TRUE STORY: Bringing Columbia Home

Discover great nonfiction storytellers on my podcast TRUE STORY.

Coming up Monday 1/29 8:30pm ET: My interview with Michael Leinbach and Jonathan Ward, authors of BRINGING COLUMBIA HOME.

The book tells the story of the 2003 Columbia shuttle tragedy that took the lives of seven astronauts, and the extraordinary effort to recover the remains of Columbia and its crew and piece together the mystery of what brought the shuttle down. Involving more than 25,000 men and women, and more than 680,000 acres of land (an area approximately the size of Rhode Island), the recovery proved to be the largest ground search operation in U.S. history.

It’s an amazing story of determination and resilience — and of the friendships forged by tragedy.

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The City By the Bay

From Marcia at

Earlier this week, parts of Minnesota had a major snowstorm roll through…with reports of anywhere from 5-18 inches of snow falling in a less than 24 hour period. (In our area—just east of the Twin Cities—we got a foot of snow. Thankfully we have a very good snowblower…!) We Minnesotans are a hearty bunch, so while some folks may go south for the winter, Brian and I generally stay put…with the cats…and just weather the snowstorms from indoors. Still, there are times when we’d love to “jet off” to a warmer place for the winter. One of our favorite places to go is the “City By The Bay”…San Francisco. Because Brian grew up in that area, we still have family and many friends out there, so it’s always a great getaway. Not only are there great restaurants (seafood to die for, of course), shops and plenty of museums to satisfy any interest…It’s also the place where the newest Frost Easton book, THE VOICE INSIDE, is set.

When we head out there, one of the things that I truly LOVE is flying into the city over the clouds…of course, courtesy of Brian’s imagination, you never know what kind of mayhem can follow your landing…!

True Story With Brian Freeman

Because I write thrillers for a living, most people assume that’s what I read, too.

In fact, I realized early on that I had to make the tough decision to give up reading my own genre. When you write suspense all day long, the idea of curling up with someone else’s suspense novel at the end of the day feels a lot like work! It becomes “market research” rather than “entertainment.”

So, I had to go another way. These days, I mostly read nonfiction, particularly history, biographies, and memoirs – books that are nothing like my own work. But that’s what makes it fun for me. In fact, I’m launching a regular podcast on the Authors on the Air network called True Story, in which I interview nonfiction writers who tell real stories with all the drama, emotion, and suspense you’d find in a thriller.

What’s coming up next?

Click here to listen to TRUE STORY live on Monday, January 22, at 8:30 pm ET, as I interview Simon Baatz about his new nonfiction book THE GIRL ON THE VELVET SWING.

Forget OJ…this story was the real crime of the century, when playboy millionaire Harry Thaw murdered famed architect Stanford White in the middle of a Madison Square Garden crowd. The motive? Thaw was convinced that White had raped his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, when she was just sixteen years old.

But was Nesbit telling the truth? And was Thaw sane — or a violent madman? Simon tells the story of the love triangle and murder trial that electrified the USA at the dawn of the twentieth century.  It’s sure to be a fascinating show!

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Available Now

It’s here! My new Frost Easton book, THE VOICE INSIDE, is available now in e-book, hardcover, paperback, and audio.

This is the second book in the Frost Easton series, following last year’s novel THE NIGHT BIRD, which was one of 20 Goodreads semi-finalists for Best Thriller of 2017.

Strong Reviews calls THE VOICE INSIDE “explosive and totally unexpected.” Click here for more information on the new book.

Doesn’t He Know About Shack?

From Marcia at

Whether you’re new to my page or a long time reader, you know that one of the things that I try to do here is tell you some of the fun and funny things that happen in our lives. And if you take a look back, you’ll see that I include a photo to help illustrate the story behind the post. Although the photos are usually candid, there are times when I do actually have to stage the picture—in order to get what I really want you to see.

With Brian’s newest book coming out in just a few short weeks, I thought the time would be right to post a picture of one of our cats perusing the book…just as I’ve done with the previous books. And with our Minnesota temperatures still well below zero (yes, that’s Fahrenheit), today seemed the perfect day to work on staging that purrfect picture. But as you can see…our cat had his own idea of how to spend the cold, winter afternoon.

So, after several hours of randomly trying to entice him into posing for me, I knew we were gonna have to put off his “photo shoot” till another day.

Be sure to check back again…just to see if I have any better luck with my next try…!

It’s Almost Here

We all know that January is a time for FROST.  And soon Frost Easton will be back in the follow-up book to the #1 Amazon bestseller THE NIGHT BIRD.

Get ready for THE VOICE INSIDE on January 16.  Pre-order the book now, and get it in your hands on day one in e-book, hardcover, paperback, or audio.

Here’s Strong Reviews on the new book:  “While the first book in this series, THE NIGHT BIRD, was outstanding, this one is even better….The ending is explosive and totally unexpected.”

Click here to learn more.