Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, talks to writers of all genres about the books we write and the lives we lead, and how these two are one in the same.
Author2Author with Michael Leppert
Bill welcomes debut novelist Michael Leppert to the show. Michael Leppert is a lecturer at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, an adjunct professor at IU’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a columnist and an author. Immediately following his time as a student at IU, Michael went to work for the State of Indiana. His government career began at the Indiana Boys School, leaving there after five years as the program manager in the Intensive Treatment Unit (Maximum Security). His next eight years were significantly different as a manager at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The last five years of his public service were spent as the Executive Director of the IURC. Michael began writing a weekly column published in newspapers throughout Indiana in 2014. His first book, Contrary to Popular Belief, which chronicled his early writing, was published in 2016. Flipping the Circle, published by Greenleaf Book Group in November of 2021, is his second book, and first novel.
Author2Author with Yasmin Angoe
Bill welcomes debut thriller writer Yasmin Angoe to the show. Yasmin is a first-generation Ghanaian American from Northern Virginia where she grew up in two cultural worlds. In 2020, she received the Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color and is a proud member of SinC, Crime Writers of Color, and International Thriller Writers. Yasmin was a middle and high school English teacher and currently works as a freelance developmental editor. When not writing or editing, she is either watching movies, engrossed in a new audiobook, or daydreaming about the fact she probably should be writing.
Author2Author with Meredith Jaeger
Bill welcomes author Meredith Jaeger to the show. Meredith is the USA Today bestselling author of The Dressmaker's Dowry, Boardwalk Summer, and her recently released The Pilot’s Daughter. Meredith was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and holds a BA in modern literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
Author2Author with Sabrina Benaim
Bill welcomes slam poetry sensation Sabrina Benaim to the show. Sabrina is a poet, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. She is one of the most-viewed spoken word poets of all time: her videos have reached more than one hundred million people. In 2017, her debut collection, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist, finishing just behind Rupi Kaur's The Sun and Her Flowers. In 2020, she took part in the Heavy Hitters Festival alongside Ani DiFranco, Amber Tamblyn, and Mary Lambert. Her latest collection is, I Love You, Call Me Back.
Author2Author with Christy Hallberg
Bill welcomes debut novelist author Christy Hallberg to the show. Christy Alexander Hallberg is the author of the novel SEARCHING FOR JIMMY PAGE, from Livingston Press. She is a Teaching Professor of English at East Carolina University, where she earned her BS and MA in English. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Goddard College. She is Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as North Carolina Literary Review, The Main Street Rag, Fiction Southeast, Riggwelter, Deep South Magazine, Eclectica, Litro magazine, STORGY Magazine, Entropy, storySouth, Still: The Journal, and Concho River Review. Her flash story “Aperture” was chosen Story of the Month by Fiction Southeast for October 2020. The editors of the Best Small Fictions anthology series chose it for inclusion in their 2021 issue.
Author2Author with Uli Beutter Cohen
Bill welcomes New York City–based documentarian, artist, and the creator of Subway Book Review, Uli Beutter Cohen, to the show. Uli explores belonging to a time and place through writing and photography. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist. Her work has been featured in print, on TV, and online by New York magazine; Esquire; Vogue; Forbes; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; the BBC; and The Guardian, among others. Between the Lines: Stories from the Underground is her first book. Uli lives in Brooklyn. Visit @TheUBC, @SubwayBookReview, and SubwayBookReview.co to hear more.
Fascinating and relatable interviews
I love how each interview is unique and investigates different aspects of how real and writing life intersect, which results in fascinating stories and interviews. Well worth the time to listen!
Love this Podcast!
If you’re a writer, or even flirting with the idea of writing, then this is the podcast for you!
Each and every Tuesday Bill has a 45 minute conversation with a published author about their book, their process, their fears... giving the audience insight to the everyday trials and tribulations of the writing life.
Thanks Bill for being such a wise, thoughtful and caring interviewer!
I listened to two conversations with authors whom I’ve read and enjoyed (Hank Phillippi Ryan and James Lee Burke, who goes by Jim). While I was interested to hear what the authors had to say, both conversations were very difficult to listen to. The host continually cut off and talked over the top of the authors when they were in the middle of expressing an idea. Jim Burke was gracious enough to apologize to the host even as the host was continually interrupting him.
Clearly, the host has a lot of experience interviewing, judging by the number of podcast interviews listed here, so I'm sure he can do better. I would give it another chance or two, but these are really hard to stick with.