Episode #32: Live Interview with Fantasy Author Joshua Robertson and Preview of New Ending Song
Today, I’ve very pleased to welcome dark fantasy author Joshua Robertson to the show. It was a fun conversation and a chance to talk about all kinds of things related to fantasy, writing, and the like.
Turns out that we had very similar journeys in writing – he created a fantasy world as a kid (1999) and then re-edited the manuscript for a long time until recently publishing the stories he’d worked on since adolescence. In fact, his first novel released publicly, Melkorka, he re-wrote 7 times! Holy persistence, Batman!
He also discusses some of his most recent works, including Dyndaer, which was just released.
If you’re curious about some of the short stories that we read and discussed on the podcast, here are titles and links:
A Midwinter Sellsword – an ongoing short story series based on a table top game world.
Grimsdalr – a retelling of the Beowulf myth
Anaerfell – the short story that introduces readers to the Thrice Nine Legends series – Josh recommends that new readers to his works start here.
Josh’s ongoing story on Wattpad, The Eadfel: Game of Houses, is available here.
The story that I’m trying to turn into a novel, the modern retelling of the sleeping beauty fairy tale, is on Wattpad here.
If you’re an author or considering becoming one, Josh discusses a lot great information I wish I’d known years ago! To use a handy but one of those annoyingly overused catchphrases of internet marketing, he brings a lot of high value content to the conversation (as well as to the podcast)! Pay particular attention to his discussion on the importance of listening to your critics, making personal relationships with people on social media, starting the process of building your audience early (before publication – if you recall nothing else, remember this!!), the importance of a mailing list, and what he found most helpful as a young writer.
And … if you’re an author and are interested in publishing a short story through Josh’s publishing company, Crimson Edge, check out this anthology entitled “Maidens and Magic” – still taking submissions until 6/1/16. Check it out!
Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children. In 1999, he began crafting the world for Thrice Nine Legends, including Melkorka and Anaerfell. He is also the author of the A Midwinter Sellsword and Gladiators and Thieves in the Hawkhurst Saga. His short story,Grimsdalr, is inspired by the tale of Beowulf.
Social Media Links
Twitter – look for the #fantasychat
Youtube videolog/podcast – The Writer’s Edge
It was great having Josh on the show. Josh, if you’re seeing this, know you’re welcome back anytime!
Before I go, I’ll leave you with a work in progress – as I mentioned, The Thirteenth Hour is getting an ending song. Since it’s a book inspired by 80s films, I figured it needed an 80s style ending song replete with synthesizers and electric guitars. It’s not done, since the vocals still need to be worked in, but I’ve finally finishing recording the instrumental parts, which you can listen to here, on The Thirteenth Hour soundtrack page on Bandcamp. Look for updates on the soundtrack page on Instagram (@the13thhr.ost).
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