My guest is Amy Silverstein, the author of the new book, " My Glory Was I Had Such Friends." It's the story of how nine good friends helped Amy get through a heart transplant! We discuss the fact that this actually was her second heart transplant, the first one coming 26 years ago. We also talk about what led to the need for the transplants and how she coped with these experiences.

My guest is the author of the new book, "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety". An award-winning mental health journalist, and contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, we discuss her experiences with anxiety, what she's learned from her experiences, and a wealth information that can be helpful to others with anxiety.

My guest is the author of the new book, "My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life," a fascinating combination of a loving biography and a detailed cookbook! Also the author of "The Cat That Went To Paris," we discuss the role that food plays as a coping strategy, and how this current book helped him as well.

What do you say to someone if you're trying to comfort them? This can be a sensitive area. No matter how much you care, you may just not know what to say. But there's help out there! My guest is Emily McDowell, co-author of the book, "There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love."

My guest is considered to be the most successful crime writer in the world. In addition, she is considered to be the world’s second best female author. Patricia Cornwell is the author of the new best-seller, “Port Mortuary”, and a number of other popular novels in the Kay Scarpetta series. We discuss her new book, and her writing career, as well as a number of the difficult things she’s endured in her life.

My returning guest is author Daniel Palmer, author of the brand new thriller, “Helpless”. We discuss how this novel focuses attention on the popular but dangerous activity of sexting, combining text messages with the transmission of risqué messages or pictures, and the potential consequences of engaging in this use of technology.

My returning guest is best-selling medical thriller novelist Michael Palmer, author of many best-selling medical mysteries including, “The First Patient,” and “A Breath Away.” We discuss his newest book, “Oath of Office”, as well as discussing the role of corn…and termites!... in the new technology of genetic modification that is a major theme of this story.

This show features world famous novelist Robin Cook, author of the new medical thriller, “Death Benefit.” In addition to talking about his new bestseller, we also discuss two very important issues covered in the book, the (unbelievably) legal process of buying up insurance policies, and the growing excitement about stem cell research.

Steven Taibbi is the author of the new book, "Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart". We discuss his serious lifelong medical issues, starting at birth, as well as how he’s coped with all of this, and the lessons that he can teach people for coping.

My guest is best-selling novelist Linda Fairstein, who has written several terrific thrillers including, “Killer Heat,” and “Hell Gate.” We discuss her newest book, “Silent Mercy. We also discuss what got her into writing, her legal career, and how she has incorporated this into her writing.

Attorney David Ellis is the author of “Breach of Trust”, a political thriller, as well as the lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. We discuss his book, the interesting parallels between the book and the trial, and how he deals with the balance of law and writing as simultaneous careers.

In this show, returning guest, best-selling author Tess Gerritsen, author of numerous thrillers, discusses her new book, “Ice Cold.” We discuss what gives her ideas for her books, how she gets involved with her characters, and how she deals with the trials and tribulations of being a popular author. We also discuss the new television series, "Rizzoli & Isles," based on her characters.

One of the best coping strategies is travel. Most people love the escape; it can give them a respite from the day-to-day aspects of their lives. But what if "you've seen it all"? What if you want to go someplace different? This show, with author Ella Morton, highlights her new book, "Atlas Obscura", a compendium of hundreds of unusual, off-the-beaten-path destinations for adventurous travelers.

Are you an aunt? Do you know an aunt? If so, you’ll love this show. My guest is author Melanie Notkin, author of the new book, Savvy Auntie.” We discuss how her personal life led to the writing of the book, how being an aunt is far more important than many people think, and how her practical advice and tongue-in-cheek sense of humor will make this book a best-seller.

In this show, internationally renowned novelist Nelson DeMille, author of 16 critically acclaimed best-sellers, discusses his new thriller, “The Lion.” We discuss his writing career, how he gets ideas for his novels, and the hardest part of being an author.

The only survivor of a 1992 airplane crash, my guest is Annette Herfkens, author of the book " Turbulence: A True Story of Survival." We talk about the crash, how she survived in the jungle for eight days, and the strength of character that was necessary to keep her alive.

My guest is Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder and senior advisor of the Omega Institute, and author of the new book, "Marrow: A Love Story", a memoir about her and her sister, and how a bone marrow transplant uncovered the love between them. We discussed her book, how her relationship with her sister evolved and improved, and the inspiration provided by this book.

My guests on this episode are Jim Bradford (left), author of the book "HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything", and the focus of the book, HK Derryberry (right). We discuss how they formed this unlikely friendship, what made HK Derryberry so special, and how they've used this special friendship to inspire others.

My guest is the author of “The Cracker Factory 2”, a 30 years in the making sequel to a wildly popular autobiographical novel written in 1977, a book that was made into a TV movie starring Natalie Wood and Shelley Long. We discuss the real-life problems that provides the bases for The Cracker Factory and The Cracker Factory 2, as well as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt has dealt with a myriad of difficult experiences in her life.

Best-selling novelist David Baldacci, author of “The Camel Club”, “First Family” and “Stone Cold”, among many others, discusses his latest thriller, “Deliver Us From Evil”. We also talk about the method he uses to write his books, how he comes up with ideas, and how he deals with reaction from his fans.

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