658: How to Break Into Journalism and Writing With John DeDakis, Fake [Espresso Shots]
John DeDakis is a writing coach, educator, former journalist and award-winning author of five mystery/suspense novels including his latest Fake. The plot of Fake features a young journalist, Lark Chadwick, who is a White House correspondent investigating the sudden death of the First Lady even as Lark, herself, is the victim of “fake news.” The post 658: How to Break Into Journalism and Writing With John DeDakis, Fake [Espresso Shots] appeared first on Time4Coffee.
Last evening our guest on The Writer's Block, was a long time purveyor of the news both on TV and in print. Writer John DeDakis has penned a series of books featuring a your reporter named Lark Chadwick, this time embroiled in the 'Fake News' push of the 2000s. Give a listen right here!
Author John DeDakis on Writing, Creativity, and The Pursuit of Truth
The Innovative Mindset
John DeDakis, Former CNN copy editor on The Situation Room and former White House Correspondent Joins Me This Week. John DeDakis is a Former CNN senior copy editor on the award-winning The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and former White Hosue correspondent who left reporting the news world to write about it. His Lark Chadwick series is gripping, insightful, and full of suspense. In Fake, the latest in the series, DeDakis tackles fake news and how it can ruin lives and perhaps even topple governments. We met at a meeting of the Maryland Writer’s Association. John was teaching one of the workshops, and I had the pleasure of learning from him. Some of what he taught that day changed my writing style and perhaps even how I approach my life. You'll love his honest, forthright approach to writing, journalism, and even issues of grief and loss refreshing and valuable. John's books include Bullet in the Chamber, Fake, and others. Find John on Social Media. Facebook (personal) Facebook (Friends of John DeDakis) LinkedIn John's writing workshops Workshops via Eventbrite Johndedakis.com The Loft U of Wisconsin, Madison online And look for John's new podcast, One-to-One with John DeDakis.Listen to the podcast on these platforms.Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Sticher | Podbean | MyTuner | iHeart Radio | TuneIn | Deezer
Awaken Your Mind Magic with Special Guest John DeDakis
Awaken Your Mind Magic
John DeDakis is a former editor of CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." He is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense-thriller series. John's fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, won the Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. His most recent novel, Fake, is a winner of the 2020 Reviewers Choice Award. In Fake, Lark is a White House correspondent dealing with “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. John regularly teaches novel writing at literary centers, writers’ conferences, and bookstores around the country and abroad. He is also a a jazz drummer. As a gift from John to Awaken Your Mind Magic Listeners he is offering a free one-on-one writing coaching meeting (up to one hour) on Zoom. They can contact John to set up an appointment. Contact John: https://www.johndedakis.com/contact.html Website https://www.johndedakis.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnDeDakis Twitter: @johnDeDakis AuthorsDen: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=38787
262: How to Use Writing Books to Heal From Grief & Pain w/ John DeDakis, Fake [K-Cup DoubleShot]
John DeDakis is a writing coach, educator, former journalist and award-winning author of five mystery/suspense novels including his latest Fake which features a young journalist, Lark Chadwick, who is a White House correspondent investigating the sudden death of the First Lady even as Lark, herself, is the victim of “fake news.” The post 262: How to Use Writing Books to Heal From Grief & Pain w/ John DeDakis, Fake [K-Cup DoubleShot] appeared first on Time4Coffee.
261: How to Pivot From Journalism to Writing Mystery/Suspense Novels w/ John DeDakis, Fake [Main T4C episode]
John DeDakis is a writing coach, educator, former journalist and award-winning author of five mystery/suspense novels including his latest Fake which features a young journalist, Lark Chadwick, who is a White House correspondent investigating the sudden death of the First Lady even as Lark, herself, is the victim of “fake news.” The post 261: How to Pivot From Journalism to Writing Mystery/Suspense Novels w/ John DeDakis, Fake [Main T4C episode] appeared first on Time4Coffee.
John DeDakis (Lark Chadwick Mystery Series) & John Verdon (Dave Gurney Mystery Series)
Dark and Stormy Book Club
We interview award-winning author John DeDakis who is a former CNN Senior Copy Editor for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning news program "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of four mystery/suspense novels -- Fast Track, Bluff, Troubled Water, and Bullet in the Chamber. The novels provide a behind-the-scenes look at real-world journalism. We discuss his latest book "Fake" available September 1, 2019.Next we interview John Verdon, author of the Best Selling Dave Gurney Mystery Series. Including THINK OF A NUMBER, SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT, LET THE DEVIL SLEEP, PETER PAN MUST DIE, WOLF LAKE and WHITE RIVER BURNING.
John DeDakis required two episodes to give him the time he deserved -- so here are part one and part two (two weeks apart back in 2016) of our conversations with the brilliant journalist John DeDakis Since 1969, I've been a just-the-facts-ma'am journalist working in radio and television newsrooms in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Highlights of my career include getting tear gassed while covering the anti-Vietnam War riots in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; doing a 40-minute, one-on-one radio interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973 during my stint in the Army at the American Forces Network (AFN)-Europe; and covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.In 1988, I joined CNN as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, I supervised the writing on "Daybreak" anchored by Carol Costello. From 2005 to 2013, I was a Senior Copy Editor on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." In March of 2013 I retired from CNN after 25 years with the network. I now write full time.I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977).The name DeDakis first appeared in the Chicago phone book about 1915 as a typographical error. My grandfather, who had just immigrated from Greece, felt the accidental capitalization of the second D made the name look more "dignified" so, Dedakis became DeDakis.It's pronounced dih-DAY-kiss, by the way.Mr. DeDakis, being shy, didn't mention the highlight of his media life is appearing on True Crime Uncensored on Outlaw Radio with fellow old school journalists Burl Barer and Howard Lapides
Award-winning Author and Writing Coach John DeDakis is a former CNN Senior Copy Editor for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning news program "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of four mystery/suspense novels -- Fast Track, Bluff, Troubled Water, and Bullet in the Chamber. Fast Track is the story of Lark Chadwick, a young woman searching for purpose as she solves the mystery surrounding the car-train collision that orphaned her as an infant. The novel deals redemptively with issues of suicide, journalistic integrity, anonymous sources, and mentoring relationships. Fast Track grew out of two events in the author's life: a fatal car/train crash he witnessed as a youngster in 1959 and the suicide of his sister in 1980. John's second novel, Bluff, a sequel to Fast Track, is based on his four-day, 25-mile hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Both novels are set in south central Wisconsin and are published in hardcover and trade paperback by ArcheBooks. The novels are also available as Kindle eBooks. In Troubled Water, John's third novel in the Lark Chadwick saga, Lark discovers the first victim of what turns out to be a serial killer while on her way to her new job as a cops and courts reporter at a daily newspaper in Georgia. Readers will come away with a better understanding of how journalism works -- and doesn't.John's fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, was published by Strategic Media Books October 1, 2016. In Bullet, Lark once again finds herself at the wrong place at the right time: front-row center when the White House press briefing room is suddenly attacked. The president is missing, the first lady’s life is at risk, and Lark’s personal life is falling apart when the man she loves disappears. In this story, John draws on his own personal pain – the heroin overdose that killed his 22-year-old son Stephen in 2011.
John DeDakis is an editor and writer on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” John began his journalism career by getting tear gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot for a campus radio station while still a student at UW-Madison in 1970. During his award-winning, 40-year career in journalism (21 years at CNN), John has been a White House Correspondent, interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, and taught journalism and writing at American University in Washington, D.C. and Regent University in Virginia. His mystery-suspense novel Fast Track (set in Wisconsin) is the first book in the Lark Chadwick series. A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, John now lives in Washington, D.C. John and I discuss the process of writing a novel, getting published and self marketing your finished product. Like life, writing a novel has ups and downs, pros and cons, happy and sad moments. Also, much like life, you learn a lot about yourself, the people you write about and even the characters you make up in tour own head. Very much like life, it is not an easy undertaking, it is always evolving, or at least it should be, and you might not recognize the end product from the original plan.