Ken Stark, Award-Winning Horror Writer, Talks About What Makes a Good Scary Story

Ken Stark

Our guest on this episode is award-winning horror writer, Ken Stark.

According to Ken’s Twitter bio he is a questionable painter, unapologetic nerd, and committed beer enthusiast.

During this episode Ken shares many of his insights into writing, the importance of relatable characters, and what makes a good scary story.

Ken Stark’s books are available on Amazon including, “Arcadia Falls.”

You can find more about Ken Stark on his website and on Twitter.

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Samuel Moore-Sobel “Can You See My Scars?”

Samuel Moore-Sobel

Billy’s guest on this podcast episode is Samuel Moore-Sobel, an author, speaker, and columnist. His debut memoir, “Can You See My Scars?” is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, trauma, and severe burns.

Samuel writes about his experience as a burn and trauma survivor. Samuel has a degree in government and international politics and currently lives with his wife in Northern Virginia.

You can find Samuel’s website here www.samuelmoore-sobel.com and his Twitter account here @smoore_sobel.

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle Author of “Full Circle”

On this episode, we are talking to Canton, Oh native and Juilliard alumni, Deborah Fezelle who recently released her new book, “Full Circle.” This is her third installment of the Nick McDeare suspense book series; the previous books being, “The Evil That Men Do” and “A Walking Shadow.”

During this discussion Deborah talks about her childhood, her career as an artistic creative, and her writing style.

For your convenience you can listen to the interview at the bottom of this post. You can also find it under the Billy Dees Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and most other major podcast platforms.

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Kevin Barhydt Author of “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir”

Kevin Barhydt is the author of, “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir.

The book is a memoir of how a young boy who was abandoned, abused, and addicted; transformed into a man with the hope, courage, and resilience to seek his biological mother.

At 45 and after many years of recovery, Kevin began a painful journey to uncover his origins and search for his mother. A quote Kevin often uses is,

“When the bird falls out of the tree, the bird is traumatized.

So is the mother.”

Kevin now leads a happy and fulfilling life. He does interviews to help fight stigmas that plague survivors of various hardships and conditions.

You can Find Kevin Barhydt on YouTube.

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HumorOutcasts Podcast Interview with Wil 3 with Video

On this HumorOutcast interview is Wil 3 who is the author of, “Heartly Law?

Wil 3

During this interview Wil 3 covers how aspects of his own life fold into his stories, his writing techniques, and how little moments can be character inspirations.

(Synopsis) A congregation is packed into a church and witnesses a would-be assassin shoot Nicholas Rossi, a young man believed to be responsible for numerous miracles. After the shot rang out, Father Thomas O’Toole stood on the altar with a .38 Special still smoking and his intended victim, Nicholas Rossi, was gone. Ari Meyer, Esquire, a 15-year veteran of the Public Defender’s Office, is assigned to represent Father O’Toole at trial for attempted homicide.

Heartly Law?

The case becomes oddly personal to Meyer and puts his personal life into a downward spiral down along with his law practice.

“Heartly Law?,” the sequel to “Heartly God?,” follows Ari Meyer as he attempts to convince a jury that a single isolated event should not outweigh an entire life dedicated to service and kindness for others.

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For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as: HumorOutcasts Interview with Wil 3

We also have the interview with Wil 3 on YouTube via Zoom.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Daniela V. Gitlin, MD Author of “Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life”

PracticeCoverthumbnailThis HumorOutcasts interview is with Daniela V. Gitlin, MD who is the author of, “Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life.”

Daniela’s book gives you a view of therapy sessions from her side of the couch along with transcripts of what’s going through her mind as she’s working. Along with stories from her growing up and training years, the majority of the book spans 25 years of rural psychiatric practice. Written with candor and a light touch, these clinical and personal tales reveal a way of thinking that is essential for living actively, fully, and doing good work with a sense of wonder.

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Daniela V. Gitlin, MD

The interview is lighthearted, informative, and entertaining. Even if mental health fields are not of a particular interest to you, her career journey and life experiences are worth a listen. Much of the same can be said about the book. If you are in the field of mental health I’m sure you will find the material that much more stimulating but even as a novice or just someone who is just curious about human behavior, the book might very well be worth your time.

The interview was set up by the publisher, Corner Office Books and HumorOutcasts.com.  You can find out more about Daniela at DanielaGitlin.com.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Daniela Gitlin Author of “Practice Practice Practice …”

People of Twitter Podcast Interviews

Dorothy Rosby and Billy Dees
Dorothy Rosby and Billy Dees

Are you on Twitter? Do you use it to help market your blog, books, photography, or other creative endeavors? Have you been on Twitter with an active account for at least five years?

We are launching a new series of podcast interviews with Twitter users to talk about why they joined, how they have utilized the social media platform, and how the user experience has changed for them over the years.

On this episode we talk to Dorothy Rosby who is on Twitter @DorothyRosby

I originally met Dorothy working on an interview for HumorOutcasts.com.

coverjDorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across eleven states. Her column has been recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was a finalist in the 2015 Robert Benchley Annual Award for Humor Writing and was the 2015 first-place winner in the Humor Column category of the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Rosby Cover HODorothy is the author of I Used to Think I Was Not that Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better,” who refers to the book as the book for people who read self-improvement books and never get any better. She also is the author of I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.”

For your convenience the podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. The Billy Dees Podcast is also available on nearly all of the major podcast networks including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Stitcher. You can follow Billy Dees on Twitter @BillyDees.

People on Twitter by Billy Dees Interview with @DorothyRosby Author and Humor Writer

HumorOutcasts Interview with Arlene Schindler Author of”Stand Up & Heartbreak”

arleneblue (1)Fun time on this episode with Arlene Schindler for HumorOutcasts. Arlene is an author and speaker sharing humorous tales of women’s secrets and desires. The book we are discussing during this interview is, “Stand Up and Heartbreak: A Comic and a Sex Addict Walk into a Marriage…”

Arlene originated the comedy column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. It was the first of its kind in the country, helping spur comedy’s greatest growth period. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Purple Clover, The Huffington Post and many other publications. Her novel, “The Last Place She’d Look” is a raucous romp through the hidden sex lives of today’s mature women.

cover standupandheartbreakDuring this podcast Arlene talks about some traits to avoid while dating online and how sexual addiction impacts a marriage. You can find Arlene on Twitter @SmunnySchindler and at her website ArleneSchindler.com

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and on your favorite Alexa device under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview Arlene Schindler “Stand Up and Heartbreak”

HumorOutcasts Interview with Barbara Hammond the Author of “daddy DU JOUR”

daddy DU JOUR Cover Barbara HammondThis podcast episode for HumorOutcasts is an interview with Barbara Hammond who is the author of, “daddy DU JOUR – A revolving door of step-fathers, bad parenting, and happily ever afters.”

Barbara has a diversified background. She has experience regarding retail management, modeling, and owning a talent agency. She has also authored books before including “While You Were Sleeping”which dealt with cancer and the children’s book “Duffy Chronicles.”

As the subtitle of the book indicates, the subject matter of “daddy DU JOUR” is also varied. It chronicles the impact of various home dynamics in relation to the childhood and life of Barbara. Her story is a journey of overcoming life’s obstacles and ultimately reaching a sense of peace having traveled so far. Also comes the greater good of learning from life’s hardships and being better equipped to manage those circumstances for better life decisions while finding one’s own path in life.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and on your favorite Alexadevice under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Barbara Hammond “daddy DU JOUR”

HumorOutcasts Interview with Brian Kiley Author of “Maybe Kevin”

I was very happy to have another opportunity to interview Brian Kiley for HumorOutcasts. My last podcast with him was about a year ago for his book, “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins.” His new book is titled, “Maybe Kevin” and is available now on Amazon.

maybe-kevin-coverBrian has an extensive resume including being an Emmy Award winning writer for the Conan O’Brien Show. During this episode we talked a little bit about his work with Conan as well as some of his tricks of the trade regarding his writing process.

As we also discussed during this interview “Maybe Kevin” is somewhat of a hard book to categorize into a neat little genre. The book simultaneously manages several story-lines and time periods. Brian and I share a fondness for the WWII era and we talk about several reasons as to why that is as our discussion about the book moves along.

In general, most good stories are ones of relationships and “Maybe Kevin” is no exception. To learn more about the writing of this book I would give our podcast a listen and hear it from Brian Kiley himself.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and on your favorite Alexadevice under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Brian Kiley “Maybe Kevin”