Carter Wilson | Thriller Author
Making it Up Episodes 101-120

Episodes 101-120

Episode 120 | February 8, 2024

Boyd Morrison is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve thrillers, including six collaborations with Clive Cussler in the Oregon Files series. His first novel, The Ark, was an Indie Next Notable pick. He has a PhD in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech. His latest thriller The Last True Templar is the second book in the Tales of the Lawless Land series co-written with his sister, expert medievalist Beth Morrison. Beth is Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has curated major exhibitions including ‘Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500’. She has a PhD in the History of Art from Cornell University. 

Among other things, Boyd, Beth, and Carter discuss how careers in engineering and art history have tied into their writing journeys, the process of writing novels together as siblings, and how they travel to gather research and inspiration for their novels. At the end of their conversation, they make up a creepy and gripping story using a sentence from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Episode 119 | February 1, 2024

Sara DiVello is a true crime writer and the founder and host of the popular author interview series, Mystery and Thriller Mavens. Her latest book, Broadway Butterfly: A Thriller, received starred reviews from Library Journal and Book List, was a CBS New York Book Club pick, an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer, was featured in Vanity Fair,  and much more.

Among other things, Sara and Carter discuss why they wanted to start podcasts, the transition from a corporate career to being an author, and their experiences reading negative reviews. At the end of their conversation, they make up a hilariously dark story using a sentence from Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas.

Episode 118 | January 24, 2024

Hailey Piper is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Cruel Angels Past Sundown, Queen of Teeth, A Light Most Hateful, The Worm and His Kings series, and other books of dark fiction. She is also the author of over 100 short stories, and her non-fiction appears in Writer’s Digest, Library Journal, CrimeReads, and others. 

Among other things, Hailey and Carter discuss how to navigate conversations and relationships with editors, outlining during the writing process, and Hailey’s experiences writing short stories. At the end of their conversation, they make up an eerie and mysterious story using a sentence from an anthology of Victorian ghost stories.

Episode 117 | January 18, 2024

Abbott Kahler (formerly Karen Abbott) is the author of four New York Times bestselling works of narrative nonfiction, including The Ghosts of Eden Park and Then Came the Devil. Her debut novel, Where You End, is inspired by a true story of identical twins and amnesia. USA Today once named her “a pioneer of sizzle history.” 

Among other things, Abbott and Carter discuss Abbott’s early commitment to getting published, the thriller genre and its changes over time, and her experience moving from writing non-fiction to fiction. At the end of the conversation, they make up a quirky story using a sentence from her very own, brand-new novel, Where You End by Abbott Kahler. 

Episode 116 | January 12, 2024

Novelist Kathleen Willett has a B.A. in English from Holy Cross and a M.A. in English Education from Columbia University. An English teacher who grew up in New Jersey and London, Kathleen lives in Manhattan with her husband, two daughters, and a cat named Mr. Sparkles. Willett’s debut novel, Mother of All Secrets, was shared by Hoda Kotb on The Today Show as one of her favorite new books.  

Among other things, Kathleen and Carter discuss the benefits of reading as a kid, the emotions generated by editor’s notes, and getting used to promoting and speaking about yourself. At the end of their conversation, they make up a story that goes from zero to chilling, starting with a sentence from The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh. 

Episode 115 | January 4, 2024

Novelist Emily Smith is a New Jersey native, who pursued her BFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and her MFA in Creative Writing at American University. Her electrifying debut novel, You Always Come Back, was released in late 2023 to rave reviews. 

Among other things, Emily and Carter discuss Emily’s desire to be a writer from age four, what should be taught during an MFA, and developing an online presence. At the end of their conversation, they make up a ghost hunting story starting with a sentence from Camino Winds by John Grisham. 

Episode 114 | December 28, 2023

Elise Hart Kipness is a former television sports reporter turned thriller writer. LIGHTS OUT is based on her experience in the high-pressure, adrenaline-pumping world of live TV. In addition to reporting for Fox Sports Network, Elise was a reporter at New York’s WNBC-TV, News 12 Long Island, and the Associated Press. She is currently copresident of Sisters in Crime Connecticut, as well as a member of Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.  

Among other things, Elise and Carter discuss character dynamics, Elise’s experiences as a debut author, and how titles are determined. At the end of their conversation, they make up a mysterious tale starting with a sentence from Six Years by Harlan Coban. 

Episode 113 | December 21, 2023

Entertainment Weekly called Martin Clark “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” The New York Times stated that he is “the thinking man’s John Grisham.” Martin’s novels have appeared on multiple bestseller lists and have been chosen as a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year. His current release is The Plinko Bounce. 

Among other things Martin and Carter discuss the getting into the publishing groove as a writer, the need to utilize social media marketing, and reading crazy book reviews. At the end of their conversation, they make up a little legal thriller starting with a sentence from Power Play by Joseph Finder. 

Episode 112 | December 14, 2023

Erin Hoover is the author of two poetry collections, Barnburner and No Spare People. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry and Best New Poets, and in journals such as Cincinnati Review, Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah. She lives in rural Tennessee and teaches creative writing at Tennessee Tech. 

Among other things, Erin and Carter discuss how Erin found herself writing and relating to poetry, the differences between prose and poetry, and the process of putting a collection of poetry together that combines emotional intensity variation but remains coherent. At the end of their conversation, they make up a mysterious little tale starting with a sentence from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. 

Episode 111 | December 7, 2023

Stephen G. Michaud is an internationally recognized author, co-author, reporter, and editor whose decades-long career credits comprise twenty books and multiple contributions to periodicals. The New York Daily News named The Only Living Witness (a biography of serial killer Ted Bundy co-authored with Hugh Aynesworth) one of the ten best true-crime books ever written. Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, a compilation of Michaud and Aynesworth’s death-row interviews with Bundy, was a New York Times bestseller, and in January 2019, Netflix premiered it as a four-part series of the same name. Stephen’s latest book is Robert’s Story: A Texas Cowboy’s Troubled Life and Horrifying Death. 

Among other things, Stephen and Carter discuss Stephen’s early journalism days, how he was able to get in and interview Ted Bundy, and his experiences with different types and genres of writing. At the end of the conversation, they tell a gradually more intense story starting with a sentence from All The Brittle Pieces by Erik K. Hale. 

Episode 110 | November 30, 2023

Edward Cahill is Professor of English at Fordham University, specializing in the literature of British America and the early US republic; more recently, he has been teaching modern and contemporary fiction and writing novels. His debut novel, Disorderly Men, was published by Empire State Editions for Fordham University Press in September 2023 as the press’s first original literary fiction release. 

Among other things, Edward and Carter discuss how screenwriting teaches editing skills, the challenge of trusting your instincts, and learning how to be a public storyteller. At the end of the conversation, they tell a story of cruel intentions starting with a sentence from The Bastard by John Jakes. 

Episode 109 | November 16, 2023

Hannah Nicole Maehrer—or as TikTok Knows her, @hannahnicolemae—is a fantasy romance author and BookToker with a propensity for villains. When she’s not creating bookish comedy skits about Villains and Assistants, she’s writing to Taylor Swift songs. Her biggest passions in life include romance, magic, laughter, and finding ways to include them all in everything she creates. Most days you can find her with her head in the clouds and a pen in her hand. 

Among other things, Hannah and Carter discuss the choose-your-own adventure stories she grew up telling, going from a TikTok creator to writing a novel, and Hannah’s publication adventure. At the end of their conversation, they tell comedic story about what happens with too much wine, starting with a sentence from Secret Next Door by Rebecca Taylor. 

Episode 108 | November 2, 2023

Carol Dunbar is a former actor, playwright, and coloratura soprano who left her life in the city to move off the grid. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The South Carolina Review, Midwestern Gothic, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her most recent release is A Winter’s Rime, a harrowing and emotional novel set-in rural Wisconsin. 

Among other things, Carol and Carter discuss the psychology of writing and curiosity about other lives, the relationships writers have with their characters, and all the things Carol learned writing her first novel. At the end of the conversation, they make up a story about scary decisions, starting with a sentence from The Day After Tomorrow by Allen Folsom.  

Episode 107 | October 26, 2023

Heather Levy is a born and bred Oklahoman and graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth MFA program for creative writing. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including CrimeReads and NAILED Magazine. The New York Times called her Anthony-nominated debut Walking Through Needles “a spellbinding novel at the nexus of power, desire, and abuse that portends a bright future” and the L.A. Times called it “a standout for its frank but sensitive exploration of trauma and desire.” Her novels focus on kink-positive stories centered around badass women.

Among other things, Heather and Carter discuss the various book conferences they attend, how Heather learned to write a full novel, and her publishing experience. At the end of their conversation, they tell a story about a plan gone wrong starting from a sentence in Stolen Things by R. H. Herron.

Episode 106 | October 12, 2023

Amy Weinland Daughters is a humorist, a freelance sportswriter, and an author. Her second book, Dear Dana: That Time I Went Crazy and Wrote All 580 of My Facebook Friends a Handwritten Letter (She Writes Press), was released May 17, 2022. Currently a resident of Tomball, Texas, Amy, and her family have also lived in Blackwell, England, and Dayton, Ohio. 

Among other things, Carter and Amy discuss how living in other places (beyond where you grew up) helps foster empathy, the development of understanding humor and how to write humor, and the challenge of hoping your book is received well at the same time you’re promoting it. At the end of the conversation, they devise an alluring story from a sentence out of The Fireballer by Mark Stevens. 

Episode 105 | October 9, 2023

In a special live episode of Making It Up (recorded at the Broomfield Public Library auditorium in Colorado), Carter takes the stage with mystery author extraordinaire Emily Littlejohn (Shatter the Night), teacher, author and artist R. Alan Brooks (The Burning Metronome), and acclaimed novelist Erika T. Wurth (White Horse). 

Among other things, Carter and the authors discuss their different journeys to becoming authors, how the industry has gotten harder in the last 50 years, and how they approach family and friend readers during the writing process. At the end of the conversation, the four of them make up a story together starting with a sentence from the children’s book The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer. 

Episode 104 | September 28, 2023

Michael Katz Krefeld started his career directing a series of short films, before he moved on to writing scripts for several TV drama-series including the Emmy awarded Nikolaj & Juliet. He debuted as a novelist with Before the Storm (Før Stormen) which won the Danish Crime Academy’s first novel-award in 2007. Since 2013, Michael’s work has won numerous awards including Crime Book of the Year and Mofibo, and has been published in 20 countries with more than one million copies sold alone in Denmark. His latest work, including Darkness Calls, has taken the critics and readers by storm. 

Among other things, Michael and Carter discuss similarities between car racing and creative writing, how experience writing screen plays helps with novel writing, and his experience getting published in Denmark. At the end of their conversation, they come up with a creepy and thrilling opening scene using a sentence out of The Nameless Ones by John Connolly. 

Episode 103 | September 21, 2023

Carl Vonderau writes domestic suspense and thrillers. His novel, Murderabilia, won the Lefty award in 2020 for Best Debut Novel, the San Diego Book award for Best Mystery, and the Kops-Fetherling Gold Phoenix award. Carl’s latest novel is domestic suspense published by Oceanview on August 15, called Saving Myles. A former banker, he worked in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and North Africa. He now writes and helps nonprofits through Social Venture Partners.  

Among other things, Carter and Carl discuss how religion can influence or inspire writing, his transition from music to writing as Carl’s creative passion, and the common trials of being an author before getting published. At the end of their conversation, they set up a captivating scene using a sentence from Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn.  

Episode 102 | September 14, 2023

Chris Riley lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over 100 short stories and essays published in various magazines and anthologies, and across multiple genres. He is the author of the literary suspense novels The Sinking of the Angie Piper and The Broken Pines. 

Among other things, Carter and Chris discuss the different approaches to the marketing side of writing, how Chris got into writing through short stories, and how important tenacity and patience are in the industry. At the end of their conversation, they make up creepy crime scene story starting with a sentence from The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler. 

Episode 101 | September 7, 2023

Lindsay Cameron worked as a corporate lawyer for many years in Vancouver and New York City before leaving the law behind to write books. She is the author of Biglaw and Just One Look. She lives in New York City and just released her latest book, No One Needs to Know, in May. 

Among other things, Carter and Lindsay discuss the similarities between legal writing and writing fiction, the publishing industry as a debut author vs after you’ve been published, and how to create the desire in readers to keep going. At the end of their conversation, they begin a dark tale with a sentence from Seventeen Stitches by Sean Eads. 

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