Meredith and Kristin visit with Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina about the racy tales of Meg's abuela, "the queen" of her family's unofficial historistas (storytellers), Meg's personal road to becoming an award-winning author, and the incalculable resource of a good librarian. A couple lucky listener/subscribers will receive free copies of the fresh-off-the-press anthology The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth , to which Meg contributed a chapter.
Kristin and Meredith talk about how torturing your characters is a must if you want to write a compelling novel. They also chat with Kellye Garrett, who shares her early love of cozies (and why representation matters), gives the origin story for Crime Writers of Color, and talks about how #pitchwars helped launch her career (and the careers of many other writers). Plus, she talks about her newest book and how she got her idea for it.
Kristin and Meredith talk about writing in the middle of political unrest and tragedy, and talk to Sharon Harrigan. Sharon's debut novel HALF comes out June 9. She talks about writing poetry, memoir and now fiction, her path to becoming a writer, and what it was like write from the point of view of a first-person plural narrator.
Kristin and Meredith talk about writing during a pandemic on this episode, and whether anyone is able to concentrate on their creative endeavors these dark days. They discuss tricks they use to jumpstart their rewrites, whether or not anyone will want to read a COVID-19 novel someday, and how important art is for all those quarantined inside their homes.
Meredith Cole interviews Clifford Garstang and Michael Zapata for a virtual version of their scheduled book panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book (canceled for coronavirus): Stories of Displacement: Fiction, Far from Home. They discuss their newest books and how their stories are about displacement, immigration and loss.
The Virginia Festival of the Book was canceled this year due to the coronavirus, so the Moseley critique group decided to make their publishing day panel "The Write Start" virtual! In this podcast, Deborah M. Prum, Jody Hobbs Hesler, BettyJoyce Nash and Meredith Cole critique the first 100 words of the 14 anonymous entries they received for the festival. They give the authors feedback on tone, genre, voice, word choice and more.
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Meredith and Kristin talk good writerly boosts from both accountability (feet to the fire) and vacation (feet in the ocean). Katrin Schumann joins them to discuss her novel, This Terrible Beauty, love in the midst of war, and how decent people can unintentionally wind up building an authoritarian state.
Kristin and Meredith talk about New Year’s resolutions (pro and con) and rituals to start the writing year off right. Irène Mathieu, author and pediatrician, joins them to talk about poetry versus prose, having two demanding careers, and using sensitivity readers when writing about cultures and experiences not your own.
Kristin and Meredith talk about revising and first drafts, as well as the challenges of integrating political issues into their fiction. Their guest is Padma Venkatraman, award-winning author of The Bridge Home, a 2019 Global Read Aloud book, A Time to Dance, and Climbing the Stairs.