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A Conversation with #Author Brandon Ax

Ep. 26, The Writers' Podcast

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In this episode, The Writers' Podcast interviews Urban Fantasy author Brandon Ax. We discuss his work, his writing methods, why he doesn't believe in writer's block, his future plans, and a whole lot more. No, seriously, a whole lot more! ;)

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Thank you, Brandon, for chatting with us! And congratulations again on winning The Chapter of Excellence Book Award in the Urban Fantasy category for ELEMENTAL (The Light Bringer Saga, Book 1)!

Author Brandon Ax


BRANDON AX fell in love with fantasy as child after first devouring the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. Born in New Orleans, Brandon spent most of his childhood moving from state to state across the southern part of America. Gaining a love of people and their many stories, he decided to pursue a career in writing. After years of tuning his craft he finished his first novel ELEMENTAL. 

Brandon is an unapologetic geek. Beyond writing he loves to draw, paint,  and sculpt fantastical creatures from clay. His movie collection is only rivaled by the number of comic books he owns and his knowledge of both  could be called fanatical. His love of fantasy is lived out through the characters not only in his books but also while playing  games like Elder Scrolls and World of Warcraft.  

Currently living in South Carolina with his family, he spends his days dreaming up new worlds and fascinating characters. Hard at work on the third installment of the Light Bringer Saga, he enjoys the task of molding a story to its completion.

You can find Brandon here:

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Plot v. Character

— Ep. 20, The Writers' Podcast

Are you a plot or character driven writer? How different would some of the well-known movies and books be if we changed the approach?

Could The Lord of the Rings be the same without Frodo? What mistake did George Lucas make by using a plot style? And is SK a control freak who needs professional help?

In this episode of The Writers' Podcast, we discuss and explore the differences in storytelling between these two types of writers. We also take a look at the advantages and pitfalls of each style as we attempt to answer the question: Does it make a difference to the end story product?

 

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Book Reviews: Trolls and Treasures

— Ep. 17, The Writers' Podcast

Reader reviews can exhilarate the writer or send them to the dark pits of despair and rejection. But in all the good and the bad, there are important clues within even the most critical reviews that can help a writer improve their craft. In this episode, we discuss how to separate the hurtful from the valuable and turn every review into a positive learning experience.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Bestsellers: The Awful Truth

— Ep. 16, The Writers’ Podcast

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Think bestseller lists are all about top sellers? Think again. In this episode, we unravel the mysteries behind the seven surprising factors that go into selecting a bestselling novel. We also discuss some of the methods that Indie authors have used to achieve a coveted place on these lists and how Amazon’s new approach may be an independent author’s best shot at becoming a household name.

 

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Comparing the Costs of Book Services

— Ep. 15, The Writers’ Podcast

In this episode, we break down the novelist’s essential book services. The discussion centers around the options you need v. those you can do yourself, and we unravel the pricing systems behind each. Plus, we’ll explore the two most important considerations: the cost of an author’s copy and book distribution options.

 

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

In the Studio: A Q&A Author's Special

— Ep. 14, The Writers' Podcast

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This week, to help with SK’s Hurricane Recovery Therapy, we’re taking a deeper look into the minds of our two favorite authors. Unfortunately, they weren’t available so we decided to interview each other. And to add a bit of fun, we had no idea what the other might ask. So, here is an opportunity to discover what Raymond's theme song would be, his most outrageous bar bill, which sitcom helped Kat learn English, and what it’s like for an introvert to become a podcaster.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part One

— Ep. 11, The Writers’ Podcast

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There is probably no better experience for a writer than meeting their fans and discussing their books.But today’s readers have so much to choose from to get their attention you need to put effort into social interaction.

One of the best ways to both sell and interact with readers is a book fair. Unfortunately, many authors don’t take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

We were curious about the pros and cons of book events. So, recently we took The Writers’ Podcast on the road and visited the Once Upon a Book Event in Frankenmuth, Mi.

And in this two-part episode, we talked to the book event’s attending authors, heard their insights, and unraveled some of the mysteries of these book events.

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Please visit this episode's guests:

 

 

Stacey Rourke

 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series, and twisted fairy tale Unfortunate Soul Chronicles. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

 

Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson lives in Michigan where she does all the things writing. She is busy doing academic endeavors when she would rather be writing all about her characters and their many adventures. She spends her free time being a fabulous crazy mom to two dynamic boys and staff member to four highly demanding cats.

Jennifer enjoys writing urban fantasy, paranormal romance, speculative fiction and exploring all the questions starting “What if…” which allows her mind to make the mundane much more exciting.

Visit her at http://www.authorjff.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Karina Espinosa

 

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram, and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones and Orphan Black.

Visit her at https://www.karinaespinosa.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Victoria Flynn

 

Victoria Flynn is a married mother to two daughters. She loves to travel and try new things and experiences, and spending time with friends and family. When she's not writing, she can be found with her nose buried in a good book or outside enjoying the unpredictable Michigan weather. Victoria is the author of The Voodoo Revival Series.

Visit her at https://victoriaflynnwrites.wordpress.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Laura Hawks

 

Laura Hawks has several books out, including the Demon Trilogy, The Spirit Walkers Saga, and a couple of stand alone's and a non-fiction souvenir book on the Balconies of New Orleans. You can fidn her most recent work in the Beta's Mark Anthology.

 

Visit her at https://laura-hawks.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Mackenzie Flohr

 

Mackenzie is the author of The Rite of Wands, a young adult fantasy series. Her debut novel was released on March 10, 2017, and has already gathered hype and received some incredible reviews.

Visit her at http://mackenzieflohr.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Bryna Butler

 

Butler's young adult mystery novels feature strong female leads and are woven from elements of horror, suspense, comedy, and mystery, all in a modern, small town setting. She is best known for her Midnight Guardian Series (YA Paranormal Mystery) and Mothman Mysteries (YA Sci-Fi Mystery).

Visit her at https://brynabutler.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

JW Troemner

 

JW Troemner was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States. Since then, she's spent most of her life orbiting around Indianapolis, where she can be often found gazing longingly at caverns and abandoned buildings. She's the author Urban Dragon—A serial of nine urban fantasy novellas about Arkay, a dragon living on the streets of the American rust belt, and Rosario, her princessthe homeless woman who keeps her out of trouble. Or tries to, anyway.

Visit her at https://jwtroemner.com or go straight to her Amazon page.

 

Amy K McClung

 

Amy K. McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005. She began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris Series the following May.

Visit her at https://allauthor.com/profile/amymcclung/ or find her on Amazon here!


By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.

Traditional v. Self-Publishing: The Pros and Cons of Each

— The Writers’ Podcast, Ep. 03

Which publishing approach is best for you? We run down the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing and provide some insights to help authors decide which avenue is best for them.

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By Writers After Dark

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We’re S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito, your hosts at Writers After Dark. She writes those urban-fantasy–superhero-badass-chicks-with-a-touch-of-romance stories and he writes those dark fiction-things-that-go-bump-in-the night tales.

When it comes to writing, we don’t agree on genre, but we do agree that . . . we love stories . . . and one of the things we love most: hanging out in our mostly-sober, Writers After Dark studio and debating the merits of just about anything related to the story of life.