Category: ‘Showcase Episodes’

20 Minutes with Cat Rambo

July 29, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

 

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo is the whole marvelous multi-hued package… author of over 200 published tales, World Fantasy Award winner for her editorial work at Fantasy Magazine (yeah… THE Fantasy Magazine), educator and mentor in the literary art, tech geek, nerd, RPG aficionado… oh yeah, and the VP of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (Bam). I can’t think of a better way to officially launch the newly reawakened RTP than with this remarkable individual.

Unless it would be to have Moses Siregar (author of “Black God’s War” and frequent contributor to the awesome Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, and the equally fabulous Hide and Create podcast) as my guest co-host and wingman. Now THAT would be frickin’ awesome!

Oh… wait…

Yeah we’re kickin’ it off in fine style as Cat, Moses, and I talk about collaborating with yourself, the joys and perils of worldbuilding, the impact of self-publishing on the established authors world, and more (and definitely mark your calendars for Cat’s Workshop Episode airing Aug 5th!)

PROMO: “Far Lost” serialized novel by John Mierau at ServingWorlds.com

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Cat Rambo

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20 Minutes with Joe McKinney

July 15, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

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Joe McKinney

Joe McKinney knows zombies. His Dead World series (including “Flesh Eaters” which won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2011) has established Joe as one of the kings of Undead Fiction. But that’s not the end of his literary exploits… he’s written post-apocalyptic scifi, crime thrillers (he IS a police officer in San Antonio after all), and edited numerous works as well. Joe’s the whole package and Brion and I have a blast spending 20-ish minutes discussing the nature of horror literature, the keys to writing a chilling tale, zombie pride, and so much more. (and we rocked some serious brainstorming during Joe’s Workshop Episode too!)

PROMO: Glow in the Dark Radio (the audio fictional works of Mike Luoma)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Joe McKinney

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20 Minutes with Mary Robinette Kowal

April 12, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal – renowned and lauded puppeteer, author of the exquisite “Shades of Milk and Honey“, “Glamour in Glass“, and “Without a Summer“, co-host of the “Writing Excuses” podcast,  and general purveyor of wonders – combines two qualities that make her an astonishing artist: an incisive and informed perception blended with a playful  spontaneity. The result is a graceful, surprising, and often lush and luxurious storytelling experience. Brion and I were grateful for the opportunity to share 20(ish) minutes of rare conversation as Mary shares her thoughts and insights regarding the “work” of the writing craft, genre issues and what she “really wants to write”, how she cultivates her writerly mojo, and more! (and you can bet we’ll all be scoring some Literary Gold at Mary’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The StarshipSofa podcast (nominated for a 2013 Hugo Award)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Mary Robinette Kowal

Produced by Lucie Le Blanc

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20 Minutes with John Anealio

April 5, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

John Anealio

John Anealio

John Anealio – musician, composer, and geek balladeer who has crafted such classics as “Steampunk Girl“, “George RR Martin is Not Your Bitch“, and so many more – is not someone you’d expect to find on a writing podcast. And yet, John’s life of exploring the creation and performance of music has given him some astonishing experiences and insights into the storyteller’s craft. On top of those credentials, he has massive geek and literary cred from his tenure as founder and co-host of the fabulous Functional Nerds podcast! Brion and I were delighted to share a marvelous 20(ish) minutes of conversation with John, exploring the parallels of music and literature, his approach to the craft of storytelling through music, and more! (and things are definitely gonna get interesting in John’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: Guild of the Cowry Catchers – Book 4” by Abigail Hilton

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with John Anealio

Produced by Ben Delano

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20 Minutes with Patrick E. McLean

March 29, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Patrick E. McLean

Patrick E. McLean

Patrick E. McLean isn’t really all that interested in how things have been done. Sure, it’s useful for a sense of context and perspective, but if you’re going to imagine a new future, you simply can’t let “convention” get in the way. As the author of “Unkillable” and the “How to Succeed in Evil” series of fiction as well as the founder of “Good Words (Right Order)“, Patrick has stepped boldly off the path and, in doing so, discovered a wealth of insight and inspiration. During this 20(ish) minutes of discourse he shares generously of both with Ryan Stevenson and myself, discussing the “work” of creativity, the value of performance in the context of writing, how things go right (and wrong) and so much more!  (and all this creative mojo is put to the test in in Patrick’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The Secret World Chronicleby Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, and Veronica Giguere

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Patrick E. McLean

Produced by Lucie Le Blanc

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20 Minutes with Leanna Renee Hieber

March 22, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber – author of “The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker“, “Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul“, contributor to Ellen Datlow’s “Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy” anthology, and more – has fiercely and passionately pursued her own path in the world. While that path led her through the realm of live theater (she’s a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild) and other artistic/creative domains, it was the combination of the luxurious complexity of the Victorian Era and the evocative mythologies of speculative fiction that have become the primary colors of her artistic palette.  The depth and diversity of Leanna’s experience informs every moment of this marvelous 20(ish) minutes of conversation as she discusses cohesion and “connective tissue” between characters, the power of having fun and getting stuff on the page, the audience (tangible and less so) for whom we write, and more! (and there is even more writerly goodness to be had in Leanna’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The Reader/Writer Podcast with Ben Delano

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Leanna Renee Hieber

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20 (more) Minutes with J. Daniel Sawyer

March 15, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

J. Daniel Sawyer

J. Daniel Sawyer

Dan Sawyer – consummate storyteller, media producer, and creative visionary – was our first Guest Host. One year ago, nervous and uncertain, Brion and I interviewed Dan and launched a podcast, starting a journey that has led to so many discoveries, friendships, and opportunities to explore the creative process. Dan is the ideal catalyst for such a journey, given his diverse and extensive experience in the art of expression. During this celebratory 20(ish) minutes of conversation, we delve a bit deeper into Dan’s writing process, discuss the pros and cons of genre-jumping, uncover some strategies to keep your audience guessing, and more.  (and the quest for Literary Gold continues during Dan’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: “Garaaga’s Children:Ancientsby Paul Elard Cooley

Showcase Episode: 20 (more) Minutes with Dan Sawyer

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20 Minutes with Christopher Moore

March 8, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore – who translates his unique and irreverent perception into astonishingly hilarious novels (that have been accused of being bitingly satirical) such as “Lamb“, “Fool“, “A Dirty Job” and many more – has truly forged his own path through the storytelling wilderness. His experience and instincts have served him well and cultivated a unique voice that has not only engaged a devoted legion of fans, but has also seen every one of his novels optioned for film or television (dude’s doing something right). Brion and I had so much fun with Chris that we completely ignored the clock and went 30+ minutes (reckless daredevils that we are) discussing the essence of opinion versus genre, luck versus skill, when to put on the brakes, and so much more. It’s buffet of writerly goodness so grabv a plate and hit that PLAY button! (and the literary feast continues in Chris’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: “Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontierby Myke Cole

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Christopher Moore

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20 Minutes with Michael R. Underwood

March 1, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood – author of the phenomenal “Geekomancy” and the forthcoming sequel “Celebromancy” AND North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books – is a scholar of wonders and delights. No, it doesn’t say that on his business cards, but it should. He is one of those rare creators who are simply not content with sitting back and watching. He learns by doing and he’s very thorough about his studies… whether it’s ancient weapons styles, Asian folklore, or AD&D, Mike will scrutinize every nuance to get the most out of the experience. Our 20(ish) minutes of conversation with this remarkable storyteller is fraught with new perceptions, intriguing insights, and at LEAST 2 “ah-ha!” moments… so hit that play button and prepare to be delighted. (and the literary delightment continues in Mike’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: Guild of the Cowry Catchers – Book 4” by Abigail Hilton

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Michael R. Underwood

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20 Minutes with Hugh Howey

February 22, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey is the author of many tales, long and short, set in diverse environments and genres. But it is his dystopian scifi tale “Wool” that has captured the imaginations of not only of thousands of fans, but also most publishing and media industries in the free world (including Hollywood). It’s all too easy to narrow your focus of an individual when one work commands such attention… and in the case of Hugh, that would be an egregious error. His life experience as well as his persistence and dedication to his craft has given Hugh a unique perspective that distinguishes his writing and the path he’s chosen to pursue it. Lauren Harris (of the Pendragon Variety Podcast) and myself took full advantage of our 20(ish) minutes with Hugh as we explore his insights and strategies on worldbuilding, his own strengths and assets, expanding a novelette into a full series, and so much more! (and you’ll want to come back for Hugh’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: “Walk the Fire” anthology edited by John Mierau

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Hugh Howey

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