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We're four bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

We're four bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

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United States

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We're four bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

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English


Episodes

WB-S2E49 - The Anatomy of Genres with John Truby

12/2/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron, along with Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Kay Andrews welcomes one of the world’s most respected and sought-after story consultants and writing teachers, John Truby, whose legendary The Anatomy of Story is indispensable to novelists and screenwriters alike. John joins us to discuss his brand-new book, The Anatomy of Genres, a guide to understanding the major genres of the story world—and to do a deep dive into Patti’s and Mary Kay’s latest works in each of their respective...

Duration:01:05:45

Friends & Fiction with Kevin Wilson + Sheila Roberts on the After Show

12/1/2022
On tonight’s episode, we welcome New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Wilson—plus Sheila Roberts on the After Show! Kevin Wilson is the author of three novels including NOTHING TO SEE HERE, which was a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna book club selection in 2019. Kevin joins us to discuss his latest novel, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC, which has been named an Amazon Best Book of November 2022 and a Most Anticipated Book of the season from the Associated Press, Vogue,...

Duration:01:01:00

WB-S2E48 Books You Should Know - A Ballad of Love and Glory with Reyna Grande

11/25/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry speak with Reyna Grande about her sweeping and powerful historical fiction novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory. This conversation delves into Reyna's beginnings as a writer and her path to becoming a a strong immigrant voice in literature.

Duration:00:40:13

Friends & Fiction with Indie Bookseller Pals

11/24/2022
Join us on Thanksgiving Eve as we welcome some of our favorite indie bookseller pals for a very special holiday episode of Friends & Fiction! The Fab Four are joined by Tim from Nantucket Book Partners in Nantucket, MA; Peter from Booktowne in Manasquan, NJ; Susan from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE; Cathy & Serena from Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL; Rebecca from Macintosh Books on Sanibel Island, FL; and Laura from Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL.We hear from each of them about...

Duration:01:07:06

WB-S2E47 A Matter of Happiness with Tori Whitaker

11/18/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Kristy Woodson Harvey talk with Tori Whitaker about her fascinating historical fiction novel that connects two women across decades. The 1920's and the present day come alive across generations with this story of strength, connection, and the power to find one's own path.

Duration:00:36:23

Friends & Fiction with Lisa Unger

11/17/2022
On this show, we welcome back our dear friend, award-winning author Lisa Unger! Lisa is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE, LAST GIRL GHOSTED, and CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 — now in development at Netflix, starring Jessica Alba. A co-President of the International Thriller Writers Organization with books published in thirty-two languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, Lisa is regarded as a master of suspense. She...

Duration:01:02:59

WB-S2E46 Historical Fiction with Jennifer Coburn

11/11/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block speaks with Jennifer Coburn about her thoroughly researched and fascinating first historical fiction novel, Cradles of the Reich and about her path to change genres in her writing.

Duration:00:32:20

Friends & Fiction with Philippa Gregory

11/10/2022
On this episode we introduce you to one of the world’s foremost historical novelists, Philippa Gregory! Philippa is the acclaimed author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (which was a 2008 major motion picture starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson) and THE WHITE QUEEN (which became a StarzOriginals 10-part series in 2013). Philippa has won numerous awards including Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction by the Historical Writers’...

Duration:00:55:14

WB-S2E45 How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies w/Amy Wallen

11/4/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry dive into How to Write A Novel in 20 Pies with author and teacher, Amy Wallen. Sure to be a delicious treat for writers and aspiring writers alike!

Duration:00:42:30

Friends & Fiction with Wanda Morris

11/3/2022
On this episode we spend some quality time with our friend Wanda Morris! The acclaimed author of 2021’s #1 Library Reads Pick ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS (which is being adapted by Uzo Aduba as a limited series for Showtime!), joins us to talk about her brand-new gripping, suspenseful novel, ANYWHERE YOU RUN (just released on 10/25/22 by William Morrow Books). Wanda tells us about her gut-wrenching research into Jim Crow-era Mississippi, the difficult decision to keep the language of the time...

WB-S2E44 Missing Pages w/ Bethanne Patrick

10/28/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry speak with literary superstar Bethanne Patrick about her hit Podcast, Missing Pages, her upcoming memoir and about keeping her finger on the pulse of the publshing industry!

Duration:00:45:30

Friends & Fiction with Ariel Lawhon, Susan Meissner, Kristina McMorris & Santa Montefiore

10/27/2022
On this episode we have FOUR amazing author guests! On the first half of the show, meet the author trio of Ariel Lawhon, Susan Meissner & Kristina McMorris who join us to discuss the historical novel they team-wrote together, WHEN WE HAD WINGS, about three WWII nurses who wage their own battle for freedom and survival in the South Pacific. We find out their inspiration for this book, their research and process for writing together, and which of them wrote which character. On the second half...

WB-S2E43 Marple: Twelve New Stories

10/21/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry celebrate the release of Marple: Twelve New Stories with contributers Alyssa Cole and Jean Kwok, discussing their short stories, the enduring popularity of Agatha Christie and how the project came together.

Duration:00:49:42

Friends & Fiction with Lisa Jewell

10/20/2022
On this episode we speak with , the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels such as The Family Upstairs, Then She Was Gone, The Girls, and The Night She Disappeared whose work has been translated into 29 languages and has sold more than 10 million copies internationally. She joins us to discuss her standalone sequel, , published earlier this year. Listen in as the ladies discuss her career shift from rom-com to psychological thriller, her inspiration for her deeply troubled...

Duration:00:59:08

WB-S2E42 The Winners with Fredrik Backman

10/14/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Kristin Harmel speak with international and NYT Bestselling author Fredrik Backman about his latest, THE WINNERS which concludes his hugely popular BEARTOWN series.

Duration:00:45:46

Friends & Fiction with Veronica Roth & Gabrielle Zevin

10/13/2022
Meet two incredible, mega-bestselling author guests on this show— and . Veronica is the New York Times bestselling author of the phenomenally popular series of books and movies, Divergent, who has also penned The End and Other Beginnings, Chosen Ones, and the Carve the Mark duology. She joins us to discuss her brand-new dystopian mystery novel , pushing her boundaries as a writer, and exploring big themes through science fiction. Gabrielle Zevin is the internationally bestselling and...

Duration:01:12:00

WB-S2E41 The Sweetness of Forgetting with Kristin Harmel

10/7/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block is joined by Friends and Fiction Founder Kristin Harmel to celebrate and discuss the 10th Anniversary Edition release of her International Bestselling Book, The Sweetness of Forgetting

Friends & Fiction "Just Us" Episodes with the Fab Four

10/6/2022
The four gather to catch up on what’s going on with their writing and their lives, and to give you a sneak peek at what they each have coming out. Hear from Kristin Harmel all about the 10th anniversary re-packaged trade paperback edition of her novel, (in stores October 4th from Gallery Books). Hear from Mary Kay Andrews about the forthcoming paperback release of (October 11th, St. Martin’s Press). And each of the Fab Four will also talk a bit about their 2023 book releases. We will hear...

WB-S2E40 The It Girl with Ruth Ware

9/30/2022
WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Kristin Harmel have a conversation with thriller writer, Ruth Ware about her lastes book, The It Girl, and explore her writing process, life in England, and how she puts it all together!

Friends & Fiction with Jennifer Robson—All About the Royals

9/29/2022
On this very special episode of Friends & Fiction we gather with our good friend for a show all about the British monarchy. Jennifer is the USA Today bestselling author of seven novels, including and her forthcoming (coming April 2023) which feature Queen Elizabeth II. If you love The Crown, are obsessed with the royals, and have been drawn to recent coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s passing, you'll love this lively conversation and royal bookish chatter with Jennifer — who holds a doctorate...

Duration:00:53:51