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LDK 62 – Laura VanArendonk Baugh

This week, we hang out with second-time guest, Laura VanArendonk Baugh (try saying that one three times fast!) We last visited with Laura in episodes 39 & 40 (which you can find here). Last time we spoke, we discussed her Japanese culture books. But this time, she takes us to a different culture altogether with The Songweaver’s Vow, which is a retelling of Ares and Psyche, but in the Norwegian culture rather than Greek.

In this episode:

    • Laura’s unique view on fiction
    • Laura’s upcoming trilogy…that she may or may not be working on…an epic fantasy. (Angst porn!)
    • Laura’s research in Denmark. Nine months of winter and mead!
    • Laura’s take on Greek and Norse mythology.
    • Having a reader warning on her books.
    • On writing Loki.
    • Who would Laura go on a quest with?

Greek mythology is all about people having sex. Norse mythology is all about people on LSD. ~ Laura VAB

Links

Laura VanArendonk Baugh
The Songweaver’s Vow

Details on our contest!

Our first ever contest!

Write a 1,000 or less fan fiction featuring Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings fame) and River Song (Doctor Who with David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi). PG-13 rating max. You can put them in whatever scenario or world you want and whatever other characters you want as long as you feature them.

Prizes:

E-book of The Songweaver’s Vow.
E-book or Audible of Liberty Speidel’s Omission.
E-book of Aaron DeMott’s A New Threat.
An opportunity to come on the show and talk about whatever you want to talk about, plus read your winning short story.

Deadlines and contact:

E-mail your polished story in standard manuscript format (12-point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, double-spaced) to LasersDragonsKeyboards@gmail.com no later than August 1, 2017. Winner will be announced on an upcoming episode of the show and selected by the hosts and Laura VanArendonk Baugh. Timeframe on when winner will be selected depends on number of entries. We will e-mail you back to confirm receipt of your story. Please put “Sam & River” in the subject line.

 

 

Amy McNew – take two…

Author Amy Brock McNew

Our guest tonight is Amy Brock McNew, who apparently can’t stay away. Our hosts, though, I’m not sure about. We apparently have two Liberties, and one Josh… I think…

Tonight’s topic… Venison, and how delicious it is! …uh, I mean, we’re talking about Amy’s second book, Reconciliation.

*** SPOILER WARNING***

You might not want to listen to this podcast (Episodes 22 & 23) if you haven’t read the first book in the series. Go read, then come back and listen to this episode.

Go on… we’ll wait…

Wow, it’s a little mushy in here as we talk about putting yourself back in old situations, re-living old hurts and fears as we put our characters in similar situations… and the healing that can come with dealing with those emotions.

Enough of that, let’s go hunt moose and squirrel!

In this episode:

  • Differences in writing Rebirth versus Reconciliation
  • The catharsis of writing
  • Prayer & forgiveness
  • Russian Ninja Barbie!
  • Amy’s passion for helping women get out of human trafficking.
  • Fighting with your husband (as story research)
  • Casting the Reluctant Warriors
  • We are Groot!
  • Reading our own books for pleasure
  • Rebirth NOT on sale now
  • Amy’s combat demo videos!

 

Links:
Amy Brock McNew
Rebirth
Reconciliation
A21
Exodus Road
Eve’s Angels
Destiny Rescue
Stripped Love
Nadine Brandes
Accelerant by Ronie Kendig

LDK 60 – Janeen Ippolito & Julia Busko

We were delighted to have on the show with us horror authors Janeen Ippolito and Julia Busko this week, authors of Blood Mercy.

In this episode…

  • Characters and their quirks and how they may or may not resemble actual people.
  • Favorite vampires!
  • Being horror junkies
  • Favorite scenes
  • Dream actor casting!
  • Questing!
  • Doctor Who and our favorite doctors
  • Gaming!
  • Upcoming release (October 2017) Blood Mercy: The Darkest Stain

 

Links!

Janeen Ippolito
Julia Busko
Blood Mercy
Mike Duran
Christian Horror
Uncommon Universes Press

Episode 59 – Donita K. Paul & Evangeline Denmark

We have a special mother-daughter show for you this week! Our guests are Donita K. Paul and her daughter, Evangeline Denmark.

In this week’s episode…

  • Donita learns something new about her daughter right off the bat.
  • We talk WIPs that sound really cool.
  • Growing up with an author for a mom.
  • Minigames!
  • How Donita raised Evangeline with a love for words.
  • Donita & Evangeline’s collaborations, including their children’s books.
  • Living up to your mom’s standards.
  • Legacies.
  • Catching Didactics.
  • Other creative endeavors
  • Favorite parts of the creative process.
    (We have some technical difficulties with Donita’s feed–we apologize!)
  • How to balance family & writing
  • Having gifts you need to use as a wife and mother.
  • How you need other writers to give you feedback.
  • And, we explore some fun new questions!

Links
Donita K. Paul

Donita’s Facebook

Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline on Facebook

The Dragon and the Turtle

The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari

LDK 57 & 58 – Lauren Brandenburg

This week we have with us Lauren Brandenburg, author of Orlo the Created! This sounds like an awesome middle grade steampunk book series, and we can’t wait to get it to share with our kids…yeah, that’s the reason. 😉

In Episode 57:

  • Orlo!
  • We talk about the earlier books in the series, focusing on Boone.
  • How much does Lauren love world-building?
  • CS Lewis quotes!
  • Having favorite characters.
  • Lauren, Aaron, and Josh’s aversion to coffee
  • Lauren’s mad ninja skills
  • What Lauren avoided talking about in Orlo.
  • Aaron’s obsession with finding a Doctor Strange figurine.
  • What Muppet is most like Lauren? And her main character?
  • What’s up for Lauren next?
  • Liberty’s got some technical issues (what else is new?)

Episode 58 (Be Excited!):

  • Plotting/pantsing
  • Scrivener!
  • Some of the cool features of Scrivener!
  • Maps!
  • Liberty continues having technical issues…
  • Lauren’s self-editing process & her editor — and incorporating her editing into her homeschooling.
  • Writer’s block and a funny story
  • How writing “Orlo” changed Lauren
  • Lauren’s unique approach to marketing (which probably not for everyone because of her market)
  • Lauren’s love of Harry Potter, and her recommendations for how a kid should read the books.
  • Awesome rabbit trails!

Links!

Lauren Brandenburg
Orlo the Created
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antsylabs/fidget-cube-a-vinyl-desk-toy
Nadine Brandes
Rachelle Dekker
Suzanne Collins (Overlander)
Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Wicked Bible

LDK Episodes 53 – The Accounting Episode!

Our guest this week was the Most Interesting Accountant in the World! He also goes by Chris Morris. Chris is a CPA who caters to artists and authors, using easy to understand terms.

In Episode 53:

Chris Morris, CPA

  • Laughter immediately ensues when we get into a discussion about colors.
  • Authors and other artists all need help with accounting and tax services. Chris’ goal is to build his business to serve the author-entrepreneur community.
  • Discussion on the special challenges that authors face.
  • Rabbit trails on the most expensive pens!
  • How to determine if expenses are business-related.
  • How to treat your writing like a business.
  • ID 10T errors
  • Deductions that people miss
  • Crazy things people have asked if they can deduct.
  • Ben Wolf’s marketing practices (Ep. 10 & Ep. 11)
  • We get into a lot of the nitty-gritty of setting up businesses and funding your business when you’re not making money yet.
  • Should you hire a bookkeeper?
  • Google & Taxes are not a good combination. 😉
  • Oh $@!*# I’m Making Money, Now What?

Links:

Chris Morris
Chris’s book (as above)
Cam Scanner app
Lindsay Franklin & Wombatman
Failbook

LDK 51 & 52 – CW Briar

This week we have with us CW Briar, author of Wrath & Ruin, an anthology filled with spec fic ranging from horror to humorous sci-fi. We discuss gnomes–eep!13718810_1834962903398255_6073621401561895564_n

In Episode 51:

  • Why he wrote an anthology rather than starting with a full-length novel.
  • Accomplishments and interesting experiences as a first-time author.
  • CW’s favorite characters from the anthology.
  • How CW’s desires for a certain effect shaped some of his stories.
  • Interesting juxtapositions of CW’s research.
  • CW can’t pick one captain. 🙂
  • We get off on a bit of Doctor Who riff.
  • How writing Wrath & Ruin has changed CW.

51ykxjb9yql-_sy346_In Episode 52:

  • CW & Liberty agree it’s very difficult to write a mystery without an outline.
  • How CW works around his career and his kids and using his commute to maximize his time.
  • CW’s preference for Word over Scrivener, and how he organizes it.
  • How CW’s job as an engineer informs his writing and outlining process.
  • Stealing from your beta readers.
  • Canadian mining practices in the 19th Century
  • Cthulu!
  • Learn to Love Editing

Links!
CW Briar
Wrath and Ruin
Brandon Sanderson
Algernon Blackwood
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterston
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Dragon Speaks!
Epic Music from YouTube

Episodes 49&50: The Co-Host Grilling!

This episode brought us the joy of interviewing co-host and producer Liberty in regards to her latest book, Omission (Now available in e-format!)speidel-058

In Episode 49:

  • Who makes the better Liberty?
  • What it’s like to be a series writer.
  • Who would make the best cast for a TV or movie version of the Darby Shaw Chronicles?

512hrr9qdvlIn Episode 50:

  • We hear what the perfect music for writing mysteries is.
  • Gluten-free snacks are discussed.
  • We get profound as Liberty tells us how writing has changed her!

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Links:
Liberty Speidel
Omission

LDK 47 & 48 – Keven Newsome

51e2fqn4mfl-_ux250_In these episodes, we have with us pastor and sci-fi writer Keven Newsome, author of the Winter series!

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In Episode 47:

  • Liberty gets her geek card revoked by Keven as we discuss the Chronicles of Narnia.
  • We have a lively discussion in general–as per usual–without Josh.

In Episode 48:

  • Plotting/pantsing theory.
  • Keven’s modified Snowflake method (shoutout to Randy Ingermanson).
  • Writing and editing tips in Scrivener from Keven & Liberty.
  • How Keven uses One Note to track his notes and research.513v3ogmznl-_uy250_
  • Keven’s editing process and tips.
  • Joss Whedon advice on writer’s block.
  • Keven’s Musicality in his writing.
  • Marketing tips that DON’T work.
  • Writing a series.
  • Liberty has to roll solo when Aaron’s router drops out.
  • We talk classic Doctor Who, which is always a fun topic.

Links:
Keven Newsome
The Winter Series
P.A. Baines – Alpha Redemption
Robin McKinley – Hero and the Crown
The 5 Stage plot (from Keven’s blog)
One Note
Keven’s Epic Radio on Spotify
Doctor Who

Listen to Episode 47!
Listen to Episode 48!

LDK 45 & 46 – Kerry Nietz

71vd27gppvl-_ux250_We were totally delighted to hang out with one of the forefathers of the awesome Realm Makers conference in these episodes, Kerry Nietz! Kerry, as he says, is a refugee from software engineering, and is the author of Amish Vampires in Space (as seen on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!)
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSiTIZW3WEo]

In Episode 45:

  • Revisiting story worlds by writing Frayed.
  • Threadbare, the main character, and why Kerry loves him.
  • Throwing characters curve balls (No, not literally…)
  • Liberty’s cold leads to a misinterpretation of one of our questions, and an interesting answer.
  • Research into boxing!
  • Kerry’s favorite superhero and the version he prefers!
  • Usually, one’s superhero and one’s Captain have similar traits… Mr. Nietz is an exception…

51bhqsotepl-_sy346_In Episode 46:

  • How Kerry structures his writing time so he can end his session in the middle of a scene.
  • Oh, Scrivner, do we love thee? Let us count the ways…
  • Kerry’s really good first drafts, and how he handles editing.
  • Developing a thick skin! (Metaphorically…)
  • Developing habits to overcome writer’s block (literally…)
  • Mayans, mythology, and vampire gods – Oh My!
  • Never stop writing-never surrender!
  • The differences in traditional publishing versus self-publishing, at least from Kerry’s perspective.

Too lazy to type out the links while you’re listening? We’ve got you covered! (If they don’t work, it’s Liberty’s fault….)
Kerry Nietz
Frayed
Amish Vampires in Space
Mike Duran
Tosca Lee
Nadine Brandes (editing services)
Jeff Gerke (editing services)
Ray Bradbury (Hey, he won a Pulitzer! But not for what you’d think…)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Michael Crighton

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