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Join me on this interview of the multi-talented Kim Alexander where we are going to talk a little about her writing life and a lot about her writing, books, and other things. Join us for a fun and sometimes funny chat.On this week's episode we are going to talk about:Her interview with the master himself, Stephen KingWhat makes a good fantasy novel? Of course my favorite topic, character developmentPitfalls that new authors make when they try and write fantasyWhat the heck is epic fantasy anyway What drove her to write fantasyShe'll talk about her wonderful New World Magic seriesWhat drove you to write that seriesShe's tells us about her other series as wellAnd,  the most important thing I ask, where do we find her booksDuring the show we talk about her editor, Carly. I wanted to give a shout out to her so people know where to find her information. Check out Book Light at https://booklighteditorial.com/And of course I cannot forget my own wonderful editor, Katherine McintyreYou can find her here!Thanks for listening and remember to check out her here!Support the show
Historic fiction has become huge in recent years. However, did you know that right along with that is a resurgence in interest of old things as well? Join me and my very special guest, "All Things Tudor" host Deb Hunter where we talk about all kinds of interesting things Tudor and otherwise.Join us as we talk aboutHow she got into the world of the Tudors?What's it like writing posts and managing content for a FB following of 30,000 people?How does she keep content fresh?What advice does she have for new writers?What role does she play in find materials for her magazine?What drew her to a magazine format?Is there anything that shocks her?What is she working on right now?She has an amazing story to tell and I most certainly hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Check it out!If you want to know more about Deb Hunter, you can check her out here. All of her books, merchandise, and a link to her podcast is in one easy to find place.Support the show
Come join us as we pick the brain of a legend in the horror writing world as we discuss his new book, Southern Fried and Horrified.We'll dip into topics like how he got to where he is today, tips and tricks, what is different today compared to the past, and reflections on some time he took away from the writing community. You can also check out his new book when it is released after September 6th 2022. Available everywhere you buy books! Check it out.You can keep up on the goings on his life at his website. https://www.ronaldkelly.com/Support the show
Today I have the honor to interview one of the busiest men in the business, Mr. Daniel Paisner who is the most prolific author you didn't even know you have read. Daniel is a ghost writer and has worked for people who have graced the halls of the white house to people who you may not know, but have an amazing story to tell.Not only does he give voice to others, but he is a prolific writer in his own right and we will delve into his book, Balloon Dog.We are going to talk about all kinds of things. Join us as we talk about;His life as a ghost writer.How much research is involved in building each project.How often is he handed something to work from?How involved is the celebrities staff?Listen as I ask him to talk about his latest book, Balloon Dog.To what extent did your own COVID lockdown influence Balloon Dog?Most importantly, where can people find Balloon Dog?He also mentions his podcast. Check it out here!Want to know more about Daniel? Check him out here! How about Daniel's podcast called As Told To?Thanks for joining us!Support the show
Interview: Alex Grass

Interview: Alex Grass

2022-07-0501:09:38

Today I interview the amazing Alex Grass, the author of the book A Boy's Hammer, and many other amazing books. We talked about music, books, and how he cracks the nut that is writing.Join us as we talk about all kinds of things like...His amazing backgroundHis connection to mortuary schoolHow he discovered that he wanted to be a writer?”His writing processThe importance the book Doctor Sleep has played in his lifeIn his own words, what is A Boy's Hammer about?Tell us a little bit it about itWhat should they know about A Boy’s Hammer?Most importantly, where can people find his work?Great interview that you will not want to miss. Check it out! Want to know more about Alex? Check him out here!Thank you for joining us today. And we mention a video on how Amazon makes books after you order them. Here is the link if you are interested in watching the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KjPcw64Izg-Bryan the WriterSupport the show
Follow me on my adventures in Kentucky and Colorado. I was able to hit up some amazing places including a flooded mine, an award winning zoo, the Garden of the Gods and other places. There are tons of writing prompts all around us. Tons of ideas and all we have to do is reach out and touch those thoughts.I love taking some time and enjoying the chance to watch the world move around me and enjoying everything life has to offer.-Bryan the Writer!Support the show
Some of you will remember I did a review of the novel, The Playing Card Killer. I very much enjoyed that book and jumped at the chance to read and review Russell James's next book, Demon Dagger. Join us today as we talk about his latest work, how he crafted his novel, why he did what he did, and why he did not do what he could have done on this episode of All Things Writing. We will talk about all kinds of things including;A walkthrough of your latest offering, Demon Dagger.  I love the idea of a protagonist who can see demons. Where did that idea come from? In the beginning of the book, you make it clear that the relationship between Drew and his wife Anna is a difficult one. Tell us why you added that as an element to the story?Keeping in the theme of family, something happens to Drew and Anna’s only son. I have to tell you that I did not see that coming. But it sets up the rest of the book nicely. There is a conventional wisdom in writing that dictates we, as writers, should be careful when we are dealing with children in horror. Explain your thought process in framing what you did concerning their son. I love the idea of a rickety old dagger becoming a formidable weapon only in the presence of a demon. Where did that idea come from? Let’s talk cars for a moment or two. Gabriella, a classic muscle car, plays an important role in this story. Talk about the relationship between the car, Drew, and the character of Lincoln. What do you think is the central message of the book Demon Dagger? We leave Anna and Drew with their weapons. Will see them again? Where can people find you work?Want to know more? Check out Russel James at https://www.russellrjames.comOr at his amazon page at: https://www.amazon.com/Russell-James/e/B006BFIOKQThanks for listening!-BryanSupport the show
The Terry Brooks Interview

The Terry Brooks Interview

2022-05-2401:00:29

On the 30th of April I had the most extraordinary opportunity of my life. I was asked if I would fill in as the moderator of the Ravencon chat with Mr. Terry Brooks. Yes, the Sword of Shannara author. The man who brought us the Landover series. An icon in the world of fantasy fiction who changed the playing-field and inspired generations of writers.As you can imagine, it was a tremendous opportunity and I accepted.What you are about to hear is the mostly unedited recording of our conversation. What I did cut out was only a little bit in the beginning where we were getting settled and the end where we were leaving the room.Please enjoy this interview. It is truly amazing and it is really at the heart of why we do this show we call, All Things Writing.Support the show
Do any of you remember who our guest is this week? Here is a hint. He is a novelist as well as an attorney who loves to write two fisted, hardboiled, blood and guts pulp fiction. Why would I want to keep you in suspense? Welcome to my guest this week, Mr. Mark Mellon. Listen to Mark while we talk about:What is his favorite genre and why How did he get interested in NoirHow does the day job influence what he writesLonger fiction over short.How do you manage your writing life? I know that for me there are tons of other competing priorities, and I am sure with the day job it can get a little rough. What advice can you give someone out there who is trying to balance life with writing? What are you working on now?I want to remind everyone that next week is a week off for me, but after that I will be back with something amazing that you are just not going to believe you are hearing.Tune in next week. I got to sit down with a man who has single handedly changed the world of writing and opened up a genre to tons of new readers. I will have that interview for you in a mostly uncut form. You won’t believe who I had the chance to sit down with. Thank you again for hanging out with us. For all things writing, this is Bryan and Mark, signing off. www.mellonwritesagain.comSupport the show
The term trope actually is derived from the Greek word tropos. Tropos means to "turn or, direction, or way". Derived from the verb, it suggests that something is  being turned, to directed, to altered, or changed in some way. By the way, tropes and their classification were an important field in classical rhetoric. If my sources are to be believed. Literary terms.net defines tropes as referring to any type of figure of speech, theme, image, character, or plot element that is used many times. Any kind of literary device or any specific example can be a trope. Most often the word is used to refer to tropes that are widespread such as irony, metaphor, juxtaposition, and hyperbole, or themes such as ‘the noble savage’ or ‘the reluctant hero.’ It must be used multiple times to be a ‘trope’ but it is also possible talk about something that’s a trope in only one novel or one author’s works if it is used many times.Are tropes bad? No. No where as bad as using tons of other different types of words and phrases we use in the English language. However, some can be overused. For example, there was a great commercial recently which played on tropes by showing a bunch of teens running from a crazed lunatic. They pointed to a spooky house, a barn full of axes, a hedge maze. One of them screams out something like, “Why don’t we just take the running car?” There was a running car in the background.Stick with me for the discussion and a little later in the show I have a book review for you but before we get to that, I want to discuss a word with you. And that word is trope. Tropes and what are they is really the topic of discussion for today.Thanks for joining us!Want to know more about tropes?https://www.skillshare.com/blog/literary-and-genre-tropes-make-your-stories-interesting/Want to find out more about the book I reviewed?https://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Smothered-Chunked-Monster-Hunter-ebook/dp/B00A6DT0P2 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
Greetings my writing friends! This week I got the chance to sit down with the amazing Sirrah Medeiros and pick her brain about all kinds of things. An interesting gal with a passion for writing, service, and dogs. And, as you know, I love dogs!Come with me as we talk about all kinds of things likeHow she became the moderator of a romance groupWhat first made her want to write poetryHow she got into horrorWhat advice would she give to new writers trying to write the chilling things that go bump in the nightWhat is her favorite kind of horrorWho are her favorite horror authors living and deadHow has her background influenced her writing over the yearsAnd of course what is working on now and where can people find herWant to know more about Sirrah? Check her out at her website, https://sirrahmedeiros.com/As always, thank you for joining us on All Things Writing. If you want to know more or have questions, hit me  up at my e-mail bryanthewriter@bryannowak.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
I love nothing more than to interview great authors. Those of you who are with me and listen to the show every week will remember that I said this week we would have an interview with the amazing J.D. Blackrose. Join us as we talk about all kinds of things like, Her razor sharp witWho she credits for her writing styleWhat she does when she is not writingHer favorite and least favorite parts of the writing process and whyWhat she would tell the younger writing version of herselfWhat is her writing routineShe will talk about her Summoner’s mask trilogyOf course we will ask her about her Zombie Cosmetologist novellasCome on and join us as we talk about all of this stuff and even more on this episode of All Things Writing. Want to know more about JD? Check her out here www.slipperywords.comWant to know more about Sheldrick  Trust? https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ Support the show
So, you may ask yourself, how much am I writing? Well, Right now I am not writing a lot.I suppose that is only partially true. I am writing a podcast script for all of you lovely people. However, book wise I am not writing a ton at the moment. A few things sort of conspired against me and that is the topic of today’s show. What can you do when you suddenly find yourself in between writing projects.You will rightly ask yourself, “But Bryan, why not just start writing another project. I could but lately I have not been feeling great and that really saps my energy, but that is really only part of the reason. I have one book at the editor, another book at the publisher, and another first draft in the drawer, cooling its heels before I launch back into editing. I almost am afraid to start anything new right now. Although I am still going to be hitting the keyboard on other things (not serious efforts, more exploratory work), I am focusing on a few other elements of my writing world that need a little help.Basically, today I want to talk about what those annoying little things that need to get done to enable you to write in the first place.What are those things? Well, simply put, we need to work onWebsite maintenanceResponding to emails research into open submission callsFile maintenanceAdvertisingThese things are a lot of work, I know. Plus, they really are not fun. But you have to do them if you want to make it in this crazy business we call writing. And more importantly, you have to do those things if you want to get noticed. Because, remember, that if you want attention you have to scream louder than everyone else who is shouting around you.To be fair, I don't know everything. However, I am trying my best to change my little world for the better. So, sit back, take a listen, and hear me talk about these little things I concentrate on when I am not concentrating on my words!Want to reach out to me? Hit me up!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
Think fast my writing friends. What would you say is the single most important aspect of your writing game aside from butt in chair making the words happen?I would argue that if you said anything other than the help of a good editor, you would be wrong. And our next guest has a passion of writing and editing and she is going to share with us the things she has learned.If you listened to last week’s show you would already know that my guest this week is none other than Red Lagoe. Listen on as we talk about all kinds of things about how she got into writing, where did all those snakes come from, and...How did she get into horror writing?Who influenced her horror writing?Let's talk about Lucid Screams and Dismal DreamsHow did she get started writing in the short story realm?What is the key to great short story writing?What drives her as a writer?What kindled her interest in being an editor?Check out Red at www.redlagoe.com or her Amazon page Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
This episode, and a few of the upcoming episodes are going to be special in that I am doing interviews of Horror Writer Association, Virginia Chapter members. I have been a member of that association for quite a long time now, as far as being a member of anything goes and I am happy to say that it has me pretty busy working with other authors on a bunch of different things.It is that association which put me in contact with so many interesting people and I have been super fortunate to make some pretty long lasting friendships in the process.One of the things we do is have a chapter table at various events where we get to talk about how the HWA is an international organization dedicated to horror and really is the only one of its kind anywhere. You don’t have to be a horror writer. You can be a supporting member if you just really like horror and hanging around horror authors.So, it should not shock anyone that my next guest is a member of that organization with a pretty interesting tale to tell not just about horror, but he is a multi-genre author like I am. Want to know more, check out this episode where we talk with author Sidney Williams.We are going to talk about all kinds of things; His history and the wide depth and breadth of things he has done.His favorite thing to teach.Three things every writer should know or do to make their writing stronger?His influences.His favorite horror novel and How about movie?What did he fall in love with first and how did his other interests come along?He'll tell us about Fools Run, his latest book and the follow-on book.Visit Sidney online at https://SidisAlive.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/SidneyWilliamsBooksTwitter: @Sidney_WilliamsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/sidney_williams/ Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
I want to tell you that I am super happy with the way the edits to my book "The App" are coming along. My editor has really taken me to task and made me work out the kinks in the system. So today, I'm sharing with you some of the comments she has sent to me and exactly how I handled them. I'm also going to share with you an instance where I did not take her advice, although I did absolutely understand and value it.I have a fairly stringent self-editing process I utilize to ensure that what I am sending an editor is not crazy and too disjointed. I do this because I really don't want to send her udder nonsense. And yet, there are tons of things she can find wrong with it and plenty of things she can help me focus on as I go through the process.I did, by the way, get permission from her to share this with you. My editor for The App is a wonderful lady called Katherine McIntyre. And those of you have been with me for a while will remember that she is also the author of the Take to the Skies series I love so much. Although I am not a huge steampunk guy, I loved those books.Maybe if I do this right, we can convince her to come on the show?Want to know more? Check out the links above and you will find some amazing work by her!-Bryan the WriterSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
Good Day to you!I had the greatest fortune to meet author Darin Kennedy at a show we were doing. Wonderful show and a great time. I recently read his book, Necromancer for Hire and I wanted to get him on the show to talk about the book, his current works, and everything in between. Check out Darin and I as we talk about all kinds of things to include writing, art, music, and his bird watching habit. We will also chat about:What got him started in horror?Necromancy? Was there some particular attraction? How does being a medial professional look at how the main character approaches her job?How did the idea of April the Necromancer come about?How did he decide on the Janus Blade as both a weapon and a tool at the same time?Where does her love interest, Gavin, end up in the grand arc that is April's life?We leave Julian LaMorte in an precarious place. Interesting. One gets the impression this was certainly on purpose. Why did he leave the story line where he did?Is he a just a fan of classical music or just Pictures at an Exhibition in general?How does art influence his writing?Being a doctor is a busy job. How does he find time for it all and what does he get out of it at the end?He and I will discuss his writing process.Want to know more about Darin? You can check out his website here! You can also check out his Amazon Author page here!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
Welcome to the show everyone! Hope you are doing well. This is All Things Writing and I am your host, American author, Bryan Nowak.let’s get hooking? Have you ever read a book that was so woefully lacking in any kind of hook that you put it down and never picked it up again? I most certainly have and if you have too, you are not in the minority. If you are not hooked, then why should you continue reading?In an article written by Sharon Short in Writer’s Digest there were five characteristics of a great beginning. I will make sure and post the link to writer’s digest in the show notes so you can check them out yourself. Well worth checking out.She focuses, in the article, on five characteristics of a great beginning. The first is an overall sense of immediacy. She says that readers must have a reason to read, even if that reason is visceral or lies in the subconscious.It was like I was saying, you need to present your audience with some reason to continue reading or they will just put the book down and walk away. And no one wants that.She suggests that it is perfectly fine to start with dialogue or action, but you need to still pique your reader’s curiosity.The second characteristic is the tone you set. She also uses the word tone in the article. You must ensure that word choice and overall tone in the beginning of your work will tell the reader what to expect. Are they going to laugh? Are they going to cry? Will they be terrified? You need to make sure and build that into the beginning.Third is suspense. I am a fan of saying that all books are mysteries since you are starting with something you have never read so you have no idea how it is going to end. It is a mystery in that sense.Sharon says, “just hint at what’s to come.”A great example is in the first paragraph of the book Watchers by Dean Koontz. It is stated that the main character is taking only “…a package of Oreo cookies, a large canteen full of orange-flavored Kool-aid, and a fully loaded Smith and Wesson .38 Chief’s Special.”To me, that is a great hook. You know this guy is planning for something and not something good.Next Sharon’s article mentions something that drives me crazy. She specifically calls out specificity as an important characteristic of the writing. What she is getting at is the importance of getting to the point when you are still hooking the reader. And lastly fair play. In my own words, don’t offer them a steak dinner and then serve them linguini. Or maybe I am just hungry?You want it to work, so there has to be foreshadowing of something fixin’ to go wrong. You cannot just let it lay on the page there if your reader expects horror, mystery, scifi, etc. Let your reader know that there is enough in store to keep them moving through the pages.Remember the idea that your first chapter is essentially a contract with your readers. Don’t mislead them.Want to know more? Check out Writer's Digest here!    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
As most of you know, I love doing cons. Why? Well, not only do I get to meet some amazing readers, but I also get to spend time with other amazing authors. The last show I did in 2021 I got the chance to hang out with my next guest for three days of fun and mayhem. This effin’ guy was so much effin’ fun that I’m sure I had more fun than a whole sackfull of Collared Observer Penguins who would rightly tell you to sit back, relax, and get some fucking popcorn, it’s shitshow time. Bryan, what, did you just say?You heard me right. Sit back and grab your thesaurus of expletives, my next guest is Aaron Reynolds, author of Effin’ Birds, A field guide to identification. Aaron, welcome to the effin’ show.Join us as we find out more about our good friend Aaron and how Effn' Birds came into being.  We will talk about all kinds of cool things.What started first, the jokes or the deep and abiding interest in what birds?I have, for years, and idea for a coffee table book, but it has stalled on me because of the whole novel writing and podcasting thing. Something about needing more time for stuff. But when was it that you knew you had an idea for a coffee table book?How does a coffee table book differ in terms of writing that versus a novel do you think?What things surprised you about writing Effin’ Birds?If you can go back in time, and tell your writer self anything, any bit of advice, what would that be?What bit of advice we were given when we were first starting out that we did not need at all?So you wrote an amazing effn’ book. Then you decided to get into the cards. I think we sometimes forget about the idea of merchandizing outside of just our books. I am curious what led you to the cards.What’s effn’ next for you?If you are so inclined, any support you can offer the show would be most appreciated. You can hit me up on Patreon where I am actually doing readings of my books. You can also donate to the show directly through paypal.If you have any questions about the show or would like to chat about anything, reach out to me at bryanthewriter@bryannowak.com .If you would like to find out more about Effn' Birds, check it out here.   Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
Happy New Year!Welcome to the show all things writing. This is our 3rd season and we are happy to reintroduce ourselves to you.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am Bryan Nowak, the author of The Dramatic Dead, The Reverent Dead, Crimson Tassels, Riapoke, The Bagorian Chronicles, the Dean Cordaine books, the soon to be released second book in the Bagorian Chronicles series, as well as another horror novel which I am putting the finishing touches on now.What is all things writing? We are talking about writing, books, fans, editing, publishing, and all things in between. In reality, as long as it is book related, we are going to chat about it. I got my start writing in 2013. Funny story that I think I have told loads of times, but not really on the show, so I will share it here. I was in a meeting and for the most part, the meeting had nothing to do with me. So, I pulled out a pen and paper and started writing a little story in the back of my notebook. I still have that original manuscript and I sometimes pull it out and look at it.People ask me about my style of writing, and I love to point out that in reality I am 100% committed to the idea that I am first and foremost an entertainer. That is the one thing actors, musicians, singers, and other artists have in common, we entertain people. To be an effective writer, you have to get that idea firmly entrenched in your head or there is no reason to write in the first place. That book you are writing must entertain at least one person, that is you.I also want to be a writer who lifts you out of your place and time and transports you to a world more entertaining than our own regular lives. When I was in high school we read the book The Great Gadsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the book Gentlehands by M.E. Kerr. Those books painted pictures for me that I could never get out of my hands. In the book Gentlehands there is a chapter where the kids are sitting around playing a game where each of them has to throw in an article of clothing. Each of the others tries to figure out which of the other kids has what. Buddy, the main character, has a polyester sweater he throws in when the other kids, rich kids, throw in expensive articles of clothing.The way Kerr writes this is so amazing to me that it sticks with me all these years later. That is truly great writing. The dialogue, the world, everything is just so perfect. But isn’t that what amazing writing needs to do? Give me fun prose and some amazing dialogue. Give me characters that I will weep for when something goes wrong. That is good writing.Welcome to the show and enjoy. Remember to hit the like button so you can keep up on everything we have going on and remember to tun in next week when we will have Mr. Aaron Reynolds on as our guest. He is the author of the fantastic book, Effn' Birds. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Bryanthewriter)
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