Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Writing Romance with bestselling author Chloe Gong. During the episode, Chloe unravels the enticing yarn of romance, including the appeal of romance in stories, the exploding popularity of the ‘romantasy’ genre, good (and bad) romantic chemistry, healthy vs. toxic relationships, expectations and tropes, Chloe’s favorite romance books and authors, romance as main plot vs. subplot, spice in romance and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with bestselling author Chloe Gong about her Secret Shanghai historical fantasy series, her adult debut Immortal Longings, what “success” means, Shakespeare and remixing classic stories, writing YA vs. adult SFF, aesthetics and atmosphere in film and fiction, Chinese history, magic systems, genre blending and much more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Tech-Fi & Technology As Story with award-winning author Ken Liu. During the episode, Ken decodes the intricacies of technology fiction, including what tech-fi means, the uses of technology in fantasy, how technology and stories shape us and expresses our values, personifying technology, new technologies, A.I. and fear mongering, imagining positive impacts of future tech and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with award-winning, bestselling author Ken Liu about his epic fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, the works of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin, writing and persistence, how technology plays into our lives, writing short stories vs. novels, the relationship between history, modernity and language, how symbolism plays into the creative process, Frankenstein, photography and much more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they reminisce on the year that was with podcasters Dylan Marsh and Charles M.C. (co-hosts of The Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast). During the panel they share their top picks for favorite SFF reads of the year (3 each for a total of 12), reflect on the ups and downs 2023, offer some honorable mentions, talk about hikes, make surprise book announcements, split “assets” in a hypothetical “divorce” and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Plotting 101 with author Greta Kelly. During the episode, Greta plots out the essentials for outlining a novel, including what plotting and outlining are, how it can help stimulate your creativity and focus, evolving plotting processes, planning character and story arcs, tools/methods/software for plotting, going from outline to first draft to edits, helpful writing resources and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with author Greta Kelly about her new novel The Queen of Days, the Warrior Witch Duology, her experiences in traditional publishing, Doctor Who and the concept of time, creating a unique magic system, why heists are awesome, writing compelling characters and godlike beings, biological and found families, parenting, The Lord of the Rings, D&D and much more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson as he delves into a mini-masterclass on Co-Writing A Novel with authors Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey. During the episode, Cassandra and Richard tackle the chaotic business of writing with another person, including how they co-wrote The Dead Take the A Train, why you might consider (or not) co-writing a novel, merging writing styles and authorial voices, dealing with the challenges of evolving co-writing processes, deadlines and editors, co-writing virtually, collaborative ideation and storytelling, avoiding ego, trusting your partner and more.
Join host Adrian M. Gibson as he chats with bestselling authors Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey about their new novel The Dead Take the A Train, how they got into publishing, storytelling trends and the weird nature of the internet, writing for video games and comic books, the beauty of horror and the human psyche, New York City’s deep history and the experiences it offers, music journalism, stealing cars, busking, tattoos and much more.
Join host M.J. Kuhn as she delves into a mini-masterclass on Writing Mysteries with author Josiah Bancroft and (surprise!) our very own Adrian M. Gibson. During the episode, Josiah and Adrian investigate the clues of writing a mystery, including why we love a good mystery, the evolution of the genre, essentials like setting, atmosphere, hooks and capable protagonists, how to pace a mystery and dish out clues, cohesion and mysteries going off the rails, genre blending a mystery with SFF and more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they chat with author Josiah Bancroft about his new novel The Hexologists, his fan-favorite series The Books of Babel, SPFBO and lessons from publishing, fancy words that no one understands, happily married couples who do it, fantastical worldbuilding and social commentary, satire and tropes, royal families, secrets of the heart, lies (or truthbending) and much more.
Join co-hosts Adrian M. Gibson and M.J. Kuhn as they delve into a mini-masterclass on Building a Dedicated Fanbase with author Michael J. Sullivan and his wife/business manager Robin. During the episode, Michael and Robin lay out the realities of writing and building an audience, including steps to becoming a well-earning author, selling directly to readers, Kickstarter and crowdfunding, growing a career and community, the importance of series for fan investment, comparing traditional and self-publishing, Goodreads, Royal Road, social media, reviews and more.