This podcast features the creative minds of some of the best storytellers to ever leave ink on the page. Each week, the host and the listening audience are taken on an adventure by a NY Times Best-Selling author. In most cases, their latest release is featured. But in every case, their approach to the craft and their overall volume of work is discussed. Probing questions are asked; secrets are revealed. Genres include: Suspense, Thrillers, and Cozy Mysteries, as well as a pinch of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The complete listing of those conversations can be found on the Public Display of Imagination website at: https://publicdisplayofimagination.com/
ANNIE SULLIVAN - A Curse of Gold
Today’s guest grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Butler University, and under intense pressure, she will confess to having a lifetime love of fairy tales.
She also loves to travel… and can lay claim to having set foot on all 7 continents… which sounds like a secondary adventure that we’ll just have to explore.
Currently, she works as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley & Sons, Publishing Company. Prior to her current role, she also served in the company’s Editorial and Publicity positions.
In 2019 she published a Young Adult adventure, featuring an arrogant warrior princess, who has to wrestle with some very difficult decisions and the fallout from choices made.
In 2020, she published Book #1 in a series built from the legendary tales of King Midas and the previously untold tales of his young daughter. Today, we’re going to step into the pages of that series and listen to the heartbeat, with it the talented authored who gave it life.
Please welcome our tour guide for today’s adventure, Annie Sullivan…
S1-A1 BRAD PARKS - Closer Than You Know
He’s the only International bestselling author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American Crime Fiction’s most prestigious prizes.
His novels have been translated into a dozen languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet.
He’s a graduate of Dartmouth and former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.
He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children, but he’s actually Closer Than You Know… Please welcome our tour guide for today’s adventure… Brad Parks.
S1-A1 MIKE HEISER - The Facade
Haunted by his parents’ death and his own career failures, Dr. Brian Scott has begun to settle for the life he’s been given. Until he’s “recruited.” Kidnapped by military insiders known only as “The Group,” Brian joins a team of world-class scholars on a confidential initiative. Their mission? To prepare mankind for a new reality… Alien Disclosure.
As the team is briefed on the government’s involvement with extraterrestrials, strange things begin to happen. Disappearances. Visitations. Murder. Something isn’t right. Peeling away layer after layer of deception and counter-deception, Brian moves toward a shocking revelation that will forever alter how mankind sees itself.
The book is entitled The Façade and we’re joined today by its author, Dr. Michael S. Heiser…
DIANNE FREEMAN - A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder
She's a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing.
After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction... historical mysteries in particular.
She also decided that winters in Arizona were much more enjoyable than winters in Michigan. Taking a cue from the old Paul McCartney song... Dianne and her husband, just follow the sun.
Her debut novel, which was the first book in the series we’ll be talking about today, was titled: A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder.
It won the Agatha Award for Best Debut and a Lefty Award for Best First Novel. It was also nominated for a Mary Higgins-Clark Award.
Heat up a spot of tea boys and girls, because today’s adventure takes us to London, where we’ll explore the pages of The Countess of Harleigh, Cozy Mystery Series with author Dianne Freeman...
CHRIS MOONEY - Blood World
He’s the author of more than a dozen international bestsellers, who’s been hailed by Lee Child as “one of the best thriller writers working today.”
He lives in Boston, teaches writing at Harvard, and fabricates novels that readers can’t put down. His debut novel, DEVIANT WAYS immediately propelled him into the upper echelon of noteworthy thriller authors.
He also writes the acclaimed series, featuring Crime Scene Investigator, Darby McCormick, and has a number of standalone page-turners that we’ll most certainly highlight at some point along the way.
Today’s adventure tour guide is a master storyteller, who’s going to walk us into the pages of his, highly-anticipated, newly-released thriller… BLOOD WORLD.
Please welcome the wildly imaginative, Chris Mooney…
DREW MURRAY - Broken Genius
He’s a native of Ontario, Canada, who obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School. He enjoyed a successful career in corporate technology before transitioning into investing and education.
He’s traveled throughout Europe, North America, South America, and the South Pacific for both business and pleasure. He’s passionate about technology, the forces that drive it, and the impact it has on our society.
He’s a big fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as a master of escape room misdirection and trickeration. He’s also been known to crash a Comic Con whenever the opportunity presents.
Please welcome a debut author who will keep you up late turning pages… our tour guide for today’s adventure, Drew Murray…
The interviewer asks great questions, really pushing the guests to talk about their craft.
I really enjoyed this conversation with mystery author Jenn McKinlay. Good questions, good give and take. Lots of fun.
Author confessions, writing tips & more!
Mark DeWayne Combs you know how to book ‘em! The best thriller authors have stopped by to chat, and I’m listening to their every word. Thanks for those surprise questions in between the nitty gritty world of fiction writing!