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Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.
 
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Justin Sloan talks about his first steps toward learning how to direct and learning about film. Learning how to direct the actor, with Nina Foch (USC instructor) Watching MOTHER, by Bong Joon Ho https://www.udemy.com/course/directing-the-actor-a-usc-course-with-nina-foch/learn/lecture/201868#overview…
 
Justin Sloan has moved the Creative Writing Career podcast to a new 2.0 version, rebranded as CREATIVE WRITING LIFE. Enjoy! Check us out at : FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeWritingLifeiTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-writing-life/id1488636423 With cohosts PT Hylton and Paul Zeidman. Also, check out the Creative Wr…
 
Dakota Krout joins Justin to discuss his books, what LitRPG is, and how to enjoy family life while still writing often and a lot. From Dakota (Amazon): Dakota Krout - Author of the Amazon best-selling Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series I live in a 'pretty much Canada' Minnesota city with my wife and daughter. By day I'm a web develo…
 
Evan Currie joins Justin to discuss science fiction, self publishing, and his journey as an author. Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals." Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Silve…
 
Michael J. Sullivan joins Justin to talk writing epic fantasy, world building, and his adventures in both indie and traditional publishing. After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the …
 
Justin sits down with Joe Solari to talk the business of writing, including when to incorporate and... taxes! Here's his course! On sale for a few days :) https://www.indieauthoralchemy.com/indieauthoralchemy/ More about Joe: Joe Solari is an author, entrepreneur, and consultant. He writes on the topics of Energy, the Environment, and on how to red…
 
Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :) Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V Website: www.lucasflint.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks Twitter: https://twitter.com/luc…
 
With over twenty-five years of story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision, and Lucasfilm, EVAN SKOLNICK brings a unique perspective to narrative experiences in games. An international speaker and educator, he has conducted workshops on storytelling techniques for well over a thousand game…
 
Bobby Stein of Arena Net (Guild Wars 2) joins us to talk writing for MMO video games, breaking in, and more. FROM BOBBY: I've been writing about video games since 2001 and for them since 2005. Interactive storytelling through gameplay and ambient voice-over is my passion. I currently manage the narrative team under the Studio Narrative Director. Fr…
 
David Varela joins us to discuss his career with video games such as Zombie Run, and how he made it. http://davidvarela.com/ FROM DAVID: I’m a writer, living and working in the UK. I’m also quite a practical bloke, which makes me useful as a producer of games and multimedia drama too. Being rather busy most of the time, I won’t be blogging on this …
 
Author Ken Lozito shares his views on craft, marketing, and the magic behind his First Colony series. Ken Lozito: Ken Lozito is the author of multiple series in fantasy and science fiction. Ken has always loved fantasy and science fiction in all forms, including books, movies (Even the cheesy 80s B movies), and games. Ken graduated from the Univers…
 
On today's episode, we spoke with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley about the Tails of Dystopia anthology. GRAB IT ON AMAZON 1984 meets The Incredible Journey in thirteen dystopian tales by some of today's most accomplished writers of science fiction. In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative…
 
Author Josh Hayes from Keystroke Medium on his new Richard Fox collaboration. JOSH HAYES Ever since he watched his first Star Trek episode (TNG not OS), Josh Hayes has loved science fiction. Watching it, reading it, and writing it. Josh grew up a military brat, affording him the opportunity to meet several different types of people, in multiple sta…
 
This week Tim C Taylor joined the show to chat with Justin about writing with others, anthologies, and comparing the US and UK markets. JOIN THE LEGION! The Human Legion has sold over 125,000 copies, but is still recruiting for new readers. Visit humanlegion.com today and join the Legion for exclusive book downloads to start your journey into the w…
 
Richard Fox joins us to talk Winning a DragonCon award, Audiobooks, and Military Science Fiction. Richard Fox is the winner of the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy novel, author of The Ember War Saga, a military science fiction and space opera series, and other novels in the military history, thriller and space opera g…
 
Author JR Handley joined us to talk about his military science fiction, writing in anthologies, and collaboration. Although, actually... JR Handley is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. He is a veteran infantry sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and the 28th Infantry Division. She is the kind of crazy that interprets his insani…
 
This week we had Monica Leonelle on the show! Monica Leonelle Monica Leonelle is USA Today bestselling author best known for her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, Waters Dark and Deep. Monica started reading young adult books when she was seven and never managed to grow out of them. She LOVES Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunge…
 
Author Jason Pinter joined us to talk writing Thrillers and Running a Publishing Company Check out his links and posts! https://strandmag.com/six-of-the-best-political-thrillers/ https://therealbookspy.com/2017/08/15/the-castle-five-questions-with-jason-pinter/ https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Mark-Audiobook/B002V0JZ3A/ref=a_searc…
 
Author Glynn Stewart discusses his science fiction / fantasy series. Glynn Stewart is the author of the Castle Federation and Starship's Mage space opera series. Writing managed to liberate him from being an accountant before he lost all personality, and he now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and their demanding cats. Check out his recent…
 
Want to know about jumping into someone else's written world and collaborating on spinoffs? These two guys are doing just that with the series Justin started with Kyle Noe and George Mahaffey - the Seppukarian Universe (the first in the universe was the Syndicate Wars series). They also talk about what they hope to get out of it, what their stories…
 
This week, Jason Anspach and Nick Cole discuss writing their hot Military Scifi series, Galaxy's Edge with Justin and Kevin. JASON ANSPACH writes pulse-pounding science fiction and then, for a change of pace, quirky, communist-punching, detective throwbacks set in the 1950s. Together with his wife, their seven children, and a border collie named Ch…
 
Comic Artist Fred Van Lente Released the Novel Ten Dead Comedians and is here to tell us about tit and about going from comic writer to novelist, and what that takes. TEN DEAD COMEDIANS: Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire. As the story opens, nine comedi…
 
Author Scott King came on the show to chat writing multi-genre, going from screenwriter to novelists, and more! BIO: Scott King was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University, and his M.F.A. in film from American University. Until moving to Texas, to follow his wif…
 
CN Crawford Talks Writing Teams, Urban Fantasy, and Magic. We had a lot of fun discussing stories, where the writing team's ideas come from, how they approach writing as a team and husband and wife, and more. Find her books on Amazon. C.N. Crawford is not one person but two. We write our novels collaboratively, passing our laptops back and forth to…
 
We chat with Amy Duboff about writing her Space Opera series, Bookbub, and what it takes to be an amazing Scifi Writer. Check out her books on Amazon! And don't miss her new release, SCIONS OF CHANGE. Amy has always loved science fiction in all forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! As a full-time…
 
Nicholas Sansbury Smith joined Justin and Kevin to talk about his books Trackers, Hell Divers, and share his experience with traditional vs self-publishing. Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers trilogy, the Orbs trilogy, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Man…
 
Justin' cowriter, George S. Mahaffey Jr. talks Selling Screenplays, Adaptations, and Three-Way Collaborative Writing. Check out their collaborative Scifi Space Marines / Time Travel series: SYNDICATE WARS Find his books on Amazon. Author Bio: George S. Mahaffey Jr. is a practicing lawyer, author, and screenwriter. As an author he’s written AMITYVIL…
 
Author Brandon Barr joins us to chat about his upcoming series in the Age of Magic universe, about his Song of the Worlds trilogy (a bit of magic and fantasy), and writing while dealing with cancer. It's an inspiring episode, so check it out! Brandon's Amazon page. BIO: Brandon Barr is an American author living in Southern California. He writes in …
 
Rhett Bruno shares his experience writing Scifi and traditional publishing, as well as his thoughts on trying out self publishing. He also talks about his experience setting up Scifi Bridge, and shares his advice on agents and editors.Sign up for his newsletter! http://rhettbruno.com/newsletter Check out his new release, The Collector. BIO: Rhett B…
 
The amazing Rysa Walker shares her experience writing time travel books, creating amazing audiobooks, and hosting a series with Kindle Worlds. Also, check out how she landed with Amazon, gets the best audiobook narrators out there, and more! Find Rysa Walker's books on Amazon. Rysa's bio: RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files s…
 
Justin and special guest cohost PT Hylton sat down with Scott Lynch to talk about his amazing fantasy books, writing epic fantasy, how to work on your craft and improve your prose, why playing video games is important, and more! Scott Lynch the Author You might know Scott from his books: The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 27, 2006) Red Seas Under Red S…
 
This week we spoke with Esther Goldenberg about writing children's books that help children really want to read. Esther Goldenberg is the author of Hypatia Academy and the My Nutty Family series. She lives in Maryland with her family. For more information including back stories from her books and author visits, visit www.EstherGoldenberg.com and ww…
 
We sit down with Olivia Rivers, an awesome author who we met at the San Francisco Writers Conference on a panel Justin was modeling (Self Publishing vs Traditional in Kidlit). BIO: Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her love of technology led her to enter the indie-publishing world, and she is also traditionally published thro…
 
Join Ryan Dalton as he shares his advice on writing YA time travel, how it works going with a small press and how he's succeeded in doing so, and tells us about his upcoming new release. Get the new book: The Black Tempest Ryan's Bio: Ryan Dalton is author of the young adult Time Shift Trilogy. His debut novel The Year of Lightning was released Jan…
 
Dave Chesson of the Kindlepreneur and KDP Rocket shared with us his advice for how to become a writer and, once you do, how to find the right keywords and categories on Amazon. And more! https://kindlepreneur.com/who-is-dave-chesson/ A Kindlepreneur is a self publishing entrepreneur that is ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work marketing t…
 
Richard Dansky is a novelist, video game writer, and table top game writer. He speaks at various writers conferences, and runs the East Coast Game Conference. Richard has written on numerous video games, and is the developer of the 20th anniversary edition of the acclaimed tabletop RPG Wraith: The Oblivion. He has published six novels and one short…
 
Author C.C. Ekeke shares his experience writing science fiction with Justin, which includes discussing what sort of subcategories work best in scifi, how to approach worldbuilding in these stories, and how to build a newsletter. CC Ekeke's Bio C.C. Ekeke spent much of his childhood on a steady diet of science fiction movies, television shows and su…
 
Author Chris Fox joins the guys to discuss Writing Fiction VS Non-Fiction, Anthologies, Writing Fast, and more. Chris Fox on Amazon Chris is known for his fiction books Destroyer and No Such Thing as Werewolves, and such non-fiction as Write to Market, 5,000 Words per Hour, and Six Figure Author. If you're interested in learning what he advises for…
 
The guys discuss starting as a writer, how to approach the decision of outlining or discovery writing, where to find readers and form a newsletter, how to take criticism, and more. For the book of the week, check out DEATH MARKED, free with an Audible Trial. DEATH MARKED: He wanted to bring his fiancée back from the dead. If he's not careful, he'll…
 
JP Cawood joins Justin to discuss what she has learned from her time writing for television, advice for breaking into television writing, and what she has learned from TV that has helped in her fiction writing. To get a free book from JP Cawood, visit: http://jpcawood.com/podcast/ BIO: JP Cawood has developed television series & pilots for Syfy Net…
 
You may know CM Raymond from his superhero or thriller writing, or the Part Time Writers Podcast. Today he joins Justin to share his thoughts on audiobook newsletter building and why he started AudiobookAccess.com. The two also discuss a recent article on self-publishing and the written word, as well as an episode of the part time writers podcast w…
 
Justin and Kevin discuss how to achieve your writing goals, which ones they accomplished in 2016, and what's in store for 2017. This includes such topics as speaking at writing conferences, collaborations, film and television adaptations, and more! Find more on Justin on his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor, or sign up for his ne…
 
Author Wendy Spinale shares her experience doing readings at Barnes and Noble, publishing in the Peter Pan world, and going traditional as far as publishing BIO: Wendy is a former Disneyland actress and online journalist. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, three sons, and the best four-legged writing partners ever, Odie and Alex.…
 
We were fortunate enough to have May Sage on the show! Yay! You may know May from her fairy tale redos, where she writes new versions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and more (all with a smidgeon of sex thrown in, so be warned!) May shares her advice on how to market books, choosing collaborators, and more! Check out May's books on Amazon. htt…
 
Michael Anderle discusses what he's doing with his shared world in the Kurtherian Gambit universe, what he's doing with Justin in the Reclaiming Honor series of this world (starting with Justice is Calling, Dec 8 2016), and more! What's the advantage for the author? How is this better or different vs. Kindle Worlds? How do other authors contributin…
 
Author David Bruns has been a friend of a couple of my podcasts, but this is his first time on the Creative Writing Career podcast! David served in the Navy and writes a range of fiction, including military inspired fiction with co-author and fellow veteran, J.R. Olsen (Weapons of Mass Deception). Among his other amazing novels, David recently wrot…
 
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