Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng on Creativity


Image of Walter White by Columbus illustrator Dominic LaRiccia

I love reactions and dialogue, so I got some immensely talented folks into a recording studio and played some snippets from past Craft interviews for them to get their take on aspects of creativity. Specifically, Columbus illustrators Dominic LaRiccia and Drew Robinson from Spork Design and Ohio State University Associate Director of University Bands Scott A. Jones discussed quotations from Craft guests Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng. Wonder what makes someone creative tick? Listen here.

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The Return of Erin Foley

erinFoleyLast year, I was fortunate enough to talk to comedian Erin Foley before her very funny appearance at the Woodlands Tavern. She’s back this year on January 23 at the Woodlands Tavern to enjoy the potential of an Ohio polar vortex so we talked about Ohio cold versus East Coast cold versus their whiny little sibling, California cold.

We also discussed how she writes in various genres like stand up versus punch up writing for sitcoms.

And we talked sports, including who will be Ohio State’s quarterback next year.

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Matt Burgess: Writing Great Characters and Ambition

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Matt Burgess

Before graduating from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. His hometown has served as the location for both his first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and his latest novel, this January’s Uncle Janice. Matt Burgess will be a guest author with Thurber House on Wednesday, January 21 and you can BUY TICKETS.

Listen in to hear Matt describe his writing process, how he researched Uncle Janice, and the line between ambition and becoming Lady Macbeth.

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Rebecca Frazier and the most dangerous band bus in Bluegrass

Rebecca Frazier

Rebecca Frazier


Singer-songwriter Rebecca Frazier will perform in Columbus on Friday, January 16, 2015 with Six String Concerts, along with Iris DeMent at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theater. We talked about the writing of her  2013 album When We Fall, touring, and why her supporting band, Hit and Run Bluegrass, is the most dangerous band bus in bluegrass.

Get tickets here.


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Thunder and Lightening! It’s Harmony Evans

One rainy Saturday during the Ohioana Book Festival, Harmony Evans sat down with Kayla, the Craft summer intern, and was interrupted mid-interview by a low rumble that shook the entire room. This romance author responded, “Hey, I try to make things exciting. What can I say?”

Evans keeps summer heat going with her romance novels, Loving Laney and When Morning Comes. Through her publishing company, Harlequin Kimani Romance, Evans has produced multiple novels including a series about the fictional celebrity Broward family. She was a double finalist in the 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and received Debut Author of the Year for the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Awards. Evans is a member of Romance Writers of America and has a blog called, The Pink Heart Society. Evans writes at night and works in Internet marketing during the day. In the future, she wants to make her living in Paris, France, but for now, Evans is raising her 13-year-old daughter in Cleveland, Ohio. When this author is not cooking up spicy love plots, she is cooking and baking in the kitchen and enjoying other relaxing hobbies such as knitting, reading, and dancing.

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GaimanPalmerTraveling or working out this Thanksgiving? Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman have suggestions for you about audiobooks and what to do if you find yourself in an audio booth reading from one of your uber-popular books, like Palmer’s The Art of Asking or Gaiman’s Coraline.

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The Song that Surprised Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

With 13 albums to her credit and hundreds of live shows, not a lot surprises December 5 Six String Concerts guest Kate Campbell about the music industry. But one of her songs continues to exceed her expectations and be welcome in places she never expected.

Listen to the show and then catch Kate Campbell along with opener Ken Yates at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theater.

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Garth Stein at the Thurber House with A Sudden Light

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The Thurber House Mug I recommended to Garth Stein

Best know for the international bestseller, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Garth Stein will be in Columbus on Monday, November 24 as part of  the Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors series. His most recent release is the gothic/historical/coming-of-age/ghost story, “A Sudden Light.

We talked about dogs, knowing what a dog is thinking, and coffee mugs with dogs on them (and I’m pretty sure I mis-identified the dog on the mug we discussed).

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Janet Evanovich and writing about “hot guys”

Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich’s 4 dozen books have sold millions of copies. Her latest book, part of the co-authored Fox and O’Hare series, is The Job, and she’ll discuss it and other aspects of her life on November 18th with the Thurber House. During our talk, we discussed how she writes, what it’s like collaborating with another writer, what genre she might like to try, and what kinds of guys it’s more fun to write about.

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Q: What would you do if you woke up in 1776? A: Ask Lora Innes

Lora Innes

Lora Innes

Lora Innes gave me her insight into waking up in 1776, at least, in terms of her character, Beatrice “Bea” Whaley. Check out our talk at the 2014 Columbus Comic Con.

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