Amber Brock – Lady Be Good: A Novel
Fiction / June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to the days of poodle skirts, I Like Ike and I Love Lucy. Once there, we’ll meet Kitty Tessler — a saucy, scheming socialite out to settle scores with snobs. Our guide on this whirlwind tour of Manhattan, Miami, and parts of Havana brewing with an anti-Batista revolution, is Amber Brock, author of Lady Be Good: A Novel. Amber Brock teaches British literature at an all-girls’ school in Atlanta, and Publishers Weekly described her debut novel, 2016’s A Fine Imitation, as “An absorbing tale of art, deception, romance, and forbidden desire.” She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs. Visit her at AmberBrock.net or at AmBrockWrites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also referenced in this episode: This 2002 C-Span interview with Tom Clancy.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:28 — 117.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Sheila Myers – The Night is Done: A Durant Family Saga
Fiction / April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to 1931 to conclude the Durant Family Trilogy. Moving on from the Gilded Age, we’ll catch up with William and Ella, the adult children of Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, in the final years of their complicated lives. Our guest, Sheila Myers, first introduced us to the family in her novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by an economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, saw the William and Ella locking horns, as their father continued to exert influence on their lives from beyond the grave. In the conclusion, The Night Is Done, William and Ella cast their eyes back on their lives, and confront the stark truth about their legacy and long-gone fortune. Sheila Myers is an associate professor at Cayuga Community College, which feeds her passion for the Durant family in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. You can follow her on Twitter @SheilaMMyers or visit her online at WWDurantStory.com. And you can listen to our previous interviews on both Imaginary Brightness and Castles in the Air in our archives at HistoryAuthor.com, or wherever you’re listening.     Podcast: Download…

Tom Grace – Undeniable: A Nolan Kilkenny Thriller
Fiction / December 31, 2017

January 1, 2018 – Happy New Year, history lovers! To kick off 2018, we welcome thriller author Tom Grace to discuss the sixth novel in his series featuring ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny: Undeniable. Tom’s novels feature cutting-edge technology, and we discuss how DNA science is solving historical mysteries. Did Adolf Hitler have a son? Was Warren G. Harding our first black president? What sinister uses will criminal minds cook up when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Word document? Ancestry.com is set to double their database to 12 million people in the New Year. Our trained genealogist can help you unlock the history written in your chromosomes at HistoryAuthor.com/Family-History. Find Tom online at TomGrace.net, on Twitter @Tom_Grace, or like him as Facebook.com/AuthorTomGrace. All his novels are available in paperback from Regnery Fiction. Tom has guest hosted on the History Author Show three times. Jeanne Walker Harvey: Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines. Hugh Howard: Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Gerald Posner: God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. Our next all-new interview airs on January 15, 2018 as we move to an every-other-week schedule.     Podcast:…

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Fiction / November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 – This week, we’ll see a familiar face in the passenger seat of our time machine under a big cartwheel hat, as we travel back to 1908 Los Angeles. Our guest is Jennifer Kincheloe, here to chat about her second novel, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk — An Anna Blanc Mystery. Since we last spoke, Jen has earned the Colorado Gold Award for Mystery, and spots as a finalist for the MacAvirty Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award, the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel, and the Colorado Author’s League Award for Genre Fiction. You can catch our interview on her acclaimed debut novel, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, in the archives at HistoryAuthor.com or wherever you’re listening, and find our guest online at JenniferKincheloe.com, on Twitter @JenKincheloe, or Facebook.com/TheSecretLifeOfAnnaBlanc — where she shares all the great Gilded Age images you could ever want and then some.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:50 — 42.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Fiona Davis – The Address: A Novel
Fiction / October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 – This week, our time machine shuttles back and forth between the 1880s and the 1980s, with a story anchored at the ends of family trees and DNA strands. Our guide on this journey is Fiona Davis, author of The Address: A Novel. It builds a bridge between two women, united across a century by the legendary Dakota apartment building. Famous today as the home to celebrities and artists — and infamous as the spot John Lennon met his doom — it was originally a Guided Age an enigma, plopped in the middle of Upper Manhattan’s muddy fields, still dotted with ramshackle farmhouses. By the 1980s, the Dakota had fallen into sooty disrepair, and found its grand apartments suffering architectural indignities like lime green shag carpets, bamboo walls, and mirrored closets. The Address follows on the heels of Fiona Davis’s acclaimed first book, The Dollhouse, about the famed Barbizon Hotel for Women. Born in Canada and raised in places as far-flung as Utah, Texas, and New Jersey, our guest worked for years as an actress on Broadway, and attended both the College of William & Mary and the Columbia University School of Journalism. Find her online at…

Eva Stachniak – The Chosen Maiden
Fiction / September 4, 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an Author’s Evening with Eva Stachniak at the Kosciuszko Foundation on Sept. 12, 2017. September 4, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to early 20th Century Eastern Europe, where we’ll meet ballerina Bronislava Nijinsky. Bronia was a remarkable dancer and woman, who charted a course for greatness despite the upheavals outside and inside her family. The Chosen Maiden blends fiction and fact seamlessly, while including cameos by giants of the period such as prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso. Bronislava Nijinsky was born in the last decade of the Victorian Era, and the inspiration for her brother Valaslav’s play which gives the novel its title: The Chosen Maiden. Our guide on this journey of historical fiction is Eva Stachniak. The Nijinskys inspired her with their lives as Polish dancers in a Tsarist Russia, that gave way to war and revolution. Born in a Poland still behind the Iron Curtain, Eva emigrated to Canada in 1981, and is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies, and Garden of Venus. Visit her online at EvaStachniak.com, @EvaStachniak on Twitter, or Facebook.com/EvaStachniakAuthor.     Podcast:…

Crystal King – Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Fiction / July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, where we’ll sit down for countless scrumptious meals. Serving up this unique tale is debut author Crystal King who brings us Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome. In it we meet infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, credited as author of the oldest cookbook known to exist. I packed a lot of history into the recipes when I wrote Regional Greek Cooking, so Crystal’s idea made my stomach growl when it landed on my plate. Readers seem to agree, with Barnes & Noble naming it one of their 8 Fictional Beach Reads for Foodies. Crystal has taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass Boston, Boston University, Mass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School. She also teaches classes on social media for authors at Grub Street. Hungry for seconds after Feast of Sorrow? Look forward to her serving up a second novel that’s in the oven right now: The Secret Chef, featuring famous Italian Renaissance chef, Bartolomeo Scappi. Visit CrystalKing.com, follow our guest @CrystalLyn on Twitter, or toss her a like at Facebook.com/CrystalLynKing.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:19…

Jenni L. Walsh – Becoming Bonnie
Fiction / July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017 – This week, infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde carjack our time machine, and take us back to the days of jazz and Prohibition, years before their bullet-riddled fate in 1934. Just who were those two people as individuals, before they melted into an infamous and romanticized duo swaddled in myths? We’ll dive into Bonnie Parker’s origin story, by riding shotgun with debut novelist Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie: A Novel, a book that boasts about, quote, “the crash of the century, when Bonnie met Clyde.” We’ll get to know Bonnie during her wholesome, hardscrabble upbringing, leading up to the day Clyde enters the picture, and she becomes a gangster’s moll. It’s a fun, vivid account that adds to the myth of Bonnie, while keeping us grounded in history. The book has gotten such rave reviews by the way, that there’s already a sequel in the works: Being Bonnie hits in 2018. Visit our guest at JenniLWalsh.com or follow her on Twitter at Jenni L Walsh.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:26 — 90.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Barbara Stark-Nemon – Even in Darkness: A Novel
Fiction / April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 – This week’s episode airs on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and features debut novelist Barbara Stark-Nemon’s ambitious novel, Even in Darkness. Spanning a century and three continents, Barbara tells the story of her real-life great-aunt, Kläre Kohler, from early years in a prosperous German-Jewish family, through an adulthood of love, two World Wars, a concentration camp, and an unconventional life in post-war Germany. Barbara earned an undergraduate degree in English literature and Art History — and a Masters in Speech-language Pathology — from the University of Michigan, which led to a teaching and clinical career. But all along, she’s wanted to tell a story — and readers are fortunate that she did, as evidenced by the stack of awards Even in Darkness has racked up since publication. You can find our guest at BarbaraStarkNemon.com, @BStarkNemon on Twitter, and Facebook.com/StarkNemon.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 43:31 — 99.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Laini Giles – The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow
Fiction / April 10, 2017

April 10, 2016 – This week, our time machine visits the era of silent film stars with Laini Giles, author of The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. Even if you’ve never heard of Clara Bow, you’ll stop and take notice the moment you saw her. She had “it,” which is something more than sex appeal, more than talent — an undefinable and mysterious quality that you can’t create, borrow, or steal. But Clara’s stardom didn’t erase her hardscrabble upbringing in Brooklyn, or ensure her transition to the talking pictures, where she suffered from “mic fright.” Nor did it spare our narrator, Daisy DeVoe, from her own wild ride in Claraworld. Laini Giles previously joined us to chat about her novel, The Forgotten Flapper, the first in her Forgotten Actress series. Catch that interview in our archives at HistoryAuthor.com, or wherever you’re listening, and visit Laini on Twitter @4GottenFlapper, or at LainiGiles.com.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:11 — 110.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More