Beyond The Trope

Beyond The Trope

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We're dedicated to exploring the deeper side of genre fiction and popular culture, moving beyond the common tropes of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and mystery. We dive into the art and craft of literature and culture to better understand what makes it popular. Visit us at beyondthetrope.com.

Episodes

Episode 138 Live Stream Gaming with Holly Jennings  

This week Holly Jennings comes back to talk about Live Steaming and the culture that surrounds the live gaming community.

Mentioned in this episode:
PewDiePie
Penny Arcade
Fallout 4
Playstation 4
Elder Scrolls Online
Twitch
ARENA by Holly Jennings
Borderlands 2
World of Warcraft
Overwatch
Pandemic
Betrayal At House on the Hill
Castle Panic
LARPs The Series
Mario Kart 64
Fallout: New Vegas
E3
Bethesda Softworks
Dishonored 2
Doom 3
Portal 2
KayPikeFashion
http://authorhollyjennings.com
http://twitter.com/HollyN_Jennings
http://facebook.com/authorhollyjennings
http://twitch.tv/holly_jennings 

Episode 137 Interview with Holly Jennings  

Holly Jennings returns to talk about her new book, Gauntlet, and share what she's been up to since we spoke to her last year.

Mentioned in this episode:
Phoenix Comic Con
New York Comic Con
ARENA by Holly Jennings
American Library Association's Alex Award
GAUNTLET by Holly Jennings
http://authorhollyjennings.com
http://twitter.com/HollyN_Jennings
http://facebook.com/authorhollyjennings
http://twitch.tv/holly_jennings

Episode 136 Interview with Brenda Drake  

Brenda Drake joins us to talk about writing and pitch contests.

Mentioned in this episode:
Pitch Wars
Pitch Madness
LIBRARY JUMPERS (Book Series) by Brenda Drake
TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake
CURSING FATE by Brenda Drake
Cupcake Wars
Heather Cashman
Amanda Hill
A LADY'S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER by Dianne Freeman
THE FATED SERIES (Book Series) by Brenda Drake
THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake
Monica Hoffman
Nikki Roberti
Joy McCullough
http://brenda-drake.com
http://pitchwars.org
http://brendadrake.com
http://twitter.com/brendadrake
http://facebook.com/brendaleedrake

Episode 135 Roundtable with Patrick Hester and James Persichetti  

This week we have a roundtable discussion with Patrick Hester and James Persichetti, focused on what we've learned over the last couple of years as we've pursued our writing careers.

Mentioned this week:
World Con
Mile High Con
Nathan Fillion
Terry Brooks
Gail Carriger
Terry Goodkind
2K TO 10K by Rachel Aaron
HARRY POTTER (Book Series) by J. K. Rowling
Scrivener
Pitch Wars
Dan Koboldt
Mike Resnick
Angie Hodapp
RMFW
NaNoWriMo
John Anealio
Functional Nerds Podcast
Dateline NBC
John O'Neil
John Joseph Adams

Episode 134 Interview with Patrick Hester  

Our wonderful friend, Patrick Hester, joins us this week to talk about his newly released book, Samantha Kane: Into the Fire. We're also joined, yet again, by James Persichetti from Nelson Literary Agency.

Mentioned this week:
SAMANTHA KANE: INTO THE FIRE by Patrick Hester
SAMANTHA KANE: COLD AS ICE by Patrick Hester
The Functional Nerd Podcast
The Hugo Awards
Baen Library
Wordfire Press
THE PAINTED MAN by Peter V Brett
Google
Ingram
Kobo
Carol Berg
JT Evans
Kickboxer 4 (Movie)
World Fantasy Con
John Anealio
STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher
Brent Weekss
Kevin J. Anderson
Baen Books (http://baen.com)
Jody Lynn Nye
Paul Di Filippo
Lou Antonelli
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY CAT by Patrick Hester (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-with-my-Cat-ebook/dp/B00AEV29Q8/)
UPSIDE DOWN (Anthology)
Monica Valentinelli
World Con
Kickstarter
Harry Potter (Book Series) by J.K. Rowling
Mur Lafferty
I Should Be Writing (Podcast)
Superstars of Writing
Sam Sykes
Howard Andrew Jones
http://atfmb.com
http://twitter.com/atfmb
Jaym Gates
Gail Carriger
John O'Neill

Episode 133 Daniel Mohr's Trunk Novel  

One of our AWESOME listeners, Daniel Mohr (AKA Germany Dan), sent us some pages from a novel he's working on, and we discuss them with our special guest, James Persichetti.

Mentioned this week:
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Music Man

Episode 132 Interview with James Persichetti  

James Persichetti, query reader for Nelson Literary Agency, joins us to talk about the slush pile and life at a literary agency.

Mentioned this week:
Nelson Literary Agency
Kristin Nelson
Joanna MacKenzie
Danielle Burby
Frankfurt Book Fair
WOOL by Hugh Howey
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini
NYXIA by Scott Reintgen
Doctor Who (TV Show)
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
RMFW
Pikes Peak Writers
X-Men (Movie)
Grayhawk Agency

Episode 131 Interview with Joe Stech  

Joe Stech, editor of Compelling Science Fiction, joins us to talk about hard sci-fi and data science.

Mentioned in this episode:
Mile Hi Con
Oracle
Brad Feld
Hacker News
Reddit
World Con
Neil Clarke
Clarke's World
Y Combinator
David Baur
R Deno Stelter
Heather Kristjanson
Roy Murdock
The Boulder Python Meetup on November 10, 2016
Denver Comic Con
Pop Culture Classroom
Rich Larson
http://compellingsciencefiction.com 
http://twitter.com/joe_stech 
http://twitter.com/CompellingSF 
http://facebook.com/JoeStech 

Episode 130 Interview with Bryan Thomas Schmidt  

Bryan Thomas Schmidt joins us to talk about writing, X Files, and weird stuff he does during interviews with podcasters.

Mentioned on this episode:
The Hugo Award
THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
GALACTIC GAMES edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
MISSION TOMORROW edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
DECISION POINTS edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
SHATTERED SHIELDS edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Alan Dean Foster
Tracy Hickman
Todd McCaffrey
X Files
Predator
IF IT BLEEDS (Predator Anthology) edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
SAGA OF DAVI RHII (Book Series) by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
WordFire Press
Patrick Hester
Kevin J. Anderson
University of Kansas
J.R.R. Tolkein
Mile Hi Con
Ben Bova
John Scalzi
Jonathan Maberry
Kate Corcino
Chris Carter
J.J. Abrams
George R. R. Martin
LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE by Robert Silverberg
MAJIPOOR Book Series by Robert Silverberg
SIMON SAYS by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Lethal Weapon (Movie)
HARRY BOSCH (Book Series) by Michael Connelly
THE CAVES OF STEEL by Isaac Asimov
John Sandford
TODAY I AM PAUL by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mr. Roboto (song) by Styx
http://bryanthomasschmidt.net 
http://twitter.com/bryanthomass 
http://facebook.com/bryanthomass 

Episode 129 Interview with Adam Rakunas  

The author of WINDSWEPT and LIKE A BOSS, Adam Rakunas, joins us this week.

Mentioned in this episode:
THE RIGHT PEOPLE by Adam Rakunas
OH GIVE ME A HOME by Adam Rakunas
Angry Robot Books
The Eagles (Band)
Hotel California (Song by The Eagles)
The Philip K. Dick Award
World Con
Patrick Tomlinson
Alyc Helms
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Maryelizabeth Hart
Omusubi (The Food)
Greg van Eekhout
Tor Books
Green Flash Brewing
Ted Chang
Marc Gascoigne
Sam Morgan
Pippin (Musical Play)
The Doubleclicks
ConFusion January 19-22, 2017
Emerald City Comic Con March 2-5, 2017
Logan's Run
Mike Underwood
Jack Stack BBQ
The White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Mur Lafferty
http://Worldbuilders.org 
Power Rangers (Specifically the Pink Ranger)
http://giro.org 
http://twitter.com/rakdaddy 
http://facebook.com/adamrakunasbooks 

Episode 128 Interview with N.J. Tanger  

This week we're joined by three writers who work together to form N.J. Tanger.

Mentioned in this episode:
UNIVERSE EVENTUAL (Book Series) by N.J. Tanger
CHIMERA by N.J. Tanger
HELIOS by N.J. Tanger
CERES by N.J. Tanger
The Coen Brothers
SILO (Novella Series) by Hugh Howey
Mile Hi Con
http://njtanger.com
http://twitter.com/njtanger
http://facebook.com/njtanger
HORUS by N.J. Tanger (Out Spring 2017)

Episode 127 Interview with Brianna Shrum  

This week, Brianna Shrum joins us to talk about Pitch Wars, writing, and amazing tricksters.

Mentioned in this episode:
NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum
Pitch Wars
HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna Shrum
THE GRISHA TRILOGY (Book Series) by Leigh Bardugo
Loki
Tom Hiddleston
Hannibal Lecter
Silence of the Lambs (Movie)
Zutara
Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Show)
M. Night Shyamalan
NaNoWriMo
LITERARY SEXTS by Amanda Oaks and Caitlyn Siehl
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Alan Turing
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
http://brainnashrum.com
http://twitter.com/BriannaShrum
http://www.facebook.com/brianna.r.shrum
http://www.instagram.com/bchrumby
https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/brianna-shrum

Episode 126 Interview with Travis Heermann  

Travis Heermann joins us this week to talk about screenplays, writing for RPGs, and crowdfunding.

Mentioned on this episode:
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
THE RONIN TRILOGY (Book Series) by Travis Heermann
Kickstarter
Exploding Kittens
Twitter
Facebook
SWORD OF THE RONIN by Travis Heermann
Amanda Palmer
Critiki Party Podcast
Mario Acevedo
Mile Hi Con
Jeanne C. Stein
Jim Pinto
DEATH WIND by Travis Heermann
The Matrix
Ann Randolph
Spiderman (Movie)
The Firefly RPG - Smuggler's Guide to the Rim
Serenity
AEG
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition
The Illusionist's Daughter (D&D Supplement)
EVE Online
Gen Con
Monica Valentinelli
Margaret Weis
Firefly (Episode: Heart of Gold)
http://travisheermann.com
http://twitter.com/travisheermann
http://facebook.com/travisheermann

Episode 125 How to Handle Critiques  

There are good ways to handle critiques and bad ways. This week we talk about the good ways.

Mentioned in this episode:
Charlaine Harris
THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE SERIES (Book Series) by Charlaine Harris
True Blood (TV Show)

Episode 124 Artist Self Care  

Self-care is vital for artists and authors, but it's often neglected. That's why, this week, we're talking about how we rest and relax.

Mentioned this week:
THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron
Supernatural (TV Show)
Steven Universe (TV Show)
Daredevil (TV Show)
Stranger Things (TV Show)
Supergirl (TV Show)
Harry Potter (Book Series) by J.K. Rowling
Beyond The Trope Episode 85 Time Management

Episode 123 Emily's Colfax Kitsune  

This week Emily shares the first few pages of her short story, Colfax Kitsune.

Mention on the episode:
COLFAX KITSUNE by Emily Kay Singer
KITSUNE TALES by Emily Kay Singer
https://www.amazon.com/Kitsune-Tales-Two-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B01BSZ3RKU/
Nathan Lowell
World Con
Agatha Christie
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Episode 122 Interview with Nathan Lowell  

Sci-fi and fantasy author, Nathan Lowell, joins us to talk about his journey through independent publication.

Mentioned this week:
http://podiobooks.com
QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell
TRADER'S TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SOLAR CLIPPER (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SHAMAN'S TALE by Nathan Lowell
TANYTH FAIRPORT ADVENTURES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SMUGGLER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
CAPTAIN'S SHARE by Nathan Lowell
IN ASHES BORN by Nathan Lowell
Audible
SEEKER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
TO FIRE CALLED by Nathan Lowell
SUICIDE RUN by Nathan Lowell
BY DARKNESS FORGED by Nathan Lowell
HOME RUN by Nathan Lowell
Stephen King
Karen S. Conlin
CAPE GRACE by Nathan Lowell
The American Public Library Association
Random House
http://nathanlowell.com
http://twitter.com/nlowell

Episode 121 Interview with Mur Lafferty  

This week we're joined by Mur Lafferty, writer and podcaster extraordinaire.

Mentioned in the episode:
I Should Be Writing (podcast)
Ditch Diggers (podcast)
Escape Artists
Mothership Zeta
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK by Mur Lafferty
Netflix
The Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty
Lost (TV Show)
Lost In Space (TV Show)
Agatha Christie
Sunil Patel
Patrick Hester
World Con
Terry Brooks
The Roundtable Podcast
The John W. Campbell Award
Bookburners Season 3 from Serial Box
http://murverse.com
http://twitter.com/mightymur
NaNoWriMo

Episode 120 Interview with Laurence MacNaughton  

Urban Fantasy author, Laurence MacNaughton, joins us to talk about his writing, name pronunciation, and telemarketers.

Mentioned this week:
IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
Hugh Howey
Publishers Weekly
RT Book Reviews
Library Journal
Kirkus Review
The Matrix (Movie)
Patrick Hester
Kristen Nelson
CHRISTINE by Stephen King
THE SPIDER THIEF by Laurence MacNaughton
http://booktrack.com
Soundcloud
http://laurencemacnaughton.com
"Am I Evil" (Song) by Metallica
DAGON by H.P. Lovecraft
THE CASE OF THE GREEN EYED WEREWOLF by Laurence MacNaughton
THE CASE OF THE MUMMY'S SECRET by Laurence MacNaughton
Alasdair Stuart
EscapePod
PsuedoPod
PodCastle
Thomas A. Fowler
jbCM Radio
"In The Air Tonight" (Song) by Phil Collins
Mr. Angry
MAGIC CARPET RIDE by Laurence MacNaughton

Episode 119 Giles' Trunk Novel  

Giles submits another trunk novel for your listening and learning pleasure.

Mentioned this week:
NaNoWriMo
The Gingerbread Man
TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer
Shadowrun (Roleplaying Game)

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