Welcome to the Ink Heist podcast, which is devoted to dark genre fiction, featuring hosts Rich Duncan, Shane Douglas Keene, Laurel Hightower and a whole bevy of authors and other interesting guests for your listening and enlightening pleasure. We are a very irreverent, often linguistically explicit broadcast so we highly recommend you use discretion when listening around easily influenced young ones or anyone who is easily offended. We would like to thank the band Secret Smoker for allowing us to use their song “Crushed by Air” to kick-off and finish the podcast.
Before we get into this week’s episode, we would like to announce a giveaway for Cina Pelayo’s new novel Children of Chicago, which hits shelves on March 9th via Polis Books/ Agora. Want a chance to win? Tune into this week’s episode for details, though I forgot to mention that this giveaway is open to US residents only. We’re super excited for the release of Cina’s novel and wish you luck!
This week on the podcast, we’re excited to have the opportunity to welcome Gemma Amor to the show to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Girl on Fire, which is out now! Also, there are mild spoilers for Girl on Fire in this episode, so if you haven’t read it yet, definitely grab a copy and then come back for the episode! Girl on Fire follows Ruby Miller as she strikes out on her own for the first time, finally escaping her brutal family life and traumatic past. She hits the road in her cherry red 1989 Pontiac Bonneville but is involved in a car crash on a desolate road that alters her life forever. Girl on Fire is a jaw-droppingly awesome novel with action-packed scenes and hints at a much larger world. It’s a story of revenge and redemption and if you’re looking for a coming-of-age novel that subverts traditional tropes, this is a novel that you absolutely need on your shelves. It’s a blazing fast read that is sure to grip you right from the first page and we can promise you that you won’t forget Ruby Miller any time soon.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about her Stoker nomination, DEAR LAURA, GIRL ON FIRE, self-publishing, playing with tropes, authorial voice, creating a shared universe, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Gemma. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!