In my last episode of The Enchant Me Podcast (which has on a bit of a hiatus), I told the story of attending my friend, T. Reilly’s, book signing. Now, he’s become a collaborator on a new, yet-to-be-named podcast.
After realizing how similar not only our love for books, music, and film were – really creativity of all kinds – we also realized that our days of growing up during the 80s and 90s were also similar. Growing up in the South Jersey area, spending time in similar areas like Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, and discovering a curiosity for independent artists were also throughlines for both of us.
Now, we’ve decided to explore those creative beginnings in a new podcast. While we are still in the beginning phases of development – we still don’t have a name! – we’ve decided to share one episode while we work on recording others and getting our act together to get it published and out into the podcast world.
In Episode 1, we explore a fabled and storied place. A place you could spend hours and get lost in its racks and aisles. A place that sadly, no longer exists. Have you made your guess? If you’ve guessed the video store, you’ve guessed correctly.
Writing and publishing a book is no small feat, so when my friend announced that he was doing a book signing for a novel he had written, I knew that not only would I go to show support for his accomplishment, it was also a perfect artist date to take myself on.
A book can be many things to many people, and this book is the tangible result of a writer setting a creative goal and sticking to it. Not only did I enjoy the book – which, by the way, is a page-turning modern gothic mystery – I was so proud and happy for him for being successful in his journey to finish it.
I’m even happier to let you know that he was gracious enough to agree to my request when I asked him to record an excerpt for this episode. So, without further ado, please take a listen
below to the full episode and the excerpt.