Ep 38: Dean Koontz One on One

In a career that spans almost five decades, Dean Koontz has plenty to be thankful for, including fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. The Pennsylvania native, who has sold over 450 million copies of his books came straight to Just the Right Book to dish on his latest novel, The Silent Corner, which kicks off a new series starring Jane Hawk, a young FBI agent gone rogue.

In a rare and revealing interview, Koontz discusses his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books and his relationship with his alcoholic father. “In a way, my father gave me my work ethic, by being an example of the other side of all of that,” says Koontz.

Stay tuned after our interview with Dean to hear Roxanne’s summer recommendations for kids and young adults.

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Books in this episode:

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson

Art: A New History by Paul Johnson

For Kids & Young Adults

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works by Will Lach

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat by Jennifer Vogel Bass

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh

Maisy’s Sailboat by Lucy Cousins

Voyage by Billy Collins

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

DK Findout! Pirates by E.T. Fox

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

 

 

2 Comments

  • Deborah Hackler Posted August 12, 2017 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the interview with Dean Koontz. I’ve been a fan for years, and I’m always interested in hearing what he has to say, outside of the written page. Roxanne is a gifted interviewer — with the common background in books, she has a way of bringing out different pieces of information from authors on the book promotion phase that goes along with a book release. The interviews on the various episodes of the podcast have expanded my reading horizon. Keep up the good work! I’m talking up your podcast in my small corner of the world.

    • Just the Right Book Podcast Posted August 16, 2017 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much for all the kind words Deborah. We’re so glad that you enjoy, and even better that your reading horizon has expanded! The positive feedback is much appreciated.

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