It’s episode 54 and today we’re chatting to writer and self-styled Punk Publisher, Mick McCann.
Mick has written books including How Leeds Changed The World and Coming Out As A Bowie Fan in Leeds, Yorkshire, England and after becoming disillusioned with the way the traditional publishing industry sometimes works, decided to go his own way and set up Armley Press in 2008. Since then Armley’s punk ethos and passion for finding edgy new voices has led to them publishing new talents like recent guests MW Leeming and Nathan O’Hagan.
Today’s episode is an interview with Bead Roberts, a fascinating writer and tutor with years of experience and knowledge to share on writing short stories, using life experience in your work and why you should never be afraid to get your work out there.
Bead started writing over twenty years ago while living in Bavaria. She’s written everything from stories in a comic for under fives, to detective stories for a Scottish newspaper.
Her first competition success was in the Ian St James Short Story competition which led to a suggestion from a Curtis Brown agent that she write a novel. Having no interest in novels she wrote plays and stories for radio and settled on stories for women’s magazines with over a hundred published.
She taught Creative Writing for many years and was twice nominated for Writing Tutor of The Year awards.
Nowadays, at seventy four she writes fewer stories but still likes to enter competitions. Her proudest win was runner up in an international competition judged by Hilary Mantel when her story title Letters to Freddie Mercury was used for the competition anthology.
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It’s episode 52 and we’ve got yet another great guest today with debut novelist, Rob Palk, talking about his road to finding an agent and working towards getting published.
Rob is the author of ANIMAL LOVERS, an upcoming comic novel about heartbreak, mortality and badgers (you’ve got me hooked already). He’s spent a number of years accumulating enough unfortunate experiences to keep him inspired for several novels and in fact, he’s already working on two more books. He’s given regular readings of his work, taken part in large scale performances for Comic Relief and has been called a “hot tip for 2017” by comedian and author, Mark Watson and “a very bad boy” by the Erotic Review.
It’s episode 51 and we’ve got yet another great guest today with thriller writer MW Leeming.
MW Leeming (known as Wayne to friends and family) has been writing since early teens.
Wayne’s heart has always been with creative pursuits; writing, singing, song-writing – but from an early age, he also found a similar enthusiasm for law and justice. His career in criminal defence law saw him working for defence solicitors and gave him a fiery passion for fairness, morality and justice – issues which frequently crop up in his writing. As well as having self-published a number of collections and novellas, Wayne is traditionally published with Armley Press who put out his vigilante revenge thriller, Justice Is Served.
He also has a self-published non-fiction book called ‘Generation Rent’, for which he is donating all of his proceeds to homeless charity Shelter.
It’s episode 50 – yes, a real landmark for us, our 50th full length episode, just over 2 years since we started this little podcast. We’ve had loads of fantastic guests along the way and today is no exception with novelist, Nathan O’Hagan joining us to talk to us about his upcoming book as well as his journey into writing and publication.
“If you gave up after the first hurdle, you’d never get anywhere.”
After spending most of his teens and twenties in various unsuccessful bands, Nathan eventually turned his hand to writing. In 2013 he self published a short fiction collection, “Purge”. A year later his first completed novel, “The World Is (Not) A Cold Dead Place” was published by Armley Press. He’s also written a screenplay and another series of short stories which he may self publish in the future. He regularly writes features and reviews for the online fanzine God Is In The TV and he has a new crime novel on the way in February – Out Of The City – already out for pre-order.
It’s episode 49 – almost at that half century – and today is a landmark episode because we have our first international guest in the award-winning playwright and writer of one of my favourite audio dramas – the LifeAfter podcast – Mac Rogers.
Mac is an award winning playwright based in New York. Often working in the Science Fiction genre, with plays like Universal Robots and his epic Honeycomb Trilogy, he’s won acclaim from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, Gawker, Flavorpill and lots of other places too numerous to mention.
As a professional writer Mac has contributed columns to Slate.com and New York Magazine’s Vulture site – as well as writing content for global brands in his role as a copy writer/producer for StellarEngine.
It’s episode 48 and today we’re lucky enough to have writer, Patsy Collins on the show. Patsy has loads of experience with long and short fiction and has also just released an excellent book packed full of useful writing advice.
Patsy is the author of four novels; three contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa.
As well as fiction, Patsy writes articles for Writing Magazine, gives occasional writing workshops and talks, and runs two writing blogs – Womagwriter and Patsy-Collins Blogspot – which include tons of advice on succeeding in the Woman’s magazine market, links to free writing competitions and other useful tips. She co-runs #WritingChat – the weekly writing tweet-up and – as if that wasn’t enough – she has also co-authored ‘From Story Idea to Reader’ a non-fiction book that has loads of help for writers new and experienced.