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December 19, 2018 00:56:07
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Episode 132 "Challenge Accepted!" A conversation with full time independent writer Steff Green

This episode is a conversation with Steff Green. Steff is a blogger, author, optimist, metal-head, and full-time author. She also suffers from a rare genetic condition which means she is now legally registered as blind. In our conversation, we discuss the challenges that writers who have a disability face, and also how should any writer present a character who has a disability. ...

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November 18, 2018 01:19:18
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Episode 131 - Get them off their smartphone and make them care about your work. A conversation with Tade Thompson

This episode is a conversation with award-winning writer and NHS doctor Tade Thompson. We discuss everything from the Wombles to the Fantastic Four, and from the fact that no one gives a **** about your writing unless you make them, to the tropes of English horror. ...

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November 10, 2018 00:18:50
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Episode 130 - Energising each scene in your novel with polarity shifts and scene turns

What must a scene have to really make it work? It's not action, it's not dialogue, it's not sparkling description, wonderful those these things can be. For a scene to work something that matters needs to change. In this episode, we explore these changes or polarity shifts to show this principle, with an example story that contains some scenes with these shifts and some that do not to show what a difference that make. ...

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November 07, 2018 00:51:43
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Episode 129 "Walking up a mountain in the mist" A conversation with writer and scientist C. John Arthur

My guest for this episode is the scientist and independent author C. John Arthur. Chris has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and now works in medical research. He has been a reviewer for the British Science Fiction Association’s critical journal, Vector, and has more recently contributed to Focus, the BSFA’s writers’ magazine. He returned to writing short fiction a few years ago and has had stories published in small press anthologies, the latest being 'The Masque Maker of Venezia'. He is now based in Sweden, and his thoughts on science fiction and science are chronicled occasionally at www.blog.cjohnarthur.com. ...

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October 27, 2018 00:54:58
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Episode 128 - Plotting your journey to traditional publishing success with Derek Künsken

This episode is a conversation with the author and international speaker Derek Künsken. Derek is a Canadian writer who learned the trade with short stories. For a number of years now his work has been accepted by some of the premier magazines in SciFi including Asimov. Derek now has an agent, has signed a two-book deal and is negotiating a further deal and is published in multiple territories and languages. In this conversation, we talk about the transition to novel writing, how to introduce compelling themes and characters, and the perils of hitting the Strunk and White 'Kool-aid'! ...

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October 05, 2018 00:35:23
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Episode 127 - A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach Part 2 of 2:

This episode is the second half of my conversation with Ellen. We talk about a range of issues including making the right choice for the Point of View of your work, how to create the ideal query letter, and how to utilise the resources that Ellen has made available. ...

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