Shannon Eichorn is a science fiction enthusiast and budding author. Her first book, Rights of Use, is a fantastic blend of real-life history and creative speculation. In this episode, Shannon and I discuss writing real history into a science fiction story, and how engineers build drama. We also have a great start to a chat about how being creative makes it easier to take changes in fandom in stride.
Neil Perry Gordon is an author of historical fiction, and a great example of the self-made writer of the 21st Century. His works include Hope City, A Cobbler’s Tale, and The Bomb Squad. In this episode, Neil and I discuss the difference between wanting to be a writer and actually putting in the practice to hone your craft, the struggles of self-marketing, and the wonder of using Alaska as the setting for a story.
Tonjia Atomic is the director of many cult films, not the least of which being “Manos Returns”. In this episode, she and I discuss how the film came together, and how to create the perfect balance of solid filmmaking craft with a low budget and the most surreal of source materials. Obviously, the sequel to Manos could not be totally serious, but no one wanted it to be outright campy either.
You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website, TonjiaAtomic.com. You can watch Manos Retuns on Amazon Prime, and for news on the project, it’s best to check the Facebook feed, but there’s also a Twitter and Instagram as well.
Lanie Labens in the maven in charge of “I Don’t Do Subtle” Management, a talent agency connecting some amazing guests to the best conventions out there. Lanie also writes, has aspirations of being an author, and operates a YouTube channel… including a doll workout video. In this episode, Lanie and I discuss what we love about conventions, and what it’s like growing up not having a lot in common with others… eventually finding that commonality in the con scene.