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In Season one of Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt, the podcast was just finding its footing in the podcasting world. Book Banter began as a podcast version of the regular weekly Whatever Wednesday blog, a way to publicize Burckhardt Books and its authors. Dianne soon got bored with just talking about her own books week after week and began reaching out to her author and professional friends to come on the podcast and discuss their work and the business of writing/publishing. It was this change that caused Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt's audience to grow and become so much more diverse. 

We created this interview archive for season one because Book Banter had so few guest authors on the show the first year, people might have trouble finding them in the mix of all the episodes from that season. At the end of season one, we began having publicists reaching out to us to have their author clients on the podcast. Since then, the format of has changed to be an author interview podcast and less about Dianne's own works in progress. Mosts episodes now feature a new author promoting a current book or their body of work available to the public.  You can subscribe to the show at or on any of the major podcast hosting sites and never miss an author interview.

If you love books like we do, you do not want to miss this podcast! 

Season 1 Guest Interviews (2022):

EP 6 March 9 - Sharon Stephens, Writer 


Sharon was born in California during WWll. The family moved to Missouri when she was 3 and lived there on a farm for three years. The family later moved to Kansas where she has lived ever since. Sharon did not finish high school, but she refused to let that hold her back. With common sense and willingness to work, she earned a management position with a Fortune 500 company. Sharon has written for the company's newsletter and their safety and quality manuals. When she needs more of a challenge (or gets bored), she writes short stories. Her favorites are very short stories with a twist ending, though she believes this bio to be the hardest thing she has ever written.

Book Banter EP 6 (3.9.22): Writer: Sharon Stephens
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Season 2 Guest Interviews (2023):

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EP 51: Feb. 1 - LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes

EP 52: Feb. 8 - LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series

EP 53: Feb. 15 - C. D'Angelo,  Author of The Difference and The Visitor


EP 54: Feb. 22 - Val Collins, Author of the Aoife Walsh Books 

EP 71: June 21 - Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller and Author


EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th - Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky

                   Part Two Link


EP 58: March 22nd - David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes. 


EP 59: March 29 - Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series    


EP 61: April 12 - Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster/Co-Author of The Science of Series

EP 61/63: April 12/19 - Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

                Part Two Link 

EP 64: May 3rd - Stephen Burckhardt, Historical Fiction Author of The Into the West Saga Serial

EPs 66 & 67 : May 17 & 24 - Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), Award-Winning Horror Author of Oware Mosaic

                        Part Two Link

EP 68: May 24 - Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author

EP 69: May 31 - Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster

EP 70: June 7 - Angela R. Hughes, Historical epic fantasy author

EP 71: June 14 - Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author


EP 72: June 21 - Wendy Jo Cerna, Christian Fantasy/Family Life Author

EP 73: July 5 - Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency 

EP 74: July 12 - Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author

EP 75: June 21 - Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author

EP 76: June 26 - Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant

EP 77: August 2nd - Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author

EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th - Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur

                     Part Two Link

EP 80: August 23rd - Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcastor

EP 81: August 6th - Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author

EP 82: September 6th - J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen

EP 83: September 13th - Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker


EP 84: Sept. 20th - Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more

EP 85: Sept. 27th - Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military Fantasy Author

EP 86: Oct. 4th - Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate

EP 87: Oct. 11th - Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author

EP 88: Oct. 18th - Otto Schafer, Award-Winning YA and Adult Fiction Author

EP 89: Oct. 25th - Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author

EP 90: Nov. 1st - Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur

EP 91: Nov. 8th - Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster

EP 92: Nov. 15th - Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist

EP 93: Nov. 22nd - Leah Ann Brown, Middle Grade Fantasy Author

EP 94: Nov. 29th - Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author

EP 95: Dec. 6th - Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author

EP 96: Dec. 13th - Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author

EP 97: Dec. 20th - Season Two Finale - Gail Papp, PUBLIC/ PRIVATE: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater

Season 3 Guest Interviews (2024):

Purple text links to Author podcast episodes once they have aired

Special Episode January 10th, 2024 Celebrating Our 100th Broadcast:

Special Guest: Pedro (P.R.) Burckhardt

Producer for Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt Podcast and Book Banter Magazine


Season Three Begins February 7th with Two Months of Love Fest:

S3 EP104: Feb. 7th - Romantic Love

Susan Horsnell, USA Today Bestselling Romance Author of A Cowboy for Corrine. Mail-Order Papa Series


S3 EP105: Feb. 14th - Love of Film and Female Comedians

Elizabeth Teets, Author of Isn't She Great: Writers on Women Led Comedies from 9 to 5 to Booksmart


S3 EP106: Feb. 21st - Romantic Love

Terreece Clarke, Romance Author of The Courageous Love Series


S3 EP107: Feb. 28th - Surviving Loss of a Loved One *Trigger Warnings*

La Toya Bond, Baker, Creator, Podcastor, Sui©ide Prevention Advocate and Author of Speaking of Love and Please Pass the Love Cookbook

The Archive

Welcome to the Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt archive. 


I wanted to have a seperate page for all my guest interviews to make it easier to find my podcast guests. These people are some of the most fascinating individuals I have had the pleasure to meet and it was such an honor to get to share them and their expertise with all of you. I hope you enjoyed listening to these podcast episodes and if you haven't checked them out, what are you waiting for? Grab a drink, settle in, click a name, and have a listen.



Season 1

The Interviews

Dianne Burckhardt

Dianne Burckhardt, Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt podcast host (Episode 1)

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Dianne is just your friendly little mutant, brain damaged indie author trying to make a name for herself as an indie author. Dianne earned a degree in journalism from Wichita State University and worked for newspapers, broadcasting, and magazines before an accident at her part time retail job caused a chain of events that included enduring seven surgeries in six months in 2004. Six of the surgeries were brain surgeries. To help rehabilitate her lost language skills, Dianne began writing again after years of physical recovery.

 Unsure of her ability to write well after all the brain damage,  Dianne decided to write under a pen name. After doing some market research and finding that straight historical fiction/westerns tended to sell better with male author names, Dianne took her maiden last name Stephens, dropped the last "s", and added her married last name, Burckhardt, to become Stephen Burckhardt. 

First Podcast: Who Am I? (2.2.22)Author/Podcast Host: Dianne Burckhardt
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Sharon Stephens

Guest Interviews

Mark L Redmond

Mark L. Redmond, Western Author (Episode 8)


Mark developed an interest in the old West when he was still in elementary school. He also started reading when he was young.  Watching Saturday morning black-and-white television westerns increased his interest in cowboy life, and he read everything from western comic books to books by Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour, Max Brand, Elmer Kelton, and many others.

 Mark L. Redmond website 

Book Banter EP 8 (3.23.22):Author: Mark L. Redmond
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DJ Jamison

DJ Jamison, Romance Author (Episodes 21 & 22)

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DJ Jamison is the author of more than twenty m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, a snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

 DJ Jamison, Amazon Author Page 

Book Banter EP 22 DJ Part 2 (7.13.22)Author: DJ Jamison
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Book Banter EP 21 (7.6.22)Author: DJ Jamison
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Allie Alvis

Allie "Book Historia" Alvis (Episodes 23, 24, & 25)


Allie is your friendly neighborhood pink-haired book historian. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Allie fostered a deep love for history, books, and “old stuff” throughout their childhood. Allie loves to talk to people about books. Seriously. Social media, lectures, talks, articles, videos, you name it; their career priority is to make the world of rare books more accessible for anyone with any level of expertise. Allie is nonbinary, and uses the pronouns she/her and they/them interchangeably. 

 Allie "Book Historia" Alvis website 

Book Banter EP 23 Allie Alvis Book Historia, Part 1 of 3 (7.20.22)Allie Alvis "Book Historia"
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Book Banter EP 24 Allie Alvis Book Historia, Part 2 of 3 (7.27.22)Allie Alvis "Book Historia"
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Book Banter EP 25 Allie Alvis Book Historia, Part 3 of 3 (8.3.22)Allie Alvis "Book Historia"
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Lisa Sillaway

Lisa Sillaway, The Social Media Professor (Episodes 26 & 27)


Lisa is a former college instructor in Web design, writing and marketing. She has worked with small restaurants, big agencies, bigger companies (Cessna, Dean & Deluca, Cargill), and has an academic, research-based approach to bringing your business to life online. If you prefer to let someone else optimizes your social media for you, you can hire Lisa. If you prefer to let someone else optimizes your social media for you, you can hire Lisa.

 Lisa Sillaway "Social Media Professor"  

Book Banter EP 26 Lisa Sillaway (8.10.22)Lisa Sillaway The Social Media Professor
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Book Banter EP 27 Lisa Sillaway Interview Part 2 of 2 (8.17.22)Lisa Sillaway The Social Media Professor
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Kara Vogt

Kara Vogt, Kavo Creative & Wise Oak Soapery (Episodes 32.5 & 33)

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Kara began her small business journey by simply trying to take care of her families health and well-being. What she learned along the way because a thriving handmade soap business. While promoting her own products, Kara found she had a talent for video product promotions. As clients began asking her for advice to promote their own products, she developed a plan to teach video promotion production and Kavo Creative was born. 

 Kavo Creative Studio - Mastering Videos for Makers  

 Wise Oak Soapery website 

Book Banter EP 32.5 Kara Vogt, Kavo Creative, Interview Recovered (9.21.22)Kara Vogt, Kavo Creative
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Book Banter EP 33 Kara Vogt, Interview Part 2 of 2 (9.28.22)Kara Vogt, Kavo Creative
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Carrie Donovan

Carrie Donovan, Singer/Songwriter/Writer (Episode 37, Oct. 26, 2022)


Carrie is an accomplished singer and songwriter who is currently performing with the rockabilly band, Backyard Whiskers.  Carrie has had a passion for writing since childhood and recently tried her hand at a horror writing contest and won first place honors for her short story. Carrie reads her story for us which artfully blends history and her own creative imagination. 

 Carrie Donovan's Walpurgisnacht - short story 

EP 37: Carrie Donovan Interview Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt Podcast
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Sonali Dev

Sonli Dev, USA Today Bestselling Romance Author (Episode 42 , Nov 30, 2022)

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Bestselling romance author, Sonali Dev, joins Dianne to chat about her writing career, life influences, and her love of Jane Austen. Sonali reads the first chapter from her new book, The Vibrant Years, which released December 1, 2022. This book is the first release from the new book imprint by Mindy Kaling, Mindy's Book Studio.  

 Sonali Dev website 

EP 42: Sonali Dev InterviewBook Bnter with Dianne Burckhrdt Podcast
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Kira Hagen Interview, author of Strangeling (Episode 43)


Kira Hagen is an indie author living in Germany. She has published her first book, Strangeling, Children of the Broken Dawn book 1 and is receiving great reviews. She is also an avid artist and enjoys photography. 

 Kira Hagen Amazon author page 

EP 43: Kira Hagen InterviewBook Banter with Dianne Burckhardt Podcast
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Season 2
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