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


After quite a bit of technical difficulties, we were thrilled to finally have H.A. “Heather” Titus on with us! She’s the Celtic Urban Fantasy Author of Forged Steel, which came out in summer 2015.

Downtown. Coffee shop. 2 AM. 51ynfuosfcl-_sx322_bo1204203200_

One minute, Josh is firing off sarcastic remarks at his best friend Marc – the next, they’re running from shape-shifters. Apparently, even best friends don’t share all their secrets.

Now Josh is in danger. He can see the monsters among the humans.
When Marc is kidnapped, Josh finds himself pulled into the schemes of the fae courts, and throws in his lot with Marc’s allies: the lovely Larae, a human named David, and the fighter, Eliaster. But what began as a rescue mission becomes something much more involved…

And all Josh wants to do is get out before it’s too late.

In addition to talking about her book and her writing process, Aaron gave Heather a hard time about being from “da U.P.” (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). DC’s Arrow came up, as did Aaron’s theory that the rebooted Star Trek movies aren’t “true” Star Trek.

The idea of “plotsing” comes up, and you’ll have to listen to hear how that word came into being. Heather also discusses some of the weird facts she had to Google, and one of them has to do with werewolves and the Mark of Cain. Kinda interesting stuff!

Oh, and Aaron’s trying to get us our first hate mail. 😉

HA TitusThanks to Heather for hanging out with us, muscling through the technical difficulties, and being one of our early “victims” in this experiment we lovingly refer to as Lasers, Dragons, and Keyboards. Our learning curve is high, but we sure are having a blast learning!


Links to people and things we discuss:
H.A. Titus
Forged Steel
Starfleet Corps of Engineers series
Jim Butcher
Neil Gaiman
Becky Minor’s Windrider Series
DC’s Arrow TV series
Brandon Sanderson

Episode 3

Episode 4

We’re just a couple weeks away from bringing you our debut podcasts, and you may be asking: why lasers, dragons, and keyboards (or LDK)? Or maybe who will I be listening to?

First, why LDK?

We’re writers. Writers of fantasy and science fiction. Aaron, Josh, and I met at a sci-fi/fantasy writers conference. All three of us write different things and have different interests within the broader sci-fi/fantasy genre, but we have one focus: we love great science fiction & fantasy books &  films.

As writers, we want to bring you interviews and insight from your favorite–or maybe your next favorite–sci-fi or fantasy authors. We want to talk about their books, and we want to talk about their process. If you’re a reader, you’ll love hearing about books and authors you’re eagerly anticipating, or about someone you want to put on your TBR list on Goodreads. If you’re an author, we hope our writer-casts will inspire you and bring you new insights into the writing process.

Now, who will you be listening to?

Obviously, Aaron, Josh, and me (Liberty). We’ll be doing a few short shows that will clue you in to how crazy we all are. But I can tell you one thing–we have a blast together, and we think you’ll enjoy our special brand of geekiness.

About Aaron: Aaron has had a few different jobs, ranging from computer tech support, to real-estate, and lawn and farm sales and service. He also enjoys photography and reading, and has been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember. The Psygen Chronicles, Book 1: A New Threat is Aaron’s first novel.

About Josh: Josh is an avid reader, ecumenical nerd, and lover of puns. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two high-energy children. He helps out – and cracks wise – at the men’s group at his church. When not living in worlds of others’ devising, Josh enjoys nighttime walks and board games. He’s currently hard at work on his first novel.

About Liberty: I cut my teeth on Star Trek: TNG and never really looked back. Wife and mom now, I spend way more time than I probably should with my head outside our solar system or reality.

We hope you’ll join us for our debut episodes very, very soon!

Do you like fantastic stories of heroism and mayhem? Are you a lover of the macabre and the preternatural? Whether you’re a devourer of Speculative Fiction or the ink-spiller who crafts it, we’ve got a podcast to meet your needs! Twice a month we’ll be bringing you an interview from someone on the inside. The first podcast will be coming soon!