My first panel recorded from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7, is, “Write What You Don’t Know.” Stay connected for future podcasts on the AudioTim page, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher Radio. In two weeks, Tom King, author of A ONCE CROWDED SKY, will be my guest, and in four weeks, I’ll post another panel from Chicon 7.
We remember English teachers lecturing: “Write what you know.” Well, we think you ought to write what you don’t know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We’ll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don’t know. Howard Andrew Jones, Louise Marley, Rachel Neumeier, Jack Skillingstead, Lynda Williams ORU
It’s good to be back. Two qualifications for guests in Season Two of audioTim: I enjoy their book and am excited about the conversation. Both were true of Ramez Naam and his debut fiction novel, Nexus, to be released December 18th from Angry Robot Books. I’m editing my Science Fiction novel, and loved Ramez’s book because of how much he showed me about the future of nanotechnology, mindmapping, scientific telepathy and other sciences I had no idea could exist. Not only does his book have that, but the story is very compelling as well. Continue reading →
Today’s episode is part two of three interviews I’ve done with Michell Plested. This time we talked about some good news he had from World Fantasy Con, some things he’s learned editing his book, Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero (published by Five Rivers Publishing), some info on his Boy Scouts of the Apocalypse zombie story and upcoming anthology, and then some general encouragement related to NaNoWriMo. I should have part 3 up in a couple days. Mike is taking requests for ARCs of Mik Murdoch (Advanced Reader Copies – ARC’s) – email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of “ARC” to have him send you one. Mike had an interview recently discussing his publishing experience with updated news on his book. Also, his Boy Scouts of the Apocalypse is now being serialized as part of the Action Pack Podcast. Continue reading →
Today’s episode is an interview with Georgina Kamsika, author of The Sulphur Diaries. She has a fascinating concept for this story that you won’t want to miss, as well as a chilling reading from the book. I will be giving away a Kindle copy of The Sulphur Diaries, which you can win by utilizing the Rafflecopter Giveaway below (contest has ended).
My Saturday Spotlight post this week will be for you to check out Georgina and Matthew’s stuff. Matthew was interviewed in the last episode and has a free web series called, The Day the Sun Stopped Shining, which is also really good, and worth your time to check out. Continue reading →
Looking for a book to savor, characters to love, and an adventure that keeps getting better? I am, always, and found that in Michael’s book, Theft of Swords. With my to be read list as long as it is, fitting an epic fantasy into the schedule requires a story and writing that will entertain me, draw me in to the characters and world, but most of all, not make me work to read. I’ve invested time into fantasy books that I had to reread pages two or three times to get the political relationships between characters, because if I didn’t, I was afraid I would miss an important plot point down the line. Michael’s simple, and yet professional style allows you to just enjoy the story – and what an enjoyable story it is.
I probably wouldn’t have picked up on Theft of Swords if it weren’t for the free short story, Viscount and the Witch, which serves as an introduction to Royce and Hadrian – the thief-do-gooder-duo called Riyria. Michael’s writing talent was immediately impressed upon me through how quickly I enjoyed his characters and with clear writing I knew would push the story quickly along. I laughed within the first few pages, and became confident through the twists in this short story that a longer work would be full of fun surprises.
I asked Michael if he had any music he listened to while writing, and he gave me this song, which fits the end of the second book, for a character named Thrace, who hires Royce and Hadrian to slay a monster that has ravaged her town.