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COVERED is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Harry Marks about writers and their books. Whether it's fiction or non, short stories or long, sweeping epics, Harry digs down in each episode to learn the stories behind the stories, the whys and hows of their creation, and what readers and aspiring authors can learn from the process.
||CleanS3E14 – Chris Smith, THE DAILY SHOW (THE BOOK): AN ORAL HISTORY||Synopsis: On the season 3 finale, Harry talks with Chris Smith about his book, The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History, which features interviews with Jon Stewart, the cast, crew, and past guests…||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E13 – Isabel Bandeira, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER||Synopsis: Isabel Bandeira joins us for a live show from Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub in Madison, NJ, where she discusses her debut novel, Bookishly Ever After and the follow-up,…||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E12 – Charlie Lovett, THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL||Synopsis: Charlie Lovett’s The Lost Book of the Grail is a story about Arthurian legend, the Holy Grail, medieval architecture and manuscripts, and questions of faith. Lovett talks about all of t…||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E11 – Claire Fuller, SWIMMING LESSONS||Synopsis: Claire Fuller discusses her new novel, Swimming Lessons, and the dysfunctional family dynamics within. She also talks about the societal pressures of child-rearing, sisterly relationships,…||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E10 – Chris Holm, RED RIGHT HAND||Synopsis: Chris Holm, the author of The Collector Trilogy and The Killing Kind discusses his latest Michael Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand. He also talks about the allure of the anti-hero, the…||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E9 – Jocelyn K. Glei, UNSUBSCRIBE||Synopsis: Writer and productivity sage Jocelyn K. Glei discusses her new book on proper email etiquette and maintenance, Unsubscribe. She also talks about how our obsession with “Inbox Zero” needs to…||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E8 – David Sax, THE REVENGE OF ANALOG||Synopsis: David Sax, a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses his new book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. David talks about the growing…||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E7 – Aaron Mahnke, LORE||Synopsis: Aaron Mahnke returns to talk about his podcast, LORE, and how he puts all the pieces together to bring his audience a thrilling new episode every two weeks. He also discusses his battles…||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E6 – Alice Kaltman, STAGGERWING||Synopsis: Author Alice Kaltman discusses her debut story collection, STAGGERWING, the idea of “realistic fantasy”, midlife crises and the secrets we carry, and what it’s like to work with a “hybrid” …||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 E5 – Sarah L. Blair, DARKNESS SHIFTING||Synopsis: Sarah L. Blair is the author of the new paranormal thriller, DARKNESS SHIFTING. On this episode, Sarah talks about her nine years writing the book, the decision to self-publish, her…||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E4 – Ben LeRoy of Tyrus Books||Synopsis: Ben Leroy, founder of Bleak House Publishing and Tyrus Books, discusses the trials and tribulations of starting a small publisher in the midst of a recession, the difficulty of publishing…||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E3 – Carys Bray, THE MUSEUM OF YOU||Synopsis: Carys Bray, author of the new novel The Museum of You, discusses writing a coming-of-age tale for adults, how we deal with death, how her Mormon upbringing influenced her writing, and the…||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E2 – Matt Gemmell, CHANGER||Synopsis: Matt Gemmell drops by the show to discuss his debut novel, CHANGER, about a man bent on holding the world hostage with his unique abilities and the one person in Europe capable of stopping…||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E1 – Uli Beutter Cohen of Subway Book Review||Synopsis: Welcome to season 3 of COVERED! We kick things off with an interview with someone changing the landscape of book reviews and word-of-mouth sales, Uli Beutter Cohen of Subway Book Review.…||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E14 – COVERED Book Club #2 – PAPER by Mark Kurlansky, feat. Andy Welfle and Johnny Gamber||Synopsis: It’s our season 2 finale and to celebrate, we’ve got TWO – count ’em, TWO! – special guests. From the Erasable podcast, we welcome Andy Welfle and Johnny Gamber to the show to discuss Mark …||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E13 – Beth Gilstrap, I AM BARBARELLA and NO MAN’S WILD LAURA||Synopsis: Author Beth Gilstrap discusses her short fiction collection I Am Barbarella and her new story collection, No Man’s Wild Laura out now from Hyacinth Girl Press. Beth also talks about her a…||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E12 – Aubrie Cox, OUT OF TRANSLATION||Synopsis: Poet and Frogpond Journal editor Aubrie Cox sits down to discuss her haiku chapbook Out of Translation and shed some light on what English haiku really entails. She also talks about her…||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E11 – Geoff Manaugh, A BURGLAR’S GUIDE TO THE CITY||Synopsis: The proprietor of BLDGBLOG and the author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh, discusses his new book, what he learned from riding around in a helicopter with the LAPD, how b…||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E10 – Anna-Marie McLemore, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS||Synopsis: Anna-Marie McLemore sits down to discuss her debut Young Adult novel The Weight of Feathers and its forthcoming follow-up When the Moon Was Ours. Many important topics are discussed,…||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E9 – David Dyer, THE MIDNIGHT WATCH||Synopsis: On the night of April 14th, as the Titanic began its descent into the mid-Atlantic, another ship sat only a few miles away. Its midnight watchman saw the distress rockets illuminate the…||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E8 – Ed Tarkington, ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART||Synopsis: Ed Tarkington, the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, discusses the importance music played in his youth, his religious upbringing, and the devastating effects of mental…||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E7 – Christian A. Brown, FEAST OF FATES||Synopsis: Christian A. Brown, the author of the fantasy novels Feast of Fates and Feast of Dreams (part of the Four Feasts Till Darkness series), stops by to discuss building an epic fantasy world,…||3/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E6 – Andria Williams, THE LONGEST NIGHT||Synopsis: Andria Williams, the author of the recently released The Longest Night, joins Harry to discuss the only nuclear reactor meltdown in the United States that resulted in immediate fatalities,…||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E5 – Lawrence Block, WRITING THE NOVEL: FROM PLOT TO PRINT TO PIXEL||Synopsis: In this very special episode of COVERED, Harry sits down (in person!) with legendary crime and mystery writer, Lawrence Block, to discuss Block’s updated edition of his invaluable writing h…||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E4 – Jessica Sinsheimer, Literary Agent and Manuscript Wishlist Founder||Synopsis: Literary Agent Jessica Sinsheimer joins Harry to discuss the role of the agent in the author’s career, query dos and don’ts, Manuscript Wishlist, her live panel discussion webcast Pub…||12/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E3 – Robert James Russell, MESILLA||Synopsis: Robert James Russell joins Harry to discuss his new Western novel, Mesilla. Robert also talks about his draw to the Western genre, being a good literary citizen, and his unorthodox writing…||12/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E2 – Taylor Brown, FALLEN LAND||Harry welcomes Taylor Brown to the show to discuss his debut novel, Fallen Land. Taylor also talks about his extensive research of the Civil War and Sherman’s march through the South, his e…||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E1 – Ginger Scott, WICKED RESTLESS||Harry talks with best-selling romance author Ginger Scott about her new novel, Wicked Restless, combats the notion that romance novels are “fast food”, and walks us through her reasons and pro…||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E14 – Julie Wilson, Audiobook Producer at Penguin Random House||Harry sits down with Penguin Random House audiobook producer Julie Wilson to discuss the ins-and-outs of making an audiobook come to life. From selecting the book, to choosing the right narrator(s)…||10/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E13 – Natalie S. Harnett, THE HOLLOW GROUND||Harry talks with author Natalie S. Harnett about her book, The Hollow Ground and her research of the raging mine fires beneath Centralia and Carbondale, Pennsylvania. They also discuss…||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E12 – A.J. Walkley, VUTO||Harry talks with author A.J. Walkley about her books, Vuto and Queer Greer, her time in the Peace Corps, how America’s most benevolent agency might really just be a PR firm abroad, and tackling d…||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E11 – Schuler Benson, THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO AN AFFORDABLE PAINLESS SUICIDE||Harry talks with author Schuler Benson about his short story collection The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable Painless Suicide, writing different dialects, why certain characters resonate with the a…||6/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10 – All About BookCon||Harry attended Book Expo America’s 2nd Annual BookCon last Saturday and is here to regale everyone with tales of his travels to the far away land of Javits. LINKS BookCon AJ Walkley | Vuto | Queer G…||6/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9 – COVERED Book Club #1: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP with Ann Kingman||Harry welcomes fellow podcaster Ann Kingman to the show to discuss Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, including how they’ve tackled cleaning their own homes after reading the book…||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9A – COVERED Book Club #1A: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP Syllabus||(https://hologramradio.org/images/The-Life-Changing-Magic-of-Tidying-Up-Marie-Kondo.jpg) I’ve assembled a list of resources to help COVERED listeners prepare for my discussion with fellow podcaster …||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E8 – Courtney Alameda, SHUTTER||Harry talks with author Courtney Alameda about her new paranormal horror-thriller, Shutter, as well as the variety of books that inspired her, the misperceptions people have of horror authors, and…||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E7 – Eric Shonkwiler, ABOVE ALL MEN||Harry talks with author Eric Shonkwiler about his award-winning debut novel, Above All Men, as well as Cormac McCarthy, MFA programs, and the current state of literature. And keep your ears peeled…||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E6 – Loren Kleinman, THE DARK CAVE BETWEEN MY RIBS||Harry talks with poet and author Loren Kleinman about her poetry collections The Dark Cave Between My Ribs and Breakable Things, as well as writing through trauma, finding one’s voice, and the d…||1/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E5 – Aaron Mahnke, CONSUMED||Harry talks with author Aaron Mahnke about his latest horror novel, CONSUMED, the Massachusetts landscape, self-publishing, and reading as a writer. Links The Author Consumed on Amazon |…||1/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E4 – Brighton Walsh, CAGED IN WINTER||Harry talks with author Brighton Walsh about her New Adult novel, Caged in Winter, heroines in New Adult literature, reading only Twilight fan fiction during the drafting process, and how American…||11/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E3 – Steph Post, A TREE BORN CROOKED||Harry talks with author Steph Post about her new “grit-lit” book, A TREE BORN CROOKED, growing up in rural Florida, the influences television and films have on her writing, and how she had the tit…||11/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E2 – Megan Erickson, MAKE IT COUNT||Harry talks with romance author, Megan Erickson, about her “Bowler University” New Adult book series, what New Adult means to her, and the dichotomy between the books she read growing up and the rom…||10/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E1 – Anthony Breznican, BRUTAL YOUTH||For the inaugural episode, Harry sits down with Anthony Breznican, a Senior Film Writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of the dark coming-of-age novel, Brutal Youth. They discuss the hows …||10/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Harry is a great interviewer and his style is smooth. The authors read an excerpt of their book so you get a little taste of the authors style and how they envision the story to be told. They give depth to their mindset and really brings you in. Have a listen, you won't regret!
Behind the book
As a great lover of back stories and untold tales of how things came to be, I fell in love with Covered immediately.
I love hearing about how authors tell their stories, choose their covers and what they think about their own work.
I look forward to more great tales of authorial feats!
A Needed Addition
We rarely hear from writers outside of their novels, and this show gives us a little bit of what’s missing. Great interviews, amazing guests, and deep insight into what goes on behind the covers of the books we read. Highly recommended.