Witches And Westerns On The Whisky And Words Podcast

Establishing yourself as a writer can be hard, whether you’re trying to publish a novel or gain a following. Endless drafts pile up and the editing process can lead to sleepless nights. So, when there’s a platform to promote your work then you have to make the most of it. This was the case when I appeared on Whisky And Words, a new podcast dedicated to helping writers who are trying to establish themselves.

Hosted by author Dave Olsen, Whisky And Words is a mix of talking about the publishing world and having an opportunity to showcase your own work. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dave in November and recording the episode. During the podcast, we shared a bottle of Ardmore Legacy whisky and spoke about my current writing projects.

I talked about the novella I’ve been working on recently called Shadows At Dawn. It’s a dark fantasy western about a witch-hunter named Rueben McNab. He’s been tasked by his father to investigate a dangerous witch clan called the Cartwrights. However, Rueben is secretly married to one of them called Maddie. Rueben has to choose between love or duty and face the consequences of his actions.

I read the first chapter of the novella out while Dave asked me questions about where the idea came from. We also spoke about the YA fantasy novel I wrote for my Masters called The Things We Carry.

The conversation shifted to writing about morally grey characters. The best characters are the ones who are capable of acts of good and bad. They are the characters I like writing the most, so it was enjoyable to talk about the process.

Dave was a great host, asking questions that made me think about my journey as a writer. Being able to record the podcast was a wonderful learning experience. The thing I appreciate most about Whisky And Words is that it’s designed to help unknown writers get their work out to a larger audience.

Feel free to listen to the podcast and hear my terrible impression of a southern American accent.

Next Saturday, I’ll be appearing on Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. I’ll be talking about pop culture, short story writing and the three books I would want to save during the apocalypse. It’ll be available to listen on Mixcloud and I’ll be writing about the experience, so check back soon.


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10 thoughts on “Witches And Westerns On The Whisky And Words Podcast”

  1. Your first sentence is what caught me, since that’s exactly how I feel!

    I love the whole idea of Whisky and Words! Especially the part about supporting unknown authors. How did you get involved, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    1. Hi Dominic. I agree it’s a really great concept. I got involved through the writing group that I attend. Dave, the podcast host, said he was putting it together and I volunteered to be one of the first guests.

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      1. Aha! So you had connections. That makes sense! Networking is SO important when it comes to promoting your story.
        Well, cheers to meeting another dark fantasy writer 😉 !

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  2. I’m with Dominic…it was your first sentence that caught me. Don’t I know it. I’ve been writing my YA novel for eight years between full time work and babysitting 9 grandchildren of various ages. Hopefully this year it will see the light of day 🙂

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  3. I, too, am a fan of “grey” characters … which I think all characters should be, at least to some degree. All bad or all good becomes all boring pretty damn quickly. We all have the capability to be both gods and monsters.

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      1. And they’re unrealistic.We are all shades of grey. I remember reading a quote from actor Tommy Lee Jones which I can’t remember in its entirety, but which essentially said that no one is purely good or purely evil; we are all, in fact, human. Harlan Ellison touched on that in his story “Hitler Painted Roses.”


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