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The Liars Club Oddcast

Learn the secrets to writing success and productivity in this inspiring and entertaining podcast designed for writers and people who love writing. You’ll hear from NY Times Bestselling authors, National Book Award finalists, debut novelists, comedians, screenwriters, and more. When a bunch of people who make stuff up for a living interview other people who make stuff up for a living, industry secrets will spill. (And maybe a little beer.) Hosted by the published authors of The Liars Club and full of honest advice and insight, or your money back. Oh, wait, it’s free. Never mind.

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The Liars Club Oddcast # 213 | Qian Julie Wang, NY Times Bestselling Author
Qian Julie Wang is the author of the memoir BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY (a #ReadWithJenna Best Book of 2021). In her memoir she lays bare how the fear underlying growing up as an illegal immigrant warps and distorts your life, your world. It’s a harrowing conversation, with Oddcast authors Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.  
44:53 03/04/2022
The Liars Club Oddcast # 212 | Steve Zettler, Acclaimed Author and Actor
Steve Zettler's highly acclaimed plays and novels include THE SECOND MAN, RONIN, and THE CROSSWORD MYSTERIES cowritten with his wife, Cordelia Biddle. He shares tips about writing, collaborating with your spouse, and his latest novel, CARELESS LOVE with Oddcast authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
41:10 02/03/2022
The Liars Club Oddcast # 211 | Margo Rabb, Award-Winning Author
Margo Rabb has won acclaim and awards writing novels, short stories, essays, journalism, and book reviews, has been published in The NY Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, Marie Claire, Zoetrope and many more. She talks about the importance of gardens in her work, her lucky writing pants, and her latest YA novel, LUCY CLARK WILL NOT APOLOGIZE, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Keith Strunk.
46:38 09/07/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 210 | Caitlin Rother, NY Times Bestselling Author
Award-winning journalist and NY Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother talks about writing true crime, keeping the darkness in her books out of her head, what happened when one of her subjects showed up at an event, and more, including her latest book, DEATH ON OCEAN BOULEVARD: INSIDE THE CORONADO MANSION CASE, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Keith Strunk.
45:11 08/21/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 209 | Rick Wilber, Award Winning Author
Sidewise Award winner Rick Wilber joins us to talk about baseball in science fiction, writing college textbooks, and the aliens who just want to make a profit off of Earth in his latest novel, ALIEN DAY, the sequel to his Campbell Award-nominated ALIEN MORNING. With Oddcast hosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
49:56 07/18/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 208 | A.C. Wise, Award-Winning Author
Sunburst award-winning author and Nebula and Lambda finalist A.C. Wise has two books coming out this year -- her debut novel WENDY, DARLING and short story collection, THE GHOST SEQUENCES. A.C. talks about Peter Pan, writing communities, corgi puppies, and finding inspiration everywhere, with podcast regulars Fran Wilde, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, and Keith Strunk.
43:04 06/27/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 207 | John McFetridge, Critically Acclaimed Author, Screenwriter, Director
Screenwriter, director, actor, and critically acclaimed author John McFetridge discusses writing for different media, being “Canada’s answer to Elmore Leonard,” his approach to writing and more, including his latest book, EVERY CITY IS EVERY OTHER CITY, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, and Keith Strunk.
36:05 06/01/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 206 | Sam J. Miller, Award Winning Author
On this Oddcast, Nebula- and Campbell-award-winning author Sam J. Miller, whose novels—THE BLADE BETWEEN, BLACKFISH CITY, and THE ART OF STARVING—have been called "must reads" and "bests of the year" by USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, talks about gentrification horror, social activism, whaling, and floating cities with hosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
45:12 05/12/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 205 | A. S. King, Award-Winning, Bestselling YA Author
A. S. King is the highly-acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling author of 13 YA and middle grade novels, plus numerous short stories and essays. She talks about the writing process, how personal tragedy impacts and informs her writing, Aevidum.com, and her new book SWITCH, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Keith Strunk.
61:54 04/30/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 204 | Jason Pinter, Bestselling Author and Founder of Polis Books
Bestselling author and founder of Polis Books, Jason Pinter talks about publishing in the age of COVID, the diverse voices of the Agora imprint, and his latest book, A STRANGER AT THE DOOR, which won starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Keith Strunk.
38:32 04/09/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 203 | Marjorie Sandor, Award Winning Author
This week non-fiction author Marjorie Sandor discusses her new historical fiction debut, THE SECRET MUSIC OF TORDESILLAS, which won the Tuscarora Award. She shares her book's odd origin, how inconvenient details power her fiction and how serendipity can lead to creativity. With Oddcast hosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
40:00 03/25/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast #202 | Joel Burcat, Author of Environmental Legal Thrillers
Joel Burcat, environmental lawyer and author of environmental legal thrillers talks about his latest thriller, AMID RAGE, incorporating his work life into his writing, adapting his writing process as he became legally blind, and how he keeps themes and ideas from getting in the way of story. With Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Keith Strunk.
42:14 03/10/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 201 | Faye Kellerman, NY Times Bestselling Crime Author
Global bestselling mystery author (20 million copies in print!) Faye Kellerman talks about writing a novel a year, co-writing with her best-selling husband Jonathan Kellerman, creating Orthodox Jewish protagonists, using her training as a dentist and much more. With cohosts Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
32:00 02/17/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 200 | Looking Back at 200 Episodes
In our 200th episode, the Liars look back at four years of interviews with authors, from NY Times bestsellers to Nebula award winners to debuts. Plus much conversation, debate, and beer. Join cohosts Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk as they share the surprises from 199 podcasts. With many thanks to all of our listeners who have traveled this journey with us.
26:50 02/02/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 199 | Rewind: Ben Vaughn, Songwriter, Record Producer, Composer
In our last Rewind, we welcome the host of The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn to the Oddcast, Ben Vaughn. A singer, songwriter, record producer, and composer for TV and film, Ben talks about his organic connection to music, how writing for TV sharpened his craft, writing an Italian dance hit, and what led him to record an entire album in the back of a 1965 AMC Rambler. With Oddcast regulars Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk. We'll see you next week with a new interview!
47:54 01/16/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 198 | Rewind: Madeline Miller, NY Times Bestseller Literary Historical Fiction Author
This week's Rewind features Orange Prize winning literary historical fiction writer, NY Times Bestseller, and Yale scholar Madeline Miller, author of the acclaimed SONG OF ACHILLES and CIRCE, which was optioned by HBO. She talks about writing, teaching the classics, and more with Oddcast cohosts Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
39:45 01/08/2021
The Liars Club Oddcast # 197 | Rewind: Lesa Cline Ransome and James E. Ransome, Award-Winning Author and Illustrator
This week's Rewind features award-winning writer/illustrator team Lesa Cline Ransome and James E. Ransome, talking about working separately and together, their creative processes, and BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET, their highly acclaimed new picture book biography of Harriet Tubman. With Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, and Keith Strunk. The LC Oddcast wishes all of our friends, fellow liars, lovers and other strangers a happy, healthy, and safe 2021!
34:37 12/31/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 196 | Rewind: Eoin Colfer, International Bestselling Author
Eoin Colfer is an author, screenwriter and playwright most famous for the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books. Jon McGoran talks with Colfer about writing the final Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy novel, the upcoming Artemis Fowl movie (released in June 2020), and his new adult fantasy, HIGHFIRE. His latest novel, DENY ALL CHARGES was released in October 2020. Recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s author series.
43:22 12/18/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 195 | Rewind: Martha Wells, Award-Winning Fantasy and Science Fiction Author
The first in our year-end rewind of Oddcasts Past features Nebula, Hugo and Locus award-winning fantasy and science fiction author Martha Wells. She talks about her acclaimed novella series which is the basis of her new novel (released May 2020) NETWORK EFFECT: A MURDERBOT NOVEL, writing without an outline, the value of workshops, and the creation of a “first-person omniscient” voice in her conversation with cohosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
35:47 12/11/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 194 | Wendy Tyson, Bestselling Mystery Author
Wendy Tyson is a lawyer, former therapist and the author of 11 books, including the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series, as well as numerous short stories. This week, she talks about her work with the International Thriller Writer Organization (ITW), incorporating environmental issues into her work, and her latest book, SOWING MALICE, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde and Keith Strunk.
36:44 12/03/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 193 | Keir Graff, Author, Editor, and Publisher
The former senior editor of ALA’s Booklist Online and executive editor of Booklist Publications, Keir Graff is an author, editor, screenwriter and publisher of the Graff Paper newsletter. On this week’s Oddcast, he discusses screenwriting and collaborating across genres as well as his latest books, THE THREE MRS WRIGHTS (cowritten with Linda Joffe Hull under "Linda Keir") and the middle-grade novel THE TINY MANSION. Co-hosted by Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, Kelly Simmons, and Keith Strunk.
42:24 11/19/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 192 | Therese Anne Fowler, NY Times Best-Selling Author
On this week’s Oddcast, literary and historical fiction author Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times best-selling author of Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN: A NOVEL OF THE VANDERBILTS, and her latest, A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. She discusses adapting Z for television with Amazon, addresses how to tackle historical biographical novels about women maligned in their own time; and reveals secrets of a novel where the narrator is the collective neighborhood itself. With Oddcast cohosts Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
45:07 11/12/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 191 | Lisa Regan, USA Today Bestselling Author
Bestselling mystery/thriller/crime author Lisa Regan has published 16 books in eight years. On this week’s Oddcast she talks about her publishing journey with big and small publishers, writing series vs. standalones and across genres, and her latest Detective Josie Quinn mystery, SAVE HER SOUL. With Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Dennis Tafoya, and Keith Strunk.
38:00 11/05/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 190 | Lily Sparks, YA Novelist and TV Writer
A writer for MTV, FX, Amazon, CW & Paramount and a contributor to TV.com, TV Guide, MSNnow, and Gawker's Morning After, Lily Sparks joins the Oddcast to talk about painting, acting, and her acclaimed debut YA novel TEEN KILLER CLUB, with Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Dennis Tafoya, and Keith Strunk.
39:53 10/29/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 189 | Authors Roundtable: Writing Conflict
Time for another spirited authors' roundtable with writers’ tips on how to successfully write conflict into your novels and short stories. An honest discussion about the pitfalls to avoid and techniques to embrace for creating compelling conflict. With Oddcast cohosts Kelly Simmons, Fran Wilde, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
33:52 10/15/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 188 | Gary Phillips, Crime Fiction and Graphic Novel Author
Crime fiction and graphic novel author Gary Phillips talks about mixing hardboiled noir and social issues, what explaining comics to his father taught him about story, collaborating on DC's The Killing Joke, plus his latest novel MATTHEW HENSON AND THE ICE TEMPLE OF HARLEM. With Oddcast cohosts Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Jon McGoran, Fran Wilde, and Keith Strunk.
53:19 10/10/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 187 | Adam Sass, YA Thriller Novelist and Podcaster
YA thriller novelist and Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcaster Adam Sass talks about conversion therapy, writing/working at Starbucks and his highly acclaimed debut novel SURRENDER YOUR SONS, described as a queer Lord of the Flies meets the TV series Lost. With Oddcast cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Fran Wilde, and Keith Strunk.
40:56 09/24/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 186 | Daniel Palmer, USA Today Bestselling Suspense Author
Bestselling suspense author D.J. Palmer joins the Oddcast for a rollicking fun conversation about his new novel THE NEW HUSBAND, how he landed in the domestic suspense genre and his creative connection to his famous author father, Michael Palmer. With Oddcast hosts Jon McGoran, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, and Keith Strunk.
47:14 09/17/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 185 | Authors Roundtable: How to Ditch the Info Dump
Time for another spirited authors' roundtable with writers’ tips and techniques on how to successfully weave facts into your novels and short stories. Inspired by a question from Joel Burcat (author of DRINK TO EVERY BEAST), an honest discussion about how much information the reader needs, and techniques to avoid info dumping. With Oddcast regulars Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
42:51 09/10/2020
The Liars Club Oddcast # 184 | Caroline Stevermer, Award-Winning Fantasy Novelist
This week on the Oddcast, award-winning fantasy novelist Caroline Stevermer talks about author collaboration, writing epistolary novels and fairy tales, and her latest from Tor Books, THE GLASS MAGICIAN. With Oddcast regulars Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Keith Strunk, and Merry Jones.
32:57 09/03/2020