Conflict is the secret!
Meet Patrice Fitzgerald, author of Karma of the Silo, fans of Hugh Howey might recognize the premise and one of the characters. Why? Because the legendary indie author gave her permission to write in his Wool universe and she created a story her fans love. You might also know her from work in Samuel Peralta’s Future Chronicles.
During the interview we talk a lot about books and generally have a good time, eventually getting to our ulterior motive of learning the secrets of creating great fiction. Patrice explains her writing process (which is a great method) and shares some inspiring stories of her writing journey. She’s also like to point out that she likes to organize, but she is, in fact, not organized.
Her latest space opera anthology Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge has just released, which features some of the best authors and sports the most spectacular book covers in the genre today. Also, exclusive to Keystroke Medium, Patrice shares some news for what’s coming next in the series.
Along with sharing some insights into her Karma series and the short stories she’s written for The Future Chronicles, Patrice talks about her new project Pirate War Saga, sharing the concept for the series and how she’s putting it all together.
If you enjoy a fun conversation and love science fiction and storytelling, this episode of LIVE! will make your day. Check it out a feel good all day long.
Be sure to get our Patrice’s website: http://patricefitzgerald.com/
And if you’re in the mood to support some great Indie authors, pick up your own copy of Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Stars-Galaxys-space-anthology-ebook/dp/B01KVPG7E6
We hope you enjoy the show and we’re looking forward to seeing you next week for our next episode of LIVE! featuring Kevin Tumlinson, Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital.
The best thing about the speculative fiction world is finding storytellers who take readers to new places. Authors come from all walks of life and bring a bit of themselves to their work. What I am trying to say, is many of us have day jobs...rocket scientists, doctors, police officers, military intelligence officers, and everything in between. Davis Ashura has been writing most of his life and recently had success with his Castes and Outcastes trilogy -- an epic fantasy based on the many influences of India. (A Warrior’s Penance has recently been picked up by Audible Studios!)
What does Davis Ashura do when not writing?
He is, of course, a medical doctor. How does he find the time? What does his heritage and his profession bring to his writing? Davis shared some interesting concepts like received wisdom, world building, and development of complex characters (especially antagonists).
I enjoyed hearing Davis talk about India, share his expertise as a doctor, and describe what it took for him to get started with writing. One of the things that helped him, in addition to writing a lot and finding his story passion, was taking writing courses. He impressed me as a man serious about his craft and someone to watch out for in the future.
Since this was a live intervew, we had questions that listeners posted to https://twitter.com/KeystrokeMedium. Jacob Cooper asked about how Davis used his medical knowledge. Davis discussed some interesting story situations requiring a forensic investigator determining the cause of death.
Audience participation really made this episode excellent. (Yes this is a subtle hint that we want you to tune in next Monday for Live! with Patrice Fitzgerald.)
#Bonus: During the show, Davis Ashura explains the awesome meaning of his pen name. That alone is worth the price of admission. #Brilliant
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Find all of Davis's work here: Davis Ashura's Amazon Author Page
Learn more about him at his website: http://www.davisashura.com/
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SUSAN KAYE QUINN, FROM ROCKET SCIENTIST TO NOVELIST
In this episode of LIVE! Josh and I meet Susan Kaye Quinn, an ex-rocket scientist following her dream of being a writer.
After a foray into the traditional publishing world, Susan soon became a frontrunner in Indie Publishing, when KDP changed the world of ebooks. Love it or hate, many authors have found sizable audiences and successful careers in this brave new world.
The best part about talking stories and books with Susan is, well... Susan. Right now, listening to the show again, I’m really enjoying all of it. Her professional science background and PhD, coupled with her amazing skills as a writer are extremely intriguing.
Life and writing.
Like many who follow the muse, Susan can’t imagine life without writing. She read books and wrote stories throughout her childhood, created serials in high school, and followed her creativity to all kinds of places. Life introduced work and responsibilities, but could not keep this wonderful artist away from telling tales.
During a break at the height of her academic crucible, Susan describes a fantastic moment when she shouted at the sky, “I’m not just an engineer, I’m also a poet!” Even then, she explains, her imagination was getting unruly.
Can a person be both analytical and creative?
Spoiler alert! Yes, science and art are able to cohabitate in one person. Susan has written short stories, novels, and series in various genres. During the interview, she explains the premise for the Debt Collector books, how she wrote them (as seasons, containing nine episodes each) and what the series will look like when it’s finished. This was one of my favorite experiences in an hour that was full of favorites. Her ideas for her books are original and well thought out. Debt Collector went straight on my to-be-read list.
There is so much in this interview it’s difficult to cram it into a simple blog post, so here is a list of some gems you might pull out of the show: methodical writing, discovery writing, word count goals, engaging the muse, building writing muscles, The Royals of Dahria, Singularity Series, The Future Chronicles, writing for anthologies, and a pen name that will not be revealed.
And now the interview!
Who is Michael Bunker?
A few years ago Josh Hayes told me about this guy who wrote a book called Pennsylvania. Are you thinking science fiction yet? Oh yeah, Michael Bunker is a self-described plain person. Amish.
Technology, science, amish -- three things we all associate automatically. Right?
During Michael Bunker’s guest appearance on Keystroke Medium, we learned that he didn’t pick the genre classification of his novel. Amazon does that, and no one fights the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Or the world's largest river for that matter.
Pennsylvania is about a young Amishman who volunteers to help colonize a planet called New Pennsylvania. One of the great parts of Michael’s Keystroke Medium interview is how he describes the premise of the book and his thought process. Pilgrims coming to the New World in 1620 might have a lot in common with pilgrims traveling to the stars in the future. #Justsaying
Michael Bunker brings fresh insights to storytelling, but also demystifies luck.
During his interview he explained that he wasn’t trying to become an author in the early days. Some might call this luck. The secret is to be prepared for when lightning strikes. Perhaps that is why a science fiction story written by a down to Earth plain person has been optioned for a movie. It might be why his novel Brother Frank is a phenomenal success with one of the best book covers of 2015. And last but not least, the intentionality of his living has led to collaboration with a wide variety of writers and artists.
Michael writes in several genres and on multiple projects. At the same time he runs the family farm and is still able to reach out to a diverse group of friends in a world dominated with material things and technology. How? Maybe it is best to hear it in his own words. This Keystroke Medium interview is not one to miss.
Time Well Spent
Josh and I learned a lot from Michael and look forward to future conversations. His talent is undeniable as is his willingness to share. Some people are great to talk to because they are confident without being cocky, brilliant without being overbearing, intellectual without being pedantic.
Michael Bunker is an Amish science fiction writer. He says that means he is a plain person. Anyone who has met Michael knows he is plainly a great guy with talent.
What is Live?
Have you ever been part of those intense conversations about books that are, quite honestly, a little awkward for your friends who haven't read a book since high school? Did you think, of course Daenerys Tagaryen will walk through fire and tame a dragon? After years of talking to each other about what make stories great, Scott and Josh wanted to expand their knowledge and share what they learned with the world!