The Grim Tidings Podcast: Mark Lawrence Part 1

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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

The Nerd Book Review Podcast – Subscribe on Podbean or iTunes

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

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The Grim Tidings Podcast: Book Cover Design Panel

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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

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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

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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

Gemmell Awards 2018 Voting Now Open

This year’s Gemmell Awards are open for voting from now until March 30th! This is a very cool award that we’ve highlighted in the past on the podcast, and general voting is open to the public. Be sure to swing by their website and vote for your favorite! Over the past year we’ve had the privilege of interviewing the authors and discussing several of the titles nominated for this year’s various awards. We’ve centralized a few of those interviews in one place with links to Amazon and to each interview. For a complete archive of all past episodes you can swing by our Podbean site! Best of luck to all, be sure to follow us on Twitter @GrimdarkFiction to stay updated on who makes the short list!

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THE LEGEND AWARD – The best overall fantasy title for the year via open vote.

Sebastien de CastellTyrant’s Throne, Book 4 of The Greatcoats

🎧 Listen to our interview with Sebastien!

Brian StaveleySkullsworn

🎧 Listen to our interview with Brian!

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THE MORNINGSTAR AWARD – Also an open vote on the best debut fantasy of the year.

RJ BarkerAge of Assassins, Book 1 of The Wounded Kingdom

🎧 Listen to our interview with RJ!

Anna Smith-SparkThe Court of Broken Knives, Book 1 of The Empires of Dust

🎧 Listen to our interview wtih Anna Smith Spark!

Nicholas EamesKings of the Wyld, Book 1 of The Band

🎧 Listen to our interview with Nicholas!

Deborah A. WolfThe Dragon’s Legacy, Book 1 of The Dragon’s Legacy Saga

🎧 Listen to our interview with Deborah!

Ed McDonaldBlackwing, Book 1 of The Raven’s Mark

🎧 Listen to our interview with Ed!

Anna StephensGodblind, Book 1 of The Godblind Trilogy

🎧 Listen to our interview with Anna Stephens!

 

The Grim Tidings Podcast: RJ Barker

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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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Rob Matheny on FacebookTwitterInstagram

Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher

GOAT DEMON BLOOD SWORD #2: Michael R. Fletcher

GRIM GOZZOTH: Welcome to Goat Demon Blood Sword hosted by Grim Gozzoth, the only interview that features a goblin that has destroyed multiple villages and is the number one collector of elf scalps in the southeast. Today’s guest is delusional writer guy, battle bard, and whiskey bottle berserker Michael R. Fletcher!

MICHAEL R. FLETCHER: Blood and Souls for my Lord Arioch!

Hey, what’s up?

It’s 5am so I’m mostly sober. Are we killing things today? Wait. How did I get here?

GG: Many writerly types often encounter the Curtain of Enveloping Despair, a parasitic entity that enshrouds their being and teleports them to the Zinstraki Outworld. How have you dealt with this experience yourself?

MRF: Oh hell yes! Being an author is basically being a porta-potty for the world. You smell bad, and everyone thinks they can use you for free.

Personally I have found an unhealthy amount of Jameson whiskey murders that part of my brain capable of despair. The amount and duration of dosing varies with how big a loaf the publishing world has squatted on you. Say your publisher decides that, in spite of rave reviews, your book isn’t selling and they’re not interested in the sequel. That will require an entire 26 ounce bottle (about 750 millilitres) per week for at least two months. Combine that with bad late night TV and you have a recipe for guttered emptiness far preferable to soul-crushing misery.

GG: I have a question from a 2nd Tier Carrion God: “Blor deltek glom govra?”

MRF: Seriously? That again? Look, I was young and I needed the money. Do we really have to bring this shit up every time?

GG: When fighting a human-corpse-angel chimera, what is the best weapon to use?

MRF: Personally I’d go with a really comfortable set of New Balance running shoes.

But sometimes flight is not an option. Like when the fucker steals the last of your salted caramel chocolates. In this case a grilled cheese sandwich made with a Chardonnay Dijon mustard and cave-aged Gruyère is prolly your best bet. Distract it with the sandwich and then stab the fucker with your butter knife. It won’t really hurt the monster, but it’ll be so embarrassed at being shanked by a butter knife it’ll leave. Remember to brown the butter.

GG: You have an obsession with mirrors, especially ones that leak blood and viscera on the Fourth Day of the Hollow Harvest. Why is that?

MRF: No I don’t. I’m fine.

Ok. Maybe.

I like breaking people. Shattering them. Reducing them to their component parts. Real people are too complex to make good characters. If you want a character people can relate to, you have to take someone real and shred them until you find that one tasty nugget of their behaviour. In Beyond Redemption Wichtig, Konig, and Erbrechen (the Slaver) were all based on one real person. He had many harvestable qualities. I carved each one from his soul and made it real, gave it life. It was a messy process.

I’m obsessed with personality, what makes us us.

GG: What is your current favorite TV show?

MRF: Uh… I’ve been enjoying Dark Matter. I don’t watch much TV cuz I’m too busy writing and editing. And my wife and I have slowly been getting caught up on Game of Thrones. I really wanted to like the Lethal Weapon series but it was awful and can only be watched when extremely drunk.

GG: Gargle a unicorn’s last tears or gurgle from your throat hole for one year?

MRF: Unicorn tears for sure. Hell, I’d do that just to watch the horror on Rob Matheny’s face. There’s nothing sweeter than ravaging someone’s deepest, most heartfelt joy.

GG: If you were to prepare a roasted elf head to present to your newest Burzmouth war council, how would you season it?

MRF: I’m a crap cook. The only thing I know for sure is that if I use garlic powder my wife will kick my ass all over the place. Apparently it’s some kind of cardinal sin. It’s gotta be real garlic.

That said, I do hate elves. I’d probably roast low and slow it at 250F for about four hours. Toss all your veggies in there potatoes, carrots, troll toe fungus) and let it cook in the elf brain juices.

GG: Tell us a tale of 200,000 words.

MRF: There once was a novel of 200,000 words. It was long and bloated and had too many POV characters that did nothing for the story. It had chapters and chapters of people eating lunch and walking somewhere.

Then, one day, a brave writer tackled that novel. She dragged it down and hog-tied the fucker, butchering it with her +5 Sword of Vorpal Editing. She kicked its story lines in the plums with her mighty +3 Boots of Foreshadowing. She carved it apart, left it tight and zinging with tension.

Knowing that publishing as a dude was more likely to lead to success, she found a whitey-white average Anglo name for herself. Because her nerd step-brother was so whitey-white average looking, she got him to pose for author pictures and do any live interviews for her. She even made him read her books so he could talk about them semi-intelligently. He thought they were okay but a little strange.

Sometimes she even told people what she’d done because no one would ever believe her.

GG: Lastly, tell us about yourself and your books!

MRF: What? Uh… I’m this average whitey-white dude with a taste for dark fantasy and science fiction novels.

My books so far…

The Manifest Delusions novels, where insanity defines reality:

Beyond Redemption (Harper Voyager, 2015)

The Mirror’s Truth (Self-Published, 2017)

Swarm and Steel (SkyHorse, 2017)

Ghosts of Tomorrow (standalone science fiction, self-published, 2017)

You can find me at…

https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRFletcher

http://michaelrfletcher.com/

Twitter: @FletcherMR