Ted Flanagan is my guest on today's BONUS podcast; that's right, Ted marks the 50th Episode of The Thriller Zone. And while he may be a relative newcomer to the published author world, you will no doubt be hearing a great deal more from this up-and-coming author.
Ted Flanagan is a Paramedic and former daily newspaper reporter from central Massachusetts whose writing has appeared on Shotgun Honey and Cognoscenti, among other places. In addition, he served as a Recon Marine with 2nd Recon Battalion.
Please welcome this tremendously talented new writer to The Thriller Zone.
To learn more, visit and follow Ted here:
- Follow on Twitter @TedEMTP
- Instagram @ted_flanagan_0321
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Frank Bill is New York Times bestselling author of Back To The Dirt
33:38On today's Bonus Episode of The Thriller Zone, I welcome New York Times bestselling author Frank Bill.Frank has written a rough-around-the-edges thriller called Back To The Dirt. Rough, because it's scrappy. Don't let the puppy on the photo fool you; his prose is chock full of ass-kicking, take-no-names grit.Give a listen as he blends his experiences with those of his father, crafting a page-turner that shines. To quote Christine Tran and her starred review on Booklist, she says, “Bill draws wrenching parallels between battle and family-abuse trauma through evocative hallucinations, survival of the fittest settings, and disarming compassion…his descriptions are both ugly and beautiful, often merging the hunt with Miles’ Vietnam flashbacks, capturing the realities of those resigned to being left behind and the violence that offers short-lived power.”Yep, that just about covers it. Now, kick back and enjoy this 30-minute Bonus Episode of The Thriller Zone.And when you're done, spin over to TheThrillerZone.com and join the fun by signing up for our newsletter (soon to release), and leave a voice message, or write a review. Oh hell, just sit and listen awhile.
Chris Hauty, author of The Devil You Know
52:28On today's 133rd episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to hang out with a significant thriller author who has become a good friend. Chris Hauty, creator of the Haley Chill Series, is unleashing his latest book on May 23rd.Chris and I sat down together, face-to-face even, at my old friend Jonathan Ayala's studios in Glendale, CA. Thanks Jonathan.This was my first in-person podcast with an author since launching this show nearly two years ago. Fun fact: our 2-year anniversary will be next month, in mid-June, and we kick off Season 5 around the July 4th Holiday.Hanging out with Chris, you always know you're in for some laughs. His off-the-cuff demeanor, and don't-take-anything-too-seriously attitude always guarantees a good time. But he also dishes some very tasty nuggets of truths, especially for would-be writers. My favorite? Chris says, "Don't Be Boring." I like that. In fact, I've just launched a new line of #dontbeboring t-shirts. You'll be able to get one soon.If you're a fan of page-turning thrillers, and as you'll learn in this episode, I feel this is Chris' best work to date, then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. Should you have read his other Haley Chill books? Not necessarily, but it certainly helps. And if you were to only read two? I'd say THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, but first DEEP STATE, which is the (debut) book that got the attention of publisher Emily Bestler, and launched his writing career. Yes, Chris has another book in the works, and if you'd like to learn more about Chris, follow his career and books, and be a part of his social media, visit: ChrisHauty.com. Also, special thanks to David Brown at Simon & Schuster for helping bring Chris to the show.As always, we thank you for FOLLOWING, LIKING, SUBSCRIBING and SHARING your love of TheThrillerZone.com with your friends. Authorbytes.com can build YOUR author website today. Get 3-MONTHS FREE using code: ThrillerZoneRickBleiweiss.com is home to "Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives" AND "Murder In Haxford," Rick's new mystery/suspense thrillers.
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TJ Newman, New York bestselling author of DROWNING
55:33On today's episode of The Thriller Zone, I welcome New York Times bestselling author T. J. Newman, the two-time blockbuster writer of action thrillers you read quickly and never forget.She debuted a year ago and instantly rocketed to the top of the New York Times bestselling lists with the book FALLING. One year later, she's once again enjoying the sweet flavor of success with a follow-up action thriller in DROWNING: The Rescue of Flight 1421.Not only that, she's taking Hollywood by storm by causing bidding wars between top Hollywood studios, producers, and super-star actors. Yes, Falling will be a movie. And yes, DROWNING will be a movie too.Today, TJ and I chat about the feeling of success, but the pain of 41 rejection letters, as well. We chat about music, books, favorite adult beverages, and so much more. It's truly one of my favorite episodes this year, and perhaps since we launched the show just shy of two years ago.Kick back and get comfortable, unless, of course, you are listening to this podcast while working out, commuting, cleaning house, or just chilling on the porch; in that case, you know what to do.Here's one thing you SHOULD consider: BUY a copy of DROWNING today! It's available for pre-order on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Indie-bound. Note: it will also be available in the audiobook soon.And trust me when I say you will love it. This book has everything a solid hit thriller needs...to keep you turning pages, and rooting for the good guys, right up to the startling conclusion.To learn more about TJ, see her website, or follow her on social media, go to TJNewmanAuthor.comFor the DEADLINE article, go here.As always, you can FOLLOW, LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, LISTEN & WATCH us at TheThrillerZone.com RickBleiweiss.com is the author of Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detective (book one) and Murder in Haxford (book two). Get your copies today!Authorbytes.com is "The Author Website Builder to the Stars!"
Jack Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Only The Dead
39:23This month is turning out to be epic to this podcast; I mean, it's one great hit after another, to borrow an old radio phrase. Today, I welcome New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr to discuss his latest thriller, Only The Dead.Jack is well-known in the #militarythriller community for his "been there/done that" true-to-life details, action-packed page-turning thrillers, and atop all the military awards, the hunting expertise, the love of sharp objects, and the mastery of the written word, he's just one helluva solid dude.Professionally, he's a former Navy Seal, spent 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, and went from enlisted Seal sniper to. Jr. Officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq & Afghanistan, to Platoon Commander practicing counter insurgency in the Southern Philipines, to commanding a Special Ops task unit in Iraq.With now six books under his belt, including: The Terminal List, True Believer, Savage Son, The Devil's Hand, In The Blood, and now Only The Dead, Jack, as you'll hear inside the show, tells us he is NOT slowing down.In fact, between the Amazon TV Series, The Terminal List, Jack has another show in the works. He's also hard at work on his next thriller. AND he's putting his pen to paper for his first official non-fiction.So, as you can see, this former Navy Seal has the stamina, determination, and discipline to keep...on...ticking...no matter the odds.My wife and I have followed Jack's career from (practically) Day One, and we've noticed two big things: (1) No matter how successful he's become (and no doubt rich, to boot), and no matter how in-demand he is, Jack remains one of the very nicest men I've ever met in this business. In any business. And (2) Jack is a man that puts his family first, his country second, and his business third. That's a powerful combo.Want to FOLLOW Jack? He's on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @JackCarrUSA. His website is: OfficialJackCarr.com, and his storefront (which is kick-ass and super top-shelf) is shop.officialjackcarr.comKick back and enjoy a rapid fire session with my friend, Jack Carr. Would he have it any other way?Oh, and just in case you're bummed it's only 30 minutes, Jack has assured me he's happy to make a return visit and clear the decks so we can have a much longer time together. After all, he says, "I want to see what this Rapid-Fire Questions" is all about.Plese be sure to SUBSCRIBE at YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone, visit TheThrillerZone.com where you can follow everything we do, and connect via both Twitter AND Instagram @TheThrillerZone. Thanks for watching!-David Temple, host [ linktr.ee/davidtemple ] Authorbytes.com can build YOUR author website today. Get 3-MONTHS FREE using code: ThrillerZoneRickBleiweiss.com is home to "Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives" AND "Murder In Haxford," Rick's new mystery/suspense thrillers.
New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow of City of Dreams
1:09:30Welcome to one of the best podcast episodes of 2023. Why? Because my guest is the multi-award-winning New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow. With nearly two dozen novels under his belt, many of which have experienced international best-seller status, Don has spent a better part of 30 years honing his immense writing craft.With the debut of his "City Trilogy," which includes last year's smash hit, "City on Fire," followed up this year with "City of Dreams," the only thing left to do is to wrap the trifecta of narrative fiction tastiness with his "City In Ruins" that will release in 2024.But for now, I sit down with Don to spend an hour talking about his various series, many of which I've read, and my listeners have enjoyed for the past several decades. We discuss the art of writing, the writing community, what it takes to be a successful writer, and his best suggestions on crafting winning thrillers. Plus, perhaps some of the biggest news to cross our desks: Oscar-nom Austin Butler has been contracted to play Danny Ryan, the lead in the City Trilogy. Austin will likewise produce, alongside Don and his long-time friend and agent, Shane Salerno of The Story Factory.We also share a mutual passion for Jazz, and discuss that, as well as our love of New York City, both past and present; our appreciation of taking the time to do whatever it takes to make the very best product possible, and we discuss our mutual love of Los Olas Mexican Restaurant (an Encinitas/Cardiff mainstay).In the fun-and-games section of our show, called "Rapid Fire Questions" we learn what makes Don tick, as it pertains to his preference for writing (tools, music, and technique). And wait'll you hear whose three guests he would invite with him and Jean to dinner with Tammy and myself.All in all, I had a simply sublime time with a man whom I greatly admire, and am both humbled and honored to call "friend." And as I say near the end of the show, I consider him one of the most significant writers of my generation.To learn more about Don, visit his website at: DonWinslow.com. Follow him on Twitter @donwinslow, on Instagram @DonWinslowFilms and on Facebook @donwinslowauthor.If you haven't read his earlier work, allow me to share here: City of Dreams, City on Fire, Broken, The Border, The Force, The Cartel, The Kings of Cool, Satori, The Gentleman’s Hour, Savages, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, Looking for a Hero (non-fiction co-written with Peter Maslowski), California Fire and Life, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Isle of Joy, and 5 books in the Neal Carey Mystery Series to include: While Drowning In The Desert, A Long Walk Up The Water Slide, Way Down on the High Lonely, The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror, A Cool Breeze on The Underground.As mentioned in the show, congrats to Blackstone Publishing for resurrecting his Neal Carey Series, soon to be re-released later this year, as part of the series' 30-Year Anniversary.Special Mentions:•THANK YOU to mutual friend, Shane Salerno of The Story Factory, for arranging Don's appearance. I deeply admire all that you do.•Thanks to Warwick's Bookstore (La Jolla, CA) for everything you do to provide our community such a terrific place to learn & discover authors.•Thanks to Blackstone Publishing/Audio, who finds and mentors spectacular authors with immense talent. And THANK YOU for taking a chance on this content creator by managing part of my library of work (excited to announce soon).•Thanks to my wonderful audience who takes time from their busy lives to spend an hour of their time with a guy who simply loves the art of conversation, hoping to inspire & entertain my listeners; without you, I'm talking to myself in a room.•Thanks to Don for expanding my mental universe with such sublimely crafted characters, each of whom I'll never forget; your storytelling ability is vast and deep, and I'm grateful to The Universe for merging our paths.•Last, thanks to my wife, Tammy, who loves and supports me and my dreams; this Adventure Of A Lifetime wouldn't be possible without YOU!FOLLOW US:TheThrillerZone.com Twitter @thethrillerzone Instagram @TheThrillerZone Watch & Subscribe at YouTube.com/TheThrillerZoneThe Thriller Zone is created, produced & hosted by David Temple. ©2023, 82 MERCER. RickBleiweiss.com is the author of Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detective (book one) and Murder in Haxford (book two). Get your copies today!Authorbytes.com is "The Author Website Builder to the Stars!"
David Darling, author of Edge Of Time
49:33David Darling is an up-and-coming author, with several books under his belt, including the latest reality-bending thriller, Edge Of Time. He has been self-publishing for some time, now has an agent, and is "this close" to getting his career going.On today's 129th BONUS Episode of The Thriller Zone, David and I talk about his latest book, of course, but we also talk about life in Canada, his time of service in the Army, what it takes to be a writer today, his routine (read: substantial self-discipline), and much more.We discuss the "1,000,000 Words" aka 10,000 hour "rule" that many promote, as a way to gauge one's preparation for success. And along the way, we get his take on what it takes to be a success.All in all, it's a good time. David is a Thriller Zone fan, and he has always shown his support in so many ways. I suppose that's one of the reasons, besides his talents, I wanted to carve out some time with him. You'll enjoy his down-home approach, and clever sense of humor. And I hope you'll enjoy the bit of "Random Thoughts" I share at the very start of the show. I suppose it's a reflection of just one of the many ways I look forward to "broadening the scope" of this podcast. Let me know what you think, okay?To learn more about David, visit his website: DavidDarlingBooks.com, take a look around, and consider helping a creative guy who loves to write. His book drops on 4.25.I'm David Temple, host of TheThrillerZone.com, and I thank you for listening.
T. R. Hendricks, debut author of The Instructor
52:27T. R. Hendricks is the debut author of the military thriller, The Instructor. From the opening line to the last page, you know you're in the hands of an up-and-coming thriller master.Join me on today's 128th episode of The Thriller Zone, your front-row seat to the very best thriller writers in the world, for fiction, television and film.Tim and I talk about the book, of course, but we also dig into this background as former United States Army captain who served as tank platoon leader, then as a military intelligence officer, where he was an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior's National Information and Intelligence Agency.We talk about survival, the tools of survival, and during the "fun & games" portion of the podcast, take those topics in our popular "Rapid Fire Questions." We also get to learn a thing or two about tools of the (survival) trade, as evidenced in StatGearTools.com (a universal knife and handy tool kit), and FerroFire.com (for a ferro rod striking kit). No, I receive nothing for sharing this, just helping people out who run businesses.Before you finish this podcast, I hope you'll take a minute to think about what Tim, and many other men and women of our various military services do on a daily basis: defend and protect our lives, as we live in a land of freedom. I never take this for granted, and I'm sure you don't either.To learn more about Tim, visit: TRHendricksAuthor.com. And as always, I hope you'll follow us at TheThrillerZone.com, and/or wherever you get your podcasts. And thanks for SUBSCRIBING to our YouTube Channel. As you may or may not know, we need to reach 1,000 subscribers before (in some people's minds) to be taken seriously. It also gives us the chance to increase our position in the marketplace.THANK YOU for your continued support. And for sharing across all Social Media Channels. We don't get paid for this podcast, and are always looking for sponsors who believe in what we're doing.If YOU would like to consider supporting us, OR, just want to say hello and tell us where you listen, please reach out to at: thethrillerzone [at] gmail. We'd love to hear from you.Thank you, David Temple, host
Steven James, author of Broker Of Lies
51:19Steven James is the bestselling author of 18 novels, many of which have won more than a dozen awards, and include books from The Bowers Files Series, The Gevin Banks Experience, The Blue Trilogy (YA), and his newest, The Travis Brock Series.On today's 127th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm happy to welcome someone for whom I have great respect, as Steven is able to write in multiple genres, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as educational books about the craft of writing.BROKER OF LIES is... "a taut, page-turning thriller...tense, twisty, with and an edge-of-your-seat ending." -Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Sisters.The man who knows all our secrets has a secret of his own.When Travis Brock, a high-level Pentagon redactor with an eidetic memory, finds a clue to solving the tragic arson that took his wife from him, he risks everything to find the truth―and chances losing himself in the process. With a terror attack looming on the horizon and a pair of assassins on his tail, Brock drops off the grid and joins forces with a disavowed Homeland Security operative. Together they race to stop the attack before Brock is neutralized by the people he trusts the most. From critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist Steven James comes a smart, wire-tight, and emotionally resonant thriller that asks just how far across the line we might go to see justice carried out.Today, we discuss writing, the writing community, living in Tennessee, the importance of first and second and third drafts, in order to get the story the very best you can. Take it from a guy who has a Master's Degree in Storytelling...this guys knows how to spin a yarn.Learn more at: StevenJames.net and follow Steven on Twitter @readstevenjamesAs always, we love the fact that you love thriller fiction, and follow us. If you haven't subscribed to our YT Channel yet, please do so at: YouTube.com/TheThrillerZone, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheThrillerZone and stay in touch at: TheThrillerZone.com
Robert Dugoni author of Her Deadly Game
46:17On today's 126th episode of The Thriller Zone, I'm excited to welcome New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of over two dozen riveting thrillers!Bob's been a talent I've dreamt of having on the show for a very long time; at least since I launched this podcast nearly two years ago. Finally, we have time to sit down and discuss his prolific body of work. It includes: The Tracy Crosswhite police series, the Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, plus several stand-alone novels.But the Big News of Today is the launch of his fourth series starring Keera Duggan, a former chess prodigy who's recently left her job as a Seattle prosecutor after a romantic relationship with a senior colleague ended badly. She returns to her family's failing criminal defense law firm, which is being driven into the ground by her alcoholic father, in hopes of restoring her family's reputation and her career.I'll save the rest of the details for YOU to discover. Just let me say, you won't be able to put this legal thriller down; it's flat-out fantastic! In fact, once you read Bob's work, you, like I, will quickly discover a favorite new author for your bookshelves. The book dropped yesterday (3.28), and you might as well order a copy now.Episode Summary:We discuss our mutual appreciation for the craft of writing, studying the works of great authors like Stephen King, and how Bob's background in law has taught him the importance of discipline in his writing routine. We explore the art of editing and the importance of cutting unnecessary content, as well as the challenges of quieting the inner critic while writing. We also discuss the process of weaving a chess game throughout a novel, the importance of adaptability and intuition in both the game and the legal profession, and the humbling experience of receiving praise from fellow authors. Finally, we share personal stories and powerful lessons learned from our fathers, the importance of following our dreams, and valuable advice for aspiring writers. Don't miss this heartfelt and captivating conversation!To learn more about Bob visit: RobertDugoniBooks.com and follow him on Twitter @robertdugoni.As always, we welcome you to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube.com Channel @thethrillerzone, as well as FOLLOW up on both Twitter and Instagram @thethrillerzone, and of course visit our website: TheThrillerZone.comBREAKDOWN:Chapters:(0:00:06) - Storytelling With Robert Dugoni(0:05:28) - Exploring Family Dysfunction Through Storytelling(0:17:40) - The Art of Editing(0:28:15) - Benefits of Being Attorney(0:37:10) - Following Your Dreams WritingChapter Summaries:(0:00:06) - Storytelling With Robert Dugoni (5 Minutes)Welcome to the Thriller Zone! In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking with Robert Dugoni about his latest Her Deadly game. Bob shares his work ethic, emphasizing the importance of working every day and how his background in law has taught him to be disciplined in his writing routine. We also delve into Bob's early love for storytelling, sparked by his experiences in seventh grade and his mother's influence in introducing him to literature at a young age.(0:05:28) - Exploring Family Dysfunction Through Storytelling (12 Minutes)In this captivating conversation, we delve into the origins of my passion for writing, starting with a speech on slavery in the seventh grade that left my classmates in stunned silence. We also discuss the various awards I've won, such as the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award, but highlight that my true gratification comes from receiving heartfelt emails from readers who've been touched by my stories.(0:17:40) - The Art of Editing (11 Minutes)Exploring the art of editing and the importance of cutting unnecessary content, we discuss how the process of writing organically and letting characters guide the story can lead to surprising results. We also touch on the challenges of quieting the inner critic while writing and learning from the structure and emotional moments in storytelling. Furthermore, we dive into the process of weaving a chess game throughout a novel, highlighting the importance of adaptability and intuition in both the game and the legal profession.(0:28:15) - Benefits of Being Attorney (9 Minutes)Diving into the relationship between being an attorney and a skilled novelist, we discuss the importance of storytelling in both professions. From courtroom dramas to compelling novels, the ability to captivate an audience and tell a story is crucial. However, not every lawyer is a good novelist, and the key to success lies in hard work, dedication, and the ability to take advice. (0:37:10) - Following Your Dreams Writing (9 Minutes)We share personal stories and the powerful lessons learned from our fathers. We discuss how loyalty, following our dreams, and not waiting to pursue passions have shaped our lives and careers. As the discussion comes to a close, we share valuable advice for aspiring writers, emphasizing the importance of learning the craft of writing to save time, avoid pain, and create well-rounded characters.
Deborah Crombie, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Killing Of Innocents
36:35On 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!