Welcome to Episode 73 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we talk to author Brian McClellan about his debut epic fantasy series The Powder Mage Trilogy from Orbit Books, starting with Promise of Blood. We talk about his writing process, his inspiration for the series, and how he grew from a student in Brandon Sanderson‘s creative writing course at BYU to an author with a hot new series with a lot of buzz…and what lessons he learned along the way. This was a fun interview to conduct–and finding out that a flintlock grenade launcher “is an actual thing” was worth the experience by itself! If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week for the beginning of a new triptych on the work of Tim Powers. Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!