52 episodes

Behind the Book is hosted by authors Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion, both of whom have a passion for books, lack filters, and are too curious for their own good. Listen to insider scoops, insightful conversation, and lots of laughs as they chat with bestselling authors and other top publishing industry insiders. Join them to find out the real story behind your favorite books and authors. New episodes are dropping, every week. Give or take. Depending. Produced by the incredible Craig A. Hart.

Behind the Book Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion

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    • 4.4 • 14 Ratings

Behind the Book is hosted by authors Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion, both of whom have a passion for books, lack filters, and are too curious for their own good. Listen to insider scoops, insightful conversation, and lots of laughs as they chat with bestselling authors and other top publishing industry insiders. Join them to find out the real story behind your favorite books and authors. New episodes are dropping, every week. Give or take. Depending. Produced by the incredible Craig A. Hart.

    How Simone St. James' Love of True Crime Inspired a Novel

    How Simone St. James' Love of True Crime Inspired a Novel

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone St. James writes books spanning genres and time periods. Listen to the interview to hear why she writes ghost stories, the difficulty of turning off the creative brain, and how her love of true crime led to her newest novel, The Book of Cold Cases.  Writers will also be interested in hearing her best marketing tip (the one thing every author should have!) and the way Simone uses social media to connect with readers.

    This episode comes highly recommended!

    Writing books mentioned:
    On Writing by Stephen King

    www.simonestjames.com

    • 40 min
    Elizabeth Mackey on the Art of Designing Effective Book Covers

    Elizabeth Mackey on the Art of Designing Effective Book Covers

    This episode is all about one of Tess and Karen's favorite topics--book covers! Designer Elizabeth Mackey (who lives in Alaska, not Canada as Karen said--what was she thinking?) dropped by the show to discuss  trends in book covers, the importance of consistency in branding a series, and her preferred word length when it comes to titles. You'll love hearing about the times she's had family members model for cover images and how she got her start designing book covers.

    Enjoy!

    https://www.elizabethmackeygraphics.com/

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    • 41 min
    Award-Winning Picture Book Author & Illustrator Chris Van Dusen on Creating Stories for Kids

    Award-Winning Picture Book Author & Illustrator Chris Van Dusen on Creating Stories for Kids

    Welcome to what Tess calls her favorite interview of all time! Author Chris Van Dusen shares how he was chosen to illustrate Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series, why he prefers to write in rhyme, and what he hopes kids get from his books. Tess and Karen were happy to learn the meaning of the word "gouache" and  interested to find out how Chris's name is connected to the Bridgerton Series. This episode is for anyone who loves picture books or has considered writing one some day.

    Enjoy!

    https://www.chrisvandusen.com/

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    If you're already a follower and you enjoy Behind the Book, we’d be so grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts. Leaving a review helps other listeners find the podcast and Tess & Karen love reading them as well! 
    Directions for leaving Ratings and Reviews:
    1.    Make sure you are on the landing page for the podcast & not an individual episode.
    2.    Scroll down to the bottom until you reach Ratings & Reviews.
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    • 55 min
    Susan Mallery on the All-Important Opening Line

    Susan Mallery on the All-Important Opening Line

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. After writing more than 100 books, she has a writing process that includes prewriting,  plotting using the 3 Act Structure, and figuring out the GMC (goal, motivation, conflict).  Tess and Karen loved hearing how she struggles with naming characters and how cognizant she is of not repeating herself out of respect for her readers. A master storyteller, Susan's interview was full of personal stories, both humorous and touching.

    Enjoy!

    Books mentioned:
    The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
    The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
    Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

    https://www.susanmallery.com/

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    Directions for leaving Ratings and Reviews:
    1.    Make sure you are on the landing page for the podcast & not an individual episode.
    2.    Scroll down to the bottom until you reach Ratings & Reviews.
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    • 47 min
    Actor Kristin Carey Talks Story and Character

    Actor Kristin Carey Talks Story and Character

    Tess's good friend and former drama school pal Kristin Carey took time from her busy schedule to talk about the life of a working actor. She also discussed the art of storytelling and revealed the process used in creating a great character. All of this combined with a fascinating personal family story makes for a compelling interview.

    Kristin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristinncarey
    On IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0136985/

    Kristin's non-profit, benefitting the homeless and kids: https://www.thegivingstationla.org/

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    If you're already a follower and enjoy Behind the Book, we’d be so grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts. Leaving a review helps other listeners find the podcast and Tess & Karen love reading them as well! 
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    1.    Make sure you are on the landing page for the podcast & not an individual episode.
    2.    Scroll down to the bottom until you reach Ratings & Reviews.
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    • 43 min
    Tess Thompson On Successfully Creating & Marketing a Series

    Tess Thompson On Successfully Creating & Marketing a Series

    USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson (and co-host of this podcast) shares all she knows about writing and marketing a series. With six series under her belt, she's well versed on what readers respond to, and how to get visibility and sales for books in a series. Per usual, her co-host partner Karen, asks thought-provoking questions.

    Enjoy!

    https://tesswrites.com/

    Follow & Review in Apple Podcasts
    If you're already a follower and you enjoy Behind the Book, we’d be so grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts. Leaving a review helps other listeners find the podcast and Tess & Karen love reading them as well! 
    Directions for leaving Ratings and Reviews:
    1.    Make sure you are on the landing page for the podcast & not an individual episode.
    2.    Scroll down to the bottom until you reach Ratings & Reviews.
    3.    Click all five stars under Tap to Rate to leave a rating.
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     We’d love to hear what you enjoy most about the show. Thanks in advance!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Cindy in Alabama ,

Great Podcast!

Very entertaining and informative look behind each author’s books and their writing journey.

i love apps :) ,

Pretty good lots of cool tips

I enjoy the podcast. I suggest the one with pamala m Kelley to start also read Tess tompsons emerson pass historicles it’s so cool

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