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  • Pleasant Gehman #218

    Pleasant Gehman is the author of Rock ‘N’ Roll Witch: A Memoir of Sex Magick, Drugs, & Rock ‘N’ Roll. We discuss: The LA punk rock scene of the ‘70s and […]

  • Jenna Matlin #217

    Jenna Matlin is the author of Will You Give Me a Reading?: What You Need to Read Tarot with Confidence. We discuss: A psychic phenomenon that happened during the show. Clown […]

  • Madame Pamita #216

    Madame Pamita is the author of Baba Yaga’s Book of Witchcraft: Slavic Magic from the Witch of the Woods. Join me for a free creative writing workshop at the Los […]

  • Robert Crais #215

    Robert Crais is the author of Racing the Light (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel). We discuss: How the search for truth is literally a life or death situation. UFOs. […]

  • Daniel Paisner #214

    Daniel Paisner is the author of Balloon Dog: A Novel. He’s also a big time famous ghost writer for the likes of Denzel Washington and Gilbert Gottfried. We discuss: How […]

  • Kid Congo Powers #213

    Kid Congo Powers is the author of Some New Kind of Kick: A Memoir. The book reflects on his youth in La Puente to the LA punk scene as well […]

  • Christine Sneed #212

    Christine Sneed is the author of Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos We discuss: Working with indie presses vs. big houses. Why it’s harder to write an acknowledgements page […]

  • Erika Krouse #211

    Erika Krouse is the author of Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation. We chat: How Erika became a private investigator. What is Harriet the Spy and Tony Robbins […]

  • Hannah Sward #210

    Hannah Sward is the author of Strip: A Memoir. We discuss: Loneliness and strip clubs. Dating woes as a writer. How Hannah met her writing mentor at the library. Are […]

  • A. M. Homes #209

    A. M. Homes is the author of The Unfolding. We chat: Writing a novel is messy. Her time writing for the tv series The L Word. Intimacy coordinators on film […]

  • Patrick O’Neil #208

    Patrick O’Neil is the author of Anarchy At The Circle K: On The Road With Dead Kennedys, TSOL, Flipper, Subhumans and… Heroin. Patrick and I discuss: Infinite Jest sucks. Punk rock, […]

  • Pete Hsu #207

    Pete Hsu is the author of If I Were The Ocean I’d Carry You Home. We chat: The problems of writing the novel. His conversion to evangelical christianity. Why he […]

  • Paula Priamos #206

    Paula Priamos is the author of Appraise Her. We chat: Tupac’s penis. Why we have to push the boundaries as writers. Duran Duran and Billy Idol. How complaining about your […]

  • Rebekah Anderson #205

    Rebekah Anderson is the author of The Grand Promise. We chat: The secret magic of how to write a novel. Growing up in Seattle. The literary community in Paris. Anne […]

  • Bruce Ferber #204

    Bruce Ferber is the author of I Buried Paul. We discuss: * Campaigning for Howard Dean * Our mutual hatred for influencers * How Paul’s therapist helped him shift from […]

  • Annabelle Gurwitch – #203

    Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility. We discuss: * Vibrators and dry vaginas. * Emailing book reviewers who suck. * Getting fired from […]

  • Liska Jacobs #202

    Liska Jacobs is the author of The Pink Hotel. If you’re in Los Angeles, check out her event at Book Soup on Friday. Liska and I chat: * Writing in […]

  • Kevin Sampsell #201

    Kevin Sampsell is the author of I Made an Accident, a book of his collages, out now on Clash Books. He’s also a memoirist and novelist and runs Future Tense […]

  • Larissa Pham #200

    Larissa Pham is the author of Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy. Larissa and I talk about: * Being a writer in Brooklyn * Buddhism * Writing a novel […]

  • Jerry Stahl #199

    Jerry Stahl is the author of Nein, Nein, Nein! One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust. We chat: * How to easily divorce […]

  • Jordan Castro #198

    Jordan Castro is the author of The Novelist’ – A Novel. We chat: – Intimacy of pizza delivery before apps. – Cleveland Indians. – Urethra vs. Ethereal. – The beauty […]

  • Andrew Miller #197

    Andrew Miller is the author of Lady Tomahawk, a novella featured in L.A Stories: Three Grindhouse Novels. We chat: – How to start a cult. – Is having sex with […]

  • Jordan A. Rothacker #196

    Jordan A. Rothacker is the author of The Pit and No Other Stories. We chat: How to woo your muse. Important storytelling questions from 5 year olds. Why sex dreams […]

  • Diana Abu-Jaber #195

    Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Fencing with the King. We chat: – How to be a novelist without an MFA – Why it’s a bad idea to teach when […]

  • Taylor Hahn #194

    Taylor Hahn is the author of The Lifestyle, her debut novel. We chat: – How to survive and thrive in long term romantic relationships. – My aversion to threesomes, even […]

  • Tim Kirk #193

    Tim Kirk is the author of Christ Never Showed Up! The disappointing near-death of Joe McPuppet and his curious life afterward. If you like the show you’ll love supporting Drinks with […]

  • Jon Bassoff #192

    Jon Bassoff is the author of Beneath Cruel Waters. If you like the show you’ll love supporting Drinks with Tony for as little as $3/month with extra perks and writerly […]

  • Kathe Koja #191

    Kathe Koja is the author of Dark Factory. A novel as well as an immersive project. Want to co-host Drinks with Tony? Or receive a shout out at the top […]

  • Thea Wirsching #190

    Thea Wirsching is the creator of The American Renaissance Tarot, a tarot deck and accompanying book. We discuss * All things occult, * Are ouija boards dangerous? You bet they […]

  • Tim McLoughlin #189

    Tim McLoughlin is the author of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms: Stories and Essays on Akashic Books. He was a peace officer for three decades in the New York City criminal […]

  • Kim Dower #188

    Kim Dower is the author of I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom: Poems on Motherhood. Always a joy to talk with, Kim and I discuss joy, tragedy, visiting […]

  • Jenny Bitner #187

    Jenny Bitner is the author of Here is a Game We Could Play: A Novel. We chat aliens, Amish, exposure therapy for OCD, mental health and writers, self marriage, and […]

  • Madhushree Ghosh #186

    Madhushree Ghosh is the author of Khabaar, An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family. We chat love, divorce, Indian authors, and food. I’m teaching a free online creative writing […]

  • Andrew Cotto #185

    Andrew Cotto is the author of Pasta Mike: A Story of Friendship and Loss. Book Tony to help you with your novel or screenplay, whether in the idea stage or […]

  • Peter Stamm #184

    Peter Stamm is the author of It’s Getting Dark: Stories, translated from German by Michael Hofmann. We chat translations, sensitivity editors, and an author who once told him he isn’t […]

  • Christy Alexander Hallberg #183

    Christy Alexander Hallberg is the author of Searching for Jimmy Page. She lives in North Carolina and we talk all things death, writing, magic, Led Zeppelin, meeting Joan Jett in […]

  • Lauren Dollie Duke #182

    Lauren Dollie Duke is the author of Sh!thouse: A Memoir. She’s an expert of the nervous system and how to navigate trauma as well as a seasoned yoga instructor. Take […]

  • Tony DuShane #181

    Tony DuShane is the author and screenwriter of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk. He teaches screenwriting at UCLA Ext. and since there was a schedule mixup with an author […]

  • Lynn Hightower #180

    Lynn Hightower is the author of The Enlightenment Project. She teaches at UCLA Ext. (with me) and lives in Kentucky. We talk demons, exorcism, and puppies, because every exorcism discussion […]

  • Wayne Hoffman #179

    Wayne Hoffman is the author of The End of Her: Racing Against Alzheimer’s to Solve a Murder. He’s also been a journalist for decades and has great stories about interviewing […]

  • Adam Gnade #178

    Adam Gnade is the author of After Tonight, Everything Will Be Different out now on Three One G and available from Adam’s website. Also check out his book THE DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE TO FIGHTING […]

  • Florence Williams #177

    Florence Williams is the author of Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey. Do you have an idea for a novel or screenplay? Have you finished a draft and need help […]

  • Dave Pell #176

    Dave Pell is the author of Please Scream Inside Your Heart: Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year That Wouldn’t End. He also runs the popular NextDraft Newsletter. I’m […]

  • Eliza Jane Brazier #175

    Eliza Jane Brazier is the author of Good Rich People. We chat about growing up Mormon, buying a horse during the pandemic, being homeless in London, and so much more. […]

  • Maggie Rowe #174

    Maggie Rowe is the author of Easy Street: A Story of Redemption from Myself. We discuss Envy, one of the 7 deadly sins, and who are we? Do we really […]

  • Joanna Lioce #173

    Joanna Lioce is the author of At Vesuvio. It’s a secret look behind the curtain at what being a bartender at one of the greatest bars in the world is […]

  • Tom Benjamin #172

    Tom Benjamin is the author of A Quiet Death in Italy and his new book The Hunting Season. Before he was an author he was a spokesman for Scotland Yard, […]

  • Reinhard Denke #171

    Reinhard Denke is the author of It’s a Wonderful Time with Doug Stebleton. The book is about time travel and the film It’s a Wonderful Life, so, it’s kind of […]

  • Robert McKee #170

    Robert McKee is the author of Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage, and Screen. We chat everything storytelling, hero’s journey, and how to write a […]

  • David Leo Rice #169

    David Leo Rice is the author of Drifter: Stories. We discuss David Cronenberg, NFTs, Danzig’s penis size, how to write a great novel, and so much more. Join my FREE […]