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Calling All Nerds
76 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
#31 - I Got a Book Deal!!!
At long, long last I can finally announce that I have landed a book deal with a major publisher!! That's right folks, Danny Double Day got picked up by Feiwel & Friends (imprint of Macmillan)! Here I detail my long road to getting traditionally published, starting in 2009 and ending with today!
82 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
#30 - How to Stop Mass Shootings
The first of my "conversations we should have" series, where I take on topics I've always wanted to talk about with people who have different opinions than I do. First up is how to stop mass shootings with two high school acquaintances of mine, Brian Howard and Celeste Myers.
120 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
#29 - Chat with Brandon Mull #1 NYT Bestseller
My interview with the one and only Brandon Mull, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Dragonwatch, Beyonders, Spirit Animals, Candy Shop War, and Five Kingdom series. Dragonwatch 3, Master of the Phantom Isle, comes out Oct 1, 2019. For more go to http://brandonmull.com/
53 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
#28 - 2019: Summer of Trips That Went Horribly Wrong
I regale you with accounts of two trips this summer that went horribly wrong: one where I was stuck in a cabin with 35 people while we lost the ability to use the toilet...FOUR different times and another where me and my buddies were one gust of wind away from making the evening news, and not in a good way.
83 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
#27 - Author Chat with Frank L Cole
I'm back after a long summer break with fellow middle grade author Frank L. Cole! Frank has published 13 books and counting, including his latest in the Potion Masters series, The Transparency Tonic. Go to https://frankcolewrites.com/ to learn more.
95 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
#26 - Living a Life of Adventure with the Jurgys
The Jurgys (https://www.thejurgys.com) are an amazing family that travels the world seeking and encouraging others to go on adventures. They're currently hiding treasures in all 50 states. You can follow and join them on their journeys by checking out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/thejurgys
137 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
#25 - Avengers Endgame Breakdown with Capt/Dr. Steve Thayer
Avengers Endgame has FINALLY ARRIVED! My brother and I break down the movie, what we liked, what we didn't, as well as discuss our lists of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ranked 1-22. We also talk about our favorite moments in the MCU over the last 11 years and what we think the future holds. SPOILERS abound in this very special episode of CALLING ALL NERDS!!
115 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
#24 - Giving What You Have to Offer with NYT Bestseller Liesl Shurtliff
Liesel is the NYT Bestselling author of the Fairly True Tales series and the Time Castaway series. She has won numerous awards and her latest book GRUMP, a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves through the eyes of Grumpy, is a 2018 Whitney Award Finalist. You can find out more about Liesl at https://lieslshurtliff.com
83 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
#23 - Focus on Your Goals with NYT Bestseller Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen is a NYT Bestselling author of The Ascendance Trilogy, Mark of the Thief Trilogy, The Traitor's Game Series, A Night Divided, and many more. One of her latest books, Resistance, is a Whitney Award Finalist. She joins me to talk about her publishing journey and the importance of focusing on your goals and never giving up. You can find all things Jennifer at http://jennielsen.com
103 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
#22 - From Mommy Blog to Middle Grade with Shauna Holyoak
Shauna Holyoak's debut novel Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers comes out on April 23, 2019. She joins me to talk about her publishing journey all the way from her "mommy blogging" days to the debut of her first novel with a major publisher. You can find out more at https://www.shaunaholyoak.com
133 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
#21 - Whitney Award Finalist Interview - Nicholas Petrarch
In my first interview of fellow Whitney Award Finalists I interview my friend Nicholas Petrarch, author of the Clockwork Calamity series. Nick and I talk about a whole host of things but touch quite a bit on exploring different aspects of ourselves through writing our fictional characters. Check out Nick at https://nicholaspetrarch.com. My preamble includes a 1 Min Media Review on The Umbrella Academy, a quarterly status update on my 2019 yearly goals, and me complaining about how I don't care about authors' cats on Twitter.
126 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
#20 - Failure is Part of Success with Author J Scott Savage
J Scott Savage is the author of eighteen published novels including the Farworld series from Shadow Mountain, the Case File 13 series from Harper Collins, and the Mysteries of Cove series. He joins me to talk about the roller coaster ride of his prolific career and how failure is not the opposite of success but an integral part of success.
106 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
# 19 - Landing the Big Book Deal with Author Sofiya Pasternack
Debut author Sofiya Pasternack gives a behind-the-scenes look of what it was like to land her dream agent followed by a solid book deal with a major publisher. She also talks about her debut middle grade novel, ANYA AND THE DRAGON, which comes out on Sep 24th, 2019 with HMH Versify. You can find more at www.sofiyapasternack.com
97 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
#18 - From Script to Screen with NYT Bestselling Author/Producer Aaron Johnston
Aaron Johnston is a NYT bestselling author, television writer, comic-book writer, playwright, and the co-creator and executive producer of the BYUtv series EXTINCT. Aaron is the co-author of the Ender's Game prequel novels with Orson Scott Card and was an associate producer on the Ender's Game movie. Find more about Aaron at http://www.aaronwjohnston.com/
84 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
#17 - Why I Stopped Writing with Author Jacob Gowans
Jacob Gowans is the hybrid author of the very popular Psion series and the Shadow Mountain published Tales of Light and Shadow series. In one of my most interesting interviews ever, Jacob shares how he published 7 books over the course of 5 years and why, after achieving so much success, he decided to stop writing. You can find out more about Jacob at http://www.jacobgowans.com/
99 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
#16 - Persevere to Publishing with Frank Morin
Frank Morin is the author of the YA fantasy series Facetakers and Petralist. Frank shares his roard to becoming a published author with great books, awesome covers, and cool art. We talk about his incredible work ethic (one day he wrote 18,000 words!) and dedication to the craft. You can find out more about Frank, his books, and get some Petralist merch at http://www.frankmorin.org/
148 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
#15 - Overthinking Everything with Podcaster Andy Ballstaedt
Andy is the creator and host of the Andy Overthinks podcast (AndyOverthinks.com) and one of my very favorite conversationalists. We tackle everything from the controversial Gillette ad to parenting styles, to giving kids cell phones, to political correctness, to gender equality, and more! (*sorry for the slight echo with my voice on this episode. Not sure what happened there)
67 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
#14 - Being a Renaissance Man with Stephen Gashler
Stephen Gashler is a storyteller, author, playwright, composer, and singer. He has been entertaining children and adults for over ten years through storytelling, stand-up comedy, and music. I talk about what its like to be a jack of all trades. You can find all Stephen's stuff at https://stephengashler.com
100 minutes | Jan 9, 2019
#13 - Year in Review with Dr. Stephen Thayer
I speak with my brother, Captain Dr. Steve Thayer about movies, video games, and TV shows in 2018. What were the best, the worst, the most disappointing, and the ones Rotten Tomatoes got wrong. I also review how I did on my 2018 resolutions and lay out my resolutions for 2019.
120 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
#12 - Author's Perspective with Jodi L Milner
Jodi L. Milner is the author of the YA noble dark fantasy Stonebearer’s Betrayal as well as several short stories appearing in numerous anthologies and SQ Magazine. In her community, she holds a leadership position in the League of Utah Writers and teaches at chapter meetings and conferences. She’s a world traveler, married a magician, studied Kenpo karate, and performed reptile shows several times a week while in college. Website: http://jodilmilnerauthor.wordpress.com Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/JodilMilnerAuthor/ Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jodi-L.-Milner/e/B00SGCGYHC/
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