Darren Criss fever? Singer Charlene Kaye never lost her friend’s glee! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Singer Charlene Kaye, who talks about her work and duet with old college friend and "Glee" star Darren Criss   Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of old men who claim not to watch TV shows about high school kids… in the new new media capitol of the world… St.... Continue Reading →

439 YA author Lisa McMann: Wake, Fade, Gone. And make it snappy! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Lisa McMann, YA novelist, Wake, Fade, Gone, The Unwanteds   This is gonna take a minute. It was the last day of our first family vacation in two years and the three of us were unwinding in the enormous Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington, Vermont. My 13-year-old son Charlie found two young adult novels... Continue Reading →

412 YA novelist James Dashner plots course with The Maze Runner! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: James Dashner, novelist, The Maze Runner Recommendations are worth what you pay for them, so I don’t always accept them at face value. But the same literary agent who turned me on to young adult novelist Sara Zarr two years ago thought I’d also enjoy James Dashner’s new YA book, The Maze Runner,... Continue Reading →

Lightning Thief screenwriter Craig Titley taps for Mr. Media! PODCAST INTERVIEW

How do the movie studios follow the humongous, year-after-year success of the Harry Potter movies? That is, where do you find a character and situation that will grab the imagination of everyone from elementary school students on through your grandmother? And craft tales that will make audiences come back for more? Again. And again. And... Continue Reading →

Merlin’s King, Anthony Head, refuses to bow before Mr. Media! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  Anthony Head can’t escape his past. I know that, because when I posted a note on Facebook a few days ago that I’d be interviewing Anthony, it took less than a minute for Gina Vivinetto to respond with two words: “Ack! GILES!” I wasn’t entirely sure if that was good or bad, but when... Continue Reading →

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files draw a graphic crowd! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Novelist Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files.   I am NOT the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan. The only book in the series that I’ve read is the first, which my wife and I took turns reading aloud to my daughter when she was just learning to read herself. Since then, they’ve... Continue Reading →

Getting to know NBC ‘President’ Bob Balaban! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Bob Balaban, actor Close Encounters of the Third Kind, "Seinfeld," director, Bernard and Doris   No matter what role he’s in, Bob Balaban always makes an impression, from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind to playing the President of NBC on “Seinfeld.” And the same is now true of his work as... Continue Reading →

74 Sex, magic, wizardry… novelist Jim Melvin’s Death Wizard Chronicles! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Jim Melvin, fantasy/horror genre novelist The Death Wizard Chronicles   Jim Melvin has been a friend of mine for more than twenty years and, for as long as I’ve known him, his driving interest has been writing an epic fantasy series, something that might find shelf space alongside J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the... Continue Reading →

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