Hi, I’m Michelle Adams, and welcome to the Beyond Words podcast. I am a novelist, writer, and avid reader, and this is the place where I get to share the story behind some of my favourite books. Before becoming an author myself, I always wanted to be able to sit down with the author of a book I had loved and ask them about what they had written, and this podcast is the place where that conversation takes place. Beyond Words is the podcast for booklovers where the story continues, once the final page has been turned.
Beyond Words with Gillian McAllister
Gillian McAllister is a Sunday Times bestselling author of five psychological thrillers. How To Disappear is her fifth book, released in July 2020, and upon release it quickly followed her other titles straight into the bestseller lists.
It was a pleasure to interview Gillian, and talk about her work. We talked about where she finds her inspiration, the difficulties of characterisation during lockdown, and how all of her books are really love stories.
Her books include;
EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH
ANYTHING YOU DO SAY
NO FURTHER QUESTIONS
THE EVIDENCE AGAINST YOU
HOW TO DISAPPEAR
You can follow Gillian on her social media channels, including twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Beyond Words with Sophie Flynn
Talking to a debut author is always so much fun. This week we are chatting with Sophie Flynn, the author of All My Lies, a cracking thriller with a story of hope at its heart. She talks to us about how she wrote her first novel, how her father's books inspired her to writer thrillers, and how sometimes jumping in with both feet can really set the wheels in motion.
You can buy ALL MY LIES here.
You can follow Sophie on Instagram, twitter, and via her website.
Beyond Words with Will Dean
Will Dean is the author of the Dark Pines trilogy, a Scandi-noir thriller series set in small town Sweden, and is now the author of a standalone novel The Last Thing To Burn.
The Last Thing to Burn has garnered much deserved praise since it was released in January this year, and with close to 90% four and five star reviews on Amazon UK at the time I'm writing this, you can see the sort of effect it has had on readers. This claustrophobic thriller builds in tension until the dramatic finale, and will no doubt leave you wanting more. It was a pleasure to chat with Will about his latest novel, covering his unique writing process, his dedication to planning, and what it is like to live in an isolated Swedish forest as an Ex-Pat.
Will Dean can be found on Instagram and twitter, and all of his books can be found here.
Beyond Words with David Headley
David Headley has been called a tastemaker in the publishing world, and it's easy to see why. David began by opening his flagship bookshop in London, Goldsboro Books, recently followed by a second in Brighton. He is an agent, runs a successful bookclub and events program, with the clout to ask the publishing house for a unique cover for a book before it's to be sold in his shops.
David Headley is undoubtedly one of the biggest players in the publishing industry, and it was an absolute delight to talk to him about how he arrived at this position. We talk about books he loved as a child, standout books he has enjoyed lately, and also his unwavering passion for placing books in the hands of readers.
This episode is a wonderful insight into the process of bookselling, from the shop floor, as an agent, and of course, as a passionate collector of rare books.
More can be found here on David's website for his agency, DHH Literary Agency.
Beyond Words with Sarah Pearce
Recording this weeks episode was so much fun. Chatting to Sarah Pearce about her novel, The Sanatorium, reminded me why I had enjoyed it so much in the first place. For a debut author she has had quite a ride, even being selected by Reece Witherspoon as the February '21 pick for her book club, Hello Sunshine.
The Sanatorium is an eerie, compelling read, set in a fantastic location, with all the elements you want from an exciting thriller.
You can follow Sarah on Instagram, twitter, or read more about her on her website.
Beyond Words with Ashley Audrain
Ashley Audrain is the New York Times best selling author of The Push, a book that set the publishing world alight with its fabulous and provocative plot. Ashley has experience of the publishing world as an editor of fiction, and now writes full time. Chatting to her about this wonderful novel was a real treat, covering topics such as motherhood and its various faces, marketing pros and cons, and what its like to be a celebrity book club pick. Around the 26 minute mark, my daughter interrupts our conversation for a moment, but as this whole discussion centers around the truest face of motherhood, I didn't feel it was necessary to try to edit that out!
I really hope you all enjoy this episode.
You can discover more about Ashley via her website, Instagram, Facebook and twitter, and you can purchase The Push here.