The Grim Tidings Podcast: Mark Lawrence Part 2

The conclusion of the first ever podcast with Mark Lawrence can be listened to here!

Grey Sister, the second Book of the Ancestor, is available now in various countries!

In the epic conclusion of our first-time-ever-on-a-podcast interview with international bestselling author Mark Lawrence, we attempt to define Grimdark by finding the common link between the top MOST GRIMDARK novels as voted by Mark blog readers; we look at the big picture of Grimdark and whether it’s a viable commercial market or just a collective of passionate enthusiasts; we talk about the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off and how Mark got interested in assisting authors with getting their books into the hands of more readers; tips for SPFBO success, writerly advice, what’s next for Mark and more!

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THIS IS HORROR Podcast – Conversations with some of the biggest authors in horror, online at www.thisishorror.com

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The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley – “Grimdark with heart and soul.” Read on Amazon!

Wizard World Comic Con – Coming to Portland April 13-15! Get a 20% discount with promo code GRIM20

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Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Insterview with Anna Smith Spark

Interview with Deborah Wolf

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

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The Grim Tidings Podcast: Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith Spark

A grim conversation indeed! It can be listened to directly here!

We catch up with authors Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith-Spark (at the same time)! Writing the concluding novel in a fantasy trilogy is tough, Mike and Anna discuss the shared struggles of writing the perfect ending. We get a preview of their short stories both appearing in the Art of War anthology. We’ll get a final update on the Landfall Kickstarter project from last summer. We find out if there’s any “grief with Grimdark” and what troubles come from being an author trying to make a name in the subgenre. We dish on noblebright, readers hating on Grimdark at face value, and much more! Be advised, this episode contains explicit language (well because Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith-Spark are on it), *as well as some Game of Thrones spoilers*. You can vote for Anna’s book THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES now at GemmellAwards.com! Find Michael online at MichaelRFletcher.com, and find Anna online at CourtOfBrokenKnives.org.

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This episode is sponsored by:

Wizard World Comic Con – Coming to Portland April 13-15! Get a 20% discount with promo code GRIM20

ARCHIVOS Story Development Software, online at Archivos.Digital

Past epsiodes you’ll want to check out:

Our two-part interview with Anna Smith Spark

Our first interview with Michael R. Fletcher

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Mark Lawrence Part 1

Listen to this first ever podcast with Mark Lawrence here!

For the first time ever on a podcast, we bring you part one of our interview with Mark Lawrence! Mark drops by to discuss the inspiration and path to publication for his wildly popular Broken Empire trilogy. We talk a bit about some of the controversy surrounding the series’ lead character Jorg Ancrath; we discuss the transition into the Red Queen’s War and the challenge of carrying readers along with a new series; we preview the new series Book of the Ancestor and what readers can expect from Mark’s newest story world, and more! Find Mark’s website here, Mark’s blog here, and his awesome fan website here! Find Mark on Twitter @Mark__Lawrence!

Buy RED SISTER on Amazon!

This episode is sponsored by:

GHOSTS OF TOMORROW – The dystopian cyberpunk thriller from author Michael R. Fletcher

ARCHIVOS Story Development Software, online at Archivos.Digital

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NeoStock – Cinematic stock photography for genre writers. Tell your story with NeoStock.

COVEN QUEEN by Jeramy Goble – Standalone dark fantasy, read free now on Kindle Unlimited!

Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Interview with Joe Abercrombie

Interview with Steven Erikson

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Book Cover Design Panel

Listen to us discuss book cover design by clicking here!

It’s a special panel episode of GTP! Cover art has been a rather hot topic as of late, and we recently had the chance to chat with an author and two top fantasy cover artists to discuss the ins and outs of commissioning a popping book cover! Past guest Peter Fugazzotto recently commissioned Shawn T. King and John Anthony Di Giovanni to compose the cover for his new grimdark fantasy novel THE RISE OF THE FALLEN, and we talked with all three about the collaboration process, how much an author can expect to budget if they want a high quality cover, some tips for eye-catching cover art, and much more! Find Peter online at PeterFugazzotto.com!

Buy THE RISE OF THE FALLEN on Amazon!

Visit Shawn T. Kings Website – STK Creations

Visit John Anthony Di Giovannai’s Website – JAD Illustrated

Special thanks to this week’s sponsor:

THE DEAD GOD’S DUE by Matt Gilbert – Read for Free on Kindle Unlimited!

Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Our first chat with author Peter Fugazzotto

SPFBO 2016 Panel Episode with Dyrk Ashton & More

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Myke Cole

Listen to us geek out with Myke Cole here!

It’s a new episode of GTP, and we’re joined by Myke Cole, author of the new Grimdark novella THE ARMORED SAINT! Myke is well known for his military fantasy Shadow Ops series, as well as for having an epic beard and being rather jacked. We talk about the new Sacred Throne series (spoiler-free) and how Myke got hooked up with TOR.com publishing. We chat about tackling the novella story length and how writing the main character of the new trilogy was so significant for Myke. Of course we dive into the finer points of the Grimdark subgenre and why he decided to take the plunge into darker fantasy, we nerd out on Myke’s extensive tabletop gaming background, and chat a bit about the role of physical fitness in the life of a writer and tips for finding a good balance for staying healthy (we mentioned Myke is jacked). And be sure to stay tuned for the end of the episode for another exciting (and jarring) round of the 30 Second Geek-Out! You can find Myke Cole online at MykeCole.com, or on Twitter @MykeCole!

Buy THE ARMORED SAINT on Amazon!

This episode is sponsored by:

DARK VISIONS – The gothic art coloring books for kids, availble for pre-order now only on Kickstarter!

Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Geeking Out with Delilah S. Dawson

Geeking Out with Michael R. Underwood

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Daniel Polansky

You can listen to the episode directly here!

We’re back with a new episode, and this time author Daniel Polansky drops by! Daniel is the author of the Hugo nominated novella The Builders, in addition to Low Town, Those Above, A City Dreaming, and more. During our chat we discuss the ups and downs of Daniel’s publishing experience since his debut in 2011, including his favorite and least favorite book releases. We take a look into Daniel’s writing process, and even get some solid advice including how to read like a writer. Find Daniel online at DanielPolansky.com, or on Twitter @DanielPolansky.

Buy Daniel’s books on Amazon!

Thanks to this week’s sponsor:

COVEN QUEEN by Jeramy Goble – Standalone dark fantasy, read free now on Kindle Unlimited!

Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Interview with Anna Stephens

Interview with Seth Dickinson

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Theme Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: RJ Barker

Listen to the episode here!

The British Invasion comes to an epic conclusion as we’re joined by R.J. Barker! During our expletive laden (not really) and completely serious (also not really) interview, we talk all about R.J.’s epic fantasy debut from Orbit Books titled AGE OF ASSASSINS! We discuss the appeal of assassins, what inspired R.J. to give the lead character a disability, musical influences in writing, antlers, taxidermy, badgers, and much, much … much more. We’ve also included a super cool reading from AGE OF ASSASSINS at the conclusion of the podcast as well! Find R.J. Barker online at rjbarkerblog.wordpress.com, or on Twitter @dedbutdrmng!

Buy AGE OF ASSASSINS on Amazon!

Thanks to this week’s sponsors:

Different, Not Damaged: The Short Story Collection by Andy Peloquin

The Book Geeks Uncomprimised Podcast

Helen’s Daimones by S.E. Lindberg

Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Interview with Anna Smith Spark

Interview with Ed McDonald

Interview with Anna Stephens

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher