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T. Jefferson Parker on Writers on Writing
Posted April 21, 2022 by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
T. Jefferson Parker, author of the new novel, A Thousand Steps (Forge) and I talk about the book he’s wanted to write for years, finding his voice, rituals, and more.
This interview was originally recorded as a Sisters in Crime Zoom event (which was Zoom-bombed, but that’s another story). If you’d like to view the interview (minus the Zoom-bomb), visit YouTube and search out the Sisters in Crime Orange County channel.
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—T. Jefferson Parker
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“So many people have told me they are burning to write, but can’t seem to find a spare moment. I wish I could track them all down and hand each of them a copy of Pen on Fire. Barbara DeMarco-Barrett shows us how, even in our fast-paced, overscheduled, culture, we have more time than we realize to realize our creative dreams.”
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