OMG Books brings you into the brains behind your favorite books. Covering fiction and non-fiction, we invite each author into an informal discussion of what makes them tick and what makes their stories talk to readers. Digging into the facts as much as the fiction, you’ll connect with each guest on a whole new level. Yes, each interview is packed with more juice and chutzpah than can safely be consumed in one sitting. And yet, we do it anyway.
A new show will arrive each Tuesday bringing you another incredible interview. It’s the OMG Books show, where it’s all about taking you into the brains of fantastic authors. No scalpels required! It’s more than an interview. It’s an experience!
S1E28: Season 1 Wrap Up!
Here we are now at 28 episodes and also the end of season 1! Holy amazeballs, Captain Kirk. It's been a wild ride. There were triumphs. There were tragedies. There were glorious moments of hilarious absurdity. Yes, that's my bag. In today's episode, I do a quick recap of season 1 and give a glimpse of the new direction that we'll be moving in for season 2. Don't worry. Going in a new direction doesn't mean we won't be doing our utmost to be both entertaining, informative and awkwardly silly all at the same time. That's how I roll. Thank you so much for joining me for season 1. I'll see you in season 2!
S1E27: Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Author of The Extinction Cycle series
We chat with Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the grandfather of the post-apocalyptic genre! (I call him that, at least.) We discuss his experiences as a hybrid author and how that works with his numerous and successful series. He talks about how hard it can be to end a series. With so many series in his catalog, he should know! He also talks about his collaboration with Tony Melchiorri for the Orbs 4 book and his ideas for futures collaborations. And the Rorschach Round goes straight soothsayer as he predicts both how the world will end and what will happen when we have first contact with aliens. Yeah, we figure it all out, basically. All that and more!
S1E26: Wayne Stinnett, Author of the Jesse McDermitt series
We chat with Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of the Jesse McDermitt series. Wayne tells us how driving trucks led to writing books and how that led to a life he’s always dreamed of. We hear why Fallen Pride was the hardest book he’s ever written. We also reveal why Wayne and I have to be on a Homeland Security watch list. He talks about his journey as an indie publisher and what’s next in the progression. We also hear what Pyrate Radio is and how it works. And if you’ve seen a picture of Wayne, you know he’s got quite a beard. But how does his wife feel about it? You’ll find out! All that and more!
S1E25: Craig Martelle, Author of the Terry Henry Walton Chronicles
We chat with rock star of indie publishing, Craig Martelle, bestselling author of the Terry Henry Walton Chronicles. He swears he hasn’t demolished a hotel room… yet! Craig tells us about what his sister did to the very first book ever wrote. Bring your tissues! He also talks about his collaboration with Michael Anderle and what they have going on with the 20Books conventions. We also discuss some of the creative innovations brought about by the changes in the publishing space. We also hear about some of the unique aspects of his hometown, Fairbanks, Alaska. My daughters and I also have a Bam What!? contest because why not!? Make sure to leave your vote for the winner in the comments section on this episode. All that and much more!
S1E24: J Thorn & Zach Bohannon, Authors of the Barren series
We chat with J Thorn and Zach Bohannon, bestselling authors of the Barren series. In the interview, we discuss how their co-writing process works and how it got started. We also discuss collaboration in general and guidelines that will improve the odds of one working out. They tell us about their growing business, Molten Universe Medium, and where they want to take it in the future. We also hear about the very cool Authors on a Train experience and how it initially came about. And for the first time ever, we have a Word of the Day challenge! Was it an epic success or bust? You decide. And you will also experience the most immersive episode intro ever created! It’s like being there yourself. I guarantee it!* All that and more!
S1E23: Mark Sullivan, Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky
We chat with Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky. He’s also written numerous other novels including a series co-written with James Patterson. Mark shares with us the incredible manner in which the story of Pino Lella came into his life. We hear how his time spent with Pino had an immediate impact on his life. We also discuss how in many ways Pino Lella was a real life Forrest Gump in that he was at or near many of the major events in the closing years of World War II in Italy. And for the first time ever on the show, I answer the Rorschach Round questions for the author. In this show more than most, we go into the book and all the events surrounding it. So spoiler alert! And like usual, there’s all that and more!
Enjoying it greatly!
Entertaining podcast! If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories this will appeal to you greatly. Extremely interesting and informative interviews with genre writers. Great stories and background on authors with lots of talk about survival in post-apocalyptic worlds. Way to go William O’Day!
Perfect show for book lovers!
This show is not only great for discovering new books but also for bringing an added layer of depth to books I already love! The host asks amazing questions that get you into the author’s mind. And he’s funny too! Highly recommend!
Great Insights and Fantastic Host
William sets the tone for a wonderful discussiong for his guests. I love that he dives deeply into the true life of authors. He careful questions writers and brings forward some thoughtful insights with authors. His tone is upbeat and positive. He makes the the interview more like art. Well done! Love the interviews.