Rob Spillman, author of All Tomorrow’s Parties and NYC literary agent Leigh Eisenman talks with Barbara about the art and craft of writing memoir, Berlin, how being an editor helps or hinders being an author, what agents are looking for, and more.
(Broadcast date: Sept. 21, 2016)
Young adult author Nora Raleigh Baskin joins Marrie Stone to discuss her new middle-grade novel, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. She discusses survivor’s guilt, unprocessed emotion, how books for young readers can be the best way to explore difficult subject-matter, rules for middle grade writers, and more.
In the second half, Alexander Weinstein joins Marrie to talk about his debut short story collection, Children of the New World. He talks about experimental fiction, inventive structures for a story, point of view choices, knowing when things aren’t working, as well as a host of practical advice for writers.
(Broadcast date: September 7, 2016)
Dana Johnson, author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about how her journalism background informs her documentarian approach to writing about place, the value of reversal in constructing tension, and her affection for the short story form.
In the second half, novelist Anna Solomon, author of Leaving Lucy Pear, talks about her process of having a good idea of the story but not overthinking it in the first draft, the various kinds of research that went into writing a story that takes place in the Prohibition Era, the art of motivating coincidence in a story when a lot is at stake, and how a Post-it note that says, “You will fail,” is her key to writing freely.
(Broadcast date: August 31, 2016)
Marrie Stone talks with bestselling author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings, about her latest novel, How to Party with an Infant. Kaui talks about writing from real life, writing humor, navigating voice, and more.
(Recording date: August, 2016; show was not broadcast on KUCI-FM)
Jennifer Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia, and Lev AC Rosen, author of Depth and The Memory Wall, talk with show host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their books and the art and craft–and business–of writing.
(Broadcast date: August 24, 2016)
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Debut novelist Natashia Deón, author of Grace, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about writing complex characters, letting readers laugh in tense situations, taking her story from a screenplay to a novel, and getting to a place of honesty.
In the second half, environmental journalist Judith D. Schwartz, author of Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World talks about how highlighting hope is important when writing about climate change, how her career in journalism evolved, how technology has affected her reading life, and more.
(Broadcast date: August 17, 2016)