20 Minutes with Phillipa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Pip Ballantine – New Zealand’s first podcasting author – takes time from the wonders of the Ministry, the Order, and the Shifted Worlds to join us for (a little more than) a twenty minute chat. In spite of her many achievements and gift for crafting exquisite worlds, Pip has her feet on the ground and speaks frankly and with ease about her work, the evolution of a story, the role of mythology in her work, and the characters she’s crafted.  (and don’t miss Pip’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: “Interlopers” by Paul Elard Cooley (on Amazon)

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Episode Breakdown

01:20 – Pip’s credentials and achievements

  • 02:20 – NON-fiction for $100, please

03:40 – Using mythology in literature

  • 05:30 – Exploring where inspiration comes from
  • 06:03 – Fleshing out mythic motivations
  • 07:54 – Books of the Order mythology

09:04 – Character’s internal conflict informing plot

  • 11:05 – We all like to think we’re the hero of our story
  • 11:25 – Pacing the transformation

12:50 – PROMO: “Interlopers” by Paul E. Cooley

13:55 – How many drafts of “Geist” were there?

  • 14:15 – What differences were there between them
  • 15:08 – Many minds in the project
  • 15:55 – Falling in love with the other characters
  • 16:37 – Balanced word count

17:20 – Genre writing

  • 18:14 – Writers exposing themselves
  • 18:30 – Weather Child and using people you know
  • 19:19 – Write what you know applies to Fantasy/SciFi

20:00 – Fantasy people are real people

  • 21:30 – Using real people as a template
  • 22:20 – After the fact or conscious choice
  • 22:50 – How much of you protagonists and villains are you?

24:20 – Narcissism and having fun

  • 24:50 – Villains are fun to write

25:38 – Does talent exist and do you need it?

  • 27:30 – Reverence for a great writer
  • 27:45 – David Gemmell “Knights of Dark Renown”

28:35 – Final Words for writers

  • 29:10 – Learning to love the whip

29:39 – Outro



About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.

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