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Tana French

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How NY Times Bestselling Mystery Writer Tana French Writes: Redux

The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience

#PodcastersForJusticeNote: Hey, just a quick note that the podcast is on hiatus this week but we’re bringing back a fan favorite. Here is my interview with the amazing Tana French from late 2020, at the height of the pandemic. Catch you soon and thanks for your support!The New York Times bestselling crime novelist, Tana French, took a break to talk with me about her early training as an actress, her definition of creativity, and how to write through the tough times."I didn't know if I could write a book. I'd written short stories and really galactically bad teenager poetry, but I'd never tried to write a book before." — Tana FrenchThe author has written eight mystery novels and is considered a master of suspense and the modern psychological thriller. Her work has been compared to writers including James Ellroy and Donna Tartt, and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, and "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn.Her novels have sold over three million copies and won numerous awards, including the Edgar and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction.Her latest bestseller, The Searcher, is her second stand-alone novel, and she was described by The Washington Post as "...the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years."Stay tuned for a clip from The Searcher audiobook at the break, “... excerpted courtesy [of] Penguin Random House Audio ... read by Roger Clark.”Stay calm and write on ...Get 'The Writer Files' Podcast Delivered Straight to Your InboxIf you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please "Follow" us to automatically see new interviews.In this file Tana French and I discussed: Her "galactically" bad poetry The archaeological dig that inspired “In the Woods,” her Edgar-winning 2007 debut novel How she came to riff on the Western genre in her latest And why writers need to fight off the struggle of isolation Show Notes: TanaFrench.com The Searcher: A Novel by Tana French [Amazon] Tana French Amazon page The Essential Tana French, The New York Times Tana French on FaceBook Kelton Reid on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


21 Oct 2022

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Faithful Place by Tana French

Likely Stories

Third book in French's "Dublin Murder Squad" series.


28 Jul 2022

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Likely Stories -- Broken Harbor by Tana French

Likely Stories

Suspenseful story of a great detective.


3 Jun 2022

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BOOK REVIEW: The Likeness by Tana French

Culture Cram

Book lover Paul Cram talks about his latest read and gives his thoughts and perspective on this Book #2 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series


20 May 2022

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Tana French

The Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith

Returning Book Club author Tana French has written The Searcher. Protagonist Cal is an ex-Chicago cop who’s moved to the west of Ireland to find some peace and quiet. However, he soon finds that even the most seemingly idyllic small towns have their secrets, and potential crimes that are worth looking in to... Richard, Judy, and Tana all share a love of Westerns, so they discuss the specific brand of morality that exists in them, something that Tana took inspiration from when writing the central character in The Searcher. Tana also explains how she transitioned from being an actor to a writer by thinking of her first book as scenes in a show. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER10 for a 10% discount.


27 Jan 2022

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Write On! Radio – Eric M. Johnson + Tana French

Write On! Radio

Originally aired April 6, 2021 Liz opens the show by welcoming Eric M. Johnson on air to discuss his new novel, Whenever a Happy Thing Falls, which follows a young literature student forced by his father into the seedy world of elite investment banking. After the break, the Write On Gang revisits a favorite legacy interview with Tana French, Dublin’s internationally legendary thriller author.


10 Apr 2021

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Tana French

Art Works Podcast

Tana French reigns over Irish crime fiction. She pushes the genre with descriptive lyrical language in novels that are character-driven and densely atmospheric. Her first six books center on the Dublin Murder Squad, an imaginary branch of the Dublin police force. But French defies convention—instead of a single narrator for the series, each book is narrated by a different member of the squad. So, a supporting player in one book might be the narrator of another. These first-person narrations by various detectives, whose own issues color their observations, give readers a deeply personal and extremely partial perspective of colleagues, suspects, and the crimes. All of which results in the understanding that truth is elusive. Then in her seventh book, the stand-alone novel The Witch Elm, French turns this model upside down. Here, the narrator is a character who is the victim of one crime and a suspect in another. Not surprisingly, the detectives and their actions look very different from this perspective—manipulative and bullying rather than cops just trying to get the job done the best way they can. In her latest book The Searcher, another stand-alone, French moves to new territory entirely: she takes the framework of the American western and shifts it to a remote rural area of Ireland where a former Chicago cop settles by himself in a ramshackle cottage ready to begin a new life. It’s a familiar trope but French molds it into a story of her own. In this episode of the podcast, she joins us to talk about that new novel and her other books, as well as her determination not to keep writing the same book over and over, how her time as an actor informs her writing, and why she blames her entire career on Stephen King. As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, the National Endowment for the Arts will shine the light on some phenomenal women, past and present, through the agency’s blog, podcast, and social media channels. While the stats may continue to be disappointing in terms of equity, we believe that as we work to address those disparities it’s also important to celebrate the impact women have made and continue to make in the arts. From Phillis Wheatley, an enslaved woman who was also one of the best-known poets in pre-19th-century America to dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, whose work lives on not only through her dancers but through the company’s venture into mixing dance with technology, we’re celebrating women who, to borrow from Maya Angelou’s famous poem “Phenomenal Woman” have fire in their eyes and joy in their feet.


18 Mar 2021

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S1E6: Mary Kay and Kristin with Tana French

Friends & Fiction

Mary Kay Andrews and Kristin Harmel interview Ireland-based award-winning thriller writer Tana French about her latest, THE SEARCHER, and her long career writing spine-tingling page-turners. https://www.tanafrench.com/


17 Mar 2021

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Tana French - The Wych Elm


James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to acclaimed Irish crime writer Tana French about her novel The Wych Elm, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature.The Wych Elm is the first stand-alone novel from the author of the Dublin Murder series – and Tana French has been celebrated by writers including Stephen King, Gillian Flynn and John Boyne.Twentysomething Toby has always thought of himself as lucky, and he’s been mostly untouched by the darker side of life, until a traumatic attack leaves him permanently changed both physically and emotionally. After returning to the family home which has always been a haven to him, he finds himself peeling back the layers of hidden secrets and trying to understand both his family history, and his own role in it. To join in future Bookclub programmes email us bookclub@bbc.co.uk Presenter : James NaughtieProducer : Allegra McIlroyImage copyright: Jessica RyanMarch's Bookclub Choice : The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller (2014)


8 Feb 2021

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A Very Special Episode: Interview with Tana French

All About Agatha (Christie)

We are both HUGE Tana French fans, so we suspect many of you are too. This interview was a joy to record; we hope you enjoy it half as much as we did. And if you haven't yet bought Tana's latest book, The Searcher, or any of the titles mentioned in our conversation, we encourage you to check out https://bookshop.org/, which is a safe and streamlined way to buy books online from independent bookstores in both the U.S. and UK. Happy reading!

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21 Nov 2020