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Episode 117 | Robin Hobb Interview

Episode 117 | Robin Hobb Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSRobin Hobb is my guest this week. We talk about her history as a writer, writing Fitz, how the industry has changed over the course of the last couple of decades and much more. Robin Hobb currently lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington, but that has not always been the case! Born in Oakland, California, she sampled life in Berkeley and then in suburban San Rafael before her family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in the ’60’s. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks in 1969, and went on to attend College at the University of Denver in Denver Colorado. In 1970, she married Fred Ogden and moved with him to his home town of Kodiak Alaska. After a brief stint in Hawaii, they moved to Washington State. They live in Tacoma, with brief stints down to a pocket farm in Roy, Washington, where they raise chickens, ducks, geese, vegetables and random children. Robin began her writing career as Megan Lindholm. Her stories under that name were finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Both “Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man” and “A Touch of Lavender” were Asimov’s Reader Award winners. Perhaps her best known novel as Megan Lindholm is Wizard of the Pigeons, an urban fantasy set in Seattle Washington. When she began writing in a different slice of the fantasy genre, she adopted the pen name of Robin Hobb. Robin is best known as the author of the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest.) Other works include The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the...
Episode 116 | Blake Crouch, author of Wayward Pines

Episode 116 | Blake Crouch, author of Wayward Pines

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the new novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website, www.blakecrouch.com, follow him on Twitter – @blakecrouch1 – or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blakecrouchauthor __________________________________________________________ Win a copy of the White Dragon: Genesis audiobook featured at the end of this week’s show. The first 5 people to email me at authorhankgarner@outlook.com will receive a free copy of the book from Audible. If you liked this interview, you might enjoy these as well: Daniel Abraham Brent Weeks R. A. Salvatore Jim Butcher Patrick Rothfuss Ernest Cline Arwen Alys Dayton Diana Gabaldon Christopher Paolini If you enjoy the show, consider leaving a tip. It helps me upgrade equipment and buy all the books that are required reading to make this show the best it can be. Please visit our sponsors: Editor Ellen Campbell. Find her at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com  ...
Episode 115 | Daniel Abraham Interview on Writing Fantasy and The Expanse

Episode 115 | Daniel Abraham Interview on Writing Fantasy and The Expanse

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAuthor Daniel Abraham joins me on the show today. You might know Daniel best as one half of the writing team known as James S. A. Corey. The hit TV show The Expanse is based on his novel series. Daniel lives in New Mexico. He keeps a blog at www.danielabraham.com. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) as James S. A. Corey. If you liked this interview, you might enjoy these as well: Brent Weeks R. A. Salvatore Jim Butcher Patrick Rothfuss Ernest Cline Arwen Alys Dayton Diana Gabaldon Christopher Paolini If you enjoy the show, consider leaving a tip. It helps me upgrade equipment and buy all the books that are required reading to make this show the best it can be. Please visit our sponsors:   Editor Ellen Campbell. Find her at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com...
Episode 114 | Brent Weeks Interview

Episode 114 | Brent Weeks Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Today Brent Weeks joins me to talk writing, publishing, and everything in between. Brent is one of my favorite authors, and if you’re looking for a great fantasy read, you can’t go wrong with any of his books. Find them here: http://amzn.to/2b01fKH Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail. brentweeks.com If you liked this interview, you might enjoy these as well: R. A. Salvatore Jim Butcher Patrick Rothfuss Ernest Cline Arwen Alys Dayton Diana Gabaldon Christopher Paolini Please visit our sponsors:   Editor Ellen Campbell. Find her at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com...
Episode 113 | Christopher Paolini Interview

Episode 113 | Christopher Paolini Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Christopher Paolini joins me this week on Author Stories. In this episode we talk about Christopher’s journey to publishing one of the most popular fantasy series of modern times, dealing with success and criticism, his creative process, doing the hard work of building an audience, his new science fiction book and much more. About Christopher: Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California. He has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. As a child, he often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. The idea of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher’s love for the magic of stories led him to craft a novel that he would enjoy reading. The project began as a hobby, a personal challenge; he never intended it to be published. All the characters in Eragon are from Christopher’s imagination except Angela the herbalist, who is loosely based on his sister. Christopher was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. He took a second year to revise the book and then gave it to his parents to read. The family decided to self-publish the book and spent a third year preparing the manuscript for publication: copyediting, proofreading, designing a cover, typesetting the manuscript, and creating marketing materials. During this time Christopher drew the map for Eragon, as well as the dragon eye for the book cover (that now appears inside the Knopf hardcover edition). The manuscript was sent...
Episode 112 | Joe Lansdale Interview

Episode 112 | Joe Lansdale Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSJoe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others. A major motion picture based on Lansdale’s crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” was adapted to film for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror.” He is currently co-producing a TV series, “Hap and Leonard” for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero. Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats. Special...
Episode 111 | Robert Dugoni Interview

Episode 111 | Robert Dugoni Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Robert Dugoni, author of My Sister’s Grave, joins me this week to talk about his journey from attorney to full time author, storytelling, and his creative process. Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series : My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath (September 2015) and In the Clearing). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. Connect with him on Facebook @AuthorRobertDugoni and on Twitter @robertdugoni Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer’s finalist for thriller of the year, and the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 20 countries and have been translated into a dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Dugoni was born in Idaho and raised in Northern California the middle child of a family of ten siblings. His mother fostered a love of books and Dugoni jokes that he didn’t get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer. Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University, receiving writing awards along the way, and majored in Communications/Journalism and Creative Writing while working as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro Office and the San Gabriel Valley...
Episode 110 | Patrice Fitzgerald Interview

Episode 110 | Patrice Fitzgerald Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I’m happy to welcome Patrice Fitzgerald to the show today. Patrice is the bestselling author of a number of books and short stories in the science fiction and speculative fiction realms. She’s the Series Editor for the BEYOND THE STARS space opera anthologies. The second, BEYOND THE STARS: A Planet Too Far, was released in March of 2016. Patrice is also an attorney with a background in intellectual property. She heads a boutique publishing company featuring mystery, romance, fantasy, and nonfiction books. In her spare time she’s a singer, performing jazz, Broadway, and opera with her husband. She lives on the water in New England and is thrilled to be making a living as a writer. Please visit our sponsors: Editor Ellen Campbell. Find her at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com...
Episode 109 | Daniel Arthur Smith Talks Writing Pulp

Episode 109 | Daniel Arthur Smith Talks Writing Pulp

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMy guest this week is my friend Daniel Arthur Smith. Daniel is the publisher of, and contributor to, a fantastic pulp series called Tales from the Canyons of the Damned. Daniel joins me to talk about the importance of pulp, writing in this genre, and about writing genre fiction in general. Daniel Arthur Smith is the author of the international bestsellers HUGH HOWEY LIVES, THE CATHARI TREASURE, THE SOMALI DECEPTION, and a few other novels and short stories. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy, with focus on cognitive science, meta-physics, and comparative religion. He began his career as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and then became a technologist and futurist for the Fortune 100 across the Americas and Europe. Daniel has traveled to over 300 cities in 22 countries, residing in Los Angeles, Kalamazoo, Prague, Crete, and now writes in Manhattan where he lives with his wife and young sons. For more information, visit danielarthursmith.com Readers who subscribe to Daniel’s newsletter receive a FREE SHORT STORY and free copies of his books, usually before they are published: danielarthursmith.com/newsletter Please visit our sponsors:...
Episode 108 | Rhett Bruno Interview

Episode 108 | Rhett Bruno Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS  This week my guest is Science Fiction Author Rhett Bruno. Rhett has a new book out today called Titanborn. From Rhett’s website: I’m a Sci-fi/Fantasy author currently living in White Plains, New York. I’ve been writing since I can remember, scribbling down what I thought were epic short stories when I was young to show to my friends and family. When I reached high school I decided to take that a step further and write my first novel. After the encouragement of my favorite English teacher I decided to self-publish the “Isinda Trilogy” so that the people closest to me could enjoy my early work. While studying architecture at Syracuse University I continued to write as much as I could, but finding the time during the brutal curriculum proved difficult. It wasn’t until I was a senior that I decided to finally pursue my passion for Science Fiction. After rededicating myself to reading works of the Science Fiction author’s I always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) I began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, The first part of what I hope will be a successful Adult Science Fiction Series. Since then I’ve been hired by an Architecture firm in Mount Kisco, NY. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to work on all of the countless stories bouncing around in my head. I’m also taking classes at the New School in NYC in order to earn a Certificate in Screenwriting, in the hopes of one day writing for TV or Video Games. Please visit our sponsors: Clones: The Anthology is only 99 cents! Get this collection before the price goes up tomorrow!...