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October Roundup & Writing In Your Non-Native Language

October Roundup & Writing In Your Non-Native Language

October 29, 2018

A roundup of the guests and topics for the month of October, as well as considering a question from a listener about writing in English when it's not the author's native language. 

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How Do Bilingual Authors Choose to Write Their Stories? by Katya de Becerra

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Unwritten by Tara Gilboy

Paper Hearts Writer's Workbook by Beth Revis

How to Capture Middle Grade Voice With Tara Gilboy

How to Capture Middle Grade Voice With Tara Gilboy

October 22, 2018

Today’s guest is Tara Gilboy who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. Her middle grade novel, Unwritten, was published by Jolly Fish Press just this month. She teaches creative writing in San Diego Community College’s Continuing Education Program and for the PEN Writers in Prisons Program.

 Tara joined me today to talk about selling her book without an agent, and how to process criticism from critique partners. Also Covered: exercises to help you capture middle grade voice, and how to find critique partners both online and in real life. And, can writing be taught or is it intuitive?  

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

Portraying Mental Illnesses Responsibly in Fiction: S Gonzales

Portraying Mental Illnesses Responsibly in Fiction: S Gonzales

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 

Researching For Historical Novels with Sandra Gulland

Researching For Historical Novels with Sandra Gulland

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 

Writing Without Worrying About Perfection: Katherine Locke

Writing Without Worrying About Perfection: Katherine Locke

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