Podcasts

Francine Prose on Writers on Writing

Novelist Francine Prose and I talk about her novel, The Vixen. They also talk about writing about writers, writing during Covid, using McCarthyism as an allegory for Trumpism, and more.

 

(Recorded in February 2022)

Music and sound design by Travis Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: www.penonfire.com
Marrie Stone: www.marriestone.com
Travis Barrett: https://travisbarrett.mykajabi.com

Charlotte McConaghy, Once There Were Wolves

Charlotte McConaghy, author of the novels, Migrations and Once There Were Wolves, and I talk about wolves’ role in bringing the forests back to life, writing in the close first person, and defying categories.

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(Recorded on Feb. 17, 2022)
Music and sound design by Travis Barrett
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: www.penonfire.com
Marrie Stone: www.marriestone.com
Travis Barrett: https://travisbarrett.mykajabi.com

COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 w/Mark Wish, Mary Taugher, & David Ebenbach

This show was especially fun for me because I got to talk with Mark Wish, editor of Coolest American Stories 2022, an anthology that includes my story, “Blue Martini,” along with stories I loved by two other writers in the book, Mary Taugher and David Ebenbach.

 
More than 125 of Mark Wish’s short stories have appeared in print venues such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, Triquarterly, Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize 2000. His three novels, published by two small presses and Putnam, have been praised by the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
 
Mary Taugher’s short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, Epiphany, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and Redivider. She has worked as a journalist in Ohio and Southern California, and as a writer and editor for public relations, political consulting, and fundraising agencies. She lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a collection of short stories. 

 

David Ebenbach is the author of nine books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including his recent novel How to Mars. He lives with his family in Washington, DC, where he teaches at the Center for Jewish Civilization and promotes student centered teaching through the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. More at davidebenbach.com.
 
 More about show host B. DeMarco-Barrett at www.penonfire.com.
 
Learn more about COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 at www.coolestamericanstories.com The anthology is considering stories for the 2023 edition.
 
 
 
(Recorded: Feb 11, 2022)
 
Music and sound editing by Travis Barrett

Sara Gran on Writers on Writing

Sara Gran, author of The Book of the Most Precious Substance (Dreamland Books) and I talk about her new erotic thriller, revising, the book within the book and why she chose to start a publishing company to publish the novel rather than going through an agent and traditional publisher.

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 (Broadcast date: Feb. 21, 2022)

T. Jefferson Parker, A Thousand Steps

T. Jefferson Parker, author of A Thousand Steps (Forge), released on Jan. 11, 2022, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his new novel, why he wanted to write a novel based in 1968, point of view and tense, merging fact with fiction, and so much more.

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 (Recorded via Zoom on Jan. 6, 2022)
Music and sound editing by Travis Barrett