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Season 13

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Join us for the opening of season 13 as Chris & Chris chat about last season and discuss the upcoming guests of season 13. We were joined by the brilliant Tina Baker to chat about all things writing, life and more.

Thank you to author Chris Lynch for sponsoring this show with his book, Welcome To Neverbury. Please support him on social media and buy his book here:


In this episode, we're thrilled to sit down with the multi-talented author, Hayley Reese Chow, the creative mind behind "Odriel’s Heirs" – the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project and a 5th place finalist in the 2021 Book Blogger Novel of the Year Awards.

🌟 Hayley's literary prowess extends beyond novels, with her short and flash fiction leaving an indelible mark in publications like Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and the Rogue Blades Entertainment omnibus, "AS YOU WISH!"

But there's more to Hayley than just her impressive writing credentials. In a fascinating twist, she has worn many hats throughout her life, including those of a mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100-mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, voracious reader, and self-proclaimed super nerd.

🌪️ Currently calling Florida home, Hayley bravely dodges hurricanes alongside her two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound.

🎙️ Join us as we delve into the world of Hayley Reese Chow, exploring the unique intersections of her diverse experiences and how they have shaped her journey as an author. Get ready for an inspiring conversation that goes beyond the pages of her books!


🎙️ Join us as we sit down with the multi-talented N.J. Gallegos, Emergency Medicine Physician by day, and horror author by night. Her unique blend of medical expertise, love for horror, and fascination with wicked women seeking revenge has birthed gripping tales that are as thrilling as they are chilling.

📚 Dive into her debut novel, "The Broken Heart," published by Winding Road Stories, where Casey Philips, an abused housewife, undergoes a heart transplant from a serial killer and discovers a newfound taste for revenge. Brace yourselves and bring peroxide, as things are bound to get messy!


🧟‍♂️ And don't miss out on her latest novella, "It's Me, Hi, I'm The Zombie, It's Me," inspired by her experiences at StokerCon 2023. Join forces with Swifties and horror enthusiasts as they unite to combat The Undead in this spine-tingling adventure.

📖 N.J. Gallegos has also left her mark with two novellas, "Just Desserts" with Black Hare Press and "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" with Alien Buddha Press. Her short stories, scattered across various anthologies including "The Alien Buddha's House of Horrors 5," "Gore 2: A Halloween Anthology," and "Dark Mirrors: An Anthology of Horror," showcase her diverse storytelling prowess.

🏆 In 2022, she clinched first place in Alien Buddha Press' Horror Showdown, further solidifying her position as a rising star in the horror literature scene.


Join us for an exclusive interview with acclaimed author Tim Lebbon as we delve into his illustrious writing career and his latest bone-chilling eco-horror masterpiece, "Among The Living." Hailed as the master of eco-horror, Tim Lebbon has captivated readers worldwide with his gripping narratives and atmospheric storytelling.

Born in London in 1969, Tim spent his formative years in Devon and Newport before returning to the countryside with his wife Tracey and their children Ellie and Daniel. Settled in the picturesque village of Goytre in Monmouthshire, Tim draws inspiration from the surrounding countryside, which often features in his evocative writing.

Tim's literary journey began in his teens, where he embarked on writing novels, eventually leading to his first published story in UK indie magazine Psychotrope in 1994. Since then, he has penned over forty novels, published by esteemed houses such as HarperCollins, Bantam Spectra, and Titan, among others. His works have been translated globally, captivating audiences with their haunting narratives and richly drawn characters.

Notably, Tim's novel "The Silence" was adapted into a Netflix movie starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, showcasing his talent for crafting cinematic tales of suspense and terror. Additionally, his novella "Pay The Ghost" was adapted into a feature film starring Nicolas Cage, adding to his impressive repertoire of cinematic adaptations.

Beyond writing, Tim is an avid triathlete, often seen swimming, biking, and running across the Monmouthshire countryside. His passion for endurance sports permeates his writing, as evidenced in novels like "The Hunt" and "Eden," as well as his non-fiction book "Run Walk Crawl: Getting Fit In My Forties."

Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into the mind of a literary master as we explore Tim Lebbon's extraordinary career and his latest foray into the realm of eco-horror. Subscribe now and join us for an unforgettable conversation with one of the genre's most compelling voices.

Buy Tims latest release, Among The Living, here:


Born and raised in Sheffield, in the week before leaving school Matt was asked by his careers teacher, Mr. Marron, what he wanted to be when he left. When he replied that he wanted to be a writer, Mr Marron said "Well Coyne, I wanted to be Burt f*cking Reynolds". He then handed Matt an application form to become an apprentice fitter of gas cookers.

Dreams suitably crushed, Matt became a poster-boy for staying in full-time education, by doing a succession of genuinely crappy jobs. Variously, he has been a toilet roll packer, turnstile-operator, cardboard box folder and a sorter of coat-hangers for Burton Menswear. Matt has been sacked a lot.

After a couple of years, he returned to education to obtain an English degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. Completing his dissertation on French feminism in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. An academic piece of work that proved that Mr Marron was probably right all along.

From University, Matt drifted into the graphic arts. As a graphic artist in Doncaster, he saw little of the glamorous side of design and his last task as a jobbing designer was to photoshop the weeds and cat-sh*t out of 24 pictures of block-paving. This was the job that, in 2007, led him to quit and set up his own print and design company. He has been serving the businesses of Sheffield with a consistently mediocre service ever since.

In September 2015, Matt became a father for the first time, to Charlie. And woke up. After three months of dealing with the missile of chaos that is a newborn, he posted his thoughts online. And, in January 2016 these thoughts went viral. The original post was shared over a hundred thousand times and was featured in newspapers and on television across the world. (He even appeared on Australian breakfast TV, sandwiched between an item about a world record-breaking whip-cracker and a news story about a man who lost a toe on some dodgy patio furniture).

Becoming a parent is the greatest, weirdest and most humbling thing that Matt, and his partner of twenty years Lyndsay, have ever experienced. And, if you read the above it's easy to see why. Not only has Charlie proved to be the love of their lives, he has also provided the inspiration for Matt to write about something that people want to read about.. and perhaps ultimately prove that Mr Marron was an idiot.

In the months following the original post, Matt created a facebook blog page entitled Man vs Baby and has 150,000 followers who check in regularly to see his most recent parental discoveries and failures.

Matt is also a singer/songwriter with the band 'Terry and Dead' and has appeared on compilation albums with Paul Heaton, Billy Bragg and Sleaford Mods. He also recently achieved online virulence with his letters to famous people and enjoys generally being a smartarse online.. where bigger boys can't hit you in the face.

Matt lives in Sheffield with his son Charlie, his partner Lyndsay and a Jack Russell terrier with 'issues' called Eddie.

Frank And Red is our March book club read.


Welcome to The Writing Community Chat Show, where we bring you inspiring authors and their remarkable stories. This Friday, join us as we sit down with Af Marseh, a multifaceted individual whose journey is as diverse as it is captivating.

Af's life is a whirlwind of adventures, from managing international sports events like the Olympics and FIFA matches to his foray into stand-up comedy across London, Essex, and beyond. His comedic talents took him to stages 3-5 times a week, sharing laughter and joy with audiences.
But Af's story takes a poignant turn when he confronts a tumour diagnosis at the young age of 29, trading Olympic thrills for surgeries and chemotherapy. His book, "Tumorous Testicles," chronicles this journey with unfiltered honesty, humor, and hope, earning widespread acclaim.

From driving a tuk-tuk across India to completing marathons and cycling from London to Paris, Af's passion for fitness and adventure knows no bounds. He even starred on The Chase TV Gameshow, albeit with a twist, losing £36,000 in a memorable moment.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Brazil and the somber corridors of UK hospitals, Af's narrative is a testament to resilience and humor. His book serves not only as a guide through the cancer journey but also as a source of strength and solidarity for anyone facing adversity.

Join us as we explore Af's journey through comedy, sports, and overcoming challenges with grace and determination. Don't miss this enriching episode on The Writing Community Chat Show!

Buy his book TUMOROUS HESTICLES here:


Join us for an engaging conversation with Jennifer Bardsley, the talented author behind captivating contemporary romance novels. With the release of her latest works, "Postcards from the Cove" and "Photographs from the Cove" on February 15th, followed by "Notes from the Cove" on March 20th, 2024, Jennifer brings her enchanting storytelling to our screens.

A former newspaper columnist known for her charm and wit, Jennifer shares insights into marketing and social media, plotting novels, and navigating the publishing world. With a proactive approach and a finger on the pulse of the industry, Jennifer is sure to inspire aspiring authors and avid readers alike. Discover her belief in friendship, true love, and the enduring magic of books.

Jennifer Bardsley, a Stanford University graduate, resides in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and two children. Her column, "I Brake for Moms," graced the pages of the Everett Herald for over a decade. Under the pen name Louise Cypress, she explores the realm of young adult paranormal romance. When she's not writing or experimenting in the kitchen, Jennifer can be found strolling from her home to the beach, embracing the serenity of nature.

Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the world of Jennifer Bardsley, represented by Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency, and discover the inspiration behind her captivating stories.

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Welcome back, book lovers! In this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented author, Erin Young, to delve into the captivating world of her debut thriller, "THE FIELDS." From discussing Erin's illustrious career as Robyn Young, a renowned historical novelist with eight bestselling novels under her belt, to exploring the immense success of "THE FIELDS" and its upcoming television adaptation by the producers of acclaimed shows like Big Little Lies and City on a Hill, this interview is a must-watch for any fan of suspenseful storytelling.

But that's not all—our conversation with Erin went beyond the page as she generously shared invaluable writing tips and advice. From self-editing techniques to staying motivated during the writing process, Erin provided an insider's look into her creative journey. Whether you're an aspiring writer or simply a lover of thrilling tales, there's something for everyone in this enlightening discussion.

So, grab your favorite reading spot and join us as we uncover the secrets of suspense with the one and only Erin Young. Don't forget to hit subscribe for more captivating author interviews and literary insights!

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📚 Join us on the Writing Community Chat Show for an exclusive episode with acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Ruth Kelly, airing on Wednesday the 13th of December!

🔍 In this episode, we delve into Ruth's fascinating journey as a journalist who has ghosted numerous Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, including the widely acclaimed "The Prison Doctor," which sold over 250,000 copies, and "The Governor," a chart-topper on Amazon and Sunday Times bestseller. Ruth's storytelling prowess explores the dichotomy of paradise and hell, drawing inspiration from her extensive travels and the relocation of her family to Papua New Guinea when she was seven.

🌍 Holiday destinations play a pivotal role in Ruth's thrilling narratives, and she skillfully transforms them into characters that are both friends and foes, to be embraced cautiously. This theme is beautifully woven throughout her writing, adding layers of suspense and intrigue to her novels.
📖 Ruth is currently captivating readers with her latest release, "The Escape." Described as "dark, chilling, atmospheric, and page-turning," it's touted as this winter's 'The Hunting Party' by Veronica Henry.

🏰 "The Escape" unfolds in the picturesque landscape of rural France, featuring a struggling influencer couple, Adele and Jack, who receive an unimaginable offer from a mysterious benefactor – a crumbling French chateau. As they embark on a journey to renovate their dream home, the idyllic setting takes a sinister turn, and the local community reveals a chilling secret.


📚 Join us for an exclusive live interview with Jules Swain, the reigning Book Blogger of the Year!

🏆 With a background as a seasoned paramedic and clinical supervisor, Jules brings a unique perspective to the world of literature.

🚑 For the past 14 years, Jules has served in the Ambulance Service, with 12 years as a qualified Paramedic. In 2019, she transitioned into a pivotal role as a Clinical Supervisor and is currently excelling as a Team Leader.

📖 Beyond her life-saving duties, Jules has carved out a niche in the literary world as a passionate book reviewer. Collaborating with publishers and book publicists, she has successfully promoted numerous books on her social media platforms, boasting an impressive following of 40k on Twitter, 3.2k on Instagram, and 4.4k on TikTok.

🎤 Jules is not only a tastemaker in the book community but also a seasoned event host. She has organized online events for publishers and recently took the stage at the London Book Fair to share insights on the best social media tools for authors.

📢 Excitingly, Jules has her own Shopfront on, where she curates a collection of her current reads and all-time favorite books. Tune in to discover her top literary picks, hear about her journey in the blogging world, and gain valuable insights into the dynamic intersection of literature and social media.

Follow Jules on X here: Jules Swain (@thereadingpara) / X (


CJ & Chris

Join CJ and Chris Hooley, the dynamic hosts of The Writing Community Chat Show, for an engaging live chat session about the most anticipated books of 2024, insights into the writing process, life's adventures, and much more! This interactive session welcomes the live audience to participate in a lively Q&A, offering a unique opportunity to connect with fellow book lovers, writers, and enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking book recommendations, writing tips, or simply looking for an entertaining discussion, this is the place to be! Tune in, engage, and let's explore the world of literature and creativity together.

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If you would like to buy any of the books we mentioned on this show, please use the relevant Amazon links we have provided.

** Original Sins by Erin Young:
** Fourteen Days: A unique collaborative novel from a star-studded cast of writers:
** Small Hours by Bobby Palmer:
** The Last Murder at the End of the World: The dazzling new high concept murder mystery:
** Seven Days: a gripping, high-octane crime thriller for 2024:
** The Intruders: The nailbiting new psychological thriller for 2024:
** The Kill List: from the best-selling author of The Jigsaw Man:
** Three Burials: An electrifying wild ride of a debut novel from award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten:
** The Switch: A Sunday Times Style Hot Read for 2024 and one of Cosmopolitan's Best Books for 2024:
** Love Letters to a Serial Killer:
** All the Colours of the Dark: A missing persons mystery, a serial killer thriller, and an epic love story - with a unique twist on each:


Unlocking the Magic of London: An Exclusive Chat with Ben Aaronovitch!

Join us for an enthralling conversation with Ben Aaronovitch! Born and bred in London, Ben's upbringing may have seemed mundane, but it sparked two enduring passions: imbibing and Science Fiction. Fortunately, his love for the latter propelled his early career as he penned episodes for legendary shows like Doctor Who (long before it became trendy), Casualty, and even the budget-friendly soap opera, Jupiter Moon.

Despite a career setback in the late 1990s, Ben found his stride while overseeing the Crime and Science Fiction sections at #waterstones in Covent Garden. It was there that he ventured into novel writing, giving birth to the immensely popular Rivers of London series. With the resounding success of the first book, he promptly embraced a full-time writing career, bidding farewell to his day job without hesitation.

Ben remains firmly rooted in his cherished London, affectionately dubbing it 'the capital of the world.' He jokes that he'll only depart when they prise London from his cold, lifeless hands. Rest assured, he reassures us, he's diligently crafting the next #PeterGrant novel, steering clear of losing himself in computer games—truly. Tune in for an enlightening discussion with the mastermind behind the Rivers of London series!


We sit down with the talented Lizzy Barber! Lizzy studied English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University before delving into "previous lives" in acting and film development. Currently, she serves as the Head of Brand and Marketing for a restaurant group, collaborating with her brother, a restaurateur.

Her literary journey includes the award-winning debut novel, MY NAME IS ANNA / A GIRL NAMED ANNA (US), which clinched the Daily Mail First Novel Competition. Her second novel, OUT OF HER DEPTH, released in 2022, secured a spot as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and has had its TV & Film Rights optioned. In August 2023, NANNY WANTED hit the shelves, further solidifying Lizzy's place in the literary world.

Tune in to discover Lizzy's insights into her career, glean writing tips and advice, and share in the fun as we field questions from our live audience. Lizzy resides in London with her husband, George, a food writer and strategy consultant, and their son, Marlowe.

To buy NANNY WANTED, you can get it here:

Don't forget to follow Lizzy on Instagram, Twitter/X, and TikTok @bylizzybarber for more updates and literary adventures!


Join us this Friday for an exclusive interview with Simon McCleave, the million-selling crime novelist whose gripping tales have enthralled readers worldwide. Simon skyrocketed to literary fame with his debut novel, "The Snowdonia Killings," which soared to the top of the Amazon UK Chart, selling over 300,000 copies and securing the coveted No. 1 spot. Since then, his DI Ruth Hunter Crime Thriller Series has captivated audiences, consistently topping Amazon Best Seller lists and the UK Digital Chart, with over 1.5 million books sold since 2020.

Discover the journey of this acclaimed author, from his origins in South London to his experiences shaping narratives in television and film development, including stints at the BBC and Channel 4. Simon's remarkable career includes scripting for popular series like Silent Witness, Murder In Suburbia, and Eastenders, as well as producing acclaimed works such as "Out of the Game" for Channel 4.

Delve into Simon's creative process, his upcoming projects, including the television adaptation of his Ruth Hunter Snowdonia books set to film in North Wales, and his successful crime series with Harper Collins (Avon), set on Anglesey. Learn about the inspiration behind his stories and the intricacies of crafting compelling crime thrillers.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from one of the foremost voices in crime fiction. Subscribe now and tune in to our interview with Simon McCleave, live this Friday!

If you would like to buy Simons latest book, The Chester Killings, you can buy it here:


5 ideas to become a better storyteller with Nathan Baugh | The WCCS podcast. 🎥🎙

Join us this Friday for an insightful interview with author and storytelling expert, Nathan Baugh. With a unique background merging tech, engineering, and storytelling, Nathan is on a mission to decode the secrets behind successful storytelling in the business world. Discover how companies and entrepreneurs authentically connect with consumers, build loyalty, and foster communities through compelling narratives.

During his engineering studies, Nathan embarked on a creative journey, penning a fantasy fiction novel while delving into the mechanics of storytelling. Now, through platforms like Twitter and his 'World Builders' newsletter, he dissects the strategies of leaders like Steve Jobs and delves into the psychology of legendary figures like Michael Jordan to empower readers with storytelling prowess.

In this interview, we'll delve into Nathan's insights on the distinction between world-building and storytelling, the significance of Twitter threads as a pathway to engaging newsletters, and how platforms like beehiiv support newsletter writers. Don't miss this opportunity to level up your storytelling skills and glean actionable tips to elevate your business narrative. Subscribe now and join the conversation!

Nathan’s Links
* Twitter:  nathanbaugh27  
* Newsletter:
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We sat down with A.J. West, an award-winning former BBC journalist and broadcaster hailing from Buckinghamshire. With contributions to national newspapers, magazines, and appearances on esteemed television programs such as BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, and This Morning, A.J. West's career has been nothing short of illustrious. Not to mention his unforgettable stint on the legendary reality television show, Big Brother, which catapulted him into households across the nation.

Born to primary school teachers, A.J. found solace in the pages of books, igniting a passion for writing that eventually led him to traverse the globe producing captivating news programs and documentaries. Now residing in South London with his husband, Nicholas Robinson, A.J. reflects on his journey from a shy schoolboy to a prominent figure in the media landscape.

Tune in as we delve into A.J.'s literary influences, including Thomas Hardy, M.R. James, and E.F. Benson, cultivated during his studies in English Literature at the University in Lancashire. From his humble beginnings as a 7-year-old sharing tales of Tutankhamen's tomb, to the realization of his childhood ambition, A.J. shares his profound connection to storytelling and the enduring impact of his craft.

As Thomas Hardy once mused, "Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened." Join us as we uncover the extraordinary journey of A.J. West on The Writing Community Chat Show.

We discussed writing #historicalfiction, the #publishingindustry, writing themes, & his latest book, #TheBetrayalsofThomasTrue, which is set for release on July 04th! Pre order it here:


We sat down with the extraordinary Amanda Lees for an insightful conversation about her remarkable life journey and prolific writing career.

Born in Hong Kong, Amanda's upbringing was anything but conventional, navigating through a convent boarding school and a Jesuit boys’ school before embarking on a path fueled by her parents' adventurous spirits. Her father, a former Gurkha Intelligence officer and Oxford-educated spy, and her mother, who ran a hospital in the Borneo jungle, instilled in her a thirst for exploration and daring endeavors.

With a degree in drama, Amanda kicked off her television career in a memorable role as a member of the Communist Resistance in 'Allo 'Allo, showcasing her talent for drama and comedy alike.

Her literary prowess shines through in her latest nonfiction work, "From Aconite to the Zodiac Killer: The Dictionary of Crime," garnering rave reviews upon its release in July 2020 by Robinson/Little Brown, later followed by a Ulysses Press publication in the US in May 2021.
Delving into the realm of fiction, Amanda has captivated readers with her gripping WW2 spy thriller series. "The Silence Before Dawn," "Paris At First Light," and "The Midwife's Child" have all soared to the top of bestseller lists, weaving intricate tales of espionage and intrigue against the backdrop of wartime Europe. Her latest installment, "The Paris Spy's Girl," continues to enthrall audiences with its gripping narrative and rich historical detail.

Don't miss out on this exclusive interview as Amanda shares insights into her writing process, inspirations, and the thrilling worlds she creates.

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We sat down with Louise Jensen, the mastermind behind gripping psychological thrillers that have taken the world by storm. With over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, Jensen's acclaimed novels such as 'The Sister', 'The Gift', and 'The Surrogate' have captivated readers in over thirty territories and have been translated into twenty-five languages.

Not only have Jensen's books soared to the top of international bestseller lists, but they've also caught the attention of Hollywood, with several titles optioned for TV and film adaptations. Nominated for prestigious awards like the Goodreads Debut Award and the Crime Writing Association Dagger Awards, Jensen's talent is undeniable.

But Jensen's literary prowess doesn't stop at thrillers. Under the pen name Amelia Henley, she delves into the realm of love stories, with her novels 'The Life We Almost Had' and 'The Art of Loving You' becoming instant international bestsellers.

In this interview, we'll uncover the inspiration behind Jensen's spine-tingling plots, her journey from thriller to romance, and what's next on her horizon. Don't miss the chance to delve into the mind of one of the most captivating storytellers of our time.

Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek into Jensen's latest thriller, 'The Intruders', set to send chills down your spine when it hits shelves in April 2024. Subscribe now and join us for an unforgettable conversation with Louise Jensen.

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Welcome to our exclusive interview with Chloe Seager!

Chloe is not only a seasoned literary agent at the MM Agency, but she's also an accomplished author with a knack for crafting captivating YA and MG books. In 2019, she made a notable move to MM Agency from Northbank Talent, where she honed her skills over four years, shaping a vibrant children’s and YA list from the ground up. Her expertise extends globally, having successfully sold rights for her clients' works in the UK, US, and beyond.

Her journey into the world of publishing began at Titan Books, where she initially delved into publicity. It was during her time there, notably while working on the campaign for "Vicious," that Chloe discovered her true passion lied within the realms of YA and children’s literature.
Not content with just shaping others' literary dreams, Chloe is also a gifted storyteller in her own right. With multiple YA and MG books under her belt, published by esteemed houses such as HQ and Scholastic, Chloe's writing prowess shines through. And mark your calendars because her eagerly anticipated adult debut is slated for release in 2024!

In our interview, we dive into Chloe's multifaceted career, from her experiences in the publishing industry to her journey as an author. 

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