My interview with the fabulous and prolific YA Science Fiction author Jennifer Brozek is now available for your listening pleasure. This was the first of my programs without any significant technical issues and was perhaps the best interview so far.
Ms. Brozek not only had some fascinating observations about Science Fiction and writing for younger readers, but also about fiction in general, self publishing versus conventional publishing, mental illness and the relevance of mentally ill characters, and the immortal Isaac Asimov. Guests keep mentioning his name without prompting from me. Really. No joke. Listen for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It was a good show. I hope you give it a listen. Click Here to Listen to the Show!
For those who did not hear the live broadcast, the third episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio is online and ready for you to listen to it as a podcast. The guest is Matt Mather, one of the world’s leading thriller writers who has turned his hand to writing Science Fiction with his new Nomad series.
The interview went very well and spanned subject ranging from the popularity of Apocalyptic fiction to the enduring legacy of Isaac Asimov. It’s a good listen and well worth your time.
Hear Paul’s interview of Matt Mather!
You can hear the first episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio that I hosted at this link:
The technical difficulties really threw me for a loop, kicked me offline, and killed the live broadcast. But, I was able to get back into the studio and record the show while I still had a guest. Brett Battles proved to be a great guest and the show turned out reasonably well. I’m looking to do better in two weeks on October 17 when my guest will be Jerry Pournelle.
I just posted my fourth video. This one is about the writing process and the degree to which it is so individual that no one can specify how it’s supposed to work. On review, I realize that I sound a bit angry in the video. Be assured that I’m not pissed off at all–this is just how I sound when I get very passionate about something. I’m a very passionate person, especially about ideas, and I can get very “enthusiastic” when speaking about them.
Future videos will be calmer–I think that this level of intensity may be offputting, but I don’t feel like reshooting because I like what I said and, as I do these things without a script to keep them informal, I’m not sure I would get all the same stuff in.
Anyway, I’m really not angry here. It’s just how I get sometimes.
I just unloaded the third video in my Beer or Coffee With the Author series. This one is about why I don’t have political propaganda in my books, as well as on my books as expressions of my understanding of what humankind is made
I just posted my first video on You Tube, discussing how I became an author. Be merciful.
My esteemed publisher, 47North, has agreed to provide me with a limited number of books to give away at Westercon68. I get to choose which volume to be supplied with and I really don’t know. I solicit your input. Whatever books I wind up with, I will be giving away autographed copies to fans on a first come, first served basis. The number will be small, so you will want to track me down early.
There is still no word regarding what I will actually be doing at this shindig, but I will update you guys as soon as I know something. I will also try to post the panels I am on as events on my Amazon web page, time permitting.
The publisher is not picking up any of my expenses for this excursion, so I am open to being bribed. I’ve never been bribed before, so it might be fun. If a nice fan wants to take me to dinner someplace reasonably decent (I’m pretty easily pleased), I’m willing to be sure he/she gets an autographed book and will sign anything else they like (so long as it isn’t some kind of contract). I’ll even abase myself by posing for pictures with your spouse, children, dog, pet woolly marmoset, etc. Actually, I don’t mind pictures. I’m not one of those touchy, temperamental, reclusive writers who shies away from publicity. I kind of like the limelight, in fact.
So, see you in San Diego!