Mysterious Goings On

Every week, we take on the mysteries of creativity, writing, and more. 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. Support this podcast:

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 190 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 12 hours 5 minutes


episode 6: Becca Ehrlich on Christian Minimalism

Minimalism: with the success of Marie Kondo, a new Netflix documentary, and hundreds of blogs and YouTube videos, it’s clear that it is more than just a trend. In a time of climate change and a pandemic, people are looking for new ways to live well and more meaningful lives, and minimalism is meeting that need.

Consuming less may already be an environmental and personal priority, but Becca Ehrlich contends that minimalism can be much more...


 2021-08-24  38m

episode 7: Creating a Sense of Place with Matty Dalrymple

Making the setting of a book a character can be one of the best storytelling assets for writers. Just ask Matty Dalrymple.  She is the author of the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels and Suspense Shorts and the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers. She lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and enjoys vacationing on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and Sedona, Arizona, and these locations provide the settings for her work. Today we will talk about that sense of place in her work and much more...


 2021-08-31  50m

episode 9: Surviving Chaos with Harold Phifer

Today we meet an author who survived a suicide attack in Afghanistan--and found that his traumatic experience helped him to see the person he had been running from all his life. All the drama Harold Phifer faced in his past was never put to bed until he poured out his life story to a stranger named Dylan on a Southeast Asian Tropical beach. Listen in for a conversation about the all-too-current topic of Afghanistan, trauma, and more.

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 2021-09-07  32m

episode 11: Luke Hohmann on Investing in Civics and Financial Education

Luke Hohmann is a serial tech entrepreneur who bootstrapped and sold his last company, Conteneo, an enterprise SaaS company. Today he shares his work to encourage civics education and FirstRoot, which empowers young people to take control of their financial lives. FirstRoot is a SaaS company selling schools a software platform and integrated curriculum that teaches financial literacy and civics...


 2021-09-14  50m

episode 12: Defending Nature with Sandra Shaw Homer

Sandra Shaw Homer is an environmental activist, author, adventurer, and survivor. She tells her inspiring life story in an engaging memoir, Evelio’s Garden, which is partly a defense of nature and partly a powerful human-interest story.

Listen to the fascinating story of this international traveler, who once saw the world for 49 days from the vantage point of a cargo freighter, was born and raised in Philadelphia. She relocated to Costa Rica 30 years ago...


 2021-09-21  40m

episode 12: Writing Both Sides of the Badge with Frank Zafiro

Ever wonder if TV and movies get police work right? Or what police procedural tropes drive a former police officer crazy? Well, you're in luck as we welcome one of our favorite guests, author Frank Zafiro, who has many tales to tell about his journey to becoming the author of more than thirty novels of gritty crime fiction told from both sides of the badge...


 2021-09-30  31m

episode 13: Writing Both Sides of the Badge with Frank Zafiro (Part 2)

In this episode, we welcome back author Frank Zafiro, for Part Two of our conversation on police procedural writing and more. 

Catch Part One here: or wherever you get your podcasts.

Frank has many tales to tell about his journey to becoming the author of more than thirty novels of gritty crime fiction told from both sides of the badge...


 2021-10-05  41m

episode 14: Dario Cannizzaro's Road Trip with Death

Would you take a road trip with death? Our guest Dario Cannizaro has a surprising answer. Dario is an Italian-born writer, director and all-round storyteller. The author of DEAD MEN NAKED emigrated to Cork, Ireland where he is currently working on different creative projects, including books and films. Listen in this Halloween season to this fascinating artist.

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 2021-10-07  46m

episode 15: The Spirit of Place with James Morgan-Jones

Apropos of the haunting month of October, we are joined by James Morgan-Jones. He is the author of The Glasswater Quintet, a series of psychological thrillers with a supernatural slant. The novels are linked by character and location but set in different decades from the last century up to the present day. In this "spirited" discussion, James and Alex discuss writing about the supernatural and the haunting of the mind...


 2021-10-12  42m

episode 15: Caitlin Berve on Urban Fantasy and Modern Fairy Tales

One area of mystery we haven’t discussed on Mysterious Goings On is urban fantasy, which is, according to author Caitlin Berve essentially detective fiction plus magic. Berve is the author of When Magic Calls: A Collection of Modern Fairy Tales, andin our discussion, where we also discuss the dark history of fairy tales, why those stories are still so prevalent in society, and how fairy tales stick around because their warnings and messages still hold true today...


 2021-10-19  47m