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Episode Six Kevin Berry talks about Interactive Fiction and more

June 5th, 2019

In this episode Christchurch author Kevin Berry talks about writing interactive fiction for a middle grade audience, as well as speculative fiction, YA, and crime fiction. 

You can find Kevin and his books here.

The SpecFicNZ Podcast Episode 05 In which Nix, Kura, and Mat ask do pantsers exist?

May 26th, 2019

In this episode our three hosts talk about different aspects of writing from the point of view of an indie novelist, a traditionally published novelist, and a short story writer. As always this is with a focus on New Zealand. 

As always our hosts are:

Kura Carpenter

Mat Danaher

Nix Whittaker

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Episode Four: In which we talk about the psychology of characters and other things with Darian Smith

May 18th, 2019

This episode features an enjoyable chat with Darian Smith, author of the 'Agents of Kalanon Sequence', as well as the extremely useful 'Psychology Workbook for Writers'. 

You can like Darian's Facebook page here -

You can find his books on Goodreads here - and you can buy them at all good bookshops both online and off. 

Episode Three: Deb E Howell

May 4th, 2019

In this episode we had a chat with Deb E Howell, Dunedin based author of Warrior's Touch, Healer's Touch and the soon to be published Magician's Touch among other works. 

You can find her website here -

And you can find her on Facebook here -

As you can tell we had a good laugh recording this one, and it was the second episode we actually recorded, so you can tell we were still getting used to the flow of the interview, and using the technology. 

Episode 2 in which we interview Dunedin based author Daniel Stride

April 1st, 2019

In this episode we talked with Dunedin based author Daniel Stride. We talked about his work in the SpecFicNZ anthology which you can find out more about here. We also talked about Daniel's novel Wise Phuul which you can buy here

We also talked about TV Tropes and the Society for Creative Anachronism

You can find Daniel's website here

Episode One: Lee Murray and Piper Mejia Talk about Geysercon and NZ Young Writers Fest

March 12th, 2019

Award winning New Zealand Writers Lee Murray and Piper Mejia talk about New Zealand's premier event for science and fantasy creators - Geysercon, as well as the import work that New Zealand Young Writers, and their Young Writers Fest do. 

You can find out more about Lee here, and more about Piper here


Young NZ Writers

Podcast hosted by:

Kura Carpenter

Mathew Danaher 

Nix Whittaker