Thursday, April 25, 2013

69 – Sex in Thrillers

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We start as we mean to go on, confirming that episode 69 is going to be very juvenile.

We update things on the writing front.

Dark Rite is actually out now, so this episode is a bit behind on that front. You can find it here:

Alan talks bout how he’s just finished his latest novel in progress. The short fiction Alan talks about in the podcast has been signed off on now – he’s sold a story to Crowded and another story to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Dave talks about Dark Rite too. Then he goes on to talk about his new collaboration with Sean Sweeney. He’s also working on Atlantis, and his collaboration with Ryan Span under his David Debord pen name. Busy!

We talk about the nature of writing and publication and how things can be long delayed or several things land at once.

We go to talk about the nature writing in several different genres and the benefits of standalones over series.

This leads us to talk about the benefit of having several books out there if you want to succeed.

 Here’s the link to the series of guest posts Alan talks about with writers talking about what they still strive for or what they still worry about, especially about new books coming out -

Promo: You Suck by David Wood

We then go on talk about sex in thrillers.

We start with the historically inherent sexism in thrillers.

We should expect more from secondary characters who are only really there for sexual tension.

How much sex do we need spelled out on the page in thrillers and genre fiction?

Do you need sex in thrillers?

Do you lose something if you have a long standing character get together with their longstanding love interest?

Dave’s advice is that it’s better to anger people than bore them, so risks are worth taking.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

68- Thrillers with a Twist with Rebecca Cantrell

Today, we chat with Rebecca Cantrell, co-author of The Blood Gospel.

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David and Alan catch up on our work and discuss self-doubt.

For some reason, we talk about tattoos.

Dark Rite will be released April 16 or 23?

We discuss Amazon's purchase of Goodreads

Are sites becoming "homogenized" as Amazon expands its control and influence?

Update on Thriller Central.

A new invention in news services and how might it relate to the publishing industry?

Dave comes up with a bizarre idea for self-plagiarism.

Alan announces his erotica pen name.

Promo: Scrolls by Paul Elard Cooley

Interview with Rebecca Cantrell

The Blood Gospel (co-authored with James Rollins)

Inspiration behind the story.

Using actual historical figures and the research involved.

What's next in the Blood Gospel series?

How the collaboration came about. What was the writing process like?

Rebecca's solo work.

New series in the works.

The Hannah Vogel mysteries.

The iMonster series.

Handling controversial content.

Rebecca's advice to writers.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Episode 67 – Catching up with Jeremy Robinson

Episode 67 – Catching up with Jeremy Robinson

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We talk about our current writing projects, including the imminent wrapping up of Dark Rite and Dave’s new Dane Maddock origins novel, which he co-authored with Sean Sweeney.

We go on to talk a little bit about crowd-funding, starting off with the great Fuck You Indie-Go-Go debacle. Remember folks – the Internet never forgets!

This leads us to talk briefly about the old-fashioned patronage model, which is still around in places.

We briefly chat about Myke Cole’s US Whitehouse petition: “Have the USDA set a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for bacon.” -

Then we have a chat with bestselling author, Jeremy Robinson.

Jeremy talks about what he’s done and where he’s come from.

He talks about Island 731, his latest book -

We ask Jeremy where he’s going next with his novels.

 Alan asks Jeremy about Project Nemesis, his kaiju novel.

We chat about Jeremy’s bizarre run-ins with strange fans and accusations of plagiarism.

We talk about the strange perception that sometimes occurs when a person thinks the author and the character are the same thing.

We ask Jeremy about where things are at with his Chess Team books.

Jeremy talks about the difference between series and standalone works and where he’s going with those ideas.

How does Jeremy Robinson continue to be so productive?

We ask Jeremy about his collaborative process, as he has co-authored several books with a variety of other writers.

What’s new on the horizon for Jeremy?

Jeremy talks a bit about the differences with traditional and self-publishing, as he has worked a lot in both.

Lastly we ask Jeremy for his essential advice for authors.

Here’s a piece about the Obama/devil thing Jeremy mentions at the end:

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