Podcast Episode 144: John Marrs (Author of The One, The Passengers, and The Marriage Act)

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John Marrs, best-selling author of The One, The Passengers, and The Marriage Act, talks about his journey from self-published to bestselling author, his writing process, how he manages writing in multiple genres for two different publishers, and more.  John’s journalism background led him to ask me some thought-provoking questions as well. Our conversation was an absolute delight, and I can’t wait for you to dive into his captivating universe of books. Plus, be sure to check out John’s book recommendations that align nicely with my own reading tastes!

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  • John’s transition from working journalist to accomplished author.
  • Spoiler-free summaries of his speculative fiction novels, The One, The Passengers, and The Marriage Act.
  • His unique journey to becoming a bestselling author across multiple genres.
  • John talks about his process of developing gripping plots following his rapid rise to success.
  • Sarah and John’s take on the “Match Your DNA” method from The One for finding soulmates.
  • John’s perspective on seeing his books adapted for the small screen, and his thoughts on the adaptation process.
  • The fascinating inspiration behind The Marriage Act and its thought-provoking themes.
  • Insights into John’s meticulous research process and real-life news that influences his storytelling.
  • John’s and Sarah’s views on trigger warnings.
  • A brief peek into John’s 3 upcoming books!

John’s Book Recommendations [34:32]

Two OLD Books He Loves

Two NEW Books He Loves

NEW RELEASE He’s Excited About

Last 5-Star Book John Read

About John Marrs

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John Marrs is the author of The One which is being made into a 10 part Netflix series, The Good Samaritan, Her Last Move, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are (also released as The Vacation), and The Minders. Until recently, he worked for twenty-five years as a freelance journalist based in London, England, where he interviewed celebrities from the world of television, film, and music for national newspapers and magazines. He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post), Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine, and Company. He is now a full-time author.

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