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Episode 52 - Evoking Emotions in Readers Through Your Writing (with Allen Eskens)

Write Your Best Book

As authors, our ultimate goal when sending our writing out into the world, should not just be to sell as many books as possible or even for readers to simply love our work. What we should be aiming for is for the reader to not just enjoy our stories...

37mins

15 Jan 2021

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Allen Eskens - Nothing More Dangerous

Dark and Stormy Book Club

Allen Eskens is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, the Deep Dark Descending and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, Minnesota Book Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His work had been published in 21 languages and his debut novel, The Life We Bury is being developed for a feature film.Allen lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota and is represented by Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron and Associates, and is published by both Seventh Street Books and Mulholland/Little Brown. To learn more about Allen, go to www.alleneskens.com.Nothing More Dangerous - After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn’t being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady’s life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins--a black family settling into a community where notions of “us” and “them” carry the weight of history--forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he’s taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town, and he is forced to choose sides

35mins

17 Nov 2020

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4. Nothing More Dangerous (feat. Allen Eskens)

Coffee and Second Breakfast

This week I take a look at “Nothing More Dangerous” by Allen Eskens. Join me in this special episode in which I was able to sit down and interview Mr. Eskens about this wonderful book.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

43mins

30 Jul 2020

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Allen Eskens Visits Libby Hellmann on Second Sunday Books

Second Sunday Books

Missouri native Allen Eskens' "stunning small-town mystery" (New York Times Book Review) is "a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best, such as Ordinary Grace." (Library Journal, starred review) A LIBRARY JOURNAL Mystery Pick of the Month In  a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to "your people"  carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be  a deadly proposition. After fifteen years  of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school  freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass  towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than  Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't  being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved  woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older,  seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him. Then  Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist  and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a  community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history  -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for  granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who  wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the  wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is  fighting his own hidden battle. But the biggest  secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American  woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it  that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company  money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers  that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his  world. As the mystery of her fate plays out,  Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and  divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.

32mins

7 Jan 2020

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Allen Eskens Visits Second Sunday Books with Libby Hellmann

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

An interview with Crime Fiction author Allen Eskens about his new best-seller, NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS.About Allen: Allen grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed his creative writing skills in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University and took classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.ABOUT THE BOOK:In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to "your people" carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.https://www.libbyhellmann.com/

32mins

7 Jan 2020

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12/18 - "Nothing More Dangerous" by Allen Eskens

Lori & Julia's Book Club

Definitely one of our top 10 books of 2019. This coming of age story takes place in mid-1970’s Missouri and has been described as “Stand By Me” meets “To Kill A Mockingbird” (and we agree with that description)! Racism, class and a murder mystery are all explored in this very poignant story The title comes from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quote “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Now we want Michael B. Jordan to option this book and make a movie!

19 Dec 2019

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Episode 14 - Allen Eskens

Something (rather than nothing)

Mystery/Thriller Writer ALLEN ESKENS! Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, and Nothing More Dangerous. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film. Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.

37mins

27 Nov 2019

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Allen Eskens, Best - Selling Author Discusses His Books And Movie On Authors On The Air

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes award-winning and best-selling author Allen Eskens.Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of THE LIFE WE BURY, THE GUISE OF ANOTHER THE HEAVENS MAY FALL, DEEP DARK DECEPTION, THE SHADOWS WE HIDE, and NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.ABOUT NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS: After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world. @copyrighted

33mins

18 Nov 2019

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Best-selling author Allen Eskens and NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS on AOTA

Authors On The Air Radio

Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes award-winning and best-selling author Allen Eskens.Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of THE LIFE WE BURY, THE GUISE OF ANOTHER  THE HEAVENS MAY FALL,  DEEP DARK DECEPTION, THE SHADOWS WE HIDE, and NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.ABOUT NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS:   After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.@copyrighted

34mins

13 Nov 2019

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Allen Eskens and "The Shadows We Hide" on Authors on the Air.

Authors on the Air

Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes Allen Eskens to the show to discuss his new book "THE SHADOWS WE HIDE". About Allen: Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of the new book The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.

25mins

22 Nov 2018

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