Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hacks Episode 12: Angel Luis Colón

In this comeback episode, Jay is joined by Angel Luis Colón, author of The Fury Of Blacky Jaguar.

They have a good discussion about the lack of diversity in crime fiction, as well as the overlooked question of where all the young crime readers are. But don't worry, there's the usual level of filth, comic book chat and sex talk that you expect from Hacks.

Topics Discussed;

Dave White? Fuck That Guy.
John Cleese’s Three Rules Of comedy.
Al Guthrie’s Advice.
Five Borough Roulette. 
How To Do Readings.
Actings Like A Pro…But Shit. 
Does Crime Need Less World building?
Our TBR Piles. 
Always The Next Thing.
Bicycle Sex.
Porn Subcultures. 
Bicycle Sex Again. 
Crime Fiction Needs To Move Beyond The Classics.
Ted Lewis.
The Age Problem In Crime Fiction. 
J David Osborne.
Diversity In Crime Fiction (Lack Of.)
Trying To bring In YA readers.
 What’s The Difference Between Dystopia And Crime?
How Other Genre’s Are Handling Their Shit.
Using Awards And Panels To Be Inclusive.
The Greatness Of Jen Conley
Are We Whining?
Comic Books.
The Purple Man Problem. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hacks. Episode 11: Anthony Neil Smith, Part Two

Part Two of the conversation between Jay and Anthony Neil Smith.

Things They Blagged About included;

The American Class System
Mixing Religion And Politics. 
Racism In Politics.
Health Care.
1000 Words A Day.
Deleting The ‘Fuck.’
Allan Guthrie. 
Richard Price. 
The Whites.
Stress Management. 
“Fuck You, I Almost Died.”
Platforms Don’t Work. 
Marginal Characters.
The Science Of Publishing.
Local Bookshops.
Charlie Hebdo.
Sarah Palin. 
The Daily Show. 
Hilary Clinton. 
Compromise Is Not A Bad Thing.  
Slow Reading. 
Long Books. 
Not Blurbing.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hacks. Episode 10: Anthony Neil Smith, Part One.

Jay is joined by Anthony Neil Smith (Worm, Yellow Medicine.)

Topics include;

Bullshit barber Science.
Authors With Wikipedia Entries. 
Jed Ayres: Cult Leader. 
Craft Beer.
Trains, Plains & Automobiles.
Coming Up With Book Titles. 
The Duggar Hypocrisy.
Politics On Social Media. 
Celebrity Snore-Fest.
Bashing Franzen.
Everyone In Britain Is Unhappy.
Going For Easy Emotions. 
Is There A Difference Between U.S. and Brit Procedurals?
Lone Wolf Characters.
American VS. British TV seasons. 
Breaking Into Comics.
Chasing Success As A Novelist.
Do Nickleback Suck?
MFA courses.
Write What You Know Or Know What You Write.
The American Class System.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hacks. Episode 9: Dave White & Russel D. McLean

Jay is joined by Dave White and Russel D. McLean.

Topics include;

Is American History Taught In British Schools?
Pasta Is Gross.
Fear Of Flying.
British Television. 
Doctor Who. 
Brookmyre And Parlabane.
Bad Reviews.
Book Recommendations. 
British Crime Shows.
Russel VS. The Great State Of New Jersey. 
The Ian Fleming Party. 
Russel’s Attempts At An American Accent.
Jay’s Attempt At An English Accent.
Vomiting On Sean Chercover.
Bloody Scotland.
Russel VS. Bruce Springsteen.
The Princeton Cannon.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hacks. Episode 8: Eva Dolan, Luca Veste & Nick Quantrill, Part Two

 Part Two of the long and rambling conversation between Eva Dolan, Luca Veste, Nick Quantrill, and Jay Stringer. 

Topics Discussed;

Jay’s Big Payday.
Helen FitzGerald.
Domestic Noir.
Our Oscar Acceptance Speeches.
Luca’s Film Pitch.
Casting Our Books.
Jay’s Doctor Who Geekery.
Romancing Konrath.
Legacy Vs. Amazon.
Small Presses.
Brick & Mortar Stores.
Do We Need A Union?
Bad Reviews.
Public Persona.
Talking Politics In Public.
Is Crime Fiction Too Conservative?
Police Procedurals.
P.I. Fiction.
What Would You Do Differently?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hacks. Episode 7: Dave White.

Before I bring you part two of the epic podcast with Luca, Eva, and Nick, here's Dave White.

Dave and I were set to do a recording with Russel McLean, but we had some spare time before Russel was free, so we had a chat.

Topics discussed Include;

Where Do You Write?
Reaction To Dave’s New Book.
Worst Review?
“Whats The Best Way To Buy Your Book?”
Jay And Amazon.
Dave And Polis.
Calamari Wrestler.
The Avengers.
Daredevil (With Spoilers.)
Tennant And Eccleston.
Liam Neeson’s On The Phone.
Ways To Die In Glasgow.
Getting Cranky When We Don’t Write.
Internet Arguments.
The Scottish Referendum.
Political Pigeons.
Dave On Tour With Pearl Jam.
Signing Books.
Breaking Bad.
Better Call Saul.
Let It Ride.
What We’re Working On.
Moving House.
Literary Vs. Genre.
Dave’s Serial Killer Book.
Writing Crime In The Modern Day.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hacks. Episode 6: Eva Dolan, Luca Veste & Nick Quantrill, Part One.

Jay is joined by Eva Dolan, Luca Veste and Nick Quantrill

Topics up for discussion include;

Fucked-Up Teeth.
Posh Boy Joe Strummer.
Punk Liaison Officer.
Where Does The North Start?
Hull’s Isolation.
Liverpool’s Development.
Liverpool and Glasgow’s Slave Trading Past.
Slavery Hasn’t Gone Away.
The Immigration Debate.
State Arts Funding.
Should Writers Talk Politics?
Being Challenged By Crime Fiction.
How To Write Racist Characters.
Sectarianism In Glasgow.
Hatred In And Of Religion.
Harrogate Crime Festival.
Bloody Scotland.
The Crime Fiction Community.
Is There A Generation Of Writers Coming Through?
Does Art Need Fear?
Did We Not Land On The Moon?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hacks. Episode 5: Alex Segura & Scott Adlerberg

Jay is joined by Alex Segura (Silent City, Archie Comics) and Scott Adlerberg (Jungle Horses.)

Topics for discussion include;
Birmingham, Muslims & Fox News.
Is Satire Still Possible?
Retconning Real Life.
Noir At The Bar.
What To Read At an Event.
Writing Short Stories.
Pantsing or Plotting?
Searching For The Perfect Fart Joke.
How Will Justified End?
Villains Being More Articulate Than Heroes.
Gary Phillips.
Crime Writers & Comics.
Meeting Famous Writers.
Nerves Before Doing Events.
Survival Of The Least Pretentious.
The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne.
Fear Of Flying.
Surviving L.A.
Tarantino Chat.
Comedians Playing Against Type.
David O. Russel Films.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hacks. Episode 4: Melissa F. Olson, Part Two.

Part Two of the marathon chat between Melissa and Jay.

Topics in this episode include; To Review Or Not To Review? Blurbing. Horror Films. Discussing Not Discussing Religion. People Scoring Political Points Off Tragedy. Celebrating Killers And Not Victims. What's Your Favourite Tim Curry Movie? The Robocop Remake. Jay's Shitty Batman Impression. Elementary VS. Sherlock. How To Write A Mystery. Circling Back To Watchmen and Comic Book Movies.