Rocky Mountain Writer #29

Kerry Schafer & Dead Before Dying

 
Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality. She also writes mystery that delves into the paranormal and women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity.

On this podcast, we chat with Kerry Schafer about Dead Before Dying, coming out in early February, and Closer Home, written under the name Kerry Anne King and due next month, in March. Kerry talks about a host of topics including dream worlds, grief, the pros and cons of Kickstarter and the benefits of writing under two names.

Kerry Schafer

Diversion Books-Dead Before Dying

Closer Home

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Rocky Mountain Writer #28

J.D. Dudycha & Sitting Dead Red

 

The podcast today is with J.D. Dudycha, who has ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. He retired from the sport shortly after the birth of his son. Since his retirement, he developed a love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of playing the game.

His first novel, Paint The Black was published last summer on Amazon and his second, Sitting Dead Red, comes out in February just as pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report for Spring Training.

Jon Dudycha

Deb Hall

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Rocky Mountain Writer #27

Nathan Lowell & Going Your Own Way

 

The podcast today is with Nathan Lowell, a member of IPAL writer who clearly starts by taking what’s typical and turning it inside out.

Nathan Lowell goes his own way.

Nathan has been writing for only nine years yet has developed multiple series under the broad category of speculative fiction. As you’ll see, he sets a hard-charging pace for his daily production.

Nathan has developed a large and adoring audience. His latest title, In Ashes Born, came out in September of last year and already has drawn 400 reviews on Amazon, carrying a rock solid five-star rating.

Nathan Lowell was born in Portland, Maine, in 1952. He grew up in an agricultural community in rural Maine and spent time working on fishing boats along the coast. His first literary success came with the publication of a poem while still in elementary school. That early success was followed by forty years of attempt, rejection, failure, and ultimately giving up on the dream of writing science fiction.

In 2007, with the rise of podcast fiction, he started writing again. He completed his first successful novel – Quarter Share – in January, 2007, and podcast it through Podiobooks.com over February and March, 2007. Since then he has written eight novels, several short stories, and a novella. His podcast novels have been finalists in the Parsec Award five times, and he’s won Parsec Awards for Speculative Fiction (long form) twice — 2010 and 2011.

He holds a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from SUNY/Buffalo (92), an MA in Educational Technology (98), and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education, Interactive Media, and Instructional Design (04). He lives Colorado with wife, two daughters, and a trio of feline companions.

Nathan Lowell

Podiobooks

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Rocky Mountain Writer #26

Colleen Oakes & Queen of Hearts

 

Colleen Oakes is making the jump from indie publishing to Harper Collins with a three-book deal based on her prequel to the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. Her young adult novel Queen of Hearts has been out for two years through an independent publisher but buzz drew the attention of the big New York house and, next May, the book will make a splash on a whole new level, all with two sequels waiting in the wings—the second in 2017 and the third in 2018.

On top of that, Universal Pictures just optioned Queen of Hearts for a movie and asked a top-flight screenwriter to work on the movie adaptation.

Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series, the Wendy Darling Series and the upcoming Queen of Hearts Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She has two tiny dogs and an Underwood typewriter.

Colleen Oakes on Facebook

Spark Publications

Emily Kiebel

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Rocky Mountain Writer #25

Lisa Manifold & IPAL

The guest on Episode #25 is Lisa Manifold, who serves Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in a double capacity as newsletter editor and IPAL rep.

She’s also a busy writer – with plans, as you’ll hear, to become much more productive.

IPAL is The Independent Published Authors Liaison, a relatively new slot within RMFW that exists for the purpose of providing networking and promotional opportunities for independently published authors and for promoting RMFW itself.

Lisa talks about IPAL and IPAL membership and her own double life as a writer, working under her own name, Lisa Manifold, and as Laney Powell for stories on the spicier side of things.

Topics include Amazon, Kindle, independent publishing, book marketing, the Dragon Naturally Speaking approach to dictating a book and much more.
Show Notes:
Lisa Manifold

Laney Powell

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Elizabeth Ann West

Draft 2 Digital

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Rocky Mountain Writer #24

Kevin Wolf - Winning The Tony Hillerman Prize

After years of entering and frequently winning writing contests at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's annual Colorado Gold contest, Colorado writer Kevin Wolf entered and won the Tony Hillerman Prize for his novel, The Homeplace. The win means the novel will be published by St. Martin's Press next fall. On the podcast, Kevin talks about his writing process, provides a glimpse of the storyline for The Homeplace, chats about the writing approach he calls storytelling, and describes what how it feels to be working with a major publishing house after so many years of "almost." Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. He hones his work at regular meetings of the Southwest Critique group. He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife of forty years and their two beagles.

Show Notes:

Kevin Wolf

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Rocky Mountain Writer #23

Margaret Mizushima - Killing Trail

First-time author Margaret Mizushima, whose debut mystery Killing Trail launches on Dec. 8 (2015), talks about her path to publication and how she developed a police dog, Robo, as a major character. She also talks about a key moment at the Colorado Gold conference where she opted for patience—a moment that led to a key pitch and a book contract. After earning a master’s degree in speech pathology, Margaret practiced in a hospital and her own rehabilitation agency, and now she assists her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing Colfax. Killing Trail earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

Show Notes:

Margaret Mizushima

Crooked Lane Books

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Margaret Mizsushima

Crooked Lane Books

This Podcast is Your Podcast

This is a simple note of thanks – it’s the season – for the podcast support to date.

Guests, thanks for participating.

Listeners, thanks for your patience. (I know the audio has not been NPR-perfect.)

To one guest in particular (I’m looking at you, Ken Kirchner) thanks for re-recording the entire episode when the recorder decided to, well, not record.

Yes, that’s patience.

The podcast has included book cover designers, Colorado Gold keynote speakers, up and coming writers, experienced novelists, sci-fi writers, erotica writers, romance writers, mystery writers, historical fiction writers, reps at literary agencies, indie writers, publishers and the 2015 Colorado Writer of the Year, Susan Spann. (She's snuck on there several times!)

How do you take advantage of the podcast opportunity? Simple – drop me a line and schedule an interview. The only real criteria is that the conversation must in some way connect to RMFW.

Got a book coming up? Drop me a line.

Got a workshop or other related event? Drop me a line.

Do you have a question about your work in progress or would you like to “ask an expert?” Drop me a line and we might record a conversation with an expert for the benefit of all.

If you’re not a “podcast person,” well, I understand.

(That’s a lie; I don’t.)

You really should give podcasts a whirl—I have found them to be stimulating, informative, and a great way to surround yourself with people who think about writing (or reading) during those times when you aren’t writing or reading.

Now, I’m a believer in honest, legitimate reviews. I think ‘AstroTurf’ reviews are obvious—and, of course, meaningless.

But if you’ve listened to the RMFW podcast, please consider heading over to iTunes (the podcast provider that counts the most) and leave a rating and/or a review.

That little step would be a big help in improving our “numbers” in that all-important visibility game on the iTunes algorithm. Again, legit comments only, please.

1. Go to iTunes store on your computer.
2. Go to podcasts
3. Enter Rocky Mountain Writer
4. Click on our icon (square image) until it looks like the accompanying image.
5. Click on ‘ratings and reviews.’
6. Do your thing!

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All feedback, in fact, is welcome. Really.

If anyone else out there with RMFW would like to record interviews and participate in podcast production, well….

Drop me a line!

podcast@rmfw.org.

Thank you....

Rocky Mountain Writer #22

Linda Joffe Hull - From The Big Bang to The Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery Series

Linda Joffe Hull is the author of two standalone novels, The Big Bang (Tyrus Books) and Frog Kisses (Literary Wanderlust). She has also written three books in the Mrs. Frugalicious Mystery series, published by Midnight Ink. That series features bargain hunter and sleuth, Maddie Michaels: Eternally 21 (2013, Midnight Ink), Black Thursday (2014, Midnight Ink), and the newly released Sweetheart Deal (2015, Midnight Ink). Linda currently serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America. She is a longtime member and former president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was the 2013 RMFW Writer of the Year.

Show Notes:

Linda Joffe Hull

Midnight Ink

Literary Wanderlust

Tyrus Books

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Rocky Mountain Writer #21

Angie Hodapp - Inside the Nelson Literary Agency

The guest on this episode of Rocky Mountain Writer Angie Hodapp, who takes us behind the scenes of Nelson Literary Agency. Angie Hodapp holds a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education and a master's in English and communication development. She is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and has taught courses on the craft and business of writing at Writer’s Digest University, Lighthouse Writers Workshop and various writing conferences, including RMFW’s Colorado Gold. She has worked in publishing, in one form or another, for fifteen years.
Show Notes:

Nelson Literary Agency

NLA Digital

Code Named Verity - Elizabeth Wein

Alex Bledsoe

Denver Publishing Institute

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