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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/

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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/

    DANIEL KRAUS - The Living Dead

    DANIEL KRAUS - The Living Dead

    Today’s guest is a New York Times bestselling author who, along with Guillermo del Toro, co-authored the haunting & heartbreaking love story, THE SHAPE OF WATER, which was not only an international bestseller, but also a feature length film that won the Oscar Award in 4 categories, including Best Director and Best Picture.
    In 2015, our tour guide for today’s adventure also co-authored TROLLHUNTERS with del Toro, which was adapted into an Emmy-winning Netflix series. Also in 2015, today’s guest launched an award-winning 2-book series titled, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH which was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Books of the Year. Earlier this year he released BENT HEAVENS, built from the story of one man’s alien abduction and eventual disappearance.
    Today, we’re going to dig into the pages of his latest release, which is a posthumous collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero… THE LIVING DEAD. Please welcome our guest, the multi-talented, Daniel Kraus…

    • 43 min
    MIKE HEISER - Angels & Demons

    MIKE HEISER - Angels & Demons

    Today’s guest is a peer-reviewed scholar in the fields of biblical studies and Ancient Near East mythology. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2004. His studies include the Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, including Israel and Egypt.

    He taught biblical studies on the college and seminary level for over 20 years and was the Scholar-in-Residence for Logos Bible Software for 15 years. He is currently the Director of a school of Theology, located in Jacksonville, FL.

    He is the author of several bestselling books, both in the fiction and non-fiction genres. Today, we’re going to get a quick walk through 2 of his most recent non-fiction works, one detailing what Ancient Near Eastern Literature has to say about Angels and another, detailing what the same volume of work has to say about Demons.

    Join us as we peel back the curtains and shine a light on what ancient literature has to say about the captivating and mystifying realm of the supernatural with our tour guide for today’s adventure with Dr. Michael S. Heiser…

    • 57 min
    REECE HIRSCH - Dark Tomorrow

    REECE HIRSCH - Dark Tomorrow

    Today’s guest is a partner in a San Francisco based office of an international law firm and co-chair of its privacy and cyber security division. He’s authored six thrillers to date that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, THE INSIDER, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.
    THE INSIDER was followed by a trilogy featuring former Department of Justice, cyber-crime prosecutor Chris Bruen. THE ADVERSARY, INTRUSION, and SURVEILLANCE are all highly rated reads that weave through the hacker-happy world of the dark web.
    In 2019, he launched a new series, featuring Lisa Tanchik, an FBI Special Agent who dons her own cyber-mask, as she goes undercover on the dark web. She made her debut with BLACK NOWHERE. Today, we’re going to peel open the pages of book #2 in the series. Please welcome our tour guide for today’s adventure – Reece Hirsch…

    • 43 min
    LUKE JENNINGS - Killing Eve

    LUKE JENNINGS - Killing Eve

    He’s a bestselling author and journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time Magazine. His 1995 novel, Atlantic, which takes place aboard an oceanliner during a transatlantic crossing, following WW2, was nominated for The Booker Prize, which is given each year to the best original novel, published in the U.K.

    He also authored Blood Knots, a 2010 memoir about childhood innocence, paternal love, and fishing. It was short-listed for the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, as well as the William Hill Prize.

    Today’s guest trained as a dancer at the Rambert School, and co-authored a book with his daughter called Stars, about teenagers at a performing arts school.

    In 2014, 15, & 16, he published a series of books that have become the basis for the wildly popular BBC television series – Killing Eve. Please welcome our tour guide for today’s adventure: Luke Jennings…

    • 45 min
    DARYL WOOD GERBER - A Sprinkling of Murder

    DARYL WOOD GERBER - A Sprinkling of Murder

    She’s an Agatha Award winning, best-selling author of several Cozy Mystery Series.
    Prior to her career as a novelist, she wrote screenplays and created the format for the popular TV sitcom Out of this World. She’s also been featured as an actress and her portfolio includes roles from Matlock, Hart to Hart, and Murder, She Wrote.
    She’s a graduate of Stanford University who loves to cook, read, golf, swim, garden, and has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
    Through the creative imagination of author Daryl Wood Gerber, today’s adventure takes us to a place filled with magic and wonder, located in beautiful Carmel, CA. Join us as we dig into the pages of Book #1 of The Fairy Garden, Cozy Mystery Series: A SPRINKLING OF MURDER…

    • 46 min
    Det. BRUCE ROBERT COFFIN talks Interrogations

    Det. BRUCE ROBERT COFFIN talks Interrogations

    Our Public Display of Imagination Resources For Writers segments are designed to bring helpful insight and inspiration to writers and aspiring writers.

    We’ve been fortunate to talk with a host of talented and successful authors over the course of the podcast and in some cases, we’ve been able to schedule additional time with them to talk about specific topics connected to the art and the craft of writing.

    These are the best of the best in a number of fields related to writing and publication. We’re thankful that they were willing to spend some additional time with us.

    In this segment, we talk with the author of the Detective John Byron series, Bruce Robert Coffin. During his 30+ year career in law enforcement, Bruce has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding crime scenes. In this conversation, he walks us through the process of identifying and questioning witnesses that no writer should overlook.

    • 32 min

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