Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is cool!

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Sure, she’s cool, but banning fiction is not hot! I hope you enjoy this conversation. I did because I knew nothing of Qatar. One reason I know nothing about the tiny country sitting atop Saudi Arabia is they do not allow their citizens to be portrayed in literature. That’s what makes my guest a true groundbreaker.

It really bothers me when literature gets banned. Today I talk to the author of Love Comes Later, a book banned in Qatar. I knew nothing about Qatar until I began talking to Dr. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. It sounds like a fascinating place, full of paradox and difficult to navigate.

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In this episode, we discuss Mohana’s life in Qatar and her perspective as a foreign worker and as a writer. Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011. Ironically, her banned book, Love Comes Later, won the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013.

To learn more about Mohana’s books, her website is www.mohanalakshmi.com and you can follow her on Twitter @moha_doha. Though her Love Comes Later is banned in Qatar, you can certainly buy it and all her books on Amazon from her Author Page here.


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Robert Chazz Chute is the author of This Plague of Days. Seasons One and Two are available here. Season 3 comes out later this spring, 2014. In this zombie apocalypse, our champion is a selective mute on the autism spectrum in Kansas City, Missouri. Oddly, the infected are not supernatural. The humans are.


Oh, and this just in!

Chazz is part of a new horror collection along with seven other authors. The box set is only 99 cents! Pick up Horror Within here!

If zombies and straight up horror aren’t your speed, try some suspense with Murders Among Dead Trees or Self-help for Stoners. Find all the links to all the books, and the sister podcast (All That Chazz) at AllThatChazz.com.

All podcast are was supplied by Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com.

To donate to the podcast, click the safe and secure yellow button to the right. To support the podcast, please leave a review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. Thanks for listening!

~ Chazz

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Cool Janice Landry’s Sixty Second Story

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Janice LandryJanice Landry’s book, The Sixty Second Story, pays tribute to first responders, including her late father, Baz Landry, Halifax firefighter and Canadian Medal of Bravery recipient. Writer, director, producer, strategic communications, and instructor.

Click the cool cover below for the Amazon.ca link or click here to find out more from her publisher, Pottersfield Press.

Janice is a senior member of the part-time faculty in the Department of Communication 51B2gH708XL._SL500_AA300_ (1)Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she has been instructing since 2001. She started Groundhog Productions after a lengthy television career at CTV Atlantic, where she held virtually every position in television news production over the course of her twelve-year career with the broadcaster.

You can see this podcast at this Youtube link. We had Call Recorder Demo instead of Call Recorder, but you can still see Janice Landry towering over me, so it’s all fine. (Damn you, Call Recorder!)

Your giggling host is Robert Chazz Chute.

Chazz is the author of the bestselling serial, This Plague of Days. Find out more at ThisPlagueOfDays.com. His latest book is The Little Book of Braingasms. He’s also written two crime novels, three books about writing, publishing and marketing and two short story collections of suspense. 

For all Chazz’s books and to check out the All That Chazz podcast, go to AllThatChazz.com. You’re welcome to donate safely and securely at the little yellow button to help us cover the bandwidth for the podcast, too. Failing that, leave a happy review on iTunes so more people find us and can fall in love with our brand of nonsense and super happy fun times.

Podcast art is supplied by the kind, smart and extremely reasonable graphic artist Kit Foster, of KitFosterDesign.com. I’m nominating him for a cover design award.  Here’s the link to that post.

Thanks for listening!

~ Chazz

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Cool Mark A. Rayner Talks About the Singularity

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Please note: If you’re in the London, Ontario area, meet Mark and Chazz at London’s Central Library where they’ll be giving readings, answering questions about writing and publishing and perhaps even selling books in the Stevenson and Hunt Room (A&B) at 7 PM on Thursday, November 14th. There shall be laughter. “At” or “with” is optional. Get there. Be there for the fun.

Who is Mark A. Rayner?

Human-shaped, monkey-loving, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, massively-bestselling wannabe, Mark is actually Canadian. By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of humorous, satirical and fabulist novels, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.) The Fridgularity, his most recent novel, won an IndieReader Discovery Award for best humor in 2012. His second novel,Marvellous Hairy examines what happens when a surrealist writer is turned into a monkey. His first book,The Amadeus Net, is heavier on the robots.kilroy-square-640

You can read more of his fiction (for free) at his website where you can also dig into his irregular and explosive blog, The Skwib (markarayner.com). Follow him at Twitter (@markarayner) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RaynerWriting).

 

 

Who is your cackling host?

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz Chute is the award-winning author of the bestselling serial, This Plague of Days, featuring an autistic boy facing down the end of the world in a dystopian future than could begin in real life at any moment. Plus zombies! (But not real zombies.) And possibly vampires! (But not real vampires.)

It’s a complicated story spanning the globe and it teaches you Latin, so there’s that. He writes crime novels and some other fiction and non-fiction. Check it out at AllThatChazz.com.

 

Podcast art was supplied by Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com.

For more nonsense and hilarity, check out the All That Chazz podcast. To donate to the podcasts and keep us going, click the safe and secure yellow button in the right sidebar.

Thanks for listening.

 

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Cool Gordon Bonnet Schools Us on the Science of Skepticism

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Is America doomed? Is it even possible to change anyone’s mind once they’ve decided something? How do you even know if your reasoning sucks? On this podcast, I speak with skeptic, teacher and author Gordon Bonnet about science, skeptics and the people who hate science and skeptics. We cruise into atheism and how terribly bleak things are. However, if you read Mr. Bonnet’s book, things might get a little less hopeless. Take this podcast, stick it in your ears, come for the jokes, stay for the wisdom and coolness.

Skeptophilia_CoverEdit6_wWords (Large)My guest: Gordon Bonnet

Gordon Bonnet teaches science. He’s a writer, musician and atheist from upstate New York. Check out his fiction here. Follow him on Twitter @talesofwhoa. Read his blog on science, skepticism and figuring out how the world really works here. Click the cover for the Amazon link to the book, Skeptophilia.

 

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Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz Chute is the author of nine books and also hosts the All That Chazz monologue show. Motto: Buy a book or I’ll sing!

If you’re into dystopian suspense with forays into autism (and who isn’t?) his latest is a serial is This Plague of Days. It’s about an autistic boy who faces down the end of the world. Expect unusual zombies, World War Z action and a story that cracks the genre’s conventions in unexpected ways. To find out more, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com. Check out all his books at AllThatChazz.com.

Other blogs by Chazz? (Really? How much can you stand?): ChazzWrites.com (about writing and publishing) DecisionToChange.com (health, weight loss and figuring shit out) and Six Seconds (about the glory of the Vine app). 

To contribute to the podcast, hit the safe and secure yellow Donate button to the right. If you like the show, please leave a happy review on iTunes so more listeners can find us and I’ll hate myself less. (Was that needy? Sorry.)

Podcast art by Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com. The music bed at the top isTruth of the Legend by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com. Awesome people with amazing skills. Use their services and raise your voice is a chorus of praise.

Thanks for listening! ~ Chazz

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Cool Vine Guy, Actor Jay Hash!

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“Angsty” actor Jay Hash breaks down the lure of six-second movies on Vine, movies, the theater, comics, graphic novels and a Sean Connery impression that will blow you away. At the heart of this interview is Jay’s passion for Art with a capital A and a love of creativity and fun.

Find Jay Hash on Vine and follow him!

Find Jay Hash on Vine and follow him!

Killer interview! Expect a couple of shout outs to the most excellent of Vine, explanations about Vine families and a few swings at the nature of celebrity. We explore which graphic novels  intellectuals need to claim that title and Jay shows off his powerful nerd cred. 

If you watch us on my Youtube Channel, Jay appears to be broadcasting incognito from a secret bunker location for the first bit. It’s like an old 60 Minutes interview. When that’s fixed, he emerges into the light and it’s The Two Gingers Talking Shit! Show.

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Robert Chazz Chute is the author of nine books and also hosts the All That Chazz monologue show. He’s a former journalist. Hobby: Facing the Abyss. Badly.

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

His latest is a serial is This Plague of Days. It’s about an autistic boy who faces down the end of the world. Expect unusual zombies, World War Z action and a story that cracks the genre’s conventions in unexpected ways. To find out more, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com. Check out all his books at AllThatChazz.com. Buy a book or I’ll sing!

Hang in to the end to hear a bit of coolness about the end of the world. To contribute to the podcast, hit the safe and secure yellow Donate button to the right. If you like the show, please leave a happy review on iTunes so more listeners can find us and I’ll hate myself less. (Was that needy? Sorry.)

Podcast art by Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com. The music bed at the top is Truth of the Legend by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com. Awesome people. Use their services and raise your voice is a chorus of praise.

Thanks for listening! ~ Chazz

 

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Wool Author Hugh Howey is Cool!

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You’ve already heard of the mega-bestseller Wool even if you haven’t read it yet. You will read it and see it in different forms, too. Taut, claustrophobic and compelling, Wool is dystopian fiction that has captured the imagination of a cult of readers who can’t wait for more of the world Hugh Howey created. Ridley Scott may make the serial into a movie franchise. Jet City will turn it into a graphic novel. Cool Wool author Hugh Howey is my guest and the conversation goes to surprising places.

hughhoweymedHow did he get into the brain tickle business? Should we boycott Ender’s Game? Is all this NSA surveillance going to save anyone? Hugh opens up about the dark forces behind I, Zombie. We touch on PTSD, 9/11, World War Z, his writing and, of course, the optimal speed of zombies. 

For everything else you need to know about Hugh Howey and to get all his books, go to HughHowey.com.

 

Your host: Author Robert Chazz Chute

You can hear the audio podcast on Stitcher at the show icon for All That Chazz or hear it on iTunes at Cool People Podcast

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here and watch the Hugh Howey interview and more.

TPOD S1 0616 copyBig news from me! Episode 5 of This Plague of Days releases today (July 16, 2013.) It’s the last episode of Season 1, but Season 2 hits in September. Brace yourself for more zombie action, an autistic hero rises and more of America falls. 

You can get each of five episodes at 99 cents each or grab all of Season 1 at a discount for just $3.99. 

To listen to my monologue podcast, go to my author site at AllThatChazz.com. Or go straight to the Amazon page here. If you like books, please leave a happy review on Amazon. That helps immensely.

If you enjoy today’s show, please leave a happy review on iTunes so more people can find us or hit the pretty yellow donate button for a safe and secure donation. Thanks for listening to the Cool People Podcast.

Stay cool. 

~ Chazz

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Cool Jessica McHugh Talks Writing

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From horror and violence to using bad words and getting sexy, in this interview with the great Jessica McHugh, we talk about fan fiction, writing books and messing with readers’ expectations. Fun, laughter and shenanigans ensue, even with the tech glitches we had to work around. Hang in to the end and you’ll get a bonus blooper, too.

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Author Jessica McHugh

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, Jessica has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry and playwriting. She has had twelve books published in four years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the gritty coming-of-age thriller, PINS. Find out more about the author at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

You can now see CPP interviews on YouTube, too.

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Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz Chute’s latest book is a horror serial about the rising zombie apocalypse. It’s called This Plague of Days. It’s coming out this week. Think World War Z, add an autistic kid and mix in equal measures of The Stand and 28 Days Later. That’s This Plague of Days. For more information, go to AllThatChazz.com and ThisPlagueOfDays.com.

If you like the podcast, please leave a happy review on iTunes.

If you love the podcast, you can donate to help us with the bandwidth at the pretty yellow “Donate” button in the right sidebar at AllThatChazz.com or CoolPeoplePodcast.com. Thanks very much!

And thanks for listening!

~ Chazz

 

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Cool LeRon Barton Writes Straight Dope

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LeRon Barton is the author of Straight Dope, A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture. In this interview, he discusses how he did his research for the book and we delve into some complicated issues around marijuana, cocaine, crack and meth.

From LeRon’s Amazon page for Straight Dope:

LeRon BartonStraight Dope is book that asks the simple question – why are drugs so entrenched in America’s society? Instead of doing the same ol’ rigmarole song and dance and interviewing talking heads and experts, Straight Dope gets to the heart of the matter and talks to the people at ground zero – the drug addicts whose lives revolve around getting high; the criminals who profit off the misery of the addicts; the teachers who deal with the children in drug abused homes; the drug counsellors who try to balance breaking the cycle of addiction while dealing with the bureaucracy of government politics; the legal marijuana growers battle against tobacco companies and how to thrive in the growing industry; and the parents’ issue of how they will prepare their children to just say no.

Straight Dope coverInspired by the late great Studs Terkel’s many works, Straight Dope comprises raw and uncut hard-hitting interviews about the participants’ experiences, thoughts, opinions, and outlook on drug abuse, why or why not drugs should be legal, and how the government is handling the war on drugs. Removing nearly all the questions, the interviews are more like monologues, allowing the reader to feel as if the subject is just, “talking,” instead of a standard interview. In addition to the real life accounts of people, Straight Dope also has spoken word pieces compiled of biting social commentary, as well as my own personal reflections composed of my experiences with drugs.

LeRon’s website is MainlinePub.com.

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Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz Chute hosts the monologue podcast, All That Chazz, and is the author of Self-help for Stoners, the Hit Man Series, and several non-fiction books. He’ll soon release a new horror serial called This Plague of Days. (For sneak peeks and announcements, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com.) For all his other books, see the links at AllThatChazz.com.

Like the show? Donate at the pretty yellow button or leave a happy review on iTunes to spread the good word. Thanks for listening! 

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Cool Shermin Kruse Talks Politics

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Shermin Kruse

Iran’s president arrested, US politics both foreign and domestic, Middle East politics and finding hope to change the world with connection, art, music, love and kisses. Serious topics. Cool guest! 

Shermin Kruse is a citizen of Iran, Canada, and the United States. She is the co-founder and a director of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Organization, a human rights organization committed to the exchange of art and culture between Iran and the United States to promote peace through understanding. She has published poetry, is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy issues, and has a background in modeling, dance, painting and photography. She obtained her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and was the youngest female minority to partner at her law firm. She is a regular advice columnist for Chicago Lawyer magazine, contributes to scholarly legal articles, and works with a number of pro bono entities in both civil and criminal cases including representing political refugees in their asylum applications.

Discover more about Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Organization here.

Your Host

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Author and host Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz Chute is a suspense and horror author. He’ll soon launch his first serial, This Plague of Days. It’s an autistic boy thrown into The Stand meets 28 Days Later. For sneak peeks, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com

For all his books, visit AllThatChazz.com or check out his Amazon page.

Like the Show?

Please leave your happy reviews on iTunes or donate at the safe and secure donate button to the right to keep the podcast going and growing. That makes you cool! Thanks!

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Cool Renee Pawlish Talks Books

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Author Renee Pawlish

Author Renee Pawlish

Renee Pawlish authored the bestselling horror book Nephilim Genesis of Evil. A film noir lover, Renee wrote the Reed Ferguson Mystery Series and the Noah Winter series for young adults. Her latest book is This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies.

Today we go deep about writing and selling books. Have a listen and check out Renee’s websites at ToBecomeAWriter.com and ReneePawlish.com.

 

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Robert Chazz Chute writes suspense and crime novels, and he’s about to release a unique  horror serial called This Plague of Days. His other podcast is All That Chazz.

About The Show

The music bed at the top of the show is Hit Man by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com. Thanks also to Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com for the podcast art.

If you like the show, please leave a happy review on iTunes or make a secure donation to keep the podcast going at the pretty yellow button on the right sidebar. Thanks and thank you for listening!

~ Chazz

 

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