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TRATWD 072 – Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone, with Scott Roche

Posted by on 02 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: Interview

scott-roche-author-photoIn today’s episode I interview author and podcaster Scott Roche about his new novella, COMING HOME AGAIN. We discuss the challenges of writing outside your comfort zone.

This interview originally aired in August on Google Hangouts on Air. We took questions from the live audience. I hope you enjoy it!


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TRATWD 067 – KT Bryski on Research and Fairy Tales

Posted by on 28 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: Interview

bryski-kt_headshotIn today’s episode, I interview KT Bryski about her new podcast Six Stories, Told at Night. We discuss doing research for fiction, the hero’s (and heroine’s!) journey, fairy tales vs. myths, and why Kat Howard is KT’s literary doppelgänger…

Six Stories, Told at Night


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TRATWD 063 – Metamor City Retrospective at Balticon 50

Posted by on 30 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: Interview, Just For Fun

Chris Lester, Christiana Ellis, and Michael Spence joined moderator Doc Coleman for a trip down memory lane to the early days of the Metamor City Podcast.

Recorded live at Balticon 50, May 28, 2016, in Baltimore, MD. Apologies for the sudden cutoff during the Q&A session; the recording device ran out of storage. Thanks to Doc for recording the show!

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TRATWD 055 – Business 101 for Writers, with J. Daniel Sawyer

Posted by on 04 Jun 2016 | Tagged as: Interview

dan_headshot3bIt’s time for another interview! This time I sat down with J. Daniel Sawyer to discuss his new book, The Every Day Novelist: Business 101. We discussed how being a writer is different from being in other kinds of business, how the publishing industry has changed in recent years, and the fundamental question of copyright and its place in our culture. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


NaNoWriMo Every Month Podcast

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 43: Marketing Strategies for Writers, with Abigail Hilton

Posted by on 12 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: Interview

Abbie Hilton Chibi, by Rah Cloutier

Abbie Hilton Chibi, by Rah Cloutier

Abigail Hilton has attracted a fervent audience of thousands of readers and listeners with her fantasy series The Prophet of Panamindorah, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, and Hunters Unlucky. (Full disclosure: I’m one of them.) I sat down with Abbie to discuss the strategies she has used to get the word out about her books, grow her audience, and turn a profit on her writing career.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 23: Writing Media Tie-Ins, with Keith R. A. DeCandido

Posted by on 25 Oct 2015 | Tagged as: Interview

The Interview: Keith R. A. DeCandido

Keith DeCandido is one of the world’s most successful and prolific authors of media tie-in fiction, having written numerous works for Star Trek, Stargate, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, World of Warcraft, and many others. I sat down to talk with him about the joys and struggles of writing for pay in someone else’s sandbox.

keith-press-photoKeith’s Retro Website

“Down to the Waterline”, a story in Keith’s urban fantasy series

Anthology: Out of Tune

X-Files: Trust No One Anthology

V Wars: Night Terrors Anthology

In the Feedback Section:

No new feedback this week, but Nobilis Reed has released a new Metamor City story, Big Surprise — and it’s narrated by Metamor City super-fan Sara Testarossa! WARNING: As usual for a Nobilis story, this is an erotic story. No children, please!

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 11: Publishing and Social Media Strategies, with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine

Posted by on 19 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Interview

For today’s episode I sat down with long-time friends and award-winning authors Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine to discuss the pros and cons of different strategies for publishing your work. We also talked about the different social media platforms that are available, and which ones are the most effective tools for authors looking to build their audience and promote their work.

tee-and-pip-shepherdstownReferenced in this interview:

Tee Morris’s Blog

The Worlds of Philippa Ballantine

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

One-Stop Writer Shop

Galileo Games: The Ministry Initiative

Social Media for Writers (pre-order now!)

Review Tales from the Archives on iTunes

In the Feedback Section:

OzGuvnor talks about the unexpected benefits of putting in small, incremental efforts on a consistent basis. Nobilis suggests an easy way of leaving feedback for the show. Sara T. talks about the final installment of FLYING FREE, big emotions, and bisexual characters in fiction.

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Elysian Springs Kickstarter

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BONUS – Tale Chasing #38: Writing Darkly with Chris Lester

Posted by on 23 Nov 2010 | Tagged as: Interview

Kimi Alexandre of Tale Chasing interviewed Chris about writing darkness into fiction — why, when, and how to do it. We hope you enjoy it!

BONUS – Triple Threat Interviews on ISBW

Posted by on 22 Nov 2009 | Tagged as: Interview, Just For Fun

Mur Lafferty interviewed all three of the Triple Threat authors — me, J. Daniel Sawyer and Philippa Ballantine — for this extra-large episode of I Should Be Writing. I hope you enjoy listening to these interviews as much as we enjoyed recording them!

Bonus – Interview with Out of the Coffin (OotC #14)

Posted by on 14 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Interview

Dan Shaurette of the Out of the Coffin podcast interviews Metamor City creator Chris Lester.

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