FridayFix • Author Michelle Belanger

The source of Hunter Hunterson & Sons demonology!

At DragonCon 2015, I was on a panel with author Michelle Belanger, the author of DICTIONARY OF DEMONS. Since this book is a central source for future Hunter Hunterson & Sons stories, when I ran into her at DragonCon this year (2016), and discovered she had a new fiction novel out, I had to have her on the FridayFix.

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We talk about her books as well as a ton of other fascinating topics, such as:

  • Writing diverse characters, including handicapped characters.
  • The risks of “diversity bingo.”
  • Her time on the TV show PARANORMAL STATE.
  • Moving from non-fiction (she wrote 30 non-fiction books) to fiction.
  • Industry objections of a woman writing action, and to an intersex author in general.
  • Should female writers use initials instead of their real first name?

Michelle Belanger

MICHELLE’S SOCIAL MEDIA

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PANDEMIC Episode #4

Operation Wolf’s Head was a secret naval task force charged with recovering any wreckage from “the Orbital,” the hostile piece of alien tech responsible for a hideous outbreak that threatened to wipe out humanity. One of the ships in that task force, the nuclear sub Los Angeles, fired upon and sank other ships before it was itself destroyed.

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Two corpses from the Los Angeles tested positive for the infection caused by the Orbital five years earlier. Murray Longworth, head of the Department of Special Threats, assigned Margaret Montoya to that task force in hopes that her extensive knowledge of this contagion could help stop another potential outbreak. Meanwhile, Steve Stanton, a sleeper agent of the Chinese government, was activated by his handler. Steve has been preparing for years, waiting for a chance to find the Orbital’s remains. To make his plan work, he needs to hire a boat to take him out to the location of that battle.

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Whitey Whiterson writes PoC skin tones …

Points to consider for writers describing people of color

Color samples

Did you know that certain skin tone descriptions can piss some people right the fuck off?

We contracted a new editor to do the copyedit for my scifi/thriller EARTHCORE (out Nov. 29 in print, eBook and audiobook). This editor did a solid job. She’s quickly getting the hang of my particular style and the Siglerverse as well […]

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FridayFix • DragonCon One For The Junkies panel

We recorded this live at Dragon*Con 2016 in Atlanta. It’s an annual tradition to pack a room full of Junkies and pander to them. There guns, and chicks, and stories, and chicks, and firetrucks, and drinking, and chicks. For this one, I read the first page of six upcoming stories, and finished with a never-before-heard short story about a man and a cat.

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There is one pause in the beginning and then some cheering when ARealGirl came in to deliver me a delicious Bud Light.

FridayFix • One For Tha Junkies

Many thanks to Les Green for the bottle of Chivas that was enjoyed by many Junkies! You rock, sir.

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FridayFix • author Erik Storey

New author treks down from the hills to chat with the FDØ

Erik Storey’s first novel NOTHING SHORT OF DYING drops August 16. The book is getting a big push from his publisher (Simon & Schuster), but Erik is far from the typical novelist.

He came down from the mountains (literally) where he’s living in a tent (yes, a tent) to record this, his first-ever podcast. A fascinating chat with this new author.

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Cool stuff we talk about:

  • Erik’s first-ever trip to New York was this year (which he describes as “Crocodile Dundee in NYC”).
  • How growing up in the boonies affected his fiction.
  • Erik used his last $9 to send out the manuscript for this book—something that changed his life forever.

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I knew her when we were immortal

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Spoiler alert: my friend Shannon died today, after a long battle with multiple cancers. Writing is my life and my therapy. This is me trying to work through some things in the only way I know how. Besides scotch, I mean. Oh, wait, I’m doing both at the same time!

My friend Shannon was a […]

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ALIGHT Episode #20

Em has been captured by the Grownups. She’s being held captive in the Observatory, forced to watch as her friends are changed into something else, as they are wiped out forever. Her turn is next. Meanwhile, Aramovsky’s betrayal continues. In exchange for weapons he needs for his war against the Springers, he has agreed to deliver more of Em’s friends into Matilda’s hands.

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FridayFix • NYT bestselling author Kevin Hearne


Author Kevin Hearne came to San Diego for ComicCon. We baited him into the Lair of Døøm with tacos and Mexican corn. He couldn’t resist, then we got him on the mic to talk about his Iron Druid series.

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Cool stuff we talk about:

  • Eleven characters of first-person present, in one novel? Madness!
  • Pros and cons of Scrivener and MS Word.
  • A 19-year path to stardom.
  • The benefits of age when it comes to writing.
  • The IRON DRUID series as well as Kevin’s next epic fantasy series.
  • Tacos (duh).

GIVEAWAY!
HearneGiveawayWe’re giving away the first four books of the Iron Druid series to someone who puts their best taco-related recipe into the comments below.

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Shifting our priorities

I.e., "Striking while the iron is hot."

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“Hey, Sig, what’s up with the old white dead dude at the top of this page?”

Well, Pilgrim’, we’re making some changes in these here parts. We’re easing up on something that has served us well for a decade so we can better focus on what we do best.

You won’t see the effect of these changes […]

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ALIGHT Episode #19

In the last episode, tragedy and blood. Several Birthday Children are dead, as are several Springers, all killed at the hands of Matilda and the grownups. O’Malley is missing and might be dead. Barkah is badly hurt, but with Lahfah’s help may have escaped the battle. Em was waiting to ambush Matilda, but was ambushed and knocked out cold.

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FridayFix™ • #1 NY Times bestseller V.E. Schwab

Author Victoria Schwab came to San Diego for ComicCon, and we had her into the Empty Set Studios for a kick-ass interview. We talk about her books, why good fantasy has as many rules as science fiction, how she writes intuitive magic systems, what authors really talk about with each other at cons, and much more.

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V.E. Schwab

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ALIGHT Episode #18

The lumpy ship landed in Uchmal, with Bello aboard, but three people sent to examine the shuttle — Coyotl, Beckett and Muller — have gone missing. Bello and Aramovsky banded together to oust Em from leadership, with Aramovsky taking her place. He tricked Em into venturing out into the jungle to try and make contact with the Springers. O’Malley went after her. After discovering a massive Springer army marching toward Uchmal, Em and O’Malley hid in the water-filled basement of the ruined church. Barkah found them there — now Em and O’Malley will find out if he is truly friend or foe.

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Scotty Doesn’t Know Episode #1

We make with the funny and try a new bit — the Director of Doom asks me five random questions and I give answers (whether I know what the hell is going on or not).

Also in this video, please help me pick out my new Warby Parker frames by picking 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 in the comments!

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How to spot a total asshole

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Dear Junkies:

You can buy my stories if you so choose. Many of you do, and for that I am grateful. Some of you choose instead to listen to the free podcasts. That’s cool, too. The free podcast is kept free via advertising — you know, like every other form of storytelling entertainment. You may have heard […]

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The death of the Goreline

Death of the Goreline

Back in 2005, a devilishly handsome young podcaster was looking for a way to get more fan involvement on his show. He found this crazy site called K7.net, which gave a free 206-area-code number that worked not only as a free fax-to-JPEG service, but also a free call-to-MP3 service. You called the number, left a message, […]

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