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The Writing Monkey is a weekly podcast designed to feed a writer’s creativity and inform them on a wide range of subjects by interviewing subject matter experts.

Not many people have performed open heart surgery, questioned a criminal high on crack, or flew a helicopter into battle – but as fiction writers we need to know all of this stuff if our characters demand it. And we can’t just wing it. The errors and inconsistences scream out, the lack of actual real-world experience is obvious, and the author seems to be a lazy fraud.

One of my future guests is a weapons expert that will explain the basic who, what, when, where, and how of weapons functioning and usage. For most of the writers who have not fired an AK-47 this can be useful information that will add depth and immersion to an author’s work. Imagine this approach to other topics – trauma surgery, prison life, computer hacking, crime scene analysis, – you name it.

The Writing Monkey will provide you with the things a writer needs to know in order to write characters and scenes that are convincing and engaging.

Luke Ahearn was born in New Orleans, LA and now lives in Central California. He's written several award winning fiction and nonfiction books. He has over 20 years experience as a professional artist creating computer games, physical props, digital art such as book covers and digital murals, and a large body of 3D work.

Luke has held many lead positions such as designer, producer, art director, and owner.