Jenni L. Walsh – Becoming Bonnie

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

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

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

Sheila Myers – Castles in the Air: Book 2 of the Durant Family Trilogy

September 19, 2016 – This week, our time machine makes a return visit to 1870s, to check back in on Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, and his children, William and Ella. We first met the Durants when we chatted about Sheila Myers’ novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by a Gilded Age economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, finds William Durant as the uneasy head of the diminished family fortune. As he struggles to restore it in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Ella flees to London to pursue her life as a writer — and to be pursued by a mysterious French count (or at least he says he’s a count). If you’d like to meet the Durants, you can pick up Castles in the Air for 99¢ on Kindle. You can follow Sheila Myers on Twitter @SheilaMMyers, or visit her at WWDurantStory.com.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:55 — 43.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Sheila Myers – Imaginary Brightness

February 15, 2016 – Today’s destination is America in the 1870s, and our guest is Sheila Myers, author of the novel Ephemeral Summer, and associate professor at Cayuga Community College. Her latest novel is Imaginary Brightness: a Durant Family Saga. At the dawn of what Mark Twain would later dub the Gilded Age, the economy suffered a panic — what we’d call a depression — brought on, in part, by over-speculation in railroads. Dr. Thomas C. Durant, head of the Union Pacific Railroad, was one of those tycoons devastated by the crash. Imaginary Brightness tells the story of his children, William and Ella, whose world is turned upside down by the crash as they’re torn away from their privileged lifestyle in high society London, and stuck in the wilderness of upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. You can follow Sheila @SheilaMMyers on Twitter, or visit her online at wwdurantstory.com.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:58 — 36.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Laini Giles – The Forgotten Flapper

January 11, 2016 – In this episode, we’re going to Charleston our way back to the Manhattan of our theme song, New York Ain’t New York Anymore. Yes, it’s the Jazz Age of speakeasies and Prohibition — and our tour guide is none other than the Theater Districts most famous resident ghost, sighted from time to time in the New Amsterdam Theater. Our guest, author Laini Giles, has written our ticket to one of Hollywood Land’s very first scandal in The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas. You may not know Olive’s name today, but a hundred years ago she was one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies or the silent screen. Laini Giles’ previous novel is Love Lies Bleeding. You can follow her on Twitter @4GottenFlapper and visit her online at LainiGiles.com. Laini is also happy to share some other Jazz Age books in this episode. They are Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. Hollywood Babylon, by Kenneth Anger. Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin, by Marion Meade.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 31:16 — 28.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Kermit Roosevelt – Allegiance

November 16, 2015 – Today, we travel back 75 years to a dark period of the Second World War. But the battlefield where liberty and tyranny clash isn’t Midway or Normandy Beach. It’s the hallowed halls of the United States Supreme Court. Our guide into this world is Kermit Roosevelt. His novel is Allegiance, a legal thriller built around the internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry — 62% of them American citizens — under Franklin Roosevelt’s infamous Executive Order 9066. Kermit Roosevelt happens to be distantly related to FDR through his great-great grandfather, Theodore Roosevelt. He’s also a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award for his previous novel, In the Shadow of the Law, and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Nelson DeMille wrote, “My favorite World War II historical novel was Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. Now I have two favorites. Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is an instant classic.” We also mentioned our interview with David O. Stewart, and his book on the Father of the Constitution: Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:39 — 36.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

November 2, 2015 – For our first historical fiction author, we’re pleased to introduce Jennifer Kincheloe’s debut novel: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. Join us in 1907 Los Angeles, where Anna Blanc chafes under the thumb of her controlling father and yearns for a life of crime — solving them that is. Inspired by the wild Santa Anna winds, Anna joins a suffragette protest, lies to everyone in her life, and takes a job as an LAPD police matron — under a not particularly convincing fake name. “If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding and stop pouring money into her father’s collapsing bank.” And so the stakes are set, in the secret life of our spunky heroine: Anna Blanc. You can follow Jennifer Kincheloe @JenKincheloe on Twitter, or like the novel’s Facebook page. And if you’re hungering for more of LA at the dawn of the 20th Century, check out Jennifer Kincheloe’s Pinterest page. It features over 35,000 images from her extensive research on the period.     Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download…

Jordan Harbour’s Twilight Histories

October 26, 2015 – What if John Wilkes Booth’s gun had misfired? And what if we could blast off to a Mars colony founded by the Carthaginians, or head 250,000 years into the past when a race of giants dominate Africa? Writer and archaeologist Jordan Harbour, explores stories like these at the Twilight Histories podcast. And like a David Lynch film, things keep getting weirder. The Twilight Histories is a podcast, Jordan says, that should be listened to in the dark. So turn out the lights, lower the brightness on your smart phone, and enjoy our upcoming interview with Jordan Harbor… if you dare. Podcast: Download (Duration: 40:31 — 37.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More