As an aspiring author, I feel awful saying this, but as I plot out the books I want to read in 2013, there isn’t much room for new authors. This is one reason I’m taking my time on my debut novel, Kaimerus, because if I don’t have time to endure mediocrity, neither do you. I was a guest panelist on SF Signal Podcast, Episode 171, discussing what I look forward to in 2013, and here’s my side in writing, (and some I didn’t get to mention): Continue reading
There are a couple handfuls of good books I read in 2012 that deserve to be recognized, but here are my top ten. Judging the top three hurts my heart, because you could put them in any order and I’d be fine. It may be that their order is there based on order of being read. Hugh’s book was the first to really amaze me. He and T.C. and James, (the other authors in the top three,) have earned my loud speaker for everything they write. I have reviews for all of these books except James’s, because that will be up at SF Signal shortly. I hope to get these authors and more on my AudioTim podcast in 2013. Continue reading
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My review of Rise of Empire: Volume Two in the Riyria Revelations will be unorthodox because I’m confident anyone who has read Theft of Swords: Volume One, (my 5-star review), would be sure to continue reading the series. So, this review is more for people who have not read the earlier pieces of this series, and then at the end I’ll go into specifics on Rise of Empire. Continue reading
Robin discusses her and Michael’s experience selling Riyria Revelations through Orbit after already having great success self-publishing through Ridan Publishing. It’s really a great study in how self-published authors can take their book to traditional publishers and have equal or greater success. All that said, I ask Robin what she thinks about going forward, and what factors would lead to them choosing to publish through Ridan or Orbit. Continue reading
AudioTim 32: Hugh Howey, Author of WOOL OMNIBUS is 50 minutes of awesome discussion with Hugh about how a story about post-apocalyptic survival in a silo could create an army of fans and a movie option with 20th Century Fox.
AudioTim 33: Indie Publishing Panel with Hugh Howey and Robin Sullivan is 97 minutes of inspiration from two people who started from the bottom and worked their way into creating/selling major best selling books.
One piece of advice that they each emphasized was the importance of quality over quantity. Continue reading
A combination of relevant topics came to mind this morning that led me to post this podcast. The first was reading the Justin Macumber Author Spotlight over at my favorite new podcast, the Roundtable Podcast, and how one of his top four books is Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. If you’ve seen my Twitter profile, you’ll notice that I have the cover I’m familiar with from that book as my background. It is there because that book is my genesis into Fantasy literature, and the nostalgia of reading that book is still strong to this day. What in the world does this have to do with posting my interview with Michael? Well, his book Theft of Swords is my most recent, favorite Fantasy book. If I could be the one that points people to his book for the first time, and share some role with your joy of reading that book, or even Fantasy in general, then this measly post is well worth my time. Plus, this interview is one of my favorites, and has a ton of great ideas about writing and Fantasy literature past and present. 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 interviewed Michael and his wife Robin on my AudioTim podcast, episode 16, and had a blast talking about the story and his writing process.
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.
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