Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today my guest is Adam Mitzner, author of the bestseller Dead Certain. In this show we talk about Adam’s journey to writing and publishing, writing a couple of books that wound up in his desk drawer before writing the book that would be his breakout, writing what you know and what you’re passionate about, connecting with fans, and how Amazon is changing the landscape for writers. Buy Adam’s books on Amazon Adam’s website About Adam Mitzner: In addition to being the author of three legal thrillers, Adam Mitzner isRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today my guest is #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor. In this episode, we talk about Brad’s beginnings in public television, how his wife challenged him on his honeymoon to pursue his dream of writing, how he makes his books so authentic, writing to keep your readers’ attention, being customer service minded as a writer, and much more. Preorder Brad’s new book Use Of Force on Amazon Brad’s website About Brad Thor: Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent, Code of Conduct, Act ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Mark Sullivan joins me today to talk about writing thrillers, his journey to becoming a successful author, his unique way of researching settings for his books, his partnership with James Patterson, nearly losing everything, then how an idea came to him while dealing with unimaginable tragedy. His new book Beneath A Scarlet Sky is one you won’t want to miss. Buy Mark’s books at Amazon Mark’s website About Mark: Mark Sullivan is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 Kindle bestselling Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I’m joined by JT Ellison, author of the Taylor Jackson series. In this episode we chat about her path to becoming a novelist, how a librarian changed her life, why she sets her books in Nashville, why some books are ahead of their time, writing books that defy being stuck in one genre, writing for broad appeal, connecting with your audience, her new book Lie To Me and much more. JT’s website Buy JT’s books on Amazon About JT: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. EllisonRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today my guest is Merle Temple, author of the Michael Parker series. Today we talk about Merle’s fascinating story of beginning his career with the Missississppi Bureau fo Narcotics, then to corporate security, politics and now a novelist that draws from his very colorful experiences. Merle’s books have been optioned for a new crime series for television. Merle’s website Buy Merle’s books on Amazon About Merle Temple: Merle Temple was a deputy sheriff, an agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in the first “War on Drugs,” a corporate securityRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Bill Schutt joins me today and we have a fascinating conversation all about his journey from college professor to non-fiction to novelist. Bill has written some of the most intriguing books I’ve read in recent memory and I know you’ll find something in this episode to challenge you and make you laugh. Buy Bill’s books on Amazon About Bill: Bill Schutt (@draculae and billschutt.com) is a vertebrate zoologist, college professor and author. His first book, “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures” garnered rave reviews fromRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by Chris Pourteau, Jason Anspach, and Rhett Bruno from Sci-Fi Bridge join me to talk about marketing for indies and trad pub authors in the current bookselling environment. We talk about each of their paths to publishing and what’s new with them, this unique partnership, how authors can get their works in front of readers, what seems to be working now as opposed to what worked a few years ago, and much more. Visit Sci-Fi Bridge and sign up for their current promotion About Sci-Fi Bridge:Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by Patricia Gilliam. Patricia is the author of the Hannaria Series, as well as numerous short stories. We talk about her love of reading as a child and how she started writing at an early age, her aunt that sent her care packages from NASA and how that stoked her love of science and science fiction, taking classes to learn writing for television and how that taught her to expand her thinking about writing long form, writing a long-running series, and much more. PATRICIA ISRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Kyle Mills is the author of more than a dozen thrillers and is one of the most respected authors in that space. Not only has he created some of the most memorable books in the last several years but also took on the daunting task of continuing the Mitch Rapp series by the late Vince Flynn. Today we talk about his journey to becoming a published author, the time he almost threw in the towel and went back to his job as a banker, writing timely stories, how oneRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by Tess Gerritsen, internationally bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles series, as well as more than a dozen other novels. Tess and I talk about her journey from medical doctor to romance author, then to writing medical thrillers and police procedurals, how she juggled a demanding career, a new family and a creative career, how the hit TNT television series based on her books affected her writing, and much more. Tess’s website Buy Tess’s books on Amazon About Tess: Internationally bestselling author Tess GerritsenRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump. In this episode we talk about Mr. Groom’s long and storied writing career, why he felt like he didn’t have anything to write about until going to Vietman, the state of publishing today, why writing history should be fun, why he took so long between novels, his new novel El Paso, and much more. Find Winston Groom’s books on Amazon About Winston Groom: “If you see a line, go stand in it, probably can’t hurt nothing” is aRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Tuesday night Kevin Tumlinson and I did a live show on YouTube where we talked about publishing wide vs being exclusive to Amazon or any other retailer. We took audience questions, talked about where publishing is heading in the future, marketing yourself, and much more. Self-publish with support. Allow Draft2Digital help you publish your book to the widest audience possible. Kevin Tumlinson’s website About Kevin: Kevin Tumlinson is the Wordslinger—Author and Host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Kevin has dozens of novels, novellas, and non-fiction books available and is producingRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today A. G. Riddle returns to The Author Stories Podcast. A. G. first appeared on episode 64. Since then he has released a new book called Pandemic. Today we talk about the new book, how his life has changed since the Atlantis trilogy exploded, changes to his family and how that affects his creative process, and much more. Buy A. G. Riddle’s books on Amazon. visit his website at agriddle.com JOIN THE AUTHOR STORIES FACEBOOK GROUP AND WE’LL AUTOMATICALLY ENTER YOU TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW BOOKRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. Find Jonathan’s books on Amazon Jonathan’s website About Jonathan: Jonathan writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, aRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by author, activist, and journalist, and co-editor of BoingBoing.net Cory Doctorow. We talk about Cory’s writing process, his ideas about the changing publishing landscape, the importance of science fiction, why he writes in a plain text editor, and much more. Cory’s books on Amazon: About Cory: Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today the writing team of Aaron Hall and Steve Beaulieu join me for another action packed edition of The Author Stories Podcast. Their latest book Brother Dust is a really unique take on blended genres and is a lot of fun. Purchase their books at Amazon: About Aaron and Steve: Aaron Hall & Steve Beaulieu met at church and decided to team up when they realized that one had the strengths to compliment the other’s weaknesses. You might say they complete each other! Please don’t say that. We areRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by actor and author Gary Schwartz for a really fun interview. Gary’s new book is called The King of Average and is a fun take on middle-grade fiction. In this episode we talk about Gary’s unique journey to becoming a middle-grade author, including going on the road with Pete Seger at the age of 13, working in children’s television, voice acting, never giving up on your passions, and much more. About Gary: Gary Schwartz began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing up and downRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Greg Keyes joins me today for Episode 178 of The Author Stories Podcast. Greg is from the same small town that I am from and it was fun to catch up with him and chat about the realities of small town life, our mutual love of science fiction and fantasy, the numerous books he’s written, getting to write in the Star Wars universe, alternate history and much more. Pick up Greg’s books on Amazon, I highly recommend the Age of Unreason series. About Greg: Keyes was born in Meridian,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS My guest today is my good friend Ed Gosney. Ed is a fantastic writer and a bit of a comics historian. Today we talk about Ed’s path to becoming an author, which took a surprising detour through military journalism, our mutual love of comics, why we love heroes, balancing writing and life, and much more. Find Ed’s books at Amazon.com About Ed: Ed Gosney grew up in the small river town of Martins Ferry, Ohio, near Wheeling, West Virginia. He claims it was a magical place that helped moldRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Cindy Brown, author of MacDeath joins me today to talk about mysteries with a bit of comedy. I read MacDeath recently on vacation with my family and found it to be one of the most unique books that I’d read in recent memory. Find Cindy’s books on Amazon Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered an Agatha Award nomination for best debut novel (MACDEATH), aRead More →