Top Author Reddit IAmA's The latest Author IAmA's collected from Reddit AuthorI am Jason Hanson, former CIA officer, security specialist, and expert on safety and survival. AMA! Hello, Reddit! I’m Jason Hanson, a former CIA officer and founder of the Spy Escape and Evasion school. I use the safety and survival tactics I learned on the job to help civilians protect themselves and their families and covered some of them in my New York Times bestselling book, Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life.

My new book, Survive Like a Spy, goes deeper into the world of espionage with stories from real CIA operatives engaged in life-threatening missions around the world, and will show you how to use these spy techniques in situations like a kidnapping or a natural disaster.

So, whether you have questions about conducting the perfect surveillance detection route or about whether that episode of The Americans or Homeland is remotely close to what being a spy is actually like, I am here for it. AMA!


EDIT: Thank you guys so much for all of your great questions, I really appreciate it. Please check out my new book because I truly believe it will keep you safer.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Author - LiveHi Reddit, Susanna Brisk here. IAmA Sexual Intuitive®, meaning I coach people worldwide on identifying their needs and how to get them met. I wrote a book called "How to Get Laid Using Your Intuition" AMA. I’m a physicist and my primary vocation is doing theoretical physics, on paper, by hand. I also have a passion for explaining science, so I’ve written a number of popular science books—about hyperspace, the physics of the impossible, the future of the mind, and more. My newest is about The Future of Humanity: on Earth, across space, throughout time, all the way to our destiny among the stars.

Read more about The Future of Humanity here!


Fire away! I’m ready for your best!

UPDATE: I have to go for an interview right now, but I'm really enjoying this. I hope to come back and answer more questions later tonight. Thank you everyone!

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI'm a vagabond, author and "modern-day Huck Finn" who solo canoed the Mississippi River -- AMA! ​Hi, my name is Neal, I'm a long-distance paddler, storyteller, and author who crossed the nation Huckleberry Finn-style by canoeing the length of the Mississippi River, camping on islands, meeting up with characters of all stripes, and sharing their stories - which CNN was kind enough to broadcast - and the folks at the Mark Twain Museum were generous enough to publish

My proof:

I'm about to launch out onto a new cross-country canoe adventure - to include traversing 22 rivers, 22 states, 100 towns and 7,500 miles across America (by canoe). And this time around - from the Pacific to the Continental Divide to the Big Easy to the Great Lakes to the Statue of Liberty - I'd love to invite you along for the ride @

Ask me anything!

Edit: Cheers for your comments. I'm gonna take a break here and come back in a few hours. If you've got any other questions feel free to post!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA Sean Riley Smith, Actor, model, currently playing the long haired guy in the Geico How To Draw a Masterpiece Commercial, AMA! Hey Redditors, My name is Sean Riley Smith and I am the actor who plays the long haired model in the Geico Making a Masterpiece commercial, I have had several hilarious comments and questions revolving around my look, background, doppelgängers, and career. Some friends have suggested an AMA for the hell of it, so here I am. For more pics and to follow my youtube is Sean Riley Smith and Instagram @seanrileysmith,

Ask Me Anything!!!!!

My Proof:

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI'm Al Sweigart, author of Automate the Boring Stuff with Python and other Creative Commons-licensed books that teach beginners to code. AMA! Hi this is me Harley Flanagan, some of you know a little about me and my past, you may or may not have read my book and possibly know of my music, this is your chance to ask me what you want ;)


From Amazon author description: Harley Flanagan provides a fascinating memoir: a child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many stars of the early punk rock scene like Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed black punk band Bad Brains. He started playing drums for the New York punk band the Stimulators when he was 11 years old; playing at places like Max's Kansas City with some of the most notable names of the punk scene. He then went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.


From the memoir's introduction by American Hardcore's Steven Blush: "Harley Flanagan is not like you or me. Most of us grew up in relative safety and security. Harley came up like a feral animal, fending for himself in the '70s Lower East Side jungle of crime, drugs, abuse and poverty. By age 10 he was a downtown star at Max's Kansas City and CBGB, drumming in his aunt's punk band The Stimulators, and socializing with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Cleveland's Dead Boys. Everyone thought it was so cute, but it wasn't."

Of his much anticipated memoir, famed author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain explains: "Don't even pretend to talk about New York... if you don't read this." "This book is the punch in the face you want and need."









EDIT: Ok, I'm gonna wrap this up now. It was a pleasure talking with you. I'll be playing some shows in the NY area and Maryland. Dates posted on Facebook and IG.

Check out the book, Hardcore: Life of my Own on Amazon:

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Author - LiveMy name is Katie Beers and I am a survivor. I made national headlines 25 years ago today on December 28th, 1992 after I was kidnapped by a family friend and then held in a underground bunker for 17 horrendous days. Ask Me Anything. Hello,

My name is Katie Beers, a New York Times best-selling author and survivor. I am a survivor of physical, emotional, verbal, mental and sexual abuse. 25 years ago today, I made national headlines on December 28th, 1992 when a close family friend abducted me when I was 9 years old. He then held me captive for 17 horrendous days in an underground bunker built specifically for me. On January 13, 1993, John Esposito, my abductor, finally broke down and told his lawyers that he had abducted me. The abduction changed my life forever in many ways, including creating an opportunity for a better life. After my abduction, I was placed in a foster home, where I should have been for years, receiving love, support, stability, structure and psychological care.

I authored Buried Memories to share my never-before-told true story of survival and recovery which quickly became a New York Times best-seller. I, at the center of a national media storm, dropped out of sight 25 years ago and until 5 years ago when my book Buried Memories was released, had never spoken publicly about my story. I released my book Buried Memories in January 2013 and have had subsequent media appearances in People, Newsday, Dr. Phil, Jeff Probst Show, Anderson Cooper, Nancy Grace, The View, Crime Watch Daily, and others over the years, speaking about my story of survival and recovery.

I grew up in a world where abuse was swept under the rug, and not reported. Abuse wasn’t reported because the community didn’t know it was happening, abuse wasn’t reported because the community turned a blind eye, ignored it, didn’t report it, or didn’t know WHERE to report it.

Now an inspirational speaker, I feel blessed to share my story of recovery to the world. I’ve spoken at numerous conferences, summits, and workshops around the country in hope that other children can grow up in a world where people are aware of abuse and neglect warning signs and to help others with their own recovery.

You can buy my book at

You can follow me on Twitter @KatieBeersTalks or Facebook @KatieBeersTalks

Ask Me Anything.


Also, my husband /u/KBHusband is here with me to help out. Thanks everyone!

-Katie Beers

EDIT: Hey everyone. It's been a fun two hours and an interesting first time on Reddit (you can thank Derek for that). I have a cold and I'm sick. I'm going to call it quits for tonight. Derek is going to stay around and answer some questions for a bit longer. I'll check in tomorrow and answer more of your questions when I have time. Feel free to follow or like my profiles as mentioned and let me know if you'd like any specific questions answered there too. Thanks again!)

EDIT2: Wow this is picking up. Okay I'll answer some more from the comfort of my couch :)

EDIT3: Reddit your support was amazing. We're headed to bed. I'll try to answer some more questions tomorrow. Goodnight.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am John Scalzi, Hugo-winning author, whose book Old Man's War is being developed by Netflix as a movie. Ask me anything! The conditions are horrible, the atmosphere is one of despair and desperation, basic necessities are difficult to come by and art supplies almost impossible to find.

People are often held here for years, sometimes for more than a decade, cut off from their families, from their jobs, from the world. It's especially hard during the holiday season with so many being kept from their familes, often with young kids who don't understand why daddy isn't at home.

I'm also the artist behind "Flowers For Bicutan", a fundraiser trying to supply food, medicine and legal aid to the detainees held in a third world detention center. I'll be donating artwork in exchange for donations.

Ask me about living here, about being an artist under these conditions, about the affects of "indefinite temporary detention" etc. Ask me anything.

Proof of location:

Please note that I cannot reveal my identity as Immigration staff forbid us from using social media.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Medical-LiveIamA Guinness World Record Holding Breast Surgeon. I've examined at least 56,000 breasts during my 25-plus-year career as a plastic surgeon. I'm an expert knife and tomahawk thrower. AMA! EDIT: Thanks to everyone that asked these great questions!! I loved doing this - thanks to Reddit and Nat Geo and all of you!! Steve

My name is Steve Winter and I’ve been a wildlife photographer for 20 years. I’ve been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, attacked by rhinos, charged by a grizzly, tracked snow leopards in below freezing temperatures, and even been trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve. I grew up in Indiana, but I’ve always dreamed about traveling the world as a photographer. The dream came true in 1991 when I became a National Geographic photojournalist. And while I specialize in wildlife, I have a particular fascination and love for big cats. AMA! Links to my photos:


Wed, 13 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorHey Reddit, I am Becky Cloonan - writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and prolific coffee drinker. AMA! I'm Lane DeGregory, an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. In 2009, my story "The Girl in the Window" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing -- and drew more than 1.5 million readers from around the world. I followed Dani as she learned to walk, use the toilet and eat solid food -- and kept up with her new family for the last decade. Recently I visited Dani in her new home.


Edit: Thank you all for tuning in and asking such great questions! I'm signing off for the night, but keep posting questions and I'll check back in the morning.

You can also hit me up on twitter @lanedegregory or email:

And I'm starting a new podcast next Wednesday about reporting and storytelling, which will be aired on our website: ... so send questions or comments for that to:

Thanks for reading!

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am Jay Ingram, Member of the Order of Canada, former co-host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, and bestselling author of The Science of Why. AMA! We are Modestep!

We just partnered with Jägermeister to perform an Ice Cold Gig at Cecil Peak in New Zealand suspended between two mountain peaks on a space net. Check out the video:

Next Monday we’re releasing our new single Higher. Presave link:

Ask us anything

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI’m Scott Adams - here to talk about President Trump's persuasion skills and my new book, Win Bigly. AMA! I'm the creator of Dilbert and co-founder of WhenHub. My newest book is Win Bigly - Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter.

Win Bigly

Twitter and Periscope: @ScottAdamsSays

WhenHub: Dilbert comics:


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Author - LiveIamA Nomadic Matt, author of the book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and I've been traveling the world for over a decade! Come AMA! Every year since 2011, the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has shared intellectual property (IP) found in the deepest and darkest corners of our 200+ year old archives. This Halloween, join our social media team to talk all about #CreepyIP -- from how it got started, to the magic of searching for old patents and trademarks, to what invention artwork gives us the heebie jeebies.

The late Laura Larrimore – senior digital strategist

Liz ChuuuuUUUUUuuuuuUUUU – social media specialist

Paul “Freak Show” Fucito – press secretary

Paul “Redrum” Rosenthal – acting chief communications officer

Proof: AMA announcement from the official @USPTO account on Twitter

Send us your queries! We'll start answering questions at 9:30am ET.

UPDATE: Bats all, folks! Thanks so much for all your questions today, and have a safe and happy Halloween.

Want to suggest content for #CreepyIP? You can email us anytime at with the subject line "#CreepyIP". Make sure to include the issued Patent or Trademark registration number so we can find the item in our archives.

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorHey Reddit! It’s Denis Leary and I have a new book “Why We Don’t Suck”. Ask Me Anything! Hey, Denis Leary here. Do what you do best and ask me anything!

My new book is out now “Why We Don't Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches” (

If I miss any of your questions, come ask me live on my book tour:


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Author - LiveI am Deb Perelman, old-school blogger, fan of sprinkles, and author of "Smitten Kitchen Every Day"! AMA! In celebration of the publication of my second cookbook, "Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites," I want you to ask me anything.

More here:


Hey guys, I have to sign off now and get ready for the book launch tonight. I love all these questions and will answer them all soon; I want to give some the proper time and attention. Thank you! Thank you for making this so fun.

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI'm Ned Colletti, former GM of the LA Dodgers. Ask me anything. Hi, everyone. I'm Ned Colletti, General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2014. I'm currently promoting my new book THE BIG CHAIR. You can buy it here:

Before the Dodgers, I was an assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Giants after getting my start with the Chicago Cubs (my home team). Currently, I'm a baseball analyst on Spectrum SportsNet LA.


Ask me anything - I'm ready!

UPDATE: Great questions all around - we had fun! More questions than I could answer . . . thanks for having me, Reddit!

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT