by Lorie Lewis Ham
This is the first in a series featuring mystery podcasts! This week we chatted with the members of It Was a Dark & Stormy Book Club Podcast.
KRL: How did you come up with the name?
Dark & Stormy: We always knew it would be a book club but we wanted a name that would be recognizable as mystery.
KRL: What are your names?
Dark & Stormy: Ann “Dark”, Tracey “Stormy and Kathy “Night”
KRL: What is your connection to each other?
Dark & Stormy: It is a family affair. Ann is Tracey’s mother. Tracey is married to Kathy’s brother.
KRL: What are you backgrounds in mystery? (readers, writers, reviewers, librarians, etc)
Dark & Stormy: We are all passionate about reading all genres but are mostly fond of mysteries. We have been members of a local mystery book club for about 10 years now and really enjoy the format.
KRL: Why did you decide to make a podcast?
Dark & Stormy: We have enjoyed podcasts for many years and felt that it was lacking in mystery book coverage. We also were looking for new authors to discover.
KRL: Why a mystery podcast?
Dark & Stormy: It gave us an excuse to do what we love. Every time we were together we discussed what we were reading. Why not record it.
KRL: How do you decide what content you would have in your podcast?
Dark & Stormy: This is always a work in progress. Our format is continuously changing. We originally did not feature author interviews but are glad we now do. We have also expanded our format to include true-crime and suspense.
KRL: Are there certain types of mysteries you each prefer?
Dark & Stormy: We all enjoy historical mysteries Tracey enjoys mostly true-crime and thrillers. Ann enjoys cozies and police procedurals and Kathy enjoys Nordic Noir.
KRL: How do you decide who you will interview and what books you will review?
Dark & Stormy: Our passion is discovering new and up and coming authors. We reach out to some but mostly we are contacted by their publisher.
KRL: How long have you had a podcast?
Dark & Stormy: We just published our 100th episode. April 12th will be our second anniversary.
KRL: What do you like best about doing a podcast?
Dark & Stormy: The opportunity to discover new authors and getting to meet them in person at functions like Malice Domestic.
KRL: What has been the hardest?
Dark & Stormy: Editing, Editing and more Editing.
KRL: How did you decide what platform you would use as a host for your podcast?
Dark & Stormy: We did some research and found that Spreaker fit our needs.
KRL: Future goals?
Dark & Stormy: To be able to travel to more events in the future.
KRL: What makes your podcast different?
Dark & Stormy: We feature authors who are not household names but we do not limit ourselves. Also we feel we dive very deep with our questions. The authors appreciate our in-depth questions.
KRL: Any extra special episodes coming up?
Dark & Stormy: We will be highlighting the books nominated for the Agatha Award at Malice Domestic. We also interview more seasoned authors and those episodes are called “In Agatha’s Footsteps.”
KRL: Where can we find your podcast?
Dark & Stormy: Anywhere podcasts can be heard.
KRL: Do you have a website for your podcast?
Dark & Stormy: Yes, Itwasadarkandstormybookclub.com
KRL: Do you have a newsletter? If so, what goes in the newsletter and how often does it go out?
Dark & Stormy: Our newsletter comes out the first week of the month. It can be subscribed to on our website. We publish short stories in our newsletter; anyone can submit a story.
I have become a regular listener of It Was a Dark & Stormy Book Club Podcast, the trio makes it so much fun to listen to and I’ve discovered some new mystery authors I didn’t know about! Recently they have also added some fun mystery trivia. You can also follow them on Twitter @darkstormybc.
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If you enjoy podcasts, be sure listen to our mystery podcast Mysteryrat’s Maze, where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. A new episode went up this week!