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Wendy Corsi Staub on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Wendy Corsi Staub, mystery author with more than 75 books to her credit, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing mystery and suspense fiction, and her path to becoming a NYT bestselling author. Staub will be a keynote presenter at Ladies of Intrigue, sponsored by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime, on Oct. 1, 2017. More info here.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 13, 2017)

Novelists Don Winslow and Janelle Brown on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Don Winslow, author of The Force, and Janelle Brown, author of Watch Me Disappear join me to talk about their latest novels. Don talks about a writer’s job and his pathway to publication, and Janelle talks about how Watch Me Disappear began as a story about a dysfunctional family and turned into a suspense novel about a mother who disappears.

Janelle will be a guest at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series & Salon’s final 2017 gathering on Tues. Sept 12. Click here for more information and to register.

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(Broadcast date: August 30, 2017)

Short story writers Meghan Kenny and Michael Knight on Writers on Writing

Short story writers Meghan Kenny, Love Is No Small Thing, and Michael Knight, Eveningland, join Marrie to talk about their collections.

Both writers discuss the importance of place in their fiction. They dissect a few of their most challenging stories, beginning from the original kernel of an idea through the revision process and how the final product came to be. They discuss titles, endings and beginnings. And they each share the wisdom and advice that sustains them as writers.

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(Broadcast date: August 23, 2017)

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Jonathan Dee and Shari Lepena on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Jonathan Dee joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, The Locals, and its relevancy in the rise of Trump. He talks about the complications of class relations, as well as craft issues including point of view, writing challenges he sets for himself, and what that wonderful first chapter does for the rest of the novel.

In the second half, Shari Lepena talks about her new thriller, A Stranger in the House. She talks about creating suspense, how to craft a compelling thriller, the subtle psychological issues underlying the plot, and creating unreliable narrators.

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(Broadcast date: August 9, 2017)

Novelists Benjamin Ludwig and Melissa de la Cruz on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Benjamin Ludwig joins Marrie Stone to talk about his debut novel, Ginny Moon. Benjamin shares his personal experiences raising an adopted autistic daughter, the ways in which being immersed in this world gave birth to Ginny Moon, how to establish an effective voice of an autistic narrator, and more.

In the second half, young adult writer Melissa de la Cruz joins Marrie to talk about her novel, Alex & Eliza. She talks about writing historical fiction, managing minor characters, balancing history against the love story, writing historical dialogue, and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 26, 2017)