I originally published this in Deep Magic Magazine. I release The Author Stories Podcast twice each week, and I’m grateful for the chance to sit down with the best of the best and glean some wisdom from them. I’m going to try to blog about some of those things I’ve learned, and here’s the first in a recurring series. I hope you enjoy it. I have a theory. Storytellers are born, but writers are made. What does that mean? I think that we are all born storytellers. I think it’s something that’s ingrained in our humanity. From the times when our very survival from generation to generationRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Founder of ThirdScribe.com Rob McClellan joins me today to talk about book marketing and the importance of building an author platform. Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, and when you do, please leave a comment. Visit ThirdScribe.com Rob’s blog Rob on episodeRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Wall Street Journal best-selling author Melinda Leigh is my guest today on Author Stories. In this episode we chat about her former life as a banker, writing her first novel, the importance of revising your work until it’s ready, plotting for people that don’t like outlining, acting out action scenes, writing series, and much more. Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the bestRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Larry Correia, creator of Monster Hunter Nation, joins me for this Friday edition of Author Stories. In this episode we talk about Larry growing up in rural California, his mission trip to Alabama, his love of “B Movie” horror, how an online forum prompted him to write fiction, building an audience, his writing process and much more. Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas Steven Konkoly is my guest today. Steve’s canon of thrillers includes the widely read Black Flagged series, a gritty, no-holds barred covert operations and espionage thriller saga; The Perseid Collapse series, a tense thriller epic, chronicling the events surrounding an inconceivable attack on the United States; and the Fractured State books, a near-future thriller trilogy set in the drought ravaged southwest. He has also written a commissioned trilogy of stories based on the popular Wayward Pines series. Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank GarnerRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today’s guest is Jerry Pournelle, science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte. Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973. Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, and when you do, please leave a comment. My guest today is L. E. Modesitt Jr., author of over 70 novels in both Science Fiction and Fantasy. In this episode we talk about his path toRead More →

Ken Liu Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, and when you do, please leave a comment. Ken Liu is the author of the Silkpunk book The Grace of Kings and the new sequel The Wall of Storms. Ken also is a prolific short fictionRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSEach Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, and when you do, please leave a comment. Jon Frater joins me this week to talk about his love of science fiction, writing games, writing in someone else’s universe vs. creating his own, the importance of librariansRead More →

Christopher Greyson Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS    Each Tuesday and Friday Author Hank Garner brings you the story behind the stories and the story tellers. Be sure to check out the archives for more than 2 years worth of the best author interviews available anywhere. If you haven’t already, take a moment to subscribe to the show in iTunes here, and when you do, please leave a comment. Christopher Greyson is the author of the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Thriller Series. Christopher and I talk about his love of Tolkein as a school kid ledRead More →

Richard Kadrey Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series, joins me today for The Author Stories Podcast. Richard has just taken over the Lucifer run for Vertigo. The first issue is out this week. We talk about his early career as a journalist, switching to science fiction then fantasy, and his series Sandman Slim. About Richard: Richard Kadrey is a writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus five novels, including Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine coverRead More →

April Henry Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is April Henry, writer of mysteries and thrillers. We talk about writing for the YA audience, plotting and pantsing, where ideas come from, Brazilian JiuJitsu and more.  Be sure to pick up her latest book The Girl I Used to Be. About April: I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family. When I was 11, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He took itRead More →

Danielle Girard Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSDanielle Girard joins me today to talk about writing thrillers and police procedurals, her process, going back to school for an MFA as an established published author, and more. Danielle would like to give you a signed copy of her newest book Exhume. Post a comment below and we’ll pick 3 winners a week from now. Also get a free audio copy of Exhume by going to audibletrial.com/hank and signing up for free. No matter if you keep the service or cancel, the audiobook is your to keep. About Danielle:Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS My guest today is Bestselling thriller writer Brian Freeman. Brian and I talk about his journey to publishing, his love of mysteries and thrillers, his writing process and his interesting outlining style, his unique setting and how they factor into the stories and much more. About Brian: Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS New York Times bestselling author Douglas E. Richards joins me to talk about hitting the NYT best seller list as an indie author, writing compelling fiction for children, how a biotech career prepared him for writing thrillers, science fiction and more. About Douglas: Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED and numerous other novels (see list below). A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in genetic engineering from the UniversityRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS It’s the end of 2016, and frankly we’re looking forward to the new year. For the past two years, Hank and Chris Pourteau have recorded a look back on the year. Those shows were so much fun for us that we wanted to share our love of geekiness on a more regular basis, hence Geeks of a Certain Age was born. As is our tradition, we recorded our look back on 2016 and we’re posting it here and at GOACA. If you haven’t subscribed to Geeks yet, please take a momentRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSWelcome to the Bookcast where I will be releasing audio of some of my books. I’m beginning with Writer’s Block, probably my most personal book. Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast channel so that you don’t miss an episode. This is part 1, chapters 2 and 3. Get Writer’s Block at Amazon.com About Writer’s Block: Stu Remington is a successful novelist, but faced with a deadline for the final book in his best selling trilogy, he finds himself stuck. Stu turns to an old typewriter that he acquired atRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Preston Leigh is a blogger, reviewer, and podcaster. I asked Preston to do a joint show with me where we dig into his story, and mine. Listen to the second part at The Leighgendarium. About Preston: Preston Leigh, with the help of many in the indie community, is the founder of The Leighgendarium. He grew up with no interest in reading. In school he preferred to read Cliff Notes. Why did he change his mind on reading? The answer is simple, a girl. In 2003, his girlfriend, now wife,Read More →

Stefan Bolz Interview about NaNoWriMo

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Stefan Bolz joins me to look back on NaNoWriMo and we talk about taking the lessons we learned and discuss how we can apply them to our year long writing. About Stefan: Born and raised in the Main River Valley in Germany, Stefan came to the U.S. in 1996 where he settled in upstate New York. He grew up on German poetry, soccer, Nutella, and American music. His love of writing began to surface in 1999 (yes, he was thinking about the Prince song while he wrote this sentence).Read More →

Writer's Block by Hank Garner

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSWelcome to the Bookcast where I will be releasing audio of some of my books. I’m beginning with Writer’s Block, probably my most personal book. Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast channel so that you don’t miss an episode. Get Writer’s Block at Amazon.com About Writer’s Block: Stu Remington is a successful novelist, but faced with a deadline for the final book in his best selling trilogy, he finds himself stuck. Stu turns to an old typewriter that he acquired at a yard for a change of pace. WhenRead More →