Show Notes for Episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy

Art credit: Julie Dillon

In Episode 7 of Essence of Wonder with Gadi Evron, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Dana Cameron, and Toni L.P. Kelner (a.k.a. Leigh Perry) joined Gadi and Karen Castelletti for geeky shenanigans. Charlaine interviewed Patricia about her new Mercy Thompson book, “Smoke Bitten“, Karen read a selection from each author, they all shared pets, and joined forces in a panel discussion on Worldbuilding, with an emphasis on Urban Fantasy.

The episode was recorded in front of a live audience.

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Memorable Quotes From the Show:

“Going back to this allegory of Vampires as a minority, demanding acceptance, this becomes a really rich social commentary.”

— Gadi Evron on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“You’ve got this brilliant idea of putting a telepath in the deep south, where everyone’s very polite, but this telepath can tell what people are really thinking.”

— Karen Castelletti on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I have so much fun with Coyote. If you game, he would believe he’s Chaotic Good, I believe he may be Chaotic Chaotic.”

— Patricia Briggs on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I think it’s so refreshing to have a teenage girl who isn’t a brat.”

— Charlaine Harris on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“Her own mother is the kind of person where you keep saying ‘I wouldn’t mind if she died.'”

— Charlaine Harris on Jessica’s Mother, speaking with Patricia Briggs’ on her work, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“It’s all very well to rescue a damsel in distress, but what you’re left with is a distressed damsel.”

— Patricia Briggs on Christy, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“To me, being a zealot is alright for what they do in the world, but I sure wouldn’t want them as a father, son, or brother to anybody I cared about.”

— Patricia Briggs on the nature of driven characters, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“Horror and Fantasy are at opposite ends of the spectrums, because Fantasy is about hope, and Horror is about hopelessness.”

— Patricia Briggs on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I’ll go on record, I hate both political parties equally, I think it’s Coke or Pepsi, it just depends on whose money you prefer running the country, and I don’t think we can get away from that because of the amount of money in politics right now.”

— Patricia Briggs on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“But that being said, I like people to read my books and wonder. And if they are liberal I want them to hear some really conservative ideas that I think have a lot of merit and if they are conservatives I want them to hear some liberal ideas that have a lot of merit.”

— Patricia Briggs on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I don’t know about you, but I plan to just slump over at my computer one day, that’d be good.”

— Charlaine Harris on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I was so pleased, so proud, and then I was so terrified, because I didn’t have any reference books on Werewolves.”

— Dana Cameron on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I can make this up, this is fiction, and it was this blinding moment to me because when you’re an academic, you’re not allowed to make things up.”

— Dana Cameron on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“[And] It’s really difficult for a chase scene to have a snake in it.”

— Dana Cameron on writing shapeshifters, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“This was putting together Vampires and Birthdays because Vampires have more Birthdays than anyone else.”

— Toni Kelner on finding interesting subjects to write about, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“And someone said ‘What’s your story going to be?’ and I said, ‘It’s going to be How Stella Got Her Grave Back'”.

— Toni Kelner on explaining what she’s writing.

“[Responding to Karen saying users instead of readers] I used to be a technical writer, I’m all about the user.”

— Toni Kelner on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“I don’t think you win someone over by shaking your finger at them or preaching to them.”

— Charlaine Harris on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“All stories are about people. It doesn’t matter if it is science fiction or cozy mysteries or horror it’s always about people. And that is where the focus of your story should be.”

— Patricia Briggs on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

“The idea of a car chase, where they’re going upwards of 25 miles per hour…”

— Dana Cameron on the joys of writing for a 1920’s setting, from Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 7: Masters of Urban Fantasy.

Hosts

Karen Castelletti
Gadi Evron

Production Team

Daria Medved
John Dodd
Ian Stockdale
Katie Anderson
Alan Bond
Dragos Ruiu
Margarita Jaitner
Daniel Goldberg
Niamh Kearney
Michael Rafferty
Gadi Evron
Karen Castelletti

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