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Journalistic Thrillers, Loss, and Doing Right by Women Characters with John DeDakis

Journalistic Thrillers, Loss, and Doing Right by Women Characters with John DeDakis

Alex is joined from Baltimore by novelist John DeDakis, author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense-thriller series. DeDakis is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." He is also a writing coach, manuscript editor, and writing workshop leader. They discuss broadcast journalism, as well as the difficulties women face in that male-dominated world. They also discuss Lark Chadwick, a character in his novels, an amateur sleuth trying to maintain her journalistic integrity.

Alex speaks about his own past behavior and believes that books like DeDakis's can help male readers understand their mistakes with women and grow from them. John has used his own experiences of grief and loss to inform his writing, and he believes that the creative process is largely one of self-discovery. He teaches writing to help people deconstruct the process and encourages them to move toward the pain. He is currently working on his sixth novel, which will explore topics such as abortion and delusional politics.

There is so much more in this wide-ranging and deep conversation that also touches on personal tragedy, loss, politics, and the state of journalism today.


  • How do women have to play defense in addition to trying to be assertive in a man's world?

  • How do you start writing a novel?

  • How does he approach editing manuscripts?

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We take on the mysteries of creativity, writing, and more every week. Listen in and find out why Mysterious Goings On with J. Alexander Greenwood is a favorite show for top-selling authors, leading creative thinkers, and people making a difference in our society. Named a 2022 Top 5 Literature Podcast by CrowdUltra and an Apple Podcasts "New &amp; Noteworthy" show in 2016, MGO is also a 2019 People's Choice Podcast Awards nominee. Host J. Alexander Greenwood is an award-winning writer, public relations consultant, speaker, and former radio host and journalist.