LINKS AND RESOURCES:
The Mars Run (The Pirates Series Book 1)by Chris Gerrib
Pirates of Mars (The Pirate Series Book 2) by Chris Gerrib
The Night Watch (The Pirates Series Book 3)by Chris Gerrib
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse)by Jim C. Hines
Mechanical Failure (Epic Failure Trilogy Book 1) by Joe Zieja
Dune by Frank Herbert
How to Write Pulp Fiction by James Scott Bell
John Scalzi's Whatever
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"I’m a writer because I was a geek before being a geek was cool."
"Someone other than your mother has to read your book before you send it out into the world."
"If you’re a writer, history’s your raw material you use to make your stories."
"My hobby in the summer when school was out was to pedal my bicycle down to the library and read."
"There’s a lot of snake oil salesmen in this business. They’re telling you ‘give me money and I’ll make you famous,’ but that’s not how it works."
[01:39] How reading a bad book pushed Chris to write his own book
[03:11] The quirkiness of science fiction, combining innovative themes with odd characters
[07:12] Prologue from “The Nightwatch” read by author, Chris Gerrib
[10:38] The poetic irony of the negative reviews left on Chris’s novels
[17:47] A word of advice for writers just getting started
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LINKS AND RESOURCES:
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Bishop's War by Rafael Amadeus Hines
Valdez Is Coming by Elmore Leonard
Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Mark Greaney
Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger) by Stephen Hunter
The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy
The Sum of All Fears (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy
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"My neighborhood was just so full of life that growing up, I had those stories stuck in my head."
"I definitely brought some of that family background and journey into the story."
"Live your life with passion and enthusiasm. This is your life; don't be on the sidelines watching it happen."
"I’m all in on this when I never thought anything was going to come out of writing a book and publishing it. Now, every day I’m like ‘what can I do better?’"
"I don’t think I’ve really slept in the last two years because as I’m trying to sleep, I see the scenes and have to jump up to get the words on paper."
[02:27] The energy of Rafael’s neighborhood that inspired his writing
[05:40] Tom Clancy’s influence on Rafael and other books Rafael is currently reading
[09:40] An excerpt of “Bishop’s War” read by Rafael Hines
[16:35] The impact Rafael’s work has had on American soldiers
[19:00] How Rafael has connected with others through Twitter to gain publicity for his books
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In this episode of Books in 30, C.G. Cooper sits down with 2017 Best Book Award Finalist, Christina Julian.
Like the characters in her novel, The Dating Bender, Christina speaks about her fascination with real people and dysfunctional dynamics in fiction. Christina also talks about her love for humor, including how she incorporates it into her work, as well as how she uses it to make the best out of every situation in her everyday life.
LINKS AND RESOURCES:
The Dating Bender by Christina Julian
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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[02:09] The life events that inspired Christina’s book, The Dating Bender
[06:24] Today Will Be Different and Christina’s love for the portrayal of real people in fiction
[11:56] Loving the characters when you see their inner struggle
[14:42] An excerpt from The Dating Bender by Christina Julian
[17:38] The way Christina finds the humor in her bad reviews
"I loved writing when I was growing up, but I was raised in one of those families where there’s respectable careers like lawyers, bankers, doctors, teachers. Then there’s everything else."
"You dislike [the main character] because they do things that are not cool, but there’s something about them that resonates, and you root for them anyway."
"My favorite thing [about being an author] is that you can write the life you wish you were living."
"This is going to be pretty cliche as far as advice goes, but never give up. I stand behind it firmly."
"Be a glutton for the rejection."
Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival by Zach Bohannon
Final Awakening by J. Thorn, Zach Bohannon
Arrival: War for Earth Book One by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon
Trackers: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir
The Last Tribe by Brad Manuel
The Dark Tower Book Series by Stephen King
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
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The Career Author Podcast By J. Thorn & Zach Bohannon
Molten Universe Media
Authors on a Train
In this episode of Books in 30, C.G. Cooper interviews horror/sci-fi/fantasy writer, Zach Bohannon. Zach started in a creative world, writing music for metal bands. However, he found an even greater love for writing fiction. Today, Zach’s love for science fiction and horror overflows from his books into his reading habits as he discusses his favorite sci-fi and horror books in today’s episode. To top it off, Zach reads some quirky reviews including New Orleans and toothpaste that could possibly fall into the horror genre.
"Ignore things you can’t control, and keep trucking on."
"I have a very creative background. I spent most of my early twenties playing in heavy metal bands."
"Anyone out there with audiobooks, you know what makes it different is the narrator creates an experience for you."
"Anyone out there who hasn’t read the Dark Tower series, and you want to do it, two pieces of advice. One, don’t watch the movie; it’s terrible. [...] Second, the first book is really weird."
"I would really like to write some historical fiction. I’m a really big World War II fan, so it would be really cool to write some historical fiction."
[02:17] How Zach went from music writer to author
[04:42] Zach’s horror and sci-fi book recommendations
[09:50] Zach’s love for The Dark Tower Series and how Stephen King has influenced his work
[13:56] Zach’s reading of his own horror-filled reviews
[19:03] What Zach loves about being a writer
LINKS AND RESOURCES:
Find Libbie's Books
Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing: Revised Edition by Libbie Hawker
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Tidewater: A Novel by Libbie Hawker
Go Bayside! Podcast
"Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t overthink your writing into meaningless dribble. Just go with whatever first occurred to you."
"I don’t understand how people wrote historical fiction in a time before Google."
"In a world where we have high-quality print on-demand technology, there’s no reason to have a giant warehouse full of books sitting anywhere."
"I don’t take myself super seriously. Sometimes I agree with one-star reviews."
"I knew from a really young age that I liked reading, so I decided ‘I’m going to do this someday. This is going to be my job.’ I did it."
[01:49] How Libbie found the idea for her podcast about 80s tv show, Jem
[04:02] Libbie’s love for reading as a child that influenced her decision to be a writer
[05:25] The unique, distinctive brand of Alice Hoffman’s books
[11:39] Excerpt from Libbie’s new book, “The Ragged Edge of Night” and the inspiration behind the book
[16:13] Finding humor in the absurdity of some of Libbie’s one-star reviews
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