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Beyond The Trope

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We're a podcast for nerds, dedicated to exploring the deeper side of genre fiction, popular art, comics, and movies.

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Episode 338 Interview with Sebastien de Castell

June 15th, 2021

28:45

This week Sebastien de Castell joins us to tell us about his fantasy novel, WAY OF THE ARGOSI. Find out more at https://decastell.com and follow him …

Episode 337 Favorite Food Memories

June 8th, 2021

29:38

This week it's just Michelle and Giles, and we're sharing some of our favorite mealtime and food memories. It's a simple discussion, but one packed with nostalgia.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners and …

Episode 336 Interview with Patrick Johns

June 1st, 2021

32:57

This week Patrick Johns joins us to talk about his brand new book, THE LOST SOUL, Book 2 of The Hoarding! Find out more at

Episode 335 Interview with Christopher Buehlman

May 25th, 2021

30:35

This week Christopher Buehlman joined us to talk about his new book, THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF. Find out more at https://www.christopherbuehlmanauthor.com

Episode 334 Interview with Gina Wilkinson

May 18th, 2021

36:10

This week we get to talk with Gina Wilkinson, author of WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM. Find out more at https://www.ginawilkinson.net and follow her on …

Episode 333 Interview with Lavie Tidhar

May 11th, 2021

29:53

This week Lavie Tidhar joined us to talk about his most recent international anthology, THE BEST OF WORLD SF VOL. 1. Get it now at

Episode 332 Interview with Andy Weir

May 4th, 2021

35:52

This week we're joined by the one and only Andy Weir, author of THE MARTIAN. He's here to tell us about his newest book, PROJECT HAIL MARY, available today! Find out more at https://www.andyweirauthor.com and order it …

Episode 331 Interview with Laura Amy Schlitz

April 27th, 2021

26:14

This week we're talking to Laura Amy Schlitz, author of AMBER AND CLAY, out now! Find out more on her author page with Candlewick Press!

Thank you to our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 330 Interview with Cavan Scott

April 20th, 2021

27:35

This week we're talking to Cavan Scott. He's joining us to talk about his new comic, SHADOW SERVICE, out now! Find out more at https://cavanscott.com

Episode 329 Memories

April 13th, 2021

26:04

This week, Michelle and Giles reminisced about their past, sharing stories of some of the moments that influenced them.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 328 Interview with Ana Lal Din

April 6th, 2021

27:33

This week Ana Lal Din joins us to talk about her debut novel, THE DESCENT OF THE DROWNED. Find out more at https://www.laldinana.net and follow her …

Episode 327 Interview with David Pepose

March 30th, 2021

32:17

David Pepose returns to the show this week to talk about his new project, SCOUT'S HONOR, following Kit as she navigates a post-apocalyptic world that …

Episode 326 Interview with Gregory Ashe

March 23rd, 2021

34:26

This week we're joined by Gregory Ashe, an alum and upcoming guest speaker at Odyssey Writing Workshop. Find out more about the workshop at https://www.odysseyworkshop.org and apply online by April 1, 2021 at

Episode 325 Books from our Childhoods

March 16th, 2021

25:25

This week Michelle and Giles are talking about books from their childhood, reminiscing about the stories that influenced them.

Thank you to all of our incredible listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 324 Behind The Interview

March 9th, 2021

36:48

This week we're bringing you a Behind The Scenes discussion, going behind our interview process!

As always, thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Don't …

Episode 323 Interview with Theresa Halvorsen

March 2nd, 2021

33:45

This week Theresa Halvorsen joins us to tell us about her Science Fiction Romance, WAREHOUSE DREAMS. We also talked about the Semi-Sages of the Pages podcast, which she co-hosts! Find out more at

Episode 322 Pets

February 23rd, 2021

30:22

This week Michelle and Giles are talking about the joys of having pets, comparing cats versus dogs!

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Don't …

Episode 321 Interview with Lee Matthew Goldberg

February 16th, 2021

24:55

This week Lee Matthew Goldberg joins us to talk about his work as a thriller and science fiction author, and we also geek out about '90s music! Check …

Episode 320 Interview with Liz Butcher

February 9th, 2021

27:21

This week Liz Butcher joined us to talk about her books, AFTER DARK, FATES' FURY, and LEROUX MANOR! Find out more at

Episode 319 How Our Writing has Changed

February 2nd, 2021

28:34

This week it's just Giles and Michelle talking about how their writing changed over the years.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Don't forget to pick …

Episode 318 Interview with Sean Gibson

January 26th, 2021

32:48

This week we're talking to Sean Gibson about his debut novel, THE PART ABOUT THE DRAGON WAS (MOSTLY) TRUE, out now! Find out more at

Episode 317 Interview with Josh Malerman

January 19th, 2021

35:26

This week Josh Malerman, author of BIRDBOX, joined us to talk about his new novella, A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE. Find out more at

Episode 316 How To School

January 12th, 2021

32:13

This week Michelle and Giles are talking about how to balance work, life, and school.

Thank you to all of our incredible listeners, including our …

Episode 315 Interview with Robin LaFevers

January 5th, 2021

29:47

This week Robin LaFevers joins us to talk about the Courting Darkness duology, the followup to the His Fair Assassins trilogy. Find out more at

2020 Mini New Years Episode

December 29th, 2020

13:31

This week we are sharing some favorite New Years celebration stories.

Thank you to all of our incredible listeners, including our Patrons at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Don't forget you grab exclusive Beyond The …

2020 Mini Christmas Episode

December 22nd, 2020

7:50

Breaking tradition, we're bringing you a mini episode for the week of Christmas. Michelle and Giles are sharing a favorite Christmas story with you, …

Episode 314 Interview with Willie Handler

December 15th, 2020

28:01

This week we're chatting with Willie Handler, author of THE ROAD AHEAD and LOVED MARS HATED THE FOOD. Find out more at https://williehandler.com and …

Episode 313 Interview with Chris Mooney

December 8th, 2020

35:05

This week, thriller author Chris Mooney joins us to tell us about his newest book, BLOOD WORLD, available now wherever books are sold! Find out more …

Episode 312 Interview with Kathleen West

December 1st, 2020

27:45

This week we get to talk with Kathleen West, author of MINOR DRAMAS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES and the upcoming novel, ARE WE THERE YET? Find out more at

Episode 311 Interview with Stephanie Perkins

November 24th, 2020

36:59

This week we're excited to bring you an interview with Stephanie  Perkins, author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, and THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, which is …

Episode 310 Interview with Mike White

November 17th, 2020

27:11

This week Mike White, author and illustrator! He's here to tell us about MELLYBEAN AND THE GIANT MONSTER, out now, and MELLYBEAN AND THE WICKED WIZARD, out June 15, 2021. Find out more at https://mellypup.com.

Thank you …

Episode 309 Interview with Burt Weissbourd

November 10th, 2020

26:23

This week Burt Weissbourd joins us to talk about his new thriller, DANGER IN PLAIN SIGHT. Find out more at https://burtweissbourd.com and follow him …

Episode 308 Recommendations for 2020

November 3rd, 2020

27:26

This week it's just the two of us, and we're bringing you our recommendations for 2020: what we're reading, watching, and listening to!

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 307 Interview with Susan Spann

October 27th, 2020

34:56

This week, Susan Spann returns to tell us of her exciting travels throughout Japan and her new book, CLIMB! Find out more at http://www.susanspann.com

Episode 306 Interview with Benjamin Warner and Julian Stamboulieh

October 20th, 2020

29:13

This week, Benjamin Warner and Julian Stamboulieh return to talk about LARPs the Series: Season 3! It is still in the early stages, but with help …

Episode 305 Tabletop RPGs with J. T. Evans

October 13th, 2020

34:10

This week J. T. Evans joins us to talk about designing roleplaying games, with an emphasis on the mechanical portion of the creative process. Find …

Episode 304 Interview with Jamie Noguchi

October 6th, 2020

33:46

This week comic artist Jamie Noguchi joined us to talk about his work on SCHOOL FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL GIRLS, written by Jeremy Whitley. Find out more …

Episode 303 Interview with Jax Miller

September 29th, 2020

28:53

This week Jax Miller joins us to talk about her new book, HELL IN THE HEARTLAND. It's a true crime story of meth, murder, and the search for two …

Episode 302 Interview with Jo McNally

September 22nd, 2020

29:30

This week we got to talk with Harlequin Romance author, Jo McNally. Check out her new book, BAREFOOT ON A STARLIT NIGHT, out now! Find out more at

Episode 301 Interview with Nina Sadowsky

September 15th, 2020

28:59

This week, thriller author, Nina Sadowsky, joined us to talk about her new book, CONVINCE ME, available now! Find out more at https://ninasadowsky.com

Episode 300 How to Friend

September 8th, 2020

28:47

We made it! Episode 300. It has been a long road, and our friendship has grown incredibly over the years. So this week, we're talking about how to friend. How to make friends and how to be a friend.

Thank you to our …

Episode 299 Interview with Rachel Harrison

September 1st, 2020

32:39

This week we're joined by Rachel Harrison, author of THE RETURN. Find out more at https://www.rachel-harrison.com and follow her on Twitter at

Episode 298 Interview with Annie Sullivan

August 25th, 2020

26:50

This week we are joined by Annie Sullivan, author of A TOUCH OF GOLD, out now, and A CURSE OF GOLD, available September 22, 2020! Find out more at

Episode 297 Matheus' Trunk Pages

August 18th, 2020

31:12

This week, a brave listener turned in some wonderfully written trunk pages for a fun and educational critique. Not did this listener write them in …

Episode 296 Interview with Hank Green

August 11th, 2020

24:33

This week, Hank Green joins us to talk about his new book, A BEAUTIFULLY FOOLISH ENDEAVOR, out now! Find out more at https://hankgreen.com and follow …

Episode 295 The World According to Emmy

August 4th, 2020

29:41

This week, our wonderful support team joins us to on the mic! We are bringing you The World According to Emmy.

Thank you to all of our amazing …

Episode 294 Interview with Hanna C. Howard

July 28th, 2020

34:53

This week, Hanna C. Howard returns to talk to us about her debut novel, IGNITE THE SUN, out August 18, 2020! Find out more at

Episode 293 Interview with Derek Künsken

July 21st, 2020

28:38

This week we get to chat with Derek Künsken, author of THE HOUSE OF STYX, THE QUANTUM MAGICIAN, and THE QUANTUM GARDEN. Find out more at

Episode 292 Interview with MarcyKate Connolly

July 14th, 2020

30:52

This week we interviewed MarcyKate Connolly, author of TWIN DAGGERS, available August 25, 2020. Find out more at https://MarcyKate.com and follow her …

Episode 291 Michelle and Giles talk Tabletop

July 7th, 2020

46:24

This week, Michelle and Giles are talking Tabletop RPGs some more since Michelle has joined a Dungeons and Dragons group.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 290 Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett

June 30th, 2020

26:13

This week we're talking to Hugo Award finalist, Robert Jackson Bennett, author of SHOREFALL, which is out now! Find out more at

Episode 289 Interview with Kyle McCarthy

June 23rd, 2020

25:28

This week we're talking to Kyle McCarthy, author of EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU! Find out more at https://www.kylermccarthy.com.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons over at

Episode 288 Interview with Jon Richter

June 16th, 2020

36:44

This week, Jon Richter joins us to talk about his first foray into the world of cyberpunk with his new novel, LONDON 2039: AUXILIARY, out now. Find …

Episode 287 The World According to Michelle

June 9th, 2020

33:52

This week Michelle is a guest on her own show as Giles interviews her, thanks to a suggestion from Patrick Hester of The Functional Nerds.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons at

Episode 286 Interview with Zack Jordan

June 2nd, 2020

38:23

This week we get to talk with debut author, Zach Jordan, code-wrangler and musician. Find out more about THE LAST HUMAN, his debut novel, at

Episode 285 Interview with Marc Watson

May 26th, 2020

27:54

This week we got to talk to Marc Watson, poutine aficionado and author of DEATH DRESSES POORLY, CATCHING HELL PART 1: JOURNEY and CATCHING HELL PART …

Episode 284 Interview with Kathrin Hutson

May 19th, 2020

31:31

This week we got to talk to bestselling Indie Author, Kathrin Hutson. Check out her books, SLEEPWATER BEAT, SLEEPWATER STATIC, as well as her Gyenona's Children series and The Unclaimed trilogy, over at

Episode 283 Interview with M. J. Preston

May 12th, 2020

28:41

This week, M. J. Preston joins us to talk about horror and thriller writing, and he discusses how he gets inspired to write about monsters. Check out his HIGHWAYMAN series, HIGHWAYMAN and FOUR, and learn more about his …

Episode 282 Interview with Natasha Pulley

May 5th, 2020

29:36

This week we're talking to Natasha Pulley, author of THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET, THE BEDLAM STACKS, and THE LOST FUTURE OF PEPPERHARROW. Find …

Episode 281 Interview with Kristina Rienzi

April 28th, 2020

26:41

This week, Kristina Rienzi, author of AMONG US and TRAIN GIRL, joins us to talk about her writing and coaching! Find out more at

Episode 280 Interview with Robert J. Sawyer

April 21st, 2020

26:22

This week, Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Memorial-award winning science fiction writer, joins us to talk about his upcoming book, THE …

Episode 279 Interview with Bruce Olav Solheim

April 14th, 2020

27:00

This week we're talking to Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim, author of TIMELESS: A PARANORMAL PERSONAL HISTORY, TIMELESS: DEJA VU, and TIMELESS: TRINITY. He is …

Episode 278 Interview with Jeffrey Carver

April 7th, 2020

28:47

This week we're talking to Jeffrey Carver, author of The Chaos Chronicles, the Star Rigger universe, the Starstream series. Find out more at

Episode 277 The World According to Giles

March 31st, 2020

28:40

This week, we took a listener suggestion and decided to delve into The World According to Giles.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Don't forget …

Episode 276 Interview with Jonathan Silver

March 24th, 2020

31:17

This week we get to interview Jonathan Silver, actor and voiceover professional. Not only did he play Arthur and Noctus in LARPs: The Series, he also …

Episode 275 Interview with Zhenghua Yang

March 17th, 2020

28:03

This week Zhenghua "Z" Yang, the founder of Serenity Forge, joins us to talk about Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Half Past Fate, both video games out now! Find out more at https://serenityforge.com, 

Episode 274 Interview with Tosca Lee

March 10th, 2020

27:50

This week we get to talk with Tosca Lee, author of THE LINE BETWEEN, A SINGLE LIGHT, THE PROGENY, and FIRST BORN. Find out more at

Episode 273 Interview with Dan Koboldt

March 3rd, 2020

32:42

This week Dan Koboldt returns to talk about the Audio Book release of THE ROGUE RETRIEVAL, and we even have an opportunity to get a copy of that …

Episode 272 Anonymous Trunk Pages

February 25th, 2020

23:15

This week we're reviewing trunk pages from an anonymous trunk from a listener who we have named "Tim." We hope you learn a lot from this exercise!

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters, including our patrons over …

Episode 271 Interview with Dan Stout

February 18th, 2020

28:40

This week Dan Stout returns to talk about his upcoming book, TITAN'S DAY, the sequel to TITANSHADE, from DAW Publishing, out April 7, 2020. Find out …

Episode 270 What We're Into Right Now

February 11th, 2020

35:20

This week we're talking about the things we're watching, reading, and listening to right now! Including a couple of guilty pleasures.

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners, including our Patrons over on

Episode 269 Interview with Edward Willett

February 4th, 2020

31:01

This week we're talking to Edward Willett, author of WORLDSHAPERS, MASTER OF THE WORLD, and THE MOONLIT WORLD. Find out more at

Episode 268 Interview with Jon Sprunk

January 28th, 2020

25:04

Jon Sprunk, author of The Book of Black Earth series and the Shadow Saga, joins us this week to discuss his work. Find out more at

Episode 267 Interview with Ed Kramer

January 21st, 2020

34:02

This week we're talking to Ed Kramer, a pioneer in the CGI industry, who's joining us to talk about his history in the industry and his upcoming …

Episode 266 Interview with Christine Tyler

January 14th, 2020

32:27

This week we're talking to Christine Tyler, short story author, cosplay enthusiast, and Odyssey Workshop alum. Check out her first published short story, THE HORRIBLE DEATHS OF HELGA HRAFNSDÓTTIR, over on PodCastle at

Episode 265 Impostor Syndrome

January 7th, 2020

30:40

This week we're talking about impostor syndrome. This is something that many successful people suffer from.

Thank you to all of our amazing …

Episode 264 Interview with Kate DiCamillo

December 17th, 2019

27:01

This week we're talking to Kate DiCamillo, author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, and the brand new BEVERLY, RIGHT HERE. Find out …

Episode 263 Interview with Ian Brazee-Cannon

December 10th, 2019

25:15

This week we're talking to Ian Brazee-Cannon, author of the new novella, THE COST OF LEVELING UP, and the book, A DAY AT GEORGIE AND ARMAND'S PLACE. …

Episode 262 Interview with Sarah Nicolas

December 3rd, 2019

32:27

This week we're talking to Sarah Nicolas, author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO and KEEPING HER SECRET. They are also currently running Pitch Wars. Find …

Episode 261 Interview with Ira Nayman

November 26th, 2019

31:03

This week Ira Nayman, the editor of Amazing Stories, joins us to talk about science fiction short stories and the incredible history of this legendary publication. Find out more at https://amazingstories.com/, 

Episode 260 Interview with William Leibowitz

November 19th, 2019

27:59

William Leibowitz, author of MIRACLE MAN and THE AUSTIN PARADOX, joins us this week to talk about science, ethical responsibilities with medical advancement, and how that inspires his fiction. Find out more at

Episode 259 Interview with Nancy Wilkie

November 12th, 2019

27:02

This week we're talking to Nancy Wilkie, scientist-turned-author, whose new collection of short stories, SEVEN SIDES OF SELF, is out now. Find out …

Episode 258 Interview with Tina Chang

November 5th, 2019

33:44

This week we're talking to Tina Chang, the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and author of HYBRIDA, HALF LIT HOUSES, and OF GOD AND STRANGERS. Find out more at http://tinachang.com and

Episode 257 Interview with V. S. Holmes

October 29th, 2019

32:18

This week we're talking to V. S. Holmes, author of the NEL BENTLY science fiction series, and the REFORGED fantasy series. Find out more at

Episode 256 Interview with Sherrilyn Kenyon

October 22nd, 2019

34:59

This week Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to talk about her new book, AT DEATH'S DOOR. Find out more about her at https://www.sherrilynkenyon.com and follow …

Episode 255 Life Updates

October 15th, 2019

33:52

This week we're sharing life updates, show updates, and writing updates!

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters, including our Patrons over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

You can now get official Beyond The …

Episode 254 Game Night Reflection

October 8th, 2019

32:33

This week we're reflecting on Michelle's first game night, playing the Dresden Files RPG with some friends of the show.

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters, including our Patrons over at

Episode 253 Interview with Amanda Sutton

October 1st, 2019

24:06

This week we're talking to improv director, Amanda Sutton, who joins us to talk about her work in the local Denver improv scene, as well as her new …

Episode 252 Interview with David Pepose

September 24th, 2019

29:50

This week we're talking to comic writer, David Pepose. Check out the Ringo-Award Nominated comic, Spencer & Locke through https://twitter.com/SpencerAndLocke, Going to the Chapel through

Episode 251 Interview with John Marrs

September 17th, 2019

30:19

This week we're talking with John Marrs, author of THE PASSENGERS, HER LAST MOVE, and THE GOOD SAMARITAN. Find out more about him over at

Episode 250 Anonymous Trunk Pages

September 10th, 2019

25:16

This week an anonymous listener sent in trunk pages for us to review.

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters, including our Patrons over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Expanse …

Episode 249 Interview with M. C. Planck

September 3rd, 2019

31:29

This week, we're joined by M. C. Planck, author of the World of Prime book series and THE KASSA GAMBIT. Find out more at http://www.mcplanck.com and http://mcplanck.blogspot.com.

Thank you to all of our amazing …

Episode 248 Interview with Caite Dolan-Leach

August 27th, 2019

27:29

This week we're talking to Caite Dolan-Leach, author of WE WENT TO THE WOODS. Find out more about Caite at http://caitedolanleach.com and follow her …

Episode 247 Interview with Tracy Townsend

August 20th, 2019

38:17

This week, we're talking to Tracy Townsend, author of THE NINE and THE FALL from the THIEVES OF FATE series. Find out more about her at

Episode 246 Interview with Melanie Benjamin

August 13th, 2019

33:53

This week we're talking to Melanie Benjamin whose book, MISTRESS OF THE RITZ, recounts the story of a little-known heroine of the French Resistance in German-Occupied France. Find out more about Melanie at

Episode 245 Interview with Chris A. Jackson

August 6th, 2019

33:12

This week we have author of Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Arkham Horror fiction, among many other amazing stories. Find out more at https://jaxbooks.com,

Episode 244 Interview with J. T. Evans

July 30th, 2019

29:07

This week J. T. Evans returns to talk about his new book, VIPER'S BANE. Find out more at https://jtevans.net, and follow him on Twitter at

Episode 243 Interview with Martha Wells

July 23rd, 2019

26:29

This week we're talking Martha Wells, author of THE MURDERBOT DIARIES, Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis tie-ins, and multiple fantasy and young adult …

Episode 242 Interview with Samantha Shannon

July 16th, 2019

25:04

This week we are talking with Samantha Shannon, author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE, THE BONE SEASON, THE MIME ORDER, and THE SONG RISING. To find out more about Samantha and her work, visit

Episode 241 Interview with Matt Forbeck

July 9th, 2019

30:03

This week Matt Forbeck, author and game designer, joins us to talk about tie-in fiction, game design, and creating original stories. Find out more at

Episode 240 Interview with Meghan Scott Molin

July 2nd, 2019

28:41

This week we are excited to have author Meghan Scott Molin on the show! Find out more about her books, THE FRAME-UP and THE QUEEN CON at

Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Jim Beaver, Pierce Brown, and Claudia Mills

June 25th, 2019

39:16

In our final episode from Denver Pop Culture Con, we're bringing you interviews with Jim Beaver of Deadwood, Justified, and Supernatural fame; author …

Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Ginny Di and James S. A. Corey

June 18th, 2019

28:58

We're back with another pair of interviews from Denver Pop Culture Con 2019, starting out with professional cosplayer, Ginny Di (

Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Gail Carriger and Steven T. Seagle

June 11th, 2019

34:19

This week we're bringing you two more interviews from Denver Pop Culture Con 2019. We start out with Gail Carriger (https://gailcarriger.com) and …

Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson, and Dacia Arnold

June 4th, 2019

31:45

This week we are bringing you our first episode from Denver Pop Culture Con 2019. Thank you to Pop Culture Classroom for putting this con together …

Episode 239 Pre-Judging Upcoming Movies

May 28th, 2019

40:53

This week we are pre-judging movies based on rumors and trailers. Patrick Hester returns as guest-host, too, and you can find out more about him over on https://atfmb.com and https://functionalnerds.com.

Thank you to …

Episode 238 Tired Tropes

May 21st, 2019

33:10

WARNING!! This Episode of Beyond The Trope tackles some mature topics that may be difficult for some of our listers.

This week Patrick Hester returns …

Episode 237 Interview with Carrie Vaughn

May 14th, 2019

26:25

This week Patrick Hester guest-hosts, and we're joined by author Carrie Vaughn! Find out more about Carrie at https://carrievaughn.com and https://curiousfictions.com.

You can also learn more about Patrick Hester at

Episode 236 Media Consolidation with Patrick Hester

May 7th, 2019

39:42

This week, Patrick Hester joins us to talk about how media companies are consolidating and removing consumer choice. We also got to test out brand …

Episode 235 Interview with Laura Vanderkam

April 30th, 2019

22:33

This week we are talking to Laura Vanderkam, time management expert, author, speaker, and podcaster. She joins us to talk about her first novel, JULIET'S SCHOOL OF POSSIBILITIES: A LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE POWER OF …

Episode 234 Interview with Sarah Gailey

April 23rd, 2019

34:15

This week we're talking with the Hugo Award winning Sarah Gailey about their upcoming book, MAGIC FOR LIARS. Find out more at https://sarahgailey.com, https://twitter.com/gaileyfrey, and https://instagram.com/gaileyfrey.

Episode 233 How to Create Characters

April 16th, 2019

34:25

Inspired by last week's trunk novel episode, we decided to talk about character creation this week.

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters, including our patrons over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Mentioned …

Episode 232 J. T. Evans' Trunk Novel

April 9th, 2019

31:51

We're back with another trunk novel episode, courtesy of J. T. Evans. Thank you J. T. for sending it in!

Thank you to all of our fantastic listeners, too, including our amazing patrons over at

Episode 231 Interview with James L. Sutter

April 2nd, 2019

30:57

This week we're talking to author and co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder tabletop role playing games, James L. Sutter. Find out more about …

Episode 230 Interview with Jennifer Jill Araya

March 26th, 2019

32:06

This week we're talking Jennifer Jill Araya, the amazing voice actress behind some wonderfully fantastic audiobooks in more genres than you can …

Episode 229 Learning Languages

March 19th, 2019

29:39

James Persichetti returns one more time to chat with us about learning a language. What are some of the benefits, challenges, and how should one go …

Episode 228 Second Drafts

March 12th, 2019

31:43

This week James Persichetti returns to chat with us about Second Drafts. What are some of the best ways to rewrite a story or book?

You can follow …

Episode 227 Lost Hat Editorial

March 5th, 2019

35:36

This week we're talking to James Persichetti of Lost Hat Editorial Services, LLC. Find out more about the editorial services James can provide over …

Episode 226 Interview with Dan Stout

February 26th, 2019

32:58

This week we are joined by Dan Stout, a listener of the show, and his book, TITAN SHADE, is out March 12. Go pick it up at your nearest bookstore, …

Episode 225 Friend, Date or Marry: Literary Characters

February 19th, 2019

29:35

This week we're talking about which literary characters we would want to be our best friend, have a casual dating relationship with, and who we'd …

Episode 224 Interview with Richard K. Morgan

February 12th, 2019

36:31

This week we are joined by Richard K. Morgan, author of THIN AIR and ALTERED CARBON. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/quellist1, and …

Episode 223 Mailbag Vol. 2

February 5th, 2019

30:40

We're reading our mailbag this week! Thank you to our amazing listeners who reach out to say hi.

Also, thank you to our supporters over at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope.

Episode 222 Interview with James Anthony

January 29th, 2019

30:23

This week we're joined by James Anthony, author of SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS, RETOLD. If you ever had trouble understanding Shakespeare's sonnets, or you just love great poetry, this is the book for you!

Thank you to all of …

Episode 221 Interview with Jeanne Cavelos

January 22nd, 2019

29:06

This week we're chatting with Jeanne Cavelos, founder of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. Find out more about the workshop at http://www.odysseyworkshop.org.

Thank you to our amazing supporters over at

Episode 220 Interview with Kyle Newman

January 15th, 2019

27:22

We're talking to Kyle Newman, one of the contributers to Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana!

Thank you to all of our amazing listeners and …

Episode 219 Beyond The Trope Reloaded

January 8th, 2019

46:21

Welcome to 2019! With only two full-time hosts moving forward, we decided to revisit the first five episodes of the show. We're rebooting, so what …

Episode 218 Reboots

December 18th, 2018

35:11

This week we're talking about reboots. What do we like about them? Are some reboots better or worse than the originals?

Mentioned in this episode:

Reboot (TV Show)

Netflix

CBS

Queer Eye (TV Show)

Ocean's 8 (Movie)

Episode 217 Interview with World Builders Anonymous

December 11th, 2018

39:31

This week we're talking to John and Vito Gutilla, the two creators of the World Builders Anonymous podcast.

Mentioned in this episode:

SF Signal

Patrick Hester

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

The Kingfountain Series …

Episode 216 Interview with Lauren Fortgang

December 4th, 2018

31:11

This week we're talking to voice actress and audiobook narrator, Lauren Fortgang!

Mentioned in this episode:

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Video Game)

Grand Theft Auto (Video Game)

Magic The Gathering Arena (Video Game)

Episode 215 Nerdy Would You Rather

November 27th, 2018

29:31

This week we're playing Nerdy Would You Rather. Many of the questions we answered this week were found at

Episode 214 Holiday Traditions

November 20th, 2018

27:44

This week we're talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions. We're excited because both holidays are approaching fast!

Mentioned in this …

Episode 213 Interview with Matt Maxwell

November 13th, 2018

29:08

This week author Matt Maxwell joins us to talk about his his book QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS.

Mentioned in this episode:

Broken Eye Books

QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS by Matt Maxwell

Stranger Things (TV Show)

UC Irvine

LA Times

Max …

Episode 212 Musicals

November 6th, 2018

31:18

This week we're talking about musicals, one of our favorite forms of entertainment.

Mentioned in this episode:

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Happy Birthday (Song)

Rent

Les Misérables (Movie and Play)

White Christmas

Episode 211 Halloween

October 30th, 2018

28:18

Since it's the final Tuesday of October, we're going to talk about things we love about Halloween.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Game (Movie)

Episode 210 Comfort Media

October 23rd, 2018

22:30

This week we're talking about media we consume when we're not feeling well, either emotionally or physically. Or both. Basically, comfort brain-food.

Mentioned in this episode:

New Girl (TV Show)

How I Met Your Mother …

Episode 209 Pokemon

October 16th, 2018

28:43

This week, because we're excitable nerds, we're talking about Pokemon.

Mentioned in this episode:

Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Red

Pokemon Blue

Nintendo …

Episode 208 What Makes a Good Monster with Laurence MacNaughton

October 9th, 2018

31:04

This week Laurence MacNaughton is back for a roundtable discussion on what it takes to make a good monster.

Mentioned in this episode:

A Monster in Paris (Movie)

Netflix

Stephen King

CHRISTINE by Stephen King

Episode 207 Interview with Jeremy Whitley

October 2nd, 2018

28:40

This week we're speaking with Jeremy Whitley, writer of Princeless and Raven the Pirate Princess.

Mentioned in this episode:

PRINCELESS by Jeremy Whitley

SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan

Emily Martin (Comic Artist)

RAVEN THE …

Episode 206 Interview with Ben Floyd

September 25th, 2018

30:39

This week, longsword instructor Ben Floyd joins us to talk about Historic European Martial Arts.

Mentioned in this episode:

Krieg School of …

Episode 205 How To: Panels

September 18th, 2018

43:59

This week we're talking about the proper way to attend, moderate, and sit in as a panelist on conference and convention panels.

Mentioned in this …

Episode 204 Interview with Ray Chase

September 11th, 2018

31:21

This week we're joined by a SUPER talented voice actor from some of your favorite anime and video games: Ray Chase!

Mentioned in this episode:

Final Fantasy XV (Video Game)

Noctis

Anime Expo

Denver Comic Con

Wondercon

Episode 203 What Did We Do Before the Internet

September 4th, 2018

25:39

We sat down for a roundtable reminiscence of days long gone. The topic of the week? What did we do before the internet?

Mentioned in this episode:

Nintendo

Super Nintendo

Mario Kart

Ford

Chevy

Nintendo 64

The Nintendo …

Episode 202 Interview with Sherrilyn Kenyon

August 28th, 2018

32:22

This week, Michelle and Emily are on their own, but they get to interview the amazing Sherrilyn Kenyon, which is fantastic and awesome!

Mentioned in this episode:

The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

DEATH DOESN'T …

Episode 201 Nerdy Never-Have-I-Ever

August 21st, 2018

29:32

This week we're playing a nerdy "never-have-I-ever" with our wonderful producer!

Mentioned in this episode:

HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by …

Episode 200 Interview with James Marsters

August 14th, 2018

27:19

Listeners, we made it to Episode 200! It's a super exciting and MAJOR milestone for us! And what better way to celebrate than to interview James Marsters? You all remember him from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, …

Episode 199 How To Throw an Introvert Party

August 7th, 2018

27:03

This week, in anticipation of our 200th Episode, we're talking about how to throw a party for introverts!

Mentioned in this episode:

Willy Wonka and …

Episode 198 Interview with Dave Robison

July 31st, 2018

32:09

Dave Robison returns for some EPIC Archivos news and amazing creativity discussion.

Mentioned in this episode:

Archivos

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Harry Potter (Book Series) by J. K. Rowling

American Library …

Episode 197 Interview with Josh Viola

July 24th, 2018

21:50

Josh Viola returns this week to talk about what Hex Publishers has been up to in the last few months. Spoiler: a lot of cool stuff!

Mentioned in this …

Denver Comic Con 2018 Kat Leyh and Kurt Lustgarten

July 17th, 2018

22:15

Our fourth week of Denver Comic Con coverage features Kat Leyh and Kurt Lustgarten. A big thanks to Pop Culture Classroom for bringing us to Denver …

Denver Comic Con 2018 Thomas Estrada and Tricia Levenseller

July 10th, 2018

22:02

Animator, Thomas Estrada, and author, Tricia Levenseller, join us in our third Denver Comic Con episode. Major thanks to Pop Culture Classroom for …

Denver Comic Con 2018 Emily Skrutskie and Christopher Paolini

July 3rd, 2018

25:10

Thank you to Pop Culture Classroom at http://popcultureclassroom.org for bringing us to Denver Comic Con 2018. http://denvercomiccon.com

Also, thank …

Denver Comic Con 2018 Tamora Pierce and Ginny Di

June 26th, 2018

30:53

Thank you to Denver Commic Con and Pop Culture Classroom for bringing us back for another year of DCC Media Coverate. Check them out at

Episode 196 Interview with John Wenker

June 19th, 2018

27:29

John Wenker, the developer for the Borrow Modern app, joins us to talk about starting his own business developing this incredibly useful mobile app.

Episode 195 Falling Out of Love With Fandoms

June 12th, 2018

29:35

This week we're talking about the tough process of falling out of love with fandoms. We invest our time and energy into shows, comics, movies, and entire universes of characters. And then, something changes. How do we …

Episode 194 Denver Comic Con Discussion

June 5th, 2018

29:41

With Denver Comic Con just a week and a half away, we look back on previous cons and discuss what we're excited about for Denver Comic Con 2018.

Episode 193 Interview with Alex Irvine and Tomm Coker

May 29th, 2018

27:32

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

Mentioned in this episode:

THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BASEBALL by Alex Irvine, Tomm Coker, and …

Episode 192 Roundtable Discussion with Patrick Hester

May 22nd, 2018

33:43

This week Patrick Hester returns as guest host in a roundtable discussion covering many topics, but focusing mostly on podcasts.

Mentioned in this episode:

Mary Kay

Lime Light

Axe

Star Wars

Functional Nerds

John DeNardo

Episode 191 Coming Back from Writing Breaks with Patrick Hester

May 15th, 2018

31:33

Emily couldn't join us this week, so we brought in Patrick Hester to guest-host. And since all three of us are coming back from writing breaks, we …

Episode 190 Interview with Gail Carriger

May 8th, 2018

51:24

Patrick Hester is with us this week as a special co-host, and it's quite fitting because our guest this week introduced us to him. Gail Carriger is back, and this is actually the longest episode we've done in a very …

Episode 189 Interview with Susan Spann

May 1st, 2018

32:12

Susan Spann returns this week to talk about her upcoming trip to Japan to work on her first non-fiction book, all about hiking the 100 famous mountains. Also, horrifying bugs.

Mentioned in this episode:

TRIAL ON MOUNT …

Episode 188 James P's Trunk Novel

April 24th, 2018

34:25

James P returns for a third week, this time to discuss a set of trunk pages that he submitted for us.

Mentioned in this episode:

FANGIRL by Rainbow …

Episode 187 Using Made Up Languages in Fiction with James Persichetti

April 17th, 2018

26:59

In part 2 of our Languages series, we're talking about made up languages, how to develop them, and how to use them in your writing. James Persichetti returns, too, and shares a wealth of wisdom with us.

Mentioned in …

Episode 186 Using Real Languages in Fiction with James Persichetti

April 10th, 2018

29:09

James Persichetti returns to the show this week to talk about using real languages in fiction, giving us insights as from his linguistics education and his slush pile reading.

Mentioned in this episode:

Klingon (From …

Episode 185 Interview with Trai Cartwright

April 3rd, 2018

34:04

Today we're talking to Trai Cartwright, screenwriter and consultant. She has an amazing history and fantastic story insights, and we're delighted to …

Episode 184 Interview with Ben Wander

March 27th, 2018

27:05

This week Indie Game developer, Ben Wander, joins us to talk video games, pop culture, and the newly-released A Case of Distrust.

Mentioned in this …

Episode 183 Edwin D's Trunk Story

March 20th, 2018

20:15

This week we're critiquing a short story from one of our listeners. Thanks, Edwin, for sending them in!

Mentioned in this episode:

The Denver Podcast Network http://denverpodcast.net

Left Hand Right Brain

Episode 182 Why We Love the Games We Love

March 13th, 2018

29:58

We love video games, and there are a few reasons why. This week, Danielle returns to talk about awesome video games and what makes them so great.

Mentioned in this episode:

Final Fantasy

Madden NFL

Mario Tennis

Mario …

Episode 181 Fan Fiction Revisited

March 6th, 2018

31:39

We're returning to the topic of Fan Fiction this week, focusing on Emily and Danielle, a duo in charge of a fairly popular Final Fantasy XV Fan …

Episode 180 Interview with Travis Rupp

February 27th, 2018

29:07

This week we're talking to Beer Archeologist Travis Rupp. He's a full time professor at CU Boulder, and he works full time at Avery Brewing, …

Episode 179 BTT News Update (Scripted Short)

February 20th, 2018

20:51

We tried our hand at scripted radio, and it was a lot of fun. We hope to bring you more episodes like this in the future.

Mentioned in this episode: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelly THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR HYDE …

Episode 178 Interview with Catherine Spader

February 13th, 2018

21:30

Self-published author, Catherine Spader, joins us to talk about her WULFHEDINN series, available now on Amazon and at The Tattered Cover on Colfax in …

Episode 177 Jared K's Trunk Novel

February 6th, 2018

23:41

This week we're reviewing trunk pages from another listener.

Mentioned in this episode: NEUROMANCER by William Gibson READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP by Philip K. Dick Summer Wars …

Episode 176 Interview with Dan Koboldt

January 30th, 2018

35:49

This week, Dan Koboldt returns to talk about the third book in his Gateways to Alissia Trilogy.

Mentioned in this episode: THE WORLD AWAKENING by Dan …

Episode 175 Interview with Kevin Ikenberry

January 23rd, 2018

33:09

This week we're talking to Kevin Ikenberry, sci-fi author and really cool guy!

Mentioned in this episode: VENDETTA PROTOCOL by Kevin Ikenberry …

Episode 174 Anonymous Trunk Pages

January 16th, 2018

24:35

An anonymous writer sent us trunk pages, so this week we share them without revealing who the writer is.

Listen in next week when we talk to another fantastic guest, Kevin Ikenberry! Check out all of the other great …

Episode 173 Interview with Kate Jonuska

January 9th, 2018

31:15

This week we're talking to Kate Jonuska, novelist and short fiction author.

Mentioned in this episode: The Denver Post The Colorado Springs Gazette …

Episode 172 Kaitlyn P.'s Trunk Novel

December 19th, 2017

26:35

This week an amazing listener volunteered to let us read her trunk pages for the show!

Mentioned this week: X-Men (Comic Book Series) Denver Podcast …

Episode 171 Pantsing Vs. Plotting

December 12th, 2017

17:17

We're talking about plotting and pantsing this week, two different methods for writing a story.

Mentioned in this episode: The Matrix (Movie) Final Fantasy (Video Game Franchise) Denver Podcast Network

Episode 170 Time Travel and Book Travel

December 5th, 2017

29:00

We're talking about time travel and book travel this week, nerding out about places we'd like to visit in both fiction and history!

Mentioned in this episode: THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE (Book Series) by Mary Pope Osborne THE …

Episode 169 Interview with Jason Heller

November 28th, 2017

26:26

This week we're talking to the Hugo Award-winning editor, Jason Heller. He's also an amazing musician, sci-fi and fantasy writer, and all-around great guy!

Mentioned in this episode: Clarkesworld Magazine NPR The New …

Episode 158 Get to Know Us

November 21st, 2017

30:48

It's the Lost Episode (sort of). This week, we're catching up with you, the audience. It's an opportunity for us to share some awesome news about our lives, updates about the podcast, and plans for the future.

Mentioned …

Episode 168 Interview with J. T. Evans

November 14th, 2017

33:58

This week we're interviewing J. T. Evans, who joins us to talk about his debut novel, GRIFFIN'S FEATHER. We also talk a lot about pie.

Mentioned in this episode: Trader Joe's Carrie Vaughn Keven Hearne Patrick Hester …

Episode 167 J. T. Evans' Trunk Pages

November 7th, 2017

30:41

This week, J. T. Evans joins us in studio to read his own trunk pages for us to dissect.

Mentioned in this episode: Ghost in the Shell (Anime) William Gibson Kristin Nelson Del Rey Books Simon & Schuster Terry …

Episode 166 Interview with EarzUp!

October 31st, 2017

28:35

This week Jason Petros, Taren Petros, Terrence Green, and Beverly Moore of the EarzUp! Podcast join us to talk about the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland!

Mentioned in this episode: Wikipedia Disneyland Pirates of …

Episode 165 Interview with JessoLaurus Rex

October 24th, 2017

25:24

Cosplay duo, JessoLaurus Rex, joins us to talk about all things nerdy, but mostly awesome costumes.

Mentioned in this episode: Denver Comic Con Adventures in Babysitting (Movie) Pokemon GO! Final Fantasy XV Beauty And …

Denver Podcast Network Launch Showcase

October 17th, 2017

11:35

Thanks again to Mutiny Information Cafe for hosting the Denver Podcast Network Launch Showcase. Also, thank to the Denver Podcast Network for bringing us into this awesome group of shows.

Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 164 Interview with Gail Carriger

October 10th, 2017

30:07

This week, Gail Carriger returns to talk about everything that's been happening in her career since the last time she joined us.

Mentioned in this episode: THE SUMAGE SOLUTION by Gail Carriger THE CUSTARD PROTOCOL (Book …

Episode 163 Interview with Sherry Thomas

October 3rd, 2017

25:47

The fabulous Sherry Thomas joins us this week to talk about mystery, romance, and fantasy writing.

Mentioned in this episode: PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS by …

Episode 162 Interview with Crystal Skillman

September 26th, 2017

31:50

This week comic writer and playwrite, Crystal Skillman, joins us to talk about her amazing projects!

Mentioned in this episode: Boom Studios Adventure Time (Comic) Fred Van Lente 10 DEAD COMEDIANS by Fred Van Lente King …

Episode 161 Interview with Andy Mangels

September 19th, 2017

30:21

Comic writer, Andy Mangels, joins us to talk about Wonder Woman, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

Mentioned in this episode: Denver Comic Con Star Trek Star Wars X Files Iron Man Roswell He Man She-Ra Lucas Films Paramount …

Episode 160 Dave Robison and Archivos

September 12th, 2017

28:45

This week, Dave Robison returns to chat about what's been going on in his life and career since the last time we met up with him.

Mentioned in this episode: The Ed Greenwood Group Balticon Manifest (Board Game) Magic …

Episode 159 Interview with Jason LaPier

September 5th, 2017

26:07

This week we welcom Jason LaPier to the show to talk about awesome science fiction!

Mentioned in this episode: Harper Voyager THE DOME TRILOGY by Jason LaPier UNEXPECTED RAIN by Jason LaPier Star Trek: Deep Space Nine …

Episode 157 Giles' Trunk Novel

August 29th, 2017

27:03

This week we're looking over some more of Giles' Trunk Pages for your education and entertainment.

Mentioned this week: Yoda (from Star Wars) http://patreon.com/beyondthetrope Dave Robison The Roundtable Podcast Peter …

Episode 156 Laurence MacNaughton's A Kiss Before Doomsday

August 22nd, 2017

25:39

Laurence MacNaughton returns to talk about his next book, A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY.

Mentioned in this episode: A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton Booklist Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly Science Fiction Book …

Episode 155 Interview with J. L. Forrest

August 15th, 2017

27:59

Author J. L. Forrest joins us this week to talk about his new short story collection.

Mentioned in this episode: REQUIES DAY by J. L. Forrest …

Episode 154 Interview with J. M. Frey

August 8th, 2017

30:56

Author, J. M. Frey, joins us to talk Science Fiction, Pop Culture, and the anthropology of fandoms.

Mentioned in this episode: Firefly (TV Show) The …

Denver Comic Con 2017 Dan Wells, Delilah Dawson, and John Scalzi

August 1st, 2017

39:57

This week, we're bringing you three more awesome interviews, starting with Dan Wells. Next up, we have Delilah Dawson, and we're finishing the show …

Denver Comic Con 2017 Alitha Martinez, Amy Mebberson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Catherynne Valente

July 25th, 2017

45:11

Thanks, again, to Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom for giving us the opportunity to interview Alitha Martinez, Amy Mebberson, Mary …

Denver Comic Con 2017 Robin Hobb, Jennifer Swartwood, Zhenghua Yang With Serenity Forge, and Allen Bellman

July 18th, 2017

36:36

Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom gave us such an amazing opportunity by allowing us to collect this fantastic interviews. Thanks to Robin …

Denver Comic Con 2017 Diana Gabaldon and Andrew Gower

July 11th, 2017

45:07

The first of our Denver Comic Con 2017 episodes, this was the Saturday morning Main Event with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, and Andrew Gower, who played Bonny Prince Charlie on the show.

Big thanks to …

Episode 153 Josh Vogt's The Dustpan Cometh

July 4th, 2017

29:51

Josh Vogt returns to talk about his new book, THE DUSTPAN COMETH.

Mentioned in this episode: THE DUSTPAN COMETH by Josh Vogt Paizo Pathfinder …

Episode 152 Susan Spann's Betrayal at Iga

June 27th, 2017

25:25

Susan Spann returns this week to talk about her new book, BETRAYAL AT IGA, and how she researched the setting and history on her most recent trip to Japan.

Mentioned in this episode: Seventh Street Books BETRAYAL AT IGA …

Episode 151 Patrick Hester's Into the Fire

June 20th, 2017

31:06

Patrick Hester joins us again, this time to talk about his debut novel, INTO THE FIRE.

Mentioned in this episode: The Functional Nerds Podcast THE DRESDEN FILES (Book Series) by Jim Butcher INTO THE FIRE by Patrick …

Episode 150 Celebration Quiz

June 13th, 2017

27:25

This week we're celebrating our 150th episode with a quiz put together by our amazing producer, Emily.

Mentioned on this episode: Denver Comic Con THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C. S. Lewis GLITTER BOMB (Short Story) by …

Episode 149 Interview with Julia Nobel and Jen DeLuca

June 6th, 2017

26:12

This week, Pitch Wars Mentees, Jen DeLuca and Julia Nobel, join us to talk about their journey through the Pitch Wars process and how their careers …

Episode 148 Writing Stereotypes

May 30th, 2017

24:05

Are stereotypes about writers true? Which ones are, and which ones are just stories we hear about in Hollywood? Well, this week we're talking about …

Episode 147 Poetry Revisited

May 23rd, 2017

27:25

In this episode of Beyond the Trope, we're revisiting Poetry.

Mentioned this week: Shakespeare Mary Oliver Tor.com APOCALYPSE: AN EPIC POEM by Frederick Turner Marshall Mathers/Eminem Emily Dickinson ALICE IN WONDERLAND …

Episode 146 Interview with Sarah Schanze

May 16th, 2017

27:51

Sarah Shanze, creator of Thistil Mistil Kistil, joins us to talk web comics!

Mentioned in this episode: Thistil Mistil Kistil

Episode 145 Detective Detective Detective

May 9th, 2017

24:18

This week we're interviewing Justin Edwards and Michael Edwards, co-creators of the movie Detective Detective Detective.

Mentioned in this episode: LARPs the Series Fantasy Con Chrono Trigger Jim Butcher Jim C Hines …

Episode 144 Interview with Jason Porath

May 2nd, 2017

24:06

The author of Rejected Princesses, Jason Porath, joins us to talk art, princesses, and awesome women in history.

Mentioned in this episode: Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda (Movie) How to Train Your Dragon (Movie) Suffragette …

Episode 143 Todd Leatherman's Trunk Novel

April 25th, 2017

21:21

This week we're reading trunk novel pages from Todd Leatherman, a listener with some serious writing chops!

Mentioned in this episode: Kristin Nelson Nelson Literary Agency

Episode 142 Science in Sci-Fi and Fact in Fantasy

April 18th, 2017

23:32

Dan Koboldt is back with us this week to talk about his blog, Science in Sci-Fi and Fact in Fantasy.

Mentioned in this episode: The Incredibles …

Episode 141 Interview with Dan Koboldt

April 11th, 2017

27:30

This week we're talking with our old friend, Dan Koboldt. A lot's happened in his life since the last time he joined us, including a second book …

Episode 140 Interview with Beth Revis

April 4th, 2017

25:57

This week author Beth Revis joins us for a fun, sci-fi filled interview. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis A WORLD WITHOUT YOU by Beth Revis THE BODY ELECTRIC by …

Episode 139 Interview with Dean Wyant

March 28th, 2017

24:53

This week, Dean Wyant of Hex Publishing joins us to talk short stories, anthologies, and horror.

Mentioned in this episode: Hex Publishing Needles …

Episode 138 Live Stream Gaming with Holly Jennings

March 21st, 2017

23:29

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

25:53

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

29:36

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

37:27

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

34:52

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

25:07

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

39:47

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

28:32

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

24:10

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

30:51

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

26:48

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

25:41

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

24:18

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

30:38

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

28:27

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

23:49

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

28:37

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

Mentioned this week: http://podiobooks.com QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell TRADER'S TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE …

Episode 121 Interview with Mur Lafferty

November 8th, 2016

23:33

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

30:18

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

25:52

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

24:50

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

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

Episode 117 Interview with Josh Viola

October 11th, 2016

27:28

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

24:59

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

36:57

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

19:30

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

21:19

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

22:30

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

20:34

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

30:29

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

29:38

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

19:00

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

37:09

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

40:18

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

45:45

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

56:09

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

51:30

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

43:31

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

27:23

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

31:01

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

29:09

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

26:01

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

22:16

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

30:30

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

28:07

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

27:39

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

26:36

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

28:41

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

28:20

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

24:57

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

Mentioned in this episode:michaelrunderwood.comtwitter.com/mikerunderwoodThe Roundtable PodcastAngry Robot BooksPenguin Random HouseMadeline AshbyGENRENAUTS by Michael R. …

Episode 94 Zombies and Michelle's Trunk Novel

March 29th, 2016

27:08

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

28:54

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

27:12

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

38:24

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

26:31

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

23:18

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

26:02

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

24:13

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

39:00

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

28:37

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

32:29

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

16:57

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

34:19

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

3:50

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

29:36

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

28:59

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

23:35

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

30:40

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

21:16

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

24:33

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

28:48

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

34:26

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

20:18

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

19:01

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: twitter.com/ChadMathineBonnie Ramthun: …

Episode 71 Endings

October 6th, 2015

37:28

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

38:32

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

 

Mentioned in this episode:

THE HOBBIT by …

Episode 69 Themes

September 22nd, 2015

26:19

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

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Stephen King

SAGA (Comic Book Series)

THE LORD OF …

Episode 68 Dialogue and Description

September 15th, 2015

32:10

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

33:32

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:

Superman

Bella Swan (from TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer)

Episode 66 Story Building with Tropes

September 1st, 2015

32:43

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

29:45

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

37:27

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:

ENDER'S GAME by …

Episode 63 Kindle Unlimited Pay-Per-Page Policy

August 11th, 2015

27:56

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

 

Mentioned in this episode:

WAR AND PEACE by Leo …

Episode 62 Writing Feedback

August 4th, 2015

46:36

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

FORTUNE'S …

Episode 61 Conventions

July 28th, 2015

39:58

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

38:22

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

HARRY POTTER (Book …

Episode 59 Interview with Todd Newton

July 14th, 2015

44:57

Author Todd Newton joins us to talk about self publishing.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk

THE NINTH AVATAR by Todd Newton

Patrick Rothfuss

CreateSpace

Kindle Direct

Smashwords

THOMAS REDPOOL …

Episode 58 Serialized Stories and Giles' Trunk Novel

July 7th, 2015

29:38

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

55:38

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

1:00:59

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

49:17

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 (sasgeek.com).

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

June 9th, 2015

43:53

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

52:10

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

54:59

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

22:13

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

 

Mentioned in this episode:

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

THE FAULT IN OUR …

Episode 56 Developing a Magic System

May 19th, 2015

41:12

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

42:29

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

48:20

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

51:20

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

32:10

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 http://chemistryclubmusic.com

Episode 53 Workshopping Stories with Dave Robison

April 14th, 2015

49:52

This week, Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast joins us for a great discussion on workshopping stories. Check him out at http://roundtablepodcast.com and http://twitter.com/WritersPodcast and

Episode 52 Interview with Gail Carson Levine and Fairy Tales

April 7th, 2015

36:22

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:

DAVE AT NIGHT

ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

Episode 51 Marketing Tools for Authors

March 31st, 2015

53:15

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

45:10

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

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Book Riot

Kotaku

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

39:46

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

44:31

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

35:11

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

35:49

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:

BEAST QUEST (Book …

Episode 45 Amazon Kindle Scout Pt. 3

February 17th, 2015

39:24

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

25:42

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

HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD MYSTERY by James N. Frey

Janet Reid …

Episode 43 Writing Media and Poetry

February 3rd, 2015

39:10

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:

A VISIT …

Episode 42 Writing Resolutions and Emily's Trunk Novel

January 27th, 2015

29:20

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

37:50

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

40:28

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


http://www.cnet.com/au/news/amazon-wants-your-vote-on-which-books-to-publish/


Episode 39 Amazon Kindle Scout Pt. 1

January 6th, 2015

38:17

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


http://www.cnet.com/au/news/amazon-wants-your-vote-on-which-books-to-publish/


Christmas Break 2014

December 23rd, 2014

4:19

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

47:29

This week we interview Jamin and Kiowa Winans, producers of The Frame, out now on DVD and BluRay and available at http://double-edge-films.myshopify.com.


 


Mentioned in this episode:


Ink (Movie)


Westword interview with …

Episode 37 Holidays in Fiction

December 9th, 2014

21:48

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

35:30

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


THE HUNGER …

Episode 35 Character Agency

November 25th, 2014

35:27

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


 


Mentioned:


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

49:09

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

44:09

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


tvtropes.com


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

Episode 32 Body Language and Dialogue

November 4th, 2014

45:07

A two-topic episode featuring Body Language and Dialogue.


 


Mentioned:


Dr. Paul Ekman


Lie to Me (TV Show)


WICKED by Gregory Maguire


THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE …

Episode 31 Books From Our Childhood

October 28th, 2014

40:58

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

49:51

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


 


Mentioned:


Rachel Ann Nunes (ranunes.com)


The Absolute …

Episode 29 Conferences and Pitching

October 14th, 2014

1:08:07

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 (ChemistryClubMusic.com)


Query …

Episode 28 Book Reviews

October 7th, 2014

28:17

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


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie …

Episode 27 Trunk Novels: Michelle

September 30th, 2014

32:28

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

35:46

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

29:16

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

42:50

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


 


Mentioned …

Episode 23 Publishing Industry Insight

September 2nd, 2014

44:55

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


 


Mentioned:


Hilary Clinton


Neil Gaiman


Chuck Wendig


John Scalzi


MacMillan Publishing


Kristin Nelson


Episode 22 RMFW 2014 Anthology

August 26th, 2014

37:42

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

1:02:05

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


 


Mentioned:


 


KOP Series by Warren Hammond


Raymond Chandler


Kurt Vonnegut


Dick Francis


Jason Star


TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer


SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION by Stephen King

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

August 12th, 2014

47:52

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:


 


RMFW


Writers of the Future

Episode 19 World Building and Character Development

August 5th, 2014

52:41

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


 


HARRY POTTER by J. K. Rowling


THE …

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

July 29th, 2014

48:10

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:


 


EMMA


PERSUASION


PRIDE AND …

Episode 17 The Future of Publishing

July 22nd, 2014

43:57

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

51:56

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

1:00:36

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

42:56

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

52:48

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

49:49

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


 


Panelists:


Betsy Dornbusch


Carrie Vaughn


Ellie Ann


Dave Wolverton/David Farland

Denver Comic Con 2014 Importance of Strong Female Characters

June 19th, 2014

49:16

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


 


Panelists:


Amalie Howard


Dave …

Denver Comic Con 2014 Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley - Extracted

June 18th, 2014

51:33

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

51:51

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

48:36

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

48:37

We have another guest, Royce Roeswood from roeswood.com.


 


Mentioned in this episode:


 


Destination Imagination


Whose Line Is It Anyway (TV Show)


Bovine …

Episode 15 Adaptations

June 3rd, 2014

1:03:02

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

51:11

This week we talk about Archetypes.


 


Mentioned in this episode:


 


THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell


Carl Jung


THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J. …

Episode 13 Self Editing

May 20th, 2014

50:18

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


 


WRITING MAGIC by Gail Carson Levine


Steinbeck


Tolstoy

Episode 12 POV and Tense

May 13th, 2014

54:44

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

1:02:16

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

56:49

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

53:28

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

52:53

We discuss fan art.


 


Mentioned in this episode:


 


tortallcomicsproject.deviantart.com


D&D


World of Warcraft


Robotech


Star Trek


Star Wars


Dr. Who


R.A. Salvatore


The Doubleclicks


Kirby Krackle


M.C. Frontalot


PAX


Harry and the Potters

Episode 7 Tropes

April 8th, 2014

56:08

We FINALLY got around to Tropes!


 


Discussed:


tvtropes.org


KUNG FU PANDA from Deamworks


HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling


SUPERMAN 2


LOKI, AGENT OF ASGARD from Marvel Comics


DR. WHO


Jim Butcher


DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini …

Episode 6 Interview With Aaron Michael Ritchey

April 1st, 2014

1:02:34

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

1:00:23

This week, we discuss our writing processes.


 


Mentioned during the podcast:


CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell


RMFW.org


Terry Wright's Synopsis Guidelines at http://www.rmfw.org/download/contest_info/Synopsis.pdf


Giles Hash's …

Episode 4 Bunny Trails 1

March 18th, 2014

53:37

In this episode, we go on bunny trails.


 


Discussed in this episode:


 


The SERENITY RPG by Margaret Weis Productions (margaretweis.com)


The DRESDEN FILES RPG by Evil Hat Productions (evilhat.com)


little-details.livejournal.com

Episode 3 Shakespeare

March 11th, 2014

52:41

Episode 3 Shakespeare


 


Liner Notes:


 


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


 


MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM


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


TEMPEST


"Wishbone" …

Episode 2 Comics

March 4th, 2014

59:08

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 http://www.cad-comic.com


Penny Arcade

Episode 1 Literature in the Classroom

February 25th, 2014

1:01:05

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


 


Mentioned in this episode:


CALL IT COURAGE by Armstrong Sperry


THE …

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