But again, there is that story of having one of the best explanations for not following your passion in the world and still not letting that stop you. Talitha Kalago battles a potentially fatal disease known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome. It’s a fight which could almost be a full-time occupation itself.
But while most of us only talk about getting a book published, Talitha has carved out the time to not only write but find an agent and get her work on the shelves. When I interviewed her, Talitha had just received her first royalty cheque!
This podcast, thankfully, is more about that journey to publishing that all authors face and how you can get your career as a writer started. Listen and enjoy!
It’s amazing how two seemingly different things can have a lot in common. Take writing a novel and gardening, for example. One involves sitting in front of a computer in a clean environment and moving just your fingers for a while. The other is a messy, whole body activity that requires you to perform a myriad of tasks from digging to pushing a lawnmower.
Yet I’m discovering that, in order to get the best results out of either your novel or your garden, you need to perform the same basic activity for both:
Create and maintain a fertile compost heap.
Now, I consider myself a novice at both noveling and gardening, and I want (and need) to get better at both. So in this post, I’m going to mix my metaphors liberally, and try and work out just how to make and maintain a compost heap for both my Dream Novel and my garden.
It’s easy sometimes to feel that you have so much on your plate that you’ll never get anything done. North Queenslander Saffron Bryant is one of those people who puts the lie to that belief. Saffron turns twenty-two in December, and in the last couple of years, she not only completed a degree in biomedicine, but she also wrote and self-published the first in a series of fantasy novels, The Fallen Star.
If that wasn’t enough to show people that there are no excuses, Saffron completed those two massive projects whilst undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour.
On top of all that, Saffron is going back for more of, thankfully, two of the above three things, working to complete an honours degree in biomedicine and the second novel in the Lost Child Saga. I just had to have a chat with her about how she got and still gets it all done.
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I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, the annual (inter)National Novel Writing Month, for two years running, and am currently undertaking my third tilt. This blog is my way of keeping myself writing, but not in an attempt to keep myself accountable.
Mur Lafferty is one of the first podcasters I ever listened to. When I decided to take a crack at writing again, I stumbled across Mur’s podcast I Should Be Writing and downloaded as much of it as I could – which is a lot of episodes. Just recently, Mur recorded her 250th episode – and that’s not counting all the extra episodes she’s done.
I Should Be Writing is for people who want to be authors what I hope my podcast is for people who want to follow their passions. Though she has a strong genre focus, Mur interviews authors who have secured themselves publishing deals for any works, asking them about how they write and how they got published. Not only that, Mur gives all us wannabes a little moral support by talking about her own progress to published authordom.
That’s right; Mur Lafferty is also an author, with two novels (one published and one self-published), a series of novellas and a raft of short stories – not to mention another novel coming out next year via publisher Orbit Books!
But not only is Mur a podcaster, she’s a podcasting professional. On top of I Should Be Writing, Mur is the senior editor of the science fiction short story podcast, Escape Pod (for which she also writes and narrates) and host of the official podcast of UK publisher Angry Robot Books.
So I just had to interview her about how she gets it all done!
But my curiosity was really piqued when I found out that 343 Industries had also brought Karen Traviss on board for a novel trilogy.
I’ve liked Karen Traviss’ work since I read the first couple of books in her Star Wars: Republic Commando series (again, based on a video game). She wrote military fiction that was both entertained and explored the deeper ideas of what military conflict does to the soldiers through rounded, recognisable characters (not to mention bringing a fond visual of mine to life: clone troopers doing the haka).
She even managed to make the characters of the Gears of War universe interesting and compelling.
I bought Glasslands a few months ago, and a review is well overdue. Is it any good?
I’m sad to say that some connectivity issues prevented this interview with bestselling romantic fantasy author Elizabeth Vaughan being as good as it deserved to be. The podcast you’ll hear is actually our the second attempt at this interview after my call recorder butchered the first take a week before.
This time I made sure to run two recordings simultaneously. While the second one was largely intact, editing it took longer than otherwise, and some of the times I’m speaking you’ll hear some hiss in the background.
But you know you have a quality guest when, after you discover that your recording is stuffed, your guest agrees to come back a week later and do it all again! I must thank Elizabeth for giving of her precious writing time twice over to chat with me.
In this interview, we talk about how Elizabeth was dared to start writing seriously by a friend and how that dare became seven novels (two of which made it into the USA Today bestseller lists) with at least three more on the way. We also discuss Beth’s influences, friends, mentors and motivators, as well as science fiction and fantasy conventions and her love of Dungeons & Dragons.
After interviewing my web host, I realised that it was both pretty scary and heaps of fun – so naturally, I wanted to do it again! This episode, therefore, is the first of the newly-rechristened Paid to Play Podcast, where I talk with folks who are making money out of having fun.
I’m quite proud to have as my first guest someone who’s getting paid to play the way I want to be – by writing superhero action novels. Raymond Masters has already completed and self-published Forging Truth (you can buy it both in paperback and as a Kindle e-book on Amazon) and is currently touring blogs across the globe to spread the word about both it and his next novel, Corrupting Truth. He has a Kickstarter campaign underway to fund his promotion of both books.
In this podcast, we get to to have a good geek-out, talking comic books, science fiction and TV in between finding out just how Ray gets paid to play.
I don’t think I can see The Hunger Games movie. Not because I didn’t like the book or because I don’t think it’ll translate well. No, I just don’t think I can see such an uncomfortable story rendered on-screen.
And make no mistake: The Hunger Games is very uncomfortable. It takes its Survivor-On-Steroids plot – twenty-four children pitted against each other in a game that only ends when all but one are dead – seriously.
Be warned, ladies and gents: This post is equal parts, “Hey everybody! Yay me!” and “Yes, potential freelance employer, I review more than just video games.”
The section of my portfolio that has been most neglected is the Book Reviews one. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to read a heap of books that I would otherwise have missed out on, either due to lack of disposable income or the genre / subject matter being outside my usual taste. This is all thanks to the Editorial team at The Cairns Post. They get advance review copies of books in almost constantly, and they offer the staff a great deal: Review the book and keep it.