Essayists to interview

17 profiles

Interviews: 13
Latest interview: 22 Feb 2023
Talked to: Robert Lustig, Jon Ostenson, James Cridland, Martin Cooper and 2 others

David Haldane

I am an award-winning American journalist, author, and radio broadcaster. My latest book, A Tooth in My Popsicle, is a compilation of sort essays about expat life in the Philippines. A former Los Angeles Times staff writer, I currently divide my time between homes in Joshua Tree, California, and Northern Mindanao, Philippines, where I write a weekly column for the Mindanao Gold Star Daily. My career has spanned more than five decades, beginning as a reporter in the early 1970s covering that era's American counterculture for the legendary and notorious "underground" newspaper, Berkeley BARB.

Interviews: 2
Latest interview: 21 Nov 2023
Talked to: Lea Lane, Mike Siegel

Saif Beg

Saif Beg


Hello all! My name is Saif Beg and I am the host, editor, producer, and media manager of the podcast "In The Great Khan's Tent" which focuses on the history, literature, and folk literature of the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Russian Far East. Currently, we are completing a thorough and comprehensive narrative run through of the One Thousand and One Nights, also called the Arabian Nights. I am trained as a Historian of the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia focusing on conversion narratives of the Mongols in the Chagatai Khanate during the 14th to 17th centuries.

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Mahlet Sebhat

Blogger turned podcaster. Talk about various topics including mental health and parenting.

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Liz Alterman

Liz Alterman is the author of a domestic suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood, a young adult thriller, He’ll Be Waiting, and a memoir, Sad Sacked. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and other outlets. Liz lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons. She spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading.

Interviews: 13
Latest interview: 26 Nov 2023
Talked to: Marika Reisberg, Yvonne Battle-Felton, David Gwyn, Joe Dimino and 2 others

JL Lycette

Physician & Author, writer of feminist medical thrillers and suspense, THE ALGORITHM WILL SEE YOU NOW out now; THE COMMITTEE WILL KILL YOU NOW out Nov 2023. Healthcare advocate; burnout survivor; shiner of light in dark places.

Interviews: 7
Latest interview: 27 Dec 2023
Talked to: Kevin Pho, Dan Kenner, Art Franz, Tim Goodwin and 2 others

Laura Gaddis

Laura is a writer, author, educator, and writing coach. She has numerous pieces published in journals like Thin Air Magazine, Stonecoast Review, The Weekly Humorist, and more. She has a forthcoming memoir 'Mosaic' with Unsolicited Press (March 4, 2025). Her current work-in-progress is a historical fiction, using extensive documentation from her own grandmother's life to tell the story of Gertrude, a girl born in eastern Germany between the two World Wars. Before earning her MFA in creative writing, Laura earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, earned her Professional Counselor license, and worked in the psychology field in various roles. Leaving behind her work in the clinical psychology field, she found how her skill set in observation of life and interest in humanity flows so naturally into writing. Ultimately, she loves teaching and talking about writing--and the stories underneath our personal situations that connect us all as humans.

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Donnell Alexander

Sometimes I make and appear on podcasts. But mostly I write.

Interviews: 6
Latest interview: 24 May 2022
Talked to: Madison Margolin, Nic Juarez, Alex Halperin, Shelby Hartman and 2 others

Louella Bryant

has published nine books with traditional presses, including fiction, memoir, and biography. Most of her books carry themes of breaking down class, racial, and gender barriers. Her latest book is Sheltering Angel, a novel based on a true story of the Titanic follows the relationship between a first-class couple and their steward who discover a psychic connection. Her award-winning writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies. A graduate of George Washington University and Vermont College MFA program, Louella is formerly professor of creative writing at Spalding University. She keeps three blogs, directs a writing group, and works as an independent editor in Vermont.

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Amy L Bernstein

writes stories that let readers feel while making them think. She is an award-winning novelist and multidisciplinary writer (journalist, speechwriter, playwright, essayist). As a nonfiction book coach, Amy helps guide other writers on their publishing journey. She is a frequent guest on podcasts to discuss writing, publishing, and creativity. Her nonfiction book, Wrangling the Doubt Monster: Fighting Fears, Finding Inspiration will be published in 2024. Watch her podcast pitch reel here:

Interviews: 21
Latest interview: 30 Nov 2023
Talked to: Sue Dhillon, Dom Brightmon, Joe Dimino, Wayne Jones and 2 others

Kathryn Ramsperger

Kathryn Brown Ramsperger is the multi-award-winning author of three novels, Moments On The Edge, The Shores Of Our Souls, and A Thousand Flying Things. Her journalism and international humanitarian careers have influenced her writing, and her work has appeared in many notable publications, from Nat Geo to Kiplinger, from The MacGuffin to Thought Catalog. She's also the podcast host of "Story Hour," where she interviews international, social justice, and multicultural authors like herself. She loves being on the other side of the mic discussing topics in her books such as international communication, the rules of war, multicultural relationships and families, and how to find peace and love in the midst of conflict and war. She is currently working on a memoir, a riches to rags and back again story about how she overcame sudden childhood poverty, homelessness, and her mother's early onset Parkinson's disease, to find the life she has today. A speaker's sheet is available upon request. Contact her through her website contact page.

Interviews: 3
Latest interview: 06 Nov 2023
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Frank Bures

Frank Bures is the author of "The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes," and the editor of "Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology." He writes about culture, language, science, outdoors, narrative and belief. His work has appeared in Harper’s, The Washington Post Magazine, Outside, Bicycling and other places. His stories have also been included in the Best American Travel Writing twice, and selected as “Notable” stories for the Best American Sports Writing, Essays and Travel Writing thirteen times. He speaks Swahili, Italian and a few other languages less well.

Interviews: 2
Latest interview: 27 Oct 2020
Talked to: Rolf Potts, Mikkel Thorup