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 →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Alan Dean Foster is one of the most prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy authors of our time. From his Pip and Flinx series and his Spellsinger Adventures to his stellar film to novel adaptations, there is something in his catalog for nearly every reader. Mr. Foster joins me today to talk about his journey from poet to screenwriter to novelist, the influence of comics on his work, writing that scene between Luke and Leia, maintaining a long lasting career, and much more. About Alan Dean Foster: Alan Dean Foster’sRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Amazon best-selling Middle-Grade author Dan Kenney is my guest today. Dan and I discussed: The importance of finding the thing you were meant to do Realizing it’s never too late The difference in Middle Grade and YA Writing for you audience Marketing to tough to reach audiences E-books vs paper copies Why he decided to write a book for adults and much more About Dan: Daniel Kenney is the Amazon best-selling author of The Math Inspectors which has been ranked #1 in the categories of Children’s Detective Books ANDRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Nick Braker and Paul E. Hicks, co-authors of Galactic Satori Chronicles join me today to talk about co-writing their science fiction series. Lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fans, Nick and Paul talk about how their friendship and mutual love of genre fiction prompted them to write this series together. Pantser or plotter? How about a team that is one of each. Nick Braker graduated with a BS in computing science from the University of Evansville before launching a career in computer programming, engineering, and management. Married and a father of two,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSS Today fellow podcaster and writer Josh Hayes joins me to talk about his life-long love of writing science fiction and fantasy juggling a very busy life with writing dealing with setbacks in the creative process podcasting the importance of connecting with other writers and much more About Josh: Ever since he watched his first Star Trek episode (TNG not OS), Josh Hayes has loved science fiction. Watching it, reading it, and writing it. Josh grew up a military brat, affording him the opportunity to meet several different types ofRead 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 →