Mark Shaiken was an attorney for four decades before retiring to write books. He writes character-driven stories about bankruptcy, intrigue, and all the bad things that can happen once you start lying to your lawyer. Mark talks about his research and organization, and how he plans his plots out thoroughly so that (for a delightful change in the industry) even lawyers could love his books for their accuracy. … Continue…Episode 132 – Interview with Mark Shaiken
Welcome to episode CXVI, where we talk to author Christine Cianci about her new book Walking the Mosaic. Christine is an amazing artist in multiple mediums, and adds science fiction to her portfolio with this new release. We caught up with her to talk about Rome, art, and the other influences in her creation.
Jeannie, John, Christine Cianci … Continue…Episode 116 – Interview with Christine Cianci
David Drake picked up writing, so he says, as a therapy for his time spent riding tanks around Vietnam and Cambodia. But what started as short stories ended up as a brilliant and far-reaching career that explored historic fantasy, horror, sci fi, and everything in between. Whether you love Roman legions, Byzantine politics, or Space Opera that combines the spirits of each, Drake has something for you – all his characters are exquisitely human and complex. … Continue…Episode 98 – Interview with David Drake
In this episode, Dave, Chaz, and John briefly discuss character development using the “Big Five” model of personality before haring off on a number of predictable tangents. Also in this episode: everything Dave knows about factor analysis and psychological modeling (tl;dr: psychology is squishy); what Chaz doesn’t know about “Aspects of the Novel:” by E.M. Forster (quite a bit, and seemingly proud of it); and John reminds Chaz to panic about being replaced by a computer. Also: MFAs are a dodgy proposition; the academic wing of the Tolkien industry; Freud sucks (Dave again); and how pantsing yourself into a corner is like failing to solve a Sudoku. Finally, a plea: “plotting” is fine, but can we please find an alternative to “pantsing”?! … Continue…Episode 91 – A Psychological Model for Character Building
Juliette’s second book, Transgressions of Power (sequel to Mazes of Power), is coming out in February! Get your tiara and boa together and think about what you’re going to wear to her book release party! Juliette talks about dialect work, plotting, and how world building and pre-construction helps her write faster. … Continue…Episode 85 – Juliette Wade Returns!
We’re happy to welcome author Raymond Miller back to the coffee house. Raymond reads part of a story for us, and takes the listener on an emotional roller coaster through Kentucky and From the Train Station, along with his experience writing in the time of Covid19. He talks about understanding life through the stories you’ve been told, and the styles and choices of authors. … Continue…Episode 54 – An Interview with Raymond Miller
Today we sat down with Hugo-award winning author David D. Levine to talk about how he got started in writing from short stories up to his latest novels. Grab a coffee and come learn his path to being a novelist, from engineering to fiction. … Continue…Episode 46 – David Levine