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 →

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 →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS In today’s episode, my guest is Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove and his new release Bear Town. We talk about his journey from blogger to novelist, his humble beginnings driving a forklift, what it’s like when your book becomes an international phenomenon, staying humble throughout the process, what writing has afforded him in his personal life, writing single viewpoint vs. multiple main characters, and much more. Buy Fredrik’s books on Amazon About Fredrik: Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels ARead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today’s show is a special presentation where I invited some friends on to talk about the unique way they are bringing authors together to leverage the power of collaboration to not only push the boundaries of creativity but also to accomplish new things in publishing never before available to writers. Daniel Arthur Smith represents Tales From The Canyons Of The Damned, Pavarti K. Tyler represents The Uncommon series of Anthologies, Samuel Peralta represents The Future Chronicles, and Gwynn White represents Dominion Rising. Together we talk about how these effortsRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland to talk about their new book The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.  We chat about how they joined up for this unique take on sci-fi and time travel, each of their histories as writers, writing historical fiction, what it was like for President Obama to recommend Neal’s last book, writing plausible sci-fi and cyberpunk, and much more.  *We had some technical problems when we brought all three of us together on the call and had to resort to using the phoneRead More →

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 →