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Sep 29, 2016

This week on the show, we have Celesta Thiessen, the author of the Super Seven series. She hails from Manitoba (I think she's our first Canadian author!), and had a lot to share 14528234_1070374343011379_179943636_n about her series and writing.

In Episode 41:

  • Celesta's favorite parts of writing the series.
  • An impromptu author reading of her favorite scene from Two of a Kind!
  • The science behind her superhero powers in her books.
  • Celesta's favorite superhero...and how he figures into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We spend some time analyzing the movie.
  • Many bunny trails on the parts of the hosts...

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Links!

Celesta Thiessen
The Super Seven
Salt Eden (Celeste's new book for adults!)14518728_1070379669677513_467426836_n
The Physics of Superheroes
Kathy Tyers
Kerry Nietz

 

Sep 19, 2016

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This week on LDK, we have a wonderful time talking with Laura VanArendonk Baugh (try saying that three times fast!) We managed to get a few details about ancient Japanese culture, of which, Laura seems to be a near-expert on.

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In Episode 40

  • We nearly kill Aaron with Laura's response to plotting  problems. Laura definitely had us in stitches with this one.
  • We talk Scrivener, which we're delighted to find she makes use of it, though not 100% of the time.ebook-cover
  • Laura's winning editing process.
  • Laura's reasons for eating chocolate!
  • Training your subconscious.
  • The non-coffee-drinking writers!
  • Crazy research--and how it's paid off in Laura's life! (And don't Google search the one thing she mentions!)
  • Some of Laura's marketing techniques (hint: a lot of it has to do with personality!)


Links!
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Buy her books!
Dave Duncan (The Gilded Chain)
Susan Spann (Shenobi Mysteries)

Sep 16, 2016

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This week on LDK, we have a wonderful time talking with Laura VanArendonk Baugh (try saying that three times fast!) We managed to get a few details about ancient Japanese culture, of which, Laura seems to be a near-expert on.

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In Episode 39

  • Kitsune is a fox spirit, hence the foxes on the covers of her books.
  • The folklore roots within her books, including some loose relation to Pokemon.
  • Laura thinks our favorite character question is a mean question to ask!
  • Kitsune-Tsuki was written in one sitting (!!!).
  • Laura defines our superhero question in an interesting way.
  • We introduce a new question!
  • Aaron gives his opinion on what the best of the Star Trek movies is. (May or may not be what you expect!)


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Links!
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Buy her books!
Dave Duncan (The Gilded Chain)
Susan Spann (Shenobi Mysteries)

Sep 7, 2016

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jill Williamson, Nadine Brandes, Lauren Brandenburg, and Katie Grace to discuss writing from a young author point of view.

 You'll notice that we have fewer laugh tracks because we all had our microphones muted!
Also, we had 7 people on a chat, so some of us had some technical issues. :( Sorry about that!)

Some of the topics we discussed were:

  • Challenges that young writers face, from their own perspective.
  • Challenges for mentors to young writers.
  • Who mentors the mentors?
  • Creative people versus non-creative people.
  • Making time for writing and editing.
  • Different writing software--and tools and apps!
  • Character arcs of favorite superheroes.

There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting. -- Robert Graves

Books you have to read (besides our own):
The Lunar Chronicles

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