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.
This week Indie Beginning introduces readers to the science fiction novel Ark of Souls, book 1 of the Vale series by indie author Paul Grover. On the Outer Frontier the FSS Berlin, an ageing Federal Navy Cruiser disrupts a pirate attack on a corporate freighter. Mira Thorn, an emotionally damaged veteran of the Martian War of Independence is dispatched to investigate the heavily damaged vessel. The broken ship becomes Mira and her companion’s only hope of survival as events spiral out of their control.
Paul Grover was one of the first people to submit to the podcast and has been a great support ever since. Ark of Souls was originally set to air back in February, but Paul allowed us to push his story back so that we could teach ourselves how to add sound effects to a story. We can’t thank him enough for trusting us with his work and hope that you enjoy the enhanced audio version of this indie read! Purchase your copy here.
Did you know that there is a place not far from your home where you can solve crimes, save lives, travel to distant planets filled with new lifeforms? A place where you can fight a dragon, become whoever you have ever dreamed of being all while learning how to prepare a Turducken? This week’s episode is brought to you by your local Library. Turn off your television, unplug your PS4, and set down your phone for just a couple hours a week and get lost in a book. And when your done turn that phone back on and subscribe to the podcast on Applepodcasts or GooglePlay and let us know if you’re enjoying the show by leaving a review.
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