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Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.


In episode #106 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and writing coach J. Thorn.

J. Thorn has published two million words and has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

J. earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, FM radio DJ, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd.

During our discussion, J. describes:

  • How he has approached work and productivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Why writing a novel is like having a baby
  • The way music has influenced his writing
  • How he approaches each writing and publishing project as an experiment
  • Why he made the decision to leave his day job to pursue writing full-time
  • And much more!

For full show notes visit

Direct download: WC_106.mp3
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