Today’s guest on the FreshPod is Blaine Hogan.
Blaine has been a creative person his whole life, recording thoughts on creativity in journals and notebooks since he was a teenager growing up in the world of theater.
After catching his big break as an actor a few years ago with a feature role on FOX’s Prison Break, his life took an unexpected turn, leading him to the role of Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.
Blaine joined me on The FreshPod to talk about his journey, our fear of the blank page, and other ideas from his new book: UNTITLED, Thoughts on the Creative Process.
You can pick up your digital copy of UNTITLED for just 4.99 at Amazon: UNTITLED by Blaine Hogan. (affiliate link)
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UPDATE: This episode of the Freshpod has been removed as this interview is now a part of the Killer Tribes 2012 Audio Bonus Package. For more info, check out the Killer Tribes Conference.
Today’s guest on the FreshPod is Jon Acuff.
Jon’s the first returning guest on The FreshPod, and he joined me to talk about his new book Quitter: Closing the gap between your Day Job and your Dream Job.
Quitter releases on Tuesday May 10th, and while it is currently sold out at Amazon as of this posting, Jon informed me that more books have been shipped to them and they should be restocked this weekend.
Here’s the link to purchase: Jon Acuff’s Quitter on Amazon.
(you can also pick it up in the Dave Ramsey Online Store)
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Today’s guest on the FreshPod is Bryan Allain.
Does it feel a little silly to be the guest on my own podcast? Yes. Yes, it does.
But my buddy Geof proposed the idea a couple weeks ago and it seemed like a fun one at the time, so we went ahead and recorded it.
Most of you know about the stuff I’m working on now, but a lot of you might not realize how I got here. On this podcast I tell Geof why I went into engineering, when I realized I’d rather be a writer, and how my love for Caedmon’s Call started the whole process.
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Excited to have Ben Arment stopping by the FreshPod this week to talk about his Dream Year program.
In this episode Ben and I talk about the value of having specific goals vs. broad ideas, the concept of investing in yourself, the faith that’s required to take some risks when pursuing your dreams, and why neither of us will ever have a mangy beard.
We also spend some time talking specifically about my dreams, because that’s the kind of thing Ben does. He takes an interview about himself and turns it into an opportunity to encourage and inspire the idiot host.
Ben has helped Catalyst launch the Catalyst West conference, created the WhiteBoard and Story conferences, planted a church, and authored a book on church planting. These days he spends his time helping other folks launch great things through the Dream Year program. Oh, and he’s working on a screenplay because…well, why not?
For more information, check out Dream Year, The Story Conference, Ben’s Blog, and Ben’s book Church in the Making. (affiliate link)
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So excited to have musician Derek Webb joining me on the FreshPod this week to give his first interview about his new record.
In this episode Derek and I talk about the inspiration for and the creation of FEEDBACK, his instrumental/electronic take on The Lord’s Prayer. We also talk about connecting with fans, getting 3 stars on Angry Birds, creative ambition vs. commercial ambition, celebrity sightings, wearing white t-shirts, and making art that’s a unique reflection of who you are.
Derek was a part of the platinum selling pop/folk group Caedmon’s Call for 10 years before embarking on a solo career in 2003. Since then he’s put out a half-dozen well-received solo albums and has rejoined Caedmon’s on their last two recordings.
For more info on FEEDBACK, including purchasing options, click here.
UPDATE: FEEDBACK now available at Amazon.com
(and if you’re reading this in a Feed Reader, you won’t see the audio player. Click here to come to the FreshPod site to see which member of Caedmon’s Call Webb thinks would give him the toughest fight. Total Running Time: 55:35)
Today’s guest on The FreshPod is Matthew Paul Turner, the former editor of CCM magazine and the author of over a dozen books in the last 10 years.
In this episode we talk about the traps some bloggers fall in, what it takes to make it as a published author, how editing leads to better humor, and the differences he sees between the music industry and the book publishing industry.
Matthew’s most recent offerings (Hear No Evil and Churched) are spiritual memoirs that effortlessly walk the line between hilarious and heartfelt. His next project, tentatively titled Good God, promises to do more of the same.
Matthew’s recent books: Hear No Evil and Churched (affiliate links)
Matthew’s Blog: MatthewPaulTurner.com
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Today on the FreshPod I talk to author Billy Coffey, who’s first book Snow Day, released last week.
Billy’s book started out as a memoir, but when an interested publisher suggested he make a few story tweaks and publish it as a novel instead, it opened up a whole new door for him. (Yeah, he’s like the anti-James Frey)
Billy and I talk about the road he took going from blogger to author, whether or not God loves the New York Yankees, and why Virginia is for lovers.
Hope you enjoy.
Billy’s Book – Snow Day (affiliate link)
Billy’s Blog – BillyCoffey.com
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Excited to be joined on the FreshPod this week with first time author Brandon Sneed.
Brandon is a writer/journalist who has written for Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com and other outlets that have names.
Brandon has just published his first book, Edge of Legend, about Anthony “Ant” Atkinson’s incredible run in the 2007 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament leading his hometown Barton College Bulldogs to the National Title (including scoring an amazing 10 points in the final 38 seconds of the Championship Game – yes that’s not a typo. Click here to watch the amazing highlights.)
Brandon and I talk about the difficulties he experienced trying to get this book published, the frustration he often feels with blogging and social media, and why he think Valentine’s Day is overrated.
I’d also love to have some listener emails to read on the podcast, so send something funny, witty, smart, complimentary, or insulting to thefreshpod(at)gmail.com and it might get read during a future podcast.
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Author Anne Jackson joins me on The FreshPod this week to talk about writing with the muse, avoiding book sales statistics, and her deep hatred of low temperatures.
Anne is the author of Mad Church Disease and the just-released Permission to Speak Freely. She blogs for her amazing community of readers at FlowerDust.net and will be speaking across the country this fall with Susan Isaacs and Solveig Leithaug.
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