I went to Cymera SFF book festival in Edinburgh and interviewed authors L.J. MacWhirter, Elizabeth May, Justin Lee Anderson, Cameron Johnston, Anna Stephens, S.J. Morden, R.J. Barker, and Micah Yongo!
Two BSFA winners! Sunday at Eastercon and we talked to Gareth L. Powell, fresh off the back of his win for best novel, also Tiffani Angus, Farah Mendlesohn, and Aliette de Bodard after her win for best non-fiction. The loud sound is the wind (and the occasional plane, bus, taxi…) but the second half is […]
Part 2 of Saturday at Eastercon – had to split the day over 2 files because there were so many! This is the second file where I interview Allen Stroud (author, reviewer, con organiser and more), and authors Tade Thompson, Anna Smith Spark, and Jeannette Ng!
Your round up from Saturday at Ytterbiumcon, the 70th Eastercon. I spoke to so many people of different parts of the writer’s community, at different stages in their careers and different challenges. Split into two files for size. The first file listen to Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ferdinand Page, John Jarrold, Mike Brooks. See the second file […]
Your daily digest from Ytterbiumcon (Eastercon 70) held at the Park Inn, Heathrow. I talk to Stewart Hotston, author of Tangle’s Game (Rebellion) about financial disaster, and Dave Hutchinson, author of the award winning Europe series about a lot of things! Sorry for the sound quality but finding a quiet spot in a heaving convention (at an airport hotel) is quite hard.
Learn about how a book festival is made! Ann Landmann, founder of Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing, joins us to talk about the organisation, this year’s amazing highlights, and why you should come along to Edinburgh to check it out.
Behind the scene secrets for the UK’s leading book shop chain, Top 10 SFF books for 2019. Surprising answers to questions like: how are books selected by retailers? How can self-published books end up on mainstream shops’ shelves? Do people judge books by their covers? How can authors help promote their books in shops, even when they are shy?
SFF podcast with speculative fiction author Shona Kinsella. We hear an intriguing excerpt from Ashael Rising and learn all about her book series “The Vessel of KalaDene”. Discussed: discovery writing technique (AKA pantsing), challenging your default assumptions in a fantasy setting, the Unbound Books model of publishing, and online critiquing groups.
We talk about what writing can bring for a trans person, and why a non-LGBTQ+ person would be interested in these kinds of stories. We riff on the human condition and why it might need to be expanded (and how SF could be key to that). We immerse in the language of Tolkien, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Elaine even gets her song on!
Our first double-guest episode with Christopher Napier and Don Redwood. Two SF story readings! Topics up for discussion: Writing in Scots, how to order pies in Aberdeen. Learn what NOT to do when you are trying to get published. And one of the most insane rounds of Werewolf versus Shark so far.