If You're Just Joining Us with Jon Armstrong
By Jon Armstrong
Jon Armstrong interviews authors, artists, designers, thinkers, cooks. If You're Just Joining Us has a SciFi slant, but is never limits itself to the expected. Ultimately it's a show about what people do and what makes them special.
||Paul Witcover Talks Lost, Clocks, Writing, Style, Entertainment, Sales||Paul Witcover returns to the podcast to talk about his wonderful new novel, Emperor of All Things (Amazon UK). - Paul is the author of several novels, including Tumbling After, and Waking Beauty (Amazon links), and a collection of short stories.||2/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gretchen McNeil Talks Singing, Circus, Religion, Upcoming Books, Christopher Pike||Gretchen McNeil is is a former coloratura soprano and a writer. Her young adult horror novel, Possess, was about a teen exorcist. Her follow up was a young adult horror/suspense novel about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer titl..||1/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Bowes Talks What’s Forbidden, Writing, The Underwear Collector, Memory||Richard Bowes has published five novels, two collections of short fiction and fifty short stories and articles. Recent and forthcoming stories appear in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Digital Domains, Best Gay Stories,||12/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Tremblay Talks Donkeys, The Subconscious, Fear, and Dystopia||Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep,No Sleep Till Wonderland, and his latest is Swallowing a Donkey's Eye. His two short story collections are Compositions for the Young and Old and In the Mean Time.||10/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eugene Myers Talks His YA Novel Fair Coin, Fantasy and SciFi, Parallel Universes, Spoilers.||Eugene has published science fiction and fantasy short stories in a number of magazines and anthologies such as Sybil’s Garage, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. - Fair Coin (Amazon) is his first novel. In Fair Coin,||3/19/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Book Reviewer Paul Goat Allen Talks 2011′s Best Apocalyptic Fiction and Pajama Jeans||Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades. He has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com.||2/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Dempsey Talks Death, Noir, The Future, Writing for TV, and Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche||Michael Dempsey's first novel, Necropolis (Amazon), is not his first foray into writing. Not by a long shot. He's a veteran of Hollywood most notably CBS’s Cybill starring Cybill Shepherd and has sold and optioned screenplays and television scripts.||1/1/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Douglas Lain Talks His New Novella, Bizarro Writing, Philosphy, Publishing||Douglas Lain is the author of Last Week's Apocalypse, Fall Into Time, which are both short stories collections. Douglas returns to talk about his new novella, Wave of Mutilation (Amazon Link). - Jeffrey Ford said it's, "...||12/16/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lauren Beukes Talks Zoo City, Research, Slumlands of Johannesburg, Face Recognition||Lauren Beukes is the author of Zoo City, (Amazon) an alternate world thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. It won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award,||11/21/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Anthony Durham Talks Acacia, YA, Writing Rituals, Scottland||David Anthony Durham, who returns to the podcast for the third time, has just finished his fantasy trilogy with The Sacred Band: Book Three of the Acacia Trilogy (Amazon). - We talk about writing rituals, long walks, Scotland, the Acacia Trilogy,||10/30/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jon Armstrong and Chris Moriarty Talk About Magic In Their Magic and Their Writing||- Jon Armstrong (besides having a killer name!) is an award winning magician who has performed worldwide. He gives his take on what magic is for him personally and professional. He also talks about how audiences and a comic book he's helping to write ...||9/26/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lev Grossman Talks The Magicians, Fantasy and Modernism, Meeting JK Rowling, Reads from The Magician King||Lev Grossman is a bestselling novelist and journalist. His books include: Warp, Codex, The Magicians, and his forthcoming The Magician King (Amazon links). He is also a senior writer and book critic for Time Magazine. We talked about how the Codex,||7/7/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grey and Yarn are now Audiobooks at Audible.com!||This show is a behind-the-scenes peek at the people behind the audio book versions of my two novels: Grey and Yarn. First I speak with Steve Feldberg who is Senior Director, Editorial Business Development at Audible.||6/22/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||M. D. Lachlan Talks Norse Myth, Magic, Stand-Up Comedy, Pen Names||M. D. Lachlan is the pen name of British writer Mark Barrowcliffe. After working as a journalist, and also as a stand-up comedian he started wrote his first novel, Girlfriend 44 and achieved early success in the late 1990s as part of the Lad Lit moveme...||6/7/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Douglas Lain Talks Urban Foraging, Memoir, Mystical Experiences, Young Adult Novels||Douglas Lain is the author of Last Week's Apocalypse (Amazon) which was published by Night Shade Books. Most recently, he completed a new book, Pick Your Battle: Your Guide to Urban Foraging, Hollywood Movies, Late Capitalism,||5/24/11||Free||View In iTunes|
everyone should know who this writer is!
i just discovered this podcast, but i recently read jon's novel Grey and it is so good! to provide a point of refrence, imagine michael chabon's eye for characterization, stephen king's dialouge, and stephen millhauser's sense of absurd whimsy. i can't wait for his next book!
The best interview podcast or radio show I know of (and I
Jon Armstrong is a novelist, but his abilities as an interviewer of an eclectic selection of authors and artisans demonstrate a fluency in intellectually rewarding yet unpretentious and warm conversation I wouldn't expect from someone who's devoted himself to that solitary trade. The audio editing on his podcast stands out as thoughtful and witty, with playful musical transitions (that often have me searching for more music by the musicians chosen) and subtly employed sound effects (in the author readings occasionally included in interviews). Only the meat of the conversations between the interviewer and subjects is presented; none of the rambling and self-indulgence that mars so many other interview podcasts is allowed here. This show is professional grade. It could -- and should -- replace any number of better-known interview programs on public radio.
Eclectic, soothing, unpretentious
I second everything Pinkhamster wrote. Jon Armstrong's If You're Just Joining Us are perfect 20-30 min episodes of thoughtful, intelligent, and relaxed discussion with writers, for the most part. The host is always prepared and always asks interesting questions. The podcast is quite soothing, with Jon's voice and the low-volume background of minimalist jazzy lounge music. Check out Jon's talks with book reviewer Paul Goat Allen, writer Will McIntosh, and writer Alan Dean Foster among other excellent episodes. It's not updated that consistently, but it IS active and there's a good archive. Well worth subscribing to, and highly recommended.
Jon Armstrong is a gifted writer himself -- look up YARN and GREY.