Podcast Episode 52: Hard Boiled Speculative Fiction

This week I chat with C.J. Henderson, creator of the Piers Knight supernatural investigator series and the Teddy London occult detective series. Our discussion touches on the nature of term “hard boiled,” how Baby’s First Mythos, the book he did with his daughter, was created, the bestiary he’s working on with his daughter, his upcoming […]

Podcast Episode 51: Focusing on Shorter Fiction

This week I chat with Bud Sparhawk, a three-time Nebula novella finalist and current Treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America. During our fun conversation, we cover what inspired his novella Hurricane!, how he got started as a published writer, the challenges of being a writer with ADD, the differences in sharing written artistic […]

Travel Reads: The End of the World

This collection of apocalyptic tales, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, features 19 stories originally published between 1944 and 2007. Summary The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse gathers a wide variety of perspectives on how the world will end, from a bang to a whimper and everything in between. Authors of these tales […]

Is “Young Adult” a Genre?

Throughout this week’s podcast episode, Allyson references the term “young adult” as a genre. But is that really what it is? The term “genre” means “A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.” So, since young adult fiction always features a young adult as […]

Podcast Episode 47: Musical Encoding

This week I chat with Mardi-Ellen Hill, creator of The Spell of Vaugirard, a one-time award-winning stage play, now a five-book series. During the podcast we discuss the plot of the play/series, how she grew a 2-hour stage play into a 5-novel series, musical influences, the interdependence of past, present and future, musical puzzles, and […]

Podcast Episode 46: A Line in the Ice

This week I chat with Haley Stokes who, as Pepper Espinoza, is half of the writing duo that goes by the pen name Jaime Craig. Craig’s latest book is the science fiction/horror/romance novel A Line in the Ice, which was released last month. We talk about the plot, Shakespearean and Buffy/Angel influences, collaborating with a […]