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)
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Phillipa Ballantine
Podcast: Download (Duration: 32:18 — 29.6MB)
Listen to this episode on iTunes
Episode Breakdown (more…)
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.
I know… “Zero-Point-Five”?
But SO much has happened since we started this project and Brion and I wanted to update everyone on our progress and some of the cool things we’ve discovered, both about the podcast and ourselves.
Roundtable Podcast: Episode Zero-Point-Five
[warning: contains mature language]
Podcast: Download (Duration: 29:12 — 26.7MB)
photo by "Sam UL" on flickr
Fear is the great un-balancer. It distorts and narrows our awareness until we can only see what’s directly in front of us, whether it’s the blank page, or that query letter to an editor, or the send button on an email to someone who doesn’t know you.
When Brion and I made the commitment to launch this podcast, the first step was to make a list of authors to have on the show as Guest Hosts. We set our sights high… we wanted great discussions with credible and creative individuals. We built our wish list of dream hosts and, looking at it, I remember thinking, “Oh yeah… I’d listen to that podcast.”
First on the list was J. Daniel Sawyer. I knew his site and clicked the “Contact” link… and froze. I had drafted a brief introduction – very formal without being stiff – hoping it conveyed that we were more than just a couple schmucks on a lark. I pasted it into the contact page… and my pulse started pounding in my ears. I was scared… terrified, to be honest. (more…)