Lasers Dragons And Keyboards

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Oct 3, 2022

This is a lost episode! The producer has no idea what we discussed, but it's with Josh Chadd. He's awesome. Listen, buy his books, you know the deal. 

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Nov 1, 2021

We're back in the saddle again with award winning author Steve Rzasa! Check out our chat as we discuss the life a librarian, cool cover designs, and working with a collaborator. 

May 23, 2020

In our "lost episodes" files, we interview UF and Paranormal Romance author, Amy Brock McNew. 

Jan 14, 2020

Due to a Midwestern snowstorm, Liberty was unable to join Aaron & Josh in this spectacular interview with sci-fi legend, Nick Cole. A former soldier and actor, Nick shares insights into his writing process, tabletop gaming, indie publishing, and who you should pay attention to in this world where everybody is a guru in the indie-sphere. 

Nov 11, 2019

We sat down and discussed Jason Joyner's debut novel, Launch. As well as what led to the creation of the Realm Makers Consortium in 2015, and how great it is to be a part of a writing community that shares bonds in areas of both spiritual and fandom. Be sure to check out the stream on for great interaction on the chat!

Where to Find Jason + other links:
Jason Joyner

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LDK on Patreon

Nov 4, 2019

We sat down with J.J. Johnson, author of  Iggy & Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom this week on LDK! We discussed the challenges of writing for middle grade, giant snot blobs, and insights into marketing from a marketing professional. Oh, and there was laughter. A. Lot. Of. Laughter. (But what else do you expect from us?) 


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Josh's book on Amazon
Aaron's books on Amazon
Liberty's latest book on Amazon

Apr 25, 2018

We were delighted to have with us NYT bestselling author, Ed Greenwood, on this week's episode of the show! For those not in the know, Mr. Greenwood is the creator of The Forgotten Realms.

Note to listeners: we had not only our producer missing, but the guys had to jury-rig a setup to record. Mr. Greenwood joined us over the phone, which was not what we had planned—but we were delighted to have him despite our technical difficulties. (Liberty's hair may or may not be more grey after editing...) Also, for our listeners with sensitive ears, there is some mild swearing in this episode.

The guys mostly let Mr. Greenwood talk, and as such, we think this is an episode best listened to rather than trying to sum it up. But we do get a history lesson on publishing and research. My word, do we have it easy nowadays.

Everything in a home exists to support bookshelves. ~ Ed Greenwood



Apr 24, 2018

We've got some great insight into intellectual property law with attorney Steve Fairchild. It may sound boring, but as authors, it's important we understand at least a little bit about the law.

We start things out with an overview of what's encompassed in intellectual property, and then it really gets fun!

In Episode 76:

  • How biology degrees relates to intellectual property
  • How Steve gets his clients
  • Can you use the term "lightsaber™" in your book?
  • Does I.P. law translate to other countries?
  • Finding an I.P. attorney...and do you need one?
  • What's the difference between an I.P. attorney and an agent?
  • When does copyright exist?
  • Do you need to file your copyright with the copyright office?
  • What happens when your work has been pirated?
  • Can I.P. law be funny?
  • How Steven actually informed an episode of Suits--and how they got it wrong!
  • What Steven finds frustrating in fiction about the law
  • Bunny trails!
  • Do I need to copyright my idea formally with the copyright office?
  • Fair use law
  • Steve's advice on courtroom scenes
  • Steve's favorite movies about legal stuff


Jan 9, 2018

We sit down with physics teacher by day, thriller author by night, Kayla--K.M.--Dailey this episode. K.M. is the winner of our flash short story contest with Laura VanArendonk Baugh to write a short story featuring Samwise Gamgee (LOTR) and River Song (Doctor Who.) K.M.'s story had us in stitches, and we're sure you'll see why we picked the story as our winner.

We talk about our Harry Potter houses, Kayla's inspiration for the short story, Christmas trees out of books, Liberty admits to having lower standards in her reading, the ever-present need for more bookcases, Harry Dresden, the new doctor on Doctor Who and Kayla's and Liberty's concerns about the direction, Doctor Who indoctrination (no pun intended!), Kayla's goal of 100 rejections in 2018 (!!!), Captain America...or Captain Jack Sparrow?

Find out more about Kayla on her YouTube channel.

Kayla's book recommendations:

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu


For a transcript of K.M. Dailey's short story, visit our website at:

Nov 21, 2017

This week we have hopeless romantic, H.L. (Heidi) Burke on the show. She's totally obsessed with dragons, but we know a few people who also are, so we won't hold it against her.


In episode 74:

  • The evolution of a pantser to a plotter
  • Guess which of Heidi's offspring might be a future Bond villain!
  • Lyrics in music? Yes or no?
  • The adventures of being a military wife
  • Why Heidi doesn't think she's a very deep person.
  • Working with an editor when you've been self-published first
  • How Sarah picks her release dates
  • Aaron warns new authors about vanity presses
  • Who is Theodore??


As always, check our website for full show notes!




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