Public Display of Imagination

Public Display of Imagination

This podcast features the creative minds of some of the best storytellers to ever leave ink on the page. Each week, the host and the listening audience are taken on an adventure by a NY Times Best-Selling author. In most cases, their latest release is featured. But in every case, their approach to the craft and their overall volume of work is discussed. Probing questions are asked; secrets are revealed. Genres include: Suspense, Thrillers, and Cozy Mysteries, as well as a pinch of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The complete listing of those conversations can be found on the Public Display of Imagination podcast page. http://markcombsauthor.com/weekly-podcasts/public-display-of-imagination-podcast/... Show More

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November 8, 2019 72 min

He’s a Navy Seal and Shadow Warrior, whose personal missions have kept readers turning pages for the past 3 years. In days past and gone, he followed orders explicitly, without questioning what he was being instructed to do… or why…
Now, he has a new identity and the playing field is clouded by shadow and misdirection. What was once clear, is now ambiguous at best.
Today’s adventure will be guided by a pair of Navy Vetera...
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November 6, 2019 63 min

She began her writing career in 1981 and since then has authored more than sixty-five New York Times bestsellers. She majored in English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university.
She was the featured, headline host of Thrillerfest 2008, where she was awarded the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award. She has more than 80 million copies ...
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October 31, 2019 63 min

He’s a USA-TODAY bestselling author of a number of thriller and horror novels for adults and Young Adults. His series, The Templar Chronicles, featuring Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his son, an 11 year old reluctant reader, to give reading a try. The family experiment worked and a new book series was born. His experience with his son, has made him passionate about helping parents reach young relucta... Read more

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She’s played out her imagination on the page since childhood, compiling story after story well into her college years, when med-school intervened. Once her Family Medicine Residency was behind her and her medical career was established, she returned to her keyboard.
She’s won a Lefty Award, was nominated for an Agatha, and chosen as one of Suspense Magazine‘s best debut authors of 2016.
She enjoys classical music, fine w...
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October 18, 2019 69 min

He’s a native of Seattle, who grew up aboard a sailboat, and often found adventure around the islands and marinas and commercial docks of the Pacific Northwest… sometimes trouble. He now lives in California with his family but frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the ever-present company of the rain.
His debut novel, PAST CRIMES, won the Anthony, the Macavity, and Strand Magazine’s Critics Award for Best First Novel. ...
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October 11, 2019 59 min

She’s an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels including the two that will seed the popcorn trail for today’s adventure.
Her work has been translated into 17 languages and been optioned for TV and film. She’s a notorious night-owl, who loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.
When she’s not at her keyboard, working through the twists and turns of he...
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October 4, 2019 49 min

Between the ages of 12 and 19, he was fired from approximately nine different jobs… including newspaper delivery boy (for dereliction of duty), apartment complex maintenance man (for general incompetence), and photo darkroom attendant (for dereliction of duty, general incompetence, and the inappropriate use of a darkroom).
Putting his sketchy job history behind him, he has gone on to author a number of bestselling books, inclu...
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September 27, 2019 73 min

She was born in Toronto, but “enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years.” She’s lived in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe, and the Caribbean, all of which have given her an insider’s view into various cultures and lifestyle settings around the world.

She has a Specialist’s Degree in Business from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, in Pennsylvani...
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September 21, 2019 70 min

She a prolific writer and whose captivating psychological thrillers are perennial favorites on the NYT Bestsellers list. Her novels have been translated and published in 26 different languages and her fan base wraps around the world.
The list of awards for her work is long and spans the gamut from Macavity’s, to Agatha’s, to Edgar’s, to the prestigious Hammett Prize. Her work has been listed as “top picks” and “Best of the Ye...
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September 13, 2019 65 min

She's a graduate of New York University with a degree in journalism. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Bio-ethics from Columbia University. She splits her time between a pair of passions… writing great fiction and journalism.

As a freelance journalist specializing in health and science features, she’s contributed multiple articles to The New York Times’ Science section, Popular Mechanics, and other mainstr...
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September 6, 2019 71 min

She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations into building failures.

A structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland, inspired her debut novel, THE DEAD KEY, which went on to win the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, s...
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August 30, 2019 67 min

He’s a Canadian Olympian and the co-founder / co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, New York City’s largest learn-to-swim school. As a provocative voice in the swimming and Olympic community, he has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award for his work on NBC’s broadcasts of the Olympic Games. He’s also written a column for Swimming World magazine and was the author of the popular swimming blog, Cap & Goggles.
He’s currently 3 vo...
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August 28, 2019 70 min

The gracious and debonair, Tom Straw, takes us on today’s Adventure. He published his first mystery novel, The Trigger Episode, in 2007. Then, he got an opportunity to ghost write a series of books for a popular TV Series, featuring a best-selling crime novelist, who had been given permission by his friend, the mayor, to tag along with a police detective, so that he could research his next series of books. You may remember the seri... Read more

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August 22, 2019 68 min

He’s a best-selling novelist, war and human rights journalist, and environmental activist. He has covered guerrilla wars, death squads, and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa, Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, and ivory poaching and other environmental battles in East Africa and Asia.

The Washington Times called him, “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” His critically acclaimed novels tak...
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She’s a New York Times Best-Selling author who thrives on suspense. Her suburban-based thrillers draw readers in, and keep them up late, turning the pages. She grew up in a Hollywood family of writers and in a household filled with books. Her parents wrote screenplays for classic movies like The Desk Set, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and Captain Newman, MD.
She was the last of four daughters to start writing or, as ...
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August 9, 2019 65 min

He's the son of a navy helicopter pilot, who chased great white sharks as a marine biologist before becoming a patent lawyer. As an attorney, he’s flown millions of miles on commercial aircraft and spent countless hours in airports around the world while litigating multi-million-dollar cases for high-tech companies.
Degrees from Duke University and Notre Dame hang on his office wall in San Diego, where he lives with his w...
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August 2, 2019 66 min

She was born in Toronto, but spent 8 years enjoying the rainy comfort of Seattle. She has since returned to Canada, where she continues to root for the Seahawks, while her husband cheers for the Green Bay Packers.
When it’s raining, she loves to write. When the sun is shining, she loves her pillow. When it’s dark, she’s double checking the locks on all the doors and curling up with a good book, most likely something written b...
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He’s spent more than 20 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, dividing his time and energy between weekly’s and daily’s. He’s won awards as a reporter, a columnist and as an editor. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he also served as spokesman for the mayor of Portland, Oregon.
His first suspense/thriller, CRASHERS, was released in 2010 by Minotaur Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press. It won the Spotted Owl Award from Frie...
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She was born in Oklahoma, raised in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated from Stanford Law School. She practiced law in Los Angeles, taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara, and is also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.

To date, she’s authored fourteen thrillers, including a 5 book series featuring Evan Delaney and the 4-book, Jo Beckett series. Her latest novel, Into the Black Nowhere, has been c...
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July 12, 2019 60 min

She’s an award-winning journalist and former television producer. She’s written articles for BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record, and numerous web sites, including CBS, MSN Money, NorthJersey.com, BusinessWeek.com, and CNBC.
She’s also a USA-Today bestselling author, with a number of very popular novels in print, the most recent of which we’re going to explore today. Cate Holahan is my guest and today’s adventure walks ...
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