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Ariel Levy and Caitriona Lally on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Memoirist and New Yorker writer Ariel Levy joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply.  She shares her story of losing her wife, her son, and her life in rapid succession, and deriving a narrative arc out of her life.  She discusses how to dig deep into her life for answers, while protecting the loved ones who appear in her book.

In the second half, Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel, Eggshells.  She talks about writing an unsavory character, her obsession with lists, how losing her job helped her write the novel, how physical work (housecleaning) aids her writing, and the value of walking her city with her own feet, but with the eyes of her character.

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(Broadcast date: March 15, 2017)

Melissa Febos and Caite Dolan Leach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me, joins co host Marrie Stone to talk about how this new book is both braver and more personal than her former memoir, Whip Smart.  She discusses how to go deep, protecting the ones you love in writing, how to structure a memoir as a book of essays, and much more.

In the second half, Caite Dolan Leach joins Marrie to talk about her novel, Dead Letters.  She talks about writing unlikable characters, creating suspense, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 1, 2017)