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USA Noir:Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».

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Akhil Sharma talks about Family Life on Writers on Writing

Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the 12-plus years and 7,000 pages he took to write the novel. He also talks about why, when the book is highly autobiographical, he chose to write the story as a novel and not a memoir.

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(Broadcast date: April 9, 2014)

Note: This podcast starts a few minutes into the interview. Akhil is with us for the entire hour with no musical break at half.

Laura Kasischki and Michael Miller on Writers on Writing

Marrie Stone interviews poet and novelist Laura Kasischke, discussing her latest novel Mind of Winter and poet Michael Miller about his latest collection, The First Thing Mastered.

April is poetry month, and Michael discusses some of the more accessible poets for those intimidated by poetry.  Tune in to hear his recommendations, and check out these selections from The Huffington Post.

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(Broadcast date: March 19, 2014)

Nicole Mones and Sue Silverman on Writers on Writing



Nicole Nelson speaks with Nicole Mones, about her new novel Night in Shanghai, and about research,  incorporating history in fiction, and the importance of living a full life as a writer. During the second half, memoirist Sue William Silverman, discusses her third memoir The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, sharing how she, through digging deep, found the metaphor for her identity search.


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(Broadcast date: March 12, 2014)

Molly Antopol and Cindy Chupack on Writers on Writing

Nicole Nelson speaks with Molly Antopol, named one of 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation, about her new collection of stories The Unamericans, and about using autobiography as an inspiration for fiction. During the second half, Golden Globe award-winning television writer Cindy Chupack, who wrote for HBO’s Sex and the City for five years, discusses the art of essay writing and her new comic memoir, The Longest Date: Life as a Wife.


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(Broadcast date: February 12, 2014)

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