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Thanksgiving Mackin' About The Walking Dead, Writing, Trump and More on the Podcast

Alex gives thanks with a Thanksgiving bonanza of a show!

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He welcomes back acclaimed bestselling author Jason McIntyre to the show! The guys talk about (and provide tips for) the writing life, indie audiobooks, book cover creation by JasonThe Walking Dead and more!

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest installment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.

Learn more about Jason at his mothership:


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Here's how:

1. Go to (click here or search "J. Alexander Greenwood")

2. Select a book written by Alex.

3. Leave a starred review.

4. Screenshot the review (must be 3 stars or better)--this book review has to be new--reviews posted prior to the release of this episode are not eligible. 

5. Email the screenshot to Team(at) with the subject line "My Amazon Review" along with your name, mailing address and how you would like Alex to inscribe your copy.

6. The FIRST listener to do this will get the autographed copy. That's it!


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Stephen King: Creative Writing Cannot Be Taught

Stephen King on creative writing classes....I have to agree. Some of the most tedious hours of my life have been in creative writing classes.


Not every writer is good and not everything written by good writers is great.

That's true, and the idea that someone can tell you how to create is ridiculous. Certainly you can learn structure, format, discipline and tricks of the trade, but even my grandfather--who had more than 30 of his books published--could never give me the secret of how to make a good, solid story.

The idea of teaching a fledgling writer how to be the next Hemingway--or Stephen King-- is like teaching a tone-deaf person to sing. You can't do it.

Either they can create or they can't.

To keep this from being a complete downer, I will say this: you can write if you work your butt off. You may be like me, terribly average with an occasional "good one" that comes from that hard work (and reading this helps). And if that "good one" is satisfying, then keep writing. But if it's all frustration and "where's my book deal?" then you might want to try singing.


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