Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSWalt William’s new book Significant Zero releases today, and if you are a gamer, or remotely interested in the goings on behind the scenes of new media, you’re going to love this book. We’re giving away a hardback edition of Significant Zero. Comment here to be entered. Share on social media to be entered again. We’ll draw a winner Saturday, Sept 23. Follow Walt on Twitter Thanks to “Reese” for our listener comment. Call the show and leave a comment at 209-73BOOKS From the award-winning videogame writer behind Spec Ops: TheRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I have a doubleheader episode with two indie up and comers. Micheal Lee Nelson and David Simpson talk about writing Sci-Fi and Zompac, each approaching their respective genres with unique takes on existing themes. Keep your eye on these two guys. About Micheal: Micheal Lee Nelson resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina with his hot redhead fiancée, a crazy pair of sugar gliders, a sweet pair of convertible cars, and a matching set of nasty car payments. A contrarian to the main Scifi market, Micheal works to infuse theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSMilitary Sci-Fi author and 2017 Dragon Award winner Richard Fox joins me today to talk about writing military sci-fi, his history in the military and how that shaped his writing, how a conversation with Russel Blake changed his mind and ultimately kick-started his rise to success, writing to connect with your audience, why sci-fi is so hot right now, and much more. Buy Richard’s books on Amazon about Richard Fox: Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I bring you a panel with Billie Piper titled A Moment With Rose and Lily as we continue our DragonCon 2017 coverage. Billie played the iconic role of Rose on Doctor Who, and now stars as Lily in Penny Dreadful. John Barrowman also makes an appearance at the beginning of this panel.   About Billie: Billie Piper is an English singer, dancer and actress. She made her debut in Scratchy & Co. and, at the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single “Because We WantRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by science fiction author Peter Cawdron. Peter’s new book Retrograde released today and he was kind enough to come talk about the new book, his interesting journey to becoming a writer, what role science plays in his books, finding clever ways to engage readers, whether his books are connected, what it was like launching a writing career during the Kindle revolution, and much more. Buy Retrograde on Amazon About Peter: Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in hard science fiction. Hard science fiction isRead More →

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jerry Pournelle earlier this year. I remember being a kid and getting the newest issue of BYTE magazine in the mail each month and his column was one of the first things I would read. Later, I realized that he was also a prolific fiction writer and I admired him even more. When I interviewed him this past February, I had the feeling that this might be one of his last interviews, and I was humbled by that. Sometimes as an interviewer, I have to give gentle prompts to my guest to keep the flow of conversation going, andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThis past weekend I attended Dragon Con in Atlanta. This is one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy and pop culture conventions in the U.S. All week I’ll be bringing you coverage from the con. Some of the most popular panels at this year’s con were the ones with stars of the CW shows based on DC Comics. This panel was titled “What Has The Arrow Cost Us?” and features Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, and Josh Segarra. This panel was a lot of fun and it was really cool to watch theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThis past weekend I attended Dragon Con in Atlanta. This is one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy and pop culture conventions in the U.S. All week I’ll be bringing you coverage from the con. Jim Butcher is a frequent guest at Dragon Con and always draws a huge crowd. Listen in today as we bring you coverage of the “An Hour With Jim Butcher” panel. Also, listen to Jim’s first appearance on Author Stories here. About Jim Butcher: Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThis past weekend I attended Dragon Con in Atlanta. This is one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy and pop culture conventions in the U.S. All week I’ll be bringing you coverage from the con. First thing Saturday morning, I met up with Richard Garriott and Starr Long to talk about their history in the video game industry, inventing an entire genre and establishing Ultima Online as the dominant force in MMORPG games, and now their new venture Shroud of the Avatar.  We talked about teaming up with Tracy Hickman to writeRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by my friend Chris Fox once again to talk about relaunching your novel, his wildly popular series for authors, catching up on the writing challenge from a few months ago, what he’s learned from sharing his strategies and technics with the world, his exciting new science-fiction/space fantasy series and much more. About Chris Fox: By day I am an iPhone developer architecting the app used to scope Stephen Colbert’s ear. By night I am Batman. Ok maybe not. One can dream though, right? I’ve been writingRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Sheena Kamal, author of the new novel The Lost Ones joins me to talk about her unique journey from activist to actor to author, why she chose to write The Lost Ones as her debut novel, writing a novel when she didn’t know what she was doing and getting an education as she went, attending Thriller Con and “speed dating” agents, signing a deal, and much more. Buy The Lost Ones on Amazon About Sheena Kamal: Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada as aRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday’s episode is a fascinating interview with adventure writer and historical fiction author Sam Lightner Jr. In this show we talk about how Sam’s love of adventure and travel–and his desire to share his experiences with others–led to his desire to become a writer, how we as writers can impart our experiences to others through story, learning about the places we travel to and how every place has something unique to tell, and much more. Thanks to friend of the show Kyle Mills for introducing Sam to me. Find Kyle’sRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is Fantasy author Stephen Aryan. Stephen is the author of The Age of Darkness Series. We talk about writing fantasy with magic, the art of writing, the process, how he got published, writing fantasy that stands apart from the others in the genre, how Battlemage was his 8th or 9th completed novel, writing the ‘fantastic in fantasy’, how fantasy has become mainstream, how Lord of the Rings opened the door, how readers can tell that you are writing what you love, and much more. Buy Stephen Aryan’sRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I’m joined by Christopher Valin. In this episode we talk about how he wanted to be a comic artist at an early age, collecting comics, working as an inker, being a musician, his introduction to Lord of the Rings, teaching high school, writing a based on a real life ancestral connection, writing superheroes, and much more. Buy Christopher’s books on Amazon About Christopher Valin: Christopher J. Valin is a writer, teacher, artist, and historian living in the Los Angeles area. He received his masters’ degree with honors in military historyRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSJason Rekulak, author of The Impossible Fortress joins me today. In this episode we talk about Jason’s love of computers as an adolescent, how he thought this would be his career path until he stumbled onto writing, changing focus in college, journalism, working for a Big Five publisher, working for the Book of the Month Club, founding Quirk Books, how being in the right place at the right time with the right book set his young company up for future success, creating the literary mashup genre with Pride and PrejudiceRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Cycle. In this episode we talk about how a backhanded compliment from an elementary school teacher prompted him to pursue writing, having a few close friends to share your writing with, eventually leaving his day job to be a full-time writer, getting a deal for a book series, writing a long running series, designing magic systems, why fantasy appeals to us, and much more. Buy Peter’s books on Amazon About Peter V. Brett: Peter V. Brett is theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSIn Episode 209 my guest is R. A. McCandless, author of Tears of Heaven and Hell Becomes Her. In this show, we had aa ton of fun talking about his lifelong desire to become a writer, how stories cause us to interact with each other, finding your voice as a writer, why urban fantasy, writing as a profession vs. writing for love, collecting rejections then finding success, and much more. Buy R. A.’s books on Amazon About R. A. McCandless R.A. McCandless has been a writer both professionally and creativelyRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by New York Times bestselling fantasy author Anthony Ryan. In this episode, we talk about why he writes fantasy, his journey to becoming a writer, self-publishing his first book and how that led to a traditional publishing deal, writing darker fantasy, fantasy that has a historical analog,  dragons, steam punk, and more. Buy Anthony’s books on Amazon About Anthony Ryan: Anthony Ryan is the New York Times best selling author of the Raven’s Shadow epic fantasy novels as well as the Slab City Blues science fictionRead More →

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 →