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AudioTim Podcast Announcement

AISFP_300x300In spite of me supposedly being on a brain vacation after writing “the end” on my novel, within a week I have become the new Executive Producer of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. It’s surreal, because I’ve been a huge fan, and while this is a dream come true, I’m also kind of sad that I can’t be purely a fan anymore.

My goal is to still make the show as if the host is the biggest fan, so expect fun times and continued high quality production. This Parsec Award winning podcast, in the words of its creator, Shaun Farrell, “Has its best days ahead of it.” I will do my best to prove him right. Continue reading

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AudioTim 42: Chicon 7 Panel “Write What You Don’t Know”

chiconMy 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

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AudioTim 41: Ramez Naam, author of SF Thriller, NEXUS

AudioTim 1400It’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

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Coffin Hop Stop #6: Thomas Smith

Welcome to interview six from this channel of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour. Thomas Smith is described as, “…one of those outstanding Southern writers – seemingly soft, languid, maybe even lazy, when actually what he is, is cotton wrapped about a razor. Half the time you don’t even know he’s gotten you until it’s too late.” – Charles L. Grant.

Who wouldn’t want to talk to this guy? I’ll play a sample of our half-hour interview, where he discusses his take on Christians writing Horror and how it can be done well. If you’d like to listen to the whole interview, head over to the Holy Worlds Podcast.

Did you know there’s a giveaway? The first book I will be published in, Monsters!, is packed with talented authors, of which I’m interviewing eight as part of this tour. Continue reading

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Tripart Announcement: My first published story, Monsters! Anthology and Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour

I sent in my first contract and final draft of what will be my first published story, “Cornhusker: Demon Gene,” to A Flame in the Dark Magazine, to be published in their Monsters! Anthology, October 31st. The behind the scenes story for this first publication credit is a fun one. When I heard about this anthology, I sent them my zombie novelette, “Small Town Scourge,” which they accepted (my first acceptance!), but were inspired in that story to publish a zombie-specific anthology NEXT fall.

Okay, I thought, what about this fall? They said they had a little more room, and immediately an idea for another story came to mind. I wrote 5k words the next day, and finished it the day after, all with the idea of playing on an emotional pondering about what it would be like to live in the fear that your life would be taken before you hit your prime. As an unpublished author (at that time! :) ), I often thought about what it would be like to die before I fulfilled my dream of publishing novels. For this story, I took a young man a week from graduating high school, who has a crush on a girl, but doesn’t want to make a move because a gene that he may have inherited, the Demon Gene, could turn him into a monster any day now. I love this story for the emotional roller coaster from hopelessness, to seeing one’s dreams being fulfilled only to have them snatched out from under one’s feet. Continue reading

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AudioTim 39: Jeffrey B. Burton, Author of The Chessman

I was first introduced to Mystery/Thriller author, Jeffrey B. Burton, through his magnificent short story, “A Building This Size,” from Evolved Publishing’s Evolution: Vol. 1 anthology. In fact, I was so impressed, I did a Saturday Spotlight about it. I’ve been excited ever since for his novel, The Chessman, to come out, and was blessed with a hardback copy this week (Thank you, Jeffrey! My review). We only talk a little bit about The Chessman because we didn’t want to ruin any of its surprises. So, we chatted about the international success it’s had so far, highlights of his experience writing it, and other aspects of his writing life.

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AudioTim 37: Matt Forbeck

Matt Forbeck, my second consecutive Angry Robot Books author on AudioTim, has been a freelance author and game designer since he graduated college, over 20 years ago. Since having quadruplets ten years ago, he is unfazed by anything life throws at him (save for the zombie apocalypse falling through his ceiling). This year he is doing a 12 for 12 campaign, a Kickstarter funded goal to write 12 short novels (50k) in 12 months. You can help support his current project “Dangerous Games” here.

Matt writes Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Crime, Thrillers, Tie-ins and most geeky places in between (ehmm, Magic: The Gathering #4). We talk about his Alternate History, B Horror book, Carpathia about vampires aboard the Carpathia (the ship that rescued Titanic survivors). We also talk about his SF Thriller, Amortals, and his current kickstarter book, Dangerous Games. It was a lot of fun chatting about the creation of these stories and what kind of adventures readers should expect from them. Continue reading

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AudioTim Snippet: Mike Shevdon on Excitement of Urban Fantasy

Mike's main character, Niall, had a similar view before his world flipped upside down.

While editing my podcast interview with Mike Shevdon (to be released this Wednesday, 5/23), I came across this three minute gem that really encapsulates my recent fascination with not just Urban Fantasy, but Mike’s Courts of the Feyre series. The next week is going to focus on his upcoming release of Strangeness and Charm: The Courts of the Feyre, Book 3. What fascinates me about this genre, and his series in particular is how it makes us observe our world in a new light. I suppose a lot of entertainment mediums do that, but I like how Mike uses British folklore and tradition and adds a fantastical spin on what could be. Continue reading

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AudioTim 34: Adventures in SciFi Publishing Interview

I turn the mics around on this episode and interview the podcast staff of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. We talk with Shaun about his history podcasting, including the ups and downs, and how building the 2.0 version with Moses Siregar III and Brent Bowen has rejuvenated my favorite author-interview podcast. Halfway through, I ask each of them how their writing is doing, something we don’t often get to hear during the course of their normal podcasting format. This show was good fun with great guys, and it was an honor to get to share the airwaves with one of the major influences to my own podcasting and writing career. Continue reading

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Book Review: Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

***Congratulations to Hugh on his Simon and Schuster deal to bring WOOL to US bookstores. Pre-Order for the March 12 release in hardback.***

Listen to Hugh Howey discuss WOOL OMNIBUS spoiler free (AudioTim 32), as well as how he became an overnight indie author success story (AudioTim 33).

I’ve had moments as a book reviewer where I was unsure how to rate a book, but this was not one of them. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is my easiest 5 star rating since A Game of Thrones.  This book was five star, without a doubt. There is so much to like about it, but I think my favorite aspect is the philosophical gems that Hugh interjects through each character’s voice. This unique aspect of Hugh’s style allowed me to see them as more than just real people, but a representation of humanity. This aspect of his style fits perfectly with Wool’s theme of survival. Some characters believed segregation, hidden truths, and murder were the key to survival, while others believed the exact opposite. Part of what makes this story feel so real is the diversity of perspectives on what is absolutely necessary to survive in such a life or death scenario. Seeing what humanity would be like on the brink of extinction helped make me question what I’m doing to help those around me survive, or if I’m only interested in my own. Continue reading

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