Krista Hall

Romantic Suspense Author

My Fav Podcasts for Writers (And Readers)

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Whether it is genre or literary, excellent fiction is rooted in the real world. In order for you, the reader, to take that leap of faith from the concrete to the virtual worlds of our stories, we, the writers, must first earn your trust that our stories have a foundation in truth, even when they take place in alien or imaginary places. So how do we find those kernels of truth?

Research. Lots of research.

One of my favorite research methods is listening to podcasts—usually in my car, while running my daily errands. (Today that proved impossible when the forecast for snow exceeded expectations so Rosie and I had the day off.)

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Here are a few of my favorite podcasts paired with book recommendations.

WORKING (Slate)

Get the inside skinny on many usual and unusual professions with these podcast episodes. Titles include: How Does a Forensic Anthropologist Work? How Does an Animal Behavior Specialist Work? How Does a Club Doorman Work? Sometimes the only way for a writer to get inside the head of a character working in an unfamiliar profession is to listen to real people talk about what they do for a living, why they do it, and how it is meaningful to them. After all, it’s not the profession that makes a character compelling, it’s the character’s passion for that profession.

The Janitor’s Boy and Rising Tides

STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS

Compelling romantic suspense is grounded it in real world events. As a chemistry major, I have to admit that I either forgot or missed a great deal of what I was taught in high school history class. Luckily for me, this podcast offers a range of interesting historical facts to enrich plots as well as intriguing tidbits such as Who Was the Real Professor Moriarty? I had no idea that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character was inspired by the real life criminal mastermind Adam Worth.

All the Light We Cannot See and The Final Problem, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

THE BLACK TAPES

This podcast is too scary for me, but if you like your mystery/suspense wrapped in spooky/scary…

The Bazaar of Bad Dream and The Dead Play On

READING LIVES

Writers are also avid readers. Listening to these podcasts episodes gives me the opportunity to learn from writers I probably will never have the good fortune to meet, let alone engage in conversation. For instance, did you know… Iconic romance author Beverly Jenkins does not write during the NFL playoffs. She once binge-read Harlan Coben’s Bolitar series on her kindle. And she was featured in a 5-page spread in the 1995 Valentine’s Day edition of People magazine written by reporter Nancy Drew.

Night Hawk and Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar)  and The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)

Do you have a favorite podcast? Add to my list…please!

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Author: Krista Hall

Author of RWA Golden Heart ® Award for BROKEN PLACES

4 thoughts on “My Fav Podcasts for Writers (And Readers)

  1. Krista, Just finished reading your Kiss and Thrill article. Very interesting, hadn’t thought to listen to podcasts. Cute picture.

    I have to do a presentation on Bone Clocks today….Almost as time consuming as preparing a research paper. Similar to his Cloud Atlas, this book has many different ideas! I will look for a podcast before the meeting this afternoon. Wonder how many in my group have read the book. It is work. Weather doesn’t help.

    In my research I came across a rather lengthy review of the book and a question and answer session with Mitchell. I will send it to you.

    Our weather is ugly; snow, ice and now rain Keep warm Xoxo Mom

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Very cute photo! Ur Bear

    PS: cute dog too.

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  3. Reblogged this on Book Smart TV and commented:
    Krista Hall shares some great research sources for writers and readers alike.

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