27 – David Joel Stevenson and Cavern of the Immortal

David Joel Stevenson is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and author. He lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife, several chickens, and thousands of honey bees. He’s working on a great series about a superhero called Victor Boone. “Victor Boone Will Save Us,” is the latest in that series.

Find out all about him at his site here: http://davidjoelstevenson.com

I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a couple of SciFi con panels with David, then got to be next to him at our artist’s tables most recently at Hypericon. He’s a super likeable guy with some great books to offer.

I knew he’d be a good Outliners guest!

26 – Lydia Sherrer and the Planet of the Snakes

Lydia Sherrer is an award-winning USA Today bestseller and author of the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series. Find all of Lydia’s work on her website here: http://lydiasherrer.com/

I met Lydia on a panel at Hypericon in Nashville, which got completely derailed when I inadvertently mentioned another author’s work. That set Lydia laughing for most of the rest of the time. We’ll tell you all about it.

It’s new book day for me! Check out Apprentice Quest here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFDWF8L

Thanks for listening! Hope you dig the podcast.

25 – D. Alan Lewis and Gears of Love

My guest this episode is D. Alan Lewis, possibly the bravest man alive. He leapt into an open seat on this podcast with no explanation or warning or anything. That’s a leap of faith similar to the one when Indiana Jones stepped off that ledge in the last good Indiana Jones movie and it ended up he was stepping onto a ledge of green screen.

Anyway, I really appreciate it, Alan. Find his work here and give it a look-see: http://snowflakegarden.com

Also at Hypericon we also met our new pal John Horner Jacobs. Find his work and his recap of the weekend here including a photo of me with a beer on a panel. Shameful display: http://www.johnhornorjacobs.com/hypericon-roundup/

As for me, my new book, “Apprentice Quest” is live for pre-order! Grab that here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFDWF8L

The Outliners Episode 24 – Bilgrones and Crystal Whispers

My guests on this episode are Julia Jones and Jessica Bilgrad otherwise known by their two-woman powerhouse improv duo Bilgrones. Find them on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/bilgrones

I invited them to be on this writing podcast first of all because they’re hilarious and fun to be around. But also because the point of this podcast is to reinforce important things about writing which are: writer’s block doesn’t exist, ideas are nothing, it’s all in the execution.

But the paralells don’t stop there. Improv is an art form where a group of people try to come up with a story together. The only way to come up with a story live in front of an audience with other folks like that is to contribute to the story but not to hog the stage.

It’s a lot like writing a novel in that way.

23 – Jonathan French and the Grey Bastards

On this episode I want to take a minute to celebrate friend of the podcast Jonathan French and his “The Grey Bastards” book launch with Crown. I recorded our conversation at Eagle Eye Books at his launch event so you’ll get to hear that too.

Check out Jonathan’s work at his site here: https://www.jonathanfrenchbooks.com/

In us news, Outliners is going on the road! I will be traveling to Hypericon in Nashville July 6th – 8th to talk about writing and sell books, and one of the panels I’ll be on will be an outliners, so look forward to that. http://hypericon.net/

The show I (half) directed, Summer of Sketch & Moby Sketch, runs for two more weeks at Village Theatre. Grab tickets at http://sketchworkscomedy.com

My show Atlanta Explained is going to do a short, free version of itself at village Saturday June 30th, 7PM. 30 minutes long. Join us for that.

There will be a whole bunch of discounted books starting next week through Kindle Countdown deals. They’ll be $.99:
Santa vs. Krampus: June 24th – July 1st
Santa Suits: July 1st – 8th
Battle for ATL: July 8th – 15th
Find those book on the main page of my site here: http://jimhodgson.com

Thanks for listening! If you’re an author who would like to be a guest, find out more here.

22 – Gil Hough and the Algae of Death

I met Gil as a fellow panelist at ConNooga, a scifi con in Chattanooga. He’s a super interesting dude, as you will see when we get into the tale of the Algae of Death!

Gil is working on epic fantasy with his Order of the Lion series. The Celestial Paladin is the first book in that series and it’s free on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Celestial-Paladin-Order-Lion-Book-ebook/dp/B0061NB4L4/

Also check Gil out at his web site here: http://www.gilhough.com/

Thanks for listening!

21 – Dan Jolley and the Legacy of Rust

The podcast is back! I get into it a little bit. But yes, we will be back with more Outliners episodes. I hope you’re enjoying them.

Our guest this time is Dan Jolley, an American novelist and comic book writer. I met him at Connooga and we chatted about the importance of outlines, so I knew he’d be a good guest for this podcast.

He’s currently wrapping up a novel trilogy the Gray Widow series. The first two books are already out and the third will be released by Seventh Star on May 25th.

Grab that here: https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Widows-Widow-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07BZ36QKQ/

He’s got lots of other work coming out as well so have a look at his web site. Thanks for listening!

Find Dan and the rest his work here: http://danjolley.com

20 – Jeremy Hicks and Begone Xenomorons

I met Jeremy when we were both panelists at a science fiction conference. I believe it might have been JordanCon. We ended up being buddies.

Jeremy recently had the honor of being the Artist Guest at HallowCon, which was also attended by past podcast guest Bobby Nash. Jeremy is the author of the Cycle of Ages saga as well as screenplays, poems, all manner of whatnot. Thrilled to have him as a guest.

Find him on his website here: https://jjeremyhicks.com/
On Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JeremyHicksAuthor/

Thanks for listening!

19 – Spoiler Alert – Ready Player One

This is a new style of The Outliners I’m calling Spoiler Alert. There are spoilers in it. Watch out.

I thought it might be helpful to take some popular works and break them down into their composite parts. We spend a lot of time going the other direction with our authors, making them come up with an outline. I wanted to try going the other way.

The only thing is, this requires us to talk about the entire story. If you don’t want the plot of Ready Player One to be spoiled for you, don’t listen.

Let me know what you think about this, and check out my new book, Santa Suits, now up for pre-order.

18 – Aaron Cross and Feed the Meter

I was introduced to Aaron Cross by our mutual friend Jonathan French. After taking one look at the titles of his books I knew he’d be a great podcast guest.

I’m talking about titles like “Robocopter Ski Patrol” and “Ruben’s Cube Alaska: Bullet Point 2: Judgment Day: This Time It’s Real.” Quality work there, folks, I think you’ll agree.

Aaron and I get into the thick of it with a prompt that turns oddly supernatural.

Aaron’s site: http://Aaronccross.com
Or find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobocopterSkiPatrol/

Thanks for listening!