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 website at: https://publicdisplayofimagination.com/... Show More

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September 23, 2020 58 min
He’s the only International bestselling author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American Crime Fiction’s most prestigious prizes.
His novels have been translated into a dozen languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet.
He’s a graduate of Dartmouth and former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.
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September 18, 2020 54 min
Haunted by his parents’ death and his own career failures, Dr. Brian Scott has begun to settle for the life he’s been given. Until he’s “recruited.” Kidnapped by military insiders known only as “The Group,” Brian joins a team of world-class scholars on a confidential initiative. Their mission? To prepare mankind for a new reality… Alien Disclosure.
As the team is briefed on the government’s involvement with extraterrestrials, strang...
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She's a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing.
After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction... historical mysteries in particular.
She also decided that winters in Arizona were much more enjoyable than winters in Michigan. Taking a cue from the old Paul McCartney song... Dianne and her husband, j...
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August 22, 2020 52 min
He’s the author of more than a dozen international bestsellers, who’s been hailed by Lee Child as “one of the best thriller writers working today.”
He lives in Boston, teaches writing at Harvard, and fabricates novels that readers can’t put down. His debut novel, DEVIANT WAYS immediately propelled him into the upper echelon of noteworthy thriller authors.
He also writes the acclaimed series, featuring Crime Scene Investigator, Darby ...
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August 17, 2020 48 min
He’s a native of Ontario, Canada, who obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School. He enjoyed a successful career in corporate technology before transitioning into investing and education.
He’s traveled throughout Europe, North America, South America, and the South Pacific for both business and pleasure. He’s passionate about technology, the forces that drive it, and the impact it has on our society...
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August 7, 2020 43 min
Today’s guest is a New York Times bestselling author who, along with Guillermo del Toro, co-authored the haunting & heartbreaking love story, THE SHAPE OF WATER, which was not only an international bestseller, but also a feature length film that won the Oscar Award in 4 categories, including Best Director and Best Picture.
In 2015, our tour guide for today’s adventure also co-authored TROLLHUNTERS with del Toro, which was adapte...
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July 30, 2020 57 min
Today’s guest is a peer-reviewed scholar in the fields of biblical studies and Ancient Near East mythology. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2004. His studies include the Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, including Israel and Egypt.

He taught biblical studies on the college and seminary level for over 20 years and was the Scholar-in-Residence for Logos Bible Sof...
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July 25, 2020 43 min
Today’s guest is a partner in a San Francisco based office of an international law firm and co-chair of its privacy and cyber security division. He’s authored six thrillers to date that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, THE INSIDER, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.
THE INSIDER was followed by a trilogy featuring former Department of Justice, cyber-cr...
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July 19, 2020 45 min
He’s a bestselling author and journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time Magazine. His 1995 novel, Atlantic, which takes place aboard an oceanliner during a transatlantic crossing, following WW2, was nominated for The Booker Prize, which is given each year to the best original novel, published in the U.K.

He also authored Blood Knots, a 2010 memoir about childhood innocence, paternal love, and fishing. It wa...
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She’s an Agatha Award winning, best-selling author of several Cozy Mystery Series.
Prior to her career as a novelist, she wrote screenplays and created the format for the popular TV sitcom Out of this World. She’s also been featured as an actress and her portfolio includes roles from Matlock, Hart to Hart, and Murder, She Wrote.
She’s a graduate of Stanford University who loves to cook, read, golf, swim, garden, and has been known to...
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Our Public Display of Imagination Resources For Writers segments are designed to bring helpful insight and inspiration to writers and aspiring writers.

We’ve been fortunate to talk with a host of talented and successful authors over the course of the podcast and in some cases, we’ve been able to schedule additional time with them to talk about specific topics connected to the art and the craft of writing.

These are the best of the be...
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Today’s guest has logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer for the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere, including Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and the Far East. Military honors include three Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He retired from the military as a Senior Master Sergeant.
He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina a...
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May 23, 2020 46 min
Today’s guest completed her first novel when she was 15.
Her work has been used in school textbooks in Denmark, made into a short film, optioned twice for TV and film, inspired an original song, and has won (or been nominated) for numerous awards both in the United States and in the UK.
She created her highly popular, no-nonsense heroine after receiving death-threat letters as a photojournalist. That heroine has anchored 13 books thu...
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He’s the author (or co-author) of nearly 40 books and has written both riveting fictional suspense and gripping non-fiction exposé. More than 20 of his books have ascended the New York Times Bestseller list and several have topped the list as #1 Bestsellers.
He has traveled around the world, lived in a number of countries, and won awards for his work both in America and abroad. He has explored the jungles of Central America where he...
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May 8, 2020 48 min
She lives with her husband in Ft. Worth, TX, and she’s obsessed with water… specifically, open water. After completing an advanced scuba class in Dallas, she got the opportunity to dive a shipwreck off the coast of Key Largo, FL, and has been fixated on the mysteries that lurk the heart of the deep ever since.
She loves a good mystery, especially if it’s shrouded in shadows and creepy “what-ifs” that keep you up all night. Today, we...
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Our Public Display of Imagination Resources For Writers segments are designed to bring helpful insight and inspiration to writers and aspiring writers.
We’ve been fortunate to talk with a host of talented and successful authors over the course of the podcast and in some cases, we’ve been able to schedule additional time with them to talk about specific topics connected to the art and the craft of writing.
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Her first novel has over 11 hundred positive reviews on Amazon. Déjà Dead, was the first book in a long running series featuring forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan. Book #1 became an instant New York Times bestseller and won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel in 1997.
The books launched a FOX TV series you may have heard of called, BONES. Today’s guest is the producer of that TV Series; it ran for 246 episodes over t...
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April 29, 2020 52 min
She grew up in New York and is an avid reader of everything from takeout menus to Greek Mythology. She also enjoys a suspenseful story, well-told and historical biographies. She started writing as a child, but didn’t pursue publication until completing her first novel, The Blind.
She’s a lifelong Yankee fan. She’s also a fan of Guns-N-Roses and Metallica. She loves dogs, needs all labels in the pantry to face the same direction, ado...
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April 24, 2020 35 min
She’s a bestselling author who began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to become a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in 1981. She spent 10 years in the Special Trials Unit, where she handled a number of high profile cases, some of which resulted in legislation that offered victims increased protection from stalkers and more severe sentencing for offenders.
She also was lead prosecutor...
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April 17, 2020 50 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...
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