We caught up with Kate Elliott again now that her second book in The Sun Chronicles is out: Furious Heaven. Your hosts are LOVING this gender-swapped Alexander the Great in space, and Kate talks in depth about her world building around how multiple countries find their way to the stars in the far future, and what kinds of societies they set up, and then how they all come into conflict. We discuss themes and plots and dive into questions that Kate won’t answer yet on Why Cloning is Forbidden. We can’t wait for the next book! Listen in and you’ll find out why! … Continue…Episode 176 – Welcome back Kate Elliott!
Gail Carriger has been one of the driving forces in bringing back Steampunk, mixing it with comedy and a hearty dose of supernatural romance, and there you are! Hooked! She talks with us about the heroine’s journey, writing science fiction, how to keep yourself inspired, and more. … Continue…Episode 130 – Interview with Gail Carriger
Catherine Lundoff is a writer, editor and publisher of Queen of Swords press, and joins us today to talk about all three! How she researches and writes, what she writes about, how she works as an editor, teacher, and publisher, and how to do all three in the middle of a plague. … Continue…Episode 123 – Interview with Catherine Lundoff
Isabelle started as a fashion designer, and her eye for rich detail turned into a love of writing. She started with a short story for an Anthology, discovered world building, and from that writing the Delacourt Shapeshifter Trilogy sprang up. Her latest new book is out – The Witch of Belle Fleur, with a sequel on the way. Isabelle created an Afro-Latina protagonist based on her own Miami upbringing, and you might like her heroine’s journey to become lead witch of her small town. … Continue…Episode 110 – Interview with Isabelle Hardesty
In which our merry hosts contemplate finding the right point of view from which to tell a story. The perspective of looking at a story is fungible, but each point of view will have a different voice. The coffee committee ponders the right point of view for a story about an incident, and how the voice of the view affects the story’s tone and outcome. … Continue…Episode 83 – From a Certain Point of View
From space opera to fantasy and YA, Kate writes great character-driven stories for everyone. We contacted Kate from the ground-to-space zoom medium on Planet Hawaii, and with minor robotic interference here and there managed to get her to tell us how she does it. … Continue…Episode 49 – Kate Elliott Totally Rules
When you’re world building for a story or novel, you need to figure out how magic works. The coffee shop writers chat about how to build something coherent, something that makes sense, and the pondering of magic that doesn’t get in the way of a story. Or how magic can become a story. And how red coffee is the best coffee. … Continue…Episode 36 – Systemic Magic
In which we talk about the motivational power of the deadline, and missing them, and what to do instead of making a deadline. How do they affect the creative process? … Continue…Episode 32 – Deadlines Go Woosh!
Television, Movies, episodic podcasts; in storytelling there’s a definite trend for watching or following a series of stories with an over-arching theme or plot presented in episodes. … Continue…Episode 27 – Storytelling by Episodes
Today our guest star Juliette Wade talks in the coffee shop about World Building. She runs a regular online workshop on on the topic for all kinds of fiction – it used to be on Google Hangouts, but now has a YouTube channel. … Continue…Episode Nineteen – How to Build a World