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One secret. Eight cryptic words. Lifetimes of ruin. In his latest novel, I Am Not Who You Think I Am (Blackstone Publishing), Eric Rickstad uses vivid personal memories and intentionally constructed settings to create a gripping thriller tale. Rickstad is a New York Times and international bestseller well known for his Canaan series, which includes stories like The Names of Dead Girls and Lie in Wait. I Am Not Who You Think I Am is out now and available for purchase.


Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Canaan Crime Series novels, which include The Names of Dead Girls, The Silent Girls and Lie in Wait. These dark, psychological page-turners with a dash of the Gothic are set in remote, northern Vermont, and have been heralded as masterful, disturbing, profound and heartbreaking. Rickstad’s first novel, Reap, was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. Rickstad lives in Vermont with his wife, son, and daughter, and writes all his first drafts with a pencil in notebooks, often outside in the Vermont woods.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why Eric doesn’t outline
  • How to employ personal memories in writing
  • Why Eric drafts on paper
  • Why setting is character
  • How to find a good agent


Show Credits
Host: J. D. Barker
Host: J. Thorn
Host: Zach Bohannon
Music: Nicorus
Voice Over: Rick Ganley (recorded at Mill Pond Studio)