On today's 120th Episode of The Thriller Zone, a bonus episode we might add, I'm happy to welcome the lovely and talented Lexie Elliott, author of Bright and Deadly Things.
Lexie is the author of three other smash hits: How To Kill Your Best Friend, The Missing Years, and her debut, The French Girl.
This week she lights up the charts with her latest psychological thriller that The Guardian calls "Uncannily creepy," and Pop Sugar calls "Utterly unnerving and completely engrossing."
Perhaps what sets Lexie apart from other authors is her ability to write novels so distinctive many say her work is in a class of their own.
I sat down with the charming Scottish author to discuss how her career in investment banking, her education that includes an undergrad degree AND a Phd in physics, both from Oxford, along with her lifelong penchant for exercise help her "write what she knows."
I hope you'll enjoy our off-the-beaten path chats about swimming the English Channel, our mutual love of tea (hers is much more profound), and what it's like balancing the life of Mother, Wife, Athlete, and Author.
To learn more visit LexieElliot.com and follow us on TheThrillerZone.com.
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37:40On today's 125th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm pleased to welcome New York Times Bestselling author of "A Killing Of Innocents," Deborah Crombie. This is Deborah's latest in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James mystery series.Today, we chat about her latest mystery-thriller, about living in rural Texas, about her fondness (she'd say "obsession") with all things UK, and we dive into some "off the beaten path" items (certainly my style), which include her passion for English gardens, classic old Craftsman-style architecture (a passion we both share), German Shepherds, cocktails, and a few secret passions (shared inside, and detailed below). It's a LOT of fun packed into 30-minutes!Please join me for a delightful conversation with a gal who's been at this for nearly 30 years, is celebrating her 19th Kincaid/James novel (while currently crafting her 20th), and has no plans for slowing down soon.Learn more about Deborah at: DeborahCrombie.com, follow her on Twitter @deborahcrombie, on Instagram @deborah.crombie, and on Facebook @DeborahCrombieAuthorOur mutual passions include #fountainpen & hand-crafted #leatherjournal, as seen here on my new finds:PENS: https://www.instagram.com/benupen and JOURNALS: https://www.instagram.com/iona_handcrafted_booksAs always, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel, and FOLLOW us at: TheThrillerZone.com, or wherever you get your favorite Podcasts! Authorbytes, the author website builder, is offering Thriller Zone listeners a Special Deal. Go to Authorbytes.com and use the Code: ThrillerZone and Get 3-Months FREE when you sign up for a one-year contract. It's just that easy!
William Landay, author of All That Is Mine I Carry With Me
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Rick Bleiweiss, author of Murder In Haxford
55:21On today's 123rd Episode, we meet Mystery writer Rick Bleiweiss to talk about his much expected "Murder in Haxford," another Pignon Scorbion Mystery.Today is a Bonus Episode, which means there will be bonus material on the show. Sure, we talk about the book, which is a delightful read, and is reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. But we also go off on several tangents that include epigenetics (the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work), aging (and ways to keep that at bay), we discuss the music industry, a career in which Rick enjoyed an illustrious and successful career, and our mutual fondness for the PBS Show, All Creatures Great and Small.We also skim across the top of several other topics that are near and dear to both of our hearts. You see, Rick and I have become fast friends, and find ourselves talking off camera (and on phone), more than most podcast/guests do.As you'll quickly see, we're friends, and enjoy one another's company. So, grab a coffee, a tea, or something stronger, and kick back to enjoy an old-fashioned good time. Learn more at RickBleiweiss.com and follow him on Twitter @RickBleiweiss. Please follow and subscribe to our YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone Channel, listen at TheThrillerZone.com or wherever you get your podcasts.
Andrews-Wilson, writing duo behind the new thriller, DEMPSEY
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New York Times Bestselling author Mark Greaney
1:09:01On today's 121st episode of The Thriller Zone, we welcome New York Times Bestselling author of BURNER, his latest thriller in the Gray Man Series.Yes, his Gray Man became a film starring Ryan Gosling. Yes, he's written 23 page-turning, non-stop action thrillers that have amazed and enthralled readers around the world. And yes, Mark "Gray Man" Greaney is on #TheTZ.Today, we discuss many topics: #family #guns #thrillers #violence #safetyfirst #writing #writingcommunity #thrillers, #thrillermovies, #thrilleraudiobooks #sigsauer #glock and much more.Mark shares with us his very best writing advice. It's something you should hear, absorb, and practice...every single day. Trust me, it sounds super simple (and it is, in theory), but to carry it out every day; that's the challenge.But my challenge to you is: IF you FINISH whatever it is you're writing, after making it the very best you can, THEN you will be on your way to being one step closer to being the best writer you can be.To learn more about Mark and his long lineage of fantastic reads, which includes crafting thrillers for the #tomclancy slate of thrillers, visit MarkGreanyBooks.comAs always, visit, subscribe and connect with us at TheThrillerZone.com, on Twitter & Instagram @thethrillerzone and YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone
Lexie Elliott, author of Bright and Deadly Things
44:21On today's 120th Episode of The Thriller Zone, a bonus episode we might add, I'm happy to welcome the lovely and talented Lexie Elliott, author of Bright and Deadly Things.Lexie is the author of three other smash hits: How To Kill Your Best Friend, The Missing Years, and her debut, The French Girl.This week she lights up the charts with her latest psychological thriller that The Guardian calls "Uncannily creepy," and Pop Sugar calls "Utterly unnerving and completely engrossing."Perhaps what sets Lexie apart from other authors is her ability to write novels so distinctive many say her work is in a class of their own. I sat down with the charming Scottish author to discuss how her career in investment banking, her education that includes an undergrad degree AND a Phd in physics, both from Oxford, along with her lifelong penchant for exercise help her "write what she knows."I hope you'll enjoy our off-the-beaten path chats about swimming the English Channel, our mutual love of tea (hers is much more profound), and what it's like balancing the life of Mother, Wife, Athlete, and Author.To learn more visit LexieElliot.com and follow us on TheThrillerZone.com.
Joey Hartstone, author of The Local and EP of Showtime’s "Your Honor"
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Remembering Ted Bell, New York Times Bestselling Author
2:16:23On today's Special 2-Hour Bonus Episode of The Thriller Zone, we honor the life of one of the world's finest talents. New York Times Bestselling author Ted Bell passed away this past week, leaving behind a loving family, and a legion of avid fans. As the creator of the Alex Hawke Series, among other titles, I will fondly remember Ted as a Southern gentleman with a stylish flair, a wonderful sense of humor, and a genuine zest for life. Today's show features two past episodes of The Thriller Zone, back to back, and shows just what a wonderful and engaging storyteller Ted was. I wish he hadn't left so soon, as there was so much he had yet to give, and there were so many cocktails we had yet to enjoy. I, like many others, were lucky to call him friend, so lift a glass and toast one of our finest authors, as we Remember Ted Bell.
Grady Hendrix, New York Times Bestselling Author
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