Brad King of The Geeky Press hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, a discussion with writers about the terrible things in life that led them to join the ranks of the weird and the writerly.

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Amanda Heckert is the best kind of editor. She's got an eclectic background, she's curious, and she loves reading, which is good since she's the editor-in-chief at Indianapolis MonthlyShe stopped by the podcast to talk about the long, weird, and winding road that brought her into publishing, her love of reading, the amazing stories she's worked on at the magazine, and the South.

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Angela Jackson-Brown isn’t just appearing at The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2. She also stopped by the Podcast to talk about how her life helped shape her writing. Her first book, Drinking from a Bitter Cup (WiDo Publishing), is a fictionalized memoir that explores what her life in a small Southern town and abuse she faced as a child. She and Brad touched on what it means to be a writer, why it’s okay to write negatively about books, and the importance of mentors. 

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When Sarah Layden stopped by the Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, she wasn’t expecting to explore how the themes from her childhood diaries played out in her fiction writing. But that happened. Before long, they were discussing how writers find their voice, and what it means to be authentic. The showed ended as they discussed the problem with "women’s literature" label, and the ways writers use empathy to tell universal stories. Oh, and don't forget to buy Sarah's debut novel, Trip Through You Wires (Engine Books, 2015). You can pre-order the novel today.

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John P. Gibson is the writer/director of Revelation Trail, a feature film that follows the journey of a preacher and a lawman along the Old West frontier as they try to find meaning in a world that is falling to the mysterious undead. Brad visited him in his office at Northern Kentucky University, where they discussed the film’s seven year life cycle, the archetypes of Joss Whedon, and why The Empire Strikes Back is the template for all sequels.

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