Jack and Jasinda Wilder Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS This time of year I start reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next. There are a handful of interviews that I go back to often for motivation and encouragement. Jack and Jasinda Wilder’s story is one of those. I first interviewed them in 2014 for episode 15. I can relate to them in more ways than one, and their enthusiasm and passion for writing and publishing is infectious. It doesn’t matter what genre you write in, this show should fire you up to take yourRead More →

Brent Weeks Returns to Author Stories for a Second Time

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Brent Weeks returns to Author Stories this week to talk about his Lightbringer series, and his new book The Blood Mirror. Brent first appeared on the show on episode 114. We ran out of time before we got the chance to really dig into his Lightbringer series and Brent was kind enough to come back so that we could continue the conversation. 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 KungRead More →

Chris Fox Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Chris Fox returns this week to join me for a Writer’s Workshop episode. Chris was on the show earlier this year during the 21 day novel writing challenge. Listen to that episode here. Since then, Chris has published a trilogy, as well as several nonfiction books targeted at writers. I asked Chris to come on and share what he’s learned about streamlining the writing process, as well as writing as a career and a business. Chris’s Youtube series on outlining that we talked about in this episode. Connect withRead More →

Matthew FitzSimmons Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Thriller author Matthew FitzSimmons sits down for an interview with me today. I discovered Matthew’s book The Short Drop recently and thought it was one of the best thrillers that I’ve read this year. Matthew was kind enough to join me and talk about growing up in England, pursuing theater and teaching school, and how a relative challenged him to attend a writing conference that changed his life. About Matthew FitzSimmons: Matthew FitzSimmons, an American boy from Illinois, grew up in London in the 1970s under the baleful eyeRead More →

Author Stories Writer's Workshop 11 with Matt Herron and Michael Bunker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSMatt Herron is the author of Scrivener Superpowers as well as  science fiction thriller stories. His first novel, The Auriga Project, was published in 2015. Matt has earned his bread as a river guide, pita roller, and digital project manager. These days, apart from writing fiction, he makes a living as a content strategist consulting with tech startups and creative agencies across the United States. When he’s not bending words to his will, Matt organizes Indie Publishing Austin, a local Meetup for writers and authors. He also likes to climb mountains, throwRead More →

Anne Rice Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Anne Rice Interview Visit hankgarner.com for all of the show archives Anne Rice is the author of 35 books, and is one of the best selling authors of all time. Her latest release Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, is on sale now. Today I am very happy to welcome Anne Rice to Author Stories where we talk about the 40th anniversary of Lestat, writing for the love of it, following your passion and much more.  A few days ago Anne announced that she had regained the film rightsRead More →

Charlie Holmberg interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Charlie Holmberg Interview I discovered Charlie Holmberg through her book The Paper Magician, and immediately became a fan of her unique settings and magic systems. Charlies Amazon page: Charlie’s website: The Interview with Charlie begins right after a word from Editor Crystal Watanabe at 10:19. About Charlie: Charlie Nicholes Holmberg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to two parents who sacrificed a great deal to give their very lazy daughter a good education. As a result, Charlie learned to hate uniforms, memorized all English prepositions in alphabetical order,Read More →

Elizabeth Bonesteel Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSElizabeth Bonesteel Interview Science Fiction author Elizabeth Bonesteel joins me today to chat about her new book Remnants of Trust, the sequel to her first book The Cold Between. About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Bonesteel began making up stories at the age of five, in an attempt to battle insomnia. Thanks to a family connection to the space program, she has been reading science fiction since she was a child. She currently lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, her daughter, and various cats. Elizabeth’s website Elizabeth on Facebook Elizabeth on TwitterRead More →

Pavarti Tyler Interview sci fi and fantasy author

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSPavarti K. Tyler Interview This week Pavarti K. Tyler joins me to talk about her new book The Jakkattu Vector, as well as writing magical realism, sci fi, and much more. Find her website at pktyler.com. The Jakkattu Vector is available for a special preorder price of only 99 cents. Grab it now before the price goes up. About Pavarti: P.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She’s also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List.Read More →

When I wrote my first book, Bloom, I imagined a small town that created a certain flavor and feel that in my mind added an extra dimension to the story. When I followed that book up with Mulligan, the town that I created in the first book was a natural extension of that original story, even if it doesn’t seem like it on the surface. With those first two books, I began to get a sense that there was something much bigger going on in the little southern town of Weston. I have published several short stories and a couple of other novels, and theRead More →

Interview with Mike Carey comic writer and author of The Girl With All The Gifts

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSMike Carey Interview Today I am pleased to welcome Mike Carey to the show. A veteran of both DC and Marvel Comics, as well as the author of the breakout hit The Girl With All The Gifts, Mike brings a unique perspective to the show. Please support Mike, and the Author Stories Podcast by purchasing his books from Amazon here and here. M. R. Carey is a writer who is equally at home in a wide range of media. His previous novel The Girl With All the Gifts was aRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSOne of my favorite books of 2016 is Blink by the Brothers Swardstrom, Paul and Will. I asked them to come on the Writer’s Workshop to talk about their unique co-writing process and their new foray into space opera with Vigilance. These guys are fantastic writers, and I’m proud to call them friends. About Paul: When I write I am looking to go on a journey. Sometimes it is a journey of discovery and sometimes it is an adventure. Whatever the journey I hope that it is a journey thatRead More →

Interview with Fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSMichael J. Sullivan Interview Michael J. Sullivan is an American writer of epic fantasy and science fiction, best known for his debut series, The Riyria Revelations, which has been translated into fourteen languages. In 2012 io9 named him one of the “Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors”. He has written three series. The Riyria Revelations,  The Riyria Chronicles and The First Empire . The Riyria Revelations is a six-book epic fantasy series while the Riyria Chronicles is an ongoing series that centers on the early adventures the two main protagonistsRead More →

Interview with Science Fiction and Thriller writer Kevin Tumlinson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSKevin Tumlinson is a thriller and speculative fiction author and also the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. I invited him on the show to talk about the services Draft2Digital offers to indie authors, and to talk about how publishing is changing and how authors can take advantage of all the options available. One of the main things I wanted to talk to Kevin about is whether authors should be exclusive to Amazon and enroll in KDP Select, or if they should go wide with all publishers. The answer may surpriseRead More →

Interview with Walt Longmire Mysteries author Craig Johnson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSCraig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mystery series, returns to the show this week. Craig first appeared on episode 73. I have said many times that that conversation with Craig was one of my favorites to record. Craig released An Obvious Fact this Fall, and Netflix also released season 5 of their very popular tv adaptation, so I thought it was a great time to ask Craig to come back and catch up on all things Longmire, and to find out what is going on in the booming town ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThe eighth Writer’s Workshop has Eric Tozzi and Ernie Howard joining me to talk about Eric’s book The Scout and Ernie’s book The Pool. Show some love to Eric and Ernie and click through and pick up their books. About Eric (Listen to Eric on episode 32): Eric Tozzi is a multi-hyphenate. Science fiction writer. Video and film editor, visual effects artist with IMDb credits including Star Trek: New Voyages. Award winning film director for Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope.” Former NASA/JPL documentary producer and editor for Mars Rover Missions. He’s alsoRead More →

Interview with Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Brandon Sanderson is one of the most prolific writers in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and consistently delivers fresh stories that expand the genre in new and exciting ways.  With over 20 million books sold, Brandon is one of the most beloved authors publishing today. Brandon and I talked about how his eighth grade teacher Mrs. Reader, gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly and how this (cliches aside) changed his life. We chatted about how his two year missionary journey to Korea informed his later writing, why fantasy resonates with people in emotionally powerful ways, andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSOn this, the seventh episode of the Author Stories Writer’s Workshop, I have Samuel Peralta and Christopher Boore as my guests. About Samuel: Samuel Peralta is a physicist and storyteller. An Amazon bestselling author, he is also the creator of the acclaimed Future Chronicles series, with 17 consecutive titles ranking at the top of the Amazon Bestselling Anthology lists, many hitting the mainstream Top 10 Bestsellers list. His own work has been named in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. His poetry has ranked #1 on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, andRead More →

Interview with thriller author Barbara Nickless

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSBarbara Nickless, author of Blood on the Tracks is my guest today. We talk about turning her life long love of writing into a career, writing ‘trunk novels’ to hone your skills, settling on mystery as a genre, using personal tragedy as a catalyst for creativity, and much more. Barbara’s Amazon page: Barbara’s Facebook page: From Barbara’s web site: I was made in Japan, born in Guam, and traveled through numerous ports of call to land in Colorado. All of which honed my sense of adventure and gave me anRead More →

Interview with Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Butcher authors of Name of the Wind and The Dresden Files

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThis week I’m bringing you some special episodes from the archives with a series of back to back interviews. Jim Butcher appeared on episode 61 and Patrick Rothfuss appeared on episode 71.  Jim’s Dresden Files is one of the biggest sellers in Urban Fantasy and Patrick’s Kingkiller Chronicles is one of the most popular fantasy series with a much anticipated third book hopefully coming soon. If you know someone that loves books and would enjoy Author Stories, please share this with them. Enjoy this special ‘best of’ episode and don’t forgetRead More →