The Christian Speculative Fiction Podcast

The Christian Speculative Fiction Podcast

Author interviews and topic discussions about speculative fiction and how faith intersects with stories. Discussions cover writing craft, publishing, promotion, and everything related to the life of a speculative fiction author. Join us as we talk about storytelling in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, superhero, and everything in between.... Show More

Episodes

February 24, 2021 67 min

Interview with author Barry Napier. Barry writes books in several overlapping genres including paranormal suspense, horror, urban fantasy, and more. We talk about how the horror genre can mesh with Christianity and how Barry's interest in the supernatural pointed him toward faith.

Additional topics covered include:
-Ghost hunting
-Ghost writing
-Ghost thrillers

Barry Napiers website: https://barrynapierwriting.com/

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January 26, 2021 62 min

Interview with author and speaker Daniel Schwabauer.

Topics covered include:

-Voice in fiction
-AI brain implants
-Spiderman's dilemma
-Four layers of meaning in story
-and much more!

Daniels website: https://www.danschwabauer.com/

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December 22, 2020 53 min

Merry Christmas! Guest co-host S.D. Grimm joins me as we countdown our ten favorite books of 2020.

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November 20, 2020 63 min

Interview with contemporary fantasy and sci-fi author RJ Anderson.

We talk about:
-Encouragement and advice for the roller coaster road to publication.
-RJ Anderson's classes "After Aslan and Beyond Bilbo" and "I became an author - You could too!"
-Piskeys, Knockers, Spriggans, and more!

RJ Anderson's website: https://rj-anderson.com/

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October 20, 2020 76 min

Interview with mystery writer and real life forensics investigator Kent Holloway. 

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Science fiction roundtable discussion with sci-fi authors Kerry Nietz and Travis Perry.

Topics discussed include:
Artificial Intelligence
Time Travel 
Aliens 
Space Travel
Multiverse
Cool spaceships

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August 29, 2020 60 min

Interview with suspense and mystery author Lisa Phillips. 

Tune in for:
-How to get help from the FBI to write realistic federal agents
-Marketing pointers on newsletters and advertising
-Learn how the Pomodoro method is not a breed of dog, nor a hair product, but a productive way to write.

Lisa's website: https://authorlisaphillips.com/

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July 29, 2020 73 min

Recap of Realm Makers 2020 Writers Conference - Part 1. Interviews with Scott and Becky Minor, Kathy Tyers, and Teddi Deppner.

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July 29, 2020 67 min

Recap of Realm Makers 2020 Writers Conference - Part 2. Interviews with Carla Hoch, Lauren Salisbury, Grace Bridges, and Rachel Marks.

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June 20, 2020 55 min

Interview with Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi author S.D. Grimm. We talk about character introductions, the lost art of chapter titles, and the best Marvel movie fight scene.

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May 19, 2020 48 min

Interview with sci-fi/fantasy author and owner of Bear Publications, Travis Perry. 

Topics covered:
-How military experience can inform your writing.
-How a study of science can inform science fiction and blend faith with science in storytelling.
-How you can ride a horse to elementary school without being Amish.

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April 19, 2020 50 min

Interview with Janeen Ippolito. Janeen is an author, editor, speaker, writing and marketing coach, podcast host, and the founder of Uncommon Universes Press. 

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March 20, 2020 68 min

Interview with author and filmmaker Mollie Reeder. Mollie talks about the filmmaking process and how it relates to novel writing. We also discuss her series, The Celestial Isles that began with her debut novel, The Electrical Menagerie.

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February 20, 2020 42 min

Interview with cozy mystery author Nikki Haverstock. We talk about genre mash-ups between mystery and speculative fiction such as paracozies (paranormal and cozy mysteries). Nikki also provides tips and tricks on book promotion through newsletters and book discounts. 

We also talk about real life adventures in Nikki's life including:
-Hosting a reality tv show
-Walking across hot magma
-Traveling the world studying volcanos

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January 20, 2020 58 min

Fantasy author Lindsay Franklin talks about her Weaver Trilogy starting with her debut novel, The Story Peddler. We discuss how Lindsay was able to create a buzz with her first book and the key elements of publishing a book that catch readers attention. 

Other topics discussed:
-Love triangles in fiction
-Organic candy
-The wonder of wombats

Learn more about Lindsay Franklin at https://www.lindsayafranklin.com/

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! In this last podcast of the year, I'm joined by Kyle Robert Shultz as we list our 10 favorite books of 2019.

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"A Panel of Pantsers" - Author panel with Rachel Marks, Merrie Destefano, and Paul Regnier. Panel questions and follow ups by new writer and cartoonist Scott Thomas.

Websites:

Rachel Marks website: https://www.rachelannemarks.com/

Merrie Destefano website: http://www.merriedestefano.com/

Scott Thomas comics website: https://www.cruxcomix.com/

Paul Regnier website: https://www.pauljregnier.com/


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October 21, 2019 51 min

Halloween episode: 
Paranormal and Horror writer Mike Duran discusses how writing from a Christian perspective can be compatible with the horror genre. Mike also talks about his supernatural experiences growing up and how that influenced his writing.

Mikes website: https://www.mikeduran.com/

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September 26, 2019 48 min

Interview with gaslamp fantasy author Kyle Robert Shultz. 

Author website: https://kylerobertshultz.com/

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August 24, 2019 53 min

Science Fiction author Joshua Johnston talks about creating impactful scenes, where Star Wars and Star Trek intersect in storytelling, getting inspiration from being a high school teacher and so much more. 

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