Podcast Episode 43: An Ode to Spellfurians

This week I chat with writer and filmmaker Travis Gordon … the man behind the webseries Spellfury. In addition to talking about story of Spellfury, we chat about product placements, female lead characters, building a team, the immediacy of webseries, the two ways to deliver your webisodes, puppets vs. cgi, working with green screen, and […]

Podcast Episode 42: The Effect of Ebooks on Literature

This week, my guest is Marcus Pullen who calls in from the U.K. Marcus is a genre writer and illustrator who is currently shopping around his first novel, a gothic science fiction tale called Mia. During our chat, we discuss Mia, the possibility of it becoming a graphic novel, the vagaries of movies, the effect […]

Podcast Episode 41: Telling Stories through Video Journal Transcripts

This week I chat with first-time novelist Gregg Mattson, whose science fiction novel Field of Orbs uses a unique story-telling style with roots in other famous novels such as Dracula by Bram Stoker. Along the way we chat about the elements of his novel — setting, plot, characters — as well as short stories evolving […]

Podcast Episode 40: Writing an Epic Fantasy

Fantasy novelist Janet Beasley joins The Genre Traveler in a conversation about her forthcoming epic fantasy novel Maycly. Along the way they discuss the ins and outs of writing an epic fantasy, from creating creatures, to developing the map, to telling the story from multiple points of view. To help defray the cost of hosting […]

Podcast Episode 39: Pushing the Boundaries of Genre Literary Art

In which The Genre Traveler waxes philosophical with author, screenwriter and humor columnist Jonathan Ball. Listen in to this week’s episode as we discuss finding where your writing fits — your identity as a writer — getting inspiration from song lyrics, his unusual books Ex Machina and Clockfire, the nature of art, human subjectivity, the […]

Podcast Episode 38: All In the Family

In which Carol and Adam Kunz, the mother/son team behind the new young adult dark fantasy novel The Childe, chat with The Genre Traveler about the process they went through in writing the book. Along the way we discuss writing with a parent and/or child, the fun parts of writing, bringing in parts of your […]

World’s Largest Animatronic Dinosaur Park Opens at Kings Island

If you like dinosaurs, you’ll want to check out the Dinosaurs Alive! attraction at Kings Island in Ohio. More than 60 life-sized dinosaurs are on display, including 56 animatronic models, in an outdoor Jurassic forest setting. As you stroll through the 4,000-foot long path spread over 12.5 wooded acres, you might feel like you’ve traveled […]

Podcast Episode 37: Exploring Culture through Epic Fantasy

Join The Genre Traveler as she chats with Shawn Lamb, author of the young adult fantasy series Allon. The series was instigated by a request from Shawn’s daughter, but grew into much more as the diverse array of neighborhood kids got in on the fun. During the conversation we touch on the cultural questions teens […]

Making plans for October fun?

If you live near (or plan to be in the vicinity of) Wildwood, NJ, this October, Morey’s Piers is promising to give you the fun fright of your life. For six nights in October, the seaside amusement park will transform Mariner’s Landing Pier, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk, into a nightmare of epic […]

Podcast Episode 36: Women & Horror

The Genre Traveler chats with horror author Amy Grech about her anthology of short horror fiction, Blanket of White. Along the way, we touch on a variety of horror writers, what it’s like being a female horror author, what the Horror Writers Association offers horror writers, the definition of horror fiction, what makes successful horror […]