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E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Chat With World Fantasy Convention Author Myke Cole



shadowopscoverAt last we get to the final E-Book Revolution Podcast from last year’s World Fantasy Convention in Toronto – in this mini-podcast we diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early 2012 I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the World Fantasy Convention. The final mini-podcast from that convention is with Myke Cole.

Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question…dum-dum-dum!!!!


Headshots of Myke Cole taken on Saturday, 13 November 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo by Tim Lundin / Freelance / tim@TDLphoto.com - http://TDLphoto.com

Photo by Tim Lundin

Myke Cole is an american action, fantasy author of the Shadow Ops Series. As a security contractor, government civilian and military office, Myke’s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fuelled writing. His latest novel, released in February, is a Shadow Ops Series book ‘Fortress Frontier‘. You can get in contact with him via Facebook and Twitter.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How his mother’s childhood urging got him into writing
  • How D&D lead him to becoming a ‘warrior’
  • How he moved from a military career to writing
  • That there is no BIG break
  • Why persistence is key
  • How he stalked his (later) agent at a convention (& why he purposefully talked about everything other than writing)
  • Why there is no way around one important factor – writing a killer book
  • How he combats the loneliness of writing
  • Giving yourself permission to write a shitty first draft
  • The fact that there is no right or wrong way to start a writing career.
  • How much help his military background gives him in writing action scenes.
  • What we can learn from Frodo
  • His goal to write a romance under his own name
  • PLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

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emily (at) ebookrevolution (dot) com (dot) au


In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily’s trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.




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