#012: Kealan Patrick Burke – Fighting the demons, the changing world of indie, and trusting the process.
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Kealan Patrick Burke is a writer, cover designer, and life-long fan of the macabre. He has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, Kealan was honored with the Horror Writers’ Association’s Bram Stoker Award for his novella 'The Turtle Boy', and he now also designs book covers through his design company, Elder Lemon design.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Diagnosing what’s missing from works in progress
  • Only delivering your best work
  • Letting the story tell you what it wants
  • Percolating ideas to let them mature before you write it
  • Keeping up with the changes in independent publishing
  • The slowly evolving landscape of horror
  • Audiobooks and the increasing demand
  • The secret power of actually responding to fans on social media
  • Creating book covers which are instagrammable
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome and fighting the demons
  • How to balance book cover design with writing
  • Where the inspiration comes from for his art style

Kealan answers questions from Patrons:

  • Ian J Middleton: when it comes to writing horror, what do you find the most enjoyable and the most challenging?"
  • Ian J Middleton: Do you have a particular process when it comes to designing covers?

Find out more about Kealan Patrick Burke:

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Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

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Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

PT Hylton

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Jerry Evanoff


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