11 – Scott Meyer and the Warrior Race

Scott Meyer is the hilarious author of Off to Be the Wizard, The Authorities, and the new book Run Program. His fans, your humble host included, love his work for its deft implementation of humor while still telling an exciting story.

That is something easier said than done by far. But Scott has put in his time as a standup comic, which is one of three ways to grow comedy chops (the other two are improv and a genie).

If you’re into my work — humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy — you will unquestionably like Scott’s books. His latest is Run Program from 47North.

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10 – Catie Hogan and the High Seas

Catie Hogan is my friend and fellow sketch writer from Sketchworks here in Atlanta. When she started submitting sketches to Sketchworks, the rest of us in the writer’s room had to re-evaluate the level of our work to try to get up on the bar she raised. She’s that kind of good.

She’s also been on McSweeneys, the Scold, and she’s doing her best to help people understand what it takes to be financially literate while making them laugh. It’s a tall order, but she’s killing it.

Find her on McSweeney’s here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-googled-intersectionality-so-now-im-totally-woke
Find her funny financial planner work here: https://www.aol.com/finance-collective/the-funny-financial-planner/
We both write for Sketchworks: http://www.sketchworkscomedy.com/

She also just started her own podcast with her sister: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/get-it-together-with-catie-and-erin/id1247294531?mt=2

Catie’s prompt came from John Hartness. I got really excited about this novel idea. I think you guys are gonna love it.

Thanks for listening!

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9 – John Hartness and the Wild Wild Life

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he was named Maurice by his parents. No, not really.

He is also the best-selling author of the EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?”

Bubba the Vampire Slayer, Quincy Harker, Dark Fantasy with a side of snark, these are his milieu.

He participates in Drew Hayes’ Authors and Dragons podcast: http://www.drewhayesnovels.com/authorsanddragons/

He is also a co-founder of Falstaff books, a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC dedicated to bringing to life the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and dramatic literature. http://falstaffbooks.com/

You can find his website at http://johnhartness.com

This was a ton of fun to record. John’s unbelievably good and fast at coming up with parts of his story. It’s a testament to what a person can do when they work hard on a lot of work.

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8 – Robert Bevan and The Stolen Car

Robert Bevan, English painter, 1865–1925? No! Robert Bevan the hugely popular author of the Caverns & Creatures series.

His latest is Critical Failures V (Caverns and Creatures Book 5).

I met Robert at Contraflow in New Orleans last year. Just before the con, not realizing I’d be paneling with him, I read Critical Failures 1, the entry to his universe. If you’re into what I do at all — humorous science fiction and/or fantasy — I can guarantee you you’ll dig his books.

Find his work at http://www.caverns-and-creatures.com/
He’s plenty active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/robertbevanbooks

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7 – AC Fuller and the Great Old One

A.C. Fuller was kind enough several years ago to invite your humble host on his podcast, Writer 2.0, so this is my chance to return the favor.

He’s a good host, a fun guest, and he can outline like a champ. Well done, buddy. He’s done time as a journalist, and it shows well in his work. If there’s any time to take a deeper look at journalism, it has to be now.

His latest book is The Mockingbird Drive (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 3): https://www.amazon.com/Mockingbird-Drive-Alex-Media-Thriller-ebook/dp/B06XZD3DYX/

Find him on the web here: http://acfuller.com
Or on Twitter at @ACFullerAuthor: http://twitter.com/acfullerauthor

Jim Hodgson as a guest on Writer 2.0:
http://acfuller.com/comedian-and-novelist-jim-hodgson-episode-63-september-30-2015-2/

Thanks for joining me, AC! Glad to have the chance to return the favor.

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6 – Tony Sarrecchia and the Space Hermit

This week my guest is the amazing Tony Sarrecchia. Tony is the creator and writer of the award-winning Harry Strange Radio Drama, a full cast, pulp-style supernatural thriller which airs on both traditional and Internet radio stations.

You can purchase a collection of the first season of the show’s scripts on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Harry-Strange-Stones-Solomon-Sarrecchia-ebook/dp/B00XALJTH6

Find Tony on twitter at @tonythescribe, (http://twitter.com/tonythescribe) on his web site at http://tonysarrecchia.com and the Harry Strange radio drama at http://harrystrange.com

Tony’s topic, suggested by the previous episode’s guest: A space hermit looking for unpopulated planets in order to get away from people. Tony really killed it on this one, guys. Have a listen.

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5 – MNBrian and the Chatty Cadavers

Our guest this week is the enigmatic MNBrian. Brian is a reader for an agent and a tireless thought leader on the Reddits. He’s an asset to the craft at large in a way that many lit agents do not take the time to be.

That said, let’s be clear: Brian cheated. He brought us a partially-formed outline rather than submitting to the will of the podcast. We’re going to give him a pass, though, because he’s our pal and also because he devotes so much time to the community.

Also, it’s a cracking good idea. We had a good time working through it.

Find the mountain of helpful information atop which Brian is the cherry here: https://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/
His work and thoughts can also be found here: https://www.reddit.com/user/MNBrian
You can also chat with him as well as your humble host on IRC here: https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.snoonet.org/writerchat

Thanks for listening!

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4 – Jonathan French and the Cave Bugs

My buddy Jonathan French stops by the house to try his luck at an outline. Find his books here and his twitter here.

His work has caught a lot of traction recently. So much so that he has signed a deal with Crown Publishing, where his work will join such books as Ready Player One, The Martian, and such authors as Barack Obama. THANKS, OBAMA.

Jonathan is a great dude. He’s like me in that he has an awesome wife and family. And he’s lots of fun to hang out with on writing panels … but can he compose an outline on the spot? Listen and find out!

This week’s topic comes to us from my pals from Reddit’s Writerchat subreddit and attendant IRC channel. Yeah, people still IRC. Can you believe it?

Thanks for listening!

3 – A Chipmunk’s Journey with Meghann Hodgson

Your pleas have been heard, folks. Starting now, this podcast will cease to be just me sorting through submitted podcasts. I have some author pals scheduled. Should be a lot of fun. As a show of good faith, this week we have a special guest: my wife, Meghann Hodgson. Together we work through The Hero’s Journey.

Find out more about The Hero’s Journey here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey

Thank you to Tone Milazzo, who was very kind to submit to the podcast. Find him on his web site or on twitter. His outline was too long for us to do it justice here on the podcast, which is 100% my fault. I was not clear enough with regards to that for which I was asking. Can you imagine?

Shout out to my #writerchat crew on snoonet.org IRC. Come on in and talk writing with us if you are so inclined.

2 – Love and Loss and Woodwinds with Ray_Thompson

If you’re near Atlanta, this month you can see me performing at Towne Cinema in Avondale May 25th. I will hosting Decaturish’s Folks To Give, a comedy show to support care.org. Find out more about that at folkstogive.com

This week we have a submission from Ray_Thompson. Find his work here:

Ray’s idea/theme/message: A story of love and loss and woodwinds (A comedy)

Have a listen to hear Ray’s submitted outline plus one artisanally crafted on the spot by your host.