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 →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is my guest today for episode 175 of The Author Stories Podcast. Victoria is the author of Vicious and the Shades of Magic series. In this episode we talk about: Her unique family and how they shaped her love of story-telling Writing and pursuing publishing at what some would consider an early age The importance of writing good villains as well as heroes Fantasy, and why we love it so much Her love of comics and much more Buy Victoria’s books on Amazon About Victoria: I amRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Scott Moon, science fiction and fantasy author, as well as the co-host of The KeyStroke Medium Podcast is my guest today.  Scott and I talk about his journey to writing, his early love of genre fiction, a unique challenge that his mother gave him when he was in middle school that sparked his love of writing, being a prolific writer while juggling life, and much more. Buy Scott’s books on Amazon Scott’s website Keystroke Medium Thanks to our sponsors: Check out Ed Gosney’s Internet Comics Archive at EdGosney.com. EdRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today I am joined by Daniel Suarez, author of tech thrillers and near future Sci Fi. I learned about Daniel through his book Daemon, and was instantly hooked. Daniel’s ability to weave believable characters with white knuckle plots, sprinkled with a little bit of “what if” leaves you exhausted but satisfied at the end. In this episode we talk about: How D&D made him want to be a storyteller His unusual path to becoming a novelist The real-life scenarios that prompted his stories How self-publishing launched his career WhyRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Scientist, public speaker, and author David Brin joins me for Episode 172. David and I talk about: Why he wrote a murder mystery first Moving the plot along in science fiction Writing believable stories Predictions in his books that came true Recruiting new science fiction fans The Kevin Costner adaptation of his book The Postman SETI And much more Purchase David’s books at Amazon.com About David Brin: David Brin is a scientist, public speaker and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, NebulaRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Sherrilyn Kenyon has sold more than 30 million copies of her books that she describes as “hard to categorize”.  With elements of fantasy, science fiction, action/adventure, romance, and thriller, her books have found a wide and diverse audience. She joins me today to talk about her unlikely path to success, her writing process, how her older brother and comic books are responsible for her becoming a writer and much more. If you enjoyed this interview, pick up some of Sherrilyn’s books on Amazon About Sherrilyn: The #1 New York TimesRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Nicholas Sansbury Smith joins me today to talk about the journey to publishing and taking a unique path from Indie to traditional and back again. We talk about his writing process, treating your writing like a serious business, the benefits of hybrid publishing and much more. About Nicholas: Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers trilogy, the Orbs trilogy, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on hisRead More →