Things I Learned from The Once and Future Podcasts – Justin Gustainis edition

This week I listened to author Anton Strout interview Justin Gustainis, author of two UF series: the Quincy Morris series and the Occult Investigations series. Here are a few things I learned:

— Anton describes what happens when he gets an edit letter. If you ever wondered what an author goes through after an editor has read the manuscript, Anton explains.

— Sometimes the Once and Future Podcast does giveaways. I need to start listening to the newest shows.

— The hero of Justin’s Quincy Morris series is based on a character from Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. Justin’s character is a descendant of the vampire killer, carrying on a family tradition.

— Justin talks about what it was like trying to break into publishing before there was an Internet.

— When not being an author, Justin is a professor. So when does a professor find the time to write? What’s in his office? (I want the posters.)

— Justin was once a speech writer and a bodyguard. He tells Anton what both of those jobs entailed.

— Justin and Anton discuss how to handle bad reviews. This is excellent advice for all authors and writers.

— Justin writes in silence or to a soundtrack. Find out which soundtrack.

— Justin reads urban fantasy, but not as often as he’d like to.

— And finally, Justin says there are three things required of every writer in order to be published . . .

. . . listen to the podcast to find out about all of this and more.

Things I Learned from Once and Future Podcasts — Amber Benson part 1

Urban fantasy author Anton Strout hosts the Once & Future podcasts where he interviews other authors. The first one I listened to is the Ann Aguirre edition. I learned a few things. Things that surprised me. So naturally, I was curious to see what else I might learn about other authors, so listened to another edition of the Once & Future podcast. I might very well be addicted now.

Amber Benson is the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones urban fantasy series: DEATH’S DAUGHTER, CAT’S CLAW, SERPENT’S STORM, and HOW TO BE DEATH. (She also happened to play Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

Anton interviewed Amber for the Once & Future podcast, and here are a few things I learned from that interview (the first of two parts, and I hear Amber has turned the tables on Anton and interviewed him for the podcast. Should be interesting.):

– What it’s like to be near Joss Whedon. Both authors have been in close proximity to the great creator/director and they swap stories.

– Amber talks about what it’s like to work with a co-writer.

– Amber tells the story of how she got into acting. And how she went from acting to writing.

– Anton tells a story about why he thinks George R.R. Martin believes him to be crazy.

– Amber wanted to be a mythologist when she was a kid.

– She once “attacked” Neil Gaiman in a coffee shop.

– and Amber can now be seen acting in a web series called “Count Jeff”:

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. 

Things I Learned from Once & Future Podcasts — Ann Aguirre

Urban fantasy author Anton Strout hosts the Once & Future podcasts where he interviews other authors. The first one I listened to is the Ann Aguirre edition. I learned a few things. Things that surprised me. Things that I can never unlearn.

1. Like Anton, Ann Aguirre is a gamer. She plays online at the Star Wars Old Republic.

2. She once spent three weeks straight in her pajamas when SWOR first came out.

3. Ann Aguirre recommends Amanda Stevens’s The Graveyard Queen series.

4. She also talks about her writing process, from start to finish, including her favourite and least favourite part of writing.

5. They’re both Star Wars fans.

6. Anton was once a Twi’lek dancer.

(Can’t unlearn that now, can you? *grin*)

Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear the whole interview and learn lots more about these authors!