Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday we have a special show with New York Times bestselling children’s author Nancy Tillman. Nancy and I talk about her history as a writer, the challenges of writing and marketing books for young people, illustrating her books, how publishing has changed, and much more. Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book On the Night You Were Born; its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby’s First Year; and the New York Times bestsellers Wherever You Are, My Love WillRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSShani Petroff, author of the new book My New Crush Gave To Me about writing for middle grade and young adults, her history as a writer, connecting with her audience, writing for television, writing books that are fun, and much more. Book Giveaway! My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff. Follow @authorstoriespodcast on Instagram and tag a friend in the comments to be entered to win! Drawing Tuesday December 12. #bookgiveaway #books #bookstagram #reading #christmas #giveaway @shani.petroff @swoonreads A post shared by Hank Garner (@authorstoriespodcast) on DecRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Marc Cameron, author of the new thriller Tom Clancy: Power and Empire joins me to talk about his early desire to be a writer, his dual careers of law enforcement and writing, writing westerns, the origin of his character Jericho Quinn, getting the call to write in the Clancy universe, research for novels, predicting plausible events, the best advice he ever received, and much more. ABOUT MARC CAMERON: A native of Texas, Marc Cameron spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement, serving as a uniformed police officer, mounted (horseRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Fantasy author Sam Sykes joins me to talk about his new book God’s Last Breath, his history as a writer, video games, writing to please yourself vs what you think others want, his thoughts on the fantasy genre, growing up with a famous writer mother, and much more. about Sam Sykes: Sam Sykes is a fantasy author.  Isn’t that great?  He has written The City Stained Red, The Mortal Tally and God’s Last Breath, as well as An Affinity for Steel and, most recently, the comic series BraveRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Katherine Arden joins me to chat about her new book The Girl in the Tower. We talk about her journey around the world and the circuitous route to being a published author, the power of fairy tales and myths, the allure of Russian and French literature, living in Hawaii on the beach and writing her first book, and much more. A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel, The BearRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday James Rollins, author of the brand new book The Demon Crown, joins me today to talk about his journey from veterinarian to thriller/adventure writer, writing fantasy, the origin of Sigma Force, melding historical fiction with cutting edge science, conspiracies, writing page-turners, handling rejection and his unique entry into publishing, and much more. THE DEMON CROWN interlaces simultaneous plotlines that come together to exhume a threat that will decimate humankind.  Sigma must travel to disparate locations around the globe to find the key to eliminating the menace.  Rollins deliversRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSJames Han Mattson, author of the new book The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves joins me today to talk about his new book, his journey as a writer, teaching writing, the story of Ricky Graves, the unique narrative style of this book, and much more. In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSEmanuel Bergmann joins me today to talk about his new book The Trick, growing up in Germany before coming to the U.S., the struggles and successes of becoming a writer, the inspiration for The Trick, writing stories that help us deal with difficult circumstances, why stories matter so deeply to us, and much more. A novel of hope, humor, and family, THE TRICK is the enchanting debut by journalist and translator Emanuel Bergmann, who uses his talent for words and imagery to craft an unforgettable story of a smallRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Alane Adams joins me to talk about her new children’s Christmas book The Santa Thief, the true inspiration for the “thief” books, her champion that encouraged her to start writing stories, writing picture books, writing for older middle grade children, myths and legends, her creative process, and much more. About Alane Adams: Alane Adams is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, professor and award-winning author. After retiring from a successful business career, Adams founded the Rise Up Foundation, which focuses on creating collaborations to empower people to make lasting changesRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am honored to have Armando Lucas Correa, author of the international bestseller The German Girl. In this episode we talk about his childhood in Cuba, his thoughts on the current state of the island nation, what brought him to the U.S., his entry into the world of journalism, becoming editor in chief of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL, his first book based on his experience becoming a father, why he decided to tell the story of the S.S. St. Louis, his personal collection of artifacts from this voyage, and much more.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSAshley Hay, author of A Hundred Small Lessons joins me today to talk about her new book, how place affects stories, the landmark that inspired a unique story across multiple timelines, a personal family story that inspired another book, common threads in writing, and much more. About Ashley Hay: Ashley Hay is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels The Body in the Clouds and The Railwayman’s Wife, which was honored with the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and longlisted for the Miles FranklinRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by the amazing Lisa Wingate, author of the runaway success Before We Were Yours. Lisa joins me to talk about her path to becoming a published writer, the teacher that set her on the path and how she later got to thank her, what she did while waiting for her first book to sell, How the tragedy of 9-11 affected her first book launch, the trouble finding the proper genre category for her books, the true story that inspired her latest book, and much more.Read More →

I was going through some boxes the other day and came across some floppy disks that had been cryptically labeled. My first thought was to pop it into a computer and see what was on there that might be good for a laugh. It didn’t take long to realize that whatever was on there is probably lost. I do have an old PC out in my office that still has a 3.5 inch floppy drive, and I’m fairly confident that it works, but what if the files were made in an old program that I no longer have access to? It doesn’t matter what theRead More →

There have been theories that we on Earth have already been visited by inhabitants of other worlds. Part of the argument is that it is hard to imagine that, without outside intervention, the human race has advanced from simple cave dwellers to a species wielding the power to destroy ourselves. But do we really understand the degree to which these visitors may have shaped us? Thanks to Samuel Peralta for believing in this story. The Visitation originally appeared in the collection Alt.History 102. If you’d prefer the Kindle version, get it here. 1 “Let me start by saying this. It’s not easy to look backRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my friend Stefan Bolz joins me to talk about all things writing and the creative process, NaNoWriMo, updates on the film project for his story The Traveler, The White Dragon series, Six String, where stories come from, the difference between writing novels and short stories, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram About Stefan Bolz: Born and raised in the beautiful Main River Valley in Germany, Stefan came to the U.S. in 1996 where he settled in upstate New York. He grew up on German poetry, soccer,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSAuthor and Appalachian historian Luke Bauserman joins me today to talk about the importance of preserving regional myths and legends, the roots of folk stories, the uniqueness of the Appalachian region, writing and publishing fiction rooted in local traditions, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram About Luke Bauserman: Luke Bauserman was born and raised in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. He has worked as a paperboy, a vending machine stocker, and an aide in a nursing home. He currently is a dental student. Luke writes about ruralRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday author Terry R. Hill joins me to talk about the completion of his science fiction trilogy, his work with NASA, deciding to tackle a completely differently kind of story, the story of Joseph and why it intrigued Terry, researching for this project, how Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston and how this inspired another new book, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Go to TerryRHill.net to purchase your signed copy of Two Months With Harvey. All profits from the sale of this book will go to those affected by Harvey andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSVanda Krefft, author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox joins me today to talk about working as a journalist, learning story craft, working as an entertainment reporter, discovering an untold story, digging into the story of William Fox and determining to tell his story, the 10 year journey to uncovering the lost history of this movie legend, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America.Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Stacey Tucker joins me to talk about her new book Ocean’s Fire, researching ancient legends and myths, her path to writing, crafting new stories with old meanings, empowering women, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram About Stacey Tucker: After her own mother’s death a decade ago, Stacey Tucker started down a path that taught her our world is far from what it seems. A desire to build a bridge between today’s science and the magic of a time forgotten has landed her in the world ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday editor and author Jessica West joins me to talk about her history as a writer, gaming, the writing course she took that changed her entire outlook on storytelling, her journey into writing flash fiction and her transition into longer pieces, the relationship between editor and author, Canyons, her newest story, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram About Jessica West: Jessica West (a.k.a. West1Jess) is currently pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis, also known as writing. In the past, she has worked for Wal-Mart, a lawyer, andRead More →