AISFP 60 – Gary Philips, Doselle Young, Lilith Saintcrow, and Eldon Thompson

In our first Comic-Con episode, we present Gary Phillips and Doselle Young of The Darker Mask, along with Lilith Saintcrow and Eldon Thompson.

Show Notes:

We will have two episodes full of content recorded at Comic-Con, and in this episode we present the first three interviews. As a side note, we have also been named a finalist for the Parsec Award in the writing-related podcast. Very exciting.

So, as for the interviews, Doselle Young and Gary Phillips discuss The Darker Mask, a new anthology of original short fiction featuring heroes of color. This book looks really, really good. So check it out.

Lilith Saintcrow joins us to discuss her Dante Valentine series, her new Jill Kesmet books, her writing methods, and some great advice for new writers. We also narrowly evade some stormtroopers, but our Comic-Con savvy won out in the end.

Eldon Thompson ends this episode with a bang, breaking down how he twists fantasy tropes in his trilogy. He also talks about screen writing andΒ his various screen writing projects, which include a script based on the books of Terry Brooks.

Promo: Reading the Wind, by Brenda Cooper
Promo: Bones Burnt Black, by Stephen Euin Cobb

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  1. Great set of interviews! I heard about The Darker Mask at Worldcon; I’m looking forward to it more, after the interview.

    Lilith Saintcrow was interesting but, sorry, needs a grammar refresher. πŸ˜‰ “Was running” isn’t passive voice; it’s…past progressive? Something like that.

    Passive is when you have something being done TO, e.g., “The ball was dropped” or “The ball was dropped by me.”

    (Never mind that absolutes like “OMG NEVER!!! use passive!!!” are wrong; sometimes you need passive, like if you need to hide who did something.)

    BTW the colors on this page (in Firefox, anyway) make it almost impossible to see the borders of the reply fields and buttons. (At first, I thought there were no fields or buttons.) Anyway, love the show! πŸ™‚

  2. Shaun Farrell says

    Yeah, Firefox doens’t like this website a lot. We already changed some code so it looks better and loads faster. I’m not sure what else I can do about it.

  3. Not a big deal–just a bit confusing at first. But hey, it looks fine in Firefox on my Mac (I was using Windows when I wrote the previous comment). πŸ˜€

  4. Not a comic fan but really digging the interview with Gary and Doselle. One of the reasons I write is that I wanted to see more black women in fantasy, not the standard, stereotypical sass-mouth, don’t-need-a-man types (although to my chagrin, a couple of characters come out that way), but ones that have depth and their own personality. I do feel that more ethnic writers are emerging to let their voices be heard, but I also think this reflects how the States view ethnicity in general. It will be interesting and exciting to watch the face of genre fiction change over the next few years. And it’s fun to be a part of it, both as reader and writer!

  5. Another great show, Shaun. I love the energy that comes through in your interviews, from both you and from your guests.

    Never heard of Gary P. and Doselle Y. (somehow) but I’m now looking forward to reading “The Darker Mask.”

    Missed Sam this time. πŸ™

    Good luck with the Parsec Awards!


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