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Fiona’s Guardians: Turning a novel into a podcast


We’re approaching Halloween, which means you might be looking for a new spooky book or podcast to take in the season. How about a vampire story partially set in Illinois? Fiona’s Guardians tells the story of Fiona, a 250-year old vampire who uses human guardians to procure her nightly requirement of 10 pints of human blood. The book is now also being turned into a podcast called “Mysterious Journey: Fiona’s Guardians” produced by Artists’ Ensemble Theater in Rockford. We were joined by the novel's author and the playwright who adapted the book into a podcast script. 

The novel can be found here, and the podcast can be found here or on any podcasting app. 


Dan Klefstad

Morning Edition Host and Content Manager at 21st member station WNIJ | Author of the novel Fiona's Guardians

Margaret Raether

Resident playwright at Artists’ Ensemble Theater in Rockford | Illinois and writer of the podcast "Mysterious Journey: Fiona's Guardians" 



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