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Patricia Cornwell, International Bestselling Author of Unnatural Death
35:51Welcome to the 158th episode of The Thriller Zone Podcast, where we delve into the minds of the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. Today, we have the immense pleasure of sitting down with the legendary Patricia Cornwell, the mastermind behind the gripping Kay Scarpetta series. From her humble beginnings as a computer analyst to becoming a best-selling author, Cornwell's journey is as fascinating as the characters she brings to life. In this episode, we'll take a deep dive into the world of forensic crime fiction, exploring the inner workings of Cornwell's mind and the secrets behind her captivating storytelling. So, kick back and enjoy 30 minutes with one of the finest authors crafting thrillers today, and bear with me as I "geek out" over an amazing talent whom I've enjoyed reading for decades.Patricia Cornwell: From Computer Analyst to Best-Selling AuthorPatricia Cornwell's journey from computer analyst to best-selling author is a remarkable story of career transition and the pursuit of one's passion. With a background in computer analysis, Cornwell brought a unique perspective and set of skills to her writing career.Her success as a best-selling author, with over 100 million books sold worldwide, is a testament to her talent, hard work, and determination. Cornwell's ability to combine her analytical mindset with her creativity has resulted in compelling and engaging storytelling that captivates readers.Not only did Cornwell's background in computer analysis shape her writing process, but it also influenced the themes and subject matter of her novels. Her experience in the field of forensics and crime analysis adds depth and authenticity to her work, making her novels stand out in the genre of thriller fiction.Cornwell's story serves as a reminder that it's never too late to pursue your passion and make a successful career change. She embraced new opportunities and was open to exploring different paths in life, ultimately finding her true calling as a writer.The Kay Scarpetta series, written by Patricia Cornwell, is a captivating and thrilling crime fiction series that has captured the attention of readers worldwide. Set in Richmond, Virginia, the series revolves around a series of murders involving young couples.At the center of the series is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist who is determined to find the killer and bring them to justice. With her expertise in forensic science and her unwavering determination, Scarpetta follows the path of evidence, using her own instincts to find a murderer who is just as skilled at leaving no trace as she is at finding them.One of the standout features of the Kay Scarpetta series is Cornwell's attention to detail in forensic science. The series dives deep into the intricacies of crime scene investigations, providing readers with a realistic portrayal of the field. This level of accuracy has been praised by both fans and critics alike, adding to the authenticity and suspense of the series.Cornwell's writing style keeps readers on the edge of their seats, with twists and turns that keep them guessing until the very end. The series explores themes of justice, morality, and the dark side of human nature, adding depth and complexity to the narrative.Kay Scarpetta herself is a strong and complex character, who uses her intelligence and skills to solve the most challenging cases. Her determination and resilience make her a compelling protagonist, and readers are drawn to her unwavering pursuit of justice.With over 100 million books sold worldwide, the Kay Scarpetta series has garnered a loyal fanbase and has been praised by critics for its compelling storytelling and well-developed characters. It has even been adapted into a television series, further cementing its popularity among crime fiction enthusiasts.For fans of crime fiction and suspenseful thrillers, the Kay Scarpetta series is a gripping and addictive read. From the first novel, "Postmortem," to the latest release, readers are taken on an epic journey through the dark underbelly of Richmond, Virginia's crime scene. For those who are new to the series, now is the perfect time to dive in and experience the thrill of Patricia Cornwell's masterful storytelling.Be sure to follow Patricia Cornwell on social media for Q&A sessions, updates on new releases, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of Kay Scarpetta. And don't forget to pre-order UNNATURAL DEATH here: https://linktr.ee/unnaturaldeathCornwell's expertise in forensic science shines through in her novels, and readers can trust that they are in the hands of a master storyteller who knows how to keep them on the edge of their seats. The Kay Scarpetta series has captivated audiences for years, and "Unnatural Death" promises to be another epic addition to the series. Something I was thrilled to learn was how Cornwell's series would be turned into a television series for Amazon Studios, starring Nicole Kidman as Scarpetta, and Jamie Lee Curtis. If you'd like to read the entire Deadline article, just GO HERE (Source: https://deadline.com/2023/02/nicole-kidman-jamie-lee-curtis-star-ep-patricia-cornwell-kay-scarpetta-series-dorothy-amazon-blumhouse-liz-sarnoff-1235252848)Mark your calendars for November 28th when "Unnatural Death" hits shelves. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to the series, get ready to be enthralled by the gripping world of Kay Scarpetta and her relentless pursuit of justice.Today's episode has been nothing shy of a genuine honor as I was given a front row seat into one of the greatest thriller fiction writers in the world. I hope you had fun delving into the mind of this brilliant author, while unraveling some of the secrets behind her thrilling storytelling. I hope you have enjoyed this episode as much as I did, and you can rest assured that I look forward to bringing you more captivating conversations with the greatest crime and thriller fiction authors of our time. To learn more, visit PatriciaCornwell.com and as always Follow, Share & Subscribe to TheThrillerZone.com, YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, and listen to us wherever you get your podcasts. Until next time, stay tuned for your front-row seat to the best thriller writers in the world with me, David Temple for another episode of The Thriller Zone!. . . . . . . . .For A Limited Only: See Patricia LIVE* and in person with Jamie Lee Curtis on Friday, December 1st at 7PM at Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School of Music, 200 South Grand Ave, LA, CA 90012. *Get Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricia-cornwell-with-jamie-lee-curtis-discusses-unnatural-death-tickets-749623182117?aff=oddtdtcreatorSources:Home | Patricia Cornwell | Best-Selling AuthorKay Scarpetta Books in Order - Read This TwiceKay Scarpetta confronts Bigfoot clue in excerpt from Patricia Cornwell's Unnatural Death
M.M. DeLuca author of The Night Side
27:01On today's 157th episode of The Thriller Zone, and in celebration of Women Thriller Writers Month, I'm happy to introduce you to M. M. DeLuca.Marjorie has written a new suspense thriller with a literary influence I think you'll enjoy. It's called The Night Side, and on today's show, we discuss how she got started, how she was discovered, and what she plans to do with this newfound fame.I'm confident that you'll quickly notice her quiet charm, her dogged determination, and her appreciation of both the creative and business process of writing in a variety of genres.To learn more about Marjorie, visit her website: MarjorieDeluca.comAs always, be sure to CONNECT to us at TheThrillerZone.com, follow us on X & Instagram @thethrillerzone, and SUBSCRIBE to our YT channel at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone.
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Tess Gerritsen, International Bestseller of The Spy Coast
31:44On today's 156th episode of The Thriller Zone, we welcome International Bestselling & New York Times Bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen, as we launch NOVEMBER WOMEN THRILLER WRITERS MONTH!To many, Tess is a household name, what with her Rizzoli and Isles Detective Series, a number of books that generated a hit television series, as well as many other series of books.Her newest thriller, The Spy Coast, is flat-out one more spectacular read. As you'll hear in this show, I've listed it among the Top 10 Reads of 2023. This is a page-turner that delivers on so many fronts. It's chock full of spies and intrigue, a murder that ignites the entire story, but the most impressive punch it delivers is the main character, Maggie Bird. Furthermore, Maggie's retired neighbors are not exactly as they seem, and lend authority and insights to the story. Known as The Martini Club Series, we can anticipate more Maggie Magic to come, as Tess is calling this her first book in the new series.I'm confident you'll find my conversation with Tess not only educational and inspirational, but sprinkled with humor and heart. Tess, as we all have come to learn, is a superbly talented writer and exceptionally gracious guest. I will have to say that I'd love to see how our episode would have differed if we had "opened it up to let the language flow."From Medical Doctor to International Bestselling Author, Tess proves by yet another hit novel that she has staying power. To learn more visit: TessGerritsen.comAs always, follow us at TheThrillerZone.com, on X @thethrillerzone, and on YouTube.com/thethrillerzone.
Mark Greaney Bonus Replay
1:08:15On today's 155th episode of The Thriller Zone, we're happy to provide a Bonus REPLAY of an earlier pre-recorded session with our friend and New York Times Bestselling author Mark Greaney.Learn more about Mark and his books at MarkGreaneyBooks.comAs always stay in touch with us at TheThrillerZone.com, follow us on X @thethrillerzone and drop a note at [email protected] Cheers,David Temple, host
David Ellis, author of Look Closer: Replay
44:15Today's 154th episode of The Thriller Zone is a BONUS REPLAY, featuring #1 New York Times Bestselling author David Ellis.David has written a stunning psychological thriller called LOOK CLOSER, and today we talk about it.Learn more about David at DavidEllis.com
Eric Bishop, author of Ransomed Daughter
21:27On today's 153rd BONUS episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to welcome our friend Eric Bishop to the podcast.Eric joins us to discuss his latest thriller, the novella entitled RANSOMED DAUGHTER. He is also the author of The Body Man, a full-length novel that was originally published through an independent publisher.While Eric's new thriller may be short and sweet, he manages to pack a lot of punch into the story, and as you'll hear, has a few things to say about the wide world of self-publishing, a road he is currently pursuing.As promised inside the show, here are three exceptional services for crafting your own book layout: https://www.atticus.io and https://vellum.pub. Also, Todd Wilkins is the artist who crafted Eric's latest book cover. Todd's website is: https://jtoddwilkinsphotography.comTell any of these talented entrepreneurs "TheThrillerZone" referred you and get a bonus discount!To learn more, visit: EricPBishop.com and as always, follow us at TheThrillerZone.com
Mark Gottlieb, VP/Agent at Trident Media Group
43:56Today we kick off October with our 152nd episode of The Thriller Zone, where we welcome super agent Mark Gottlieb.Mark is the Vice-President of Trident Media Group and is a highly-ranked literary agent in overall deals and other individual categories. He is actively building his client list of authors using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers. Mark works directly with authors, helping to manage and grow the careers of numerous New York Times bestselling and prominent award-winning authors through his work at Trident Media Group. Following his time at Penguin Books, he previously ran the agency’s audiobook department and worked in foreign rights. And while at Emerson College, Mark Gottlieb studied writing, literature & publishing and was a Founding Member & President of the college’s Undergraduate Students for Publishing Club. In his free time, Mark Gottlieb tutors free English language classes to adults from underprivileged immigrant families via the Literacy Volunteers program at Family Centers, a nonprofit organization offering education, health & human services. Attention writers: Mark is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looks forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.To learn more about Mark and find the place to submit to him as your potential future agent, go to: https://www.tridentmediagroup.com.As always, subscribe to our YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone Channel and learn about our podcast at TheThrillerZone.com, as well as ALL podcast channels.
Joe Kenda, author of All Is Not Forgiven
45:32On today's 151st episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to welcome Joe Kenda, the original Homicide Hunter, for a return visit to our show.You see, last time we spoke, Joe was promoting his True Crime non-fiction book KILLER TRIGGERS. This time, Joe's back to talk about his thriller fiction debut, ALL IS NOT FORGIVEN.Joe is a retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective lieutenant who was involved in 387 homicide cases over a 23-year career. He solved 356 cases, a closure rate of 92%, and was featured on the Investigation Discovery television show Homicide Hunter, where he recounted stories of cases he solved. Joe is a terrific storyteller, as you'll hear, and has such a way with crafting a tale that you can't help but lean forward so you won't miss a word.In case you turned in to WATCH Joe and I chat, unfortunately you won't be able to see him handsome mug as we were experiencing some tech issues. Fortunately, he's got a tall stack of terrific tales so you're sure to enjoy.After the show, consider going to these fine stores to purchase your copy of ALL IS NOT FORGIVEN:Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or enjoy in audio form at Audible. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to VISIT our website, TheThrillerZone.com, and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube.com/thethrillerzone channel. You can also follow us on X @thethrillerzone Cheers, David Temple
Lou Berney, author of Dark Ride
37:24On today's 150th episode of The Thriller Zone, we welcome Lou Berney to discuss his latest thriller DARK RIDE.Here are what a few notable authors (and one podcast host) has to say about this heart-wrenching thriller.Don Winslow calls it "REMARKABLE!" TJ Newman calls it "BRILLIANT!" Lisa Unger calls it "BREATHLESS!" Kent Krueger calls it "DYNAMITE!" SA Cosby calls it "Lou's best work yet!" And allow me to finish with my two cents: "SURPRISING & MOVING!"PRE-ORDER your copy today here: Amazon - Barnes and Noble - Indie BoundKick back. Relax, and settle in a for fun, engaging, and emotionally-driven episode, our 150th I might add. It's guaranteed fun.To learn more about Lou visit: LouBerney.comAnd as always JOIN US at TheThrillerZone.com, SUBSCRIBE TO US at YouTube.com/thethrillerzone, and FOLLOW US on X @thethrillerzone
The Thriller Zone and Atria Mystery Bus Bouchercon 23 Author Recap
1:09:40On today's 149th episode, we feature SIX authors of various stature. Some are legends. Others, 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.The featured authors include: Chris Hauty, I. S. Berry, Amando Correa, Christine McKenzie, Katy Hays and Jack Carr.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 the last vestiges of the Summer heat, while you and I enjoy some conversation about books, thrillers and more, on an episode that will entertain, educate, and hopefully inspire you to write your best work.Remember: there's room on the bookshelves for you too.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