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Coffin Hop Stop #1: Teric Darken

Welcome to my wing of the haunted mansion that is the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour. Today I podcast interview Christian Thriller writer, Teric Darken. Here is an audio sample of the interview you can find in its entirety at the Holy Worlds Podcast: Coffin Hop Interview with Teric Darken. Last year I interviewed the founders, AudioTim 14: Axel Howerton and Julie Jansen. This year, I’m a published author, and am interviewing other authors in the Monsters! anthology my first story will be published in.

The Prize: 1st Place: A copy of the Monsters! Anthology (paperback or ebook). 2nd Place: Feckless Anthology (Kindle)

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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 As an unpublished author (at that time!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 32: Hugh Howey, Author of Wool Omnibus

Welcome to the first part of two podcasts with Hugh Howey. In this first part, Hugh and I discuss his breakout series, Wool Omnibus. We take a few questions from readers off of Twitter, and even hear a little bit about his zombie story, I, Zombie. (Check out his video of reading an excerpt live.) After the main part of the interview, I explain a little about the Wool t-shirt giveaway, and then spliced in one of the Twitter questions that led to a spoiler. So, if you haven’t read this amazing set of stories, you can still listen to this interview, then duck out for the last part (after the t-shirt giveaway mention by Hugh). Continue reading

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AudioTim 28: Roundtable Podcast Brainstorms Zombie Novel

Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey of the brand-spankin new Roundtable Podcast are back at it again. Well, we never really stopped, but with the magic of editing it sounds that way. This is the second hour of our interview, and in this part I volunteer to let them show me what their show does for authors like myself who need help taking a story idea and turning it into a story. I’m brainstorming the next novel I plan to write, a zombie novel about a failed pastor who must defend a Hebrew burial mound in small town Iowa before others who have a deal with the dead steal his relic and expand the undead territory. Okay, that tagline needs work, but I’m still flushing out what this story is about. These guys were incredibly helpful in giving me ideas and questions to help it grow.

You can subscribe to both podcasts on iTunes by clicking the image for their show.

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I thought it would be neat as I’m editing this episode to write down the questions and prompts Dave and Brion ask which may be helpful for you in your story. It would be great if you commented about what you thought during this brainstorm. Did you come up with any cool “what ifs?” Any suggestions?
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AudioTim 27: Roundtable Podcast, Origin and Destination

Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey of the brand-spankin new Roundtable Podcast helped me produce two hours of podcast gold. This episode is the first hour, split in half by a promo for the Fullcast Podcast, and in it we get to know Dave and Brion. I can’t remember a more comical introduction to two people. In the second half we discuss their goals and format for the Roundtable Podcast. I think they’ve got a great idea, from teaming aspiring authors with amazing pros like Nathan Lowell and J. Daniel Sawyer for brainstorming sessions, to their equally informative “20 minutes with” where they ask their guest host of the week questions on the writing process. If I didn’t like these guys so much I’d say this was my idea all along and they stole it! But, I won’t. Mad props to them for coming up with such an awesome idea. Now, go check them out at www.RoundtablePodcast.com. They just released their Nathan Lowell interview. Stay tuned tomorrow for my release of the second hour of our interview. These guys can talk, but it was a lot of fun.

Links:
Brion’s blog post “Try Something New” about not limiting ourselves in our writing by saying you aren’t able to write something because you’re not an expert in that field.

Be a guest link – Have a story idea that you’d like to a professional writer, maybe even your hero, brainstorm with you? Click that link and get one of the best writing lessons of your life.

Subscribe to either podcast by clicking on the images above. And don’t forget to drop a line on our pages. You know how much podcasters love to hear from their listeners.

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The son of a general shipwrecks a rogue mission on a planet housing a telepathic family, berserker soldiers, and his only way home places him in the middle of the chaos that ensues.

3rd Draft Complete and Book Release Day for Justin Macumber’s HAYWIRE

A bounty hunter is shipwrecked by a wanted scientist who controls telepaths and berserkers and merely requests his allegiance. Breaking free may cost him his sanity, his life, and the fate of his home planet.

[Editor's note: My podcast interview with Justin Macumber is now up. AudioTim Episode 29: Justin Macumber and his publisher, David Wood, discuss Justin’s debut SF novel, HAYWIRE]

Today has been bittersweet for more than one reason, but I’m trying to focus on the sweet, so here’s the good news: I finished the 3rd Draft of Kaimerus Deception! If you head over to my Works In Progress page, you can read more about it. The history behind this accomplishment is this is the second novel I’ve ever finished. The first was a 115k Fantasy novel that I trunked after an editing course pretty much told me it needed rewritten. Between finishing that book’s first draft and concluding to trunk it, I wrote the first draft of Kaimerus Deception. Eight months after that I began the editing/changing process of fixing the beginning only to keep less than a thousand words of that first draft’s 115k. I finished the 2nd draft rewrite just before Christmas in a much cleaner 73k words. Continue reading

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AudioTim 24: Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin of Evolved Publishing

Today’s interview is the first of two with Lane Diamond and D.T. (Dan) Conklin (the Kobe Bryant’s of publishing duos? Sorry, last episode was the Michael Jordan of Mad Scientists, Michell Plested, so, anyway…). I decided to publish the second part first because it includes information about Evolved Publishing’s upcoming anthology, Evolution: Vol. 2 which opens for submissions today. Because I begin the interview halfway through, I realized after recording the intro that I should have mentioned that Lane is the first one speaking and Dan (D.T. Conklin) is the other guy (I’m sure he’ll love that moniker).

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I really like Evolved’s motto as being an “author-centric” publishing house. As Lane will say in this interview, their goal has been to create a publishing house that they would want to join as authors. From what I’ve seen, they not only take care of their authors, but they are dedicated to producing top quality fiction. I’ve really enjoyed Lane’s book, Forgive Me, Alex, and the anthology, Evolution: Vol. 1, and anticipate many more quality reads in the future.

Evolved Publishing Upcoming Releases
: T.G. Ayer’s book, Dead Radiance: A Valkyrie Novel, comes out Feb. 25. Angela Scott’s Zombie Western, Wanted: Dead or Undead comes out between then and mid-March. D.T. Conklin’s Epic Fantasy book, Eulogy, is set to release March 14. I also mentioned Emlyn Chand as the newest author to Evolved Publishing. She has three children’s picture books that will release soon, the first coming in the Spring of 2012.

In case I wasn’t clear in the intro, the podcast feed has been pointed from my host at Posterous and moved to this website. Thanks to my friend, Mike Templeton, for making that a seamless transition. If you were subscribed before, you should still be subscribed. The only difference is the podcast will be down at the bottom of your list with the title, “Timothy C. Ward >> AudioTim.”

***News 2/20/12*** The new placement has all my AudioTim episodes so you can delete the old one. Same feed, no need to resubscribe.

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Saturday Spotlight: “Courage through Fear” by Ruby Standing Deer

Another five-star story from Evolved Publishing’s anthology Evolution: Volume One is “Courage through Fear” by Ruby Standing Deer. This story caught me off guard with my immediate fear and concern for the main character. This 21 year old girl grifting cross-country with alcoholic husband finds out too late the cost of their freedom. Emotional attachment and the temptations for survival prevent her from escaping just as they would anyone else in her situation. This is a story that will keep your firm attention till the end. There is a brief content warning, though I won’t say what to keep the surprise. I asked Ruby to read a section from the story that is sure to pull you in to the young woman’s plight.

Ruby has a book out with Evolved Publishing called Circles.
In her bio, she says “Life presents us a path; how we choose to navigate that ‘circle’ is up to us.” I would say this philosophy is part of what nailed me into the hero’s quest in “Courage through Fear;” I was captured by her dilemma and cared deeply for her to find her way to safety. I imagine her novel, Circles, will evoke the same sense of connection with the main character’s quest.

I asked Ruby to share a little about the unique setting of Circles, and she also gave us a brief excerpt to illustrate the main character’s voice.

Circles is set in a time rarely written about, in a place of plenty and peace. Seldom bothered by outsiders their culture’s not challenged, but rather deeply rooted in every person from birth. Families passionately connected through bonds with band member share everything, be it food or goings on within the band. Little happens that others do not share in.

Life is happy with humor always part of everyday experiences as well as Spirituality, and fears. Continue reading

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AudioTim 22: Nick Zaino III, Author of Horror, Humor and Non-fiction

This week’s Saturday Spotlight has grown into its own podcast. Author, Nick Zaino III, wrote two great short stories in the zombie genre: Walter’s Friends (One Buck Horror:Volume 4) and Sing for Your Life (In Delirium Bloom). Scroll down for giveaway. I asked if he’d do a Saturday Spotlight reading for me, but I wanted to hear what he has planned and what the fuss is all about with him publishing on www.libboo.com. If you haven’t already, the second part of this interview is up as AudioTim 21, where I interviewed one of the leaders of Libboo. I think you’ll enjoy Nick’s interview first because the story he reads from, “Sing for Your Life,” is great as an audio production, and also because he’s got great back story on his stories. The setting for his zombie short story, “Walter’s Friends” is ripe for a movie in the vein of The Shining–an island off New York City with an abandoned hospital. North Brother Island was home to a place for Typhoid victims, a place where a thousand bodies washed up after a boat wreck, and a drug rehab facility. Creepy stuff, and his story uses it very well. He also shares a funny story from his first job out of college, working as a book doctor. Continue reading

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Review and Ebook Giveaway of Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond

Forgive Me, AlexForgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is gruesome and emotional right out of the gate. The main character, Tony, goes through some monumental losses throughout the story. These aren’t the kind of losses that you can just blow off as insignificant because Lane’s writing makes you really care about these people and what’s going on. Lane excels in this area of sympathetic characters. Continue reading

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