Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ThrillerCast episode 7 - The Kent Holloway interview

 Click here to download this week's episode. (Kent had some minor audio issues, but it's still a great episode!)

Our writing projects at the moment - David’s Dane Maddock short story and Alan’s psychic octopus short story.

Interview with Kent Holloway, author of the Enigma Directive series:

Cryptids and other mythological beasties.

The trouble with mermaids.

The nature of the US imbalance between the sex and violence it shows in modern media.

The Seven Realms thriller writers anthology, themed on the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Connell. (The anthology is due around the middle of 2011 and will feature stories by Kent, Alan and David, as well as Rick Chesler, whom we interviewed in episode 4.)

Kent’s new project – a “rural fantasy” series called “The Dark Hollows”, based on the Appalachian myths and folklore of the eastern seaboard of North America.


Don't forget to send us an email if you have any questions or if there's anything you'd like to hear us talk about on the podcast. Also, if you've read a good thriller lately and you want to ring in and review it on the podcast, drop us an email about that too.


Monday, November 15, 2010

ThrillerCast episode 6 - Writing a thriller, part 2

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Continued from Episode 5, David and Alan continue to talk about the process of novel writing.

From concept, to notes, to plans, to writing.

The dreaded procrastination.

The second draft.

Fleshing out the initial story – edit or add?

The invaluable beta readers.

David and Alan extol the virtues of a good editor.

Writing workshops and crit groups. The essential need to have input and help with your work.

An invitation to ThrillerCast listeners to be a part of the podcast.   

(And stick around for the out-take after the end credits!)

Coming up next week- ThrillerCast interviews Kent Holloway, author of the Enigma Directive series.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ThrillerCast Episode 5 - Writing a novel

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Show notes:

David talks about a new thriller he’s been reading.

Then the rest of this episode is all about the process of novel writing:

Alan and David talk about their current writing projects.

The process of starting a new novel and the methods they employ.

How to build a story around a character, a MacGuffin, a plot idea, etc. What comes first?

The character’s journey. Do they need redemption, or just a journey?

The overall process of the novel – what are the major events needed to make a novel length story interesting and keep people reading.

How do we plan and how much do we plan?

To be continued next week!