2019's Featured Interviews

These 10 interviews capture the power and beauty of a one-on-one conversation with a favorite storyteller.

This year has been a joy for me as we have done more than 45 amazing interviews with authors across many genres, from newcomers to veterans, getting to the story behind the story and forging a deeper connection with you, the listener. So you can imagine how much of a Sophie's Choice it was to narrow it down to 10 interviews to feature at the end of the year. The list of interviews you'll see below are representative of the range of people we talked to and topics we've covered, reflecting sometimes humorous, sometimes emotional, always engaging conversations. Enjoy!

Kiese Laymon The author, whose emotionally compelling and nuanced narrative Heavy became the first memoir to win our annual title last year, talks about what it meant to voice his own story -- both to him and the mother to whom he wrote it.

Robyn Crawford After more than 30 years of silence, Robyn Crawford is speaking publicly about her lifelong relationship with Whitney Houston.

R.L. Stine The master of scary books for kids brings his special brand of humor and fear to Camp Red Moon, a new Audible Original collection. Find out what (if anything) is scary for him, why he loved writing for audio, and why you won't catch him at a campsite no matter how many scary stories he tells.

Ta-Nehisi Coates The award-winning writer talks with us about the nuanced intimate view of slavery in his debut novel The Water Dancer, why he focused on the development of the female characters, and how he got Joe Morton to bring this gem to life.

Salman Rushdie Internationally best-selling author Salman Rushdie shares the inspiration for his modern adaptation of Don Quixote and how good the right narrator can make a writer feel.

E.L. James The best-selling author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series is exploring new ground with her first new love story since she exploded onto the scene.

Madhuri Shekar When award-winning playwright Madhuri Shekar decided to create something in a new medium, she ended up writing an audio play that pulls you into one wholly engrossing drama.

Ocean Vuong Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong expounds on the complex themes of his deeply moving novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, touching on masculine identity, concepts of family, drug use, and more.

Marlon James The critically acclaimed author talks with our Sci-fi and Fantasy editor Sam Danis about the first book in his epic new trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and shares how it continues his tradition of nuanced, intricate works that are perfect for audio.

Deepak Chopra Prolific author and thought leader Deepak Chopra's new work Metahuman gets to the heart of what it means to be human.

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