Next Steps Radio welcomes back host Jenny Milchman from her two month book tour. This month, Jenny will be interviewing mystery novelist Nancy Cole Silverman and memorist/activist Christian Picciolini.
Violence and redemption are a key topic in this interview with a novelist who writes about the ugly side of human nature, having seen it as a reporter in Los Angeles, and an activist, who worked within a hate group before leaving to speak and write against it.
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in news and talk radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. But it wasn’t until 2001 after she retired from news and copywriting that she was able to sit down and write fiction fulltime. Much of what Silverman writes about today she admits is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles’ busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. Today Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce and two standard poodles.
After leaving the white supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in the 1980s and 90s, Christian Picciolini graduated from DePaul University and became a respected entrepreneur. He launched Goldmill Group, a global entertainment media firm and in 2010 and 2011, he was nominated for three regional Emmy Awards. Most notably, in 2010 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter racism and violent extremism. In 2015, Picciolini published his memoir, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, where he details his involvement in the early American white power skinhead movement.
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