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Find your next favorite book here on the podcast where readers hear authors read a chapter, or two, of their book after a brief interview. Hosted by thriller author, Jason A. Meuschke Are you an author or would like to recommend an author for the show? Email us at samplechapterpodcast@gmail.com and let Jason know! You can also text or leave a voicemail at 660-851-1146 and it could be in the next episode! Find out more about Jason on his website at https://www.jasonameuschke.com
 
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Talking To Ghosts

Wesley Mueller and Michael Kurt

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Wesley Mueller and Michael Kurt bring you Talking To Ghosts, the manifestation of their need to meet and learn about other creators. Talking To Ghosts reaches out to musicians, artist, and other creative individuals and tries to reach into their minds to pull out interesting and funny stories about the way they work.
 
Thoughtful, in-depth conversations with authors of all genres and other notable people from Chicagoland and around the world. A monthly program from the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, IL, hosted by Dylan Zavagno. Our archives include episodes from the Library's John Cotton Dana Award-winning series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year Reflection; our Pride Month series, Queer Poem-a-Day; and our local history audio tours.
 
THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE is a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writers Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni, author and comedian Matt Wildasin, and musician and animator Dave Thomas. Each week Brian, Mary, Matt and Dave (along with occasional co-hosts Phoebe and Dungeonmaster 77.1) discuss the latest news in horror fiction, films, comic books, games and more, along with in-depth interviews with the genre's biggest names!
 
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Nita Prose talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, The Maid, which is Good Morning America’s Book Club Pick for January, as well as a Bookreporter Bets On selection. The Maid is the story of Molly, a socially challenged hotel maid who prides herself on delivering top service to the guests at the Regency Grand Hotel. One day she comes upon …
 
Today we have three time novelist and writing coach Emma Dhesi on the show! She comes to us talking about her journey, how coaching can change the trajectory of your writing and, of course, about there latest summit of 20+ speakers called Best A Best-Seller 3.0-Structure Your Story for Success. Find out more about Emma at Facebook and listen to her…
 
This week we interview DMFO, a truly serious technophile who has a real feel for encounters between women and machines. Links: DMFO at DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/dmf0 DMFO at Hentai Foundry: https://www.hentai-foundry.com/user/dmfo/profile DMFO at Gumroad: https://dmfo.gumroad.com/ DMFO at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/dmfo/posts DMF…
 
Xochitl Gonzalez talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, Olga Dies Dreaming, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection. In the novel, Olga is a wedding planner for New York socialite types and deftly handles all of their quirks and high-end dreams. Her brother is a politician in Brooklyn, who strives to represent the Puerto Rican community…
 
2022 kicks off our 5th year of the show with Thriller author, Emily Kimelman! Emily joins us to discuss writing characters that tell (the writer) the story, using "F-bomb" warnings to find your audience, reading for style, and more along with learning all about her incredible Sydney Rye Mystery series! Emily Kimelman website with social media links…
 
Adding your personal passions to your fiction can be difficult. to the point that we end up avoiding them all together for fear of being too preachy. Today Denise and I talk about the methods she used to add her passion to her fiction work and not sound like an academic paper. Denise Baden has a passion: to make the world greener. Working in the ar…
 
We should have another interview next week, but for this week we have another story, a prose adaptation of Faustus's icky-sexy tale The Simplest Love Story, which was originally written as a comic. Downloadable PDF of the comic (about 50 MB): https://bit.ly/3zy6ywe Downloadable CBZ of the comic (about 150 MB): https://bit.ly/3t8vJ7k…
 
New York Times bestselling novelist James Rollins talks to Austin Ruh about his latest fantasy novel, The Starless Crown, the start of his new Moon Fall series. Best known for his Sigma Force thriller series, James has written across genres, including thrillers, sci fi, and now fantasy. The Starless Crown follows three characters in a world that ha…
 
Gail Carriger has multiple NYT bestsellers and over a million books in print in dozens of different languages. She writes comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy (and sexy queer joy as G. L. Carriger). She is best known for the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and …
 
As an author you should be using apps like StoryOriginApp to share your book with reviewers, beta readers, newsletter swaps, finding other writers to collaborate with and more! Evan Gow, founder of StoryOriginApp, gives us the ins and outs of what StoryOrigin has to offer authors and how to best use it. And of course, we get a little background on …
 
This week on the podcast we interview Gamma of Gammatelier, an illustrator of radical amputees, monster girls, and conjoined girls. Who would have imagined that a creator of so many quadruple amputees could have so much charm? Links: Gamma at DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/gamera1985 Gamma's original website: http://gammatelier.free.fr/page…
 
Welcome to our End-of-Year video where Carol Fitzgerald talks about all 44 of the books that she selected as Bookreporter "Bets On" selections in 2021! You can read more about the books and enter to WIN ALL 44 of these books by Friday, January 7th in the End-of-Year contest: https://www.bookreporter.com/features/end-of-the-year-celebration/end-of-t…
 
This week I have my good friend Stacy Juba back on the show. Stacy is a prolific writer with several books out, but she's also an accomplished editor and writer's course creator! With the new year coming up, we focus on her latest course the Time Management Blueprint for Authors. It's such a great course to help us writers get organized so we have …
 
Milestone episode 200 is here with special guest author, Sean McCallum! Jason starts us off with a little retrospective and some highlights from 200 episodes of the show. Then Sean and Jason have a great conversation about completing that first novel, the compelling drive to write, finding your story cadence, character growth and so much more! Sean…
 
Let's talk about who you are writing for and why it matters. After getting a review back, I thought about this for awhile this past week. The coming end of the year is a good time to reflect back on who you wrote for last year, if you got off track and how to move forward in the new year. Use the promo code PODCAST to get a FREE paperback journal w…
 
Bookreporter is celebrating its 25th anniversary! We invited ten of our longtime reviewers to share their favorite books of 2021. Our reviewers hail from across the country. They are the heart and soul of Bookreporter, and we were excited to bring this event back for them. Below is a list of the titles they spoke at length about, and you'll notice …
 
In keeping with a skinny interview schedule for the holidays we do another story episode this week. I read one of my own, "Bubbles," which I adapted from a comic I wrote some years back, a story inspired by the mad scientist movies of the 1950s. When pretty Becky Brindle volunteers for a science experiment with a new kind of soap, things go tragica…
 
Hello true believers! Episode 199 has a special treat for you today in legendary Sci-Fi author, Kevin Dilmore! Get comfy and listen in as Kevin takes us on a journey throughout his career including his early beginnings, connecting with Dayton Ward, his many many writing endeavors, and so much more! Kevin Dilmore on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter Baen…
 
2021 is almost done! This week, let's chat about the craft books I looooooved reading and using as a reference this year, about my trip to Nepal and what is coming up on the show for 2022. Want to see a list of the books I talk about in the show? Go here. Use the promo code PODCAST to get a FREE paperback journal when you order my hardcover journal…
 
This week we talk with Nobilis Reed, busy podcaster and one of the most productive sci-fi erotica authors now working, largely about tentacle sex and his two new sci-fi tentacle sex novels The Monster Whisperer and The Monster Whisperer: Second Class, but also about writing in general. Nobilis shares wry insight into his own writing and has useful …
 
Episode 198 welcomes teenaged author sensation, Shanti Hershenson to the show! Prepare to be enchanted by this fourteen-year-old author as she discusses her multiple works across different genres, her writing process which includes being a near-total pantser, getting helpful feedback, and how her writing has improved over time. This and so much mor…
 
This week on Talking to Ghosts we welcome back our biggest supporters and friends, Alex Kennedy and Bruce Lord from I Die: You Die (and We Have A Technical podcast)! This is the final episode of the Talking to Ghosts podcast. Thank you so much for listening and supporting us over the years. It meant a lot to us to be able to share our interviews an…
 
Our guest this week comes to us from the far fringes of the American continent and is known, perhaps appropriately, under the name "Northern Chill." Northern Chill is one of the long-service veterans of the A.S.F.R. world, having written a large number of petrification and dollification stories from way back in day of Yahoo groups. He has gone on t…
 
Episode 197 features an exciting conversation with epic fantasy & SciFi author, W.D. Kilpack III. We'll be discussing how to put realism into fantasy, getting reader feedback, and following your writing dreams. All this and so much more in our chat so hurry and click that Play button! W.D. Kilpack III website W.D. Kilpack III on Goodreads Scrivener…
 
Karen White joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about The Attic on Queen Street, a New York Times bestseller and the final book in her Tradd Street series. She talks about how she needed to give her characters a good wrap up, and how she wove little clues into this book that will tie to the next series, which will be set in New Orleans. That first book,…
 
Jim DeFede, author of The Day the World Came to Town, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, Come From Away, was our November "Bookaccino Live" Book Group guest. The Day the World Came to Town tells a true story of untold events from September 11th. When United States airspace closed, 38 jetliners were forced to land in Gander, a small town …
 
Reconstruction Fiction: Housing and Realist Literature in Postwar Britain (Ohio State University Press, 2020) by Dr. Paula Derdiger, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, looks at how historical changes in housing after the second World War impacted the realist literature of British writers. You can check out Reconst…
 
Julie Duffy challenged herself to write a story a day ten years ago, and was surprised to find others were willing to join her in the challenge! Now, she's into her eleventh year running StoryADay. She has interesting insight into what it takes to write, who is a writer and what the best kind of prompts are. Just for listeners to Pencils&Lipstick, …
 
This week on the podcast we talk to author, journalist, and DJ Emilly Prado. We chat about her new book, "Funeral For Flaca," which is out now from Future Tense Books. To find out more about Emilly's work, please visit her official website. Talking to Ghosts is produced and recorded by Michael Kurt and Wesley Mueller. For an archive of all our epis…
 
"The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world," as Poe wrote. He might have added that it is also one of those most charged with profound erotic energy. Since there is no interview scheduled for this week, Faustus reads Poe's story "Ligeia" (1838) and, in a very short terminal essay, argues for its inclusion…
 
Alison Gaylin joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest thriller, The Collective, which looks at a collision of grief, obsession, and rage amongst a group of women who have lost their children at the hands of murderers. Camille, who tragically lost her daughter, is approached by a woman who says, “I know who you are. I know how you feel.” Fro…
 
In the days of rapid release and write twelve books year, Tiffany Clarke Harrison wants writers to know that taking time to write your book is OKAY. Tiffany has a different approach than many other people in the writing industry, a system she calls Intuitive Writing. Find out more about Tiffany's approach at Rochelle Writing Studio. Find out more a…
 
This week we talk with Leem, one of the elders of the A.S.F.R. community. Leem has been writing and publishing his own prose stories about petrification and immobilization on the Internet since mid-2000, while also generously serving as the host for a large number of Internet stories that might otherwise have been lost. Leem shares sage observation…
 
Nicole Baart joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about her latest thriller, Everything We Didn't Say, which is the #1 Book of the Month Club selection for October and a Bookreporter Bets On pick. Everything We Didn't Say is set in small town in Iowa and is told in dual time periods. The earlier time period follows siblings Juniper and Jonathan, who grow…
 
Episode 196 pulls back the curtain to reveal Drew Paige's book, The Darkness Within! Drew is a mental health advocate and author and in this episode, we're diving into the vital information within her book on surviving with a mental health disorder. It's a fascinating chat about the symptoms and types of bipolar disorders, learning to move forward …
 
Things happen. Life happens. Sometimes goals need to be pushed back. What do we do when it comes to our book launching goals? Easier said than done, but we gotta learn to roll with the punches. One goal that is coming to fruition for me this year is my trip to Nepal! I tell you a bit more about that in this short episode as well. To follow my trip …
 
This week on the podcast we talk to author and illustrator Sloane Leong about her new graphic novel Graveneye. We talked about working with Anna Bowles on the art for Graveneye, the process of pitching comics, and how to abstract a story by changing up the narrator. Graveneye is out now from TKO Studios. You can find more of Sloane's work on her of…
 
This week we interview jack-of-all trades artist Tek, whose dark erotic art interests span statue, manikin, and time stop fetishes and have expanded both within the Metrobay world and beyond into such things as gold old fashioned superhero comics. He has worked in writing, hand drawing, and 3D art. Links: Stories at Pygmalion Syndrome: http://www.p…
 
Wade Rouse joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about The Secret of Snow, his latest novel written under his pen name, Viola Shipman. Set in Northern Michigan, it’s the story of a Palm Springs meteorologist who heads back to her frigid hometown after she is replaced by a virtual meteorologist that will never age, gain weight, or renegotiate its contract.…
 
Britt Malka got her start in writing when she realized time wasn't going to appear, she had to make the time for it. Taking Fridays for her writing days, Britt eventually published a short story, but then found herself needing more help to write a novel. After learning about writing and what it takes to be an author, Britt decided to make courses f…
 
This week we interview Judge Mental, proprietor of Peril Comics and a long time creator of 3d art. We talk about the art itself and the recent challenge he has taken upon himself to unify multiple fictional worlds, all of which are quite large in themselves. The audio quality on the interview itself is substandard due to a failure in the software I…
 
Celebrating the debut full-length poetry collection, Afterfeast, by poet Lisa Hiton. Lisa Hiton grew up in Deerfield and recently collaborated with the Deerfield Public Library Podcast as the founder and co-director of our Queer Poem-a-Day project. Selected by the poet Mary Jo Bang as the winner of the Dorset Prize for Poetry, Afterfeast is publish…
 
Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, essayist, and poet, as well as a two time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee. Sarah joins Carol Fitzgerald and Austin Ruh to discuss her memoir, Smile: The Story of a Face. Smile is the story of Sarah Ruhl's decade long journey with Bell's palsy, as well as her experiences as a mother and artist. After surviv…
 
J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror (which I make him define) as well as an Sci-fi, action and Adventure AND fantasy writer. Who said you can't write in several genres? Today I have him on the show to talk about the book he wrote with Zach Bohannon, Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction. I really loved this book as I look furth…
 
Stephanie Land is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, which is now a successful Netflix series. Carol Fitzgerald had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie in two pre-publication interviews in 2019, when Maid was selected as a Bookreporter Bets On Selection. Netflix recently release…
 
Ladies and Gentlemen and others, merry perverts all, this Iago Faustus, your host for the Squick or Squee Podcast. I regret to have to announce that due to a technology failure the episode that was supposed to drop this week has been lost, and some scheduling complications do not make it practical to air a different episode in its place. Consequent…
 
Alicia McCalla is an author of strong Black women heroines who aren't afraid to fight back. Alicia doesn't back down from edgy or controversial stories, but instead steps right into the fray. She gives her female protagonist difficult choices which can lead to death, but most certainly will lead to transformation. She's also a merchandiser, learnin…
 
This week on the podcast we interview Finister Foul, another of the grand old guys of Metrobay Comix. We were supposed to have interviewed him a few weeks back but were delayed by technology troubles. Better late than never! We talk about locating all sorts of fetishes in the Metrobay world, about bondage and bimbo-izations, and our respective anxi…
 
http://www.joannkeder.com/ Author, lover of nature and chocolate, and a student of life. After spending most of my life on the Plains of Nebraska, my family took a major leap and moved to the Pacific Northwest. Although my personal story has taken some sharp curves, being in this environment has allowed my creative juices to flow like a giant river…
 
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