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Meet the Thriller Author is a podcast that features interviews with bestselling authors of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense books. It's hosted by Thriller Author, Reader, and Fan Alan Petersen.

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

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Meet the Thriller Author is a podcast that features interviews with bestselling authors of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense books. It's hosted by Thriller Author, Reader, and Fan Alan Petersen.

    MTTA 168: Scott Shepherd

    MTTA 168: Scott Shepherd

    Scott Shepherd is a veteran writer/producer/show-runner with years of experience running network series; his production and screenwriting credits include The Equalizer, Miami Vice, The Outer Limits, Haven, and Quantum Leap. Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, he currently teaches television writing at the University of Texas in Austin. The Last Commandment is his first mystery novel.

    It’s a great mystery thriller featuring a Scotland Yard detective tracking a serial killer from London to New York City.

    I enjoyed chatting with Scott about his amazing career in television and his work as a novelist and writing his latest book which is the first in a series (the second book will be out in 2022).

    Connect with Scott Shepherd

    Scott Shepherd’s Latest Book

    Other Books by Scott Shepherd

    Show Notes and Resources

    Other author mentions: Ross MacDonald, Stephen King, Harlan Coben, Karin Slughter, Lawrence Sanders, Daniel Pyne (Scott’s television writing partner who now also writing thiller novels), The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

    Otto Penzler owner of the The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and Mysterious Press which published Scott’s book.

    Richard Spencer – Scott’s dad and producer of films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Towering Inferno.

    MTTA 167: Lisa Regan

    MTTA 167: Lisa Regan

    Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. Her latest book, HER DEADLY TOUCH is the twelth book in the bestselling Detective Josie Quinn series.

    Latest Book by Lisa Regan

    More Books by Lisa Regan

    Detective Josie Quinn Series (12 books as September 2021)

    Show Notes and Resources

    Video Interview with Lisa Regan

    Other author mentions: Tami Hoag, Lisa Jackson, Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, Lisa Gardner.

    Bookoture and Thomas & Mercer publishing housea releasing great thrillers.

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    MTTA 166: Andrews & Wilson

    MTTA 166: Andrews & Wilson

    Andrews & Wilson is bestselling coauthor team of multiple covert ops and action-adventure thriller series: TIER ONE, SONS of VALOR, and THE SHEPHERDS.

    Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University. He is the author of three critically acclaimed high-tech thrillers. Brian also is a principal contributor at Career Authors, a site dedicated to advancing the careers of aspiring and published writers.

    Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the US Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast–based SEAL Team. The author of three award-winning supernatural thrillers. and the acclaimed faith-based thriller War Torn. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.

    It’s always fun to have Brian and Jeff on the podcast. These guys are one of the hardest working writers in the thriller genre with multuple series going as well as taking over the legendary W. E. B. Griffin’s Presidential Agent series back with ROGUE ASSET which will be published on December 2, 2021. We talk about all that and more during this interview.

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    Andrews & Wilson Latest Book

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    MTTA 165: Matthew FitzSimmons

    MTTA 165: Matthew FitzSimmons

    Matthew FitzSimmons is the author of the bestselling Gibson Vaughn series, which includes The Short Drop and Poisonfeather. Born in Illinois and raised in London, England, he now lives in Washington, DC, where he taught English literature and theater at a private high school for over a decade. His latest book, CONSTANCE will be published on September 1, 2021.

    Connect with Matthew FitzSimmons:

    Matthew FitzSimmons Latest Book

    Other Books by Matthew FitzSimmons

    Gibson Vaughn Series (Five Books)

    Resources and Links

    Other author and book mentions: Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, Dean Koontz, Earnest Hemingway, The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories.

    Video Interview

    K-lytics Reports

    • 50 min
    MTTA 164: John Gaspard

    MTTA 164: John Gaspard

    John Gaspard is author of the Eli Marks mystery series as well as four other stand-alone novels and the Como Lake Players mystery series, under the pen name Bobbie Raymond.

    John lives in Minnesota and shares his home with his lovely wife, several dogs, a few cats and a handful of pet allergies.

    John’s latest book, The Magic Square is the 7th book in the Eli Marks mystery series.

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    Image Credit: Luis Noble

    John Gaspard’s Latest Book

    Other Books by John Gaspard

    Seven books in the series

    Como Lake Players Mysteries (Bobbie Raymond pen name)

    Show Notes and Resources

    Other books and author mentions: Jeffrey Deaver. Nevada Barr. Lawrence Block. Louise Penny.

    John’s podcast: The Eli Marks Podcast.

    Wriiting tools: John writes on Word. Vellum to format books for publishing.

    • 25 min
    MTTA 163: Ashley Winstead

    MTTA 163: Ashley Winstead

    Ashley Winstead is an academic turned novelist with a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature. She lives in Houston with her husband, two cats, and beloved wine fridge. Her debut novel is the psychological thriller IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE was published on August 3, 2021.

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    Image Credit: Luis Noble

    Ashley Winstead’s Latest Book

    Show Notes and Resources

    Other books and author mentions: The Divines Ellie Eaton. Gillian Flynn. Vanessa Lillie.

    Writer tools: Wayback Machine for research. Ashely writes and oultines on Word.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Masked_Matinee ,

Locked & Loaded

This a great show with a focussed, yet relaxed interview of a thriller offer to share how and why they do what they do. Grea show, keep it up.

Grandemike ,

Great podcast for authors and readers alike

Alan Peterson is a gem of a host. He’s funny, clever, and insightful. Since he’s a writer himself, he knows how to ask all the right questions to get writers talking about their craft, their tools, their characters, their process, etc. 5/5

JP Choqette ,

Behind the scenes glimpses of thriller authors

Love this podcast and its focus on both well known and emerging thriller authors. Alan does a fantastic job interviewing and I learn something new in every episode. Highly recommend to both readers and writers in the suspense/thriller genre.

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