Exclusive interviews with authors of books available on audio from Tantor.com


  • Larry Smith and Piper Kerman interview - Tantorious episode 100


    In My Life With Piper, the "real Larry" tells his side of the story behind Orange Is the New Black, the Netflix hit series. Here is an excerpt from the exclusive interview with Larry and Piper that is included as a bonus with the audiobook.

  • Michelle Bailat-Jones interview - Tantorious episode 99


    Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. She was born in Japan, raised in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and now lives in Switzerland. Her debut novel, Fog Island Mountains, is the winner of the Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction in New York City and has been published in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook by Tantor Media. In this exclusive interview, she discusses how the kitsune folktale tradition relates to her novel.

  • Damien Lewis interview - Tantorious episode 98


    Damien Lewis is a reporter from war, disaster, and conflict zones for BBC, CNN, and many other news organizations. He is the coauthor of two acclaimed memoirs about military working dogs, Sergeant Rex and It's All About Treo. His new book, The Dog Who Could Fly, is a deeply moving story of loyalty in the face of adversity. In this exclusive interview, Lewis shares stories about the World War II Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side.

  • Janell Burley Hofmann interview - Tantorious episode 97


    Janell Burley Hofmann is a parent coach and mother of five who writes about parenting and technology. Her book, iRULES: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing UP, is a funny, accessible guide with tips for raising happy, well-adjusted children in a technological age. In this exclusive interview she explains where the idea for the book originated.

  • Lewis Dartnell interview - Tantorious episode 96


    Lewis Dartnell is regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation. His book THE KNOWLEDGE: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch, is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itself. In this exclusive interview, he reveals what humankind might do differently if it had to start over.

  • L.E. Modesitt, Jr. interview - Tantorious episode 95


    L.E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and Four fantasy series, including the Saga of Recluce series and the Imager Portfolio series both of which are available on audio from Tantor. In this exclusive interview, he talks about his meticulous writing process.

  • J.T. Ellison interview - Tantorious episode 94


    J.T. Ellison is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead Lie was a RITA nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. Her new book WHEN SHADOWS FALL is the third installment in the Dr. Samantha Owens thriller series. In this exclusive interview, she discusses genre writing.

  • Misty Copeland interview - Tantorious episode 93


    A ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African-American ballerina for the company, and the first African-American female Soloist in more than two decades. In this exclusive interview, she discusses her book, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

  • Alan Paul interview - Tantorious episode 92


    Alan Paul is a senior writer for Slam and Guitar World magazines, and his work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and People. His book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band. In this exclusive interview, Paul explains why their popularity endures.

  • David Haskell interview - Tantorious episode 91


    David George Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published essays and poetry. His book, THE FOREST UNSEEN: A Year’s Watch in Nature, reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest. In this exclusive interview, Haskell explains where the idea for the book originated.

  • Kiese Laymon - Tantorious episode 90


    Kiese Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker.com and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and ESPN.com. His debut novel, LONG DIVISION, is a Mark Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi. In this exclusive interview, Laymon shares his literary influences.

  • Stacy Keach interview - Tantorious episode 89


    Stacy Keach is a renowned actor on stage and screen. He has won a Golden Globe Award, multiple Obie and Drama Desk Awards, and many other honors. His many films include Fat City, The Bourne Legacy, Planes, and Up in Smoke. His new book, ALL IN ALL: An Actor’s Life On and Off the Stage, is an unforgettable memoir full of priceless behind-the-scenes Hollywood moments and friendships. In this exclusive interview, he talks about what it was like to narrate his own story.

  • Matthew Lysiak interview - Tantorious episode 88


    Matthew Lysiak is a staff writer for the New York Daily News who has received national recognition for his exclusive reporting on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Newtown killer Adam Lanza, as well as other fatal shootings across the country. His book, Newtown: An American Tragedy, is the definitive journalistic account of that horrific day that continues to play out on the national stage. In this exclusive interview he shares what he learned from his investigation.

  • Howard Sounes interview - Tantorious episode 87


    Howard Sounes is the bestselling author of several books, including biographies of Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. His new book, 27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, is the definitive history of the "27 Club" (music stars who died at the age of 27), revealed through the examination of its six most iconic members. In this exclusive interview, he debunks the conspiracy theories.

  • Dan Balz interview - Tantorious episode 86


    Dan Balz is chief correspondent at the Washington Post and a regular panelist on PBS's Washington Week and MSNBC's The Daily Rundown. He is coauthor of Storming the Gates and The Battle for America 2008. His New York Times bestselling new book, Collision 2012, presents an inside view and analysis of the Obama-Romney presidential race—and the future of elections in America. In this exclusive interview, he discusses why he never gets tired of this beat.

  • Bruce Cameron interview - Tantorious episode 85


    W. Bruce Cameron is a nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author whose books have been adapted for TV and movies. His latest novels, A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, were both New York Times bestsellers. His new book, The Dogs of Christmas, is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies. In this exclusive interview, he explains how he got to be "the dog book guy."

  • Oliver Horovitz interview - Tantorious episode 84


    Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmmaker, and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. He has written about his caddying experiences for Sports Illustrated, Golf World, Golf Digest, and New England Golfer.  His book, AN AMERICAN CADDIE IN ST. ANDREWS: GROWING UP, GIRLS, AND LOOPING ON THE OLD COURSE, is a hilarious and poignant memoir. In this exclusive interview, Horovitz shares some of his favorite golf stories and tips.

  • Tom Standage interview - Tantorious episode 83


    Tom Standage is digital editor at the Economist magazine and the author of several books including A History of the World in 6 Glasses and The Victorian Internet. He has also written for the New York Times, Wired, and other publications. His new book, WRITING ON THE WALL: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years, is a fascinating exploration of communication, from papyrus to Twitter. In this exclusive interview, Standage defines social media.

  • David Talbert interview - Tantorious episode 82


    David E. Talbert has written, directed, and produced eleven critically acclaimed stage plays. His debut novel, BAGGAGE CLAIM -- a national bestseller and now a major motion picture starring Paula Patton and Taye Diggs -- is a big-hearted story about friendship, family, and the relentless pursuit of love. In this exclusive interview, Talbert shares his literary influences.

  • Jen Sincero interview - Tantorious interview 81


    Jen Sincero is a success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her private sessions, public appearances, newsletters, products, and books. Her new book, You Are a Badass, helps listeners achieve success in all areas of life. In this exclusive interview, Jen reveals when she finally became a badass and why.

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