This week Marie Kammerer Franke will narrate the beginning of The Sangrook Saga by Steve Thomas; a dark fantasy tale that follows the morbid history of the sangrook clan. Are the Sangrooks necromancers… demon-worshipers… deranged torturers? Or are they all of that and more. Turn the lights down and allow Marie Kammerer Franke Introduce you to the Sangrook Saga.
Tune in next week when we talk to indie author Steve Thomas about his story, the line between fantasy and horror, using short stories as a basis for a novel, and more.
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Ben and Marie discuss reviews left for Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson as well as the topic of Short Form Fiction with the author. Novellas and novelettes are gaining in popularity with the rise of kindle and other e-readers (especially since Hugh Howey’s breakthrough tale WOOL) and people are so busy that they just do not have the time for a novel. We also live in a “quick fix” society and may be witnessing the shorter attention spans, at least that is Ben’s belief.
What influenced indie author Stella Coulson to begin writing short form fiction? What are her thoughts of the rise in its popularity? Does she see a downside to writing a short story? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment wherever you found this podcast, I’ll find it! We’d would also be truly grateful if you would rate and review this show while you are there. Your reviews are a wonderful way to support this show and also a way for us to keep bringing you the content you want to listen to. Don’t forget that each review makes you eligible to win some Indie Beginning merchandise: every time we hit a 25 review milestone up to 500! Screenshot that baby and tag Indiebeginning in it, or not, I’ll find it somehow, I like a good treasure hunt. Whitby After Dark is available for purchase on Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Tinmouth and is titled Generation to Generation. I would like to thank Shirts by Sarah for supporting this show and our featured indie author. A special thank you to Stella Coulson for taking the time to be part of the Indie Beginning Podcast. Thanks for listening!
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For our 23rd episode we are bringing you the beginning of Stella Coulson’s Young Adult indie read Whitby After Dark about a young woman who moves to the Gothic small town of Whitby, Yorkshire and discovers a hidden world of vampires, shifters and demons. Her precognitive visions of death lead her to become the target of a serial killing demon. This Indie Beginning is brought to you by Shirts by Sarah, your one stop shop for all your specialized shirt needs. After the episode please take a moment to leave a comment about what you just heard or leave a question for the author to discuss during the interview segment next week. The topic will be the long and short of short form fiction.
Trigger Warning / Content Advisory! The story contained in this episode deals with topics that many young adults face including suicide, self harm, and abuse. If you feel that any of these topics are too hard to listen to please skip this episodee. If you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self harm please contact the national suicide hotline here in the states at 1-800-273-8255. For our friends overseas please go to Samaritans.org.
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Music found in this episode was written and performed by Tinmouth and is titled Generation to Generation. This episode was read by Marie Kammerer Franke and edited by me. I am your host Benjamin Franke asking everyone to read more books, be the best possible you and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.
Angels, Demons, Faith and Fiction. Last week we introduced you Brandy Ange’s young adult fantasy novel Transgression about a daughter who must decide whether to side with angels who want little to do with her or demons who want too much in order to save her father. This episode is brought to you by the wonderful people at the Rapha House Organization. Proceeds from the purchase of Transgression are donated to this important cause. More information can be found at the end of the episode. Transgression is available for purchase on Brandy Ange’s Website and Amazon.
In this episode Marie and Ben discuss all of the positive reviews that have been left for this story as well as all of the calls for a movie based on the characters. The hosts will settle for the second book! Marie spoke to Brandy Ange about using religious material in her writing. Below you will find a list of the topic questions asked to the author:
1. As someone who has a degree in bible study, what are your thoughts on using religion and religious content in fiction?
2. Did you try to publish this story in a traditional sense? How did agents and/or publishing houses respond to the religious content?
3. Do you feel that fictionalizing religious content could go against people’s faith? Could it bring people to religion? Or do you feel that people can comfortably separate the two?
4. What sources did you seek out for inspiration and research? We noticed that Hell in Transgression agrees with Dante’s icy 9th circle of Hell.
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After learning that Angels and Demons are real and among us Achaia is forced to pledge her allegiance. When it’s not just her life on the line, but her father’s as well, Achaia’s options are less than ideal. Forced to choose between angels who want nothing to do with her, and demons who want too much, it’s tempting to just let fate decide. This week we bring you Brandy Ange’s Young Adult Novel Transgression, book One in the Kingdom Come Series. Leave a comment or review below and we will include it next week when we speak to the author about angels, demons, faith and fiction.
Brandy Ange is an author from the east coast of North Carolina. She started writing with Frog and Toad fan fiction in second grade and never stopped. Ange enjoys jazz music, swing dancing, traveling, coffee, and mentoring troubled youth. Her current projects include two separate YA fantasy series, a memoir, a compilation of adult short stories, and some poetry. Her debut book, Transgression, was released on 11.11.17 and is helping to raise support for human trafficking victims by donating proceeds to the RaphaHouse Non-Profit. Learn more about Brandy Ange atbrandyange.me
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