Category Archives: Red Couch Interview

On the Red Couch with Roald Dahl’s Grandson Luke Kelly

Whether you’re 50 or 15, there’s a good chance Roald Dahl influenced your childhood in some way. The prolific British author penned 17 hugely popular children’s books, many of which—including The Gremlins, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda—were adapted … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Ghostly’s Sam Valenti IV

Photo credit: Jessica Miller If you’re into electronic music, Ghostly International’s Sam Valenti IV is terribly exciting to meet. He grew up in Detroit, the birthplace of techno music, going to raves as a teenager. He’s a DJ himself and … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Fantasy Novelist Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was “anti-books” until an eighth grade teacher introduced him to fantasy novels. He went on to write seven novels during his undergraduate career at BYU while juggling the night shift at a hotel. After many rejections from publishers, … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Food52’s Amanda Hesser

Tis the season to be eating—so what better person to, ahem, grill than Amanda Hesser, a founder of the mouth-watering site Food52 (that’s “52” as in 52 weeks a year). Hesser and her co-founder Merrill Stubbs have created a kind … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Actress/Author Evangeline Lilly

She’s perhaps best known as Kate Austen from Lost and the pointy-eared elf Tauriel in The Lord of the Rings films. But Evangeline Lilly has another, lesser-known talent: children’s book author. Her first publication is The Squickerwonkers, just released on … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Ebola Photographer Kieran Kesner

Earlier this year, photographer Kieran Kesner graduated from New York University when he got the break of a lifetime: The photo editor from The Wall Street Journal, whom he’d met socially, offered him a chance to cover the unfolding Ebola … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Comic Book Icon Jim Lee

Young, talented Ivy League graduate leaves the safe confines of higher learning to pursue his dream, founds a company that transforms an industry and becomes wildly successful in the process. Silicon Valley startup entrepreneur, you say? Try comic book creator … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers

They say design is the world’s oldest discipline. And maybe the most essential: From freeways to French fries, the stuff of modern civilization had to be crafted by designers—engineers, artisans and architects—with the capacity to understand and execute the needs … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Pretty Little Liars’ Sara Shepard

Imagine being sure of your professional calling while your peers played princess and scrambled on monkey bars. “I was one of those kids who didn’t really play dress up or didn’t play outside,” says author Sara Shepard, the mind behind … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Author James Patterson

When James Patterson set out to be a writer as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, he says he just wanted to write books that “were as good as they could possibly be.” He wrote some fiction and then started reading … Continue reading

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