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Episode 14 - Diane Haynes
June 30, 2010 10:36 AM PDT
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Diane Haynes is the author of the Jane Ray Wildlife Rescue series for young adults. The first book in the series deals with saving wildlife after an oil spill - and we had the chance to talk with her about what inspired this story.

As with all our podcasts, we wound up talking about far more than just oil spills and current events. Diane is as witty as she is intelligent, and it shines both in her personality and her writing.

I should also add that Diane was the first author ever to sing her tag!

You can learn more about her on her website,

Episode 13 - The Class of 2k10 at BEA
June 25, 2010 01:08 AM PDT
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During our trip to Book Expo America, we had the opportunity to interview the Class of 2k10. What is that, you may ask? This is a unique idea for a group of debut authors to support and promote each other as they launch their new books.

In the photo, we have: Shannon Delany, Jeri Smith-Ready, Denise Jaden, Rhonda Hayter, Judith Graves, and Kitty Keswick.

Missing are: Swati Avasthi, Michele Corriel, Leah Cypess, Alexandra Diaz, Bonnie J. Doerr, Janet Fox, Jacqueline Houtman, Jennifer Hubbard, Irene Latham, Tom Leveen, Shari Maurer, Kristina McBride, Mara Purnhagen, Laura Quimby, Jame Richards, N.H. Senzai, and Laura L. Sullivan.

You can find out more about them here:

Episode 12 - Adrienne Kress
June 05, 2010 08:42 PM PDT
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Continuing with our "Sounds of BEA" theme, Lee and I met up with Adrienne Kress while in New York. While Book Expo America proved to be a wonderful time for networking with authors and publishers, as heard here it was also a time for creating new friendships.

Adrienne was a blast to interview and also to hang out with for the day. While we could have recorded the entire trip to Central Park and the Empire State Building, and all of it would have been interesting, we chose these fifteen minutes to share.

You can find out more about Adrienne here:

And you can read her experiences at BEA here:

Episode 11 - Sounds of BEA and Our Street Meat Adventure
May 29, 2010 09:47 AM PDT
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In this episode, I collected various sounds while we visited Book Expo America in New York. Lee and I had a chance to meet with many people from all over the book industry - authors, publishers, editors, librarians, and book bloggers.

We also had a running joke that I was going to eat what we dubbed "Street Meat" - which was a hot dog from a street vendor. At first this was simply a passing comment, but then on each of our Facebook pages we began to get requests for it. This then became our running gag - will James eat Street Meat?

Episode 10 - Part II With Meg Tilly and Don Calame
April 19, 2010 11:44 PM PDT
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When geeks discuss hockey, sports, vegetarianism and Korea.

All in one great podcast.

Episode 9 - Susan Juby
April 02, 2010 01:02 PM PDT
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The hardest part of making a podcast is knowing what to cut. We generally record more than we'll need, just to make sure that we get some great juicy bits. However, what happens when the author is so entertaining that all of it is juicy?

Susan Juby is a fantastic author of young adult fiction. Her newest novel is what I would call an Important Piece in young adult literature. This is the kind of book that will transform lives, and I'm willing to bet even save a few. It's the kind of memoir that reminds us that we are not the only ones going through darkness, but that we share a common human experience. Nice Recovery is a book that every parent needs to read, and then give to their preteen or teen to read.

You can learn all about Susan at

Episode 8 - Meg Tilly and Don Calame
March 19, 2010 09:45 AM PDT
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A few weeks ago, Lee and I met up with Meg Tilly, Don Calame and kc dyer for an authors night out. Along with a fantastic dinner, we wound up having amazing conversation - which is pretty unavoidable when you have five authors all at the same table.

Meg and Don are a great couple, and both very supportive of each other as writers. To me, they are what inspiration is. You just can't help but want to go home and write your next novel, knowing that your book will be in the same company as theirs.

This will be part one of two, as we captured almost two hours of conversation. Obviously, that's far too much for a single podcast. I have pulled out the best forty minutes - twenty for each session.

In session one, we discussed Meg's cameo on Caprica, Don's work as a screenwriter, kc dyer's new book.

Episode 7 - Marianne Mancusi
February 13, 2010 11:10 PM PST
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I think this marks the first time Lee and I were nervous speaking with our guest. Up until this point, at least one of us (if not both) knew the author we were about to interview, whereas this time we interviewed someone we knew only by reputation.

In a "world is small" sort-of way, I "met" Mari Mancusi ( through Myspace in 2007 when my book Pyre was being published. I asked her to read a pre-published copy of it, and if she liked it maybe she would provide me with a quote for the jacket. She graciously read it, enjoyed it and gave me the quote. After that, I have enjoyed following her career with her vampire series, Blood Coven, as well as her new story in the anthology, "Zombie Valentine" and countless other books. You can see her at Dragon Con defending Zombies on the panel "Vampires vs. Zombies" (

When she isn't writing, you can see her on the nationally syndicated TV show Better TV. (

Episode 6 - Arthur Slade
January 27, 2010 11:35 PM PST
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This was our first run with a Skype interview - and definitely one with a learning curve. Sorry about the background noise, but I had the recorder too close to my hard drive and picked up all the whirrs. Luckily, the sound was semi-salvageable and of course Arthur Slade is too funny not to listen to.

We discuss heavy metal music, walking on treadmills, Star Wars and a little about writing.

The treadmill link is:

Episode 5 - Part II of CC Humphreys
January 11, 2010 03:42 PM PST
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James McCann and Lee Fodi discuss their holiday disasters, and segue into their second half of the interview with author and actor CC Humphreys. ( In this episode, Chris talks about hobbies, what doesn't inspire him and working as an author.

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