50. Spotlight on After the World

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With Máire’s fantasy novella After the World being published today, Kate and Máire sit down to a proper chat about it. Máire talks through her influences in writing this book, where the original idea came from, and how other books and authors have shaped her thinking on fantasy storytelling.

Kate reads an exerpt from After the World, and they both plan for the day when they can film Kate acting it out!

You can buy After the World from today. 

 

Presented and produced by Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

 

49. updates, book covers and the Dublin Writers Conference

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Kate and Máire sat down to talk about their latest updates. Kate talks about her new book and Máire talks about the preparation (or lack thereof) in the run up to having a book come out.

Máire talks to Laurence O’Bryan about the Dublin Writers Conference https://thedublinwritersconference.com/ and their event this June. 

Kate and Máire talk fantasy fiction book covers and the recent Terry Goodkind statement about his recent book cover. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/26/terry-goodkind-book-cover-shroud-of-eternity

We’re also collecting our favourite terrible book covers, so send us yours to irishwriterspodcast@gmail.com

This episode was presented by Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy, and produced by Máire Brophy

 

 

 

48. The Second Semi-Annual Writers Retreat

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For the second time we take our podcast out of the urban setting and take inspiration from the rural idyll. In this case the rural idyll was extremely cold, so it wore its hoody indoors the whole time. This is mostly an update of where we’re at. Kate embarks on her new book, Cathy reflects on her process and Máire talks through what it’s like to go through edits with a publisher.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Máire Brophy

Music (as usual) by Gavin Mulhall

 

47. Everybody Loves Samwise Gamgee

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This week join us around the table as we talk about the challenge of writing moral characters.No one seems to like the goody-goody who always does the right thing and everything in life seems to work out for him. So how do you write a likable moral character? Is it possible?  The verdict seems to be split on this one!

Hope you enjoy!

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

46. Climate Fiction, ‘Hot’ New Genre

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This week we consider the emerging sub-genre of speculative fiction, Climate Fiction. This genre explores how characters feel and react to their changed world. We speculate about authors and films we’ve read and watched to see if they qualify as Climate Fiction. Be warned. Sharks are discussed in this episode! 

Enjoy!

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

45. Writing your author bio… in space

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This week Máire raises the issue of making your author page and how to write a good bio for early stage authors. You can see Cathy’s author page at cathycclarke.com and Máire’s at mairebrophy.com, Kate plans to do hers in space. We’re talking websites, bios and author pictures, and talking about yourself in the third person… I mean herself… themselves.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Máire Brophy

44. Dungeons and Dragons and Advice

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This week Máire talks about the opportunities for writers in the D&D world – that’s the Role Playing Game Dungeons and Dragons – looking at the model of the DM’s Guild for selling player written games using the D&D rules. Cathy brings up a thorny issue, how do writers find ways of getting good advice and specific insight into improving their writing. We discuss the role of classes, editors, mentors, publishers and..eh… masterchef. We talk about the art and craft of it all, and give a sneak peek into an alternate world where we do a podcast while running.

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Maire Brophy. This episode was produced by Máire Brophy