The Writer's Block

Jim Christina

Bio: 

Jim Christina is certainly no stranger to the entertainment world. For years he played with a popular acoustic vocal group in the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington State. The band Sundown became a name in the field until Jim moved back to Southern California. In 2008 Jim began writing a series of books about an Arizona Man Hunter in the 1880’s which has now snowballed into 11 novels and coming. With titles like “Requiem for an Appaloosa”, “The Dark Angel”, “Contraband Cowboys”, “Taggert” and “Still Waters”, any lover of western stories would appreciate the realism and grit these novels contain. Having been a frequent guest on ‘Around the Barn’ with Bobbi Bell and Nancy Zee, Jim quickly picked up on the tempo and immediacy of live radio. So, with conversations with Bobbi Bell to join him as Co-Host and Russ Aveson (no stranger to talk radio either) to come in as occasional guest host, he decided to launch “The Writer’s Block” a series of conversations with writers of fiction, non fiction, music, poetry, history and, well pretty much whatever people write and for what reasons. Wanting to keep the format loose and fun, Bobbi and Jim opted for a relaxed format to allow the writer to express themselves in their own way, with Jim and Bobbi steering the course. Jim and Bobbi think this is a wonderful opportunity to allow writers their say, the audience to learn what makes the writers tick and let the public know where they are going in the future.
Books available at Outwest Boutique & Cultural Center, amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and, all on-line book sellers.

Bobbi Bell

Bio: 

No stranger to co-hosting on radio, Bobbi Bell, was part of the “Around The Barn” Saturday morning team on Santa Clarita’s KHTS Hometown radio for several years. Currently, you can catch her on “Campfire Café” every Thursday at 12:00pm (CST) with host Gary Holt. They cover the equestrian lifestyle as well as western and country music on www.equestrianlegacy.net. Bobbi joins host Jim Christina as his side kick on “The Writer’s Block,” a longtime dream of Jim’s. Bobbi is passionate about the written word and how it is interpreted in prose, poetry, on screen, and in song. She is passionate about the American West and how its story has been told- the truth and the myth, the landscape, the people and their stories, the cultural arts and the West as portrayed by musicians, writers, authors, artists, designers, craftspeople, weavers, potters, jewelers, and filmmakers. Bobbi and her husband, Jim Bell, are so committed to presenting the West to a worldwide audience that they developed the OutWest Creed for their "brick and click" OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center: 1. To Bring the Mystique of the "West" (fact, fiction & legend) to a the marketplace 2. To Introduce artisans, musicians, and makers of specialty products to a worldwide audience 3. To nurture a dream of all those who see an inspiration for today from traditions of the past. Presenting the power of the written word, each year, OutWest organizes The Buckaroo Book Shop, a Community Partner to the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Over 20 authors are available to chat with readers, sign books, and be part of panel discussions and interviews. They continue to present new authors’ works through their ongoing “Rendezvous With A Writer” events. Vice President of the Western Music Association California Chapter, Bobbi enjoys meeting songwriters and musicians who have a love for the music of the West - including Western, Folk, Roots, Americana, Bluegrass, Swing, and Rockabilly and she actively seeks venues and ways to promote their music. Since 2009, with her husband Jim, they have hosted evenings of live music captured on film by their community's local media center, SCVTV. Known as SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series, these intimate live acoustic music concerts have been enjoyed by audiences throughout the world through SCVTV's website. Bobbi is excited about joining Jim Christina to give listeners the opportunity to hear from talented, engaging, and thought provoking authors, poets, and songwriters of all genres. Tune in every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (PST) to Writer’s Block with Jim and Bobbi! Have a question for Bobbi? Contact her at bobbijeanbell@gmail.com

Show Time: 
Thursday 7:00PM - 7:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

The premise of The Writer's Block with Jim Christina and Bobbi Bell is to talk to writers of all ilks and get their thoughts, ideas, how they come up with their stories, lyrics, poems, etc. Dig into their heads in a looser format and certainly not scripted. All writers are welcome from novelists, non fiction, poets, musicians and historians, All are welcome. For booking email guestwb@yahoo.com

Show Archives

June 2017

06/22/2017
06/15/2017

Last evening's interviews with playwright Chelsea Hickman and writer, producer...well you know, Michael Druxman was informative, fun and chock full of nuts! It's what the Writer's Block is all about!

06/08/2017

Bobbi's and my conversation this Thursday with singer/songwriter Doug Figgs was extremely interesting. Not only does Doug work long hours every day as a farrier (horse shoer) but also finds time to write, produce and perform in award winning albums and songs within the Western Genre of music. A remarkable man and a very fun interview.!

06/01/2017

Our conversation with writer, Travis Norwood last evening was an experience into the unknown. Travis is a very gifted storyteller, and one that will go a long way in the Sci-Fi world...remember...shameless self promotion!!!

May 2017

05/25/2017

Thursday's interview and discussion with writer, Peggy Wheeler was fun, informative and and a little bit insane. Her book, The Raven's Daughter, is garnering terrific reviews and rightly so.

05/18/2017

Thursday's visit with writer Eliot Parker was fun, informative and highly educational. Eliot is an extremely intelligent and well spoken author easily displayed by his writing and presentation of his written materials. Eliot is welcome back to the Writer's Block any time he has something new to share.

05/11/2017

Bobbi's and my interview with writer, Ona Russell last evening was fascinating to say the least. She is quite a story teller and her new book, Rule of Capture was certainly no slouch!

05/04/2017

This week guest host, Richard Paolinelli and me interviewed author and child advocate, Bracha Goetz. Bracha is a Harvard graduate and a doctor, yet opts to help children to realize their potential using children's book platform. We had a great conversation with her indeed. Here is the link, give a listen

April 2017

04/27/2017

This week, the Writer’s Block hosted writer Kathleen Rodgers. This is Kathleen’s second visit to the show and as before, she lent a great time and valid, thoughtful conversation to Russ and me. We sincerely hope Kathleen returns as a guest on the Writer’s Block in the near future.

04/20/2017

Last evening's festival with author Margaret Brownley and Western Musician, Almeda Bradshaw was a perfect example of what the Writer's Block is all about. Both women were super fun and quite informational. Almeda with her insights on women in music and Margaret with her writer's insight on women in the west and a woman's view of times of old. A great show, give a listen!

04/13/2017

It's all about the creative process behind the songs of Utah based Mary Kaye Knapheus and stories of local storyteller Joe Herrington on tonight's show. Award winning singer/songwriter/performer Mary Kaye shares songs from her newest CD, "Ride A Wide Circle." Joe performs several of his original stories. The following week they performed together opening the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival with an evening of music, poetry, and storytelling.

04/06/2017

Guest author Lynette Grace Powell joins host Bobbi for an engaging conversation about her book, "Keep Walking." Based on her life's journey, Lynette reveals how she had faith, lost faith, and then found faith again. Part memoir, part motivational "Keep Walking" is a thoughtful and inspiring read.

March 2017

03/30/2017

Thursday, Guest host Richard Paolinelli and I interviewed Oklahoma writer, Ruth Ramsey on The Writer's Block. Ruth is an outstanding example of a true writer for the people. She writes from her heart and from the souls of the folks of small town Oklahoma. We certainly hope she continues her path.

03/23/2017

Thursday's show featured writer Amanda Matti and her new book, "A Foreign Affair" Amanda was an exemplary guest, bubbly, intelligent and very informative. Here is the link for the show... give a listen and you'll see what Russ and I found out last night, Amanda is amazing!

03/16/2017

Bobbi's and my conversation with Jack Struble, author of "Major Violators" was a total hoot-fest. Jack is a wonderful guest and a great guy to talk to.
Tune in next week for another stimulating conversation with an exciting novelist, Amanda Matti, author of the spy thriller "Foreign Affair".

03/09/2017

Bobbie's and my conversation with Dr. Reggie Padin last evening was fun, informative and a little different than what we are used to, but, suffice to say, he was fun, interesting and an extremely intelligent guest full of information and several ways to get out of our Dumpster Moments.

03/02/2017

Bobby and my conversation last evening with Rosa Walston Latimer was not only fun, but highly informative as well. Who knew the Harvey Girls were so diverse, yet so alike during their hey-day...Rosa is most certainly invited to return to The Writer's Block when her new book comes out...

February 2017

02/23/2017

Russ and my interview last Thursday with writer Jodie Cain Smith was fascinating in that Jodie is a writer that encompasses what a writer strives to be. Direct, a good story teller and a continual student of her craft. Even though her interview was plagued by phone issues, (mostly the host) she came off great and was a total trooper during the entire interview. Give a listen.

02/16/2017

Thursday, writer Philip Donaly repeated his performance with another visit to the Writer's Block. Phil's stories captivate and enthrall the readers, myself  included. Listen to the podcast and find out why Phil is a favored guest.

02/09/2017

Thursday, we hosted writer Richard Paolinelli to the show. Richard is always a great guest and just has a way of offering his unique perspective to the genre and to the craft.
Richard is a breath of fresh air and is certainly welcome whenever he wants to be on the show.

02/02/2017

Thursday, Bobbi and I had one of our favorites on The Writer's Block. John Hegenberger joined us for an hour af lively conversation and some good insights into his new book; 'Starfall' yet another Stan Wade romp throught the world. Listen in and we are positive you'll understand why john is one of many favorites on The Writer's Block, right here on LA Talk Radio! 

January 2017

01/26/2017

Last evening, Russ and me interviewed writer Lori Spangler on her book; "Miles of Memories: One Woman's Journey to all 50 States" Lori is a force and we had a wonderful time talking with her about her memories, travels and traveling as a young woman by car, bus and plane by herself. Check out her interview.

01/19/2017

From the best of The Writer's Block: This evening Bobbi and me interviewed Judge Douglas McCullough here on the Writer's Block. The Judge wrote a book titled "Sea of Greed" the story of the capture and trial of Manuel Noriega of Panama for smuggling thousands of tons of Marijuana and other drugs through Panama into the United States. Judge McCullough was the federal prosecutor on the case and was the one that personally prosecuted Mister Noriega. A page burner book and dynamite interview with the Judge. Take a listen, won't you?

01/12/2017

My conversation with Gary Williams last evening was not only a lot of fun, but informative as well. I know know, as do our listeners, everything there is to know about cowboying, the real way, with dogs, good horses and savvy as to what you are doing. Check out Gary's book, "Lessons from the Range" and tune in weekly for new authors, new folks, great conversation and good friends only at LA Talk radio; The Writer's Block!

01/05/2017

Bobbi's and my conversation with Michael Druxman last evening on The Writer's Block was not only a lot of fun, informative, but also a total hoot for everyone there or with us. Michael is a multi-talented writer of everything from screenplays to novels to autobiographies, biographies, true crime, plays, music...the list goes on. We were honored to have Michael with us and hope we can get him back someday soon.

December 2016

12/29/2016

From the best of The Writer's Block: Last evening I had a wonderful conversation with playwright Chelsea Hickman. Her new one act play, "Mercy Meal" will, most certainly, grow on you. She is a wonderful writer and very knowledgeable about her craft. Give a listen to her interview. New playwrights especially can pick up hints and tips from Chelsea.

12/22/2016

From the best of the Writer's Block: Thursdays guests, Eric Heisner and Al Bringas, creator and illustrator of 'Return to Bravo', and 'Wings of the Pirate'. Check out the pod cast. Al and Eric always bring their own special brand of fun to the show and we welcome them whenever they are on.

12/15/2016

Our interview with Paul D Marks last evening was a lot of fun, informative and, to say the least, interesting. Paul is an outstanding writer and an ace storyteller. Let's hope we can get him re-booked for next year!!!

12/08/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and me interviewed a prolific writer based in Michigan. Maris Soule has written 25 romance novels and recently been turned towards mysteries and suspense with her Crow Novels and her latest, 'A Killing Past'. Maris was a wonderful guest and gave us a lot of information about herself, her writing and the change from Romance to Mystery Novels. Listen in, the link is right here on your right and you'll see what we enjoyed.

12/01/2016

Our conversation with writer Michael Sprankle last Thursday was a total hoot. We were having a few issues with our phone connection but in all, it turned out to be a fun and informative interview. Click the LISTEN button and hear what everyone had to say! Including me and Bobbi!

November 2016

11/17/2016

Russ and my conversation with writer and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields last evening was not only interesting, but, extremely informative as well. Rochelle is a fascinating writer and wonderful artist ans it was an honor for her to be with us in studio. Here's the link to the show...listen in and see if you don't agree.

11/10/2016

Last evening we had  prior guest join us o The Writer's Block. Author Richard Paolinelli rejoined Bobbi and me for a terrific evening of conversation abouot his new books, and, publishing with or without agents, etc. A fun informative evening and we look forward to having Richard back with us in 2017.

11/03/2016

This evening Bobbi and me interviewed Judge Douglas McCullough here on the Writer's Block. The Judge wrote a book titled "Sea of Greed" the story of the capture and trial of Manuel Noriega of Panama for smuggling thousands of tons of Marijuana and other drugs through Panama into the United States. Judge McCullough was the federal prosecutor on the case and was the one that personally prosecuted Mister Noriega. A page burner book and dynamite interview with the Judge. Take a listen, won't you?

October 2016

10/27/2016

Last evening I had a wonderful conversation with playwright Chelsea Hickman. Her new one act play, "Mercy Meal" will, most certainly, grow on you. She is a wonderful writer and very knowledgeable about her craft. Give a listen to her interview. New playwrights especially can pick up hints and tips from Chelsea.

10/20/2016

Bobbi and me had a great conversation with writer Caroline Giammanco about her book, "Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit". Caroline was refreshing and quite interesting in her take on Missouri Justice and the way it is extremely unfairly meted out within the system. Tune in and give a listen, this isn't just a story about the crazy old cat lady...This writer has a definitive story to tell, and may I...a cautionary tale of injustice.

10/13/2016

Tune in and give a listen to our conversation with author Philip Donaly we guarantee you will have a great time listening to Phil's take on the adventure story, flying, and writing. Enjoy!!!

10/06/2016

Last evening's conversation with author Ken LaSalle was a lot of fun, informative and quite interesting in that we got into things not usually covered in The Writer's Block. But, that's the whole idea of the show, hearing from writers what we normally are not privy to.

September 2016

09/22/2016

Last Thursday, The Writer's Block was honored to host writer, Casey Tefertiller to the show. Casey is the writer of the definitive tome on the legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp. A wonderful and charming guest, we encourage everyone to log in and listen to the podcast.

09/15/2016

Thursday we had a great conversation with Larry Booker an author from Vermont. Not only are his books captivating, "McGrath's Detail" and McGrath's Murder". Larry is a great guy and highly knowledgeable. He is welcome back any time to The Writer's Block.

09/08/2016

Another Texas author, Jeanne Skartsiaris joined Bobbi and me for a wild ride through Dallas and the environs. A fun gal and a fine tuned writer, Jeanne has all the earmarks of becoming a top-notch author and we welcome her back any time!!!

09/01/2016

Our conversation with Steve Carver and Court Joyner Thursday night on The Writer's Block was nothing short of fantastic. Steve's photography is something to really dig into. His use of lighting, subject and theme is outstanding. His Coffee Table Book, Unsung Heros and Villains of the Silver Screen will be available mid 2017 and believe us when we say it will be a book definitely worth purchasing for your home.

August 2016

08/25/2016

The Writer's Block hosted Texas author Kathleen Rodgers to our show. A fun evening and an informative one, and, we learned Kathleen stalked her agent Jeannie Loiacano before actually signing with her...fun stuff.

08/18/2016

Last Evening, The Writer's Block hosted writer Robert E. Hirsch to the show. Along with guest co-host, Sheena Meta, we had quite the conversation with Robert about the Dark Ages and the settings for his series of books featuring his character Tristan de Saint-Germaine. Give a listen right here on La Talk Radio.

08/11/2016

Last evening's guest, Jackie Boor was a marvelous addition to the Writer's Block family. Her narrative of her great grandfather's life and death in the guise of "Tom Logan: The Honorable Life & Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman" is not only a remarkable read, but Jackie Boor is a top notch teller of the story. Her family should be proud with her endeavors as Bobbi and me are thrilled that she joined us on The Writer's Block. Also, a surprise was in store as well as past guest Carolyn Howard Johnson called in a chatted for a bit. Never a dull moment on The Writer's Block.

08/04/2016

Thursday The Writer's Block welcomed writer Gerald Dooley / Bob Cole. Bob has written a series of books challenging the mind with facts and scenarios not well known by most people about the black culture in the south. Interesting writer and certainly an interesting guy. And closing out the show is an old friend, C. Courtney Joiner talking about his new Shotgun book. In all, a pretty good fun show.

July 2016

07/28/2016

Thursdays guests, Eric Heisner and Al Bringas, creator and illustrator of 'Return to Bravo', and 'Wings of the Pirate'. Check out the pod cast. Al and Eric always bring their own special brand of fun to the show and we welcome them whenever they are on.

07/21/2016

The Writer's Block hosted writer and Poet Peter J. Streitz in studio. Peter is a prolific poet and a writer of extensively written novels. Think a novel of 500,000 words. A great speaker and fun guest, Peter shared stories of his poetry, his strange educational situation, and his rejections, also reading a hand written rejection letter. Peter is most certainly welcome to return to The Writer's Block and keep us apprised as to what's going on with him. 

07/14/2016

Russ and Bobbi had Carolyn Howard-Johnson as a guest on The Writer's Block. Carolyn is the author of the Frugal books for writers and they are a fascinating and quite informative series along with Carolyn which is also fascinating and quite informative. In fact, look for a "Frugal Minute" by Carolyn as an addition to The Writer's Block Show. Look for this feature to show up in September or October.

07/07/2016

Bobbi and me had author and screenwriter Tina Field Howe on the show with us. Tina is an extremely generous writer and spends hours developing fantasies we can all buy into. Along with being a writer and screenwriter, Tina is also quite the illustrator and her books are full of her sketches and thoughts. Give a listen! 

June 2016

06/30/2016

Bobbi and me hosted writer and all around good guy, Drake Vaughn to the Writer's Block. Drake is an /author or unique caliber as he takes things from the norm to the unknown in 25 pages or less. his books, are to most, thought provoking and full of, "This could really happen." 

06/23/2016

Thursday Russ and me welcomed writer David Vizard to the writer's Block. David is only on his second book, but what books they are. Full of fun, intrigue, and suspense. His story crafting is superb and his writing keeps the reader enthralled from first to last page. We thank him for joining us, and look forward for Dave to re-book for 2017!

06/16/2016

The Writer's Block team was in studio and we discussed just about everything we could,, up too Bobbi rereading some of the old comments of writers and their experiences with writer's block. Henry Parke called in and informed us of his blog, henryswesternroundup.blogspot.com and what will be coming up in his world. Also,, Bobbi and I are booked on Sam Hasson's morning show on the 28th. Should be fun, the last time we were there we had a ball!

06/09/2016

Gerry and I hosted writer Peggy Chambers. A wonderful writer and certainly one that keeps your attention with her page burner,"Secrets of Sandlot Island" Her process is different but very interesting and her style we all envied. She was in her grandparents old recliner...good on you, Peggy. Keep those books coming.

06/02/2016

Thursday, Bobbi Jean and I hosted writer, Jeff McArthur on The Writer's Block. I was an interesting and fast paced hour that was over much too soon. If you haven't heard of or read Jeff's book, "Two Gun Hart", it's highly recommended if you have a historical interest in prohibition, the Capone family and the 1920's and 30's. Jeff is welcome back any time, and we hope he accepts our invitation. We also has a surprise call-in by author Eric Heisner, all in all, a great evening indeed.

May 2016

05/26/2016

Thursday, Russ and I hosted writer, author, nurse...and so much more, Serita Stevens to the Writer's Block. It was a gas. We had a great time and the information she put out was invaluable. Her book; "Against Her Will" is a must read for all ages over age 10. Pick it up!

05/19/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and I, for our one year anniversary, hosted writer, blogger, poet, equestrian, and all around great gal, Gina McKnight on the Writer's Block. The conversation was light and fun but very informative as Gina is a wealth of knowledge where blogging, poetry and children's books are concerned. Make sure you listen to the podcast, it's really worth your hour.

05/12/2016

Thursday night, in studio, we, well, actually Bobbi had author Sue Detisch writing as Blake S. Lee. Her novel, "Rest Now Beloved" is a fine example of writing, and her commentary was fresh, exuberant and enjoyable. Sue is a pleasure to speak with and we hope to see her again on the Writer's Block show.

05/05/2016

Thursday, Russ filled in for me so he and Bobby Jean interviewed author John Hegenberger about his new books available now at Amazon. Along with John, actor Joanne Baron  called in and discussed a play opening soon in Santa Monica. Give a listen, Not being on, I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

April 2016

04/28/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and I enjoyed writer JB Hogan on the Writer's Block. A great insight in his process, his stories, poems, prose and short stories. Jerry has been a friend of our Facebook page, The Writer's Block Radio Show. We hope you enjoy the podcast and don't forget to like us on Facebook, LA Talk Radio as well. 

04/21/2016

Thursday, Russ and I had writer Richard Paolinelli as a guest on The Writer's Block. Richard is a refreshing speaker and a knowledgeable writer of several genres.His book about the history of football in Turloc, California is filled with stories and anecdotes of football programs current and past. His fiction is descriptive and interesting. It certainly keeps the reader justified in finishing the book. In all, a great guest and an invitation to return whenever he wants to. 

04/14/2016

Thursday Bobbi and I had a wonderful conversation with Ken Dunn,, founder of the Readers Legacy and forum and on-line service dealing with authors and their works. A fascinating man, Ken is making it happen for thousands of authors and writers o all genres. We also spoke with Bob Brill of ANX 1070 radio about his books and the Cowboy Festival in Newhall's William S Hart Park in Old Town Newhall on April 23-24, 2016.

04/07/2016

Tonight Bobbi and I had a very interesting show. First we had a word for departed friend, George Brownley, then the book extravaganza at USC this weekend, then author Douglas Sandler joined us for a half hour talking about his new book, Bad Memories. Then, we moved on to Henry Parke and his western blog, the Cowboy Festival April 23rd & 24th, and then  very welcome surprise, author and friend, Dale Jackson called in to chat. A busy night on The Writer's Block. 

March 2016

03/31/2016

Thursday, on The Writer's Block, Bobbi and I hosted writer Ed Protzel on our show. We spoke of his book, The Lies that Bind. Bobbi called in from Chicago and Ed was in Missouri so it was an interesting hour coordinating everyone, but we managed and the hour went by quickly. Ed's s pretty smart guy and his book ws pretty damn interesting. Check out the podcast to hear the show.

03/24/2016

Thursday, Russ and I welcomed writer, wine aficionado, western historian, president of the WWA (Western Writers of America) and all around great gal, Sherry Monahan to the Writer's Block. For me, and I am sure Russ as well, it was an informative and interesting conversation about the Earp wives, brothels, dance halls, saloons and just generally the straining to get cosmopolitan in the 1800's. Sherry is a very informative writer and most certainly kept Russ and I captivated.

03/17/2016

Thursday we welcomed South Carolina writer, Chuck Walsh to the Writer's Block. It was an informative and delightful evening with both Bobbi and me learning something. Chuck would be welcome back anytime to our studio.

03/10/2016

Last Thursday we had a twofer. Both Ken LaSalle and Candace Wade were in studio with us and we had a ball. Candace loaned her unique spin on life and writing as did Ken and a fun time was had by all and, Ken LaSalle will be joining us again in October. Make sure you check that out as well.

03/03/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and I had, in studio, writer, attorney and gadabout, Jack Martin. Jack is he author of several Civil War novels along with a new series featuring a great new character Harry Bierce an FBI agent with a past and a secret. Listen in, not only to Jack but to all the other great authors we have had the past year. 

February 2016

02/25/2016

This evening Russ Aveson and I interview Jeanne Charters a new writer for the Loiacono Agency. Her book "Shanty Gold" was a definite hit with both Russ and I. We really enjoyed speaking with Jeanne and had a ball going through the plot of her book and made her give us a few tidbits from her upcoming novel, "Lace Curtains". 

02/18/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and I hosted Susan Sherayko on the Writer's Block. Susan is an extremely spiritual and encouraging writer. Basing her book on her and her husband's devastating destruction of their home, Susan took the experience and used it to broaden her spirituality and the chance to share what she has learned to others. Her book is "Rainbows over Ruins" and it is a fascinating look at the metamorphosis from living in the moment to making all fit into the puzzle. If you get a chance, pick it up, for a cerebral read, it is a fascinating study. 

02/11/2016

Thursday Bobbi was sick, so I took the helm by myself (whew) and interviewed a very prolific writer, Johnny D. Boggs. He was a treasure trove of fun conversation and information. 57 books, folks, 57! This is a man that is welcome on The Writer's Block any time...

02/04/2016

Bobbi and I had a wonderful conversation with Literary Agent Jeanie Loiacono last evening. Jeanie is knowledgeable, funny, and a literary prize in the publishing world. And, she has a dynamite website for her company which is loiaconoliteraryagency.com stop in and visit her company, get to know her and her associate agents and find out how to submit a manuscript. You virtually cannot go wrong.

January 2016

01/28/2016

Russ and I had a whizz-bang conversation with last night's guests, Mark Stephens and Jillian Boyd. We were laughing so hard, I think I broke something. Their pilot, "Welcome to our Mansion" is a hilarious look at Florida's trailer population, with emphasis on the witty, wily family portrayed. 

01/21/2016

Bobbi and I had quite a chat last night with writer/historian Troy D. Smith on The Writer's Block. Very informative hour and, for a bonus, Troy has a great sense of humor and is extremely knowledgeable about a lot of things. We hope Troy will come back and visit with us again. 

01/14/2016

Thursday, Bobbi and I hosted old friend, writer Bill Wilbur and Rey Ramirez to the Writer's block. A lot of the evening was spent chatting about Bill's book,, Saragosa being readied for film. We spoke of crafting a story and specifically crafting a story on the fly. Bill is known for taking objects and scenarios and crafting them into a short story right in front of you. All in all, a fun informative evening.

01/07/2016

Thursday we had as a guest Craig Johnson, the creator of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the main character in the TV series "Longmire". Craig is a wonderfully creative and honest write, extremely easy to interview and a ball to talk to. Craig gave us the real skinny on what he does, how he developed Walt Longmire and how he developed Walt Longmire's world. Craig is welcome to come back any time he wants. Thanks for a great evening, Craig.

December 2015

12/17/2015

Thursday the crew from 'The Writer's Block' spent the time reminiscing about Christmas' past with our families. It was a fun and happy hour for us. Listen and see what we felt.
Thursday, December 24th we will broadcast an encore presentation of our Christmas show and December 31st we will be broadcasting an encore of our show broadcast on December 10th  with Heidi Gilbert. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and no matter your religious beliefs, a wonderful holiday season. We will be back in the studio January 7th with Henry Parke joining us as we interview Craig Johnson, the creator of the Longmire Mysteries.

12/10/2015

Thursday, Bobbi and I hosted Heidi Gilbert (H. Schussman) for an hour of fun, conversation and good times, Heidi is an extraordinary writer and blogger and it was a true pleasure having her and her husband, Joe, in studio with us.As far as we are concerned, she is welcome back any time. And for her, Heidi, great job for your very first in studio interview!

12/03/2015

Last Thursday, Bobbi and I hosted Joe Herrington, poet, yarn teller and author of the fabulous book, 'Tekoa'. We spent a wonderful hour with Joe and several times he had us in stitched with his stories. Give a listen, I am fairly certain you won't be disappointed. 

November 2015

11/19/2015

This evening, Russ and I had a great evening with Troy Andrew Smith. Cowboy poet, cowboy, writer, screenwriter, actor, wrangler, (whew). An insightful and fun hour. Troy is the real deal when it comes to everything cowboy. Thanks a billion, Troy.

11/12/2015

This evening, Russ and I had a hoot talking with Henry Parke and John Hegenberger. John's latest book, "Spyfall" is a great romp through Hollywood and Europe in the late 50's. It's no secret the hero's name is Stan Wade, could just as easily been Sam Spade, although i think that one is taken. Thanks to John and Henry for giving us another great evening of conversation.

11/05/2015

Thursday, Bobbi and Jim hosted a wonderful cowboy poet, performance artist and equestrian trainer, Andria Kidd and her producer for Afirm Records, Christine Law. Not only is Christine a bang-up producer but, a musician in her own right and, an avid breeder of Frisian horses. The hour flew by and we talked about and over many subjects, both women being extremely intelligent and interesting.

October 2015

10/29/2015

This Thursday, Bobbi and I hosted Gary Phillips, writer, screenwriter, pulp writer, business man and extraordinary gentleman on our show. It was, to say the least, interesting, informative, lively, educational and just downright fun. Gary is a master storyteller with an incredible eye for detail and story substance. Along with Gary, our friend, Henry Parke joined us for the last few moments to give us a heads up on the western scene around LA, talked about a new western being shot in Simi Valley and what he is up to. Henry will be joining us every other Thursday for a brief visit, about his western blog.

10/22/2015

Thursday, Russ and I interviewed author D.K. Christi. her book, "Ghost Orchid" is being reissued October 31st and she was eager to talk about it. Not knowing anything about orchids, Russ and I were astounded at her knowledge of the Ghost Orchid, it's mysticism, history and beliefs. In all a fun conversation and extremely informative. Incidently, "Ghost Orchid" is a great read!

10/15/2015

Bobbi and I hosted writer Claire Fullerton to the Writer's Block. Claire is an outstanding writer and is welcome here whenever she wants to come back. Her ideas are insightful and well thought out, and her sense of humor is great and we laughed a good deal of the show. Give the podcast a listen, it's a lot of fun.

10/08/2015

This evening we had Pamela Malz on with us for a captivating hour of conversation and a lot of information never previously discussed on The Writer's Block. Pam is intelligent and a load of fun to talk to, with a definite invite to return any time.

10/01/2015

Thursday, Bobbi and Jim hosted western singer/songwriter, author and all around great guy, Jim Jones to the program. The studio was lively as we tackled about every subject but politics and religion (which we will never do anyway). Jim is a great guest and a lot of fun to spend an hour with.

September 2015

09/24/2015

Thursday Russ and I hosted author, columnist, blogger and just all around Missouri nice guy, Missouri's own, Patrick M. Shanahan. It was a lively discussion over the course of the evening.

09/17/2015

This Thursday we hosted longtime friend, actor, author, producer and western historian, Peter Sherayko to the Writer's Block. Peter is full of ideas for writing, authenticity in western movies and life in general. It was a great hour, full of fun and interesting conversation.

09/10/2015

Thursday, Jim and Bobbi Jean hosted Oklahoma author John T. Biggs, an interesting and insightful writer, John proved to be a great guest on the show.The discussion hover around nd frequently returned to the spiritualism of the Native Americans residing in Oklahoma..."where the wind goes sweeping down the plains..."

09/03/2015

This Thursday, we welcomed Dr. Charlotte Laws into the studio for an hour of fascinating fun conversation. Not only is Charlotte educated and smart, she's also fun, sassy and full of life. We thoroughly enjoyed having Charlotte with us and maybe next time, I won't screw up the board or forget to go on the air...geez...

August 2015

08/27/2015

Thursday evening Russ Aveson and I hosted The Horse Sluts on the Writer's Block show, and what a hoot it was. These women are certainly full of spunk, creativity and wonderful advice for the older sets. An evening of hilarity talking to them with Russ and I frequently belly laughing out-loud. Give a listen to the podcast...you won't be sorry.

08/20/2015

This Thursday, Bobbi and I welcomed Science Fiction writer Todd Embry to the Writer's Block. We had a fascinating conversation with Todd about his myriad professions ultimately driving him to get serious about writing, and writing Science Fiction in particular. Todd is also a short story author and a poet...oh yea, he's also a graduate with honors from Le Cordon Bleu Academe'. An interesting fellow and one we will not soon forget. Thanks Todd!

08/13/2015

Bobbi and I welcomed Arizona writer and film historian Charlie Le Sueur to our show. Charlie is very knowledgeable about western silver screen cowboy history and has penned two books, one about the early silver screen heroes and one about the transition to television in the late 40's early 50's. An interesting hour and one that shouldn't be missed by fans of the early western film genre.

08/06/2015

Tonight we had a fascinating author with us in studio. Wayne Diehl joined us for a delightful hour of fun, discussion and a lot of call-ins. Wayne is a very interesting man in a guy for all guys sort of way.Suffice to say, it was a terrific evening.

July 2015

07/30/2015

This Thursday we hosted Henry Parke. Henry is a screenwriter,budding columnist and the writer of Henry's Western Roundup, a weekly blog to keep interested parties up to date on what's going on in the western community. And, a surprise call in by C. Courtney Joyner which has collaborated with Henry on a recent commentary or two,, or three. In all it was a fun night and we look forward to having Henry back with us.

07/23/2015

This Thursday, Russ and i interviewed in studio a prolific and somewhat erstwhile author of Science Fiction, Westerns and Western Science Fiction, Ed Erdelac. Ed's books are full of wonderment not normally found in other novels of this genre, if there are others of this genre. His Merkabah Rider series follows the trail of a Hasidic gunfighter with no name that travels the west in search of a renegade teacher that destroyed his mystic Jewish order. A great read along with all of Ed's other creations. 

07/16/2015

This Thursday we welcomed John Bergstrom, western musician and singer songwriter into the studio for an hour of western music, songwriting insight, history and just a great conversation all around.

07/09/2015

The Writer's Block interviewed the shows creator and host, Jim Christina. We spent time chatting about writing, character development and writing music. The hopur flew by land Jim's wife, Gerry joined in the festivities along with Bobbi's husband, Jim, continuing to hold up the wall.

07/02/2015

This Thursday, Bobbi and I spent a delightful hour with Janet Squires. We chatted about her background, what she's working on now, her accomplishments, her ideas on writing and writers. She will be welcome back anytime she wants to come.

June 2015

06/25/2015

Russ Aveson and I hosted writer and cowboy DB (Dale) Jackson. At least when we finally found him (wink). A great conversation, and some great questions were asked and answered. 
Dale is an honest and forthright writer and ita shows in his works, his attitude and demeanor. Good Show!

06/18/2015

Last evening was spent with author J.R. Sanders. We chatted about his work, his new book, his thoughts on publishing, writing, Facebook and many more spects of the writing game. An enjoyable evening and quite informative to both Bobbi and myself. Thanks JR for a great evening.

06/11/2015

Thank you to our guests tonight, Al Bringas and Eric Heisner! We enjoyed a lively conversation about their book "West to Bravo," Western film, the writing process, the creative process, and the future of Western film. Eric and Al are certainly invited to come back for another hour of fun.

06/04/2015

The Writer's Block hosted Margaret Brownley. Margaret gave us an insightful hour of stories, ideas, history and anecdotes referencing her years as a New York Times Best Selling Author. A wonderful evening. We thank you, Margaret.

May 2015

05/28/2015

We had Joyce Fitzpatrick with us and she gave us a spirited evening of chat, laughter and insight into her reasons for doing what she does.

05/21/2015

Court Joyner. Screen writer, novelist, western heritage writer, magazine writer and all around good guy. We spoke about what got Court into writing as a profession, current projects and what direction he is going now. Good fun evening.