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Episode 124 | Writer’s Workshop #3 with Daniel Arthur Smith and Ian Garner

Episode 124 | Writer’s Workshop #3 with Daniel Arthur Smith and Ian Garner

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSDaniel Smith and Ian Garner join me for this week’s Writer’s Workshop. Daniel talks about his ongoing series in Tales From the Canyons of the Damned. Ian brings his story American Son. Buy Daniel’s books on Amazon Buy Ian’s books on Amazon Please visit our sponsors for this week’s episode: Editor Ellen Campbell. Connect with Ellen at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com and find out how Ellen can help you turn your manuscript into the best possible version of your work. Contact Ellen here. Please pick up a copy of these fantastic books and let our sponsors know how much you appreciate them sponsoring the...
Episode 123 | Jack and Jasinda Wilder Interview

Episode 123 | Jack and Jasinda Wilder Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSJasinda and Jack Wilder first joined me on the podcast on episode 15. If you haven’t listened to that classic episode go listen to it now! The Wilders have one of the most inspirational stories of not just publishing success, but success in life. I emailed them a few weeks ago when I realized that it had been nearly two years since they were last on the show. In this episode we talk about how publishing has changed in the two years since, how their personal life has changed, and how an epiphany at a convention encouraged them to make major changes to the way they do everything. This episode is rated PG-13 for some language at the end. From their Amazon page: NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals. Check out their website here. Please visit our sponsors for this week’s episode: Editor Ellen Campbell. Connect with Ellen at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com and find out how Ellen can help you turn your manuscript into the best possible version of your work. Contact Ellen here. Please pick up a copy of these fantastic books and let our sponsors know how much you appreciate them sponsoring...
Episode 122 | Writer’s Workshop #2 with Stefan Bolz and Nick Cole

Episode 122 | Writer’s Workshop #2 with Stefan Bolz and Nick Cole

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFor episode 2 of the Writer’s Workshop I asked Stefan Bolz and Nick Cole to each bring a story to deconstruct. Stefan Chose his first novel the Three Feathers, and Nick Chose his novel from earlier this year Ctrl Alt Revolt. Two very different writers, two very different books, and two very different creative approaches. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed moderating it.   Please visit our sponsors for this week’s episode: Editor Ellen Campbell. Connect with Ellen at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com and find out how Ellen can help you turn your manuscript into the best possible version of your work. Contact Ellen here. Please pick up a copy of these fantastic books and let our sponsors know how much you appreciate them sponsoring the...
Episode 121 | Charlaine Harris Interview

Episode 121 | Charlaine Harris Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS  Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series joins me to talk about growing up in the Delta, where stories come from, finding success, and writing your passion. From Charlaine’s Amazon page: Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001. After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide. Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of...
Episode 120 | Writer’s Workshop #1 with Jessica West and Artie Cabrera

Episode 120 | Writer’s Workshop #1 with Jessica West and Artie Cabrera

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday is the first episode of the Author Stories Writer’s Workshop. I had the idea a while back to start a fork of The Author Stories Podcast where we really dig into the craft of writing. I began to ask writers if they would be interested in participating in this, and got an overwhelming response. So here it is, the first episode of the Writer’s Workshop. The idea of the show is to have a couple of writers join me and deconstruct one of their stories. We sort of reverse engineer the creative process and find out what makes the story what it is. For the first episode, I asked Jessica West and Artie Cabrera to join me, since we all 3 have stories in the latest edition of Tales From the Canyons of the Damned. Jessica’s Amazon page Artie’s Amazon page   Please visit our sponsors for this week’s episode: Editor Ellen Campbell. Connect with Ellen at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com and find out how Ellen can help you turn your manuscript into the best possible version of your work. Contact Ellen here. Please pick up a copy of these fantastic books and let our sponsors know how much you appreciate them sponsoring the podcast. ...
Episode 119 | Joe Hart Interview

Episode 119 | Joe Hart Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today Joe Hart and I talk about writing horror, inheriting his sister’s Stephen King collection, how place effects storytelling, how the publishing landscape has changed and much more. Pick up Joe’s new releases here. Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the age of nine, he is now the author of eleven novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Last Girl. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit www.joehartbooks.com. Please visit our sponsors for this week’s episode: Editor Ellen Campbell. Connect with Ellen at ellencampbell.thirdscribe.com and find out how Ellen can help you turn your manuscript into the best possible version of your work. Contact Ellen here. Swan Knight’s Son: The Green Knight’s Squire Book One (Moth & Cobweb 1) by John C. Wright The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter Tom by Dave Freer  and  Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer -shortlisted for the Dragon Award for best Fantasy (along with Larry Correia and Jim Butcher) and Best YA book. Please pick up a copy of these fantastic books and let our sponsors know how much you appreciate them sponsoring the podcast.  Volume 8  of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned is out now!  Pick it up...
Episode 118 | Steampunk author Brooke Johnson interview

Episode 118 | Steampunk author Brooke Johnson interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Steampunk author Brooke Johnson has a new release called The Guild Conspiracy. We talk about gaming, Harry Potter, and her odd journey to publishing her first book. Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook. She and her family currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on. If you liked this interview, you might enjoy these as well: Robin Hobb   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 117 | Robin Hobb Interview

Episode 117 | Robin Hobb Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | 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...
Episode 116 | Blake Crouch, author of Wayward Pines

Episode 116 | Blake Crouch, author of Wayward Pines

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | 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 | Email | Stitcher | 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...