Jerry Gordon: Literary Alchemist
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Jerry Gordon (airs November 16)
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 38 (Guest Host: Jerry Gordon)
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/jerrygordon
Jerry Gordon is leading at least one life too many. As a full-time author, editor, college instructor, grad student, web programmer and new dad, he lacks the time to write a witty bio but assures you that if you keep drinking, he’ll get funnier.
He’s also the Bram Stoker nominated co-editor of the DARK FAITH anthologies. His recent fiction has appeared in APEX MAGAZINE, SHROUD, and THE MIDNIGHT DINER. His apocalyptic thriller, BREAKING THE WORLD, will be released through Apex Publications in 2013.
He lives in Indiana with his wife and son. When he’s not changing diapers, you can find him blurring genre lines at www.jerrygordon.net.
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Throughout the course of this podcast, Dave and I have been like a couple of escaped mental patients, stalking host after glorious host, strapping them down and forcing them to participate in an experiment that neither one of us believed would be as monumental, thrilling, or just plain fun as this ride has been.
Add to that our guest writers, who came aboard (often tentatively and for good reason) with the skeleton of a story draped across their outstretched arms, hoping, believing, and trusting us to conjure flesh to bone, blood to muscle, and breathe to life what would inevitably lead us all to that one thing we strive to achieve every week on our show: Literary Gold!
But what happens after the microphones are unplugged and our guests, hosts and writers alike, fall into the dead air silence at the end of the episode? Where do they go? What do they do? What awesomeness prevails beyond the Roundtable Podcast in the darkened writers’ studios and closet offices?
Well, now that I’ve mixed about every metaphor known to man, let’s find out. It truly is an honor to have the time that we’ve had with the amazing people that have agreed to give up several hours of their busy lives to chew the fat with Dave and I, so here’s a quick update on some of the great people we’ve shared the mic with and a sampling of the awesomeness they’re radiating.
J. Daniel Sawyer Seriously, does this guy ever sleep? (more…)
Literary Alchemist: Lee Harris
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Lee Harris
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 12 (Guest Host: Lee Harris)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/angryrobotbooks
Lee Harris is the editor with Angry Robot Books. A science fiction and fantasy publisher, based in the UK, but publishing worldwide, Angry Robot titles have won many awards, including the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2011.
Lee also founded Hub Magazine – a monthly short fiction dead tree zine, which became a weekly online publication before half-collapsing at around issue 150.
He loves mince pies, but hates dried fruit, and no, he doesn’t understand that, either.
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Literary Alchemist: Bryan Lincoln
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Bryan Lincoln
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 10 (Guest Host: Bryan Lincoln)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bryan.lincoln
Bryan is a physicist with a passion for audio and storytelling. A self starter in audio production, he produces regularly for The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and HG World and has hosted several podcasts, including The Fullcast Podcast (an educational podcast about full cast audiobook production) and My Epic Heals (a gaming podcast about healing in The World of Warcraft).
Bryan is a producer first and a storyteller second, meaning he brings other people’s work to life in addition to his own. His first novel, “Malcontent”, is complete and under production as a full cast audiobook.
In the science realm, Bryan is something of an inventor, with past areas of research ranging from nonlinear dynamics to laser trapping to cellular biomechanics to biomedical device design.
Currently living in New England, Bryan has resided in eight cities across three countries over the course of his first 34 years.
Favorites include Tad Williams and Steven Erikson
Showcase: 20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty
Workshop: Workshop Episode 9 (Guest Host: Mur Lafferty)
From Mur’s Website…
“I am a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. I also make a mean martini. My books include Playing For Keeps, Nanovor: Hacked!, Marco and the Red Granny, and The Afterlife Series. My podcasts are many, currently I’m the editor of Escape Pod magazine, the host of I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. I write a column for the gaming magazine Knights of the Dinner table, and in the past I’ve written for Games Quarterly, Suicide Girls, and Anime Insider. (more…)
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Justin Macumber
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 8
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Justin.Macumber
Dead Robots Society (co-host): http://deadrobotssociety.com/
Hollywood Outsider (co-host): http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/
I’m the author of HAYWIRE and the forthcoming A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on my next story I host the popular Dead Robots’ Society podcast. I and my lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with our motley pack of dogs and cats that we think of as our children. I’m also a co-host on The Hollywood Outsider, a weekly podcast about movies and television.
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with P. G. Holyfield
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 7 (Guest Host: P. G. Holyfield)
Other Sites: http://specficmedia.com
P.G. Holyfield is the author of the podcast novel and print novel Murder at Avedon Hill. MaAH won the inaugural John W. Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010, and won the Silver Medal for Best Fantasy Novel at the 2010 ForeWard BoTY Awards. The MaAH podcast was a 2009 Parsec Awards Finalist for Best Audio Drama, Long Form.
In 2009 P.G. started the Tales of the Children podcast, a short story anthology set in the MaAH fantasy world. In 2010 P.G. started the SpecFicMedia.com website, and currently hosts the Beyond the Wall podcast (a Game of Thrones fancast).
Literary Alchemist: Philippa Ballantine
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Phillipa Ballentine
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 6
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/pjballantine/
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.
She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade.
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Alasdair Stuart
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 5
I grew up on the Isle of Man, a small rock in the middle of the Irish Sea whose main exports are fish, scrap iron and generations of children desperate to escape, and yet, strangely drawn back a few years later.
I haven’t been yet, but there’s still time I suspect.
In the meantime I work for magazines like Neo, How It Works and Comic Heroes as a writer and reviewer, something which enables my geeky little former comic store manager’s heart no end. I also write gaming material, most notably for the Doctor Who roleplaying game where the full length adventure in the main rulebook, ‘Arrowdown’ appeared. I’m doing more of that shortly too.
I also blog for SFX.co.uk, edit Hub magazine and am in the process of working on losing a lot of weight. I’m two weeks into training in Muay Thai kickboxing and so far I’m not Batman but, give me a couple of months and Gotham will be safe…
Gail Carson Levine
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Gail Carson Levine
Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 4
I grew up in upper Manhattan, Washington Heights to be exact, a hilly, pretty neighborhood. My family lived across the street from P.S. 173, my elementary school, and from a park where I used to climb what my friends and I called the “danger” rocks, which were part of the palisades that overlook the Hudson River. Going up, clinging to cracks with my fingertips, terrified, I’d think, “If I live, I will never do this again.” When I reached the top I’d work my way down and start over just as frightened as before.
From third grade through high school I wrote stories and poems, and a few of my poems were published in an anthology of student writing, but I never thought of becoming a writer. The authors of most of my favorite childhood books were dead (Mark Twain, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Anna Sewell). I knew a few artists because my dad owned a commercial art studio, and I saw actors in the movies and on stage, but I didn’t think of writing as work that any modern person did. (more…)