Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by four authors from the brand new anthology Bridge Across the Stars: A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology. Chris Pourteau, Jason Anspach, and Rhett Bruno, the founders of Sci Fi Bridge have put together a new collection of stories featuring some of the best authors in science fiction today. This collection includes a foreward written by Sci Fi veteran Kevin J. Anderson, and we were lucky enough to have Kevin on the show with us. Bridge Across The Stars is the first collection of original stories publishedRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is A. J. Finn, author of the new book The Woman In The Window. We talk about A. J.’s unique, bookish upbringing, thoughts on story craft, working in the publishing industry, the moment he knew he had a book to write, debuting at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, and much more. Photo credit: A. J. Finn “Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn “Unputdownable.” —Stephen King “A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware “Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one ofRead More →

You might have read in a previous post about our neice and her children that were in a horrible head on collision just after the Thanksgiving holiday. You can read all about it here: Readers and Writers Doing Good While everyone had injuries, by far the member of the family that needs the most help is premature Baby Evie. Baby Evie was born 10 weeks premature and has a long hospital stay ahead of her and faces some health challenges from being  born so premature as well as the trauma of the wreck. This family is very special to us and they face a lot ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSIt’s Episode 300! My guest is Science Fiction veteran writer Robert J. Sawyer, author of more than 20 novels including Quantum Night. We talk about the book that motivated Robert to be a science fiction writer, hopeful sci fi vs dystopia, the role of sci fi in literature, challenging readers, his creative process, the changing landscape of publishing, why he still writes in WordStar for DOS, and much more. “I think science fiction should be fractal: no matter what level of magnification you look at it — a singleRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSNick Petrie, author of the Peter Ash series and the newest edition called Light It Up, joins me today to talk about his journey as a writer, finding his niche, connecting with his audience, writing thrillers, the unique circumstances in Colorado that influenced this newest book, and much more. “Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado’sRead More →

People often ask me what some of the best writing advice I’ve gotten from the 300 interviews on Author Stories. I’ve heard lots of stories from lots of writers, and everybody’s journey is a little different. Some people are pantsers, some plotters. Some people write full time, some as a hobby, while others are pursuing a writing career while juggling family and a full time job. Some people swear by Scrivener, some MS Word, while others rely on the trusty legal pad and fountain pen. Writers tend to geek out over tools and productivity tips, and I am one of those people, but after talkingRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Rick Van Warner, author of the powerful new memoir called On Pills and Needles. We talk about his history as a writer, the powerful real story of his family’s journey into and through drug addiction, why he wrote this book, and much more. When Rick Van Warner found himself searching abandoned buildings and dangerous streets looking for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of painRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Sara Holland, author of the new book Everless joins me to talk about her new book, writing fantasy, working in publishing, why we love fantasy as a genre, modern fairy tales, and much more. “Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poorRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my friend Ernie Howard joins me to talk about his history as a writer, how living in Minnesota and Nevada shaped his ideas about stories, Ray Bradbury, where stories come from, writing music vs writing stories, time travel, and much more. About Ernie Howard: Ernie Howard was born on January 29,1977, during a Minnesota blizzard. His two storytelling parents almost didn’t make it to the hospital in their beat-up blue Cadillac. Ernie is the author of The Pool, The Life of Ants, The Light Through the Water, Walter,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Jennifer Finney Boylan joins me to talk about her fascinating new book Long Black Veil, her journey as a writer, writing comedy, writing memoir, the story that inspired her new book, and much more. Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017 For fans of Donna Tartt and Megan Abbott, a novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past, from the New York Times bestselling author of She’s Not There On a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruinsRead More →

Allison Wynn Scotch is the author of a fantastic new book called Between Me and You. Today we chat about her new book and the unique narrative style she chose, how she got started in writing, writing for magazines, her mother’s vocab lists she had to do even while at summer camp, her love of books, and much more. When your past and present pull you in opposite directions, how do you decide on a future? New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch deftly explores this question in her highly anticipated seventh novel, BETWEEN ME AND YOU (Lake Union; on-sale January 9, 2018), anRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my guest is Jillian Medoff, author of the new book This Could Hurt. In this episode we chat about her history as a writer, having dual careers and how that has freed her to write what she wanted, the story behind This Could Hurt, and much more. A razor-sharp and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives—a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Brad Taylor, author of the new book Operator Down: A Pike Logan Thriller. In this episode we talk about Brad’s journey from Special Forces Officer to military thriller author, research for his books, coming up with scenarios from current events, his writing process, and much more. ABOUT OPERATOR DOWN: OPERATOR DOWN opens with Israeli operators, and series fan favorites, Shoshana and Aaron, who have been tasked with tracking a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange. Formerly a leader of an elite team under Mossad, AaronRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Alex Gray, author of The Swedish Girl, about writing mysteries, her life as a writer, the creative process, researching her books, writing a long recurring character, writing place as a character, and much more. More about THE SWEDISH GIRL: When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can’t believe her luck. But Kirsty’s delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmateRead More →

Today I am joined by Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal. Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to be a journalist. After training with the Press Association, she worked for The Guardian for 11 years as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent before leaving to freelance. She started writing fiction the week she turned forty. Anatomy of a Scandal is her third novel and will be published in January 2018 by S&S in the UK, US and Canada, plus other commonwealth countries. It will also be translated into 16 languages. She lives in Cambridge with her husband andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSHappy New Year 2018! To kick off the new year, I have an interview with the incredible Georgia Hunter. In this show we talk about the incredible true story that inspired her book We Were The Lucky Ones, her creative process, research, the power of story, and much more. In 2008 Georgia Hunter began searching her family’s incredible story, pouring over records in the Holocaust Museum’s libraries and Red Cross databases, and traveling to Poland, France, and beyond. Every significant movement, incarceration, brush with death, and escape described inRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my geek brother from another mother Chris Pourteau joins me to recap 2017. Since the beginning of the show, Chris and I have gotten together to talk about things we’ve loved in the past year. Check out the previous years episodes at Ep. 151, Ep. 76, and Ep. 20. Find Chris at ChrisPourteau.com. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS Click here if you would like to sponsor the show _________________________________________Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Josh Hayes and Richard Fox, the authors of the exciting new series Terra Nova. In this episode we talk about authors collaborating, the state of science fiction, the benefits of publishing often, connecting with your audience, writing for entertainment, good vs evil, plotting vs pantsing, and much more. About Josh Hayes: 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 himRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday Katharine McGee, author of the exciting future sci-fi series The Thousandth Floor, joins me to chat about her thoughts on story craft, working in publishing and making her transition to writing, her thoughts on science fiction and writing hopeful stories, how New York inspired her book series, envisioning the future, and much more. About Katharine McGee: Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working asRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Scott Moon and Craig Martelle, co-authors of the new series Dark Landing. In this show we talk about the new collaboration between these two prolific writers, Firefly meets Tombstone, sharing writing duties, writing for your market, making sure you are providing your market with lots of books, the writing and editing process, the state of publishing, and much more. About Scott Moon: Scott Moon has been writing fantasy, science fiction, and urban fantasy for over thirty years. When not reading, writing, or spending timeRead More →