, THE WALK, 15 Monk mysterieS, and the internationally best selling Fox and O’Hare books co written with Janet Evanovich. Lee has also written and produced scores of TV shows including Diagnosis Murder, Sea Quest,

    • 27 min
    MTTA 87: Diana Xarissa

    MTTA 87: Diana Xarissa

    Diana has lived in several US states, the north of England and the Isle of Man. While she is currently in the US, she still misses the stunning scenery, wonderful people and fascinating history that make the Isle of Man so unique.

    Diana writes the best-selling Aunt Bessie Mysteries, and her new series, the Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy mysteries. Diana also writes the Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery novellas and the Isle of Man Romances.

    Diana Xarissa Books

    Latest From the Aunt Bessie Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series


    Show Notes

    Author influences: Nancy Drew books, Agatha Christie, Simon Brett, Dorothy Gilman, Sue Grafton, Rex Stout, Marcia Muller

    Isle of Man, Manx Language

    • 32 min
    MTTA 86: Dean Koontz

    MTTA 86: Dean Koontz

    When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. Many of his books have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, with 14 hardcovers and 16 paperbacks reaching the number-one position. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 500 million copies to date.

    The latest project from the master of suspense is available from Amazon Original Stories. Nameless is a binge-worthy series of short thrillers available for free to Prime and Kindle Unlimited members.

    Nameless is a riveting collection of six gripping, single-sitting episodes which are being released all at once on November 12, about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill.

    I highly recommend you check out Nameless. It will be hard for you to not binge-read all six stories (which are also available as audiobooks).

    During this interview we chat about Dean’s legendary career, his 60+ hour work days, how he started the art of genre mixing in his novels, his exciting new projects with Amazon, Golden Retriever dogs, and a whole bunch more!

    Dean Koontz Latest


    More From Dean Koontz

    Show Notes and Links

    Authors mentioned: Theodore Sturgeon, Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake), John D. MacDonald

    Canine Companions for Independence charity (CCI)


    • 31 min
    MTTA 85: Andrews and Wilson

    MTTA 85: Andrews and Wilson

    Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson, the co-author team behind the #1 Bestselling TIER ONE series and other stand alone thrillers.

    Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served two tours in Iraq as a combat surgeon with both the Marines and with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.

    Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran, nuclear engineer, and former submarine officer. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology, holds a Masters in business from Cornell, and is a Park Leadership Fellow.


    Andrews & Wilson Books


    Tier One Series


    Show Notes and Resources/Links

    Signed with Blackstone for New Tier One Series spin-off with “Chunk” starting in 2020.

    ITW – International Thriller Writers organization.

    Don Bentley’s Without Sanction (mentioned by Andrews & Wilson as up and coming – book out in March 2020)

    Author influences include Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Stephen King

    • 26 min

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