Behind the Book

Behind the Book

Behind the Book is hosted by authors Tess Thompson and Karen McQuestion, both of whom have a passion for books, lack filters, and are too curious for their own good. Listen to insider scoops, insightful conversation, and lots of laughs as they chat with bestselling authors and other top publishing industry insiders. Join them to find out the real story behind your favorite books and authors. New episodes are dropping, every week. Give or take. Depending. Produced by the incredible Craig A. Hart.


July 25, 2021 46 min

It's Karen Day on the podcast! Tess puts Karen squarely in the interview chair and learns a ton about her partner that she didn't know.  Karen gives great advice to aspiring authors, shares her 'ups and downs' of a long publishing career as well as what inspires her. 

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Tess and Karen continue their streak of chatting with southern authors in this interview with the hilarious Rachel Hanna. Rachel tells the ladies about her worst job ever and how it led to her writing career as well as what she would do if she could live her life over again. Enjoy her infectious laugh and southern charm in this insightful and inspiring interview. 

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July 11, 2021 54 min

Karen and Tess chat with bestselling romance and Women's Fiction author Liz Talley. Liz shares her southern charm with the ladies as well as talks about her career, craft, and what brings her joy. Book Nerds, you won't want to miss this one!

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July 4, 2021 47 min

The ladies were thrilled to talk with bestselling and award-winning author Susan M. Boyer. She shares insights on craft and how she started her publishing journey. She chats about how she came up with the idea for her Low Country detective series, her love of good southern cookin', and how she lives vicariously through her character Liz Talbot. 

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June 28, 2021 42 min

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Pamela Kelley visits the ladies to talk about her career, craft, and how much she loves food. Enjoy this insightful visit with a wonderful author and human! 

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June 20, 2021 35 min

Co-hosts Karen McQuestion and Tess Thompson were delighted to interview the thoughtful and talented novelist Christine Nolfi. In this episode, Christine shares her unique wisdom about writing, publishing, refueling the creative tank, and how to live your best life. Need inspiration? This is the episode for you!

About Christine:
Award-winning author Christine Nolfi writes heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her latest release, The Roa...

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June 13, 2021 38 min

Join co-hosts Karen McQuestion and Tess Thompson as they interview the lovely bestselling author Judith Keim. She shares her publishing journey, writing process as well as advice for aspiring authors. Readers and writers alike will fall in love with Judith's inspiring and warm personality. 

About Judith: 

Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her ...

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June 6, 2021 63 min

Join co-hosts Karen McQuestion and Tess Thompson as they discuss writing with bestselling author Lesley Kagan. She shares stories from her fascinating life as an actress and radio personality as well as how she became a New York Times Bestselling author. Fans and soon-to-be fans of Lesley won't want to miss this one! 

About Lesley:
Lesley Kagen is an actress, sought-after speaker, and award-winning, New York Times bestselling aut...

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May 31, 2021 74 min

In the first episode of Behind the Book, co-hosts Karen McQuestion and Tess Thompson interview bestselling Women's Fiction author Grace Greene. Grace discusses her process for writing novels, how she got her start in publishing, and gives inspiring advice for aspiring authors. 

About Grace Greene:
Grace Greene writes women's fiction and contemporary romance with suspense ~ Stories of heart and hope ~ from the Outer Banks to ...

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