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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Novelist Leland de la Durantaye with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah versus the Tree talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing his debut novel (though not the first one he wrote), about patience, and language. Not to be missed.

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 (Broadcast date: May 22, 2019)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Literary agent Claire Roberts with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

New York City literary agent Claire Roberts talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about books, publishing, trends, self-published books, and more, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, broadcast from the University of California, Irvine campus.

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(Broadcast date: May 15, 2019)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sigrid Nunez and Amanda Marbais on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Sigrid Nunez, author of the 2018 National Book Award winning novel The Friend, joins Marrie Stone to talk about enduring themes across her work, her trepidation about writing about a writer, and her general wisdom about the writing process, learning the craft, the role of talent, teaching, and the importance of reading wide and deep.

In the second half, Amanda Marbais discusses her debut short story collection, Claiming a Body. She shares her arduous revision process (confessing that stories often undergo between 25 and 40 revisions), and assembling a collection versus publishing individual stories. Amanda dissects one of her pieces—from original kernel of inspiration to the final revision. She discusses dialogue, the importance of reading your work aloud, and her propensity towards gallows humor.

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(Broadcast date: May 8, 2019)

Monday, May 06, 2019

Amy Hempel and Katya Apekina on KUCI-FM

Katya Apekina, author of The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, and Amy Hempel, author of Sing to It talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: May 1, 2019)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lydia Fitzpatrick & Kim Magowan on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Lydia Fitzpatrick joins Marrie Stone to talk about her debut novel, Lights All Night Long. Lydia shares her connection to Russia, how she approached the ominous task of research, the importance of photographs and Google Maps in her work, and her thoughts about structure and narrative tension. She also shares her writing advice about "the wall of shame" and how deconstructing other people's novels helped her own work.

In the second half, Kim Magowan joins to talk about her short story collection, Undoing. Kim discusses the usefulness of putting constraints around her work, her thoughts about linked stories, and the elegant way she assembled her collection. She also talks about overcoming her fears to send work out, the role of contests for flash and short story writers, and the importance of independent presses.

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(Broadcast date: April 24, 2019)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, talks with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about exclamation points, comma splices, and an assortment of matters concerning grammar and punctuation.

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(Broadcast date: April 17, 2019)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Melissa Duclos and Kim Dower on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Melissa Duclos joins Marrie Stone to talk about her novel, Besotted. Melissa shares her nearly 15 year journey with her novel, her decision to break up with it, and her discovery of small, independent presses. She also talks about the novel's unique point of view, first person omniscient. You can learn more about Melissa and her newsletter at her website.

In the second half, Kim Dower joins to discuss her fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave. In honor of National Poetry Month, Kim reads a few poems about her late father, talks about their origin, recurring themes throughout her collections, the accessibility of her work, and the subconscious influences at play. She also shares helpful advice for aspiring poets.

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(Broadcast date: April 10, 2019)

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Memoirist Meredith May, The Honey Bus, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus: A memoir of Loss, Courage, and a Girl Saved by Bees (Park Row Books/Harper Collins) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: April 3, 2019)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lisa Gornick and Julie Clark on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Lisa Gornick, author of The Peacock Feast, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest sweeping novel. She talks about the braiding together of three story-lines; researching historical figures while ensuring the research never feels didactic to the reader; managing vast amounts of time and complex story-lines, etc.

In the second half, debut novelist Julie Clark joins to talk about The Ones We Choose. She talks about writing a novel while working full-time as a teacher and raising two children on her own. She shares the contest that led her to her agent, and her path to publication. And she discusses how the explosion of reproductive technologies have led to some unintended ethical consequences.

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(Broadcast date: March 27, 2019)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Alex Michaelides & Amy Meyerson on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Alex Michaelides, author of the debut literary thriller The Silent Patient, joins Marrie Stone to talk about his journey from screenwriting to novels and how the two feed each other. He discusses taking walks in the park—like his character—as a form of method writing. He discusses how Agatha Christie influenced his work, discovering his characters, keeping a diary as a way of giving his silent character a voice, and more.

In the second half, Amy Meyerson joins to talk about her novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays.  She shares the origin story behind the book, learning the intimate and amazing things people tuck inside of books to later be found. She talks about weaving together clues based on significant novels, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 13, 2019)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Steven Rowley & Abby Geni on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Steven Rowley, author of The Editor, and Abby Geni, author of The Wildlands, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: March 20, 2019)

If you're in Orange County, California, on May 14, come to Lido Village Books where Steven Rowley will talk further with Barbara about his book. More at penonfire.com.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Pam Jenoff & Soniah Kamal on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Historical fiction writer Pam Jenoff joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, The Lost Girls of Paris. In an interview full of craft advice for writers, Pam shares her tips for research, structure, voice, inspiration and more.

In the second half, Soniah Kamal joins to talk about her debut novel, Unmarriageable. Soniah shares her origin story as a writer, how her background in acting serves her fiction, transposing a classic novel, cultural appropriation and more. 

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(Broadcast date: February 20, 2019)

Friday, March 08, 2019

Vanessa McGrady and Glen Erik Hamilton with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing

Memoirist Vanessa McGrady, author of Rock Needs River, and novelist Glen Erik Hamilton, author of Mercy River talk about the art, craft, and business of writing their new books.

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 (Broadcast date: March 6, 2019)

Friday, March 01, 2019

Novelist & Screenwriter Amanda Sthers, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Amanda Sthers, author of Holy Lands (Bloomsbury) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new epistolary novel and why she starts with the ending.

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(Broadcast date: February 27, 2019)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Christopher Castellani and Susan Shapiro on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, and Susan Shapiro, author of The Byline Bible, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on the show to talk about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 13, 2019)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Tom Barbash on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Tom Barbash, novelist and short story writer, joins Marrie Stone for the hour to discuss his latest novel, The Dakota Winters. Tom shares his research, his background in journalism, his secret to creating compelling short stories and more. We learn a little about John Lennon, and a lot about Tom, in this informative and fun 58 minutes.

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(Broadcast date: February 6, 2019)

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Pam Houston with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing on airplanes, setting, balancing life with writing, finding structure, and more.

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(Jan. 30, 2019)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tim O'Brien joins Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Iconic Vietnam War novelist and short story writer Tim O'Brien (author of The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods, Going After Cacciato, and more) joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk about memory, truth, storytelling, mortality and more. O'Brien shares his philosophy that the sound of the story—its cadence, rhythm, and music—should be its guiding principle. He also discusses his revisitation of Hemingway's work and the powerful persistence of childhood memories.

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(Broadcast date: January 23, 2019)

Friday, January 18, 2019

David R. Gillham and Janet Clare with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

David R. Gillham, author of Annelies, a novel based on Anne Frank and who would she might have been had she lived, and Janet Clare, author of the novel, Time is the Longest Distance, about a woman who learns her father is an Aussie, and goes to find him, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on this latest episode of Writers on Writing.

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(Broadcast date: January 16, 2019)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jenn Stroud Rossmann and June Casagrande on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelist Jenn Stroud Rossmann joins Marrie Stone to talk about her novel, The Place You're Supposed to Laugh. She shares her insights on how she unpacked the novel, writing from a young, black male's point of view, and how her work as a mechanical engineer and professor feeds her fiction.

In the second half, June Casagrande shares her insights and wisdom into grammar and syntax with her latest book, The Joy of Syntax: A Simple Guide to All the Grammar You Know You Should Know. She discusses common mistakes writers make, how to play with syntax in fiction, good examples of bad writing, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 9, 2019)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Liane Moriarty & Mark Russell Gelade on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bestselling author Liane Moriarty joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. She shares her process, her weaknesses, and her affinity for multiple points of view, among many other things.

In the second half, Mark Russell Gelade joins to share his debut collection, Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love & LongingHe reads a few pieces and talk about their origins, his revision process, his inspirations, arcs across his work and the art of compression.

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(Broadcast date: December 26, 2018).

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Actor Omid Abtahi on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in OC, California, with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Actor Omid Abtahi, featured in American Gods, Boys of Abu Ghraib, Homeland, Argo, etcetera etcetera, spends the hour with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. They talk about the creative process, his roles, and how it all begins with the word.

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(Broadcast date: Jan. 2, 2019)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Memoirist Beth M. Howard with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Beth M. Howard, author of Hausfrau Honeymoon, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new memoir, a prequel to Making Piece, on KUCI-FM 88.9. The show is first broadcast from UC-Irvine Campus and later podcast on iTunes. Subscribe to the show on iTunes and when a new show is uploaded, you'll receive it in your podcast file.

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(Broadcast date: January 2, 2019)

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