In The Author's Voice

  • Local Host Jeff Williams, Jennifer Fuller

In the Author's Voice is a regular web feature of WSIU Public Radio.  WSIU hosts talk with local and national Author's about their works.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews author Alan Weisman about his new book, "Countdown."

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with National Geographic's Andrew Evans about "National Geographic: Four Seasons of Travel."

The book is available at National Geographic's website. You can follow Andrew Evans on twitter: @WheresAndrew.

National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary.  A special edition of National Geographic magazine is now on newsstands.  

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with National Geographic's Director of Photography Sara Leen about the magazine and its dedication to photojournalism.

In this edition of In the Author's Voice,  Collen Coble talks about her latest novel Rosemary Cottage.   The second installment in her Hope Beach series is on book shelves this week. 

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams recently talked with Coble about the book and her work.

Coble is a best selling author with more than 2-million books in print.  She lives with her husband in Indiana.

Simon Mayo: "Itch"

May 16, 2013

If you're looking for some summer reading to help keep the kids entertained - as well as mom and dad - you might want to consider a new series from first time author, BBC Radio host Simon Mayo.  

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Mayo about his debut novel Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

In the Author's Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Public Radio and Southern Illinois University Carbdondale.

WSIU Radio's Reading Baseball host Pete Peterson is out with a new book about one of Pittsburgh's most beloved professional sports figures.

WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer sat down with Peterson to talk about his new book  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story.

Peterson signed copies of the book last weekend in Pittsburgh as part of the book launching.  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story is available at Barnes & Noble as well as on

Just in time for your summer reading list, author Sherryl Woods is out with a new series Ocean Breeze.  WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams recently talked with Woods about the series and how the former journalist got her  start writing novels for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

In the Author's Voice on  is a listener supported service of WSIU Public Radio.

Chas Fagan, C-Span

C-Span is in the middle of a new season of it's history series  First Ladies:Influence and Image.  Monday's segment features Mary Todd Lincoln.

WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with C-Span Executive Producer Mark Farkas about the First Lady and the series.

That's Mark Farkas the Executive Producer of C-Span's history series  First Ladies: Influence and Image.  Monday's segment is on Mary Todd Lincoln.  It airs on C-Span at 8:00 pm. 

Brannan Street Books

In this Edition of  In the Author's Voice, WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with behavioral therapist Dr. Debora Phillips about her newly released revised edition of How To Fall Out Of Love.  

Marion Street Press

In this edition of WSIU Radio's In the Author's Voice  language expert and self proclaimed verbivore, Richard Lederer talks with Jeff Williams about his latest book, Amazing Words, which examines the bedazzling, beguiling and bewitching words of the English language.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews author Patricia Cornwell ( about her novel, "The Bone Bed."

In this, the 20th installment in the Kay Scarpetta series, Scarpetta finds herself involved in an international disappearance case...

 Southern Illinois musician and writer Chris Piper is out with a new novel that traces the unique heritage and character of small towns along the Ohio River.    King Snake: Descendants of Iniquity is based on true events that reflect the anarchic spirit of the region.  WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams recently sat down with Piper to talk about the book for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

Piper will give a reading from his book on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Longbranch Coffeehouse in Carbondale from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

by: Eric Kester

As students head to college for the first time, or return to campus to continue their studies, author Eric Kester has a few quick tips and stories to share.

In his "That Book About Harvard," Kester relates experiences he can laugh about now, but worried at the time would bury him.

A 2008 Harvard grad, Kester now wants to make sure incoming students understand that everyone is insecure, and everyone has bad days.

With a background as and Air Force cryptographer, author David Hagberg spins tales that blur the lines between fact and fiction.

In "Castro's Daughter," Hagberg's latest novel featuring hero Kirk McGarvey, the story continues along a "what if" path involving the legendary Cuban dictator, a fabled city of gold and much more.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talked with David Hagberg for this edition of "In the Author's Voice."

The Night Circus

Jul 24, 2012

Erin Morgenstern may have been an unknown author just a few years ago, but she's burst onto the literary scene with her first novel, "The Night Circus."

Morgenstern's background in arts and performance gives her a unique perspective in bringing her characters to life. The Night Circus, as she would tell you, is not a traditional "big top" event by any means.

The story has attracted the attention of readers of all ages, and could be on the big screen sooner rather than later.

Southern Illinois native John Clore wants people to know that a little kindness goes a long way. In his book, "The Music Industry Doesn't Have To Kill You," Clore talks with legends in the music industry about how they got to the top.

In this Author's Voice segment, WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Clore about his experiences, and his tips and recommendations for making your way through what can be a very difficult industry.

Harper Collins

In this edition of In the Author's Voice, WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with novelist Tilly Bagshawe about her latest book Angel of the Dark.   It's a Sidney Sheldon legacy novel.  Bagshawe talks about the book as well as the honor of being asked to carry on the Sheldon tradition.

A metal chicken named Beyonce, a stuffed monkey named Copernicus. These creations are just part of the world of Jenny Lawson. Lawson, who is perhaps better known as "The Bloggess," has written a new book and wants to share her story with both the people who know and love her as well as those who don't yet know her.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talked with Lawson about "Let's Pretend This Never Happened," and about her blog and following.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Author Adam Stone about his new spoken word ballet, "A Life Unhappening." Also joining in the conversation is Stone's daughter and choreographer, Chelsea.


Now out in paperback is the remarkable story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young Afghan woman who found herself responsible for providing for her family after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in 1996.  The Dressmaker of Khair Khana chronicles the story of Sidiqi and her family and friends.  WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talked with the book's author former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with authors Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed about their new novel The Guardian for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

DJ MacHale

Author DJ MacHale talks about his new novel The Black with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams in this edition of In the Author's Voice.