The Diarist ~ Fiction Podcast

By Donna Barrow-Green

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After completing Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, Andrea Davies takes a position at a large New York Advertising Firm, admittedly there to find a husband and secure a life as a well-to-do, country club socialite. Andrea meets Richard Hayes, one of the firm's partners and an inexplicable attraction takes hold. To everyone Richard is the kind and respectful executive with tragic home life. He is the devoted husband to Margaret, a dangerous "lunatic" who is in and out of psychiatric hospitals. A passionate attraction between Richard and Andrea intensifies when she is promoted to his secretary. When Andrea turns her attention to another marriage prospect, Richard quickly reveals a sinister, unpredictable side that naive Andrea interprets as unbridled passion, fueling her romantic delusions of "love at any cost."The Diarist, explores the darker side of the human psyche and the terrifying consequences of indulging in base desires in 1950s America. The story unfolds in 27 serialized episodes. Available on iTunes or wherever you binge.

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Introducing Exuberance Is Beauty
It's here!!! Introducing: Exuberance Is Beauty If you liked The Diarist, You'll LOVE Exuberance Is Beauty! Enjoy the first episode of Exuberance Is Beauty - a fully cast and audio produced new fiction podcast by Donna Barrow-Green. A story of obsession and tragedy in 1940s Oregon Based on the novel by Donna Barrow-Green and hailed as "HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL Amazon Review” and “EXUBERANCE IS BEAUTY - 5 BEAUTIFUL STARS - Amazon Review” Subscribe here: Amazon readers say “The main character, Eve, is whisked away to the middle of nowhere to have her illegitimate baby by a married man who seduced her. When he finds out about the child, he starts terrorizing her. He is a classic sociopath, sucking her in and manipulating her.” “[Jeff] is a controlling beast of a lover…[Eve] is a captive of the system without legal or moral help on the way.” Created by Donna Barrow Green  featuring: Darlene Sorenson, Eric Schneiwind, Shelley Bryant, Ross Laguzza Outro Music by Raf Green Subscribe here: Find our more about the show and cast at Illuminus Audio Productions
May 17, 2020
BONUS - 11/2018 Interview with KBOO Radio (Ken Jones)
An anniversary special Bonus Interview from November 2018. Diarist fans stay tuned for information on upcoming audio productions in 2020! Hosted by: (Ken Jones) Produced by: KBOO Program:: (The Holy Crowley Hour) Air date: Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:00pm to Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00am On tonight's Holy Crowley Hour, we totally ignore Thanksgiving and celebrate a great local podcast, (The Diarist), a multi-episode, serialized podcast set in 1950s New York City. The lead character, Andrea Davies, is a young secretary described in the first episode as “a fish surrounded by sharks”. In the words of one reviewer, “The Diarist is what you get if Mad Men and Jane Eyre marry and have a baby, where a secretary becomes the personal assistant to a prickly and strange ad executive and falls in love.” Another reviewer said the podcast is if "Alfred Hitchcock decided to write a love story”. Our guests are the creative team behind the series -- creator/producer/co-director Donna Barrow-Green. actress/co-producer/co-director Beth Ricketson, and lead actor/co-producer Ryan Bowen. We’ll talk about audio podcasts and The Diarist first, especially in light of the #MeToo movement, and then play Episode One for you, in its entirety. And we'll do all that before the clock strikes midnight, when a prickly and strange Joe Woods arrives to take us all off to Far Away Places. --- Send in a voice message:
Dec 30, 2019
BONUS: The Diarist Live Radio Show with FOLEY!
Enjoy this stand alone bonus episode! Hear all your favorite Diarist actors live with foley sound effects. The live show was recorded in Portland Oregon at the Twilight Theater as part of Portland Radio Theater Live! (with Exoplanetary and Willamette Radio Workshop.)  For credits visit --- Send in a voice message:
Feb 21, 2019
Ep 22 - Season 1 Finale
* This episode contains references to domestic violence and abuse. Listener discretion is advised.  Dear Andrea, What happened to that ambitious, hopeful Katy Gibbs girl? A young beautiful girl in her prime? should be a country club lady with Sara McGinnis or Pearl Stewart! Not drunk in the middle of the day, haunted by your husband's ex-wife. You're Andrea Davies! Why Andrea look what's become of you! It seems you are worse off than Margaret. You two weren't so different after all. --- Send in a voice message:
Dec 18, 2018
Ep 21 - An Island of Isolation
*Listener Discretion - Deals with issues of violence. Andrea is stuck on an island of isolation as Richard swims away--fast and steady as sharks do. She becomes consumed with Margaret's diaries. She's found an unoccupied storage room in the basement of her apartment building. She ventures into a grave to read the words of a dead woman. Andrea is plagued by one thought. "I'm not Margaret." She always corrects herself. "I'm not Margaret...yet." --- Send in a voice message:
Nov 06, 2018
Ep 20 - Sharks Circling
This is it, isn't it Dear Reader? The truth? It's right here now--just below the surface--you see? the sharks. They are circling--and I? Why I'm drowning in Margaret's blood. --- Send in a voice message:
Oct 08, 2018
Ep 19 - Honeymoon Continued
Contains mild sexual content/ violence. Discretion is advised. How long does it take for a facade to shatter? Our poor protagonist has found herself on an island--inhabited by the ghosts of her past and present. There's Richard but remember he is a gentleman on one side and a devil on the other.  Please consider supporting The Diarist by a 5 star review and / or becoming a Patreon Member Watch the trailer here: thediaristpodcast.c --- Send in a voice message:
Sep 19, 2018
Ep 18 - Honeymoon!
They are finally together! Richard and Andrea take us to Hawaii in this romantic episode of The Diarist. It's magical and of course perfect. And the ghost of Margaret Hayes? Why she can barely haunt them at all. No. This indeed, is the happiest time of Andrea's life.  We also share a special trailer for Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence, a nonfiction podcast that delves into issues of domestic violence with in depth research and reporting. --- Send in a voice message:
Sep 14, 2018
Ep 17 - A Gentleman On One Side / A Devil on the Other
Andrea's dreams of a perfect love and respectable life seem to have shattered -- but could something good come from this horrible dark event? Were Margaret's words a harbinger of a terrible fate or simply ravings of a man-woman?  "Richard Hayes is a gentleman on one side and the devil on the other." Please support us on Patreaon! Find us on twitter Created by Donna Barrow Green. Find our cast here --- Send in a voice message:
Aug 24, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Walter Freeman, Lobotomist
** Stand alone and may be enjoyed without listening to The Diarist series. Sit in on a lecture with Dr. Walter Freeman the world's most famous lobotomist in the 1940s and 1950s. This lecture is based on an actual peer-reviewed journal article in the Yale Medical Review in the 1940s. Dr. Freeman provides a short lecture and then introduces a successful lobotomy subject to the class, Miss Dorothy Linden. Pierson Rintz - Dr. Freeman Darlene Sorenson - Dotty Emerson McRaven- Film announcer --- Send in a voice message:
Aug 12, 2018
Ep 15 - Poor Margaret
EP 13 CONTAINS MILD SEXUAL CONTENT Despite her guilt--and she had quite a lot of it--Andrea was going to stand by Richard. After all she would be his wife soon. That's what women do. As for Margaret? Well she should have known better than to try to befriend Andrea. Andrea was the last person she should have trusted.   Bonus content following show. Beth Ricketson, Ryan Bowen ,Eric Scheiwind,, Heather Dowling, Nikki Flynn, Corinne Elena, Darlene Sorenson, Pierson Rintz, Emerson McRaven --- Send in a voice message:
Aug 09, 2018
Ep 14 - Passion or Truth?
This is it, isn't it Dear readers? Andrea has to decide for herself between passion and truth. Why can't she finally get what she wants? The sinister shadow that's been haunting her will dissipate one and for all...once she stops challenging Richard's decisions. --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 25, 2018
TRAILER - The Diarist
The trailer for the new audio drama by Donna Barrow-Green. Things are not always as they seem in this neo-noir thriller. The Diarist explores the darker side of the human psyche and the terrifying consequences of indulging in base desires.The story unfolds in 18 serialized episodes. Available on iTunes or where ever you get your podcasts. --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 21, 2018
Ep 13 - Andrea, Let a Man Have His Secrets
Andrea, why can't you leave well enough alone? Why must you pry into Richard's personal life? Didn't mother teach you to let a man have his secrets? No matter how dark they may be.   We are on Patreon! To support this work, please consider becoming a patron of The Diarist --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 11, 2018
Ep 12 - Lunch with Mrs. Margaret Hayes
Andrea's life has become monotonous. Richard is her singular focus. She is lonely and bored. However, an afternoon with Mrs. Margaret Hayes leaves Andrea hopeful that she's found a new friend--as unlikely as it is, isn't that just the way life is sometimes? --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 26, 2018
Ep 11 - A Heart Around Them Both
After Richard leaves for the night all Andrea has is her Diary. Some nights she simply writes his name over and over across the page. Sometimes she writes his name and then hers underneath, then draws a heart around them both. --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 12, 2018
Ep 10 - Miss Velvet Maude
What's done is done. Andrea is looking at her old life from the outside. When she calls Richard at the office, she has to first speak to his new secretary Velvet Maude. If she wakes from a bad dream he is not with her. He's at home with his family. She has the drudgery of a wife and mother but none of the benefits. She feels herself growing desperate for Richard's attention and begins to singularly focus on his validation. --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 12, 2018
BONUS CONTENT: Interview with Rachel Diamond
Please note: there are some sound quality issues on this episode but the discussion is really fascinating.  The 1950s, Mental Illness, & The Diarist Podcast In this bonus episode Diarist Creator Donna Barrow and Co-Director/Lead Actor Beth Ricketson talk with Rachel Diamond from the podcast We're All Mad Here. We discuss women, mental illness, and womanhood in the Golden Age (America in the 1950s).  You can check out Rachel Diamond's podcast We're All Mad Here at: This bonus episode was produced by Black Dog / Red Couch Productions (c) 2018. --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 01, 2018
Ep 9 - Fish Out of Water
Andrea feels like her indiscretion has been announced over a bull horn. She never thought the gossip would turn on her. Shut out from Richard's professional life, Andrea begins venturing into the Hayes' dark home life.  To support The Diarist Production through Patreon --- Send in a voice message:
May 29, 2018
Ep 8- The Bridal Shower and It's Aftermath
The descent begins. Andrea's choices at the end of Episode 6 snares her in a tormented situation. The bridal shower and fawning by all the girls gives her a window into the possibility of a diverse where she is at the center. It's a world she desperately wants. But...after the events at the end of Episode 6, will Richard let her go so easily. This episode is so intense we had to break it into two parts! NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MILD ADULT CONTENT. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. --- Send in a voice message:
May 16, 2018
Ep 7 - The Bridal Shower
The descent begins. Andrea's choices at the end of Episode 6 snares her in a tormented situation. The bridal shower and fawning by all the girls gives her a window into the possibility of a diverse where she is at the center. It's a world she desperately wants. But...after the events at the end of Episode 6,  will Richard let her go so easily. This episode is so intense we had to break it into two parts! NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MILD ADULT CONTENT. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. --- Send in a voice message:
May 16, 2018
Ep 6 - Wedding Bells and Dreams Collide
THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MILD ADULT CONTENT LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Andrea is caught in a cyclone of emotions as her wedding day rapidly approaches. She is swept away but it feels reckless and suffocating.  As her anxiety rises she retreats into fantasies of Richard Hayes. Then passions flare when Richard sees her dressed for the symphony before a date with Steven. He breaks his silence and tells her "Andrea you look breath taking in that dress." --- Send in a voice message:
May 01, 2018
Ep 5 - Pressure Cooker
It seems all of Mothers dreams for Andrea are coming true. But... are these Andrea’s dreams too? There is a pressure cooker inside of Andrea, a bomb ready to explode. Will she be able to navigate these rough psychological waters or will our protagonist drown in mediocrity? --- Send in a voice message:
Apr 18, 2018
Ep 4 - Charming Steven Morris
Steven Morris is everything a girl could wish for:handsome, charming, and forward thinking. He has just the upbringing Mother has been wanting for Andrea. Steven has been interested in Andrea for quite a while. While embers of passion still burn for Richard Hayes, Andrea can see an altogether happier life with a man like Steven Morris. --- Send in a voice message:
Apr 03, 2018
Ep 3 - Handsome Steven Morris
Andrea is confused by her interactions with Richard Hayes. He's turned cold and criticizes every little thing she does. After a particularly cruel interaction she begins to contemplate her future and her feelings. Then, a little bird tells her that the new art director,  handsome Steven Morris is interested in her. This is a game changer.  (c) 2018 Red Couch / Black Dog Productions --- Send in a voice message:
Mar 28, 2018
Ep. 2 - Meeting Mrs. Margaret Hayes
Months have passed in her new position and Andrea's confidence is soaring. She likes campaign work AND making sure things run smoothly for Richard. One evening Andrea drops Richard's dry cleaning at his apartment. As she nears the door, Andrea hears screams and calamity from inside. Andrea comes face to face with a living ghost -Richard's wife Margaret Hayes. When Richard hints at feelings "beyond work" Andrea panics. --- Send in a voice message:
Mar 19, 2018
Ep. 1 - The Promotion
Due to Technical Difficulties, this is an upload to replace previously published Episode 1. Psychological drama. A chilling thriller set in 1950s NYC Advertising . Hailed as "if Hitchock had written a love story" (Geek Girl Authority) and "runner up for best dark workplace drama" (Radio Public). Andrea Davies, an ambitious secretary, introduces us to Roth, Hayes, and Johnson Advertising. We meet Richard Hayes, a partner and object of Andrea's infatuation. Mother grills Andrea about the eligible bachelors over lunch. Andrea is surprised by a promotion that brings her closer to Richard.
Mar 15, 2018