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 →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSThanks for tuning in to the show today. #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich joins me to talk about becoming a writer in her 30s, Scrooge McDuck, moving from writing romance to writing adventure/mysteries, learning to write for her audience, bringing the fun back to writing, her daily writing ritual, her 24th Stephanie Plum book, and much more. Follow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram About Janet Evanovich: Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series,Read More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday I am joined by Rachel Jeffs, author of the new book Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs. In this show we talk about her life in the FLDS cult, how some friends smuggled audio books in to her, the off- limits library she and her sisters would sneak books out of, her escape from the cult, life on the outside, her journey to penning her memoir and much more. As Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ ofRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday in Episode 260 Andy Weir drops by again to talk about his new book Artemis. Andy was our guest in Episode 50, so we had a lot to catch up on. Today we talk about following up the phenomenal success of The Martian, writing an almost complete novel before abandoning it, creating characters and worlds, plotting the perfect heist, what’s next, and much more. The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller–a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sortRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram In Episode 259 New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly joins me to talk about her new novel Lilac Girls, how she became entranced with the story of Caroline Ferriday, the intense research that went into uncovering Caroline’s story, doing research in Europe getting inside the head of the other main characters, writing characters that are three dimensional and fully formed, writing historical fiction, writing prequels, and much more. Lilac Girls: A Novel Based on a true story of a New York socialite whoRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have been very lucky to have been able to sit across the microphone from some of my literary heroes. Today I get to check another off the list as I welcome Joe Abercrombie to the show. In this episode we chat about his meandering path to becoming a writer, working as a film editor and how that affected his ideas about story telling, gaming, when Logen Ninefingers came to him, the First Law Trilogy, his love of Westerns, writing a YA series, andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday we are highlighting this collection of dystopia themed stories featuring some of our favorite animals. As a follow up to 2015’s Tails of the Apocalypse, Tails of Dystopia finds our band of intrepid authors teaming up with Samuel Peralta’s Chronicle Worlds for an emotional, cutting edge collection that benefits one of our favorite charities, Pets For Vets. In this episode I’m joined by editor and creator of the Tails series Chris Pourteau, Future Chronicles founder and author Samuel Peralta, Tails authors Ann Christy and Justin Sloan, as wellRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram In Episode 256, C. Steven Manley (Chuck), and I talk about what it’s like to be a creative kid when you don’t get any encouragement from grown-ups, the advice from a Sergeant that changed his trajectory, role playing games, writing fun adventure stories, making it as an indie, balancing the creative side with the business side, being a Renaissance man, and much more. Check out Chuck’s podcast Story Shots About C. Steven Manley: C.Steven Manley (most people just call him ‘Chuck’) has lived theRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram On Episode 255, Dave Rudden joins me to chat about writing middle grade fiction, his journey from small village to city life and how that transition opened him up to a world of artistic expression, writing on the internet, critique partners, leveling up his writing thanks to a computer crash, turning a college assignment into his first sale to a major publisher, finding an audience, teaching kids about writing, and much more. About Dave Rudden: Dave Rudden is the author of the award-winning novel KnightsRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSToday my friend Bryan Thomas Schmidt joins me to talk about his prolific writing career, science fiction and fandom, putting together anthologies with some of the biggest names in publishing, gearing up to tackle franchise tie ins, the writer’s life, balancing editing and writing his own projects, and much more. We are giving away a SIGNED copy of INFINITE STARS and PREDATOR IF IT BLEEDS. Comment below to be entered to win! We’ll draw a winner on November 13.  About Bryan: Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominatedRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSJennifer Kay Wilson, author of the New World trilogy joins me today. In this episode we talk about dealing with dyslexia, learning to love books, Harry Potter, her love of telling stories, writing her first book, her path to publishing, grass roots marketing, meeting book influencers online, having her series picked up by a publisher, relaunching her series, cover art, and so much more. About Jennifer Wilson: Jennifer Wilson is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling New World Series. She is a little bit of an adventurer, majorityRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram One of my all-time favorite guests is Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mystery Series. Craig has appeared on the show twice before, in Episode 73 and Episode 135. Today Craig joins me to talk about his latest book The Western Star, writing a mystery with a “compressed setting”, what’s new with Walt and Company, the Netflix television series and if this is really the end of Longmire, Agatha Christy, writing three dimensional characters, and much more. About Craig: Craig Johnson is the NewRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSSongwriter and novelist Amy S. Foster joins me today to talk about her brand new book The Rift Frequency, the art and science of songwriting, treating writing as a profession, growing up in Canada, her love of fantasy and magic, getting her big break as a songwriter with the song “Home” with Michael Buble’, her break into fiction writing, writing about witches, writing believable YA stories and characters, the multiverse, and much more. About Amy S. Foster: Amy S. Foster was born in Victoria, Canada to singer B.J. Cook and legendaryRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram For three years now Richard Gleaves and I have talked spooky stories on Halloween. This year we catch up to talk about Richard moving the Jason Crane series to Salem, writing a long-running series, connecting with new characters and settings, Salem at Halloween, and Richard gives us an exclusive sneak peak at Book Four of the Jason Crane Series. About Richard Gleaves: RICHARD GLEAVES is the composer, lyricist and playwright of Dorian, World and Time Enough, The Golden Days, Oswald on Ice, Omniscience andRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSFollow Author Stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Fantasy author Evelyn Skye joins me today to talk about her writing career, her fascination with Russia, how her degree in college came in very handy, the book that brought her back to writing, the novels she wrote that never got published, her “spite novel”, the book that nearly went to auction, magic systems, and much more. About Evelyn Skye: Evelyn Skye is the author of New York Times bestsellers THE CROWN’S GAME and THE CROWN’S FATE. Her new series, CIRCLE OF SHADOWS, will be publishedRead More →

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Stitcher | RSSActor and author Jasper Bark joins me today in Episode 248 to chat about his history as a writer and actor, the career declaration that got him kicked out of school, stand up comedy, subversive theatre, writing to shock and provoke, the importance of comics as a medium, why horror is needed, why horror writers are some of the nicest and most caring people in the room, writing media tie-ins, and much more. about Jasper Bark: Jasper Bark is infectious – and there’s no known cure. If you’re readingRead More →