Lasers, Dragons, and Keyboards Podcast

Sci-fi, fantasy, and writing--who could ask for more?

Laura VanArendonk Baugh – Only the Dead Face North

Today we interview Laura VanArendonk Baugh about her new Japanese history/fantasy book Only the Dead Face North, and other works.

Learn more about Laura and her books at:

Jean Rabe

Today we interview fantasy and mystery author Jean Rabe.

“I write with dogs wrapped around my feet. I get to wear sandals or bedroom slippers to work, and old, comfortable clothes. When the weather is fine I get to write on my back porch. I love summer.

I write mysteries and fantasies because life is too short to be limited to one genre.

I started getting published when I was 12, studied journalism at Northern Illinois University, then went to work as a news reporter…eventually for Scripps Howard, where I managed their Western Kentucky bureau. Getting itchy feet, I moved to Wisconsin and went to work for TSR, Inc., the then-producers of the Dungeons & Dragons game. I dipped my itchy feet into the fiction pool and wrote Dragonlance novels for several years. Now I’m back in Illinois, my land surrounded by train tracks that offer music to write by. And there are plenty of dogs in the neighborhood to provide an accompaniment.

I am a recipient of the Faust, the grand master award of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and the Illinois Author Project’s Soon-to-be Famous Award. I’ve been on the USA Today’s Bestseller list a few times … ah, I’ve never hit the Times.

I’ve written more than forty SF, fantasy, mystery, and adventure novels (including a couple of ghosted projects), more short stories than I care to count, and I’ve edited magazines and anthologies.

When I’m writing I listen to classical guitar and 60s rock … depending on my subject matter. And at every good opportunity I toss tennis balls for my cadre of dogs.”

You can learn more about her and her work at:

Kickstarter Roundtable

(Note: Technical issues with Aaron’s audio, that we didn’t discover until after.)

Today we’re talking to Merrie Destefano, Jason Joyner, and JJ Johnson about using Kickstarter for authors.

Jason Joyner:

JJ Johnson:

Merrie Destefano:

Pam Halter

Today we interview Pam Halter about Willoughby, Fairy Eater, and what she’s currently working on now.

You can learn more about her work at:

Thomas Doscher

We interview Thomas Doscher, author of the Vixen War Bride novels.

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Connect with Thomas on his Facebook page:

Paul Regnier – Bard Tidings

Today we interview spec-fic/humor author Paul Regnier about his newest book, Bard Tidings.

Learn more about Paul and his work at:

John Otte

Today we interview John Otte.

John W. Otte is a husband, a father, a Lutheran pastor, and a big ol’ geek. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theater major, and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes unusual stories of geeky grace. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and two boys.

You can learn more about him and his books at:

Talking with Cindy Koepp about Animal Eye

We’re on with Cindy Koepp at noon eastern today! We discuss the Animal Eye comic, a Western novel, and other projects.

Check out Cindy and her stuff at:

Also, Aaron has a new serial story out:

There may or may not be appearances by giraffes, alligators, and/or other mystical creatures…

Heidi Burke

We interview H.L. Burke about her superhero books!
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Kara Swanson

We talk to author and mentor Kara Swanson about her books, and her work at the author conservatory.

You can learn more about what Kara is up to at:

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