The Best Podcasts for Authors

33 podcasts which feature authors interviews

Writing Your Resilience

Lisa Cooper Ellison

The Writing Your Resilience Podcast is for anyone who wants to use the writing process to flip the script on the stories they’ve been telling themselves, because when we tell better stories about ourselves, we live better lives. 

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Sarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:





London Writers Salon

Parul Bavishi and Matthew Trinneti

What does it take to launch, grow and sustain a successful career as a writer? Listen in each week as Matt & Parul, two friends and founders of the London Writers’ Salon, sit down with a writer they admire – from best-selling novelists to popular bloggers, award-winning playwrights, journalists, poets, and more – to explore the mindset, practical tools, craft secrets and creative practices they use to write well, publish often, and build successful and sustainable writing careers.

The New Yorker

The Writer's Voice

New Yorker fiction writers read their stories from the magazine.

The Shite No One Tells You About Writing

Bianca Marais, Carly Watters, and Cece Lyra

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing is a podcast for emerging writers, who are looking to improve their work with an aim to having it published, or for anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry.

Let’s Talk Memoir

Ronit Plank

Let’s Talk Memoir is a podcast for memoir lovers, readers and writers, featuring interviews with memoirists about their writing process, their challenges, and what they’ve learned about sharing the most personal of narratives. Hosted by writer, speaker, and memoirist Ronit Plank, each episode of this limited series highlights different aspects of the memoir writing experience, writing tips, and inspiration.

The Manuscript Academy


The Manuscript Academy brings you conversations with agents, editors, and writers who can help you on your publishing journey.

The Paris Review

Selections of interviews, fiction, essays, and poetry from America’s most legendary literary quarterly, brought to life in sound.

The Lives of Writers

Michael Wheaton

Candid conversations with writers about their lives in and out of books.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read

Zibby Owens

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books isn’t about a microphone. It’s about friendships and camaraderie, support and curiosity, connection and compassion. More therapy than text book. All of them share writing advice, stories, anecdotes. This isn’t just a podcast. It’s a movement. A cause. A calling. To help authors. To connect readers to new books they’ve never discovered that will then change their lives. To help undiscovered authors find their audience. To help busy moms and caregivers and book lovers.

The 7am Novelist

Michelle Hoover

Join award-winning novelist and writing coach Michelle Hoover and special guests for your morning writing wake up call, starting with a 50-day writing challenge.

Qwerty: A Podcast for Writers on How to Live the Writing Life

Marion Roach Smith

Author Marion Roach Smith interviews the best writers in all genres to discover their process. QWERTY is about the real challenges of writing and the steps anyone can take to become a better storyteller. Join the conversation.

Ctrl Alt Delete

Emma Gannon

Ctrl Alt Delete subverts the traditional career show. Instead, it’s for people who are more interested in shaping their work rather than letting their work shape them. The main focus is work, wellbeing and creativity. Hosted by bestselling author Emma Gannon, she has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead.

Qwerty: A Podcast for Writers on How to Live the Writing Life

Marion Roach Smith

From debut authors to Pulitzer Prize winners, Writers on Writing tackles a little of everything — novels, short stories, memoir, poetry, and more, as well as interviews with agents and publishers.

Unlike other shows dedicated to discussing books, we focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.

Freelance Writing Direct

Estelle Erasmus

Join Estelle Erasmus every week as she shares short, sound bite-filled podcasts, covering everything that the creative writer, freelance writer, and author needs to know to move forward in their creativity and career.

Story Grid Writing

Shawn Coyne & Tim Grahl

Helping you become a better writer.

Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 30+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

Writing Class Radio

Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer

Writing Class Radio is for people who love true, personal stories and want to learn how to write their own stories. There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and telling our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

Writing Class Radio

Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer

Writing Class Radio is for people who love true, personal stories and want to learn how to write their own stories. There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and telling our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?


Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff

Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.

Novel Experience

Kate Sawyer

Novel Experience is a weekly podcast about writing and books for anyone who reads, writes or dreams of being published. Guest authors, all at different stages in their careers, generously give an insight into how they write, why they write and their journeys to, through and beyond publication.


Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell’ Antonia, and Sarina Bowen

Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

The Book Review

The New York Times

The world’s top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week’s top books, what we’re reading and what’s going on in the literary world.

LARB Radio Hour by Los Angeles Review of Books

Kate Wolf, Medaya Ocher, andEric Newman

The Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour is a weekly show featuring interviews, readings and discussions about all things literary. Hosted by LARB Editors-at-Large Kate Wolf, Medaya Ocher, and Eric Newman.

The Creative Shift

Dan Blank

In The Creative Shift with Dan Blank, I interview writers and artists who have doubled-down on their creative vision. I delve deep into how they moved from merely dabbling with ideas to becoming a doer — someone who creates, finishes, and shares their work.

Poured Over

Barnes& Noble

Poured Over is a show for readers who pore over details, obsess over sentences and ideas and stories and characters; readers who ask a lot of questions, just like Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer, a career bookseller who’s always reading. Follow us here for surprising riffs, candid conversations, a few laughs, and lots of great book recommendations from big name authors and authors on their way to being big names. New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).

Gee Thanks, Just Bought It!

Caroline Moss

Ever bought something you loved SO much that you couldn’t stop telling everyone about it? Host Caroline Moss invites interesting, smart, and savvy guests to evangelize their favorite buys in the hopes of helping you become a smarter, more informed shopper. From portable phone chargers to candles to linen overalls and everything in between, this is the show where we talk about what WE just bought and what YOU might need to buy next.


Ann Cox and Halle Eisenman

As librarians, books are kind of our thing. Listen in as we talk about what we’re reading, make book recommendations, and all sorts of book-related fun.

SCBWI Podcasts

the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

SCBWI Podcasts is a weekly podcast hosted by archivist Theo Baker. He interviews publishing professionals as well as award-winning writers, illustrators, and translators who inform and inspire about the ins and outs of the children’s book industry. Find out about the craft and creative process behind young adult novels, picture books, middle-grade fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction.

92NY Talks

92ndStreet Y

The 92nd Street Y, New York has harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world for 150 years. This podcast features many of the fascinating people and conversations from our stage.

The Slowdown: Poetry & Reflection Daily

American Public Media

Poet Major Jackson is your guide on the pathways to feel and understand our common journey – through poetry. In sharing poems, we take a moment to pause and acknowledge the world’s magnitude, and how poets illuminate that mystery. Join The Slowdown for a poem and a moment of reflection in one short episode, every weekday. Produced by APM Studios in partnership with The Poetry Foundation and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Between the Covers

David Naimon, Tin House Books

A literary radio show and podcast hosted by David Naimon, is brought to you by Tin House. These long-form in-depth conversations have been singled out by the Guardian, Book Riot, the Financial Times, and BuzzFeed as one of the most notable book podcasts for writers and readers around. “If you haven’t peeped this podcast yet,” says poet Morgan Parker, “it’s one of my favorite interviews and my mom says it’s my ‘best one.’” Between the Covers queries can be sent to:


Brad Listi

Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today’s leading authors. Books, writing, literature, screenwriting, the creative process, and more. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

Fresh Air

Terry Gross

Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You’ll enjoy bonus episodes and sponsor-free listening – all while you support NPR’s mission.

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How do you pronounce my name?

My name is pronounced:

“Tamara” like the sun will come out tomorrow.

“MC” like emcee, not McDonalds. 

My students often call me Doc MC, and you can too.

What is a Unicorn Activist?

Someone who believes in the magical strength of all girls, women, and female-identifying humans to live free in matriarchal magnificence.


And yes, I did make up this title. 

What's with all the pink? And Unicorns?

Pink is power. Unicorns represents our eternal search for magic. 

You deal with such a heavy topics but your website is so joyful. Why?

Joy is transgressive. Being joyful is activism.

“Joy and pain

Like sunshine and rain”

(From the lyrics of Rob Base.)

You mention girls and women. Are others welcome?



This is an inclusive space, and anyone who supports our mission is welcome.

What's up with the Barbie theme?

I’ve loved Barbie since I was a little girl. She was able to do all the things I dreamed of before I was physically able. 


Barbie was my girl way before the movie premiered.

What do cults and unicorns have in common?

Absolutely nothing. That’s exactly why unicorns are the symbol of my brand and my website. Unicorns stand for freedom. 

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