Why do we get so wrapped up and passionate about books? It’s really a weird thing, when you think about it. These made up worlds and characters, the products of someone else’s imagination, become part of our DNA in a strange and magical way.Have you ever known someone, or maybe you are this person, that wears a shirt or hat that tells you which Hogwarts house they belong to? As far as I can tell, Hogwarts is not a real place, and its respective houses don’t exist in this plane of existence, at least not in a tangible way. Where it does exist though isRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSNew York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick is my guest today on episode 207 of The Author Stories Podcast. We talk about the first time Matthew knew he wanted to be a writer, growing up in a blue collar neighborhood, deciding to become an English teacher, the Kurt Vonnegut poster in his classroom and the advice he gave his students that eventually made him realize he had to practice what he preached, his decision to write full time, embracing genre fiction, the success of his first book, the importance of writingRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole, co-writers of the Galaxy’s Edge series. Both Jason and Nick have written successful books in different genres, but their new series has found a completely new audience and is burning up the charts. We talk about their plan to launch this new series, the challenges of getting a book noticed in today’s market, their love of space opera and Star Wars, writing what you love, and much more. About Galaxy’s Edge: From the minds of Dragon Award winning author NickRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by author, security contractor, government civilian and military officer Myke Cole. We talk about his unique path from working with museums, to security contractor, to Coast Guard Officer and author, his geek cred, his unique vision for paranormal and urban fantasy, his passion for history and how he has leveraged that into some new non-fiction projects, thoughts on the craft, and much more. This episode is rated PG-13 for some language. Purchase Myke’s books on Amazon About Myke: As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by the mother and daughter of Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre. Gwynn is the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy.  Erin and Gwynn join me today to talk about their love of Fantasy, writing as a team, their unique collaboration methods, plotting vs. pantsing and everything in between, Dominion Rising, and much more. About Gwynn: I’m a New York Times bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy set on distant planets. All my stories have an adventure at the heart, mixedRead More →

Over the past three years, Author Stories has experienced the kind of phenomenal growth I never imagined. With over 200 episodes and some of the very best guests in publishing, this podcast has become a favorite of many listeners. Thanks to you, the loyal listeners, I have been able to continue to grow the show in new ways and to keep ratcheting up the level of the show. Yesterday I received an email from DragonCon, the enormous genre fiction convention in Atlanta, inviting me to cover the event as a top tier media organization. With this, they will provide me an interview space equipped withRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is thriller author Glen Erik Hamilton. We talk about his new book Every Day Above Ground, his award winning debut novel, his unique upbringing, beginning writing in a library in long-hand, the importance of a good writer’s group, writing thrillers, and much more. Pre-order Every Day Above Ground on Amazon About Glen: Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut Past Crimes won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics awards for Best First Novel, and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero awards. Publishers Weekly and Library Journal gave Past Crimes starred reviews, and Kirkus called the book “an excitingRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Tad Williams, author of the new book The Witchwood Crown. We talk about his journey to becoming a writer, how his pet cats helped him break into publishing, what a post -Tolkien world looked like to him, writing characters that are the heroes of their own stories, why fantasy is an important genre to explore, returning to Osten Ard, the ever-evolving landscape of publishing, and much more. Buy Tad’s books on Amazon About Tad Williams: Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting)Read More →

Join me and my friends Steve Beauleau, Ed Gosney, Christopher Valin, and Ian Garner as we talk about superhero fiction, writing iconic characters, collaborations, and more. The live stream begins 7-8-17 at 2 PM Central time. You can watch it below. It will also be archived for later viewing when the hangout is completed.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara Series, The Magic Kingdom Of Landover series, The Word/Void Series, and my favorite Terry Brooks book Sometimes The Magic Works. We talk about how he got his start, his love of William Faulkner, how writing fantasy helped him balance his life as a law student, the long slog between writing and publishing The Sword of Shannara, Why Elfstones is his favorite Shannara book, why the television adaptation begins with book two in the series, what he thinks of the show,Read More →

We in the States celebrate our Independence from Mother England this weekend, and as many of you are, I’m celebrating with my family. But as writers and lovers of books, let’s not forget that now is the greatest time to be making art and the greatest time to find new stuff to love.  So celebrate with some R and R and let’s get back to making awesome stuff. Keep the indie spirit alive no matter if you opt to publish the traditional route or bootstrap it all yourself. No matter the framework, your indie side will serve you well.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday is episode 200 and I am excited to share this milestone with Fantasy and RPG Gaming legend Margaret Weis. In this episode we talk about her discovering Tolkien in college, her path to publishing, the early days at TSR and how she, along with Tracy Hickman, wrote the first novels based on Dungeons and Dragons, and in the process started a revolution in publishing, and much more. Buy Margaret’s books on Amazon About Margarer Weis: Margaret Weis was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. She attended the University ofRead More →

As of today, these are the most downloaded episodes. Have you listened to all of them? Episode 133 – Brandon Sanderson Episode 147 – Brent Weeks Episode 81 – Diana Gabaldon Episode 117 – Robin Hobb Episode 143 – Anne Rice Episode 71 – Patrick Rothfuss Episode 113 – Christopher Paolini Episode 61 – Jim Butcher Episode 99 – R. A. Salvatore Episode 69 – Bernard CornwellRead More →

I read a lot, for a couple of reasons. The main reason is that I love to read. I love to escape to other worlds, meet new characters, and experience new things. The other reason is that I am constantly having to familiarize myself with books by authors that are going to be guests on my podcast, as well as discovering new guests for the show.  It’s not uncommon for me to have 5-10 books at various stages of completion at any given time. Some books I rush through and take notes, and some I take my time with and absorb what’s going on. Also,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS  Today I am joined by New York Times bestselling Amor Towles, author of Rules of Civility and A Gentleman In Moscow. In this episode we talk about his journey to publishing, how he reads with a pen in hand, his ‘desk drawer novel’, his influences, character vs. plot, his writing process, taking your time with the story, and much more. Buy Amor’s books on Amazon About Amor Towles: Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from StanfordRead More →

We all know that if you want to be a good writer, you need to be a voracious reader. Stephen King famously said “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” I don’t think I could put it any better than that. But does it matter what you read? I think so. If you want to write epic fantasy, should you only read epic fantasy? SF? Mystery? We all have read genre books that read like little kid brothers of something that we really love. They look like the original, sound like it,Read More →

Some of my best friends have lived within the pages of books. As a kid I was a little socially awkward, and I didn’t fit into any of the groups. I wasn’t a jock, I wasn’t a star student, I wasn’t a preppy kid with a crowd of hanger-on. What I did have was a love of books.   I discovered Tolkien sometime around Junior High and I remember walking around with one of the Lord of the Rings trilogy tucked on top of my stack of textbooks and I spent more time in Middle Earth than I ever did in Civics. Later I discoveredRead More →

I know this title is a bit clickbaity. But that’s ok, you’ll understand where I’m going with this soon enough. I’m releasing my 200th episode of Author Stories (subscribe already!) this week, and I’ve been in a reflective mood lately. I don’t share many personal thoughts about writing, mostly because I haven’t felt like I could speak from a position of authority. I’ve said many times that the reason I started the podcast was so that I could become a better writer. “Surround yourself with the best people you know” the adage goes. And so it is true. Here’s a little something I’ve learned aboutRead More →