Monday, May 27, 2013

72- Separating the Author from the Work

This week, Al and Dave discuss the problem authors and other creative professionals face when their politics, personality, or public persona impacts their career. Can and should we separate an artist from her or his work?

Promo: The Last Hunter-Descent by Jeremy Robinson

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*In order to get new episodes out while they're fresh, we will no longer do extensive show notes. We hope this will help us get new content to you on a more regular schedule and before the discussions are yesterday's news.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

71 – Temptation, Violence and Treachery with J F Penn

A three continents podcast!
Alan talks about his realisation that he’s been working on the wrong book.

Dave talks about the need to wrap up certain projects in order to focus.

Dave talks about some new releases.

Break: Wired Kingdom by Rick Chesler.

We talk to J F Penn.

The first thing we discuss is female leads having casual sex, following up from our episode 69.

This leads us to talk about strong female leads in books.

We go on to talk about writing from the perspectives of various genders, sexualities, even species.

Jo goes on to talk about her new short story ARG project in conjunction with the release of the new Dan Brown thriller, Inferno.

Here’s the page Jo mentions:

Jo explains how the power of the podcast led her to this sweet gig with Kobo.

We go on to talk about the benefits of writing short fiction, and the possibilities of making further income from short fiction as a writer.

Jo talks about the power of the internet and how it can make a person look more important than they are. Alan takes a small amount of issue with the sentiment!

Jo recorded the first of her stories as a podcast and plans to do the others. Find that here:

We chat about the beauty of short fiction podcasts.

This leads us to talk about the new audiobook of Jo’s first thriller, Pentecost, released soon through Gryphonwood Press.

We talk about the choice of voices when it comes to reading stories for podcasts.

Jo talks about Exodus, the third thriller in her ARKANE series of novels.

This leads us to talk about how the third book in a writer’s series can exponentially boost book sales.

Jo explains the new direction she’s going with her next book, the crime thriller, Desecration. It’s a much darker direction than the ARKANE series, exploring body mod and death.

We chat about the potential of getting caught in a particular genre niche as a writer.

Jo talks about missing ThrillerFest in New York this year, but going to Harrogate CrimeFest instead.

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Or on Twitter: @thecreativepenn

Friday, May 10, 2013

70- Jack Reacher vs Indiana Jones

Today, we compare and contrast two thriller icons.

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We talk about the release of Dark Rite that happened the week we recorded.

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Print and ebook available everywhere books are sold.

We talk briefly about how short novels like Dark Rite used to be a lot more common.

We talk about our current projects. The short fiction sales Alan talks about are out of embargo now, so look out for his stories Not The Worst of Sins in Beneath Ceaseless Skies later in the year (that’s the horror western ghost story) and Roll The Bones in Crowded Magazine around the middle of the year.

We’ll remind listeners again when they’re out.

Alan is briefly stunned to learn about the new Lone Ranger movie with Jonny Depp as Tonto.

Dave talks about the terrible situation with author David Wolverton’s son, who had a bad accident recently. They don’t have health coverage due to unfortunate circumstances, so any help would be gratefully received – here’s the link David talks about with the details:

Then we talk about Jack Reacher vs Indiana Jones.

Firstly, EVERYONE hates that Tom Cruise played Reacher in a movie, so we brush over that.

Alan talks about what makes Reacher a hero. We discuss the nature of the anti-hero and natural justice.

Dave talks about Indy. We discuss the scholar/adventurer archetype he embodies.

We talk about the differences in the smarts and physicality of the two characters.

We talk about the casting of the characters and how that affects the legend. Would it be different if Indy had been someone other than Harrison Ford.

We have a brief aside talking about Ender’s Game.

We finish with a side by side comparison between Reacher and Indy.

Lastly, a reminder about our Facebook page, which we never really promote enough. Here it is:

When we reach 100 likes we’ll give away a copy or two of Dark Rite.