Bone MachinesI’m trying out something new with this episode. Since it was a shorter interview, I’ve included a couple reviews at the beginning of the recording. First, to coincide with a sale on the audiobook of John Dodd’s, Bone Machines ($1.99 at, I’ve read the review that our contributor, Matt Hughes, posted of Bone Machines back in 2011. Then, I read John’s review of The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick. I’ve moved the intro music to the buffer between these reviews and the show in case you would rather just skip to the interview. Thanks for listening!

This conversation was an unscripted discussion about John and my interview with Kay Kenyon on Episode 232, about her new novel, A Thousand Perfect Things.


  • How to ensure your dialect is accurate when writing in a non-native culture
  • What idioms can we use when making up worlds and civilizations?
  • “The rhythm of the language is more important than the words that you use.” – John Dodds
  • Including swearing and made up swear words
  • How religion affected early censorship as well as in modern books, but also the surprising openness to sex that non-religious people react to
  • How to include religion or not within fiction
  • His deals with Blackstone Audio for his books, Bone Machines and Kali’s Kiss, and his search for an agent or going indie.
  • Bone Machine on Smashwords
  • Matt Hughes’ review of Bone Machines on AISFP.

Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. His novel in progress, Kaimerus, is described as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.” Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.

John Dodds AISFP Contributor – John Dodds

John Dodds is the author of The Kendrick Chronicles crime novels (Bone Machines and Kali’s Kiss ) and is currently completing the third novel in the series, Babylon Slide. Under a pseudonym, JT Macleod, has written a collection of historical/paranormal/erotic/romance stories called Warriors and Wenches, as well as the first novel in YA steampunk superhero series which he is shopping around agents. You can hear some of his short stories on podcasts such as Tales to Terrify, Starship Sofa and others. John also blogs for Amazing Stories Magazine.

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