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Passions & Prologues

74 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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Cleveland ain't no laughing matter with Josh Womack

December 6th, 2023


Adam is joined by fellow Clevelander Josh Womack to discuss his new book You Are Not That Funny, how he came to love stand-up comedy, the nuance of being a copywriter, and their shared adoration for their hometown

Learn …

The Artist's Way with Anna Pitoniak

November 29th, 2023


Anna Pitoniak had written several novels before the pandemic and planned to take a break when the world changed. She found herself with lots of time and little to fill it. Insert The Artist's Way, a book millions have …

The way of the Samurai (movies) with Christina Henry

November 15th, 2023


Christina Henry's books are enthralling, heart-wrenching, and will leave you in awe... which makes sense when you hear about her deep love of movies that are much the same. This conversation delves into her love of …

Just keep your head above....swim with Clementine Taylor

November 8th, 2023


Something About Her, Clementine Taylor's debut novel, tells a story of joy and discovery, something Clementine found when she took up swimming. In this chat, Adam and Clementine dive into her passion, their shared love …

A fantasy for all worlds with Lyndall Clipstone

November 1st, 2023


Lyndall Clipstone's books are world-renowned for providing intricate and richly imagined worlds where readers can get lost. And when you learn about the way she loves to spend her free time, you'll understand why. Her …

Movie night with Matt Singer

October 25th, 2023


Matt Singer loved movies so much that he's made a career out of it writing for Screencrush. His passion began as a child watching At The Movies with Siskel and Ebert, the subjects of his latest book, Opposable Thumbs.

8 decades of curiosity with Laurence Leamer

October 18th, 2023


Laurence Leamer, bestselling of nearly 20 books, turns 82 this month, and we spent a morning discussing the many stories he's told throughout those …

The sound of our lives with Isa Arsén

October 11th, 2023


Isa Arsén is acutely aware of the rhythms of everything around us. She spends her life thinking about how sound affects us all. It even sparked the inspiration that became her debut novel, Shoot the Moon. We discuss how …

Slaying isn't a phase with Alexandra Christo

October 4th, 2023


Alexandra Christo is an internationally bestselling fantasy author who knows a thing or two about monsters, myths, and legends. And her love of all three was spawned through her discovery of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In …

Why do we re-read? with Michelle Cameron

September 27th, 2023


Michelle Cameron is an author, creative writing teacher, and avid re-reader of books for myriad reasons. Her new book, Babylon, is one of the reasons …

They grow up so fast with Kerri Maher, author of The Paris Bookseller

September 20th, 2023


Kerri Maher is a bestselling author and mom to a newly minted teenager. In this chat, we discuss the experiences she's had raising her daughter, taking her to Paris, and her new book All You Have to Do Is Call, an …

Cathartically scary with Carissa Orlando

September 13th, 2023


Carissa Orlando is passionate about how the mind works. So much so that she's spent her life studying and teaching about it. She works to improve quality and access of mental healthcare for children and their families …

Catching a wave with Lucy Clarke

September 6th, 2023


Lucy Clarke, bestselling author of several "destination thrillers" loves few things more than grabbing her surfboard and finding the perfect wave. It's how she frees her mind and unwinds. She also has a deep passion for …

What does intelligence sound like with Angie Kim

August 30th, 2023


Angie Kim's debut novel, Miracle Creek, was an international bestselling, Edgar Award winning best book of the year. Her latest novel, Happiness Falls, is a Good Morning America book club pick all about when a father …

The science of sleep with Holly James

August 23rd, 2023


Holly James, author of the new RomCom The Déjà Glitch, has spent her adult life understanding sleep. Why we all struggle to get it and how to improve …

Slow content boil with Tim Murphy

August 16th, 2023


Tim Murphy's new book, Speech Team, is a nostalgic and cathartic look back at a traumatic high school experience of several members of a championship …

Politically nuanced with Marie Benedict

August 9th, 2023


Marie Benedict has been a bestselling author many times over but her works co-authoring with Victoria Christopher Murray have set the book world on fire with their poignant deep dives into fascinating woman and their …

Deconstructing jokes with Andrew Ridker

August 2nd, 2023


Andrew Ridker's first book The Altruists took the literary world by storm and his new book Hope is just as captivating. Part of the reason why his books are so relatable is the humor he's able to inject into his …

Spoiling Scream with Josh Winning

July 26th, 2023


Josh Winning's new book, Burn the Negative, is an homage to all things horror and when you hear this conversation you'll understand that he has the chops to back up his writing. We discuss his adoration for the Scream …

Finding comfort with ghosts with Candi Sary

July 19th, 2023


Learning that Candi Sary thinks a great deal about ghosts won't surprise you when you read her book Magdalena. This conversation dives into her childhood interest in the beyond and how, instead of seeking to be scared …

Euro-road trippin right along with Paige Toon

July 12th, 2023


For UK-based bestselling author Paige Toon getting there is half the fun. She loves taking road trips to new countries to see bands she loves in …

How we fall in love with mystery with Chanel Cleeton

July 5th, 2023


Chanel Cleeton is a bestselling author and was chosen as a Reese Witherspoon book club selection. She knows what it takes a write a mystery that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Perhaps it's because she has …

Livin' in the Viking Age with Genevieve Gornichec

June 28th, 2023


Bestselling author Genevieve Gornichec knows a thing or two about Vikings... in fact, she's made it her life's work even before it became her life's work. In this discussion, we chat about her life studying and living …

High kickin' it with Fiona Davis

June 21st, 2023


New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis joins Adam to chat about her brand new book, The Spectacular, but before they get into that, they get …

The magic of a good bake with Jude Atwood

June 14th, 2023


Jude Atwood is a teacher and author of the award-winning debut middle grade novel, Maybe There Are Witches, but the science of baking is where he finds pure joy. He's baked over 40 different types of pies and cakes and …

Yes and-ing with Sidney Karger

June 7th, 2023


Sidney Karger is an award-winning screenwriter for film and television with credits including Billy on the Street, Comedy Central, and Saturday Night Live. Growing up near Chicago, he was raised on a steady diet of …

The art of the heart with Margaret Owen

May 31st, 2023


Margaret Owen creates elaborate and fantastical worlds that feel so vibrant you can almost touch them. Her books are magical and fully realized and …

And that's the gospel tunes with Anissa Gray

May 24th, 2023


Anissa Gray was raised in a world of music, specifically gospel music. It's inspired her latest novel, Life and other love songs. In this discussion, we get into how the music of her childhood home shaped her work and …

A trench coat full of book recs with Mallory O'Meara

May 20th, 2023


It's a bonus episode with friend of the show, Mallory O'Meara! We are dishing out loads of book recommendations but before you get to those, go preorder her new book, Girls Make Movies, right now!

Books mentioned in this …

Literature is littered with rabbits and mice with H.G. Parry

May 17th, 2023


H.G. Parry's newest book, The Magician's Daughter has a few magical animal characters and when you learn about her interests, you'll understand why. She adores mice and rabbits both in the literary sense and the "own a …

Ope! grab a chair and a plate with J. Ryan Stradal

May 10th, 2023


J. Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota but somehow his latest novel Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, …

From Hungary with love (language) with Rebecca Makkai

May 3rd, 2023


Rebecca Makkai is borderline obsessive with language. When you read her books, it feels like every sentence and every word is exactly where it should …

Lisa Scottoline's gateway pet

April 26th, 2023


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline has written 35 books in 35 years but her true passion is her love of of animals all shapes and …

Gone in a flash with Kristin Loesch

April 19th, 2023


Kristin Loesch joins the podcast to discuss her new book The Last Russian Doll as well as her love of flash and experimental fiction. It was a …

In the heights with Jenny Jackson

April 12th, 2023


Jenny Jackson has taken the literary world by storm with her new book Pineapple Street and the heart of that story lies in the heart of her own community. During the pandemic, Jenny found herself obsessing over her …

Soundtracks keep the score with Iris Yamashita

April 5th, 2023


What would you do if your entire town lived in a single building, couldn't leave, and then found yourself trapped? That's what Iris Yamashita's novel

"I'm a cool mom" with Melissa de la Cruz

March 29th, 2023


Melissa De La Cruz is well know for her bestselling young adult novels, incredible book festivals, and her experience creating stories in Hollywood. …

Take me home, country road with Alma Katsu

March 22nd, 2023


Alma Katsu built an entire career in intelligence before the literary world discovered her talent for writing historical horror with The Fervor, The Deep, & The Hunger. Now, with Red London, she returns to the world …

Staging a story with Hannah Whitten

March 15th, 2023


Hannah Whitten took the literary world by storm with her debut For the Wolf & it's follow up For the Throne. Now she's back with a magical, …

We simply adore Lore with GennaRose Nethercott

March 1st, 2023


GennaRose Nethercott's book Thistlefoot, is all Adam has been able to talk about for months. It's macabre, spooky atmosphere starts to make a lot more sense when you learn about her life long fascination with all things …

World of War...craftin' a mystery with Leah Konen

February 22nd, 2023


Leah Konen knows how to craft a thriller. She's made a career out of writing page turning stories that keep you on the edge of your seat and You …

Bonus episode: Addin' to your TBR (etc.)!

February 18th, 2023


We're back with another bonus episode loaded with book recommendations! Adam's buddy Tina, from the popular Book Talk, etc., podcast , stops by to …

Home restoration infatuation with Mimi Herman

February 15th, 2023


Mimi Herman's new book, The Kudzu Queen, is all about a mysterious man who comes into town looking to shake things up. In her own way, Mimi was that strange person when she bought a house, nearly site unseen, that she …

Lyrical storytelling with Nick Brooks

February 8th, 2023


Nick Brooks is an author hip hop artist and an award-winning filmmaker. All his life, he's find stories in the music he listens to, transforming them into films, lyrics, and, now, his massively awaited new novel,

Getting folkin’ terrified with Grady Hendrix

February 1st, 2023


Grady Hendrix’s new novel, How to Sell a Haunted House, is the culmination of what his career as a horror novelist has been all about: building …

Philosophically psychological with Jennifer Herrera

January 25th, 2023


Jennifer Herrera's new book, The Hunter, is a psychological thriller that will leave you guessing every step of the way. When you learn about her …

Connecting with the world of plants with Victoria Garza

January 18th, 2023


In Victoria Garza's new memoir, The Field, she writes about the unspeakable tragedy that took place in her family when she was a child. Between that time and now, Victoria has gone on a journey to understand what took …

When things are more than things with Cornelia Maude Spelman

January 11th, 2023


Millions of copies of Cornelia Maude Spelman's books have been sold thanks to their ability to help children understand emotions and come to terms …

Location, location, location with Lesley Livingston

January 4th, 2023


Lesley Livingston, author of QUEEN AMONG THE DEAD, adores uncovering the history of place. She seeks out cities and countrysides to explore and learns about the pockets of forgotten lore that lie within them. There, she …

Discovery through dance with Judith Turner-Yamamoto

December 21st, 2022


Judith Turner-Yamamoto spent three decades attending dance glasses and it's brought a new perspective to how she interacts with the world. In this discussion, Adam and Judith chat about the connections between movement …

The Writers Circle with Judith Lindbergh

December 14th, 2022


Judith Lindbergh has spent her life dedicated to storytelling. It started through dance and acting and extended into becoming an author, teacher, and creator of The Writers Circle. There, writers of all age and …

A picture is worth a whole novel with Kerri Schlottman

December 7th, 2022


A picture is worth a whole novel with Kerri Schlottman

Kerri Schottman has always been fascinated by photojournalism. She loves the stories that can …

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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