10 episodes

Exploring the writing life of an espionage writer

Real Spies, Real Lives P. A. Duncan

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Exploring the writing life of an espionage writer

    Introducing a Reader Magnet for a New Trilogy

    Introducing a Reader Magnet for a New Trilogy

    Some background on a reader magnet entitled Dateline: Belgrade came about, and an introduction for the upcoming trilogy, Self-Inflicted Wounds. You may learn more about the Balkans than you ever wanted to know. And, yes, a thunderstorm passed over while I was recording. This episode contains some excerpts from Dateline: Belgrade and the trilogy. One excerpt touches on the disturbing topic of human trafficking. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Absolute Power Can Corrupt--or Not

    Absolute Power Can Corrupt--or Not

    In the final story, "Brave New World," from the collection, Spy Flash II, we see that even the most sincere of politicians can succumb to the temptations of power, even if for good reason. And it takes a spy to show the way back to the light.

    Stay tuned next week for excerpts from an upcoming novella, Dateline: Belgrade, and be prepared to learn more about the history of the Balkans than you ever wanted to know.

    • 59 min
    Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

    Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

    What role does a Klingon proverb play in the third story from the collection Spy Flash II, "Best Served Cold"? Listen and find out. Though this story's inspiration was four years ago, it unfortunately encompasses a topic still timely today, still unbelievably making headlines today: the killing of unarmed Black people by the police. A human story, not a spy story per se, "Best Served Cold" was difficult to write and record. Please note this story was reviewed in 2016 by sensitivity readers, and I made corrections they suggested.

    To hear past episodes of this podcast, go to Past Podcasts on my website.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Manipulation--It's What Spies Do

    Manipulation--It's What Spies Do

    Story number two from the collection Spy Flash II. "Promise her anything" is the instruction to get an asset to agree to a marriage she doesn't want. But some spies fulfill their promises.

    • 58 min
    "Spymaster"

    "Spymaster"

    Trying to be more spontaneous instead of scripted, even when reading the excerpt. I may have, well, employed my limited ability to mimic accents. Be kind.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Second Guessing the Second Guessing

    Second Guessing the Second Guessing

    Some thoughts on including extremist characters and their philosophy in fiction, and an excerpt from A Change for the Better.

    • 25 min

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