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How to Make Writing Your Career: Word Cafe Interview with Yours Truly

Word Cafe author interview

Just for the record, the lace doilies were not my idea. Now you know.

Hey, this is cool. Join me over at Word Cafe for an interview where I reveal everything I know about:

• Building a full-time career around writing, as a novelist and a copywriter — and what a copywriter does, exactly.

• How my first book from a New York publisher actually started out as a short story — and how I grew it into a novel.

• The pros and cons of being a hybrid author (both traditionally published and self-published).

• What my fiction writing process looks like. (It’s both crazier and more straightforward than you might think).

• And, of course, my top piece of advice for writers.

Read the complete interview here. >

P.S. Also, I’m giving away a few autographed paperback books to my newsletter subscribers. Don’t miss out. Click here to subscribe to my author newsletter. >

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3 Authors Chat on Night Owl Reviews – Tonight!

Tonight at 6:00 PM MST, I’m doing an author chat with Night Owl Reviews.

Far as I can tell, it’s a text chat. So, apparently we’re going to party like it’s 1999. ;)

Night Owl Reviews author chat time zone map

Join me at 6:00 PM MST (or your local equivalent).

Join me, along with romance author Avery Flynn and mystery author Julia Buckley.

We’ll answer your questions, share excerpts and give away brand new books.

Since 2004, Night Owl Reviews has reviewed over 26,000 books. Here’s what they said about It Happened One Doomsday:

MacNaughton provides a smooth, action-packed read all the way to the end! This could be the start of a new series, and I’m already looking forward to the next one. The characters were great and believable. I loved the car scenes the best (too bad Hellbringer isn’t real!) … Very descriptive, and new takes on old stories had this reader staying up to finish it in one night!

Wow. Come see what all the excitement is about.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Muscle Cars

Hellbringer 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

Don’t try this at home. Really.

True story: before I wrote this book, I was a professional prototype vehicle test driver.

So when I set out to write about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse tearing up the highways in Christine-ish muscle cars, you can bet I had fun with it.

Check out this interview on MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape where I not only talk about cars, I also go pretty deep into the cool quirks of my characters, and what exactly Dru’s universe (or the “Druniverse”) is really like.

Plus, I share some cool insights about the “magic” properties of crystals (including how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt used to protect themselves against the evil eye).

And the surprise fan favorite character that everyone is talking about. Hint: this particular character has four wheels. (!)

Check out the interview here on MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.com >

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Functional Nerds podcast: now featuring Yours Truly

Functional Nerds podcast Laurence MacNaughton _ It Happened One DoomsdaySF Signal will be missed.

But the science fiction/fantasy world has always been chock-full of innovation.

The vacuum left by SF Signal creates more room in the spotlight for fresh, entertaining podcasts like Functional Nerds.

Listen in for free as I chat with the ever-entertaining and informative John Anealio and Patrick Hester about:

Functional Nerds podcast

“Wait, wait, JJ Abrams said WHAT?!”

• Fantastic new movies (and possibly some bad ones) including 10 Cloverfield Lane…

• The free & easy mind-mapping software that you absolutely need right now…

• The new Neil Gaiman book you can’t miss…

• Why you need to check out Humble Bundles right now…

• A secret look behind the scenes in my new book…

And oh, so much more.
Check it out on Functional Nerds now. >

Oh, and one more thing:

Don’t forget to join my author newsletter for bonus free stuff, including the new short story MAGIC CARPET RIDE, a prequel to my new book! >

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The #1 Secret to Fantasy World Building

Literary EscapismEvery fantasy author struggles with a tough challenge:

How do you create a unique world that’s as believable as it is exciting?

It’s called world building, and every writer does it a little differently.

My secret is to start with research. The world we live in is so weird, it’s impossible not to get inspired.

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Blame Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters

Crystal Head Vodka it happened one doomsday

Dan even signed the skull for me. How cool is that?

A few years ago, on a placid summer evening resonant with cicadas, I stepped out to buy a bottle of wine for my wife’s show at an art gallery.

And there, in the corner of the store, sat Dan Aykroyd, promoting his new Crystal Head Vodka.

You may not know this (I certainly didn’t at the time), but Dan is a big believer in paranormal phenomena. In fact, his family has a long tradition of investigating the paranormal.

Personally, I’m more of a skeptic. But when a millionaire movie star comes right out and says that he filters his vodka using Herkimer diamonds for their metaphysical properties, you know there’s got to be an interesting story there…

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“The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!” –Qwillery

MoonCheck out this fabulous review from The Qwillery:

“It Happened One Doomsday is a delight! It’s a fabulous blend of humor, Urban Fantasy and biblical prophecy with a touch of romance. The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!”

But there’s more! They also interviewed Yours Truly. I talked frankly about:

– What inspired me to write It Happened One Doomsday

– How I talked to dozens of best-selling authors and put together the lessons I learned from them

– The most challenging thing about writing

– Why I like to write funny books

– What I’m working on next

And a whole lot more! Read the entire interview >

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Deepest secrets revealed on RMFW podcast

RMFW PodcastOK, so maybe not my “deepest secrets.” But this is possibly the most interesting interview I’ve ever done.

When the unstoppable Mark Stevens from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers invited me onto the RMFW podcast, I had no idea he’d ask me such thought-provoking questions.

A few of the many, many things we talked about:

• the nuts and bolts of working with a literary agent (Kristin Nelson, in fact) and a team of New York editors

• what it’s like to get your book featured on the front table display at Barnes & Noble

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BookGoodies.com: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

Do you talk to your characters?

Cure for writer’s block: nude finger puppets.

I once got to hear Orson Scott Card talk about his writing method. He went on at great length about how the voices of his characters talked to him.

The voices told him to do this, he said, the voices told him to do that.

As he droned on endlessly, a friend leaned over to me and said in a stage whisper:

“My voices are telling me to kill!”

The audience cracked up. Orson Scott Card was not amused.

But the thing is . . . that really is how it works. You hear the characters in your head, the same way you can hear the voices of your parents or your friends.

You know what they would say in a certain situation. And when you’re writing a book, you can turn that into the story.

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Ghost Towns, Tarantulas, and a Million Dollars Cash

Thriller Author Interview

with Yours Truly

Just did a revealing interview about the truth behind ghost towns, cash-sniffing border patrol dogs . . . and even a tarantula migration.

True story.

Check out my latest stop on the book tour for The Spider Thief, at the outstanding Omnimystery News, where editor Lance Wright presents the exclusive inside scoop on mystery books, games, TV shows, and film.

Click here to get the interview at Omnimystery News >

And one more thing . . .

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