Episode 75 of Speculate! — Tim Powers Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 75 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Tim Powers by talking to the man himself, who obliges us with a fascinating look into both his process of writing novels–where we discover that self-doubt can sometimes work better than self-confidence when it comes to motivation–and how he wrote his latest work, Hide Me Among The Graves.  We also get some insight into how Tim conducts historical research, why he likes poetry so much, and how constraints can foster creativity (and how a deadline can sometimes be considered “flexible”), all during a really enjoyable and illuminating interview that we hope you find as interesting as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week for our final show in the triptych, a discussion of some of the specific writing techniques used in Hide Me Among The Graves.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!


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6 Responses to “Episode 75 of Speculate! — Tim Powers Author Discussion”

  1. Feorhund May 14, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Great interview. Can’t wait for the final discussion episode.

    One great resource that he and other author friends have used, which I don’t think he mentioned here, is Henry Mayhew’s three volume “London Labour and the London Poor”. It’s a work from the 1840’s with an insane amount of detail on London at the time, specifically the working class and the poor, based on data he collected from interviews with the actual people. It is a must read for anyone interested in the era.

    • Feorhund May 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Just a quick correction. There is also a fourth volume of London Labour and the London Poor.

  2. Brad May 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Very interesting. Thanks for that reference, and for the kudos. I found it very interesting as well.

  3. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin) May 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I do need to read this, to compare how for myself Swinburne comes off here as opposed to, as mentioned, the Mark Hodder novels. I wonder why there is a boomlet of Swinburne in fiction these days?


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