Tart Words Season 4

Christine DeSmet

Nov. 1, 2021

Linda Hengerer talks with Christine DeSmet about her Fudge Shop Mystery Series, Belgian chocolate, writing, and creating recipes.

Tart Words Season 4

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Sept. 12, 2021

In Her Perfect Life, Hank Phillippi Ryan explores the vulnerabilities of being an on-air news reporter.

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: Rolled Cherry Sandwiches

Aug. 29, 2021

What goes into a versatile cherry cream cheese filling or spread?

Tart Thoughts 5-Minute Drill Season 3

5-Minute Drill: Set Pieces

Aug. 26, 2021

What is a set piece, and how do I use it in a story?

Tart Words Season 3

Barbara Barrett

Aug. 25, 2021

What was the inspiration for Barbara Barrett's cozy mystery series?

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: Affogato

Aug. 22, 2021

How is it that only two ingredients are so delicious?

Tart Thoughts 5-Minute Drill Season 3

5-Minute Drill: Setting

Aug. 21, 2021

What elements of setting do writers need to consider for their story?

Tart Words Season 3

Hannah Dennison

Aug. 16, 2021

Where does Hannah Dennison find creative respite?

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: Cherry Clafoutis

Aug. 15, 2021

A not-too-sweet dish using seasonal fruit that's perfect for brunch or dessert.

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: Puff Pancake

Aug. 15, 2021

What makes the eggy custard climb the sides of the baking dish? Can it be...magic?

Tart Words Season 3

Amy Vansant

Aug. 8, 2021

How did circus and cruise settings end up with ties to Pineapple Port?

Guest: Amy Vansant
Tart Bites Season 3

Russia Week - Tart Bites: Pryaniki (Russian Spice Cookies)

Aug. 7, 2021

How does coffee make a delicious tea cookie?

Tart Thoughts Dick Francis Season 3

Russia Week - Dick Francis's Trial Run

Aug. 7, 2021

What can writers learn from a Grand Master of the genre about secrets, societal expectations, setting, and building characters for story?

Tart Words Season 3

Russia Week - Encore: Emilya Naymark

Aug. 2, 2021

The first of a theme week for the Tart Words podcast is an encore presentation of Emilya Naymark's podcast episode.

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: Honey for Cheese (and Crackers)

July 29, 2021

What happens when you drizzle honey over cheese and crackers? Magic.

Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 3

Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree

July 29, 2021

What can writers learn about secrets, family dynamics, writing fiction from real life, and creating characters who serve the story from Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree?

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Words Season 3

Neil Plakcy

July 25, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Neil Plakcy talk about writing, Neil's many writing projects, and his writing process.

Tart Bites Season 3

Tart Bites: S'mores Coffee Break

July 25, 2021

How do you make S'mores without a grill? S'mores are the iconic campfire or grilling dessert. Toasted marshmallows are sandwiched with chocolate bars between graham crackers. Does summer get any better than that?

Tart Thoughts Mary Stewart Season 3

Mary Stewart's Thunder on the Right

July 25, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Suzanne Fox discuss Mary Stewart's Thunder on the Right, point of view, an unworldly protagonist, and why they don't enjoy this book as much as other novels she wrote.

Guest: Suzanne Fox
Tart Words Season 3

Alan Orloff

July 18, 2021

Linda Hengerer and Alan Orloff talk about how real-life informed the writing of his latest novel, I Play One on TV; writing; SleuthFest and Bouchercon; Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America; and what networking wit…

Guest: Alan Orloff
Tart Words Season 3

Raquel V. Reyes

July 12, 2021

Linda Gordon Hengerer and Raquel V. Reyes talk about Raquel's first novel in her Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series, Mango, Mambo, and Murder; discuss writing process; SleuthFest; and how Raquel's miniatures help her writing.

Tart Words Season 2

Tracee de Hahn

June 21, 2021

In this episode, Linda Hengerer talks with Tracee de Hahn about Swiss Vendetta and A Well-Timed Murder, writing, and Tracee's process.

Tart Words Season 2

Susie Black

June 19, 2021

In this episode, Linda Hengerer and Susie Black talk about her debut novel Death by Sample Size, the garment industry, writing, and basing fiction on real life.

Guest: Susie Black
Tart Words Season 2

Connie Berry

June 15, 2021

Linda Hengerer talks with Connie Berry about her latest book The Art of Betrayal, eating haggis (or not), writing, Scotland and the British Isles, and her Shih Tzu Emmie.

Guest: Connie Berry