AISFP 131 – Greg Van Eekhout

THE TOME OF THE UNDERGATES has been recovered, and the gates of hell remain closed. Lenk and his five companions set sail to bring the accursed relic away from the demonic reach of Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen. But after weeks at sea, tensions amidst the adventurers are rising. Their troubles are only beginning when their ship crashes upon an island made of the bones left behind from a war long dead.

BLACK HALO is the second novel from the breakout fantasy sensation, Sam Sykes. Don’t miss this title from the author praised by John Scalzi, who said, “I do not wish Sam Sykes dead.” Oh, and when you buy your copy of BLACK HALO, please contact Sam on his website and tell him Adventures in Scifi Publishing sent you!

Show Notes

A long time ago in a podcast not so far away, Greg Van Eekhout was our first guest for the Out of the Slush segment. Now, 3 books later, he rejoins us to discuss his new middle-grade novel THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Other topics include: Comic-Con 2011, NORSE CODE, his upcoming trilogy from Tor Books, creating robots, mammoths, dystopian futures, and why Greg so much enjoys writing for middle-grade kids. For some reason we didn’t talk about coffee and snacks. Next time.


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  1. I especially enjoyed this episode. For me, the candidness with which you each described your writing lives was refreshing to hear. Life does sometimes get in the way of writing, but our love for the craft never dissipates.

    Thanks for producing an A+ show…I confess, it’s the first podcast I listen to after reloading my iPod for the week. Teehee…

  2. Shaun Farrell says

    Well, maybe naming the show with “Adventures”, so it starts with an “A”, was somewhat intentional so it would appear at the top of the playlist! I mean, that’s not too insidious, is it? 🙂

  3. I too would like to especially thank Shaun for talking about his writing difficulties. I have a lot on my plate on average (who doesn’t) but am going through a particularly stressful time right now as we are searching for a rental house and preparing to move. I’m barely writing at all and have been full of guilt about it. I guess we just have to do the best we can, and keep going.
    I do have one writing friend and we do have a weekly writing date (and let our kids play together in the other room since it’s very difficult for either of us to get out without the kids). Lately that’s all the writing I do, so I’m grateful we set up the tradition. Maybe a similar arrangement would work for you. Or, I believe you’re in the Bay Area, yes? We’re in Concord, if you’re close enough, come on by and join us.
    Thanks for the great podcast, as always.

    • Shaun Farrell says

      Thank you, Kara. I would take you up on the offer, but I’m a few hours north of you. Best of luck with the move! Our move in May is what really killed my output in 2011. I was doing pretty well up to that point. Still haven’t found that rhythm, and with a huge test looming, I don’t see it returning this year. But, it’s like I always say, there’s always next year! 🙂

  4. You guys are so brave and wonderful to put this out there! This is hard stuff. I’ve personally been through …well… I guess I could call it hell to become a writer. The road here is not paved with rose petals. The one thing that I can say about remaining creative is to have faith in yourself and if you don’t have the faith, “fake it until you make it.” No ones path to this is the same, or easy. But if you LOVE this. Then do it whenever you have the chance. Because what do you call a persistent writer: published.

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