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Behind the Book
Behind the Book
Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion

Behind the Book is hosted by authors Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion, both of whom have a passion for books, lack filters,... more

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Jayne Ann Krentz Talks About the Art of Reinvention

Tess & Karen couldn't believe their good luck in landing Jayne Ann Krentz as a guest! The author of over 50... more

10 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
Lindsay Buroker On Her Career as a Prolific Indie Author

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy and science fiction author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She's written over... more

03 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
Kim Taylor Blakemore on Allowing Characters to Speak

Kim Taylor Blakemore is the bestselling author of After Alice Fell and The Companion, as well as young adult novels... more

26 Sep 2022 · 46 minutes
Julianne MacLean on Having Creative Freedom

Tess & Karen loved interviewing their friend and accomplished author, Julianne MacLean. Julianne  is a USA Today bestselling author of... more

19 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
Reaching Readers with Heather Wheeler Sadlemire, Owner of On Top of That Marketing

On this episode, Tess & Karen are joined by Heather Wheeler Sadlemire, book promoter extraordinaire! Listen in as she tells... more

12 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
MaryAnn Schaefer: Working Behind the Scenes as an Author Assistant

We were thrilled when Tess's assistant, MaryAnn, graciously agreed to come on the show! Listen in as she explains how... more

05 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Freida McFadden Creates Plot Twists You Won't See Coming

#1 Amazon bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple Kindle bestselling... more

29 Aug 2022 · 52 minutes
David Koepp: Filmmaker, Screenplay Writer, and Novelist

Director and writer David Koepp has used his storytelling skills to write screenplays for more than thirty films,  including the... more

22 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
Tess & Karen On Creating Characters that Readers Will Care About

Collectively Tess & Karen have written more than sixty books so it's not surprising that they've picked up a few... more

15 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Ellen Marie Wiseman and The Lost Girls of Willowbrook

Tess and Karen loved talking to Ellen Marie Wiseman, a New York Times bestselling author of six highly acclaimed historical... more

08 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Tess & Karen Share Marketing Tips for Authors

Are you an author looking for new ways to get the word out about your books? Or are you a... more

01 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
Author Dee Ernst Believes It's Never Too Late

Author Dee Ernst is a big believer in writing books with second chance themes!  Her newest novel, Lucy Checks In,... more

25 Jul 2022 · 35 minutes
Kayte Nunn, Author of The Only Child, on the Feeling She Gets from Writing

This interview with Kayte Nunn was second to None (sorry, we couldn't resist!). But seriously, Kayte proved to be a... more

18 Jul 2022 · 39 minutes
How Debra Clopton's Writing Routine Helped Her Recover from a Life-Threatening Illness

Tess & Karen loved talking with USA Today and international bestselling author Debra Clopton!  She writes wholesome, sweet contemporary, and... more

11 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
Gregory Maguire, Author of WICKED: An Interview Not to be Missed!

Gregory Maguire is a master storyteller, both in the written form and in this interview! Tess & Karen were enthralled,... more

04 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Jodi Allen Brice: How the Pandemic Inspired a Genre Change

Jodi Allen Brice writes small town clean and sweet romance.  Her previous novels, written under a different name, were paranormal... more

27 Jun 2022 · 40 minutes
From Rejection to #1 Amazon Bestseller

When Karen McQuestion's publisher rejected her book, THE MOONLIGHT CHILD, she decided to self-publish it, then poured on the marketing... more

20 Jun 2022 · 44 minutes
Sara Rosett, Author of Cozy and Historical Mysteries

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries for readers who enjoy atmospheric settings and puzzling whodunits. She is... more

13 Jun 2022 · 43 minutes
Karen McQuestion --Three Things Every Great Novel Must Have

Amazon Charts bestselling author Karen McQuestion describes the three things every great novel has in common. Books mentioned: The Writer's... more

06 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Editor Jacque Ben-Zekry Explains the Promise of the Premise

Jacque Ben-Zekry of Modify Editorial Services, is a Developmental Story Editor primarily working with Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Sci-fi, Fantasy,... more

30 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How Simone St. James' Love of True Crime Inspired a Novel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone St. James writes books spanning genres and time periods. Listen to... more

23 May 2022 · 40 minutes
Elizabeth Mackey on the Art of Designing Effective Book Covers

This episode is all about one of Tess and Karen's favorite topics--book covers! Designer Elizabeth Mackey (who lives in Alaska,... more

16 May 2022 · 41 minutes
Award-Winning Picture Book Author & Illustrator Chris Van Dusen on Creating Stories for Kids

Welcome to what Tess calls her favorite interview of all time! Author Chris Van Dusen shares how he was chosen... more

09 May 2022 · 55 minutes
Susan Mallery on the All-Important Opening Line

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. After... more

02 May 2022 · 47 minutes
Actor Kristin Carey Talks Story and Character

Tess's good friend and former drama school pal Kristin Carey took time from her busy schedule to talk about the... more

25 Apr 2022 · 43 minutes
Tess Thompson On Successfully Creating & Marketing a Series

USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson (and co-host of this podcast) shares all she knows about writing and marketing a... more

18 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Mike Chen Pens Science Fiction Novels with Heart

Mike Chen is a critically acclaimed science fiction author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.  During the interview,... more

11 Apr 2022 · 51 minutes
Heather Gudenkauf on Writing Stories of Intrigue and Suspense

Tess & Karen enjoyed interviewing New York Times bestselling thriller author Heather Gudenkauf. From writing her first novel longhand during... more

04 Apr 2022 · 39 minutes
Author Boo Walker: the Most Interesting Man in the World

Tess dubbed author Boo Walker "the coolest guest ever." Boo has worked as  a composer, musician, and wine  aficionado, but... more

28 Mar 2022 · 44 minutes
Sally Hepworth on Making the Puzzle Pieces of a Domestic Suspense Fit Together

New York Times bestselling author Sally Hepworth  was  a delightful guest! Tess and Karen enjoyed hearing the story of how... more

21 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
How Suzanne Redfearn's Real Life Influences her Novels

Bestselling author Suzanne Redfearn generously took time away from the book launch of her newest novel, Moment in Time, to... more

14 Mar 2022 · 41 minutes
Jami Davenport on Achieving her Dream as a Full Time Novelist

Tess and Karen were thrilled to interview Tess's good friend, USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport, who writes sexy contemporary... more

07 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Susan Meissner -- On Why She Writes Historical Fiction About Those Forgotten

Join Tess and Karen for an interview of Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than... more

28 Feb 2022 · 48 minutes
Tori Eldridge - From Broadway Performer to National Bestselling Author

Tess & Karen have never interviewed an author with such an eclectic background! A former Broadway performer, TV series regular,... more

21 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
How Lauren Fox's Family History Inspired her Novel, SEND FOR ME

Lauren Fox is the acclaimed author of four novels, including the instant New York Times bestseller, SEND FOR ME. Tess... more

14 Feb 2022 · 38 minutes
Maggie Marr on How Hollywood Chooses Books for Movies

Maggie Marr is a USA Today Best Selling author AND an attorney who provides her legal expertise in negotiating deals... more

07 Feb 2022 · 46 minutes
Karina Yan Glaser and The Vanderbeekers Of 141st Street

Tess and Karen loved talking to Karina Yan Glaser, a kids' book author known for her acclaimed "Vanderbeeker" series, and... more

31 Jan 2022 · 51 minutes
Rea Frey: Dispelling Publishing Myths

Rea Frey is an award-winning, traditionally published author of four nonfiction books and four novels. In a addition, she runs... more

24 Jan 2022 · 44 minutes
Tess Thompson: From Drama School to USA Today Bestselling Author

It's Tess Day on the podcast! Karen puts her co-host Tess squarely in the interview chair and learns a ton... more

17 Jan 2022 · 56 minutes
Elana Johnson on Finding the Unicorn

Elana Johnson writes clean and wholesome beach romance, because she believes everyone deserves a happily-ever-after in the golden sunset. In... more

10 Jan 2022 · 55 minutes
The Team from Barnes & Noble Press Tell All

Tess & Karen were delighted to have Julie Braunschweiger, Susan McCulloch, and Albert Wu on the show. As representatives of... more

03 Jan 2022 · 50 minutes
Tess & Karen Discuss the Making of a Podcast

After USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson came up with the concept for the Behind the Book podcast, she invited... more

27 Dec 2021 · 19 minutes
Craig A. Hart and S.J. Varengo: Brought Together by Twitter

Authors S.J. Varengo and Craig A. Hart are co-writers who've collaborated on several series while still maintaining a fast friendship.... more

20 Dec 2021 · 48 minutes
Heather Huffman On Declining an Agent's Advice

On this episode, Tess & Karen welcome Heather Huffman, author of more than seventeen novels in both the romance and... more

13 Dec 2021 · 42 minutes
Katherine Center on Writing for the Love of It

Tess & Karen found bestselling author Katherine Center to be a delightful guest.  Her theory on why writers should follow... more

06 Dec 2021 · 49 minutes
Jacquelyn Mitchard, Mother of Nine, Talks about The Good Son

Tess &  Karen loved talking to New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Best known for having her debut novel,... more

29 Nov 2021 · 53 minutes
Bookstore Owner Jill Hendrix Explains the Nicholas Sparks Effect

Jill Hendrix is a lifelong reader and the owner of Fiction Addiction, an independent bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina. The... more

22 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
Jim & Nikoo McGoldrick: Partners in Marriage and Novel Writing

Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick win the award for making Tess & Karen laugh the hardest of any interviewees to date. ... more

15 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
Kent Barnard: Behind the Scenes at a Village Library

Both Tess and Karen love libraries, so they were thrilled to interview Kent Barnard, the Library Director of the Patterson... more

08 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
Heather Webber on Believing in Magic

Bestselling author Heather Webber is as warm and inviting as her novels. Under the name Heather Blake, she's known for... more

01 Nov 2021 · 40 minutes
Behind the Book
Bookstore Owner Jill Hendrix Explains the Nicholas Sparks Effect
Behind the Book

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Jill Hendrix is a lifelong reader and the owner of Fiction Addiction, an independent bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina. The store is... more