Real Spies, Real Lives

Real Spies, Real Lives

By P. A. Duncan
Exploring the writing life of an espionage writer
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When Protesting Made a Difference
More reading from the new reader magnet Dateline: Belgrade, with an emphasis on a change in the purpose and nature of street demonstrations in Belgrade in the year 2000. Why did the police lay off--most of the time? What did a student group and a radio station have to do with activism? And a hint about how changing a constitution backfired on the man it was supposed to benefit. I'm talking 20 years ago; I swear. You can still preorder Dateline: Belgrade at a special introductory price (99cents) here.
59:34
August 13, 2020
Introducing a Reader Magnet for a New Trilogy
Some background on a reader magnet entitled Dateline: Belgrade came about, and an introduction for the upcoming trilogy, Self-Inflicted Wounds. You may learn more about the Balkans than you ever wanted to know. And, yes, a thunderstorm passed over while I was recording. This episode contains some excerpts from Dateline: Belgrade and the trilogy. One excerpt touches on the disturbing topic of human trafficking. 
1:02:36
August 6, 2020
Absolute Power Can Corrupt--or Not
In the final story, "Brave New World," from the collection, Spy Flash II, we see that even the most sincere of politicians can succumb to the temptations of power, even if for good reason. And it takes a spy to show the way back to the light. Stay tuned next week for excerpts from an upcoming novella, Dateline: Belgrade, and be prepared to learn more about the history of the Balkans than you ever wanted to know.
59:55
July 30, 2020
Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
What role does a Klingon proverb play in the third story from the collection Spy Flash II, "Best Served Cold"? Listen and find out. Though this story's inspiration was four years ago, it unfortunately encompasses a topic still timely today, still unbelievably making headlines today: the killing of unarmed Black people by the police. A human story, not a spy story per se, "Best Served Cold" was difficult to write and record. Please note this story was reviewed in 2016 by sensitivity readers, and I made corrections they suggested. To hear past episodes of this podcast, go to Past Podcasts on my website.
1:04:09
July 23, 2020
Manipulation--It's What Spies Do
Story number two from the collection Spy Flash II. "Promise her anything" is the instruction to get an asset to agree to a marriage she doesn't want. But some spies fulfill their promises.
58:18
July 16, 2020
"Spymaster"
Trying to be more spontaneous instead of scripted, even when reading the excerpt. I may have, well, employed my limited ability to mimic accents. Be kind.
1:01:00
July 9, 2020
Second Guessing the Second Guessing
Some thoughts on including extremist characters and their philosophy in fiction, and an excerpt from A Change for the Better.
25:37
July 2, 2020
When is History History?
My thoughts on whether an event is history or a current event. Oh, and an excerpt from my novella, A Change for the Better. You can hear more excerpts at my website. Just click on the "Past Podcasts" tab.
32:16
June 25, 2020
The Lure of Historical Fiction
Some insight into why I write historical fiction. 
07:33
June 18, 2020
The Dark Side of Writing Thrillers Remix
Let's try this again--after some much-needed tutoring on sound editing. Enjoy!
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June 12, 2020
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June 11, 2020