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Season 08

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Max Brooks, World War Z, Devolution and The WCCS!

Host Chris Aggett has a favorite book, a book that inspired his own book series. That book is World War Z. The author of that book is Max Brooks. Max is an American actor and NYT best-selling author, son of the legendary Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft!

Max has written World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, Minecraft novels, and most recently, Devolution.


A book that has been called 'TRUE TERROR' by the Guardian and 'NAIL CHOMPING SUSPENSE' by Total Film.

In this episode, we talked about the sacrifices Max's mother, Anne, made during her successful career to help Max with his dyslexia. Which in those days was considerably less researched and understood. Max talks about his physical research for Devolution; making weapons and growing food in a garage! This episode is a highlight for host Chris, being released on his birthday to begin season 8!


Tasmina Perry AKA J.L.Butler.

JL Butler is the pseudonym for the Sunday Times #bestselling #author #TasminaPerry. Her debut thriller Mine has been optioned by Sony Pictures and is in development with Original Film.

Tasmina has released 13 books, becoming a Sunday times best seller and has had her novels translated into 20 plus languages, and has sold over 2 million copies!

Visit her website here:
We will be looking to see how Tasmina navigated her career and how it has led to her books becoming optioned by Sony Pictures and how she became an international best seller!


Bryan Collins. 
The Art of Writing

Bryan Collins is a nonfiction author, the editor of Become a Writer Today, and a columnist for #Forbes. 

At, Bryan offers new writers practical advice about #writing, creativity, productivity, and more.


His work has also appeared on Fast Company, #Lifehacker, and Copyblogger.

We will find out just what motivates Bryan to help others and how exactly he got into writing in the first place.


She and I, Hannah King.

Hannah King is a thriller #author from Ireland. She and I is Hannah's first novel. Part #psychologicalthriller & part #crimenovel, the story is set in a small town in Northern Ireland.
This well-rated #Book has already been snapped up. Optioned for TV!

'Not only beautifully written but gripping and full of soul' SARAH PEARSE, author of THE SANATORIUM
'King really understands suspense' HOLLY WATT, author of TO THE LIONS

Best friends share everything. But murder is different. Isn't it?
Keeley and Jude are closer than blood. They share everything: clothes, secrets, drinks - and blame. So when they wake up after a New Year's party to find Keeley's boyfriend stabbed to death beside them, they agree to share one more thing: the story they'll tell the police.
But who is their story really meant to protect?


Off Target with Eve Smith.

Longlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize and described by British bookshop chain Waterstones as: "an exciting new voice in crime fiction", Eve Smith's debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award and was selected as a Book of the Month in The Guardian just after launch.

"Smith combines the excitement of a medical thriller à la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterization and social insight in a timely debut novel all the more remarkable for being conceived and written before the current pandemic."

Eve writes speculative fiction with a splash of Thriller thrown in. Her latest novel Off Target is chilling page turner set In an all-too-possible near future, when genetic engineering has become the norm for humans, not just crops, parents are prepared to take incalculable risks to ensure that their babies are perfect … altering genes that may cause illness, and more…

She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills.


Linda Rainier... the saviour!

Linda Rainier is an indie author and a big part of the Twitter Writing Community!


She has been a fan of this show for some time and we consider her one of the family!


She is funny, tenacious, and determined!


After a guest-timining mixup, Linda was a superstar who stepped up to save the show!





Tina Baker is back!

The amazing Tina Baker is back! We were lucky to have her on the show way back a year ago! In fact 363 days ago! What are the odds! She is back with a brand new book. And, as we have had her rise to writing story before, she is bringing with her some stories and some topics to chat about. Who knows what will happen?!

I spoke to Tina, the TV presenter, soap queen, fitness instructor and author, about her book CALL ME MUMMY. She is now back with NASTY LITTLE CUTS!

Nasty Little Cuts:


Kasim Ali works at Penguin Random House and has previously been shortlisted for Hachette’s Mo Siewcherran Prize, longlisted for the 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, and has contributed to The Good Journal. He comes from Birmingham and now lives in London.

His book, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released early this month and has had lots of amazing praise. You can see some of that praise below.


Moving, modern and utterly engaging.
What a talent

—Rhik Samadder, author of I Never Said I Love You

Sensitive, smooth-toned and absorbingly honest

—Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People


The Aesthetic Press author panel.

Aesthetic Press is a Full-Service Digital-First Independent #Publisher of commercial fiction Novels, Novelettes, & Anthologies. We specialize in Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Fiction, and #books with Dark Humor, Anti-Heroes, & Compelling/Gritty Themes!

6 of their #authors will join me for this week's discussion show. We will discuss what it is like to work for such a company. We will talk writing, author life, life, and much more. Throw some questions our way during the live show and we could talk about that.


Below is a list of Aesthetic Press authors who joined us. 

Aditya Gautam (debut author of Surreal Psychological Thriller, A DREAM OF DUPLICITY released 3/22/22)

A.D. Graves: She is from Carmel, New York, a small lakeside town. 

Rebecca Frost (Academic author of Psychological Thriller NOT YOUR MARY SUE releasing 6/7/22)

Simon Maltman (author of Crime Noir THE WOLF IS AT YOUR DOOR releasing 8/23/22)

A.G. Chacon (debut author of New Adult Dark Fantasy Saga THE IRON FISTS releasing 12/12/22)

Brendan Hayes (debut author of YA Horror Thriller EXPECTATIONS releasing TBA)


The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, Matson Taylor.

This week we learn the story of historian, author, and academic writing tutor at the V&A, Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, #MatsonTaylor.
Matson is the #author of #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth and All About Evie.
The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the Bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick which has had over 1500 reviews on Amazon!

The Bestselling Richard & Judy Summer Book Club Pick 2021.

The Bestselling Radio 2 Book Club Selection.
‘Tight, clever and riddled with wit. Like discovering Adrian Mole or Bridget Jones for the first time.’ Joanna Nadin, author of The Queen of Bloody Everything.
‘A sweet, fizzy sherbet dib-dab of a book - deliciously nostalgic, hugely funny and ultimately heartwarming. The perfect book for our times.’ Veronica Henry.

‘Such a joyful and uplifting read. Just the sort of thing that people will want to be reading right now.’ Anita Rani, Radio 2 Book Club.


Sarah’s obsession for 80s action movies, 90s thrillers (and Buffy), and a morbid curiosity about the darker ages of history, bleeds into her writing.

As well as screenwriting for both TV and film she is the #author of over twenty novels in the YA and psychological thriller genres and has been published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and Pan Macmillan. Her books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated into a dozen languages.

After almost a year spent travelling the world, during which time her first novel Hunting Lila was published, they settled in Bali, where they lived for four years. In that time Sarah #published a further seven YA novels and began also writing screenplays.

She is currently a writer/producer on the CBS show S.W.A.T. and has several original projects in development. Her feature adaptation of #TheWeekendAway will soon air on Netflix.


Happy Birthday The WCCS, with magician Pete Heat!

This day marks the two year birthday of The Writing Community Chat Show! There have been nearly 190 episodes where we learn about the guests, their life stories and find out what works for them in the world of writing.

To celebrate this, I am joined by the incredible magician Pete Heat! “THE ROCK & ROLL MAGICIAN” – NME.


I have been on the other side of his magic before, virtually during lockdown, and it was mind-blowing! We will find out just how Pete got into magic, how he ended up 12 feet tall, and we will see how many of you he can freak out live on the show! Pete is a funny man from London who wanders the streets making people swear. He has been talked about on national TV by Jude Law and his magic has taking him around the world. “Pete is an incredible magician. I was so blown away I hired him to come to my house and coach me for my Dumbledore role“ Jude Law.



Chandler Bolt is an investor, the CEO of Self-Publishing School &, and the author of 7 bestselling #books, including
his most recent book, Published. Self-Publishing School is an INC 5000 company, the last 3 years in a row, as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing
private companies in the US.

Chandler is also the host of the 7 Figure Principles Podcast and the Self-Publishing School Podcast. Through his books, #podcasts, YouTube
channels, and #SelfPublishing School, he’s helped thousands of people write a book that grows their income, impact, and business.

Visit here:

CHANDLERS FREE BOOK HERE - 50 for free, shipped for free to the US:


Author Sam Holland has always been fascinated with the dark and macabre. A fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert. And a self-confessed serial killer nerd. Sam studied psychology at university, then spent the next few years working in HR, before quitting for a full-time career in writing. The Echo Man is the result.

An incredible new thriller from an exciting new talent!

‘Utterly compelling, the story rushes forward relentlessly…a writer to watch’ Daily Mail
‘Evokes a classic, satisfying, red-blooded fear…a stellar debut’ A. J. Finn


Fantasy Worlds and the Paranormal Realms of Magic and Myths. Author panel show.

5 authors from the world of #TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. We talked about all things #writing. Their genres span romance, erotica, #fantasy, horror, the paranormal, and more! We discussed all those things. Plus, we answered your questions. The main topics included fantasy and the paranormal!

Guest authors are:
* bookdragonheart -
* jlrothstein -
* Cassie Sanchez -
* BL Cagle -
* listenwithbritt -


Please, give them a follow and support their work!


S.P.O'Farrell returns to the show after his appearance in season 1! His #book Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball has received some excellent praise and sits at 4.8 out of 5 after 95 ratings! It began as a short #story and quickly turned into an award-winning novel: Moonbeam Awards, New York City Big Book Award, Queer Indie Award, LitPick Award, (sm)art festivals award and a finalist for Book Pipeline and National Indie Excellence Award.


Its sequel, Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London, was released this April and has already made a great start. I will be keen to see how Steves indie #author career has evolved over the past few years and what his new book holds in store for us! 


Louise was born and lives in South Wales, yes thats right, not actually far from host Chris Aggett!

Louise studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)  

In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.  

Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.  

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