On the Oddcast this week we interview Michael Ventrella: author, editor, speaker, and lawyer. His latest non-fiction book is How to Argue the Constitution with a Conservative from Gray Rabbit Publications, featuring artwork from Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell. Anthologies include Baker Street Irregulars (co-edited with New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry) and, most recently, Across the Universe, a Beatles-themed anthology (co-edited with Randee Dawn) from Fantastic Books. He also heads the Pocono Liars Club. Among other things, Ventrella discusses why you want to refresh yourself on the Constitution, and what it means to write books about The Monkees. With the Oddcast Irregulars: Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones and Keith Strunk.
A special live authors’ roundtable is driven by questions from publishing execs and writers — about idea theft, the dangers of creating characters from real people, the perils of writing near-future sci-fi, and more! Recorded live at the Towne Book Center and Wine Bar. Legendary children’s book author Judy Schachner even shows up with a question or two for Oddcast cohosts Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
This week on the Oddcast, award-winning fantasy and science fiction author Martha Wells. Her latest work is a series of four novellas collectively titled The Murderbot Diaries. The first, All Systems Red, has already won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. She explores writing without an outline, the value of workshops, and the creation of a “first-person omniscient” voice in her conversation with cohosts Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.