USA Noir

USA Noir:Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».

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Meg Wolitzer and Thrity Umrigar on Writers on Writing

New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest young adult novel, Belzhar, her attraction to young adult fiction, Sylvia Plath, and what makes a compelling character.  Thrity Umrigar joins in the second half to discuss her latest novel, 
The Story Hour, and how the power of narrative has the ability to alter our world view.  

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(Broadcast date: October 15, 2014)

Literary agent Laurie Fox on Writers on Writing

Tomorrow (Weds., Nov. 5), literary agent Laurie Fox will be on the show.  9 a.m. PT, KUCI-FM, 88.9.  Here is a Q&A I did with Laurie for the November issue of The ASJA Monthly.

The station is also in the midst of a fund drive. It’s how we keep the lights on (we Public Affairs host don’t receive this $$–the station does because it gets very little from the university. Go figure.), so if you listen to the show and want it to continue, please consider donating. Even the smallest amount helps.  Call 949 824 5824 between 9 and 10 a.m. Weds morning (Pacific time) or call anytime and just say you’re donating for Writers on Writing. You can also visit kuci.org and donate there.  Thanks so very much!


Smith Henderson, James Ellroy & KUCI’s Fund Drive

Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek, joins co-host Marrie Stone to talk about marrying two separate stories together, the importance of plot, writing across genres, and how being steeped in the mountains of Montana and a dismal life of social work gave rise to a beautiful novel.  In the second half, James Ellroy, author of Perfidia,  talks about the definition of noir, immersing oneself in story and the past, living without technology, and how stories are born in his brain.

It’s KUCI’s semiannual Fund Drive.  For the next week and a half, your donations will support our podcasts, our station, and our show.  If you–or someone you know–has benefited from our show, now is your chance to show your support.  Someone once described “Writers on Writing” as a free and convenient MFA program.  Stellar authors bring their wisdom and advice into your home each week.  We have some awesome premiums, including gift certificates, tickets to Long Beach Confidential: An Evening of Noir, books, t-shirts, CDs, etc., which are all available for your donation.  Call us at (949) 824-5824 or donate online at www.kuci.org, and be sure to mention our show.

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(Broadcast date: October 29, 2014)

Authors Michael Datcher and Leni Zumas talk with co-host Nicole Nelson

Michael Datcher, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir RAISING FENCES, talks with Nicole Nelson about his new novel AMERICUS and discusses writing dialogue, layering conflict, and getting from draft number one to draft number 19. In the second half,  Leni Zumas, author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR, and the novel THE LISTENERS, discusses her work and the value of defamiliarization, learning to use autobiographical elements discerningly, and tips on writing past clichés.

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(Broadcast date: October 22, 2014)

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