Eleven-year-old Josie Campbell is the youngest published
novelist Gil Mansergh has hosted on Word by Word; Conversations With Writers,
and she was only in second grade when she began writing the story that
eventually grew into her book called The Thunderinions: Evil’s Rise. Pronounced
Thunder-in-Yons, these are the occasionally visible and often audible imaginary
friends attached to Glory and her high school mates, Forest, Misty, Ray and
Phoenix, as they grow up in Hawaii.
Josie is reflective when she talks about these characters. “High school kids are usually moody and depressed—but these guys aren’t. They have childish personalities and will hold on to being a kid as long as they can. I love these guys and would take a bullet for them. Glory is a lot like me…sarcastic and humorous, but my favorite character is Ray because he recklessly jumps into everything.”
(Photo: Josie Campbell, author – Courtesy of Catherine Campbell)
We have all probably seen or heard something in the news
that made us say, “Someone should do something about it.” The difference with
today’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers guest, David Hightower, is
that he did do something. He wrote a book.
Hightower explains,” I’m not a writer. I was a day trader in
the East Bay before my wife and I came to Petaluma. My wife was pregnant when
we moved, and I’ve spent a great deal of my time since then being the Dad to my
four-year-old and 2-year-old boys.”
“Part of that job,” Hightower continues, “is reading more
than my fair share of Dr. Seuss books, so, when I read a tweet the President
had done in rhyme, I responded by jotting down my response in Seussian-style
poetry. I guess I was frustrated—very, very, upset with no outlet. So I wrote
my book entitled The Sun Also Sets: A Seussical Indictment of Trump.
Host Gil Mansergh chats with David about the steep learning
curve transitioning from a stay-at-home-Dad, to becoming a book author, publisher,
distributor and marketer.
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(Photo: David Hightower, author of The Sun Also Sets –
Gil Mansergh/courtesy of Petaluma Argus Courier)
Leslie SbroccoGil Mansergh’s Word By Word timely conversation for October is the passionately multi-talented Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check Please Bay Area for 14 years, and executive producer, writer, and presenter of her brand new PBS series 100 Days, Drinks, Dishes & Destinations. The series will begin airing on public television stations across the country starting in October and November.
Word by Word Conversations with Writers is hosted by Gil Mansergh and can be heard on the second Sunday of the month at its new time of 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Listen on the go – download the FREE KRCB App for your favorite mobile device.
Word by Word host, Gil Mansergh, welcomes a return visit with
novelist and particle physicist Ransom Stephens and his newest book Too Rich To
Die. A fifth generation Californian Ransom tells people “My family insists that
“Ransom” is an Irish name, so I went to Ireland and asked around and
no one had heard of it… So I don’t know where it came from.”
Word By Word listeners best know Ransom as the Author of a nonfiction book about the neuroscience of innovation in art, science and life called The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs),and four novels including The God Patent, The Sensory Deception, and two others which are part of Ransom’s Times Weaver trilogy which began with the 99% Solution and continues with the book we will chat about today, Too Rich To Die.
(Photo: Ransom Stephens – Courtesy of Author/via Twitter)
Word By Word host Gil Mansergh suggests that before
listening to today’s show, you might like to pack your bags for both your
honeymoon and an African Safari. You will soon find out why, because our guest
is the New York Times multiple bestseller and winner of over 20 writing awards
Rhys Bowen with her latest Royal Spyness book Love and Death Among the
Our guest originally wrote children’s and young adult books
using her married name, before she turned to writing mysteries using her pen
name Rhys Bowen. She set her Constable Evans series in North Wales near the
Mount Snowdon where she had spent many vacations in her childhood. After
visiting Ellis Island the created the spunky Irish lass Molly Murphy whose
first book, “Murphy’s Law”, won an Agatha Best Novel award.
Rhys created a second heroine named Lady Georgiana as part
of the Her Royal Spyness series. She draws from her life in England to write
the series in whichGeorgiana is distantly an heir to the British throne but is
flat broke, and trying to make her way through The Great Depression. The series
was a bestseller and “Naught In Nice”
won an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery.
In Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, just married Georgina
new husband surprises her by announcing they are going to spend several
honeymoon weeks in far off Kenya.
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(Photo: Janet Quin-Harkin is an
author best known for her mystery novels for adults written under the name Rhys
Bowen – Courtesy of the author)
Since many Word By Word listeners first encountered Scotland
Yard’s dapper Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his down-to-earth partner,
Sergeant Barbara Havers on PBS’ British produced Masterpiece Mystery TV shows,
they may be surprised to learn that Elizabeth George is an American who lives
on picturesque Whidbey Island in Washington state. In this show,
George introduces us to her 19th book in the Inspector Lynley series, A
Matter of Consequences.
Word by Word listeners (and mystery writers) will enjoy the conversation (and pick up a few writing tips), during Gil Mansergh’s informative conversation with Cara Black, the New York Times bestselling author of 19 Aimee Leduc murder mysteries. Each novel takes place in a different Parisian administrative district. Known as arrondissements, these 22 districts circle outward in a clockwise spiral from the center of Paris. Cara’s newest novel takes place in the 12th district, and we learn how this specific locale prompted her latest mystery, Murder in Bel Air.
Word By Word host Gil Mansergh welcomes the NYT bestselling historian Julia Flynn Siler with her newest work, The White Devil’s Daughter.
Subtitled The Women Who Fought Slavery In San Francisco’s Chinatown, the book lays bare the corruption and complicity of the police, judges, landlords, and businessmen who aided and profited by keeping thousands of young Chinese and Japanese women as sexual slaves in San Francisco.
Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host, Gil Mansergh is pleased to welcome the return of bestselling novelist Lisa See with her newest tale of strong women surviving against seemingly impossible odds— The Island of Sea Women.
Booklist has called the novel “Stupendous…Mesmerizing,” and this revealing Word-By-Word conversation delves into the complexities surrounding the creation of The Island of Sea Woman—a work which Lisa See proudly proclaims is the “most mature of all my books.”
Paintings, drawings, photographs, moving pictures, poetry, and letters infuse this episode of Word By Word: Conversations With Writers. This is because host Gil Mansergh’s and studio engineer Anthony Garcia’s guest is the respected biographer Carolyn Burke with her latest book Foursome. The four people who burst forth in this volume are photographer Alfred Stieglitz, painter Georgia O’Keefe, movie maker Paul Strand, and writer/painter Rebecca Salsbury.