This week for 13 Questions I had the privilege to interview author Julie Hoverson. This is Julie’s first time to be on HA, Hoverson said she is more than excited to talk about herself…or uhh her show. Julie is known for her podcast series 19 Nocturne Boulevard. “Being dramatized – that is, written entirely in script form – 19 Nocturne Boulevard isn’t as easily translatable to the written word as many story podcasts. [Hoverson has] had numerous requests for scripts, though, and several groups around the country are using them as performance pieces for drama classes. That isn’t to say that [she’s] ruling out prose versions of some of [her] stories, just that at this time [she doesn’t] have any spare time to do it.”
Julie then added, “I would love to have my screenplay make it to movie status, but I’m not producer material. Well, not movie producer, anyway. I prefer to have a product (the podcast) that people can listen to and tell me how awesome I am, than to have a stack of spec scripts cluttering up my house.”
Hoverson explained to me that “it is the lovely scary things inside my head” that inspire the episodes of 19 Nocturne Boulevard. “Sometimes it’s a challenge from a listener, to take on a certain “genre” or style of writing, like my recent Grand Guignol episode Puppets, or my Giallo When Yellow Casts a Crimson Shadow. Sometimes it’s a response to something I read or see in the news, though often by the time a show is completed, it may be months, even years after I wrote it. Sometimes, it’s just a poorly written horror movie that I want to fix, so I write something similar that doesn’t suck.”
You may have also heard of Julie’s other works Bingo the Birthday Clown and The Deadeye Kid. “Bingo the Birthday Clown is my cult classic serial. Right from the start I knew some people would love it and everyone else would dismiss it as insane. It was written almost as a joke – Jack Ward made a comment in a forum (not about my show, BTW) that “I’d rather listen to episode 256 of Bingo the Birthday Clown” (not an actual show, just his way of making an example of something that would be less than exciting to listen to) and I replied – “I could write that” and proceeded to write thirty 10-minute episodes over the course of about a month. And what is it about? Um… A world that is in a TV station, with each channel being its own dimension? Maybe? And things are falling apart, and Star Crunch, the sponsor of the children’s show might be a monster eating people? And there’s probably clones, and superscience, and the potential for robots. But no one is really sure.
The Deadeye Kid is much more straightforward. It’s a western, with just a teensy twist. Lemuel Roberts, the Deadeye Kid, is a gunslinger who is now trying to make amends for the wrongs he’s done in his life. Very traditional storyline, except for one thing. Lem can see and talk to ghosts. And that’s it. No other monsters, no huge supernatural stuff. I prefer to stay true to the classic western for the bulk of the story, and let the ghosts take care of themselves.
I also have another series debuting this summer – Fatal Girl. Fatal Girl is in the style of very dark anime, with a pair of tough chicks fighting nasty demons and evil spirits and serial killers and things. It is definitely an R rating, closer to Overfiend than to Sailor Moon (though it never quite goes over into the truly nasty tentacle porn horror areas…. quite).”
All of Julie’s work are only available in podcast form but that means her projects are free to download or stream. And Hoverson informed me that 19 Nocturne Boulevard even has it’s own app. The site you want to remember is http://nineteennocturne.libsyn.com which is where all of Julie’s podcasts can be found along with several other series.
“Most of the shows are mine, with three notable exceptions. First, Edwardian Entertainments is a series of stories from around 1900 that are either dramatized as is or adapted by me, but are often assembled by guest producers.
Warp’d Space is a scifi series about life on a colony ship, created and produced by Kimberly Poole, my first apprentice (now graduated and doing a lot of her own stuff).
1:18 Migration is a really dark zombie apocalypse series that actually came out a couple of years ago, written and produced by Will Ross and Loopit Productions (there’s more writers, and I can’t think of their names right now – my bad), which I offered to “re-broadcast” (so to speak), since I love the show and want to make sure it doesn’t vanish forever into the interwebs. Add to that the fact that they’re finally planning a new season, and I’ll be hosting that when it comes out.”
But this busy woman isn’t just a writer Hoverson works at a law firm in patents, trademarks and copyrights. According to Julie, “It’s great, since nerd law never makes you feel like the bad guy. Plus there’s lots of interesting inventions and stuff to fuel the imagination!” She then added that “On the other hand, working in law has taught me to be (somewhat) organized and keep track of things, so it’s all good. It also does make me pretty careful about my use of other people’s material, like music and sound effects. And one reason I don’t do any fanfic.”
Growing up, Hoverson grew to love The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales; her favorite titles being, The Robber Bridegroom, and Fitch’s Bird from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Marsh King’s Daughter by Hans Christian Andersen. Julie has also become a fan of ghosts over the years. “Ghosts can be anything or do anything, within the context of the right story. It’s not so much that I find them 100% scary, but that they CAN run the gamut for friendly goofy ghosts (like in my episode Ghost of a Chance) to something MUCH creepier. They don’t have to follow specific rules, since ghosts HAVE so few rules.”
Currently, Julie is concentrating on working on her Fatal Girl series. She informed me that, “It’s planned to go five “seasons”, with a main story arc. Since my regular show is an anthology, this is very different and challenging, to do an ongoing series where things actually move and change and the characters evolve. We will also be performing live at Crypticon in Seattle in May, doing an on-stage reading of a brand new script with a group of my actors.”
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