5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

Road trips and podcasts go together like Easter and eggs. Many book lovers use this time to listen to audio books. But another great way to feed your bookish needs is to listen to the Better Reading Stories Behind the Story podcast, where Cheryl Akle discusses life, literature and everything with a lineup of truly amazing authors.

We’ve put together a list of five fabulous episodes to tune into this Easter, whether you’re on the road or at home.

Dervla McTiernan podcast

The Better Reading community loves Dervla McTiernan’s bestseller, The Ruin. Here, Dervla joins Cheryl Akle to discuss her success as a writer and the difficulties of writing the follow-up to a bestseller, in this case her latest novel, The Scholar.

Chris Hammer podcast

Another Top 100 favourite is Scrublands. In this podcast, journalist and bestselling author, Chris Hammer, joins Cheryl Akle on this week’s podcast to talk about Chris’s move from non-fiction to fiction, and the real-life trip around Australia that inspired him to write Scrublands.

Emily Rodda podcast

One to share with the kids is when Cheryl is joined by best-selling children’s author Emily Rodda to discuss her new book His Name Was Walter – a story within a story that shows us the extraordinary power of true love, and solves a decades-old mystery. Together they discuss the importance of children’s fiction, and how Emily came to be a successful author.

Trent Dalton podcast

In this episode, Cheryl is joined by Trent Dalton to discuss his debut novel Boy Swallows Universe – an utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane’s violent working-class suburban fringe. Together they talk about Trent’s past, and the experiences that led to him becoming a journalist searching for answers and truth.

Josephine Moon podcast

Let’s end this list with something sweet, and who better than chocolate lover Josephine Moon, who joins Cheryl to discuss ‘uplifting, inspiring fiction, called Up Lit. They also discuss the wonderful program Authors for Farmers, the generosity of the writing community, and Josephine’s latest book The Gift of Life.

 

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                      Chris Hammer
                      About the author

                      Chris Hammer

                      Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands, his first novel, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Debut Dagger Award. His second novel, Silver, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the 2020 ABA Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Award, and longlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

                      Books by Chris Hammer

                      Trent Dalton
                      About the author

                      Trent Dalton

                      Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He's a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, published by HarperCollins in 2018, is a much-loved national bestseller and critically acclaimed, winning the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In addition, at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four ABIA Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories.

                      Books by Trent Dalton

                      Dervla McTiernan
                      About the author

                      Dervla McTiernan

                      Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Ruin. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

                      Books by Dervla McTiernan

                      Josephine Moon
                      About the author

                      Josephine Moon

                      Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, had a false start in Environmental Science before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and then a postgraduate degree in education. Twelve years and ten manuscripts later, her first novel The Tea Chest was picked up for publication and then shortlisted for an ABIA award. Her bestselling contemporary fiction novels are published internationally. They include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins and The Gift of Life. 

                      In 2018, Josephine organised the ‘Authors for Farmers’ appeal, raising money to assist drought-affected farming communities. She is passionate about literacy, and is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs and The Smith Family. 

                      She now lives on acreage in the beautiful Noosa hinterland with her husband and son, and a tribe of animals that seems to increase in size each year. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

                      Books by Josephine Moon

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