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Episode 193 Interview with Alex Irvine and Tomm Coker


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This week we're talking to Alex Irvine and Tomm Coker, two of the creators for THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BASEBALL, available now.

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THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BASEBALL by Alex Irvine, Tomm Coker, and C. P. Smith

The New York Yankees

Quidditch (Fictional Sport) from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Jules Verne

The Redstockings

Derek Jeter

Pedro Martinez

Hank Aaron

Daredevil (Comic)

Halo (Comic based on the Video Game)

MLB: The Show (Video Game)

The Colorado Rockies

The Denver Broncos

The Pittsburg Steelers

The Dallas Cowboys

The Los Angeles Dodgers

The Chicago Cubs

The Detroit Tigers

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS (Comic) Written by Jonathan Hickman and Illustrated by Tomm Coker

ROAD TO SURVIVAL (Walking Dead Video Game)

Marvel Comics

FATE Role Playing Game by Evil Hat Productions

Pathfinder Role Playing Game by Paizo Publishing

The Denver Podcast Network

Denver Orbit

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Episode 138 Live Stream Gaming with Holly Jennings

March 21st, 2017


This week Holly Jennings comes back to talk about Live Steaming and the culture that surrounds the live gaming community.

Mentioned in this episode: …

Episode 137 Interview with Holly Jennings

March 14th, 2017


Holly Jennings returns to talk about her new book, Gauntlet, and share what she's been up to since we spoke to her last year.

Mentioned in this …

Episode 136 Interview with Brenda Drake

March 7th, 2017


Brenda Drake joins us to talk about writing and pitch contests.

Mentioned in this episode: Pitch Wars Pitch Madness LIBRARY JUMPERS (Book Series) by Brenda Drake TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake CURSING FATE by Brenda …

Episode 135 Roundtable with Patrick Hester and James Persichetti

February 28th, 2017


This week we have a roundtable discussion with Patrick Hester and James Persichetti, focused on what we've learned over the last couple of years as we've pursued our writing careers.

Mentioned this week: World Con Mile …

Episode 134 Interview with Patrick Hester

February 21st, 2017


Our wonderful friend, Patrick Hester, joins us this week to talk about his newly released book, Samantha Kane: Into the Fire. We're also joined, yet …

Episode 133 Daniel Mohr's Trunk Novel

February 14th, 2017


One of our AWESOME listeners, Daniel Mohr (AKA Germany Dan), sent us some pages from a novel he's working on, and we discuss them with our special …

Episode 132 Interview with James Persichetti

February 7th, 2017


James Persichetti, query reader for Nelson Literary Agency, joins us to talk about the slush pile and life at a literary agency.

Mentioned this week: Nelson Literary Agency Kristin Nelson Joanna MacKenzie Danielle Burby …

Episode 131 Interview with Joe Stech

January 31st, 2017


Joe Stech, editor of Compelling Science Fiction, joins us to talk about hard sci-fi and data science.

Mentioned in this episode: Mile Hi Con Oracle Brad Feld Hacker News Reddit World Con Neil Clarke Clarke's World Y …

Episode 130 Interview with Bryan Thomas Schmidt

January 24th, 2017


Bryan Thomas Schmidt joins us to talk about writing, X Files, and weird stuff he does during interviews with podcasters.

Mentioned on this episode: The Hugo Award THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir GALACTIC GAMES edited by Bryan …

Episode 129 Interview with Adam Rakunas

January 17th, 2017


The author of WINDSWEPT and LIKE A BOSS, Adam Rakunas, joins us this week.

Mentioned in this episode: THE RIGHT PEOPLE by Adam Rakunas OH GIVE ME A HOME by Adam Rakunas Angry Robot Books The Eagles (Band) Hotel …

Episode 128 Interview with N.J. Tanger

January 10th, 2017


This week we're joined by three writers who work together to form N.J. Tanger.

Mentioned in this episode: UNIVERSE EVENTUAL (Book Series) by N.J. Tanger CHIMERA by N.J. Tanger HELIOS by N.J. Tanger CERES by N.J. Tanger …

Episode 127 Interview with Brianna Shrum

December 20th, 2016


This week, Brianna Shrum joins us to talk about Pitch Wars, writing, and amazing tricksters.

Mentioned in this episode: NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum Pitch Wars HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna Shrum THE GRISHA TRILOGY (Book …

Episode 126 Interview with Travis Heermann

December 13th, 2016


Travis Heermann joins us this week to talk about screenplays, writing for RPGs, and crowdfunding.

Mentioned on this episode: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers THE RONIN TRILOGY (Book Series) by Travis Heermann Kickstarter …

Episode 125 How to Handle Critiques

December 6th, 2016


There are good ways to handle critiques and bad ways. This week we talk about the good ways.

Mentioned in this episode: Charlaine Harris THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE SERIES (Book Series) by Charlaine Harris True Blood (TV Show)

Episode 124 Artist Self Care

November 29th, 2016


Self-care is vital for artists and authors, but it's often neglected. That's why, this week, we're talking about how we rest and relax.

Mentioned …

Episode 123 Emily's Colfax Kitsune

November 22nd, 2016


This week Emily shares the first few pages of her short story, Colfax Kitsune.

Mention on the episode: COLFAX KITSUNE by Emily Kay Singer KITSUNE …

Episode 122 Interview with Nathan Lowell

November 15th, 2016


Sci-fi and fantasy author, Nathan Lowell, joins us to talk about his journey through independent publication.

Mentioned this week: QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell TRADER'S TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE …

Episode 121 Interview with Mur Lafferty

November 8th, 2016


This week we're joined by Mur Lafferty, writer and podcaster extraordinaire.

Mentioned in the episode: I Should Be Writing (podcast) Ditch Diggers …

Episode 120 Interview with Laurence MacNaughton

November 1st, 2016


Urban Fantasy author, Laurence MacNaughton, joins us to talk about his writing, name pronunciation, and telemarketers.

Mentioned this week: IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton Hugh Howey Publishers Weekly …

Episode 119 Giles' Trunk Novel

October 25th, 2016


Giles submits another trunk novel for your listening and learning pleasure.

Mentioned this week: NaNoWriMo The Gingerbread Man TWILIGHT by Stephanie …

Episode 118 Interview with Thomas A. Fowler

October 18th, 2016


Thomas A. Fowler joins us to talk about three new projects he's been working on.

Mentioned on this episode: Denver Comic Con THE WRITER'S CONQUEST: ESTABLISH A BRAND by Thomas A. Fowler Nerdy …

Episode 117 Interview with Josh Viola

October 11th, 2016


This week we're joined by the co-founder of Hex Publishing, Josh Viola.

Mentioned in this episode: Hex Publishing Mario Acevedo Jason Heller Dean …

Episode 116 Interview with Alasdair Stuart

October 4th, 2016


Alasdair Stuart, the amazing owner of Escape Artists and host of the Pseudopod Podcast.

CORRECTION: In this episode we said that our interview with Stephen Hood came out one week before the release of this episode. Our …

Episode 115 LARPs The Series

September 27th, 2016


This week we're joined by Julian Stamboulieh, Benjamin Warner, Jon Verrall, and Elizabeth Neale of LARPs The Series from Geek and Sundry.

Mentioned …

Episode 114 Michelle's Trunk Novel

September 20th, 2016


Michelle shares the ending of a short story that turned into the first novel she shared with us at critique group. It's far better than many of her previous submissions.

Episode 113 Interview with WC Bauers

September 13th, 2016


We met WC Bauers at Denver Comic Con 2016 and decided right away that we needed him to come talk about his amazing books, so he kindly agreed.

Mentioned on this episode: UNBREAKABLE by WC Bauers INDOMITABLE by WC Bauers …

Episode 112 Interview with Alex Bledsoe

September 6th, 2016


Alex Bledsoe joined us this week to talk about traditional and rural fantasy.

Mentioned in this episode: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer Star Trek (TV Show) Andrew Vox THE TUFA NOVELS …

Episode 111 Interview with Colleen Watson

August 30th, 2016


This week we're talking to author, Colleen Watson.

Mentioned in this episode: HOW TO SURVIVE A MINOR ALIEN INVASION by Colleen Watson San Diego Comic …

Episode 110 Interview with Stephen Hood

August 23rd, 2016


This week we're talking to Stephen Hood, creator of Storium.

Mentioned in this episode: Minecraft (Video Game) GENRENAUTS by Mike Underwood PRIMETIME …

Episode 109 Emily's Trunk Novel

August 16th, 2016


This week we dissect another one of Emily's trunk novels, which is actually a short story.

Mentioned in this episode: MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

Episode 108 Interview with John Stith

August 9th, 2016


This week, author John Stith joins us to talk about the relrelease of his backlist.

Mentioned in this episode: Wildside Press ReAnimus Press ALL FOR NAUGHT by John Stith NAUGHT FOR HIRE by John Stith NAUGHT AGAIN by …

Episode 107 Interview with Zhenghua Yang

August 2nd, 2016


This week, Zhenghua Yang from Serenity Forge joins us to talk about independent video games.

Mentioned in this episode: Final Fantasy (Video Game) World of Warcraft League of Legends Loving Life (Video Game from …

Denver Comic Con 2016 C R Richards, F P Dorchak, and Sue Duff

July 26th, 2016


For our final week of Denver Comic Con 2016 coverage, we have C R Richards, F P Dorchak, and the amazing Sue Duff on the show, all thanks to Pop …

Denver Comic Con 2016 Ellie Ann, Sisters in Geek, and Corinne O'Flynn

July 19th, 2016


It's week FOUR of our awesome interviews from Denver Comic Con 2016. Ellie Ann is back and better than ever, Sisters in Geek geek out with us, and …

Denver Comic Con 2016 Judy Burns, Kevin Hearne, and Amalie Howard

July 12th, 2016


In week three of our Denver Comic Con 2016 coverage, we're talking to the amazing Judy Burns, Kevin Hearne, and Amalie Howard. Thanks, again, to Pop …

Denver Comic Con 2016 Patrick Hester, Player Two, and The Hillywood Show

July 5th, 2016


In week two of our Denver Comic Con 2016 coverage, we're talking to the AMAZING Patrick Hester, the founder of Player Two, a bar for nerds in the planning stages for the Denver area, and Hilly and Hannah Hindi of The …

Denver Comic Con 2016 Ann Stampler, Cat Staggs, and Terry Brooks

June 28th, 2016


Our coverage of Denver Comic Con 2016 begins today with great interviews from Ann Stampler, Cat Staggs, and Terry Brooks. It's a fantastic beginning …

Episode 106 Interview with Shannon Lawrence

June 21st, 2016


This week we're talking horror with Shannon Lawrence. A bit out of our comfort zone, but that's why we brought in an expert.

Mentioned in this episode: Mile Hi Con Anomaly Con IT CAME FROM THE BLUE SLUDGE by Shannon …

Episode 105 Interview with Aimie K. Runyan

June 14th, 2016


This week we're talking to author, Aimie K. Runyan, whose debut novel, PROMISED TO THE CROWN is available NOW wherever fine books are sold.

Mentioned …

Episode 104 Pitching Contests with Dan Koboldt

June 7th, 2016


Dan Koboldt returns this week to talk about pitching contests.

Mentioned on this episode: Query Kombat Michelle Hauck Pitch Wars Brenda Drake #PitMad …

Episode 103 Science in Science Fiction with Dan Koboldt

May 31st, 2016


Putting the science back in science fiction is a subtle art. To help guide us through some techniques to make this happen we brought in author Dan …

Episode 102 Giles' Trunk Novel

May 24th, 2016


We're diving into another trunk novel, this one a much more recent project that Giles abandoned a few years ago.

Mentioned in this episode: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (Book) by Cressida Cowell Crouching Tiger, Hidden …

Episode 101 Tesla in Sci-Fi

May 17th, 2016


This week, we're talking about Tesla and how his inventions can be adapted for great sci-fi writing.

Mentioned in this episode: Batman The Joker DC Comics Thomas Edison J.T. Evans AC/DC Monty Phython THE SORCERER'S …

Episode 100 Interview with Carol Berg

May 10th, 2016


It's episode 100! And this week we're talking to Carol Berg.

Mentioned in this episode: ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll King Arthur J.R.R. …

Episode 99 Interview with Ali Dean

May 3rd, 2016


This week we're talking to Y/A Sports Romance author, Ali Dean!

Mentioned in this episode: PEPPER JONES (Book Series) by Ali Dean STARK SPRINGS (Book …

Episode 98 Steampunking

April 26th, 2016


It's time to talk about steampunking.

Mentioned this week:Road to Eldorado (Movie)Michael R. UnderwoodFINISHING SCHOOL SERIES (Book Series) by Gail Carriger

Episode 97 Plagiarism Revisited

April 19th, 2016


Plagiarism is a terrible thing, and new stories of authors supposedly stealing from each other keep showing up in the news. This week, we're talking about one such story and discussing possible ways to avoid this in our …

Episode 96 Interview with Leonard Balsera

April 12th, 2016


In this episode, we're talking to Leonard Balsera, game designer for Evil Hat Productions.

Mentioned this week:Fate CoreEvil Hat ProductionsSpirit of the CenturyThe Dresden Files RPGThe Dresden Files by Jim ButcherGreen …

Episode 95 Interview with Michael R. Underwood

April 5th, 2016


This week we're talking to Michael R. Underwood.

Mentioned in this Roundtable PodcastAngry Robot BooksPenguin Random HouseMadeline AshbyGENRENAUTS by Michael R. …

Episode 94 Zombies and Michelle's Trunk Novel

March 29th, 2016


We're tackling the Zombie Apocalypse, then we'll jump into one of Michelle's trunk novels.

Mentioned in this episode:J.T. EvansLeverage (TV Show)Star Trek The Next Generation (TV Show)The Karate Kid (Movie)Baccano! …

Episode 93 Forensics with Tracy Brisendine

March 22nd, 2016


This week we're talking about forensics and how it applies to fiction.

Mentioned in this episode:CSI (TV Show)Law and Order (TV Show)RMFW Colorado …

Episode 92 Agent Contracts with Susan Spann

March 15th, 2016


This week we're talking with Susan Spann about agent contracts.

Mentioned in this episode:SusanSpann.comSHINOBI MYSTERY SERIES by Susan …

Episode 91 Intellectual Properties

March 8th, 2016


This week Susan Spann returns to talk about Intelectual properties. It's a collection of advice that deals with issues from Fan Fiction to using …

Episode 90 Fight Scenes with Blair MacGregor

March 1st, 2016


This week we're talking fight scenes with author Blair MacGregor.

Mentioned in this episode:SFWAJean-Claude Van DammeStar Wars: The Phantom Menace (Movie)THE BLACK COMPANY (Book Series) by Glen CookELEMENTAL LOGIC (Book …

Episode 89 2nd Anniversary Celebration

February 23rd, 2016


It's our two year anniversary. We're taking the opportunity to sit down and reflect on the amazing opportunities we've had as a result of this …

Episode 88 Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

February 16th, 2016


It took us a while to make this review, but we wanted to give as many people as possible a chance to see the movie. Without spoiling it.

Episode 87 Interview with Holly Jennings

February 9th, 2016


This week we talk to author Holly Jennings, whose debut novel releases April 5, 2016.

Mentioned in this episode:ARENA by Holly JenningsNEUROMANCER by …

Episode 86 Interview with Kristin Nelson

February 2nd, 2016


This week we're talking to Kristin Nelson, the founder of the Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, Colorado.

Mentioned in this …

Episode 85 Time Management

January 26th, 2016


We're talking about time management for writers this week, complete with tips and tricks and our own personal methods.

Mentioned in this episode:SUCCESSFUL TIME MANAGEMENT FOR DUMMIES by Dirk ZellerSusan SpannThe …

Episode 84 Excited for 2016

January 19th, 2016


It's a week to talk about all of the exciting releases coming in 2016!

Mentioned in this episode:Mile High ConDenver Comic ConAnomaly ConChemistry Club's Copia comicMAL-ConAftershock ComicsSuperzero (Comic)Marguerite …

Episode 83 Interview with Ashish Thomas

January 12th, 2016


This week we interview independent comic writer, Ashish Thomas.

Mentioned in this episode:The Geeked Gods PodcastAgent 18Code Name: TalamhScott SnyderSWAMP THINGBATMAN4th World ComicsJason MoralesX FilesX-MenGraham …

Episode 82 Interview with Hanna C. Howard

January 5th, 2016


This week we talk to Hanna C. Howard, who recently signed accepted representation from Jenny Bent of the Jenny Bent Agency. We're talking about the process that brought her to getting an agent.

Mentioned in this …

Christmas Break 2015

December 22nd, 2015


It's our Christmas and New Year's break. We're off this week and next, so enjoy your holidays and family!

Episode 81 Interview with Josh Vogt

December 15th, 2015


This week, Josh Vogt returns to talk about his move to Paizo Games in Redmond, Washington.

Mentioned in this episode:Wordfire PressPaizo GamesPathfinderjrvogt.compaizo.comENTER THE JANITOR by Josh VogtEmerald City Comic …

Episode 80 Character Arcs and Subplots

December 8th, 2015


This week we discuss how characters change and story subplots.

Mentioned in this episode:BatmanX-MenMaleficent (Movie)MAGIC TREEHOUSE (Book Series) by Mary Pope OsborneBuffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Show)

Episode 79 Cross-Genre/Mashups Writing and Reading

December 1st, 2015


There are good reasons to read and write cross-genre, and that's what we're talking about this week.

Mentioned in this episode:KOP by Warren HammondTHE PARASOL PROTECTORATE (Book Series) by Gail CarrigerTHURSDAY NEXT …

Episode 78 Non-Human Characters and Emily's Trunk Novel

November 24th, 2015


Non-human characters can be tough to write, but there's always a purpose behind them and a method to making them relatable. After that mini-topic, we bring out another set of Emily's trunk novel pages.

Mentioned this …

Episode 77 Interview with Liesa Malik

November 17th, 2015


This week we interview cozy mystery writer, Liesa Malik.

Mentioned in this episode:FAITH ON THE ROCKS by Liesa MalikSLICED VEGETARIAN by Liesa MalikRocky Mountain Fiction WritersHOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD MYSTERY by James …

Episode 76 Mailbag Vol. 1

November 10th, 2015


It's Mailbag Time! Thank you so much for writing in, everyone. We have some responses for you, and if you keep writing us, we may read your letter on the show. AND we'll respond.

Mentioned on this episode:SF …

Episode 75 Gaming with J.T. Evans and Patrick Hester

November 3rd, 2015


This week we're joined by J.T. Evans and Patrick Hester who spend most of the episode helping us convince Michelle to start playing nerdy games.

Episode 74 Interview with Harris Gray

October 27th, 2015


This week we bring you a live recording from Crowfoot Valley Coffee in Castle Rock, Colorado. We' interviewed Harris Gray, the writing duo who put …

Episode 73 Writing Education

October 20th, 2015


This week we return from the 2015 RMFW Colorado Gold conference to talk about the importance of education for writers, whether it's formal or …

Episode 72 Middles

October 13th, 2015


This week we talk about the middle of the story, why it's so important for a strong book, and how we can improve the so-called "mushy middle."

Interviewees:Chad Mathine: Ramthun: …

Episode 71 Endings

October 6th, 2015


The ending of a book is just as important as the beginning. This episode explains why.


Mentioned in this episode:

Zealander (Movie)

DISCWORLD (Book Series) by Terry Pratchett

THE COLOR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett

The …

Episode 70 Beginnings

September 29th, 2015


This fourth installment of our craft series is where we talk about the importance of a strong beginning.


Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 69 Themes

September 22nd, 2015


In this week's installment of our craft series, we're tackling themes.


Mentioned in this episode:

Stephen King

SAGA (Comic Book Series)


Episode 68 Dialogue and Description

September 15th, 2015


This week we're tackling another aspect of Writing Craft: Dialogue and Description.


Mentioned in this episode:

Star Wars

PRUDENCE by Gail Carriger

Episode 67 Heroes and Villains

September 8th, 2015


This week we're kicking off a short series of episodes that focus on writing craft, and we're starting with heroes and villains.


Mentioned in this episode:


Bella Swan (from TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer)

Episode 66 Story Building with Tropes

September 1st, 2015


In this episode we took our Tropes 101 workshop and applied the principals we discussed to create a new story.


Mentioned in this episode:

Anomaly …

Episode 65 Ali Golightly with the United Authors Association

August 25th, 2015


Ali Golightly joined us in the studio to talk about the United Authors Association.


Mentioned in this episode:

Pop Culture Classroom

Thomas A. …

Episode 64 Books Into Movies and Veronica R. Calisto's Trunk Novel

August 18th, 2015


A closer look at adaptations is where we went with this episode. We focus on books that got turned into movies, then jump into a trunk novel sent in by Veronica R. Calisto.


Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 63 Kindle Unlimited Pay-Per-Page Policy

August 11th, 2015


This week we're discussing Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited self-published author payment policy.


Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 62 Writing Feedback

August 4th, 2015


Aaron Michael Ritchey fills in for Emily one final time to talk about writing feedback.


Mentioned on this episode:

Peter J. Wacks

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS COMMANDER by Aaron Michael Ritchey and Peter J. Wacks


Episode 61 Conventions

July 28th, 2015


Aaron Michael Ritchey is still filling in for Emily, and he did a gave us a great perspective on cons.


Mentioned in this episode:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (Movie)

Emerald City Comic Con

Mile High Con

Anomaly Con

Episode 60 Updates from Aaron Michael Ritchey

July 21st, 2015


Aaron Michael Ritchey returns to talk about what's been going on with him since the last time he joined us on the show.


Mentioned in this episode:

ELIZABETH'S MIDNIGHT by Aaron Michael Ritchey


Episode 59 Interview with Todd Newton

July 14th, 2015


Author Todd Newton joins us to talk about self publishing.


Mentioned in this episode:

FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk


Patrick Rothfuss


Kindle Direct



Episode 58 Serialized Stories and Giles' Trunk Novel

July 7th, 2015


We start with a brief discussion on serialized stories, then jump into Giles' old serialized blog for trunk novel dissection.


Mentioned in this …

Denver Comic Con 2015 Geek Fuel, What Pumpkin, Little Wings, and Chemistry Club

June 30th, 2015


Our final Denver Comic Con 2015 episode is filled with even more awesome!

We start out talking to the new monthly mystery box company, Geek Fuel. Next up, What Pumpkin? joins us to talk about the Hive Swap video game …

Denver Comic Con 2015 Stubby Shillelaghs, Dungeons and Drafts, An Hobbes, and Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

June 23rd, 2015


Another great collection of interviews from Denver Comic Con, starting with the Stubby Shillelaghs. Next up, we talk to the founder of Dungeons and …

Denver Comic Con 2015 Jim Butcher, Josh Vogt, and She's A Super Geek

June 16th, 2015


Denver Comic Con 2015 brought amazing people to our table, including the AWESOME Jim Butcher, the TALENTED Josh Vogt, and the EXCITING Senda from the She's A Super Geek podcast (

Denver Comic Con 2015 Sue Duff, Amalie Howard, and Kevin J. Anderson

June 9th, 2015


Denver Comic Con sent MANY great authors our way. This week, we feature interviews with Sue Duff, Amalie Howard, and Kevin J. Anderson.

Denver Comic Con 2015 Interviews With DC Comics Writers and Artists

June 2nd, 2015


DC Comics' Van Jensen, Jeff King, Marguerite Bennett, and Steve Leioloha all joined us at Denver Comic Con for great interviews. We want to thank …

Denver Comic Con 2015 Impromptu Women in Comics Panel

May 27th, 2015


At Denver Comic Con 2015, Emily got invited onto an impromptu panel about women in the comics industry. Both Michelle and Emily were there to get the entire panel, and amazing things happened!

Episode 57 Difficult Scenes

May 26th, 2015


This week is all about fixing those difficult scenes in your WiP.


Mentioned in this episode:



Episode 56 Developing a Magic System

May 19th, 2015


This week we discussed how to develop a magic system for your fantasy world.


Mentioned in this episode:

Denver Comic Con

Jim Butcher

Susan Spann

THE CIRCLE OF MAGIC (book series) by Tamora Pierce

GRACELING by Kristin …

Anomaly Con 2015 Interview with Selena Chambers and Molly Tanzer

May 12th, 2015


Anomaly Con gave us the opportunity to interview both Selena Chambers and Molly Tanzer. It was a great interview, and the entire thing is available …

Anomaly Con 2015 Interview with Cory Doctorow (Explicit)

May 5th, 2015


At Anomaly Con 2015, we got to interview Cory Doctorow. This is the full recording of that event!

WARNING! This episode of Beyond the Trope contais …

Episode 55 Tropes 101 Live at Anomaly Con 2015

April 28th, 2015


At Anomaly Con 2015, we presented our Tropes 101 workshop. This is the full workshop, complete with audience participation.

Episode 54 Chemistry Club's Copia: Landfall Comic

April 21st, 2015


This week, Chemistry Club joins us again to tell us about their work with artist Patch Silver. Together, they created an amazing comic called Copia: Landfall.


Information at

Episode 53 Workshopping Stories with Dave Robison

April 14th, 2015


This week, Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast joins us for a great discussion on workshopping stories. Check him out at and and

Episode 52 Interview with Gail Carson Levine and Fairy Tales

April 7th, 2015


Gail Carson Levine joined us for a great discussion, and when she returned to her day, we talked about some of our favorite fair tales.


Mentioned in this episode:


ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

Episode 51 Marketing Tools for Authors

March 31st, 2015


This week, Thomas A. Fowler is back to talk about marketing tools for authors.


Mentioned in this episode:

JURASSIC PARK (Book) by Michael Crichton

Episode 50 Author Brands and Platforms

March 24th, 2015


Our friend, Thomas A. Fowler, joins us this week to talk about author branding and platforms.


Mentioned in this episode:

Book Riot


Quincy J. Allen

George R. R. Martin

Gail Carriger

J. K. Rowling/Rober Galbraith

Episode 49 Interview with Jim C. Hines and Michelle's Trunk Novel

March 17th, 2015


This week we talk to the amazing Jim C. Hines. He published a trunk novel, and we really like that! After the interview, Michelle shares another set of pages that aren't good enough to publish.


Mentioned in this …

Episode 48 Interview with Tamora Pierce and Women in Fantasy

March 10th, 2015


This week we have the pleasure of talking to Tamora Pierce! It's a great interview, so enjoy.


Mentioned in this episode:

Anne McCaffrey

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Robin McKinley

Patricia A. McKillip

Virginia Hankins

Episode 47 Steampunk & Interview With Gail Carriger

March 3rd, 2015


Steampunk is exciting for us. For many reasons. That's why we're talking about it this week. After a brief discussion, we jump into an exciting interview with Gail Carrier.


Mentioned in this episode:

Steamboy (Movie)

Episode 46 Young Adult Literature

February 24th, 2015


This week, we dive into Young Adult Literature. Why we read it, why we write it, and why we love it!


Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 45 Amazon Kindle Scout Pt. 3

February 17th, 2015


It's our third discussion of Amazon's Kindle Scout. This time, we brought in a lawyer, Susan Spann, to talk about the user agreement from a contract specialist's point of view.


Mentioned in this episode:

The CNET …

Episode 44 Interview with Susan Spann

February 10th, 2015


In this episode we talk to Author Susan Spann about her Shinobi Mystery series.


Mentioned in this episode:

HARRY POTTER (Book Series) by J. K. Rowling


Janet Reid …

Episode 43 Writing Media and Poetry

February 3rd, 2015


Paper and pen, TextEdit, and more complex word processors are the focus of this week's episode. We discuss pros and cons of each medium, then take a break and plunge into poetry.


Mentioned in this episode:


Episode 42 Writing Resolutions and Emily's Trunk Novel

January 27th, 2015


It's time to announce our resolutions for the new year! We also dive into another one of Emily's trunk novels.

Episode 41 Writer's Block and Giles' Trunk Novel

January 20th, 2015


In this episode, we tackle the concept of Writer's Block. After that brief discussion, we dive into one of Giles' old trunk novels.


Relevant to this …

Episode 40 Amazon Kindle Scout Pt. 2

January 13th, 2015


In this episode, we continue our discussion on Amazon's new Kindle Scout publishing service.


Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 39 Amazon Kindle Scout Pt. 1

January 6th, 2015


In this episode, we start a long discussion on Amazon's new Kindle Scout publishing service.


Mentioned in this episode:

Christmas Break 2014

December 23rd, 2014


We're off this week and next. We'll see you again on January 6, 2015!

Episode 38 Interview With Jamin and Kiowa Winans

December 16th, 2014


This week we interview Jamin and Kiowa Winans, producers of The Frame, out now on DVD and BluRay and available at


Mentioned in this episode:

Ink (Movie)

Westword interview with …

Episode 37 Holidays in Fiction

December 9th, 2014


With the Holiday Season soon upon us, we talk Holidays in Fiction. It's a fun short episode about our favorite time of year.


Mentioned in this …

Episode 36 Story Tension

December 2nd, 2014


Story Tension. The backbone of great fiction.


Mentioned in this episode:

New Girl (TV Show)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien


Episode 35 Character Agency

November 25th, 2014


What is Character Agency, and why is it important? That's the topic for this week's episode!



James Bond (Character created by Ian Fleming)

TIR ET LIR (Play) by Marie Redonnet

I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak

Episode 34 Interview with Jim Butcher and Writing Communities

November 18th, 2014


This week, it is our pleasure to interview the amazing Jim Butcher, author of THE DRESDEN FILES, CODEX ALERA, and the upcoming CINDER SPIRES. After the interview, the three of us sit down to discuss writing communities.


Episode 33 Fantasy Tropes

November 11th, 2014


This week we dive deeper into tropes, focusing on Fantasy Tropes.


Mentioned in this episode:

GAME OF THRONES (Novel) by George R. R. Martin

Episode 32 Body Language and Dialogue

November 4th, 2014


A two-topic episode featuring Body Language and Dialogue.



Dr. Paul Ekman

Lie to Me (TV Show)

WICKED by Gregory Maguire


Episode 31 Books From Our Childhood

October 28th, 2014


Join us as we walk down memory lane. It's time to talk books from our childhood!


Mentioned in this episode:

WHITE FANG by Jack London

Nancy Drew (Book Series)

Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Book Series)

Magic …

Episode 30 Plagiarism

October 21st, 2014


Plagiarism is terrible. There is a current incident that we discuss in this week's episode.



Rachel Ann Nunes (

The Absolute …

Episode 29 Conferences and Pitching

October 14th, 2014


This week, we talk about conferences, why to attend them, and proper etiquette for pitching to editors and agents.


Mentioned in this episode:

Angie Hodapp

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Chemistry Club (

Query …

Episode 28 Book Reviews

October 7th, 2014


This week we review three of our favorite books.


Mentioned in this episode:

THE SYRENA LEGACY (book series) by Anna Banks

SAGA (Graphic Novel) by Brain K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Episode 27 Trunk Novels: Michelle

September 30th, 2014


Last but not least, it's time to talk about Michelle's first book. This week's story gave all of us hours of amusement.

Episode 26 Trunk Novels: Giles

September 23rd, 2014


This week, we pick apart Giles' first book. It has its failings, but it's good for a laugh, too. And if you pay close attention, you'll learn something.

Episode 25 Trunk Novels: Emily

September 16th, 2014


This is our first featured trunk novel. This week, we talk about Emily's first novel and dissect it for fun and education.


Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 24 Interview with Chemistry Club

September 9th, 2014


In this fantastic episode, we interviewed the band, Chemistry Club. Buy their music on iTunes and Bandcamp, and check out their website,, to get links to their Facebook and Twitter.


Mentioned …

Episode 23 Publishing Industry Insight

September 2nd, 2014


With Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond in the studio, it's a chance to discuss some publishing industry insider information.



Hilary Clinton

Neil Gaiman

Chuck Wendig

John Scalzi

MacMillan Publishing

Kristin Nelson

Episode 22 RMFW 2014 Anthology

August 26th, 2014


Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp are back to talk about the RMFW 2014 Anthology, Crossing Colfax.


Mentioned in this episode:

Nikki Baird (RMFW …

Episode 21 Sci-Fi, Mystery, and Book Planning

August 19th, 2014


In this episode, we talk Sci-Fi, Mystery, and how to plan a novel.




KOP Series by Warren Hammond

Raymond Chandler

Kurt Vonnegut

Dick Francis

Jason Star

TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer


Episode 20 Interview with Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp Plus Critique Groups

August 12th, 2014


In this episode, we talk with Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp about the dynamics of being married to another writer. Then we move into a discussion on critique groups.


Mentioned in this episode:



Writers of the Future

Episode 19 World Building and Character Development

August 5th, 2014


Another Mini-Topic episode where we talk about World Building and Character Development.


Mentioned in this episode:


HARRY POTTER by J. K. Rowling


Episode 18 Jane Austen and J. R. R. Tolkien

July 29th, 2014


It's a week of two mini-topics! We split up the episode between Jane Austen and J. R. R. Tolkien.


Mentioned in this episode:





Episode 17 The Future of Publishing

July 22nd, 2014


In this episode we discuss (though never quote from) Michael Levin's opinion piece about the possibility of Barnes and Noble going out of business by the end of 2014. His article can be found here:

Denver Comic Con 2014 4th Special

July 15th, 2014


This is our final Denver Comic Con 2014 Special. This week, we bring to you three one-on-one interviews from the con. First up, Emily interviewed Denver Comic Con director, Christina Angel. Next, Michelle sat down with …

Denver Comic Con 2014 3rd Special

July 8th, 2014


Our third episode from Denver Comic Con 2014 features interviews from Jason Henderson and Steven L. Sears.

Denver Comic Con 2014 2nd Special

July 1st, 2014


In this, our SECOND fabulous episode from Denver Comic Con 2014, we interview Frank Beddor, The Doubleclicks, and Kevin J. Anderson.

Denver Comic Con 2014 1st Special

June 24th, 2014


In this, our first of FOUR Denver Comic Con Specials, we discuss Giles' and Michelle's first Con experience. Giles also makes a fool of himself in …

Denver Comic Con 2014 Setting for Sci-Fi and Fantasy

June 20th, 2014


This is the panel for Creating setting in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels.



Betsy Dornbusch

Carrie Vaughn

Ellie Ann

Dave Wolverton/David Farland

Denver Comic Con 2014 Importance of Strong Female Characters

June 19th, 2014


This is the panel that Emily moderated about the Importance of Strong Female Characters in Sci-Fi and Fantasy.



Amalie Howard

Dave …

Denver Comic Con 2014 Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley - Extracted

June 18th, 2014


On Sunday, we moderated Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley's panel where they talked about writing Extracted, book 1 of The Lost Imperials series.

Denver Comic Con 2014 Focus on Max Brooks

June 17th, 2014


The author of Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z talks about the movie that shares a title with his book, his new comic series, and the upcoming graphic novel series.


Thanks, again, to Denver Comic Con, Comic Book …

Denver Comic Con 2014 Reading Rainbow Mini Event

June 16th, 2014


This is the audio that Denver Comic Con graciously allowed us to record at LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow event in 2014.

Episode 16 Improv

June 10th, 2014


We have another guest, Royce Roeswood from


Mentioned in this episode:


Destination Imagination

Whose Line Is It Anyway (TV Show)

Bovine …

Episode 15 Adaptations

June 3rd, 2014


Today, we ponder adaptations. From movies to books to stage plays. It's a blast!


Mentioned in this episode:


How to Train Your Dragon

Lilo and Stitch

Episode 14 Archetypes

May 27th, 2014


This week we talk about Archetypes.


Mentioned in this episode:



Carl Jung


Episode 13 Self Editing

May 20th, 2014


We discussed some methods and the importance of Self Editing this week.


Mentioned in this episode:


WRITING MAGIC by Gail Carson Levine



Episode 12 POV and Tense

May 13th, 2014


We're talking about POV and Tense.


Mentioned in this episode:


Star Trek (Sci-Fi Franchise): Kobayashi Maru

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Episode 11 Write What You Know

May 6th, 2014


Write What You Know. The old adage. It's what we discuss this week.


Mentioned in this episode:


Loki: Ragnarok And Roll

Dr. Who

Castle (TV Show)

Brandon …

Episode 10 Short Stories VS Long Fiction

April 29th, 2014


Short Stories and Long Fiction both have their merits. In this episode, we discuss both, but with a focus on Shorts.


Mentioned in this episode:


TO …

Episode 9 Comedy

April 22nd, 2014


Laughter makes the world go HA!


In this episode, we discussed humor and the following:


Jim Butcher

Joss Whedon

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Loki: Agents of Asgard

Episode 8 Fan Art

April 15th, 2014


We discuss fan art.


Mentioned in this episode:


World of Warcraft


Star Trek

Star Wars

Dr. Who

R.A. Salvatore

The Doubleclicks

Kirby Krackle

M.C. Frontalot


Harry and the Potters

Episode 7 Tropes

April 8th, 2014


We FINALLY got around to Tropes!



KUNG FU PANDA from Deamworks

HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling


LOKI, AGENT OF ASGARD from Marvel Comics


Jim Butcher


Episode 6 Interview With Aaron Michael Ritchey

April 1st, 2014


Aaron Michael Ritchey joins us to talk about his new book LONG LIVE THE SUICIDE KING.


Mentioned in this episode:


STORY by Robert McKee

Deb Courtney …

Episode 5 Writing Processes

March 25th, 2014


This week, we discuss our writing processes.


Mentioned during the podcast:

CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell

Terry Wright's Synopsis Guidelines at

Giles Hash's …

Episode 4 Bunny Trails 1

March 18th, 2014


In this episode, we go on bunny trails.


Discussed in this episode:


The SERENITY RPG by Margaret Weis Productions (

The DRESDEN FILES RPG by Evil Hat Productions (

Episode 3 Shakespeare

March 11th, 2014


Episode 3 Shakespeare


Liner Notes:


In this episode we geek out about The Bard Himself! William Shakespeare.



HAMLET (the play, the movies staring Kenneth Branaugh or Mel Gibson)


"Wishbone" …

Episode 2 Comics

March 4th, 2014


Episode 2 Comics


This Week's Liner Notes:


In this episode, we talk about art in comics. Here are a few of the comics we mentioned during our discussion.


Ctrl+Alt+Del Comic

Penny Arcade

Episode 1 Literature in the Classroom

February 25th, 2014


We discuss some of the wonderful ways literature can be used in the classroom.


Mentioned in this episode:

CALL IT COURAGE by Armstrong Sperry


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