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June 3, 2020 @ 5:47 am

Ep 48 The History Scene, Stephen King, and the Big Screen with James Markert 6-3-20

Our guest this week, James Markert, is a Renaissance man. He was a tennis pro for over 20 years, a bookstore owner, a screenwriter, and the author of 5 historical fiction novels. His first novel, A White Wind Blew, focused on some local Louisville history with the story of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, one of the largest facilities in the country for tuberculosis patients during the TB epidemic in the early 1900s. Now Waverly Hills is known internationally for being the home of the haunted but James’ imagines what life was like for doctors and patients inside its walls. With the success of that book, James went on to write novels about Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, a chapel in the woods of South Carolina during World War 1, a bourbon distillery after the end of Prohibition, and a hotel for Alzheimer’s patients in California after World War 2. His books are known for combining history with magical realism.

Markert has also written multiple screenplays with one being made into a movie and has recently given writing TV shows a try.

James talks to us about the downfalls of doing too much research before writing historical fiction, strange things that happen on the movie set of indie films when you are the screenwriter, what books his high school English teacher introduced him to which turned him into a voracious reader, and what genre he originally wanted to write.

Books Discussed In This Episode:

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert
What Blooms From Dust by James Markert
All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
Angel's Share by James Markert
A White Wind Blew by James Markert
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Locke and Key by Joe Hill
The Body by Stephen King
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
The Cartel by Don Winslow
The Outsider by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard (short story)

TV Shows mentioned
Justified (Hulu)
Locke and Key (Netflix)


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