DIY Writer Podcast

Master of Disaster Network | Jeff Bacon | DIY Writer

The DIY Writer Podcast showcases a variety of amazing and unique authors. Host Jeff has a special talent for putting the mundane aside and really getting to know the fun side of the author.

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I'm taking a break and concentrate on writing and publishing. It was a hard choice, but I had to choose between interviewing authors and being an author. Stay tuned for new content, which will be short VLOGS on Youtube. Hopefully I can still entertain you by myself. LOL.

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Jun 25

10 min 55 sec

About Joseph Malik In addition to fiction, Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. He has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at fantasy conventions, speaking as an expert in swordsmanship, hand to hand combat, and military tactics and strategy. He has also lectured on fantasy writing and independent publishing at schools and colleges across the Northwest. His first novel, Dragon's Trail, became a Kindle Top 100 Bestseller in four countries in 2017, reaching #1 in Epic Fantasy in the U.S., Australia, and Canada and #1 in Sword and Sorcery in the UK. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joseph Malik lives in the Pacific Northwest along with his wife and their two dogs. He serves in the U.S. Army Reserve and is a member of SFWA. https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Malik/e/B01JFBQV4I  

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Jun 25

59 min 40 sec

Just a quick video Keri and I did for her book launch. It was too much fun not to share! About Keri Brown I was born in Tennessee and raised in Chicago. I love mythology, dark fairy tales, and anything medieval, so I decided to put them all together in my writing. C'mon in and pop a squat, it'll be fun! https://www.amazon.com/Keri-Brown/e/B07XZF1357

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Jun 25

10 min 20 sec

About Katherine Wibell I am now a full-time writer and artist. Staying true to who I am, my reverse-glass paintings, especially those using recycled windows from Hurricane Katrina, feature an array of domestic and wild animals often with a New Orleans theme. Envision squirrels playing with Mardi Gras beads flung into a tree, or my dog, Alli, with a chef’s hat quizzically studying the fixin’s for a crayfish boil. Commissions include everything from pet portraits to swamp gators! Better yet, check out my website at katharinewibell.wixsite.com/kwibellart or visit Zelé, Pollack Glass Studio & Gallery and/or RHINO Contemporary Crafts Co. on Magazine Street if you visit the Crescent City. Most importantly, I have focused my time on getting The Incarn Saga published. You can purchase Issaura’s Claws, Ullr's Fangs, Crocotta's Hackles and Giahem's Talons through Amazon and Kindle. https://www.katharinewibellbooks.com/ The Incarn Saga is a young adult fantasy series inspired by ancient myths, filled with fast-paced action and adventure, and enriched by an understanding of animal behavior that defines the shape-shifting Theriomorphs. I hope you enjoy i

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Jun 25

34 min 12 sec

Welcome to the Realm of Possibility! My name is Jason and I'm a writer. I know. I know. In a world where anyone and everyone can be (and usually is) an artist, being an artist really doesn't mean much. But let me tell you a secret: I'm not just an artist, I'm an Imagination Wizard. I practice artful magic. All of my books and stories are doorways into other worlds, not mere tales. I weave the magic of my imagination into everything I put into text and create a vivid phantasmagoria of adventure, romance, horror and suspense. This is what I do and what I offer to you.   https://www.amazon.com/Jason-DeGray/e/B002VU4AEE  

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Jun 24

52 min 19 sec

J.A. Curtis has been making stories up in her head for as long as she can remember. Although she doesn't play with toys and dolls as much as when she was young, the stories in her mind never left her alone. She is super excited to fulfill the life-long dream of becoming a published author! When she is not writing, she is reading, spending time with her husband and two amazing daughters and trying to live her life with half as much guts as Mina. To learn more about J.A. Curtis, check her out at jacurtisbooks.com.

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Jun 24

43 min 36 sec

Alex doesn't have a book published yet, but the concept that she has and the work she is putting in as a graphic artist is really impressive.

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Jun 24

49 min 17 sec

Zach and I had a boat load of fun in this interview. Check out his book, and his Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/Zackthedalj https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Lies-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B091DP8YMX  

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Jun 24

1 hr 2 min

John Coon (1979 -) is an accomplished author and journalist. As a journalist, he has written for the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other distinguished publications worldwide. John has covered many major sporting events including March Madness and the NBA Playoffs. As an author, he has published popular bestselling novels Alien People, Pandora Reborn, and Under a Fallen Sun. John is a graduate of the University of Utah and currently resides in Utah. Connect with John online - Visit his website: johncoon.net Check out his Facebook page: facebook.com/jcoon Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/johncoonsports Follow him on Instagram: instagram.com/jcoon312 Find him on Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/18159853.John_Coon Follow him on Bookbub: bookbub.com/authors/john-coon

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Jun 24

39 min 48 sec

Cully Mack received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and her MA in Creative Writing at Plymouth University. She resides in England with Leo her loyal four-legged companion who knows more about Gabe, Mirah, (and the rest of the characters mingling in Cully's head) than any dog should. For Cully's updates check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CullyMack/ Or Facebook Group for the Voice that Thunders Series https://www.facebook.com/groups/2308034742648180/

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Jun 24

50 min 37 sec

Sidney Williams writes page-turning dark fiction and has developed a body of work that includes traditionally published novels from Kensington Books, new works from Crossroad Press and short stories for a variety of magazines and anthologies. Horror great Graham Masterton once said: "Sidney Williams has the ability to conjure the genuine reek of hell." Publisher's Weekly had this to say about Fool's Run: "This thriller-cum-caper will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. Si is sure to win loyal fans for his future adventures." Sidney also teaches creative writing with a focus on horror, mystery and suspense plus short fiction and contemporary fiction. Sidney's stories have appeared in publications including Cemetery Dance, Hot Blood: Deadly After Dark, Under the Fang, Quoth the Raven and Love Among the Thorns. A native of Louisiana, he now resides in Virginia. Visit Sidney online at https://SidisAlive.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/SidneyWilliamsBooks Twitter: @Sidney_Williams Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sidney_williams/

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Jun 24

46 min 44 sec

About Lou Rera Lou Rera's latest book is a collection of thirteen short stories titled: AWAKE: Tales of Terror (May 2020) by NightWriter Publishing. His first novel SIGN, published by Mirador in the UK for worldwide distribution (June 2014). SIGN is a supernatural thriller of deception and murder. In 2008, Rera published a collection of flash fiction stories titled, There are no doors on a cocoon. His fiction has been published in anthologies and numerous print and online publications. Lou Rera is a retired Associate Professor in Communication at SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), Just Buffalo Literary Center, and IMDB. https://lourera.com/intro

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Jun 22

48 min 36 sec

About Tiffani My name is Tiffani Collins and I am the author of the epic fantasy series The Traveler’s Journal, which chronicles the adventures of Danny North Star and Alice Sinclair as they navigate the perils of the related worlds. And, yes! I am writing this author’s bio in first-person narrative. Talking about myself in the third-person just always seems so weird. Besides, I’m an Aquarius. We pride ourselves on being individuals and thumbing our noses at the status quo. So, to all of you traditionalists out there – cope! 🙂 Anyway, back to talking about me, which is the whole point of an author’s bio, right? The first story I can remember writing down was for an eighth-grade English project. I must have enjoyed myself because I turned right around and began writing in the online collaborative writing community of Sanctuary my freshman year of high school in 1997, which is where Danny hails from. I wrote with my lovely Sanctuary friends all through my high school years, only leaving once I started college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. That’s not to say that I stopped writing entirely. Danny and her complicated saga may have had to take a backseat for a few years when I started working at a vet clinic part time while attending school full time, but I thought I could still squeeze in a short story, which is how Nící VinLíena was born. Short story… Ha! Nothing I do is ever short or simple! Nící’s story became a 300+ page book, for which I did a ton of research. That might sound like I slogged through a bunch of dry text books – and, admittedly, some of it was a bit tedious – but much of the homework I set for myself was actually a lot of fun! I decided that if I was going to write a cast of characters who were exceptional martial artists, then I’d better learn martial arts myself. So, I started practicing Tai Kwon Do and earned my black belt. Nící is a master fiddler – so, I learned to play the violin… but not nearly as well as her! She’s also a healer, which dovetailed very nicely with all of the course work I was doing for my RVT license, and which I supplemented with herbal and traditional medicine research. I now have a nice collection of books on how to brew plants and herbs into infusions and decoctions, make ointments, and steep tinctures. Incidentally, I also have a very cool reference book on how to poison people in dozens of ways and get away with it. Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But I’m not just a writer. I have a boat-load of other interests. I love spending weekends at Renaissance Faires, Celtic Music Festivals, Scottish Games, and the Great Charles Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco where I do some really fantastic hair braiding, if I say so myself! I like to do crafts and artwork, mostly in color pencil but I dabble in other media, including quilting. I love games; video games, board games, card games, word games, solitaire games, you name it. I was forced to learn Cribbage from an early age (because my math skills have always sucked) and grew to actually enjoy the game for its own sake. But no one outside of fair ever plays with me these days, so I’ve learned to play Magic the Gathering in recent years since that’s what my friends all play. I’ve also gotten into Skyrim during the Covid years. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. As of 2021, Skyrim is ten years old and ancient history as video games go, but it’s new to me and I am thoroughly enjoying my awesome Level 52, sneaky, thieving, backstabbing Kajiit version of Danny, glitches and all! Let’s see, what else is there to know about me…? I love to laugh and read, and any books I read that make me laugh brings me double the joy. I love listening to music, which is actually kind of a bummer because I’m hearing impaired and it’s not like your hearing improves as you get older. So, I’m learning ASL in case I end up needing it later down the road and cranking up the volume on Lindsay Sterling in the meantime. Thank God my car has great speakers! I know how to ride horses, wrestle Rottweilers, and wrangle demonic cats, but those last two skills don’t get much use these days since I’m retired from the Veterinary world. Now, I mostly shuffle books around and help Placer County Library patrons find their next favorite read. Working in a library is a pretty awesome day-job for a fantasy fiction author, let me tell you! And that’s about it, I guess. If there’s anything else you simply must know about me, you can always drop me a line here through my website. I’m really not shy and I’d love to hear from you!

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Jun 22

53 min 46 sec

About Madilynn Dale Madilynn Dale is an author based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. She writes fantasy, romance, and paranormal pieces primarily. She spends most of her day with her son, tending to her pets, and writing. Madilynn holds degrees in several areas. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Southern Nazarene University, located in Oklahoma. She also has an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant Sciences from Oklahoma City Community College. She is licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Oklahoma and works as a PRN therapist. Madilynn has enjoyed reading various forms of fiction and the occasional non-fiction story since she began reading as a young girl. Writing seemed to be another piece of this addiction to books, and she embraced it after becoming a mother. Writing is now a piece of her soul to be bared to the world. Madilynn's hobbies, when not writing, include reading, baking, crafting, hiking, and horseback riding. She loves to travel and explore. One day she hopes to expand her travels and see the world, but in the meantime, you will find her working on her next novel. She will most likely have coffee and some form of chocolate with her as she writes. Madilynn's work can be found at her website www.thechaptergoddess.com. She has published work on various sites, including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Lulu. She can be found on Bookbub and Goodreads. She may also be found on various social media forms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok. Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/fc8a19b1f915/the-chapter-goddess-email-sign-up

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Jun 22

43 min 46 sec

We talk about his new book Shadows of a Dream then dive into the 80’s. A very entertaining conversation with a new author who I think you will love his book! A child of the 80's, SL Harby grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and classic video games. An only child, he was bitten early by the reading bug, cutting his teeth on the masters of modern fantasy. His days were spent inside the worlds created by Howard and Lieber, Moorcock and Tolkien. A perpetual Jersey boy, SL Harby lives in northwestern New Jersey with his wife and muse, Jessica and their bad ass rescue dog, Tellulah. Visit www.ReadSLHarby.com for fiction, reviews, creator interviews and more! https://www.amazon.com/SL-Harby/e/B08VHT8FJH

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May 24

1 hr 9 min

Syndie writes Young Adult paranormal urban fantasy AND childrens books. So whether you're feeling Impure or you're not sure and want to read How I'm Feeling, Syndie can cover your needs. LOL. About Sydnie Beaupré Sydnie Beaupré is more than just a girl: they're an openly LQBTQ2IA author that lives in their own imagination: a post-apocalyptic, zombie-inhabited world, where magical creatures and supernatural occurrences are simply the mundane. Outside of that, Sydnie can often be found in Montreal, Quebec where they were born and raised - and also where they chose to set their second novel, Such Exquisite Calamity. When they're not struggling to write at least one paragraph a day, you can find them reading the same six books they've been reading for the last two years out of obsession, playing their three stringed violin, or singing very off-key despite being a great singer. And reliably, you can always find Sydnie spending time with their amazing friends and crazy family over a good cup of coffee or tea. https://www.amazon.com/Sydnie-Beaupr%25C3%25A9/e/B00J7UFFUO

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May 22

40 min 29 sec

Check out Merri's series The Indigo Travelers on Amazon. About Merri Halma I enjoy writing, talking with readers, learning new things, and meeting with other writers who want to be published. My husband and family live in Idaho. An avid Doctor Who fan, I dream of being able to time travel and hope one day to go to England to see the wonders of the countryside and visit the city Doctor Who and Torchwood were filmed in. Maybe even chance to see it being filmed and meeting the actors.   https://www.amazon.com/Merri-Halma/e/B00EQG5PDG

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May 22

33 min 14 sec

If you want to talk about a kick butt archaeologist with adventure seeping out of her soul, then V.S. Holmes is the person to talk to. Whether it is her real life experience or the her new book Heretics, you will not be disappointed! V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. https://vsholmes.com/index.html https://www.amazon.com/V-S-Holmes/e/B014B55FJ0

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May 16

1 hr 2 min

Kayelle Allen and DIY Writer...Take 2. Check out her two newest books Ring of the Dragon and Forever Love. Kayelle Allen writes sci-fi and space opera with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She is a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she's tenured. Visit kayelleallen.com and join a reader group. You can choose from sci fi only, or sci fi with romance. Both groups get free books, access to member-only perks plus downloadable (and EU legal) memes and banners. Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author Instagram https://instagram.com/kayelleallen/ Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/710889.Kayelle_Allen Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kayelleallen Authorgraph https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/kayelleallen Booksprout https://booksprout.co/author/914/kayelle-allen Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kayelle-allen YouTube https://youtube.com/c/KayelleAllen DeviantArt http://kayelleallen.deviantart.com/ Amazon Author page http://amazon.com/author/kayelleallen Website https://kayelleallen.com/books/ Barnes and Noble https://bit.ly/bnn-kayelleallen Goodreads https://bit.ly/goodreads-kayelleallen iBooks https://bit.ly/ibooks-kayelleallen Kobo https://bit.ly/kobo-kayelleallen Scribd https://bit.ly/scribd-kayelleallen Smashwords https://bit.ly/smashwords-kayelleallen

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May 14

57 min 46 sec

Terry Lovelace is a featured speaker at Contact In The Desert. We had a great conversation about his two books and the experiences he has had with alien abduction. https://www.terrylovelace.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Lovelace-Esq/e/B07BDMYSHJ "INCIDENT AT DEVILS DEN, a true story ..." is a book I waited 40 years to publish. It's the true account of a wilderness camping trip a friend and I made in 1977. We were both 22 year-old staff sergeants in the USAF, stationed at a nuclear missile base in Western Missouri. We drove six hours to Devils Den state park to photograph eagles. Instead, we had an encounter with something unimaginable. It changed our lives in ways we could have never imagined. My enlistment ended in 1979. Using my G.I. Education benefits I finished college and attended law school at Western Michigan. Over the course of my legal career I handled civil litigation and criminal defense cases in private practice. I switched sides to take a job as an Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. From palm trees in the South Pacific I finished my career working for the State of Vermont as an Assistant Attorney General. l retired in 2011 and moved to Dallas. Our 1977 misadventure began as a simple two-night camping trip. We drove south from the air base for six hours to Devils Den state park. We avoided the campgrounds in favor of a high bluff in a remote area of the park. We came to photograph eagles and the spot we found was perfect.There was a treeline to our backs and an open meadow in front of us. It was early evening before we set-up camp and by nightfall we were enjoying a nice campfire. We were about to retire to the tent for the evening when my friend noticed three bright stars just above the western horizon. We watched them for a quarter hour and debated what they could be. We were familiar with most kinds of aircraft and there is nothing that has lights in a perfect, tight triangle. We were abducted from our campsite and subjected to four hours of terror. When they returned us we were both badly burned and suffering from dehydration. Initially, neither of us could clearly recall what happened in a clear narrative. We had bit and pieces of memories. The memories returned as years of screaming nightmares. I never told a soul about my encounter. My wife and I kept it a secret. It was just between us for 40 years. If my story had leaked out I would have lost both my job and my good name in the legal community. I was at peace with it finally. Until 2012. Why did I write this now? If I had published this story it would have trashed my good name in the legal community and probably cost me my job. I retired in 2011 and moved to Dallas. A year later I took a bad fall on a stairwell and thought I might have broken my leg. I went to the VA Medical Center in Dallas for an x-ray of my leg. What the radiologist discovered was the catalyst to publish a book. In October of 2012 I fell and thought I may have broken my leg. We drove to the VA Hospital Emergency Room to be checked-out. What was discovered on the x-rays baffled the doctors. On the first x-ray they found a piece of metal about the size of my fingernail. In the second x-ray there's a flower petal arrangement of of white objects in my calf muscle. The mystery was two fold. How did this piece of metal that looks like a computer chip and this collection of tiny objects in manage to get an inch and-one-half deep in my thigh and my calf muscle? How did the collection of objects below And, how did it get under my skin without leaving a scar? I had never injured that leg before.  

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May 10

1 hr 17 min

Check out Deston’s books, Tavern and Dusk Mountain Blues. Deston "D.J." Munden is a fantasy and science fiction author, living near the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Somewhere in the vague realm of his late twenties and early thirties, he lives with his brother in a small house in the woods where he taught himself how to imagine and write down worlds with orcs, swords, and magic (and sometimes mutants and spaceships). When he's not writing, he's playing video games with his best buds, rolling horribly on multisided dice, eating double his weight in food, trying out new recipes, collecting samurai memorabilia and watching as much anime and reading as much manga as humanly possible (sometimes doing more than one of these things at once). His current work includes the Dargath Chronicles novels and Dusk Mountain Blues, his scifi webseries. He's a huge fan of the fantasy and science fiction genre, including both the modern and classic works. Nothing he loves more than finding new authors all over the genre and then recommending them to all of his friends (that are willing to listen at this point). This will be his official debut in the fantasy world he has grown up in (at least in his head) his entire life.   https://www.amazon.com/Deston-J.-Munden/e/B07Q2D6948

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Apr 26

53 min 49 sec

To Celebrate my 100th episode, I thought it would be appropriate to have Dr. Bruce Solheim on again. We talked about he newest release of Snarc and his upcoming book Anzar. Anzar is a true story of communication with an ancient alien mystic, and from what I can tell, his advice is solid. Bruce is also a featured speaker at Contact in the Desert 2021. Hit the link below to get your tickets. It’s a great conversation. Enjoy!     About Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim   Bruce Olav Solheim was born on September 3, 1958, in Seattle, Washington, to hard-working Norwegian immi­grant parents, Asbjørn and Olaug Solheim. Bruce was the first per­son in his family to go to college. He served for six years in the US Army as a jail guard and later as a hel­icopter pilot. He earned his PhD in history from Bowling Green State University in 1993. Bruce is currently a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He also served as a Fulbright professor in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. He teaches a paranormal personal history course at Citrus College. Dr. Solheim is an associate member of the Parapsychological Association, and a member of CERO, and MUFON. Bruce founded the Veterans Program at Citrus College and co-founded, with Manuel Martinez and Ginger De Villa-Rose, the Boots to Books transition course—the first college course in the United States designed specifically for recently returned veterans. He has published eight books, one comic book, and has written ten plays, two of which have been produced. Bruce is married to Ginger, the girl of his dreams, who is a professional helicopter pilot and certified flight instructor. He has  four wonderful children: Bjørn, Byron, Caitlin, and Leif. He also has two precious grandsons, Liam and Wesley. Bruce, his brother, and his nephew still own the family home in Åse, Norway, two hundred miles above the Arctic Circle.   https://twitter.com/bruceosolheim https://www.bruceolavsolheim.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Timelessparanormal/ https://contactinthedesert.com/speaker/dr-bruce-olav-solheim/  

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Apr 23

1 hr 24 min

It was such a treat to have Jennifer on the show a second time. Listen up for some cool conversations and a few clues on what Jennifer has been up to. We chat about Marvel movies, current culture, traveling, and her new book coming out. Jennifer is an Award Winning Author, Artist, Podcaster, Dance Instructor, and just a wonderfully dark and funny horror writer. About Jennifer Gordon Jennifer Anne Gordon is a Gothic horror novelist. Her work includes Beautiful, Frightening and Silent (2020) which won the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense for 2020, and From Daylight to Madness (The Hotel book 1), and When the Sleeping Dead Still Talk (The Hotel book 2). She had a collection of her mixed media artwork published during spring of 2020, entitled Victoriana: mixed media art of Jennifer Gordon Jennifer is one of the hosts as well as the creator of Vox Vomitus, a video podcast on the Global Authors on the Air Network, as well as the Co-Host of the You Tube Channel “Talk Horror to Me”. She had been a contributor to Ladies of Horror Fiction, as well as Horror Tree. Jennifer is a pale curly haired ginger, obsessed with horror, ghosts, abandoned buildings, and her dog "Lord Tubby". She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she studied Acting. She also studied at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Art History and English. She has made her living as an actress, a magician's assistant, a "gallerina", a comic book dealer, a painter, and burlesque performer and for the past 10 years as an award-winning professional ballroom dancer, performer, instructor, and choreographer. When not scribbling away (ok, typing frantically) she enjoys traveling with her fiancé and dance partner, teaching her dog ridiculous tricks (like 'give me a kiss' and 'what hand is the treat in?' ok these are not great tricks.) as well as taking photos of abandoned buildings and haunted locations. She is a leo, so at the end of the day she just thinks about her hair.   https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/ https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAnneGordonAuthor/ https://twitter.com/JenniferAnneGo5 https://www.instagram.com/jennifergenevievegordon/ https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Gordon/e/B0854PYTXX/ https://anchor.fm/voxvomitus

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Apr 21

51 min 34 sec

Ever talk to a guy who has so much going on that it makes you feel like a slouch? Me neither, but Troy came close. We talk about many of his books (and he has a few..check it out) and a few other interesting subjects. Troy has been many things in his career. Shoe salesman, waiter, newspaper owner, children's performer, actor, elected official, policy advisor, CEO and university lecturer. Now he wants to try his hand at writing. His first attempt at writing is a novel called The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield. The genesis for The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield came while going for a walk in Placida, Florida where his parents have a winter home. While he navigates the waters of seeking a publisher for that series of books, he is writing short stories and working on a fantasy series, The Companions of the Stone; the first book "The Stone of Death" is out on September 1, 2020. Also published in September is a space western, "The Seeker of Solace". Currently, if you are a fan of Lovecraftian Horror, you can delve into his series, The Other. The first compilation is now available, as are the individual stories of book 2. Book two should be available this October, with book 3 available in 2021. Troy lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and dog.   https://floridamanthenovel.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Troy-Young/e/B07QGKW4WH

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Apr 19

1 hr 13 min

Big Hair Bands, Classic Rock, and an unforgettable era. That sums up my conversation with the amazing Deborah Donahue. Her book was so much fun for me because it took me back to a simpler time when it was much easier to sneak away from parents and go…well let’s just stick to the interview. It is awesome, educational, and was so much fun. About Deborah Donahue Writing has always been a passion of mine and being able to publish my first book has been one of my greatest achievements so far. I started writing I Used To Live On Banning Street in August of 2012, so it definitely has been a real labor of love. I can't attest as to whether i will ever write another book as I have ideas brewing in my brain to write three different screenplays and hope to branch out into the world of the cinema someday. I hope you enjoy reading I Used To Live On Banning Street as much as I enjoyed writing it. Cheers!   https://www.deborahdonahue.info/ https://www.amazon.com/I-Used-Live-Banning-Street-ebook/dp/B08668V47M

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Apr 16

50 min 51 sec

KT Wilder’s first book is Between Worlds (Legend of the Starbreather Book 1). We get into the book and also life in Texas during the worst winter storm in years. Trigger warning…we are talking about a fictional virus. If that bothers you, listen to it anyway, it’s pretty cool cause we have Zombies! We also talk about horses and the role they play in KT’s life. Awesome interview with an awesome author.   About KT Wilder I've been writing and creating since as far back as I could remember. Fantasy and the paranormal have interested me since the beginning. Writing has always been an escape, a way to process life and better understand myself. My soul, my ideas, my experiences and my own struggles are reflected in my work. Writing has saved my life in many ways. ​ I live in central Texas with my wife, four dogs, a bearded dragon and two horses. If I'm not writing, I'm either playing with the horses or working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.    https://www.wilderwritings.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Between-Worlds-Legend-Starbreather-Wilder/dp/1735378917

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Apr 14

49 min 24 sec

The author of The Land of The Four Series, Samantha talks about her writing methods and inspirations. Also, check out her new book coming out May 3rd 2021, The Dragon Master.   About Samantha Evans Born in Northern California. Wife, mother to three amazing children, and author of fantasy and adventure. Brings adventure with a mix of fantasy to the pages. Advocate for people who have Russel Silver Syndrome, and epilepsy. Follow Me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammers1119 Follow me on Word Press: https://samanthaevansauthor.home.blog   https://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Evans/e/B08234ZRK1

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Apr 12

34 min 59 sec

Very cool talk with Robert Ottone about his books, short stories, and his publishing house. Spooky House Press sounds like a wonderful place for the right authors to truly share their art. If you listen to Robert, he has a great deal of passion for the art form of writing and the distribution. I truly hope we get to meet in real life someday and find some creepy place to hang out. Robert P. Ottone is an author, teacher, and cigar enthusiast from East Islip, NY. He delights in the creepy. He can be found online at www.SpookyHousePress.com, or on Instagram (@RobertOttone). His collections Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares and People: A Horror Anthology about Love, Loss, Life & Things That Go Bump in the Night are available now wherever books are sold. https://www.spookyhousepress.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Robert-P-Ottone/e/B07Y5FGHQK

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Apr 9

53 min 25 sec

Read this man’s bio below, he had led quite a life so far. We have a great conversation on writing and international book markets. It’s especially cool that he owns a company that does quality translations. Based on what I have read in Path of the Guardian, Paolo writes a great book in any language.   Paolo was born in Turin, Italy, in 1984 and grew up in Foggia, a small town in Southern Italy. At 16, he won a United World Colleges scholarship to complete his high school studies in British Columbia, Canada. He then returned to Italy for his BA and MA in Political Sciences. He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, the same year he published his first Italian-language novel, “La minaccia di Taytos” (published in English in 2020 with the title “The Threat of Taytos”). He spent a decade in Hong Kong working as a financial journalist and editor for prestigious international trade publications, and then as a VP for a top 5 global PR firm. In 2020, he co-founded WordRevo, a revolutionary company that aims to help writers around the world take their books to all global book marketplaces with an all-in-one translation and self-publishing service. Paolo is married and has two children. https://www.paolodanese.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Paolo-Danese/e/B00K17GJNO

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Apr 7

49 min 51 sec

When Leslie told me she was a paraeducator, the first thing I wanted to know is if she gets to jump every day. Once she corrected me, I was still impressed (still would be cool to parachute into school every day).  Leslie wrote Princess of Undersea, a cool spin on a popular fairy tale. Leslie Conzatti is a blogger, author, and avid enthusiast of all things book-related. Residing in the Pacific Northwest, she currently works as an elementary school paraeducator--leading small groups, supervising children outside the classroom, and providing in-class support for teachers. Since 2013, she has been running a writing/review blog called "The Upstream Writer", where she posts original serials, excerpts from current and past projects, updates on her writing, and featured reviews of independently-published titles. In 2016, she released her first fairy-tale re-telling, Princess of Undersea, a twist on the tale of "The Little Mermaid." Since then, she has had a handful of stories published in various anthologies. Books are Leslie's passion, and she endeavors to use her words to support and inspire children's imaginations, independent creatives, and quality literature wherever it happens. https://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Conzatti/e/B08C1G68S3  

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Apr 6

37 min 8 sec

What do you get when a purple bird walks into a bar? I don’t know either, ask Dylan. Dylan and I hit just about everything in this blockbuster interview.  About Dylan Roche It should have been a sign to everyone when I started reading Shakespeare and Dickens in elementary school and spent time diagramming sentences for fun. And let's just say love for language, words, and storytelling only grew from there.   After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's in English, I worried that it was going to be a lifetime of trying to find a practical use for my degree. Fortunately for me (and unfortunately for all the people who want to make cheap jokes about those of us who major in liberal arts), I established myself as a journalist and have pursued publication with local, regional, and national publications.   In 2019, my first novel, The Purple Bird, debuted with Little Creek Books, marking an exciting turn for my career as a writer. I never thought my protagonist, Archit, would become the star of his own series (I told his story! It was time to move on after that book was finished!), but I'll admit I've heard enough enthusiastic response from readers that I'm currently plotting out a series. Stay tuned. These days, I'm balancing a career encompassing all kinds of writing: journalism, copywriting, blogging, fiction writing, playwriting, editing, and even creative coaching. When I'm not at my desk, I'm usually out for a long-distance run or going on an adventure with my dog, Tyrion the corgi. https://www.dylanrochewriter.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Dylan-Roche/e/B07PFKRMQV

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Apr 2

58 min 20 sec

This conversation is packed with excellent information for authors. She has experience with self-publishing, working with big publishers, and even had a movie made from one of her books. About Melinda Curtis Prior to writing romance, Melinda was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat--otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. She recently came to grips with the fact that she's an empty nester and a (very young) grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty. "...Wonderfully entertaining..." Jayne Ann Krentz (commenting on Fool for Love) "Reading Slade and Christine's story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf!" Brenda Novak "Mel Curtis knows romance, sports and humor and she makes all three sing in Playing for Love." Eileen Rendahl Check out www.MelindaCurtis.com and sign up for her newsletter (there may be free reads involved). "Like" her on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor) for the opportunity to play games and win free stuff.   https://www.melindacurtis.net/ https://www.amazon.com/Melinda-Curtis/e/B001HCZ1D6  

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Mar 30

53 min 6 sec

Kevin Buckner has released his first book The Advent of Zon Book One of The Cudomerie (Don’t worry about pronouncing it right…I couldn’t either LOL). We go over his book and then quickly change to the inspiration for his book…wait for it…Dungeons and Dragons. We talk about gaming and some of the television and movies that has inspired him to write. Kevin also was a winner in NANOWRIMO in 2020 hitting 54,000 words in one month. Kevin is working on book 2 and hopefully that comes out soon. Check out his work. Here’s a synopsis of his book: Several years after a demon prince is summoned to the terrestrial world, a respected politician is found murdered in his home. While the hunt forthe killer is on, a secret society of necromancers discovers that the artifacts of their legends are real. As they search for these artifacts, their enemies gather to fight against them in an effort to prevent the necromancers from taking over the world. All the while, neither side knows aboutthe demon prince, who is still at large, manipulating people and events to stir up trouble wherever he can in a city that holds a dark secret. https://amzn.to/3w1Y3aF  

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Mar 29

36 min 39 sec

Best Selling Author, Podcaster, and Screen Play Writer Patricia (DO NOT CALL HER PAT) Simpson. Patricia is truly gifted, the whole conversation is packed full of her creative gems and writing tips including record your audio book as a part of the editing process. Very cool interview with a Very cool person.   About Patricia Simpson   Patricia Simpson is an Amazon bestselling writer from the Bay Area of California. She has won numerous awards, including multiple Reviewer's Choice Awards from Romantic Times as well as a Career Achievement Award. Her debut novel, WHISPER OF MIDNIGHT, was a finalist in the prestigious RITA awards of Romance Writers of America. One of her more recent novels, SPELLBOUND, was nominated Best Indie Paranormal of the Year. After a long career with TOR, Silhouette and HarperMonogram, Patricia is now enjoying creative freedom as an indie author. Patricia is fascinated by the possibility of life beyond the traditional human experience, and invariably designs one of her main characters to be less (or more) than human. Every chance she gets, she explores paranormal and historical sites and often travels with her Scottish husband, whose job takes him around the world. When not traveling, Patricia produces two podcasts: FREAKIN' PARANORMAL and FABULOUS WRITING TIPS. When not writing, Patricia loves to sing karaoke, redesign living spaces (10 houses and counting--one of them on TV!) and walk her two spoiled little dogs. Want a FREE book? Visit https://patriciasimpson.com/get-a-free-book   https://patriciasimpson.com/   https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Simpson/e/B000APMSW8

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Mar 26

1 hr 2 min

No speculation needed, this was a fun conversation. We meander all over the place, we actually do talk about books and writing, but also solve many of the world’s problems by debunking conspiracy theories and maybe making a few new ones. Darian Smith writes mainly speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife (who also writes) and their two black cats (who don't). He holds two Koru Awards, is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, and a Sir Julius Vogel Award. By day, he works with people who have neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy or charcot marie tooth disease. He is also a qualified counsellor/family therapist and can be seen - by those very swift with the pause button - on television shows such as Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus. For more information about Darian and his upcoming work, please check out his website at https://www.darian-smith.com https://www.amazon.com/Darian-Smith/e/B00U3N1CLK

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Mar 24

59 min 27 sec

Playboy Playmate, Actress, Model, and soon Author Deborah Driggs share stories from her life. Whether you are reading her bio at IMDB or looking at her Instagram Account, you can feel the authenticity of her story. Her willingness to share details from her life and the lessons learned make this one of my all time favorite shows. Deb’s memoirs should be out October of 2021. The best way to keep up with Deborah is by following her Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/deborahdriggs/ About Deborah Driggs: Born and raised in a dysfunctional, lower middle class home in the South Bay community of Southern California, Deborah Driggs was a lonely latchkey kid whose parents both worked long hours. At the age of seven she discovered a love for ice skating and began taking lessons at a local rink, where by the age of ten, I was a competitive figure skater. Deborah learned the value of discipline at an early age: her mornings began at 4 a.m. where, for two hours she would practice "figure 8's" before starting her school day. On Saturdays, she also took ballet lessons, although her dream was set on becoming an Olympic figure skater at age eleven. By working on herself under these demanding conditions, Deborah learned self-discipline, consistency, dedication and time management skills which would help her to achieve great things in life, later on. Despite her commitment and hard work, everything changed when she was fourteen after her parents divorced and she was told she would be living with her father. Not only did this affect her career goals, but she was forced to leave private school and enrolled in the toughest public schools in Hawthore. Furthermore, her father had no interest in providing her with guidance or financial support. The divorce took its toll on her, emotionally and physically. Having been involved in athletics up until that point in her life, Deborah now had no outlet to express herself and no allowance to buy clothes, books, or food. The only option she had was to find a job that she could work after school. Her first job was working at a cemetery where she created flower arrangements and placed them on graves. That was followed by work at a fast food restaurant, and then, as a clerk in a drug store, working until midnight most evenings and then walking home, alone, through unsafe neighborhoods. Before long, her school work suffered and when graduation time approached, she learned that she was not eligible to graduate because of missed classes in Government Studies. Intent on doing whatever it took for her to meet the requirements, Deborah negotiated a deal with her teacher to write a thesis on the classwork she had missed by the following Monday. While the content of the paper may have been less than par, her teacher was so impressed with her efforts that he gave her a passing grade so that she could graduate high school. By working her way through high school, Deborah learned how to solve her own problems rather than depending on others' help. Along with her negotiating skills, she learned how to get hired for a job. Rarely, if ever, was she turned down for anything she tried out for. When faced with a challenge, she was always ready to figure out what was required of her to move forward. With her willingness to complete her coursework, she realized that she could accomplish almost anything. She also realized that she possessed the ability to negotiate with adults which created the basis of her business success in never taking "no" for an answer. Another lesson she learned during her high school years was that even if you are the minority - with less money, less education, or the 'wrong' ethnic mix, you can still make friends and find a way to fit in. Once again, Deborah's athletic ability came into play when she made it on the Song Leader/Dance Squad for her school. After being accepted at Saddleback College, Deborah quickly tried out for that school's eminent Dance Squad and made it after competing against 100 other young women. However, with her low grade point average, she was put on academic probation and told that she would be dropped from the Squad if she didn't earn a 3.0 grade average. Deborah took this as a personal challenge and with an earnestness to succeed (and not willing to be defeated), she earned a 3.5 GPA, making in on the Dean's List. And by the end of that year, she was also elected Home Coming Queen and befriended by young men and women from affluent Orange County families. Continue Reading at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237910/bio

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Mar 22

1 hr 26 min

Michael Ross loves writing to encourage children to use their imagination. He loves kids so much he built a wonderful world in his front yard for kids. If you don’t pick it up from his bio, you certainly will get a feeling for the depth of experience this author has in life and fantasy. Just a lovely chap to spend an afternoon with. About Michael Ross   A successful actor and model for over twenty five years. Had businesses in the hair and beauty industry, was a ski instructor, and competed internationally as an athlete, and martial artist. Much later on, he developed a fitness brand called KETTFusion, which is established in the UK and three other European countries and has received numerous awards as a leading fitness brand. But it was a visit to a clairvoyant, who suggested he try writing, that put him on the path of becoming an Author, which now takes up most of his time. The Wand Chronicles is by far his largest and most exciting  writing project to date. He has already successfully published the comedy 'Memoirs From The S.B.C', and a true life story entitled 'Just Five More Minutes', which has been particularly popular, resulting in TV, magazine and radio interviews, on a subject that captured the nations hearts. I'm multigenre AND a 'pantser', someone who writes by the seat of my pants! To date I have published: A classic epic fantasy A comedy. A true-life story. Short scary stories Adventure books for 9 to 14 year-olds A range of books for 3 to 6 year-olds Books about Fairy Adventures I won the 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards held in Kansas City I was a finalist in the 2020 SABA Book awards in 2 categories: 1. Best Author Non-Fiction 2. Best Audiobook Narrator I developed a board game to accompany my Epic fantasy series. I built a huge fairy garden to publicize my Big Fairy Adventures series I have always been a professional actor in theatre, TV and film, and it has led onto me being established as a voice actor/ audio book narrator. To relax, I'm a qualified snow ski instructor, hang glider pilot, and regularly get beaten at chess by one of my sons! A successful actor and model for over twenty five years. Had businesses in the hair and beauty industry, was a ski instructor, and competed internationally as an athlete, and martial artist. Much later on, he developed a fitness brand called KETTFusion, which is established in the UK and three other European countries and has received numerous awards as a leading fitness brand. But it was a visit to a clairvoyant, who suggested he try writing, that put him on the path of becoming an Author, which now takes up most of his time. The Wand Chronicles is by far his largest and most exciting  writing project to date. He has already successfully published the comedy 'Memoirs From The S.B.C', and a true life story entitled 'Just Five More Minutes', which has been particularly popular, resulting in TV, magazine and radio interviews, on a subject that captured the nations hearts.   https://www.thewand.me/ https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Ross/e/B075PGWMSK    

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Mar 19

57 min 25 sec

As promised, T.J. is back and we are talking / teaching about Celts, Druids, and anything else that may be related to ancient cultures. Here are the resources that T.J. Gave me for Celtic research: https://sites.google.com/site/theancientcelts/about-the-author The Ancient Celts by Cunliffe : A pretty standard and well-recognized text that swans the swatch of Celtic history, culture and society.    War, Women and Druids by Phillip Freeman  : Focuses on contemporary eyewitness accounts of the elements mentioned in the title.    The Druids by Ellis    : Focuses more on druidic religion, philosophy and practices.   Caesar Against the Celts  : Focuses on the Gallic Wars and battle with the Romans    Atlas of the Celtic World   :Focuses on geography.   About T.J. Altieri   As an author, TJ Altieri has dedicated himself to challenging paradigms and eliciting deep social commentary in a thoroughly engaging way for the reader. By fusing genres and counterbalancing perspectives, he compels the reader to engage in questions about society and one's own self. Aside from his most recent crime and political thriller "Controlling Interest", Altieri has written three as of yet unpublished novels in the genres of drama, high fantasy and science fiction. He considers the factor that drives and unites all of his stories to be the empathy and humanity we feel through his characters and how they make us reflect on our own decisions. Outside of fiction, TJ Altieri has completed historical treatises in archaeology, anthropology, and gender studies. When not writing, he works as a history educator in Connecticut Public Schools and as conservationist working to preserve wildlife, in and out of human care, at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo    

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Mar 17

1 hr 15 min

While Christiane’s fiction writing is awesome, it takes a back seat to her real-life experiences that inspired her to write two children’s book. When you listen to her ongoing story of her wrongfully convicted husband by a group of corrupt government officials in Alaska, you will be shocked. Give it a listen and let me know in the comments what you think. Christiane also tells you about her experiences and gives some pro tips on kickstarter programs and grant applications to help with writing books. Christiane Joy Allison is an author/activist from Wasilla, Alaska, with half a dozen beautiful nephews and nieces who inspire her writing of children's picture books. She also writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and spiritual works. She is a Rasmuson Foundation 2018 Individual Artist Project Award recipient. She has an MBA in Management & Strategy through Western Governors University and a BA in Journalism & Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She spends her days: writing, fighting for the release of her wrongfully convicted spouse, and advocating for justice reform. https://www.allisonpublishing.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Christiane-Joy-Allison/e/B078JD9RQC

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Mar 15

1 hr 2 min

Take a look at the covers of The Supervillainy Saga series. I absolutely love them. His covers properly depict the entertainment value of the books, they are awesome. We talk about his books, Lovecraft Country, Altered Carbon, and The Boys. AND we talk about the Amazon / Audible debacle with Indie Authors. It’s a great conversation with a great author.   C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" (http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/). He's the author of Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Lucifer's Star, Straight Outta Fangton, and The Supervillainy Saga.   https://www.amazon.com/C-T-Phipps/e/B00L32LLDY https://ctphipps.wordpress.com/

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Mar 12

42 min 47 sec

Let’s talk about erotica, romantic suspense, and throw in a publishing house and that is a typical conversation with the extremely busy and talented Jonesy. Rebekah is so interesting to speak with on just about any subject you want to throw at her. Listen up. Rebekah Jonesy is a voracious reader who decided it was time she made her own contributions. Her books are contemporary romance and other forms of fantasy. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. https://www.amazon.com/Rebekah-Jonesy/e/B00NQ5Z1CS Three Furies Press is an independent publishing house dedicated to bringing quality books to the world, as well as supporting our authors. We are passionate about reading, writing, and publishing, and bring that passion, along with our expertise, to this venture. Take a look around and make yourself at home. We are igniting fires and inspiring readers, one book at a time. https://threefuriespress.com/

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Mar 10

1 hr 22 min

JD has some interesting takes on life as we know it today. I enjoyed listening to his insights and opinions on both college sports and authoring. The Art of Reading is an interesting book. He basically expands on the advice of most authors which is to read daily. Let’s not forget his Jill Anderson series, which is also fantastic. J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books, his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be found at a race track or watching a race on TV.   https://jdcuneganbooks.com/ https://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Cunegan/e/B00YNTP4S2  

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Mar 8

55 min 8 sec

Anyone who can take a cute Kangaroo and make it terrifying has my respect. While ‘The Roo’ is a very entertaining book, Alan’s new book ‘The Gulp’ is riveting. The conversation turned to a discussion on Stephen King’s Castlerock series and how Alan is going to do the same thing with Gulpepper aka The Gulp. We also talk about martial arts since he is a Kung Fu Master and teaches in Australia.   About Alan Baxter Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy, liberally mixed with crime and noir. He rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog, two lunatic cats, several tropical fish, and a lizard called Fifi. Read extracts from his novels, a novella, and short stories at his website - www.warriorscribe.com - or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything. Alan's novels include the urban horror novel, Devouring Dark (Grey Matter Press), the urban horror noir novel, Hidden City (Gryphonwood Press), the dark supernatural thriller trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series, HarperVoyager/Gryphonwood), and the dark supernatural duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2, Gryphonwood Press). He has also writes novellas including the supernatural noir, Manifest Recall (Grey Matter Press), the cosmic horror noir, The Book Club (PS Publishing), a sci-fi/noir novella, Ghost of the Black, and a gonzo Ozploitation creature feature novella called The Roo. As well as long fiction, Alan has had more than 80 short fiction publications in magazines and anthologies throughout the world. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than two dozen anthologies, including the Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror on several occasions. Alan's award-winning first volume of collected short fiction, Crow Shine, was published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2016, and a second volume of collected short fiction, Served Cold, was published by Grey Matter Press in 2019. Alan also collaborates with US action/adventure bestselling author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the horror novel, Dark Rite, the action adventure series, the Jake Crowley Adventures, (Sanctum, Blood Codex, Anubis Key, and Revenant), and the Sam Aston Investigations giant monster thrillers, Primordial and Overlord. Alan has also written narrative arcs and dialogue for video games, and a variety of non-fiction, including the writer's guide to fight scenes, Write the Fight Right.   https://www.alanbaxteronline.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Alan-Baxter/e/B002BOBQFQ

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Mar 5

49 min 43 sec

Chris is a master at writing short stories and an incredibly talented musician (Check out Little Villains link below). Chris and I talk about writing and music, and a few other things. Great interview with a masterful artist.   About Christopher Fielden IN A NUTSHELL I'm an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author. I'm represented by Victorina Press, an independent UK publisher. I've been an Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Fiction: Short Story' category of the International Book Awards. I play drums in rock bands and regularly tour all over the world. A more lengthy biography can be found below. ME I was born in the 70s, which is too long ago for my liking. I've played drums in a rock band for over 30 years and have been fortunate enough to tour all over the planet. I'm sure this has been more educational than university or a 'proper job' could have been. I started writing fiction seriously in the noughties. I self-published my first book, Wicked Game, in 2010. To avoid a mental breakdown, I then started writing short stories as they're a lot easier to finish. HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY, GET PUBLISHED & MAKE MONEY Due to my success with short story writing, I wrote a book called How To Write A Short Story, Get Published & Make Money. It uses 16 of my published stories as case studies, so writers can see how all the different tips and advice in the book were used in practice to achieve publishing success. You can order a free sample of the book from my website. TO HULL AND BACK HUMOROUS SHORT STORY COMPETITION I also run the biennial 'To Hull And Back' humorous short story competition, which offers the greatest prize in the known macrocosm. Part of it is cash (the top prize is currently £1,000), but there is more... much more. You'll have to check my website for full details. All the anthologies from the competition are available on Amazon and each one contains over 25 stories of 'Mirth and Legend' from some of the finest humorous story writers on the globe. VICTORINA PRESS In March 2019 I signed a publishing contract with Victorina Press, an independent UK publisher whose mission is to publish inspirational and great books while following principles of bibliodiversity. They are publishing my first short story collection, Book of the Bloodless Volume 1: Alternative Afterlives. The book has been awarded the title of "Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Short Story category of the 2019 International Book Awards", sponsored by American Book Fest. MUSIC My main musical focus is currently playing drums with Little Villains, a rock band that originally featured the late, great Philthy Animal Taylor from Motörhead. You can learn more about the band, our current tour schedule and record releases on my website. MY WEBSITE My website contains many free resources to help authors develop their short story writing and see their words in print. The site contains lots of practical advice based on real-life writing and publishing experience. It also contains lists of potential publishing markets for authors to submit to, including writing competitions and short story magazines. https://www.christopherfielden.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Fielden/e/B007SXY5C6

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Mar 3

56 min 49 sec

I say this too often, I could have spent hours talking with Phoenix. She is just way too cool and laid back. Also, if you are an author, listen to the subtle knowledge bombs she drops on self-publishing and writing, she knows her stuff. Phoenix Grey is the secret pen name of a USA Today bestselling author. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas where she hermits away writing books and playing video games. When she's not busy plotting her world domination, she can be found hosting tabletop game nights at the local comic book store or checking out the latest recommended anime. She loves hearing from and interacting with fans, so feel free to stalk her in the following ways: 1. Phoenix Grey's Mailing List: http://www.subscribepage.com/TheRealmBetween Sign up to learn when the next installment of The Realm Between is coming out. 2. The Realm Between's Facebook: fb.me/TheRealmBetweenLitRPG 3. Phoenix Grey's Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhoenixGreyReaderGroup 4. Phoenix Grey's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxdU4nqGlBTLX05tjPq1sw 5. The Realm Between's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRealmBetween 6. The Realm Between's Website: https://therealmbetween.com https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Grey/e/B07JVN9CV8 https://therealmbetween.com/ http://www.facebook.com/therealmbetweenlitrpg  

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Mar 1

1 hr

This is a very heartwarming interview with Diana. As we talked about her books, we got into the inspiration for her books, which were her grandparent. Diana had story after story of how her grandfather shaped her and her family through decades through love. The characters in her books are based on her grandparents and how they fought to be together and how they created a family here in the US. Give her books a look, they are something special. Diana Rose is a Russian native who lives in New York. Her stories transport readers to the fantasy filled worlds where she brings royalty and magical beings to life, with colorful romantic scenes and characters that her imagination creates. She fuels her creativity while reading romantic novels. When Diana is not writing, she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends.   https://authordianarose.wixsite.com/online https://themagicoftruelove.wordpress.com/  

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Feb 26

1 hr 14 min

The Author of West of Ireland and A Town Called Forget, C.P. Hoff gives us the lowdown on where her inspirations come from. Small Town and country living along with a love for simpler times that turned the conversation into a comparison today’s society and how people acted in years past. C.P. Hoff lives in southern Alberta with her husband and children. She has written for the local paper, which might be impressive if she lived in New York, and if anyone read the local paper. Her first novel, A Town Called Forget, was longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal For Humour. https://cphoff.com/ https://www.amazon.com/C-P-Hoff/e/B07YYNW26L  

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Feb 24

50 min 57 sec

Sahara has such a cool story. Read her bio below for the details. This is a story of amazing love and commitment to seeing her husband's dream come true through publishing his works. Sahara Foley was born with a lust for the written word. Even at a young age, she could be found with her nose buried in her favorite books. Still, she never had the inclination to pen her own tales. Then she met her life-partner, Bob. They did everything together, fishing, camping, gardening. They even owned a small farmstead for a while. And they both loved reading. In Bob's case, he also loved writing. Yes, he was the writer of the family. Many nights Sahara came home from work and read the latest words he'd written that day. She fell in love with his stories and characters. One year, he made birthday cards from each of the characters from his Excalibur Series. Sahara convinced Bob to try publishing his stories. But in the late 1980's, the only way to get a book published was through traditional publishers. Alas, they never heard back from any, so Bob gave up his writing. After thirty years of being each other's other half, Bob left this world. Sucked into a void of grief, not knowing how to fill the hole left in her soul, Sahara remembered the cardboard box of handwritten manuscripts shoved away in a closet. She brought them back out into the light, and all those long-forgotten characters became her salvation. She gave them new life, and in the process, they saved her. So, even though Bob has passed on, they are still partners in publishing his amazing stories. Sahara hopes you enjoy them. Connect with Sahara Foley at: Norns Triad Publications: https://nornstriad.com/authors/sahara-foley/

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Feb 22

1 hr 11 min

When you talk to a creative that has skills in many areas, the conversation can go in any direction. This is absolutely true with Alex. We talk about his books, pottery, and photography while cramming all of that into an hour conversation.   About Alex G. Zarate Alex G. Zarate: Active writer, dedicated novelist, philosopher, positive advocate, eccentric artist and keeper to the secrets of the universe. Born somewhere in Texas when a rip in space/time opened a dimensional rift that nearly wiped out all of humanity. (It might have been a little different but he was newborn and hadn't thought to take notes.) Alex published his first book in 2008 entitled The Orb. A tale of adventure, space exploration and secret treachery only the ship's A.I. and the newly assigned captain can uncover in order to save the ship. His next novel was the beginning of The Linked Trilogy: Linked begins with the tale of eight-year-old Tommy Harris and his newly found kitten, Snowy, who shares his special abilities with Tommy. Together they see beyond the veil of reality, save friends and family while making time to fight bullies and serial killers. Feel free to check them out because - space adventures and teleporting cats! Alex writes obsessively, only leaving his enclosed bubble of reality from time to time, taking landscape pictures while squinting at the blazing ball of fire in the sky as he hikes the countryside marveling at the strange world beyond his computer screen. Alex currently resides in the shake and bake realm known as California where he writes, blogs, vlogs, tweets, posts videos, podcasts and daily Instagrams with pictures he takes and hopeful thoughts. He is rumored to sleep between blinks   https://sites.google.com/view/zaratecreations/home   https://www.amazon.com/Alex-G.-Zarate/e/B003OUKL6Q https://alexgzarate9.wixsite.com/alexgzarate  

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Feb 19

54 min 40 sec

I love having conversations with authors. We not only cover his book Systemic, we also solve all the issues with Social Media and the Internet. It was such a great conversation between two people that may have varying opinions, but still were able to listen to each other and understand the points. I really wish more conversations were like this in real life. Chris lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, dog, lizard, and an unlikely number of shrimp. He spent his younger years playing music, frequenting Burning Man, throwing art parties and parades, and clandestinely installing monoliths and other art in local parks. He has spent the last twenty-three years at technology companies in the greater Seattle area. He has degrees in both Comparative History of Ideas and Communications from the University of Washington. http://chrislodwigauthor.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Lodwig/e/B082ZWNW6D https://www.diywriter.com/blog  

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Feb 17

1 hr 27 min