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The Storytellers

Award-Winning Radio Show

Best in Arts, Best in Storytelling, Best Host

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The Storytellers Radio Show and Podcast, hosted by Grace Sammon, focuses on individuals who choose to leave their mark on the world through the art of story. Recently awarded Best Host, Best in the Arts, and Best in Storytelling by Speak Up Radio Network, each episode engages guests and listeners in the story behind the story of authors, artists, reporters, and others who leave a legacy of storytelling. Applying her years of experience as an educator, entrepreneur, author, and storyteller herself, Grace brings to listeners an intimate one-on-one experience with her guests.

The Storytellers is heard in over 150 countries and is available on your favorite podcast platforms. Episodes are copyrighted by Grace Sammon and the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Episodes are available at the links below and on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.

To contact Grace about being a guest on the show, email her here.


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Episode 120: Karen Eber the Penultimate Expert on the Art and Power of Storytelling (February 12, 2024)

Episode 119: Tracey Enerson International and USA Today Bestselling Playwright, Screenwriter and Novelist (February 5, 2024)

Episode 118: Pat Rullo Radio Host, Patient Advocate, Generous Spirit, and Celebrator of All Things Story (January 29, 2024)

Episode 117: Laurie Frankel NY Times Bestselling and Film-Optioned Author Talks Family and Books (January 22, 2024)

Episode 116: Renea Winchester, Award-winning Author, Workshop Leader, and a Botanicalist (January 15, 2024)

Episode 115: Angela Cairns, Author, BBC broadcaster, and Amazon Bestseller (January 8, 2024)

Episode 114: Rona Maynard, Happiness, and a Starter Dog (December 18, 2023)

Episode 113: Sarahlyn Bruck, Award-Winning Author, Reader, and Runner (December 11, 2023)

Episode 112: Virginia Kantra, New York Times Bestselling Author (December 4, 2023)

Episode 111: Peter Spears, Oscar Winning Producer (November 27, 2023)

Episode 110: Karen Allen, A Legend on Stage and Screen (November 20, 2023)

Episode 109: Melissa Giberson Found Her Authentic Self in Mid-Life (November 12, 2023)

Episode 108: Deborah Klee, Award-Winning Author of Page-Turning Stories (November 6, 2023)

Episode 107: Laura Morelli, USA Today Bestselling Historical Novelist (October 30, 2023)

Episode 106: Carren Strock, A True Renaissance Woman (October 23, 2023)

Episode 105: Kyle Ann Robertson Jumps Right in (October 17, 2023)

Episode 104: Amy Ferris Facing Life Head-On (October 9, 2023)

Episode 103: Edie Cay Writes Feminist Historical Romance that Packs a Punch (October 2, 2023)

Episode 102: Jane Rubin: In the Hands of Women (September 25, 2023)

Episode 101: Marybeth Massett, producer, actress, and a woman of great Claire-ity! (September 18, 2023)

Episode 100: Tracy Barone, film executive and producer, writer, and critically acclaimed novelist (September 11, 2023)

Episode 99: Alka Joshi: A Literary Sensation (July 31, 2023)

Episode 98: C. Evan Stewart and the Man Nobody Knew (July 17, 2023)

Episode 97: Judy Prescott Marshall Writes Fiction with a Touch of Romance (July 10, 2023)

Episode 96: Susan Meissner Only the Beautiful and So Much More! (July 3, 2023)

Episode 95: Hannah Mary McKinnon Has a Revenge List (June 26, 2023)

Episode 94: Laura Whitfield is Untethered (June 19, 2023)

Episode 93: Joy Ross Davis, Stories of the Magical, Mysterious, and Enchanting (June 11, 2023)

Episode 92: Dionne Ford Shares Go Back and Get It (June 5, 2023)

Episode 91: Annie McDonnell and Her Song! (May 29, 2023)

Episode 90: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, agent, studio head, producer, writer, Hollywood Legend (May 22, 2023)

Episode 89: Linda Rosen and The Emerald Necklace (May 15, 2023)

Episode 88: Meryl Ain and The Shadows We Carry (May 9, 2023)

Episode 87: Jody Feagan and Katie Rountree and 100 Women Who Care (May 1, 2023)

Episode 86: Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman are The Thread Collectors (April 4, 2023)

Episode 85: Jeff Arch: Screenwriter of Sleepless in Seattle, Novelist of Attachments, Human (April 17, 2023)

Episode 84: Beth Broday, Executive Producer, Pioneer of Music Television, Mentor, and Memoirist (April 10, 2023)

Episode 83: Marta Kauffman: Creator, Writer, Producer, and American Legend for "Friends," "Grace and Frankie," and so much more! (April 3, 2023)

Episode 82: Brooke Warner She Writes Press (March 27, 2023)

Episode 81: Jocelyn Jones Artist Extraordinaire (March 20, 2023)

Episode 80: Landis Wade Recovering Trial Lawyer with Deadly Declarations (March 13, 2023)

Episode 79: Lisa Rosenberg and Embers on the Wind (March 6, 2023)

Episode 78: Anna Quinn on Story, Craft, and Authentic Voices (February 27, 2023)

Episode 77: Michelle Cox Mixing Mystery and Romance in a Fizzy 1930s Cocktail (February 20, 2023)

Episode 76: Georgia Court Independent Bookstore Storyteller (February 13, 2023)

Episode 75: Zibby Owens Talks Books, Books, BOOKS! (February 6, 2023)

Episode 74: Leslie Rasmussen and What Happens After Happily Ever After (January 30, 2023)

Episode 73: Hallie Balogh and Auttie Grace are Building an Empire (January 23, 2023)

Episode 72: Carol Van Den Hende Inspires Hope & Empathy for People and Planet (January 16, 2023)

Episode 71: Debra Thomas Enlightens Us with Her Novel Luz (January 9, 2023)

Episode 70: Lisa Lucca's Profound Memoir Ashes to Ink (January 2, 2023)

Episode 69: Suzanne Simonetti and The Sound of Wings! (December 19, 2022)

Episode 68: Meg Nocero Transforms Us, Brings Bliss, and S.H.I.N.E.S! (December 12, 2022)

Episode 67: Alexa Bigwarfe is a Bestselling Author Who Has Gone Beyond the Story (December 5, 2022)

Episode 66: USA Today Best-Selling Author Transforms Lives One Book at a Time with Christine Kloser (November 28, 2022)

Episode 65: Barbara Davis, a Jewel in the Crown of Best-Selling Women's Fiction (November 21, 2022)

Episode 64: "A Long-Awaited Dream Comes True" with Claire Douglas (November 14, 2022)

Episode 63: Debra Engle Brings Skill, Grace, and Style to the Art of Story (November 7, 2022)

Episode 62: Passion, Vulnerability, and Risk with Barbara Linn Probst (October 31, 2022)

Episode 61: Jo Sands' Voice is on The Storytellers (October 24, 2022)

Episode 60: Barbara Conrey's My Secret to Keep on The Storytellers (October 17, 2022)

Episode 59: A Mother's Journey with Maralee McLean (October 10, 2022)

Episode 58: Donation Support for Those Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Episode 57: The Storytellers with Reyna Gentin (September 26, 2022)

Episode 55: A storyteller for storytellers with guest Kerry Anne King (September 12, 2022)

Episode 54: Fearless Journalist Julie Blacklow on The Storytellers (September 5, 2022)

Episode 53: Sharing new secrets with Author Patricia Sands on The Storytellers (August 29, 2022)

Episode 52: Laura Kemp is on The Storytellers (August 22, 2022)

Episode 51: The Red Penguin meets The Storytellers (August 15, 2022)

Episode 50: "Evocative Women's Fiction" with Elizabeth Sumner Wafler (July 18, 2022)

Episode 49: Feminism and the Environment Converge in the Work of Sharon Duckett (July 11, 2022)

Episode 48: "Building People One Book at a Time" with Jennifer Milius (June 27, 2022)

Episode 47: There's a lot about "Fake" with Erica Katz (June 20, 2022)

Episode 46: "Nobody Gets Out Alive" with Leigh Newman (June 13, 2022)

Episode 45: "Hunting For Beauty" with Janyre Tromp (June 6, 2022)

Episode 44: "Extraordinary Unsung Women, the Essense of these Historical Novels" with Linda Ulleseit (May 30, 2022)

Episode 43: "Arbornaut, Author, Pioneer, Educator – Canopy Meg" with Meg Lowman (May 23, 2022)

Episode 42: Changing the World and Sending Love One Book and Film at a Time with Amy Ferris (May 16, 2022)

Episode 41: "Truth and Other Lies" with Maggie Smith (May 9. 2022)

Episode 40: "Filmmaker Turned Author – the Art of Satire" with Bonné Bartron (May 2, 2022)

Episode 39: "A Southern Woman Gainers Her Bookish Wings" with Julia Daily (April 25, 2022)

Episode 38: "This mom has time to..." with Zibby Owens (April 18, 2022)

Episode 37: "Deliciously Coastal Fiction" with Jenn Bouchard (April 11, 2022)

Episode 36: "Southern Fiction That Stirs the Heart" with Bette Lee Crosby (April 4, 2022)

Episode 35: So many books, such a great time! (March 28, 2022)

Episode 34: The Ladies Are in the House (March 21, 2022)

Episode 33: The Art of Mystery and That of Finding a Good Book (March 14, 2022)

Episode 32: Wit, Wisdom, and Writing (March 8, 2022)

Episode 31: Creating Mysteries and Community One Book at a Time (February 28, 2022)

Episode 30: Resilience Abounds with Award-Winning Author, Advocate, and Relationship Expert Julie Cantrell (February 21, 2022)

Episode 29: Time-Traveling Paranormal Historical Fiction with Nola Nash (February 14, 2022)

Episode 28: Historical Fiction, Emotional Turmoil, and Alpine Hut in Austria with Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger (February 7, 2022)

Episode 27: Little Satchmo: A Daughter's Story with Sharon Preston-Folta (January 31, 2022)

Episode 26: Brilliantly Disturbing Historical Fiction with Thea Sutton (January 24, 2022)

Episode 25: The Book Queen Brings a Love of Books and Teas to the Online World and Her Community (January 17, 2022)

Episode 24: The importance of what's left untold with USA Today Bestselling Author Sherri Leimkuhler (January 10, 2022)

Episode 23: Telling the Earth's Story with Nobel Peace Prize Winner for Climate Change Professor Terry Root (January 3, 2022)

Episode 22: A Natural Event with Supernatural Repercussions with Robert Gwaltney (December 27, 2021)

Episode 21: An Unexpected Life of Challenge, Quest, Contribution, and Creativity with Lily Iona MacKenzie (December 20, 2021)

Episode 20: Folklore Inspired Fiction Emanates From a "She-Shed" in Virginia with Meredith Stoddard (December 13, 2021)

Episode 19: Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves Into History with Lauren Marino (December 6, 2021)

Episode 18: Feeding A Fiction Addiction with Isla Morely (November 29, 2021)

Episode 17: A Peripatetic Lifestyle Leads to Creative Storytelling with Susan Sammon (November 22, 2021)

Episode 16: A Legacy of Science, Storytelling, and Song with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (November 15, 2021)

Episode 15: From Journalist to Novelist with Christina Hoag (November 10, 2021)

Episode 14: Behind the Lens with Jeannee Sacken (November 2, 2021)

Episode 13: Awakening a Love for Historical Fiction with Libby McNamee (October 26, 2021)

Episode 12: Sixty Years of Telling America's Story with News Anchor Linda Carson (October 19, 2021)

Episode 11: Strong Collaborative Women, A Different Type of Story with Lainey Cameron (October 11, 2021)

Episode 10: Historical Fiction Tells Our Stories with Michelle Cox (October 4, 2021)

Episode 9: On The Road With Mary - Mary Helen Sheriff (September 27, 2021)

Episode 8: Novels With a Southern Flair and a Powerful Message - Claire Fullerton (September 20, 2021)

Episode 7: A Visit with The Pulpwood Queen - Kathy L. Murphy (September 13, 2021)

Episode 6: A Tribute to the Spunky Old Broad - Dr. Gayle Carson (September 6, 2021)

Episode 5: Life, Writing, and a Life About Balance - Barbara Conrey (August 30, 2021)

Episode 4: The Flavor of France, Friendship, and Fiction - Patricia Sands (August 23, 2021)

Episode 3: So Much More Than a Book's Life - Leslie Lehr (August 16, 2021)

Episode 2: A Memoir of Discover - Sandell Morse (August 9, 2021)

Episode 1: Family is Defined by More Than Blood - Linda Rosen (August 2, 2021)


What can I say about Grace Sammon that probably hasn't already been said? As an author and Screenwriter, she asked me all the right questions and made me dig a little deeper into my own writing process - and yes, thought process - her kindness equally matching her curiosity - for that, I was so deeply inspired; as a champion of all things women-centric - Grace made me feel so deeply appreciated, seen and valued - for that I was deeply touched, and … as a woman in the world - she, Grace, brought out the best I had to offer. I didn't want the interview to end, mostly because I felt I had found a new friend, someone I could trust and someone I could trust my words with. That IS the gift of Grace Sammon.

–Amy Ferris, Author, Screenwriter, Director: The Story Summit Writer's School Recipient-Women's eNews Award: 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Honoree - NextTribe: The 12 Women Who Changed the World in 2021


As an author, I’ve had the unique privilege of being interviewed on countless radio, TV, and podcast programs for the last twenty years. While I’ve been grateful for each opportunity to share my work and connect with listeners over a shared love of story, a few interviews stand out from the others. Because most hosts maintain busy schedules, they rarely have time to read the books they are discussing. While this is completely understandable, it sometimes results in a superficial (canned) interview.


In contrast, when a host takes the time to read the book and research the author or the topics being discussed, the result in an engaging and personal conversation that can leave a real impact on the lives of listeners. Grace Sammon is one such host. She goes out of her way to know the work being spotlighted and she creates a comfortable, conversational tone, guiding the discussion with authenticity. She’s worked hard to build a large connection of writers and readers, and I believe her show would be an ideal fit for NPR.

–Julie Cantrell, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author


Talking with Grace Sammon on “The Storytellers" is as natural and relaxing as sitting in her home library with a glass of wine, admiring the first editions she has collected through the years. Her knowledge of the publishing industry and her appreciation of authors, both debut and long-established, affords stimulating conversations.

–Barbara Conrey, USA TODAY bestselling author

“The Storytellers” is an extraordinary gift to all those passionate about books and the authors who write them. The delightful Grace Sammons moderates in such a manner that no stone is left unturned for the listener, and her preparation for every interview makes for a fully realized experience. My first stop for listening to authors I admire, and for discovering new writers of merit, Storytellers deserves the devoted audience it enjoys, and I remain its champion.

–Claire Fullerton, award winning author of Southern literary fiction

Being that I have worked on how plants and animals are changing with the changing climate since 1985, and that I was a lead author on the IPCC 3rd and 4th reports and a review editor for the 5th report (and was part of the IPCC folks who were part of the IPCC authors sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore), I have been interviewed hundreds of times. Until the interview with Grace, I would have said that Juliet Eilperin on the climate and environment desk of Washington Post, and Seth Bornstein on the science desk of Associate Press were the best interviewers I have experienced. This is based on what they asked AND how they would ask the questions. But now I definitely add Grace Sammon to that very short list of outstanding interviewers. Again, this is due to not just the questions asked but also how those questions are asked. These 3 interviewers ask questions in a manner that enhances how I would reply. When time is short, the questions are asked in a manner for a quick answer, when time was not short, the questions helped focus how I would answer. In all honesty, I was really happily surprised at how my interview went with Grace Sammon. She is a very highly talented interviewer.

–Dr. Terry L Root - Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for climate change

In each of Grace’s interviews with these important authors, she approaches the mic fully prepared, yet she still somehow manages to find the entertaining surprises that engages guests while reeling in listeners. That attribute alone would be enough to warrant syndication with NPR, but she adds additional details to these conversations that are undeniable talents only top-tiers typify.


If I had to single one thing out that tells you Grace should be doing this for NPR - other than the above, or her pleasant timbre, her ability to ask great questions AND listen intently to responses, or the highly interesting conversations she creates with these important writers... whom she manages to book, research, and easily engage all by her lonesome, or the way each guest seems to respond to her as if she were someone they've known since grade school - it would have to be her pacing... her tempo. More than all of those other things, it's that.

–Kevin Montgomery, “Stand By, Rolling”

I thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Grace Sammon for The Storytellers radio show and podcast. Grace did her research and asked me questions that really got to the heart of my story. I felt like I was having a great conversation with a friend.

Sharon Folta, author of Little Satchmo, daughter of Louis Armstrong

Grace Sammon has a gift for bringing out the best in an author! I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation for The Storytellers, which felt like a natural, warm, and far-ranging conversation between friends and not at all like a formal 'interview.' I even discovered new things about myself and my novel while we were talking! I hope you'll listen to our episode about Passion, Vulnerability, and Risk and let us know if you enjoyed it—and, if you do, will check out some of her other episodes!

Sharon Folta, author of Little Satchmo, daughter of Louis Armstrong

THOSE were great questions!

Marta Kaufman, Producer of Friends and Grace and Frankie

It was an honor to be on your show. Thank you for your passion for sharing stories. You have created an amazing platform for authors to showcase their work in a fun and entertaining way.

Jody Feagan and Katie Rountree, 100 Women Who Care, Santa Fe

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