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Join The Thriller Zone host and thriller author David Temple as he gives you a front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world. If you like thriller fiction in Books, Movies, and TV Shows, you’ll enjoy The Thriller Zone Podcast.

The Thriller Zone David Temple

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Join The Thriller Zone host and thriller author David Temple as he gives you a front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world. If you like thriller fiction in Books, Movies, and TV Shows, you’ll enjoy The Thriller Zone Podcast.

    Gregg Hurwitz

    Gregg Hurwitz

    On today's 169th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to introduce you to New York Times Bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz.
    If you're an Orphan X fan, you're going to join our deep dive in that series. Gregg shares insights into crafting a successful series and the journey of writing a long-running character. The conversation also delves into the role of artificial intelligence in the creative arena and the importance of community in storytelling.
    Hurwitz highlights the differences between novel and screenplay writing and provides an elevator pitch for his latest book, 'Lone Wolf.'
    Our conversation concludes with a discussion on the writing fire within and the importance of curiosity in driving Gregg's work, plus his insights and writing advice. I enjoy how Gregg emphasizes the power of curiosity and fascination in exploring the world and finding inspiration, plus how he encourages aspiring writers to prioritize their writing time and be dedicated to the craft.
    To learn more about Gregg and his prolific work, visit: GreggHurwitz.net.
    As always follow us at TheThrillerZone.com, YouTube.com/thethrillerzone and on all social media channels @thethrillerzone, as well as listen to us on ApplePodcasts, Spotify, or pretty much anyplace you get your podcast.
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    Chapters00:00 Introduction and Setting03:01 Crafting a Successful Series09:12 The Journey of Series Writing11:30 Writing as Self-Therapy12:20 The Role of Artificial Intelligence19:17 The Importance of Community22:07 The Difference Between Novel and Screenplay Writing30:06 Elevator Pitch for 'Lone Wolf'34:56 The Fire Within: Curiosity and Honoring It38:09 The Power of Curiosity and Fascination39:07 Writing Advice: Ass in Chair Time40:10 The Importance of Personalized Correspondence

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!

    • 43 min
    James Grady

    James Grady

    On today’s 168th episode of The Thriller Zone, host David Temple interviews James Grady, a renowned crime writer, and author of the classic spy thriller, Six Days of the Condor.

    James discusses his writing journey and the inspiration behind his latest book, The Smoke in Our Eyes, a book that’s available now. He also shares insights into the transition from writing novels to screenwriting, plus the invaluable lessons he learned from working with one of Hollywood’s most prolific television writers, Stephen J. Cannell. 

    Temple and Grady reflect on the power of storytelling and the techniques that make a story thrilling. James emphasizes the importance of capturing moments of inspiration and continually learning as a writer.

    They wrap up by discussing Grady's career and accolades, his contributions to charitable anthologies, his writing advice, the distraction of social media, and how to find him online.
    Want to learn more about James? Visit: Facebook.com/jamesgrady7
    And as always, FOLLOW, WATCH, LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE to: X & Instagram @thethrillerzone, Watch on YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, LISTEN on ALL Podcast Channels, and subscribe to our newsletter at TheThrillerZone.com
    Takeaways

    Luck and timing play a significant role in a writer's success, but perseverance and continuous learning are equally important.The power of words and storytelling can transport readers and create memorable experiences.Inspiration can come from unexpected sources, such as a tragic incident or a powerful message painted on a house.Learning from experienced writers and studying different techniques can enhance one's own writing skills.The thriller genre is timeless and continues to captivate readers with its elements of suspense, justice, and law. James Grady has been named one of the 50 crime writers to read before you die.Grady is proud of his contributions to charitable anthologies that benefit various causes.His best writing advice is to work every day and be true to your craft.Grady believes that spending too much time on social media can be a distraction for authors.
    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background
    04:31 From Six Days to Three
    08:05 The Power of Words and Storytelling
    11:30 The Inciting Incident for 'The Smoke in Our Eyes'
    19:15 Writing Style and Techniques
    27:16 Learning Screenwriting from Stephen J. Cannell
    32:27 Impressions of Today's Content and Techniques
    46:44 Accolades and Career
    49:28 Giving Back
    50:55 Writing Advice
    52:18 The Distraction of Social Media
    53:35 Finding James Grady
    54:48 Closing Remarks

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!

    • 51 min
    Jon Lindstrom

    Jon Lindstrom

    In this 167th episode of The Thriller Zone, host Dave Temple interviews John Lindstrom, a movie & television star turned debut author.
    Lindstrom discusses his journey from acting to writing, including his experience writing screenplays and the lessons he learned about storytelling. He also shares the challenges he faced in writing his first book and the importance of authenticity in storytelling.
    As we get going, Lindstrom reflects on his career in soap operas and the attrition rate in Hollywood, and discusses his wife's involvement in theater and the impact and evolution of indie films.
    The conversation concludes with a discussion on the dark side of Hollywood and the cautionary tale in Lindstrom's book, 'Hollywood Hustle,' a book that reflects, in part, some of his experiences in the entertainment industry. In this engaging conversation, Jon shares his passion for supporting orphanages and helping foster kids tell their stories through film.
    Dave and Jon also discuss the contrasting characters in his book and the dark side of Hollywood. Perhaps most of the fun involves an "acting  conversation" which has the two personalities reading from the book, playing two characters. And sure, there are potential film adaptations and casting choices, but that remains to be seen.
    As we close, Lindstrom shares his writing process and the therapeutic nature of writing, and as always, Dave concludes the show with much-loved "Rapid-Fire Questions." It's fun for everyone.
    To learn more about Jon visit: JonLindstrom.com, and as always, connect with TheThrillerZone.com & watch our podcast at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone.
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    Takeaways
    Writing screenplays can teach valuable lessons about storytelling, structure, and character development.
    Authenticity is crucial in writing, and it is important to draw from personal experiences and knowledge.The attrition rate in Hollywood is high, and maintaining a successful career requires perseverance and gratitude.Indie filmmaking remains a challenging endeavor, despite advancements in technology and accessibility.'Hollywood Hustle' explores the dark side of Hollywood and serves as a cautionary tale about the pursuit of fame and success.* * * * *
    Chapters
    00:00 - Introduction and Background
    03:00 - Writing Screenplays and Learning Storytelling
    06:19 - Attending Book Conferences and Working with an Editor
    08:44 - Writing What You Know and the Importance of Authenticity
    11:36 - The Challenges of Writing a Book
    13:28 - The Importance of Research and Authenticity in Writing
    15:16 - The Challenges and Benefits of Writing What You Know
    17:45 - The High Lonesome Band and the Music Industry
    19:40 - The Beginnings of John's Acting Career in Soap Operas
    24:37 - The Difference Between Soap Operas and Episodic Shows
    26:34 - The Attrition Rate in Hollywood and John's Career
    28:00 - John's Wife, Katie McClain, and Her Involvement in Theater
    30:01 - The Impact and Evolution of Indie Films
    34:01 - Stylistic Influences from Books and Films
    42:23 - Product Placement and Movie References in 'Hollywood Hustle'
    45:16 - The Dark Side of Hollywood and the Cautionary Tale in the Book
    49:33 - Investing in Orphanages
    50:30 - Kids in the Spotlight
    50:58 - Contrasting Characters
    51:28 - Dark Side of Hollywood
    52:16 - If This Scene Could Talk
    52:46 - Chapter 31: Hollywood Hustle
    53:43 - Phone Call with the Kidnappers
    56:10 - Potential Film Adaptation
    57:08 - Casting the Characters
    58:36 - Tough Casting Choices
    59:35 - Recommendation: Your Honor
    01:00:03 - Writing as Therapy
    01:03:54 - Enjoyment of the Book
    01:04:52 - Rapid Fire Questions
    01:08:15 - Top of TBR Stack
    01:09:10 - Dream Dinner Guests
    01:20:48 - Writing Advice: Trust Your Desire
    01:25:14 - Memorizing Lines
    01:27:34 - Realistic Acting

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Terry Hayes

    Terry Hayes

    On today's 166th episode of The Thriller Zone, as we launch February here in Season SIX, we're thrilled to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Terry Hayes, the author of the epic novel I AM PILGRIM.
    In this conversation, host David Temple interviews Terry Hayes about his book 'The Year of the Locust' as well as many of his upcoming projects. The conversation begins with a warm welcome and introduction, then dives into a discussion about Terry's new book, as David expresses his admiration for it.
    Terry continues by sharing insights into the writing process and the inspiration behind the book, while also touching upon Terry's excitement and nervousness about the anticipation of the new book from his fans.
    David and Terry concludes this engaging conversation with a question about Terry's personal preferences in writing, as well as signing off with David's signature "Best Writing Advice" for aspiring actors.
    All in, it's a wonderful discussion with a true legend in Hollywood. As Terry says, when asked about the lack of a website and any social media presence, he says, "The best way to learn more about me...is to buy my books; that's where my true heart lies."
    Buy The Year Of The Locust wherever you buy your books.
    To learn more, to follow along, and to subscribe to, visit: TheThrillerZone.com and YouTube.com/@thethrillerzone/videos. You can also FOLLOW us on X & Instagram @thethrillerzone
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    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Welcome01:17 Discussion about the Book02:31 Upcoming Projects03:52 Personal Preferences in Writing

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Terrence McCauley

    Terrence McCauley

    On today’s episode 165th episode of The Thriller Zone I’m happy to introduce you to a long-time fan and friend of our show, Mr. Terrence McCauley. He kicks off SEASON SIX with a discussion about his latest thriller CHICAGO 63, a fictional account of a plot to assassinate President Kennedy.
    As a bit of history, Terrence is an award-winning novelist, a member of various writer associations, and on today's show discusses his writing career plus shares his journey of writing in multiple genres, including thrillers, crime fiction, and Westerns.
    Other topics Terrence and I cover include: the importance of decorum and class in society, we discuss the cover design of 'Chicago 63' and the artist behind it, plus Terrence offers advice for aspiring writers, and near the end, introduces us to Silverback Publishing, a company focused on publishing novellas.
    As you’ll see, Terrence is an engaging guest, a prolific writer in not one, but three genres, he’s also a podcast host, and just an all-around nice guy. Let’s get to the launch of Season Six, and my friend Terrence McCauley right here on The Thriller Zone.
    -----To learn more visit: TerrenceMcCauley.com and as always, stop by our website TheThrillerZone.com and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our video channel Youtube.com/@thethrillerzone/videos-----Chapters0:00 Introduction and Early Conversations3:21 Writing in Multiple Genres6:55 Favorite Genre: 1930s9:28 Terrence's Novella 'Chicago 63'18:31 Importance of Decorum and Class25:17 Advice for Writers27:42 Benefits of Writer Associations29:45 Silverback Publishing36:32 The Power of Novellas39:44 Lessons Learned as a Full-Time Author40:47 Trust the Process and Trust Your Instincts41:42 Leaving the Big City for a New Life42:47 Transitioning to Life in Dutchess County43:25 The Cover Design of 'Chicago 63'44:19 Closing Remarks 

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!

    • 45 min
    The Thriller Zone Bouchercon 23 Replay

    The Thriller Zone Bouchercon 23 Replay

    Yes, although this is THE BRAND NEW SEASON SIX, kicking off 2024, we are offering this BOUCHERCON REPLAY which was recorded at The Bouchercon Convention in San Diego last summer.
    Some are legends, while others are legends in the making. Either way, six of the authors in the Atria Mystery Bus/Simon & Schuster family, have come together for brief conversations, face-to-face, with me to talk about their latest works at the Bouchercon 23 event in San Diego, California.
    Please welcome my guests: @JackCarrUSA - @ChrisHauty - @isberryauthor - @ArmandoCorrea - @heykatyhays & @CEMcKenzie1, along with Special Thanks to David Brown @AtriaMysteryBus (all X/Twitter handles).

    Their books are stunning. Their talents, equally so. And their futures are set to shoot across the sky, bright at the noonday sun.
    Kick back, grab a beverage, and enjoy THIS REPLAY of BOUCHERCON 23 from last Summer, as you enjoy some conversation about books, thrillers and more, on an episode that will entertain, educate, and hopefully inspire you to write your best work.
    To learn more, visit our website at: TheThrillerZone.com, follow us at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, and if you'd like to reach out, we're at thethrillerzone at gmail.
    Cheers, David Temple, host of The Thriller Zone.

    Get your copy of THE POSER, starring Detective Pat Norelli, a Hollywood cop with beauty, brains & brass...casings. If you like Michael Connelly's Bosch, you'll dig Pat Norelli.
    THE POSER is ON SALE FOR FEBRUARY. Get an ebook for $4.95, or paperback for $13.95. Thanks for your support of this author & this podcast!

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Tmccauley_nyc ,

Great show

David Temple is a class act and a consummate professional. He asks great questions and has some fascinating guests. Highly recommended!

Tristram_Shandy ,

Top Notch!

Just discovered this podcast and have to say top notch! These interviews are invaluable, especially if you're a writer like me. Really enjoyed the Koontz and Kent Krueger ones especially. Keep up the amazing work David!

JCircle0277 ,

It’s a Thrill in the ThrillerZone!

Host David Temple, author, actor and radio legend, does an outstanding job with these interviews. These aren’t out of David’s bunker basement - they’re done by a pro, and he gets the big authors to open up with his trademark approach that is funny, poignant, and productive. You’ll enjoy these interviews, and if you’re a writer, they’ll help.

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