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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Brad visited Curbside Splendor Publishing author Ben Tanzer in Chicago where they had two discussions. The first part of the podcast explored Ben's most recent book Lost in Space, writing, and fatherhood. The second half of the podcast focused on using literature and writing to carve our spaces for men to talk about what it means to be a man in a time when societal roles are evolving. Once you've listened to the podcast, you can check out Ben's performance in The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2

Direct download: 13.Ben_Tanzer.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 6:42pm EST
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Curbside Splendor Publishing author Erika T. Wurth stopped by the podcast before her appearance at The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2. We talked about tension, particularly how the tensions from life shape and inform the stories you tell. You can purchase her debut novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, directly from Curbside Splendor Publishing or Amazon and other retailers.

Direct download: 12.Erika_T_Wurth.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 11:13am EST
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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.

Direct download: 09.Amanda_Heckert.mp3
Category:editor -- posted at: 6:00pm EST
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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. 

Direct download: 08.Angela_Jackson-Brown.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 7:45pm EST
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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.

Direct download: 07.Sarah_Layden.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 1:35pm EST
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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.

Direct download: 06.John_Gibson.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 12:12am EST
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Ben H. Winters is the author of the best selling book Sense and Sensibilities and Sea Monsters as well as the The Last Policeman trilogy, and a relatively recent Indianapolis transplant. He sat down with Brad to talk about his utter lack of direction in his early writing career and his daily writing routine that involves no Internet and tons of structure. At the end, he talks about his newest counter-factual novel — currently under construction — that explores an America where the Civil War never happened, and slavery was never abolished.

Direct download: 05.Ben_Winters.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 3:40pm EST
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When Andrew Neylon joined The Invictus Writers project, Brad didn't know what to expect. Much to his surprise, "The Long War" turned out to be one of the most popular stories ever published in the series. Andrew stopped by the Jam to talk about how his father's depression and suicide influenced his writing, how his color blindness shapes his vision of the world, and what he's working on now. 

Direct download: 04.Andrew_Neylon.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 2:51pm EST
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Travis DiNicola has his hand on the pulse of arts, reading, and writing in Indianapolis. He’s the executive director of Indy Reads, a non-profit literacy organization, and the host of "The Art of the Matter" on WFYI. Brad met Travis at the Indy Reads Books store to talk about how you end up getting to be the heart of the city's art community.

Direct download: 03.Travis_DiNicola.mp3
Category:artist -- posted at: 5:36pm EST
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Writer Michelle Freed wrote a one-woman stage monologue for the Fringe Festival on a whim. That's not exactly how you're told to find a writing career. And yet, here she is. Michelle stopped by the Jam to discuss stumbling into a writing career, doing first and learning later, and the overwhelming world modern writers have to navigate to find success.

Direct download: 02.Michelle_Freed.mp3
Category:writer -- posted at: 11:07am EST
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