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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

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Although the content is wonderful, I can’t stand the variation in the sound levels. I have tried to contact the host but he has not fixed the problem. Because I listen on headphones, if I adjust my volume to listen to the super quiet host, when the guest speaks it is way too loud. I listen while at work and it is something that plays while I do other thing with my hands, I can’t be adjusting the volume all the time. So to save my ears I unsubscribed.

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By NTJenks - Feb 27 2018
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Although the content is wonderful, I can’t stand the variation in the sound levels. I have tried to contact the host but he has not fixed the problem. Because I listen on headphones, if I adjust my volume to listen to the super quiet host, when the guest speaks it is way too loud. I listen while at work and it is something that plays while I do other thing with my hands, I can’t be adjusting the volume all the time. So to save my ears I unsubscribed.

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A wonderful show that’s fun for all!!
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Creative Writing Career

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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

Rank #1: The Realities of Writing Careers

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Join Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss what it really takes to establish yourself as a creative writer.

NOTE: We apologize for the audio not being perfect in this episode. We're taking steps to ensure better audio quality in the future.

You have to be 100 percent dedicated ...which can be tough advice, we get that. But here we discuss the commitment needed to make it as a writer if you hope to make it a career.

We don’t say to drop everything and only write, but discuss how to make sacrifices and when to be committed to it.

The group further discussed:

  • Sacrificing sleep. Or work (if you can do it).
  • Keep in mind that how good you are is relative (just because your college English teacher said you were amazing, that same level of amazingness may not be the same when surrounded by professionals.
  • Watch out for the scams!
  • How to break in, or how we did.

And more!

Some awesomeness brought up in this episode and cool links:

For more descussion like this, check out the books in the Creative Mentor series:

1) Creative Writing Career
2) Creative Writing Career 2
3) Military Veterans in Creative Careers

Nov 09 2015

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Rank #2: New to Writing in the New Year? Start Here!

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The guys discuss starting as a writer, how to approach the decision of outlining or discovery writing, where to find readers and form a newsletter, how to take criticism, and more.

For the book of the week, check out DEATH MARKED, free with an Audible Trial.

DEATH MARKED:

He wanted to bring his fiancée back from the dead. If he's not careful, he'll join her. Evans's world was turned upside down when he lost his fiancée Senna in a tragic accident. He misses her so desperately that he's resorted to the dark arts to bring her back.

Frank Altemus is a doctor with strange connections to the occult who promises to revive Senna from the afterlife in exchange for Rohan's help on a "special" expedition. To Russia. To rob an ancient temple with a dangerous secret.

Rohan had no idea what he was truly signing up for. But if he wants Senna back, he'll have to make a deadly sacrifice.

Death Marked is the first book in the urban fantasy Modern Necromancy series. It's a fast-paced chase around the world that will keep you on the edge of your seat and fear the dead.

-- ALSO: Justin will be at the SDSU Writers Conference this weekend, talking self publishing and the multi-media writer. See you there!

Jan 16 2017

38mins

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Rank #3: Scott Lynch on the Best Fantasy Books Ever - His

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Justin and special guest cohost PT Hylton sat down with Scott Lynch to talk about his amazing fantasy books, writing epic fantasy, how to work on your craft and improve your prose, why playing video games is important, and more!

Scott Lynch the Author

You might know Scott from his books:

The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 27, 2006)

Red Seas Under Red Skies (June 20, 2007)

The Republic of Thieves (October 8, 2013)

The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)

The Ministry of Necessity (forthcoming)

The Mage and the Master Spy (forthcoming)

Inherit the Night (forthcoming)

Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives now. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies, he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #4: Jason Pinter on Writing Thrillers

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Author Jason Pinter joined us to talk writing Thrillers and Running a Publishing Company

Check out his links and posts!

https://strandmag.com/six-of-the-best-political-thrillers/

https://therealbookspy.com/2017/08/15/the-castle-five-questions-with-jason-pinter/

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Mark-Audiobook/B002V0JZ3A/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1504193279&sr=1-1

Jason Pinter is the bestselling author of five novels in his Henry Parker thriller series, which
have over one million copies in print worldwide and have been published in over a dozen
countries, as well as the Middle Grade adventure novel Zeke Bartholomew: SuperSpy. He has
been nominated for the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, RT Reviewers
Choice Award, Shamus Award and CrimeSpree Award. Two of his books—The Fury and
The Darkness—were chosen as Indie Next selections, and The Mark, The Stolen and The Fury,
were named to The Strand’s Best Books of the Year list. The Mark and The Stolen both
appeared on the ‘Heatseekers’ bestseller list in The Bookseller (UK). The Mark was optioned to
be a feature film.

He is the Founder and Publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he
launched in 2013. He was named one of Publisher Weekly’s inaugural Star Watch honorees, which “recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry.” He has written for The New Republic, Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, Medium and The Huffington Post, and been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, MediaBistro, Mystery Scene and more.

He was named one of the top writers on Twitter (@JasonPinter) by Mashable
and the Huffington Post, and his articles and essays have been covered in the New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, New York Observer, Baltimore Sun, Salon
and as far as Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. He was born in New York City in 1979 and
currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, their daughter, and their dog, Wilson.

Sep 05 2017

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Rank #5: Writing Fiction, Hacking the System, and Forming a Writing Posse with Michael Anderle

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You may know Michael Anderle from his amazing 20Booksto50k group, as well as his books that have done AMAZINGLY well on Amazon. He is a KU fan, meaning you can get all of his books #Free if you're a KU subscriber.

Tune in to hear how Michael hacks the system with his crew of mentees / students, and how he uses his business background to ensure his publishing success.

Visit Michael's Amazon page.

Michael's bio:

Michael Anderle (1967-Hopefully a long time from NOW) was born in Houston, Tx. A very curious child, he got into trouble - a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read! That hasn't changed since he was in elementary school. The Kindle was developed with him in mind. In the first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. Using these influences, he has developed The Kurtherian Gambit. A series dedicated to watching how one genetically modified person with an incredible team behind her might be able to change the future, if she can survive along the way.

@MichaelAnderle

His books: http://kurtherianbooks.com

Aug 08 2016

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Rank #6: Writing Dark Horror and Post Apocalyptic Fiction with J Thorn

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Check out J Thorn's advice on writing dark horror and post apocalyptic fiction, and while you're at it, go get his guide to post-apoc and his new book "American Demon Hunters."

The Post Apocalyptic Readers Guide

American Demon Hunters

BIO:

  1. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 170,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. is a contributor to disinformation.com and a staff writer for HeavyPlanet.net as well as a founding board member of the Author Marketing Institute.

Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has spent the last twenty years researching mysticism and the occult in colonial American history.

http://jthorn.net/about-me/

Oct 31 2016

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Rank #7: Writing Superheroes with Lucas Flint

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Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :)

Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V

Website: www.lucasflint.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucasflintbooks

Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it.

The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction.

Series:

The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test)
The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers)
Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job)
The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #8: Writing SciFi and Fantasy with SFWA member LJ Cohen

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Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen shares her advice on writing speculative fiction, how to approach craft, and what joining memberships like SFWA means.

LJ Cohen is a poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs (only one of which actually ever listens to her) and the occasional international student. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found writing, which looks a lot like daydreaming. She writes SF, Fantasy, and YA novels under the name LJ Cohen.

Check out here books on Amazon, here.

And you can get a free copy of any of her audiobooks at AudibleTrial.com/CreativeWritingCareer.

Feb 22 2016

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Rank #9: Distractions from Writing and Coping with Always Having Too Much Going On

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In this episode, Justin and Kevin discuss how to continue to write when your life is full of distractions. Maybe it's just about changing your schedule to fit with the distractions, or learning to do creative work at a certain time of day, and the more menial tasks at 'distraction time.'

They talk Gen Con and lessons learned there, such as how to stop always "Muster-bating." Yeah, you'll have to listen to see what that is. Also, how can partnerships help in this regard? Are they sometimes a distraction?

If you deal with distractions, tune in and then go to the comments let us know what we left out.

And of course, we talk about how AMAZING the Stranger Things show is.

What is Draft2Digital?

Oh, this Unofficial Minecraft book looks cool... BLADE OF THE SEA.

Patrick Rothfuss' blog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Q3N3XUj5M

Aug 15 2016

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Rank #10: Crafting Your Screenwriting Career with Lee Jessup

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Screenwriting coach and author of GETTING IT WRITE, Lee Jessup, shares her advice with the guys about breaking into writing, some common mistakes first-time screenwriters make, how to approach finding an agent and manager, and what writers should expect when selling screenplays. She also breaks down the Blacklist and other ways to break in, and motivates the heck out of us. Enjoy!

Lee Jessup's bio:

The author of the best selling book Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career as well as the upcoming Breaking In: Tales From the Screenwriting Trenches Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters. With an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development, Lee works with all level of writers including ones who have major spec, pilot and pitch sales under their belts, staffed television writers, television writing program fellows, Hit List, Blood List and Black List writers, as well as writers just beginning to chart their professional course.

Following a stint as a development executive, Lee spent 6+ years as director of ScriptShark.com. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partnership with Final Draft and sponsored by The New York Times Company. An invited speaker at the WGA, for NBCUniversal, as well as at screenwriting conferences, events and festivals both in the US and Europe, Lee is a regular contributor to Script Magazines and the official coach for Final Draft’s Big Break contest winners.

LINKS:

website: www.leejessup.com
twitter: @leezjessup
Facebook: facebook.com/leezahavijessup

Buy her book, GETTING IT WRITE.

Jun 13 2016

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Rank #11: CN Crawford Talks Writing Teams, Urban Fantasy, and Magic

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CN Crawford Talks Writing Teams, Urban Fantasy, and Magic. We had a lot of fun discussing stories, where the writing team's ideas come from, how they approach writing as a team and husband and wife, and more.

Find her books on Amazon.

C.N. Crawford is not one person but two. We write our novels collaboratively, passing our laptops back and forth to edit each other's words.

Christine is from Lexington, Massachusetts and has has a lifelong interest in New England folklore--with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries and execution histories. Nick spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction during Vermont's long winters, which have rendered him impervious to the cold.

After the fact, we chatted about marketing, and Christine had this to say:

I’ve read Chris’s book and I would say that I definitely try to “write
to market,” which to me means discovering what people love about the
genre you’re writing it. That’s why it helps to love the genre you’re
writing, because you already have that insight. As a school
psychologist, I taught social skills, and I view “writing to market in
the same way” because they both involve learning about what other
people are interested in and thinking about other people’s
perspectives and internal worlds, not just your own

Check it out!

Jul 03 2017

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Rank #12: Screenwriting for Disney and the videogame Shadow of Mordor with Elias Madias

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Join Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson as they sit down with Elias Madias to discuss his journey as a screenwriter and video game writer.

SHADOW OF MORDOR! That’s right, that’s what we said. But before we get there, we talked with Elias about how he came up in the industry through being a Director’s Assistant, how he found a writing partner and bust down the first door in his way (to get to Disney!), and how he got into games (the secret? Connections. Networking. Duh).

He spent a few minutes talking about the Austin Film Festival, since he’ll be on a panel with Justin. The key there is to go and talk to everyone as peers, because everyone’s there to have a good time. And don’t ask – wait for them to offer.

And Justin terrified the guest by speculating that the AFF panel may be recorded! Check out the Austin ON STORY podcast to see if their panel makes it.

Want to get an intro to Elias, check out this episode! Want to see what’s he is like when spending too many hours at a bar, go to the Austin Film Festival!

Other awesomeness brought up in this episode and cool links:

Shadow of MordorThe Austin Film FestivalRed Dead Redemption

And in case you somehow didn’t know, Shadow of Mordor is based on The Lord of the Rings.

For more interviews like this, check out the books in the Creative Mentor series:

1) Creative Writing Career
2) Creative Writing Career 2
3) Military Veterans in Creative Careers

Oct 26 2015

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Rank #13: Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller Author and BookTuber PT Hylton

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This episode starts with Justin fan-boying over PT Hylton's book, Thorns and Tangles. The first book is only $0.99 and is amazing, and Justin wanted to know the strategy behind publishing 6 books of 100-ish pages each, versus going for a trilogy.

Next, the group discussed the differences between fantasy, urban fantasy, and supernatural thriller, and finished with a discussion on BookTubers and how doing stuff like this can be useful as an author.

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I mostly write about secrets. People with secrets. Towns with secrets. How keeping secrets tears people apart, and how sharing secrets, even terrible ones, brings people together.

In that spirit, I’ll share my own secret origin story.PT Profile

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’ve written in some form or fashion ever since I could. But it wasn’t always fiction. After college, two friends and I started a small production company called Plethora Films. We spent a few years making short films and almost-but-not-quite finishing a feature film. For better or for worse, we disbanded just before YouTube hit the scene. To my knowledge, none of our shorts are even online.

I spent the next eight years putting all my creative energy into making podcasts, most successfully with the long-running guitar podcast Six-String Bliss. I also had some short-lived podcasts, including Guitar New Weekly, Real Dad Fitness, and Time-Traveling Film Critics.

One day I was talking with my daughter and encouraging her to go after her dreams.

“Do you have any dreams, Daddy,” she asked.

“I want to be a writer,” I said.

“Then why aren’t you doing it?”

That lit a fire under me something fierce, and I got to writing.

The things I’ve published so far:

The Deadlock Trilogy – A science fiction suspense series about a small town with a secret. Includes Regulation 19, A Place Without Shadows, and The Broken Clock.

Zane Halloway -The Zane Halloway series takes place in a world of magic, mystery, and assassins. It’s an epic sword and sorcery tale told in novella-sized chunks.

Drop me a line on Twitter or through email and say hello!

You can do so by commenting on his YouTube channel, HERE.

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Don't forget that this podcast is sponsored by the two writing books, Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author. Thank you for your continued support!

May 23 2016

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Rank #14: Writing Children's Books that Matter, with Esther Goldenberg

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This week we spoke with Esther Goldenberg about writing children's books that help children really want to read.

Esther Goldenberg is the author of Hypatia Academy and the My Nutty Family series. She lives in Maryland with her family. For more information including back stories from her books and author visits, visit www.EstherGoldenberg.com and www.ThreeGemsPublishing.com.

Find her on Amazon.

Mar 13 2017

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Rank #15: Amazing Self-Published Fantasy with Will Wight, Author of House of Blades

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Join Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson as they sit down with Will Wight to discuss his awesome books and how he has succeeded in self-publishing.

Will Wight, Self-published author of the Traveler’s Gate series and the Elder Empire series

YES, HE WROTE HOUSE OF BLADES …And he wrote it while working on his MFA thesis. Will talked about how his program was very literary writer focused, as was Justin’s and they talk about how they couldn’t be broken from their fantasy writing.

The group further discussed: - Writers groups - Why one would go self-publishing versus traditional - How to come up with magic systems and where inspiration comes from

And more!

Some awesomeness brought up in this episode and cool links:

For more interviews like this, check out the books in the Creative Mentor series:

1) Creative Writing Career
2) Creative Writing Career 2
3) Military Veterans in Creative Careers

Nov 02 2015

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Rank #16: Dan Wells on Writing Excuses, Writing Books and Television, and His New Books

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Author Dan Wells shares his experience writing horror and YA books, such as I am Not a Serial Killer, Partials, and more - he's written TV and seen one of his books become a movie.

Justin had the pleasure of meeting Dan Wells at 2016 Gen Con, so they talk about why you need to attend the Gen Con Writing Track (which Dan says is the best writing track at a conference - aside from the Writing Excuses Cruise.

Dan also shares some exclusive news - first heard here! But... You'll have to listen for that one :)

LINKS:

His website: http://thedanwells.com

Another: http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net

His Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Wells/e/B002S2VIBS

Writing Excuses Podcast: http://www.writingexcuses.com

Oct 25 2016

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Rank #17: Using Short Fiction and Films to Further Your Career

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In this episode, the gang discusses how they have used short fiction and what it has taught them. For example, Kevin is posting short stories on his blog recently. He's been getting some great feedback from his followers (and you can check them out too, at http://kevintumlinson.com/blog.

Justin is also toying with posting his short fiction at www.JustinMSloan.com, and both Justin and Stephan have had experience with short films.

Short fiction can be a great way to experiment with the craft, and filming a short can be extremely educational. Tune in to see what these guys have learned from the process.

Want to support the Creative Writing Career podcast? Great, it's because of you we can keep the show going. Support us by donating at Patreon.com/CWC or by purchasing Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author.

Apr 05 2016

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Rank #18: Writing Survival Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic with Bobby Adair

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Author Bobby Adair of The Last Survivors series shares his advice for becoming an author, building a mailing list, and writing with partners.

Bobby's bio:

After rewarding and successful careers in widow bilking, candy stealing, and puppy punting, Bobby served for a time in the peas corps. That last one was an accident of not paying attention. He thought he was joining the Peace Corp and instead found himself shacked up with migrant farm workers harvesting tiny vegetables.

It wasn't until the winter of '83 when the migrants were snowed in and forced to eat a three-legged transient in order to survive that Bobby began an introspective journey that led him to the summits of average-height mountains, through semi-arid deserts, and across relatively narrow oceans, that he discovered that the word introspection didn't mean what he thought it did. So, he sat down on a heavily trafficked thoroughfare in Bangalore, India and thought about things for a while.

Affluent Indians with high-tech jobs often offered to lend him assistance and kindly left him with enough Rupees to buy fried-bug sandwiches and used apple cores. His hair grew long, and his beard turned scraggly. His clothes wore thin. Puny parasitic insects befriended him in one-sided relationships.

Then one day, a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks and a New Jersey accent came and squatted beside Bobby on the road and asked him what he was doing among the beggars and stray animals. Bobby told him that he was on a journey of the mind and was searching for a direction in a life that seemed to have no meaning.

Dreadlock Man laughed and laughed.

Bobby asked, "Why are you laughing?"

Dreadlock Man said, "You're a writer, you idiot. Stop sitting on a curb doing nothing and go write something." Then he smiled and walked away.

After sitting on the curb begging for Rupees for another thirteen years while his head told him that Dreadlock's prediction made no sense, Bobby couldn't overcome the contrary certainty in his heart that Dreadlock Man had spoken true. He had to be right. Bobby realized, he had to write.

So, he did.

www.bobbyadair.com www.bobbyadair.com/subscribe (sign up for his newsletter)
www.facebook.com/BobbyAdairAuthor

Jul 25 2016

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Rank #19: Fantasy Author Brian D. Anderson, The Godling Chronicles

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Justin first came across Brian through a BookBub ad Brian was running with his The Godling Chronicles. The covers were amazing, and drew Justin in right away (it didn’t hurt that Justin has a book called Land of Gods, and the idea of exploring gods in fiction intrigues him).

With that in mind, Justin, Stephan, and Kevin discuss writing fantasy, marketing fantasy (to include how to get on BookBub), and finding amazing cover art.

Brian’s amazon author profile:

Brian D. Anderson was born in 1971, and grew up in the small town of Spanish Fort, AL.. It was through the trials and tribulations of growing up in small town America that he stumbled upon his true calling. Supreme ruler of the world, and history's most beloved Super Villain. For years he scoured the globe for a base of operations. His first choice - an abandoned missile silo in the Mohave Desert - was too far beyond his meager budget of $16.89. And as the owner had a VERY big gun, and Anderson only an empty soda bottle, a violent takeover of the facility was not a prudent course of action. Ultimately, he settled for a tree hut on the Island of Yap where to this day he plans and plots, biding his time until the moment is ripe for his master plan to unfold.
And he also writes books.

You can learn more at :

BrianDAndersonbooks.com http://briandandersonbooks.blogspot.com https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorBrianDAnderson

Brian’s books:

http://www.amazon.com/Brian-D.-Anderson/e/B00684NQ4E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1461593617&sr=8-1

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #20: Glynn Stewart on Science Fiction Fantasy

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Author Glynn Stewart discusses his science fiction / fantasy series.

Glynn Stewart is the author of the Castle Federation and Starship's Mage space opera series.

Writing managed to liberate him from being an accountant before he lost all personality, and he now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and their demanding cats.

Check out his recent book with Terry Mixon - HEART OF VENGEANCE

And one of my new favorite books, STARSHIP'S MAGE, with over 300 amazing reviews.

Aug 28 2017

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Learning Fillmaking by Watching the USC Nina Foch Course and MOTHER by Bong Joon Ho

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Justin Sloan talks about his first steps toward learning how to direct and learning about film.

  • Learning how to direct the actor, with Nina Foch (USC instructor)
  • Watching MOTHER, by Bong Joon Ho

https://www.udemy.com/course/directing-the-actor-a-usc-course-with-nina-foch/learn/lecture/201868#overview

Aug 03 2020

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CWC 2.0 - Moving to the CREATIVE WRITING LIFE Podcast

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Justin Sloan has moved the Creative Writing Career podcast to a new 2.0 version, rebranded as CREATIVE WRITING LIFE. Enjoy!

Check us out at :

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeWritingLife
iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-writing-life/id1488636423

With cohosts PT Hylton and Paul Zeidman.

Also, check out the Creative Writing Life book - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK

Want the life of a professional writer but not sure how to get there? Learn what it takes from the pros!
Do you love to write, but aren't sure what to do with it? Wondering how to approach the industry, find a market, or get an in with the right folks? Stephan Bugaj (Pixar, Telltale Games) and Justin Sloan (Telltale Games, the Shadow Corps books) have come together to share advice on living the writer dream. Let them show you exactly what it takes to make it in the world of creative writing.

What follows is a collection of their advice and interviews with the experts. This includes screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics.

In this book you'll read interviews with writers whose credits include such titles as:

• Big Fish
• Batman
• Game of Thrones
• The Crow
• Divergent
• John Carter
• Brave
• Yesterday’s Gone
• Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
• Sandman Slim
• Jurassic World

In this book on creative writing for beginners and advanced, we cover features, television, video games, novels, and more aspects of making writing your life.

Buy CREATIVE WRITING LIFE today to learn firsthand from the professionals!

Dec 06 2019

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Dakota Krout on Writing LitRPG

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Dakota Krout joins Justin to discuss his books, what LitRPG is, and how to enjoy family life while still writing often and a lot.

From Dakota (Amazon):

Dakota Krout - Author of the Amazon best-selling Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series

I live in a 'pretty much Canada' Minnesota city with my wife and daughter. By day I'm a web developer and computer programmer, but in the early morning and late evening you'll find me draped over my computer creating new worlds and doing my best to bring characters to life.

I started writing The Divine Dungeon series because I enjoy reading and wanted to create a world all my own. To my surprise and great pleasure, I found like-minded people who enjoy the contents of my mind. Publishing my stories has been an incredible blessing thus far and I hope to keep you entertained for years to come!

Find me here:
DakotaKrout.com Facebook.com/TheDivineDungeon Patreon.com/DakotaKrout Twitter.com/DakotaKrout Goodreads.com/Dakota_Krout

And find his other interview on the LitRPG Reads Podcast.

Jun 04 2018

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Evan Currie on Writing Science Fiction

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Evan Currie joins Justin to discuss science fiction, self publishing, and his journey as an author.

Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals."

Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Silver Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture.

For a short novella set in the Silver Wings universe, and sneak peaks at everything else he's working on, join Evan's mailing list : http://bit.ly/2lVUFJW

Check out his amazing books on Amazon.

May 28 2018

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Epic Fantasy with Michael J Sullivan

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Michael J. Sullivan joins Justin to talk writing epic fantasy, world building, and his adventures in both indie and traditional publishing.

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again.

Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five.

FIND HIS BOOKS ON AMAZON.

Also on such sites as B&N :)

From Justin: I'm listening to Michael's THEFT OF SWORDS audiobook right now and loving it. Give it a try.

May 21 2018

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The Writing Business with Joe Solari

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Justin sits down with Joe Solari to talk the business of writing, including when to incorporate and... taxes!

Here's his course! On sale for a few days :)

https://www.indieauthoralchemy.com/indieauthoralchemy/

More about Joe:

Joe Solari is an author, entrepreneur, and consultant. He writes on the topics of Energy, the Environment, and on how to reduce risk in your entrepreneurial ventures. Finding that many business owners struggle with the same problems he has worked to create tools and systems to help passionate business owners professionalize their team and operations to achieve exceptional results.

Joe graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute and an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been an owner, investor, partner, and operator of numerous businesses.

He lives in River Forest Illinois with his wife Suze, author of the T-Shirt & Jeans Handbook, and their two sons Rowan and Vincent.

Apr 24 2018

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Writing Superheroes with Lucas Flint

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Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :)

Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V

Website: www.lucasflint.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucasflintbooks

Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it.

The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction.

Series:

The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test)
The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers)
Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job)
The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)

Apr 18 2018

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Evan Skolnick on Breaking into Games and Attending GDC

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With over twenty-five years of story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision, and Lucasfilm, EVAN SKOLNICK brings a unique perspective to narrative experiences in games. An international speaker and educator, he has conducted workshops on storytelling techniques for well over a thousand game development professionals. Skolnick’s work includes projects such as Star Wars 1313, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, The Godfather: Five Families, Over the Hedge, Spider-Man 3, Spy Muppets, and many others. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons. Visit www.evanskolnick.com.

Check out his book, VIDEO GAME STORYTELLING.

Feb 26 2018

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Writing MMO Video Games with Bobby Stein of Arena Net

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Bobby Stein of Arena Net (Guild Wars 2) joins us to talk writing for MMO video games, breaking in, and more.

FROM BOBBY:

I've been writing about video games since 2001 and for them since 2005. Interactive storytelling through gameplay and ambient voice-over is my passion. I currently manage the narrative team under the Studio Narrative Director.

From 2007 to 2012, we focused on writing and editing voiced dialog for dynamic events and ambient scenes. Since the launch of Guild Wars 2 in August of 2012, we've shifted our efforts to evolving the narrative of the live game by working with multidisciplinary, project-based groups on the Living World story and Raids. I spend much of my time writing and/or reviewing narrative treatments and VO scripts with my team, giving feedback and creative direction on plot, characters, dialog, presentation, implementation, and gameplay cohesion where needed. I have also done light implementation of ambient narrative elements (scripting interactive props, scenes, etc.)

Bobby on IMDB

Jan 21 2018

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From Theater to Video Game Writing with David Varela

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David Varela joins us to discuss his career with video games such as Zombie Run, and how he made it.

http://davidvarela.com/

FROM DAVID:

I’m a writer, living and working in the UK. I’m also quite a practical bloke, which makes me useful as a producer of games and multimedia drama too.

Being rather busy most of the time, I won’t be blogging on this site, but I will be keeping it up to date with what I’ve been doing. If you want regular updates, you can sign up for my newsletter. The trouble is, I’m normally not allowed to talk about the really interesting stuff until it’s over. This is how I create my air of mystery. Here’s a summary of the story so far.

In 2009, I produced a project called Xi. It’s still one of the largest Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) ever made.

For most of 2010, I was writing and producing Lewis Hamilton: Secret Life at nDreams. Now that was epic.

2011 was mostly the Pepperhood and a lot of teaching, talking and running workshops around the world.

2012 saw the surprising success of Zombies, Run!, the theatrical extravaganza that was The Seed, and 100 Hours of Solitude in Ted Hughes’ old house.

2013 was all about Samurai Siege, the Live Writing Series, and the start of an unexpected new cocktail business called Shaken.

2014 got off to an astonishing start with the release of Sherlock: The Network, which led to a whole load of travelling and award nominations.

2015 saw me writing The Trace (one of the Best Android Games of the Year, apparently) and giving a series of talks at conferences and workshops.

2016 brought the end of Shaken, a small press frenzy around Framed, writing for VR, some prototyping for Lost My Name, and more talks around the world.

And 2017 has turned into a wonderful mix of education, narrative design, more prototyping, VR… and it’s not over yet.

Jan 11 2018

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Ken Lozito on Craft and His First Colony Military Scifi Series

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Author Ken Lozito shares his views on craft, marketing, and the magic behind his First Colony series.

Ken Lozito:

Ken Lozito is the author of multiple series in fantasy and science fiction. Ken has always loved fantasy and science fiction in all forms, including books, movies (Even the cheesy 80s B movies), and games.

Ken graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in English and Anthropology. Being a computer hobbyist led to him working in the field of IT Security for almost 20 years. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two boys. Enjoys hiking, reading, playing with the dog, and binge-watching shows on Netflix, but enjoys writing stories most of all.

You can find out more about Ken and upcoming books on his website at http://kenlozito.com

Grab LEGACY on amazon today!

Dec 04 2017

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Tails of Dystopia with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley

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On today's episode, we spoke with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley about the Tails of Dystopia anthology.

GRAB IT ON AMAZON

1984 meets The Incredible Journey in thirteen dystopian tales by some of today's most accomplished writers of science fiction.

In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, discover tales of dark futures, tragic pasts, and a present that's run off the rails are presented in landscapes as varied as their authors' imaginations.

Set in bestselling worlds fully realized by their authors, the stories of Chronicle Worlds: Tails of Dystopia unfold as seen through the eyes of animals -- tamed and feral, domestic and savage -- as they traverse a world of perdition where often their capacity for nobility and self-sacrifice transcends our own.

Enter these worlds with some of the most inventive authors writing today, including USA Today bestselling authors David Adams and Cheri Lasota, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors Daniel Arthur Smith and Ann Christy, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner Rysa Walker.

Dystopian deserts, post-apocalyptic mountain ranges, the medieval English countryside, the far reaches of the galaxy - in each of these and more, animals and their human companions discover heart-stopping adventure among the ruins - and you will, too.

Discover Chronicle Worlds. Discover Tails of Dystopia.

Proceeds from this volume of The Future Chronicles help support the charity Pets for Vets, which rescues and re-trains shelter animals and matches them with military veterans in need of a companion animal.

Nov 20 2017

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Author Josh Hayes from Keystroke Medium on his new Richard Fox collaboration

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Author Josh Hayes from Keystroke Medium on his new Richard Fox collaboration.

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 him the opportunity to meet several different types of people, in multiple states and foreign countries. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served for six years, before leaving military life to work in law enforcement. His experiences in both his military life and police life have given him a unique glimpse into the lives of people around him and it shows through in the characters he creates.

When Josh is not writing, he spends his time with his three children and his wife, Jamie.

For more information on Josh and his writing, please visit his webpage: www.joshhayeswriter.com

Josh is also the co-host of Keystroke Medium, with Scott Moon. For the best author interviews, news and craft discussion, visit www.keystrokemedium.com

Nov 06 2017

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Tim C Taylor on the UK and US Market and Opening Your World to Other Writers

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This week Tim C Taylor joined the show to chat with Justin about writing with others, anthologies, and comparing the US and UK markets.

JOIN THE LEGION! The Human Legion has sold over 125,000 copies, but is still recruiting for new readers. Visit humanlegion.com today and join the Legion for exclusive book downloads to start your journey into the worlds of the Human Legion, Revenge Squad and Sleeping Legion.

Tim C. Taylor lives with his family in an ancient village in England. When he was an impressionable boy, between 1977 and 1978, he encountered several mind-altering substances: 2000AD, Star Wars, Blake's 7, and Dungeons & Dragons. Consequently, he now writes science fiction novels for a living.

Find him on the web at www.humanlegion.com or @TheHumanLegion

FIND HIS BOOKS ON AMAZON

Oct 30 2017

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Richard Fox on Winning a DragonCon award, Audiobooks, and Military Science Fiction

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Richard Fox joins us to talk Winning a DragonCon award, Audiobooks, and Military Science Fiction.

Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author of The Ember War Saga, a military science fiction and space opera series, and other novels in the military history, thriller and space opera genres.

He lives in fabulous Las Vegas with his incredible wife and two boys, amazing children bent on anarchy.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) much to his surprise and spent ten years on active duty in the United States Army. He deployed on two combat tours to Iraq and received the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.

Find Richard's books on Amazon.

Facebook (best place to reach him): https://www.facebook.com/Richard-Fox-Author-1377447982503883

Website: www.richardfoxauthor.com

Oct 23 2017

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JR Handley on Military Science Fiction

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Author JR Handley joined us to talk about his military science fiction, writing in anthologies, and collaboration.

Although, actually...

JR Handley is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. He is a veteran infantry sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and the 28th Infantry Division. She is the kind of crazy that interprets his insanity into cogent English. He writes the sci-fi while she proofreads it. The sergeant is a two-time combat veteran of the late unpleasantness in Mesopotamia where he was wounded, likely doing something stupid. He started writing military science fiction as part of a therapy program suggested by his doctor, and hopes to entertain you while he attempts to excise his demons through these creative endeavors. In addition to being just another dysfunctional veteran, he is a stay at home wife, avid reader and all around nerd. Luckily for him, his Queen joins him in his fandom nerdalitry.

His web page is www.jrhandley.com.

Find his books on Amazon.

Find his work on audfans.com

Oct 09 2017

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Author Monica Leonelle on Branding, Pivoting, and Being an Author

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This week we had Monica Leonelle on the show!

Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle is USA Today bestselling author best known for her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, Waters Dark and Deep. Monica started reading young adult books when she was seven and never managed to grow out of them. She LOVES Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and more!

Monica also writes about indie publishing at ProseOnFire.com. Her most recent nonfiction series, Growth Hacking for Storytellers, has helped thousands of writers write faster, become better storytellers, and find their way to success. She’s also the creator of the Breakout Author Masterclass.

Before becoming an independent author, Monica led digital marketing efforts at Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural and Braintree. She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. Her ideas have been featured in AdAge, The Huffington Post, the AMEX OpenForum, GigaOm, Mashable, Social Media Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Monica lives in a very, very old, 3-story home in St. Louis, MO with her husband and adorable westie, Mia. It possibly has ghosts. And definitely has a secret passage. To find out what she’s up to and get access to her latest fiction updates, exclusive giveaways, advanced review copies, and more, sign up at MonicaLeonelle.com

Find her books on Amazon!

Sep 25 2017

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Jason Pinter on Writing Thrillers

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Author Jason Pinter joined us to talk writing Thrillers and Running a Publishing Company

Check out his links and posts!

https://strandmag.com/six-of-the-best-political-thrillers/

https://therealbookspy.com/2017/08/15/the-castle-five-questions-with-jason-pinter/

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Mark-Audiobook/B002V0JZ3A/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1504193279&sr=1-1

Jason Pinter is the bestselling author of five novels in his Henry Parker thriller series, which
have over one million copies in print worldwide and have been published in over a dozen
countries, as well as the Middle Grade adventure novel Zeke Bartholomew: SuperSpy. He has
been nominated for the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, RT Reviewers
Choice Award, Shamus Award and CrimeSpree Award. Two of his books—The Fury and
The Darkness—were chosen as Indie Next selections, and The Mark, The Stolen and The Fury,
were named to The Strand’s Best Books of the Year list. The Mark and The Stolen both
appeared on the ‘Heatseekers’ bestseller list in The Bookseller (UK). The Mark was optioned to
be a feature film.

He is the Founder and Publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he
launched in 2013. He was named one of Publisher Weekly’s inaugural Star Watch honorees, which “recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry.” He has written for The New Republic, Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, Medium and The Huffington Post, and been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, MediaBistro, Mystery Scene and more.

He was named one of the top writers on Twitter (@JasonPinter) by Mashable
and the Huffington Post, and his articles and essays have been covered in the New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, New York Observer, Baltimore Sun, Salon
and as far as Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. He was born in New York City in 1979 and
currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, their daughter, and their dog, Wilson.

Sep 05 2017

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Glynn Stewart on Science Fiction Fantasy

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Author Glynn Stewart discusses his science fiction / fantasy series.

Glynn Stewart is the author of the Castle Federation and Starship's Mage space opera series.

Writing managed to liberate him from being an accountant before he lost all personality, and he now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and their demanding cats.

Check out his recent book with Terry Mixon - HEART OF VENGEANCE

And one of my new favorite books, STARSHIP'S MAGE, with over 300 amazing reviews.

Aug 28 2017

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Genre Swapping and Editing Techniques

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Justin and Kevin discuss the eclipse, genre hopping, and editing techniques. Lots of good fun!

Aug 21 2017

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By NTJenks - Feb 27 2018
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Although the content is wonderful, I can’t stand the variation in the sound levels. I have tried to contact the host but he has not fixed the problem. Because I listen on headphones, if I adjust my volume to listen to the super quiet host, when the guest speaks it is way too loud. I listen while at work and it is something that plays while I do other thing with my hands, I can’t be adjusting the volume all the time. So to save my ears I unsubscribed.

6 Stars

By A Dollar Poorer - Oct 24 2017
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A wonderful show that’s fun for all!!