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Passions & Prologues

22 EpisodesProduced by Evergreen Podcasts

Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond the books they're known for. These longform, relaxed conversations show listeners a new side of some of their favorite content creators as well as provide insight into the things that inspire t… read more

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Talking dirty and getting clean with Penny Reid!

November 30th, 2022


Wow does this episode cover a lot! Iconic romance author Penny Reid opens this discussion by discussing her obsession with crafting before getting why and how she learned to make soap before getting into her deep dive …

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder with Nikki Payne

November 23rd, 2022


Nikki Payne, debut author of Pride and Protest, is a cultural anthropologist by day who spends her time thinking about big questions and how to …

Surrounded by the Sea with Sophie Cousens

November 16th, 2022


Bestselling rom-com writer Sophie Cousens lives on Jersey Island in the UK and it has changed the entire way she lives her life, in the best possible way. In this discussion, Adam and Sophie chat about what living on a …

Bonus book recommendations with Amy Clark from Mom Advice!

November 12th, 2022


Surprise! It’s a bonus episode absolutely loaded with book recommendations! Adam is joined by his good pal, Amy Clark from and the …

Going on a King's Quest with Sangu Mandanna!

November 9th, 2022


Sangu Mandanna, author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, has always loved to unwind after a busy day. Her favorite way to do so …

The beauty of repeating a single note with Martha Anne Toll

November 2nd, 2022


Martha Anne Toll has lived a musical life. She was raised with siblings who formed a family string quartet, studied with a world class teacher for …

Dawn Kurtagich on Xena, the small details that define storytelling, and mental health

October 26th, 2022


Horror novelist Dawn Kurtagich deeply understands what makes a story memorable. She seeks out the small details and aspects that make stories special. She learned these things by watching Xena, Warrior Princess. 

The …

Life is just a SIMulation with Claribel Ortega

October 19th, 2022


New York Times bestselling author Claribel Ortega knows about world building. She's been doing it since she was a child when she first discovered The …

Take a hike! with Melissa Urban, author of The Book of Boundaries and co-founder of Whole 30

October 12th, 2022


Melissa Urban, co-creator of Whole 30, joins Adam to discuss her new book, The Book of Boundaries. Melissa has built her career by being someone …

Entering The Twilight Zone with Rachel Harrison

October 5th, 2022


Rachel Harrison has quickly established herself as one of THE defining voices of the horror genre. She exploded onto the scene several years ago with …

Tumblr and Twilight will never go out of style with Alexis Henderson

September 28th, 2022


Alexis Henderson took the world by storm with her debut novel, The Year of the Witching, back in 2020 and now she’s back with another gothic book just in time for spooky season! Eventually, we discuss House of Hunger, …

On religion and anxiety with Emily Austin

September 21st, 2022


Emily Austin has thought a great deal about religion and anxiety in her life. Growing up in a blended religious household, she saw first hand the …

Feeling colors with Claire North

September 14th, 2022


Claire North, author of the new book Ithaca, interacts with words and colors in a different way than almost anyone you have ever met. Claire has …

Life is a musical with Kalynn Bayron

September 7th, 2022


New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron is a theater nerd to her very core. She was raised in a house of musicals, having been introduced to the likes of Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera early on in her …

Being a Cool Hockey Mom with Gilly Segal

August 31st, 2022


For Gilly Segal, hockey is about family. It’s one of her connections to her dad and now it’s a massive part of life for Gilly and her son. In this discussion, Gilly and Adam chat about how sports bond us to family in …

Collecting a legacy with Kimberly Latrice Jones

August 24th, 2022


Kimberly Jones knows the importance of history. Her powerful book, How We Can Win is all about the history of systemic racism in the United States …

Cooking is jazz, baking is science with Jen Doll

August 17th, 2022


Jen Doll is delightful and that is not up for debate. The author of the new young adult book, That’s Debatable, joins the show to discuss a passion …

CosPlay like a champion with Ryan La Sala

August 10th, 2022


The internet’s Ryan La Sala is this week’s guest! You might know Ryan from such massive books like Reverie and Be Dazzled and he has a new book that …

It's all about the layers with Julia Whelan

August 2nd, 2022


On episode three of Passions & Prologues, Julia Whelan chats with Adam about her unique passion- packing for vacation! Julia is well known for …

Kermit in the chaos with Brad Meltzer

July 27th, 2022


On the second episode of Passions & Prologues, Brad Meltzer joins the podcast to discuss a passion that he and Adam share- THE MUPPETS! They talk …

Lifting heavy things with Mallory O'Meara

July 20th, 2022


On the first episode of Passions & Prologues, Adam brings on his good friend Mallory O'Meara to talk about her passion for powerlifting! Mallory, …

Introducing: Passions & Prologues

June 17th, 2022


Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond the books they're known for. These …

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