Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire Where writers talk about things that never happened to people who don’t exist. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

A bonus episode for my listeners! I was recently interviewed by my local radio station, and thought I would re-broadcast for you.

April 15, 2019  

 Today’s guest is Blair Hurley, who received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. Her stories are published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Georgia Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Fugue, and elsewhere. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel, THE DEVOTED, was published in August 2018 from WW Norton & Company.

Blair joined me today to talk about writing your own interests, even if that places your story in a quieter place, and the misconception of dismissing clarity in writing for simplistic novels. Also covered: the difficulty of breaking into the short story market and the motivations for doing so. 

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February 4, 2019  

Today’s guest is Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind which released from Flux  in 2018, and the forthcoming The Weight of a Soul, coming in December of 2019. Elizabeth studies creative writing and journalism at Mercer University, where she works for her college’s newspaper and literary magazine.

Elizabeth joined me today to talk about landing a publishing deal without an agent and achieving publication as a teenager, the enduring qualities of mythology, and how modern perspectives can open up old tales, as well as the different skills at work in both journalism and creative writing.

 

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A New Look On Books

 

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

 

 

November 19, 2018  

Making yourself write - aren't you supposed to WANT to? 

Also covered - Top 5 Mistakes When You're New To Querying and Submitting.

October 15, 2018  

Today’s guest is S Gonzales who writes Young Adult contemporary books with twisty plots and a generous dose of romance, featuring witty yet vulnerable characters. She joined me today to talk about landing her agent, Twitter contests, and balancing time difference while living in Australia and interacting with her American audience and publishing contacts. Also covered: Why publish with an initial standing in for her first name? Writing about mental illnesses responsibly and rom coms for queer people. 

 

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

Pulp by Robin Talley 

October 8, 2018  

Today’s guest is Sandra Gulland is an American-born Canadian novelist. She is the author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun, novels set in the court of Louis XIV, The Sun King, and a trilogy of novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte: as well as The Game of Hope. A YA historical about Josephine’s daughter.

Sandra joined me today to talk about how publishing has changed over time, the differences in the Canadian publishing world vs. the American, and researching for historical novels. Also covered: assigning personalities to people that actually existed, sexism in researching female historical characters, and how to know when to bend the facts in order to keep your fiction interesting.

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

What they don’t know by Nicole Maggi 

October 1, 2018  

Today’s guest is Katherine Locke, author of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON and the upcoming THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON.Katherine joined me today to talk about landing her agent, and how her process of drafting ignores the need to be perfect, putting that responsibility on the editing process. Also covered: data for writers – and why we might not want it anyway – and how Katherine approaches historical facts while working with fiction, plus her process of research while writing.

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi 

September 22, 2018  

The guest for the October 1st agent episode is Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary. Melissa joined me today to talk about how her background in litigation helped prepare her for agenting, as well as providing the foundation for her private business, MLE Consulting. Also covered: differences between the adult and children’s publishing worlds, what “timeless” Middle Grade feels like and the benefits of working with an agent vs. going on your own.

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September 17, 2018  

Today’s guest is Lauren Gibaldi author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, AUTO FOCUS and THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD. Lauren is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in Literature and Master’s in Library and Information Studies. 

Lauren joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about landing her agent, and how her process of being a punster can occasionally backfire, but nothing is ever wasted. Also covered: how being a librarian has helped Lauren feel more connected to teens and benefited her writing career, as well as portraying artistic teens in fiction.

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Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss 

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

September 10, 2018  

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Today’s guest is Kelly DeVos author of FAT GIRL ON A PLANE. Kelly holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE is available now from Harlequin Teen. Her work has been featured in the New York Times as well as SheKnows and Bustle. Kelly joined me today to talk about landing her agent, and how her particular process of being a hardcore planner works to turn the spark of an idea into a novel. Also covered: the inspiration for FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, a discussion of the fashion world and body acceptance and how short stories can help you experiment with new ideas, characters, or methods.

 

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Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

It’s a Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt 

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