Pen On Fire blog

Occasional ramblings about books, writing and life. Answers to questions raised by students and readers. Musings on the life of a writer. A discussion of the joys and challenges of the writing life. And whatever else comes up.

Novelist Ivy Pochoda on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Ivy Pochoda, author of the novel, These Women, talks with me about writing a serial killer novel from the victims’ point of view. Ivy began as a literary fiction writer and her writing continues to be literary, but it’s also categorized as crime fiction. She talks about that as well as the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 2, 2020)

Crossing Borders

This is our first straight-to-podcast show. Crossing Borders, published by Down and Out books and sponsored by Sisters in Crime, San Diego Chapter, includes my story, “Pool Fishing,” and a story by guest Kathy Krevat. Joining us is one of the anthology’s editors, Lisa Brackman. We’ll discuss the anthology, read from our stories, and talk about the art, craft, and business of crime writing.

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(Recording date: July 17, 2020)