195 episodes

Interviews with bestselling authors of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense books hosted by Alan Petersen.

Meet the Thriller Author (Author Interviews‪)‬ Alan Petersen

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 30 Ratings

Interviews with bestselling authors of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense books hosted by Alan Petersen.

    MTTA 194: Andrew Mayne

    MTTA 194: Andrew Mayne




    Latest author interview for the podcast is with Andrew Mayne.

    Andrew Mayne is an artificial intelligence creative, educator and Wall Street Journal best selling author.

    Andrew has been nominated for the Edgar Award for his book Black Fall and the Thriller Award for Name of the Devil and The Naturalist – an Amazon Charts best-seller that spent six weeks at the number one spot for all books on Amazon. Prior to his first publishing deal, Andrew was listed by Amazon as one of the top-ten best selling indie authors of the year.

    Andrew is the founder of Interdimensional, an artificial intelligence service consultancy that helps companies deploy AI solutions. Prior to founding Interdimensional, Andrew was the Science Communicator for OpenAI and their first prompt engineer.

    At OpenAI he worked on GPT-4, ChatGPT and GPT-3, creating many of the original prompts and examples used today.

    His next thriller, NIGHT OWL, is a brand new series about a former Cold War-era counter-intelligence agent who finds himself in the fast-paced and slightly insane world of Silicon Valley. It will be published on December 1st.

    Latest Book

    More Books from Andrew Mayne

    Show Notes, Resources, and Links

    A lot has changed in the tech world for writers and others since I last interviewed Andrew Mayne in 2020.

    In the latest episode of the podcast I had an intriguing conversation with Andrew Mayne, a bestselling thriller author, magician, inventor, and artificial intelligence expert. Throughout the episode, Mayne shares his insights on the world of AI, his experiences working with OpenAI and ChatGPT, and how he incorporates these cutting-edge technologies into his gripping thriller novels. And why he thinks AI will usher a golden era for creative typles, like writers, not the end as others fear.

    When it comes to AI and writing books, Andrew’s blog is a great resource on how these tools can be used by writers: https://andrewmayne.com/blog/

    ChatGPT (The AI tool that took the world by storm in November 2022. It’s capabilities excites and scares many!

    Andrew Mayne’s Ghost Diver (Discovery Channel special starring Andrew and the “invisible...

    • 39 min
    Special Announcement

    Special Announcement

    Exciting News: “Meet the Thriller Author” is Back and Better Than Ever!

    It’s been a while, hasn’t it? First and foremost, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for your patience and unwavering support during our unexpected hiatus. Your messages, comments, and emails have been a beacon of encouragement, reminding me of the incredible community we’ve built together. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that “Meet the Thriller Author” is making its grand return!

    I reached out to some of the most renowned names in the thriller and mystery genres. The response has been overwhelming! Bestselling authors, known for their spine-chilling tales and intricate plots, are lined up and eager to share their stories, inspirations, and the secrets of their craft with all of you.


    While buzzing with excitement to bring you new episodes, I’ve paused to reconsider the podcast’s direction. Instead of the previous weekly or bi-weekly releases, I’ve chosen to post 1 to 2 episodes monthly. This decision not only guarantees richer, more insightful episodes but also safeguards my writing hours. As the sole creator of this podcast, assembling each episode demands significant time. Additionally, I’m in the midst of a new crime thriller series set to debut in 2024. Balancing the podcast with this endeavor is crucial.

    New Episode Coming Soon

    Anyway, rest assured, the wait won’t be much longer. In the coming weeks, you can expect the first returning episode with an exciting author. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter, follow my social media channels, and, of course, keep an eye on this website for all the latest updates.

    • 3 min
    MTTA 193: Freida McFadden

    MTTA 193: Freida McFadden

    #1 Amazon, USA TODAY, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year and she has been a Goodreads Choice Award nominee. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

    Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

    Freida’s latest novel THE HOUSEMAID’S SECRET is the explosive and shockingly twisty sequel to international bestseller The Housemaid will keep you racing through the pages late into the night. It was published on February 20, 2023 and I highly recommend it!


    Note: Since transcription was performed with the assistance of software, and not by a human, there is a possibility that some errors may be present.

    Alan Petersen 0:00You are listening to meet the thriller author, a podcast where I interview some of the most talented mystery and thriller writers out there. I’m your host Alan Petersen and this is episode number 193.

    In this episode of the podcast we’ll be meeting number one Amazon and USA Today Best Selling Author Freda McFadden. Frieda is a medical doctor specializing in brain injury. And also a prolific writer who has penned a multiple Kindle best selling psychological thrillers, and medical human novels. Her books have been recognized with honors such as selection as one of Amazon editors best books of the year, and a nomination for the Goodreads Choice Award. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and in this episode, we’ll be discussing her latest book, The housemates secret, which is a sequel to the international bestseller, and one of my personal favorite thrillers of 2022 the housemade.

    The much anticipated sequel will be hitting the shelves on February 20, I was able to get an advanced review copy of the hospital’s secret and you won’t be disappointed I highly recommend you check out that her latest thriller now before we get to the interview, though, I’d like to tell you a little bit about this episode’s sponsor masterclass. If you’re looking to take your skills to the next level, then you need to check out masterclass the online education platform that provides access to tutorials and lectures pre recorded by experts in their respective fields with masterclass you can learn from world renowned instructors like Neil Gaiman, Gordon Ramsay, Serena Williams, and many more all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking to improve your cooking, writing, or even your acting skills masterclass has you covered. Plus our classes are available on demand so you can learn at your own pace and at your own schedule. So don’t miss out this incredible opportunity to learn from the best visit THRILLINGREADS.COM/MASTERCLASS and sign up for master class today and take the first step toward mastering your craft. For show notes and access to more than 190 author interviews please visit THRILLINGREADS.COM And please take a moment to rate and review meet the thriller author on your favorite podcast but for him this helps me reach more listeners are right here is my interview with Freda McFadden.

    • 35 min
    MTTA 192: Writing Advice From Famous Authors (Special Episode)

    MTTA 192: Writing Advice From Famous Authors (Special Episode)

    This episode is different in that I’m not featuring a new interview, instead bringing you writing advice from five bestselling authors from previous podcast episodes.

    The next episode will resume with new author interviews.

    Featured in this episode:

    Dean Koontz from episode 86.

    Walter Mosley from episode 132.

    Tess Gerritsen from episode 55.

    Lisa Regan from episode 167.

    Jon Land from episode 128.


    [00:00:00.090] – Alan PetersenYou are listening to Meet the Thriller Author, the podcast where I interview mystery thrillers and suspense authors. I’m your host, Alan Petersen and this is episode number 192. So I’m back from a one month hiatus, sort of. I’ve been busy writing my new crime thriller books, which by the way, the third book in my Elijah Shaw crime thriller series is out now. It’s called ALWAYS THERE and you can preorder right now on Amazon. If you go over to thrillingreads.com/shaw3, you can preorder it there and Amazon will automatically send it to you on November 29 when it’s released. Nice and easy. Since I’ve been busy writing those books, I’m publishing three books. This year. I’ve been putting the interviews on the back burner. But I do have new episodes coming out later this month with brand new interviews. So stay tuned for that. But it’s got me thinking of writing here. I’ve been thinking about it. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. So I started thinking back to all the wonderful authors that I’ve interviewed on the podcast here and usually I ask them advice, what advice they would have for an aspiring writer, and so I went back to listen to a few of those older episodes and ended up curating a few of my favorite responses from my interviews with the likes of Dean Koontz, Walter Mosley, Tess Geritssen and others. And so that’s what I did for this, a very special edition of Meet the Thriller Author. Writing advice from a few best selling thriller authors. Enjoy this and I hope you find this motivating and inspiring, especially if you’re an aspiring author. And even if you’re not a writer, I think it’s always cool to see how these best selling authors think and about their process. So hope you enjoy this. It’s kind of like greatest hits, the compilation that I put together and like I said, I do have a new interviews coming up here later this month of November. So stay tuned for that. So without further ado, here’s my little hit parade that I put together for everyone. Enjoy.

    [00:02:03.490] – Alan PetersenDean Koontz. Before I let you go, I was kind of curious for aspiring writers who are listening to this interview, if you would have any advice for them, especially with all the changes that have been occurring and published in the last few years.

    • 12 min
    MTTA 191: Ryan Steck

    MTTA 191: Ryan Steck

    Ryan Steck is a freelance editor, an author, and the founder and editor in chief of The Real Book Spy. Ryan has been named an “Online Influencer” by Amazon and is a regular columnist at CrimeReads. Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata) on his way to being endorsed by #1 New York Times bestsellers Mark Greaney, Brad Thor, Kyle Mills, Jack Carr, C.J. Box, and many others.

    His debut novel, FIELDS OF FIRE, came out on September 6, 2022.

    Connect with Ryan Steck





    Video Version of Interview


    Note: transcript is software generated and only lightly edited by a human.

    [00:00:00.190] – Alan PetersenYou are listening 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 191. In this episode of the podcast, we’re meeting Ryan Steck, who is a freelance editor and founder and editor in chief of The Real Book Spy, one of the best book review sites out there for Thrillers. Ryan has been named an online influencer by Amazon and is a regular columnist at CrimeReads. His debut novel, Fields the Fire, came out on September 6, is a fastpaced thriller featuring elite Marine raider Matthew Redd heading home to rural Montana where he uncovers a dark global conspiracy. It’s a great debut and been widely praised by who’s who list of best selling authors including Jack Carr, CJ. Box, Mark Greaney and Kyle Mills, just to name a few. I had a great time talking with Ryan about his transition from book reviewer and influencer to being on the other side of the table as a novelist and a whole lot more. I had a lot of fun talking with Ryan to check out that interview. By the way, if you want notifications of when I release a new episode or to get notified of great deals on mystery and Thriller books, sign up for my email list at ThrillingReads.com/Join. All right, here is my interview with Ryan Steck.

    [00:01:29.950] – Alan PetersenHey, everybody, this is Alan with me, the filler author. And on the podcast today, I have Ryan Steck, who is the founder and editor in chief of The Real Book Spy. He’s also a freelance editor and his debut novel, Fields of Fire is publishing. We’re recording this on September 6. So today. Congratulations. Ryan.


    • 28 min
    MTTA 190: Troy Lambert

    MTTA 190: Troy Lambert

    Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, editor, author, and all around storyteller. He loves writing mysteries, history, and dogs of all kinds.

    His latest novel, Teaching Moments was pubished earlier this year and it’s the second book in the Max Boucher Mystery Series.

    Troy is a master plotter and education lead over at Plottr, which is the software I use to create my outlines and highly recommend the app.

    Connect with Troy





    Latest Book

    More Books from Troy Lambert

    Show Notes and Resources

    James Patterson Teaches Writing

    Writing tools mentioned: Plottr. Scrivener.

    Thursday’s with Troy (Troy’s informative videos about plotting over on the Plottr YouTube channel).

    My segment on Thursday’s with Troy


    Please note, transcript is software-generated, and it’s only lightly edited by a human, so there might be errors or read clunky/weird here and there.

    [00:00:00.070] – Alan PetersenYou are listening 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 190. In this episode of the podcast we’ll be meeting Troy Lambert, who is a freelance writer, author, editor, and publisher living in Boise, Idaho. He’s written over 25 novels, including The Max Boucher Mysteries. I had a great time talking to Troy about his novels and his writing process. Troy is an outline and plotting expert. He’s also the education lead over at Plottr, which is the software that I use to outline my novels. So this is a good segue to tell you about this episode sponsor, which is Masterclass.

    [00:00:43.920] – Alan PetersenAnd in particular, I want to let you know about the James Patterson Masterclass. You can check it out at ThrillingReads.com/patterson and it’s an amazing Masterclass. The folks over there at Masterclass are top of the game when it comes to creating fantastic Master classes with experts in many fields, like acting, cooking, even basketball, and of course, writing. If you want to see how I incorporated what I learned from the James Patterson Masterclass in my own writing process and how I create my outl...

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Sherri in NC ,

Freida McFadden was awesome!

I really enjoyed your podcast about my favorite author! She is the real deal and I have all her books!!!

Traveler4life ,

Encouraging for Writers

This is such a great podcast with superb interviews from such noteworthy thriller authors. I love that the interviews range from bestsellers to indie authors to hear how they write and market their books. If you’re an author or aspiring author, this is a must listen.

M K Preston ,

A joy to listen to

I love the way Alan Peterson mixes in questions about the author's personal life with questions about writing techniques. Getting to know an author is much more interesting this way.

Top Podcasts In Arts

The Moth
Snap Judgment
Roman Mars
Snap Judgment and PRX
Rusty Quill

You Might Also Like

Mark Dawson
Joanna Penn
Bianca Marais, Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra
Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
Caroline Crampton
Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna