Narrator Theresa Bakken is producing and hosting The Desideratum Podcast. Available now on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google and more! Tune in to hear an author you love – or find your new favorite storyteller.

Desideratum is a Latin word meaning things that are desired as essential. Longing for stories to share and wishing for moments with gifted storytellers inspired this podcast. Each episode features a recorded short story or excerpt from an author’s latest book or audiobook, and a conversation with the writer about their craft and what they believe is essential. Tune in to hear an author you love, or to find your next favorite storyteller.

Narrator Library

Upmarket Fiction

Exploring connotations of lucky and unlucky and sibling rivalry Click to purchase.

Young Adult Fantasy

A strong female protagonist with a magical ‘knack’. Click to purchase.

Memoir, Non-fiction

A true story of one couple’s adventure in a cabin off-grid in Alaska. Click to purchase.

Historical Fiction Novel

A WWII Brave Women Fiction, Book 6, raising profound questions about loss and motherhood. Click to purchase.

Colonization Science Fiction

Clever characters solving a complex riddle near an asteroid belt called The Briar Patch. Click to purchase.

Women’s Fiction, Novella

Part one in a three part wedding series featuring Dawn’s bee-loved characters. Click to purchase.

Historical Fiction

The unlikely romance of a small town Maine girl and a German on the eve of WWII. Click to purchase.

Cozy Mystery

Part of the successful Danger Cover Mystery Series. A murder in a small town has big consequences. Click to purchase.

Wealth Management

This engaging guide walks you through each phase of your financial life. Click to purchase.

Building partnerships with storytellers and publishers

Listening thoughtfully

Delivering professional projects on deadline

Get started with your audiobook. Email to request an audio demo.

Forever 51 it's not your daughter's vampire story, with Pamela Skjolsvik Episode 20 Desideratum

Our featured story comes from author Pamela Skjolsvik.  She always considered herself a non-fiction writer, trained to tell the truth, but then one day she discovered she likes to make things up and she's good at it.  She's written a vampire novel called Forever 51 that she says is not your daughter's vampire story. She's funnier than her last name and she's open and direct in surprising ways.  I've been asking authors and everyone else about their COVID pandemic experiences – the silver linings and the losses.  Her experience took my breath away. I'll put more about her and her picture on the Desideratum Podcast website.  Below are links to her website, an article CNN published by her in 2020, and her social media pages.  Thanks for listening. Here is the link to her CNN article about her mother's last days: and these are Pamela's social media pages links:
  1. Forever 51 it's not your daughter's vampire story, with Pamela Skjolsvik Episode 20
  2. Episode 19 Hunting Teddy Roosevelt historical fiction with James A Ross
  3. Episode 18, When the Apricots Bloom with author Gina Wilkinson
  4. The River Maiden Book 1 The Once and Future Series by Meredith Stoddard, Ep17
  5. The Flying Cutterbucks with Kathleen Rodgers and Michelle Williams, Ep16
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