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The SpecFicNZ Podcast
25 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
Episode 19 Sharon Hannaford on Urban Fantasy, marketing and more
In this episode we got to chat with Dunedin author Sharon Hannaford, about Urban Fantasy, marketing, and the importance of character flaws. You can find Sharon here at her website As ever your co-hosts are: Nix Whittaker Kura Carpenter Mat Danaher
28 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Episode 18 with president of the New Zealand Society of Authors Mandy Hager
In this episode we talk about rights for writers and other creatives, fiction as a way of exploring what's happening to our world, and why New Zealand writers should join the NZSA. Mandy's website can be found here The New Zealand Society of Authors can be found here And as ever your co-hosts can be found by clicking on the links below: Kura Carpenter Mat Danaher Nix Whittaker If you have any questions or feedback or would like to be interviewed please flick an email to: email@example.com
24 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Episode 17 In Which Melanie Harding-Shaw talks about CoNZ
In the episode Wellington writer Melanie Harding-Shaw talks about the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon which is coming from Wellington this year. She also talks about the new anthology she is helping to edit (Black Dogs, Black Tales), and why submitting a lot of short stories is the key to success. You can find more Melanie's website here, the CoNZ website here and the Facebook Page here. Just like last season your co-hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker and, Mathew Danaher And as usual the Podcast is brought to you by SpecFicNZ which you can find here. If you're already a member don't forget to join the Facebook Group here.
36 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
Episode 16: Jean Gilbert on writing and breaking into Hollywood
For this episode we were joined by award winning Hamilton based author Jean Gilbert. She talked about teaching writing to young people, living with face blindness, and writing for film and TV. You can find her here: Web. Facebook. Twitter. As always your co-hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker and Mathew Danaher, who is also to blame for any audio glitches or issues.
30 minutes | Oct 20, 2019
Episode 15 Jamie Sands on Romance, RPGs, and Research
In this episode we had a chat (and a laugh) with Jamie Sands. We talked about their YA book the Suburban Book of the Dead (buy it here), identity, role playing games, and romance, among other things. You can find them at the following links: Blog Facebook Twitter Patreon You can buy their romance novels here As ever you can join SpecFicNZ here Your hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher (who amateurishly edited and produced this episode).
58 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Episode 14: What I Wished I knew Before
In this episode your hosts talk about what they wished they had known before starting out down the self publishing, or traditional publishing routes. Some of the things they talk about are: Amazon Author Central. Book Funnel. New Zealand Society of Authors and their contract reading service. And vanity publishing and why you should avoid it, You can read more about them on the Writer Beware website. As every your hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher. And this podcast is part of SpecFicNZ which you really should join.
38 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
Episode 13 with Trudie Jaye from the SPA Girls Podcast
We had a lot of fun recording this episode as you can probably tell. Apologies from Mat for being a bit mumbly, as he was sat in the room where the recording was happening, there's no excuse. He will try better next time! Trudie Jaye Trudie is one of the hosts of the wonderful and super useful if you are or want to get into self publishing SPA Girls Podcast. Available on all good apps. Subscribe to it already! We talked a lot about: 20 Books to 50K Craig Martell Romance Writers of New Zealand, and of course SpecFicNZ. Your hosts: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher (who also does the recording, producing, and editing). If you would like to be interviewed or otherwise get involved - get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
35 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
Episode 12 Tim Jones and Climate Fiction and Activism
You can find Tim Jones Online: Blog Twitter NZ Book Council You can buy his latest book - Where We Land. And you can read a review here - SpecFicNZ As ever your co-hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher
44 minutes | Aug 24, 2019
Episode 11 in which we talk about dragons, maps, and email marketing with multi award winner Eileen Mueller
You can find out more about Eileen at her website here - https://www.eileenmuellerauthor.com/ Ava Fairhall's map for Dragons Realm - http://www.geysercon.nz/updates/avafairhallsfantasymaps 50booksto20k Book Funnel. As ever your hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher
36 minutes | Aug 4, 2019
Episode 10. Dan Rabarts talks about horror writing and those ideas that keep you up at night.
In this episode we talked with award winning Wellington based horror writer Dan Rabarts. You can find him online at: http://dan.rabarts.com https://twitter.com/rabarts https://www.facebook.com/rabarts He is a member of the Australasian Horror Writers Association, as well as FFANZ. As usual your co-hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher
34 minutes | Jul 20, 2019
Episode Nine in which Aaron Compton talks about being a mentee editor and other things
We were really lucky to spend an evening talking with Aaron Compton co-editor of Te Korero Ahi Ka As well as talking about his experience as a mentee editor, we also talked about being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, cryptozoological porn, and whether vikings were the first New Zealanders (hint - no they weren't!). You can visit Aaron's website here - https://www.compton.ink/ And you can find him on Twitter and Instagram - aaron.compton As ever your co-hosts are: Kura Carpenter Nix Whittaker Mathew Danaher If you are a New Zealand based or originating creator of speculative fiction you should join SpecFicNZ you can do that here - https://specfic.nz/join
36 minutes | Jul 6, 2019
Episode Eight: Hero's Journey or Fools Errand?
In this episode your regular co-hosts talked about plot and structure... They talked a lot about the hero's journey and their opinions of it, as well as saggy middles, sub plots, and more. Also Nix sets some homework. You can read more here: The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Why I seldom teach the hero's journey any more The hero's journey is no longer serving us Structure and Beats Your co-hosts: Nix Whittaker Kura Carpenter Mat Danaher (Editor/Producer/Engineer). NB: This episode was recorded with different software to usual, but that shouldn't impact on the sound too much. As ever please send any feedback, comments, or questions to: email@example.com
39 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Episode 07: Mark McCabe talks about Kindle Direct, getting that cover, fantasy maps, and more.
In this episode your hosts were lucky enough to spend an enjoyable half an hour or so in the company of Australian born, Dunedin resident author Mark McCabe who talked about Kindle Direct Publishing, going wide, making sure you have the right cover, and creating fantasy maps. If you want to do some further reading - You can find Mark online here. You find his artist Jeff Brown here. Generate your own fantasy city maps here. Other fantasy maps here. As ever you can find your hosts online - Nix Whittiker Kura Carpenter Mat Danaher This episode was produced, edited, and mixed by the hopefully ever improving, Mat. You can find SpecFicNZ here.
35 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
Episode Six Kevin Berry talks about Interactive Fiction and more
In this episode Christchurch author Kevin Berry talks about writing interactive fiction for a middle grade audience, as well as speculative fiction, YA, and crime fiction. You can find Kevin and his books here.
53 minutes | May 26, 2019
The SpecFicNZ Podcast Episode 05 In which Nix, Kura, and Mat ask do pantsers exist?
In this episode our three hosts talk about different aspects of writing from the point of view of an indie novelist, a traditionally published novelist, and a short story writer. As always this is with a focus on New Zealand. As always our hosts are: Kura Carpenter Mat Danaher Nix Whittaker If you have any comments or questions, or would like to get involved in our podcast, or be interviewed, flick us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
24 minutes | May 18, 2019
Episode Four: In which we talk about the psychology of characters and other things with Darian Smith
This episode features an enjoyable chat with Darian Smith, author of the 'Agents of Kalanon Sequence', as well as the extremely useful 'Psychology Workbook for Writers'. You can like Darian's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/DarianSmithAuthor/ You can find his books on Goodreads here - https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/7370521.Darian_Smith and you can buy them at all good bookshops both online and off.
45 minutes | May 4, 2019
Episode Three: Deb E Howell
In this episode we had a chat with Deb E Howell, Dunedin based author of Warrior's Touch, Healer's Touch and the soon to be published Magician's Touch among other works. You can find her website here - https://deberelene.com/ And you can find her on Facebook here - https://facebook.com/deberelene As you can tell we had a good laugh recording this one, and it was the second episode we actually recorded, so you can tell we were still getting used to the flow of the interview, and using the technology.
25 minutes | Mar 31, 2019
Episode 2 in which we interview Dunedin based author Daniel Stride
In this episode we talked with Dunedin based author Daniel Stride. We talked about his work in the SpecFicNZ anthology which you can find out more about here. We also talked about Daniel's novel Wise Phuul which you can buy here. We also talked about TV Tropes and the Society for Creative Anachronism. You can find Daniel's website here.
29 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
Episode One: Lee Murray and Piper Mejia Talk about Geysercon and NZ Young Writers Fest
Award winning New Zealand Writers Lee Murray and Piper Mejia talk about New Zealand's premier event for science and fantasy creators - Geysercon, as well as the import work that New Zealand Young Writers, and their Young Writers Fest do. You can find out more about Lee here, and more about Piper here. Geysercon Young NZ Writers Podcast hosted by: Kura Carpenter Mathew Danaher Nix Whittaker
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