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9 minutes | Sep 11, 2018
S1E28: Season 1 Wrap Up!
Here we are now at 28 episodes and also the end of season 1! Holy amazeballs, Captain Kirk. It's been a wild ride. There were triumphs. There were tragedies. There were glorious moments of hilarious absurdity. Yes, that's my bag. In today's episode, I do a quick recap of season 1 and give a glimpse of the new direction that we'll be moving in for season 2. Don't worry. Going in a new direction doesn't mean we won't be doing our utmost to be both entertaining, informative and awkwardly silly all at the same time. That's how I roll. Thank you so much for joining me for season 1. I'll see you in season 2!
67 minutes | May 29, 2018
S1E27: Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Author of The Extinction Cycle series
We chat with Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the grandfather of the post-apocalyptic genre! (I call him that, at least.) We discuss his experiences as a hybrid author and how that works with his numerous and successful series. He talks about how hard it can be to end a series. With so many series in his catalog, he should know! He also talks about his collaboration with Tony Melchiorri for the Orbs 4 book and his ideas for futures collaborations. And the Rorschach Round goes straight soothsayer as he predicts both how the world will end and what will happen when we have first contact with aliens. Yeah, we figure it all out, basically. All that and more!
58 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
S1E26: Wayne Stinnett, Author of the Jesse McDermitt series
We chat with Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of the Jesse McDermitt series. Wayne tells us how driving trucks led to writing books and how that led to a life he’s always dreamed of. We hear why Fallen Pride was the hardest book he’s ever written. We also reveal why Wayne and I have to be on a Homeland Security watch list. He talks about his journey as an indie publisher and what’s next in the progression. We also hear what Pyrate Radio is and how it works. And if you’ve seen a picture of Wayne, you know he’s got quite a beard. But how does his wife feel about it? You’ll find out! All that and more!
61 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
S1E25: Craig Martelle, Author of the Terry Henry Walton Chronicles
We chat with rock star of indie publishing, Craig Martelle, bestselling author of the Terry Henry Walton Chronicles. He swears he hasn’t demolished a hotel room… yet! Craig tells us about what his sister did to the very first book ever wrote. Bring your tissues! He also talks about his collaboration with Michael Anderle and what they have going on with the 20Books conventions. We also discuss some of the creative innovations brought about by the changes in the publishing space. We also hear about some of the unique aspects of his hometown, Fairbanks, Alaska. My daughters and I also have a Bam What!? contest because why not!? Make sure to leave your vote for the winner in the comments section on this episode. All that and much more!
63 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
S1E24: J Thorn & Zach Bohannon, Authors of the Barren series
We chat with J Thorn and Zach Bohannon, bestselling authors of the Barren series. In the interview, we discuss how their co-writing process works and how it got started. We also discuss collaboration in general and guidelines that will improve the odds of one working out. They tell us about their growing business, Molten Universe Medium, and where they want to take it in the future. We also hear about the very cool Authors on a Train experience and how it initially came about. And for the first time ever, we have a Word of the Day challenge! Was it an epic success or bust? You decide. And you will also experience the most immersive episode intro ever created! It’s like being there yourself. I guarantee it!* All that and more!
53 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
S1E23: Mark Sullivan, Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky
We chat with Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky. He’s also written numerous other novels including a series co-written with James Patterson. Mark shares with us the incredible manner in which the story of Pino Lella came into his life. We hear how his time spent with Pino had an immediate impact on his life. We also discuss how in many ways Pino Lella was a real life Forrest Gump in that he was at or near many of the major events in the closing years of World War II in Italy. And for the first time ever on the show, I answer the Rorschach Round questions for the author. In this show more than most, we go into the book and all the events surrounding it. So spoiler alert! And like usual, there’s all that and more!
65 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
S1E22: Adam Croft, Author of Her Last Tomorrow
We chat with million plus copy bestseller Adam Croft, author of megahits like Her Last Tomorrow. Adam tells us how he got into the writing career and how one of his previous jobs made him a customer service hate magnet. He escaped! He also goes over his latest approaches and how he managed to knock JK Rowling down to #2 on the charts. He shares with us what happened the time he went to prison and we commiserate on the trials and tribulations of parenting. (Not related to prison!) We even find out his choice for the least worst horrible way to die. Yes, the discussion ranges far and wide. You’ll learn. You’ll laugh. You hopefully won’t cry. All that and more!
60 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
S1E21: Jason Fry, Author of The Last Jedi novelization
We chat with New York Times Bestselling author Jason Fry about his newly released novelization of the movie, The Last Jedi. Prepare for a nerdgasm! You see, I love Star Wars and you’ll find out Jason loves it even more. From his one kid wikipedia journal covering the original comic books to writing Luke’s final scene, he’s been deep into it from the beginning. We discuss how he translated the book from the movie and director Rian Johnson’s direction for “lift, not drag”. You’ll hear about some of the scenes that he got to create from scratch and how he handled emotional scenes with Carrie Fisher’s character Princess Leia. Plus, my daughter Soji plays the Star Wars theme on her cello while Jason reads the first line of his novel. The force is with them. All that and more!
70 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
S1E20: Logan Keys, Author of The Long Fall series
We chat with live wire author Logan Keys about her new bestselling series, The Long Fall, which she cowrites with Mike Kraus. She tells us about what she’s learned cowriting with him. She also tells us about her unique youth in a household of Hollywood shakers. We discuss what she calls Open Mic Night and how important it is for creative types. She also gives us the scoop on her catchphrase “My words are my riot.” We also drop our two cents on the recent Terry Goodkind kerfluffle. And last but not least, we discuss her mesmerizing Facebook feed. Seriously, go check it out. All that and more!
76 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
S1E19: Ryan Schow, Author of The Last War series
We chat with Ryan Schow, a new voice in the PA genre who is absolutely crushing it with his new series, The Last War. We find out how Elon Musk inspired the idea behind the series and how parenting as a theme is explored in a post-apocalyptic context. (And I thought parenting in everyday life was hard enough!) He talks about how marketing played into the creation of the series and his assessment of the result of that approach. He also reveals to us the four things he loves most in life! We go into the reality of failure and how it relates to living the best life possible. We also touch on what a strange experience high school is and how it relates to later life. All that and a fifty-five gallon drum’s worth more!
58 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
S1E18: Robert Storey, Author of the Ancient Origins series
We chat with Robert Storey, bestselling author of the Ancient Origins series. He tells us how he deals with a medical condition called Cervical Dystonia and how that has affected his writing career. We delve into why he always ends up writing gigantic stories and the challenges of writing such stories in a series. He opens up about a particularly brutal case of writer’s block and how he ended up getting through it. I even talk about the time I went to an art exhibit called Body Worlds and how it nearly made me barf. Yes, it gets personal. All that and more!
71 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
S1E17: Chuck Grossart, Author of The Gemini Effect
We chat with Chuck Grossart, bestselling author of The Gemini Effect which won the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. He tells us about being a missileer. You know, the folks in charge of launching ICBMs. You know, nukes. Talk about a day job. We find out how his first book transformed and years later became his latest book, The Widening Gyre. Chuck also tells us about the worst job he ever had, and his answer is almost like asking another question. We both discuss what it's like being fathers and how that impacts our writing and thinking. He also gives some hints about what he's currently working on. All that and more!
68 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
S1E16: Jeff Olah, Author of The Last Outbreak series
We chat with Jeff Olah, bestselling author of The Dead Years and also The Last Outbreak series. This is Jeff’s first podcast interview. You might say I was Jeff’s first time! (But you probably shouldn’t.) We discuss the perils of the writerly life (going batguano crazy is one) and what he does to stay healthy and sane. And he shares Jeff’s Top Shelf Protein Chocolate Shake recipe for folks (like me) that have never found a good one. He also tells us about his novella set in the Extinction Cycle world. He is even so kind as to share his first ever book cover that he designed himself (and that has long since been buried). He also gives us an exclusive look into his new series, The Next World, and how that relates to his existing stories. All that and more!
72 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
S1E15: JT Sawyer, Author of the Emergence series
We chat with JT Sawyer, which is the pen name for Tony Nestor. Tony is a living legend in the field of survival and bushcraft skills. We find out how reading Emerson and Thoreau impacted his college career. (Any guesses? Haha.) He tells us about his most disturbing experience as a guide, which sounds like the setup for a horror movie. He talks about helping Emile Hirsch prepare for the movie, Into the Wild. We also hear about the worst job he ever had and so much more. You knew that, right? That’s because there’s always so much more!
45 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
S1E14: Saint John, a Short Story
Today we do something a little different. The variety in life is what gives it flavor. Am I right? In this episode, you (fair listener) and I (your intrepid host) go on an adventure together in the form of my first narrated story, Saint John. I’ve wanted to make my stories available as audiobooks for some time and this turned out to be a parallel path that made sense. This story is about a serial killer sentenced to life in prison… in space! And the sentence turns out not to last as long as expected. You’ll have to listen to find out more!
81 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
S1E13: Russell Blake, Author of the Jet series
We chat with Russell Blake, bestselling author of the Jet series and quite a few other books as well. This one is an interview for the ages. We discuss culture, society, history, the future of mankind and, last but not least, tequila. Russell tells us how tequila delivers on every promise it makes and how William Shatner once told him to "Shut up!". He tells us why he quit fishing and what the most important lesson to teach a child is. How is this all connected? Only one way to find out. You'll be entertained and educated like never before. It's that good. No, it's better!
57 minutes | Jan 9, 2018
S1E12: Shawn Chesser, Author of the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series
We chat with Shawn Chesser, bestselling author of the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series. We find out how Shawn wrote his first book in a crazy way only made possible by modern technology. He tells the story about how he used to wash dishes so awesomely that some people thought he was playing rock music. (I don’t do it that well.) We reflect on our youths and how Jaws ruined our adults lives. You too, right? We also do an amazing performance of Night of the Living Dead and Shawn tells us what happened when he saw it way back when. All that and more!
54 minutes | Jan 2, 2018
S1E11: Steven Konkoly, Author of the Perseid Collapse
We chat with Steven Konkoly, USA Today bestselling author of The Perseid Collapse series and several other series as well. He tells us how he publishes both as an indie and with a traditional publisher. We find out how manages so many series and also how The Black Flagged series is similar to Whack-a-Mole. We hear about Kindle Worlds and how he has both managed his own and participated in Blake Crouch's The Wayward Pines world. He also tells us how he got promoted out of the basement office in his home to a posh, upstairs corner office. And we go all in on a teleplay performance inspired by Steven's real life experience in Officer Candidate School. All that and much more!
60 minutes | Dec 26, 2017
10: Peter Meredith, Author of The Undead World series
This week we chat with Peter Meredith, author of the bestselling The Undead World series. He give us the member's only look at his beloved character Jillybean. That girl is crazy, in the best way. We hear about the scariest moment in his life and how that turned into one of his first written stories. He reveals an embarrassing fact about himself and later reveals what a "friend" did to him to make him subsequently enjoy killing a character in his book based on that person. (My take: the character deserved it and the person got off easy!) And don't miss an Academy Award winning teleplay performance by Peter and Yours Truly. I think you'll agree we crushed it like a coke can under an elephant's butt. All that and much more!
58 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
S1E9: Tim Tigner, Author of the Kyle Achilles series
We chat with Tim Tigner, bestselling author of the Kyle Achilles series. He tells us about his time as a Green Beret working in Soviet Counterintelligence. He also shares the events and realizations that transformed him from being an underachiever to now having a resume that reads like fiction. We also dive into Google Translate to calibrate it against Tim's fluency in Russian. And we find out about the time he ran into Mikhael Gorbachev, which is crazy considering Tim's history. All that and much more!
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