Podcast Episode 53: Dancing with Fire and Knapweeds

This week I chat with fantasy writer Sue Bolich. During our conversation, we touch on her first novel, Firedancer, and how she was inspired to write it, the importance of fear (and facing it) in our lives, her alternate history series stemming from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, merging fantasy and alternate history, her military […]

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 […]

Podcast Episode 50: The Intersection of Horror and Religion

The Genre Traveler Celebrates One Year of Podcasting!   This week I chat with Matt Cardin about religion and horror. Along the way our conversation touches on the role religious motifs play in the horror genre, the nature of horror vs. fear, the connection between religious experience and fear, gnosticism, the evolution of religious beliefs, […]

Podcast Episode 49: Going with the Marketing Flow

Today I chat with Richard Lee Byers, the author of more than 30 fantasy and horror novels, including some set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Our discussion touches on writing in your own world vs. writing in someone else’s, Dungeons & Dragons, how he got started writing in Forgotten Realms, his new book, The Imposter, […]

Review: Film Festival in a Box – Zombies

Back in October or November, right about the time of ZomBcom, IndiFlix sent me a copy of their Zombie Film Festival in a Box. It is one of a line of interactive movie games they have that feature short independent films focused on some central theme … in this case zombies. It took me awhile […]

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 48: Getting an Early Start

This week I chat with Allyson Richards, the author of a forthcoming supernatural young adult novel series. During our conversation, we cover the basics of the series and its female lead, her favorite authors, being a reader, her writing process, being a normal teenager while also being a writer, other projects she’s working on, her […]

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 […]