5 Questions with Anton Strout about the Once & Future Podcasts

You know Anton Strout the author, but do you know Anton Strout the podcaster? I posed a few questions to find out more about the creator of the Simon Canderous series.

1. How did you come up with the idea of doing the Once and Future podcasts? Or, what made you want to do podcasts as opposed to written discussions?
We have blogs and the books themselves for written discussion out there. I prefer the immediacy of the voice… you get to hear the way someone answers, you get to have quick and fast discussion, and honestly my favorite part of a convention was always talking with my fellow authors about writing and their other passions. Then I heard The Nerdist Podcast by Chris Hardwick, where he got to geek out talking to his fellow comedians and I decided I like the format of taking an hour to be in conversation with, let’s face it, my betters! 😛

2. What is your hope for the Once and Future podcasts? Who is your target audience?
My target audience for the show is really anyone who loves or shows any interest in sci-fi/fantasy/the paranormal/the geeky, or anyone who simply wants to hear how other writers practice their craft. I’d love to expand the programming if I can find away to sustain it. Right now I’m going with a donation model which so far has helped with renewing ourselves for another year, and expanding the bandwidth to store our rather large mp3 files. I’d switch to advertising if I had the write geek passion products on board, but right now it’s hard enough finding the time for writing books while editing the audio for the episodes, but we’ll see. I love doing it, and from the reaction so far, people love listening.

3. Who is your favourite guest so far?
Hard to play favorites.. hehe, but I do have such a good brother/sister rapport with author/Buffy alum Amber Benson that it’s hard to beat the dorky fun we have.

4. What’s your favourite or most memorable answer (or revelation) by a guest?
I think I was surprised most by Yasmine Galenorn. I knew very little about her going in, but the show went a lot deeper about her life, her struggles and her writing that I got a bit choked up while recording. I found her refreshingly open, and I didn’t have that expectation going in.

5. Who’s on your wish list for future interviews?
I’d love to get Felicia Day on the show as a content creator, Kevin Smith, Christopher Moore, and I think I’d lose my mind if I got Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. I have them both in my Six Degrees of Separation down to like two degrees away, but we’ll see what the future holds. Oh, and I’d also like to have me on the show, which I AM working on, believe it or not.

Thank you so much for this interview. I think I need to go check out a few more podcasts. I wonder what I’ll learn next.