Authors of the Pacific Northwest

Episode 30: J.D. Barker; Guest Appearance - International Bestselling Author Horror; Thriller; Suspense 

October 15, 2018

Episode 30: J.D. Barker; Guest Appearance - International Bestselling Author

Horror; Thriller; Suspense 

In This Episode, You’ll Hear:

(Podcast run time 54 minutes)

  • :30 - Introduction to J. D. 
  • 1:20 - J. D. shares about his desire to move to the Pacific Northwest
  • 3:15 - J. D. talks about genres & labels
  • 4:10 - J. D. discusses his advice from Dean Koontz about genres
  • 6:40 - J. D. shares his early years as a reader
  • 8:05 - J. D. & Vikki discuss when J. D. knew he was an author 
  • 10:25 - J. D. touches on what people say to discourage authors
  • 11:10 - Vikki & J. D. discuss internal motivators to keep writing
  • 11:45  - J. D. talks about his first book and his last day job
  • 13:02 - J. D. shares about editing, his start as a ghostwriter and developing his craft
  • 13:50 - Vikki asks J. D. about the "behind the scenes of ghostwriting"
  • 15:40 - J. D. shares his excellent advice about what he learned as an editor/ghostwriter
  • 15:45 - J. D. shares about his first book and the self-publishing journey
  • 17:05 - J. D. talks about his experience with Stephen King and his first book
  • 20:30 - J. D. shares about his second book and moving to traditional publishing
  • 21:50 - Vikki & J. D. talk about the self-publishing model being a platform to traditional publishing
  • 23:45 - J. D. shares the biggest mistake of self-publishing and his own writing process
  • 25:10 - J. D. explains his view on critical reviews
  • 26:05 - Vikki discusses her first critical review of her work in progress
  • 27:00 - J. D. shares his latest book, Dracul, and his collaboration with Dacre Stoker
  • 36:35 - J. D. talks about his tip about making yourself stand-out
  • 38:35 - J. D. & Vikki talk about his works moving into different translations
  • 46:05 - J. D. Asks Vikki about her current writing process & encourages her with advice
  • 47:05 - Vikki and J. D. discuss staying healthy as an author
  • 47:30 - J. D. reveals his future work and collaboration with James Patterson
  • 51:40 - J. D. shares about an opportunity to hear him speak at  the Chanticleer Book Reviews conference (CAC 2019)  

Vikki closes the podcast with an announcement for authors in the Lower Columbia Region regarding submitting to the Salal Review; Volume 19. More information can be found here:


Connect with J. D. Barker:

J. D. Barker’s Website:

Link to CAC 2019- J. D. Baker will be a Keynote Speaker:


Podcast Music Credits:

Artist: Kevin MacLead

Title: Backbay Lounge

Album: Teh Jazzes, 2017


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