#051: Autumn Birt – Travelling the world while writing, talking to your characters, and running a business with your partner.
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Autumn Birt is an award-winning and best selling author of almost 20 books. Her second epic fantasy series, Games of Fire, has received tremendous critical reviews and book 2, Gates of Fire & Earth, is also a Fantasia Reviews 2017 Book of Year nominee and winner of Best Worldbuilding.

She writes epic and dark fantasy, with a bit of post-apocalyptic mayhem thrown in. Oh, and somehow a few non-fiction books have snuck into life as well, including stories of Yurt living (in Maine, in the winter …) and real-life travel adventures with her husband as well as writing help books co-written with her writing partner, Jesper Schmidt. She is also a graphic artist when not typing away or motorcycling, hiking, paddling, or chasing her small dog through the Vermont woods.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Autumn’s route to writing via a career in conservation and then art
  • Learning how to make book covers
  • How she came to collaborate with her business partner
  • Going travelling after quitting her job
  • Business ideas coming to her while hiking in Canada
  • Talking to her characters in her head
  • Selling everything to live in a yurt
  • How the American Dream can kill YOUR dream
  • Running a business and writing books from the passenger seat of her truck
  • Cooking with limited facilities
  • Brainstorming with understanding partners
  • Writing allowing us to take on other personas
  • The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course

Find out more about Autumn:

https://www.autumnwriting.com/

https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/

Links from the show:

The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/main/?affiliates=15

The FREE mini-course: http://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/starter-kit/?affiliates=15

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GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

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