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MF GALAXY

MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: Category: writer - novelist - indie - fantasy
Mar 29, 2016

Christian A. Brown is an epic fantasy author and indie publisher who’s earned the praise of Kirkus Reviews, Clarion Reviews, The Huffington Post, and a former supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. The former fitness trainer is also an active blogger on numerous topics, including gender and sexuality, and on his mother’s experience of cancer.

Christian Brown spoke with me by Skype on December 30, 2015 via Skype. We discussed:

  • How he distinguishes between cruelty and clarity in an editor
  • The clichés of high fantasy, including sexism, and what he calls “the need for male wenches”
  • How fantasy fiction ignores LGBTQ issues, how his own writing employs psychological realism, and why he needs to surprise himself
  • The business of writing and indie publishing, handling returns as an indie publisher, and why you need to own your ISBNs

During the discussion, I alluded to the concept of hypomania and mentioned the theory of multiple intelligences, but forgot the name of its framer—Howard Gardner (https://howardgardner.com/multiple-intelligences). We began by discussing Brown’s preferences for how an editor should work with him.

www.christianadrianbrown.com

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By funding MF GALAXY, you get access to all extended editions of the show, plus video excerpts from selected interviews as they become available. This extended edition includes Christian A. Brown discussing:

  • How there’s no such thing as writer’s block
  • The routine he employs to meet his quota of ten pages per day
  • Why you should quit while you’re ahead
  • Ways to remove obstacles to flow
  • The importance of Stephen King’s On Writing
  • Why indie publishers need to defer to certain professionals
  • The importance of investing in your career, including what you should pay for and what you shouldn’t, and
  • How he as an indie novelist got radio and TV coverage and distribution in Canada’s biggest book chain
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