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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wally Lamb & Mary Troy

New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, I'll Take You There.  He discusses feminism, recurring characters, magical realism, how his interests have shifted over time, and his nostalgic love affair with an age now past.

In the second half, Mary Troy shares her novel Swimming on Hwy N.  Mary discusses her love for Missouri and bringing that place to life on the page, quirky characters, and how she approached the novel after her work in short fiction.

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(Broadcast date: December 14, 2016)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Norman Ollestad with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Norman Ollestad, author of French Girl with Mother, is Barbara's featured guest for the entire hour. Norman talks about writing fiction from life, the best training for a writer, writing tight, and more.

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 7, 2016)

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Authors Teddy Wayne and Shawn Wong with Nicole Nelson

In the first half hour, novelist Teddy Wayne, author of Loner, talks with Nicole Nelson about leveraging spare use of the second person to add menace, building dread gradually through multiple drafts, and managing his writing time to balance work on fiction as well as being a regular contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times.

In the second half, novelist Shawn Wong, author of American Knees, talks about his pioneering work in the field of Asian American Studies, how watching and listening closely to women helps him write rounded female characters, and how working with returning soldiers through the Red Badge Project taught him to think on his feet.

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(Broadcast date: November 30, 2016)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Novelist Caroline Leavitt and memoirist Molly Brodak talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World, and Molly Brodak, author of Bandit talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their books, and the art and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: 11/23/2016)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shawn Shiflett and Jim Fusilli

In the first half, Shawn Shiflett, author of Hey, Liberal! talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about the challenges of humanizing evil characters, writing realistic dialogue, and how being a natural mimic helps him create authentic-sounding voices.

In the second half, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett talks to Jim Fusilli, editor of, and contributor to Crime Plus Music about how being a music critic influenced him as a fiction writer, how he finds short stories more challenging to craft than novels, and why noir seems to work better in short fiction and movies as opposed to longer formats.

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(Broadcast date: November 9, 2016)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Clarence Major and Kelly Luce on Writers on Writing

In this post-election show, Clarence Major (novelist, poet, painter, short story writer and essayist) joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest story collection, Chicago Heat and Other Stories.   What's been on his mind?  How do we love?  How do we connect?  Where do we find hope?  He shares this and more.

In the second half, Kelly Luce talks about her debut novel, Pull Me Under.  She discusses her time in Japan, and how a phenomena unique to Japanese youth influenced her novel.  Kelly also discusses working with psychologically difficult characters, what a move to present tense did for the book, and how she became a serious writer after leaving her MFA program.

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(Broadcast date: November 16, 2016)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gina Frangello and Francine Prose

Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting, joins Marrie Stone to talk about writing through difficult life circumstances, how literature can save us, the inspiration for her characters, and more.

In the second half, Francine Prose shares her novel Mister Monkey.  Everything is fodder for her writing.  She talks about embracing various points of view, how books have a life of their own, life coincidences, and how she tackled the "monkey problem."

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(Broadcast date: November 2, 2016)

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Dennis Palumbo chats with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the challenges that plague writers

Author, former screenwriter, and Los Angeles therapist to creatives, Dennis Palumbo, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writers block, writing fiction, writing for the large and small screen, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 26, 2016)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Jade Chang and Janice Y. K. Lee with Co-Host Nicole Nelson

Debut novelist Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the Worldtalks with co-host Nicole Nelson about playing with point of view, her experience putting an earlier novel in a drawer, and how she found her agent.

In the second half, novelist Janice Y. K. Lee, author of The Expatriates, talks about balancing three different POV characters, not taking the easy way out, and the importance of trusting yourself and your voice when you struggle to write through to the end.

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(Broadcast date: October 5, 2016)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Patrick Phillips and Whitney Terrell on Writers on Writing with Marrie Stone

Poet and non-fiction author Patrick Phillips joins co-host Marrie Stone to talk about his book, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America.  Phillips shares his experiences in hometown Forsyth County, Georgia, a township that remained essentially 100 percent white throughout most of the 20th century. He also talks about the responsibility of white writers to talk about race, his research process, the factors that existed in Forsyth that made this possible, and the complicated characters that emerged from history to bring this shadowy story to light.

In the second half, novelist Whitney Terrell discusses his latest novel, The Good Lieutenant.  As an embedded reporter in Iraq, Terrell tells the story of one female lieutenant and the forces and decisions that shaped the woman she became.  He tackles several points of view, a complicated structure, and shares his experiences of how it all happened.

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(Broadcast date: October 19, 2016)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Martin J. Smith and Aris Janigian talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing

Martin J. Smith, author of Combustion, and Aris Janigian, author of Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont talk with Barbara about plotting (or not), creating suspense, publishing with a small press, and more.

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(Broadcast date: October 12, 2016)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ann Hood & Margot Livesey

Novelists Ann Hood and Margot Livesey join Marrie Stone to talk about their latest novels, The Book That Matters Most and Mercury.

Ann Hood talks about book clubs, the books that have mattered most to her at various points in her life, and her mother and daughter coming-of-age story.  She shares what she's learned over the years, the progress women have made over the past decades, and lots of wonderful writing advice.

Margot Livesey joins in the second half to talk about tackling a different and more complex kind of infidelity in marriage, how an article on gun control sparked this novel, what concerns have haunted and intrigued her over the years, and much more.  (Please note the last few moments of our interview were lost, so it ends a bit abruptly, but you can find out more about Margot and her book tour at her website, www.margotlivesey.com).

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Broadcast Date: September 28, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

Novelists Swan Huntley and Affinity Konar with Co-Host Nicole Nelson

Debut novelist Swan Huntley, author of We Could Be Beautiful talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about how writing in the first person allows her to explore the space between what a character is telling us and what we know to be true, how she came to the realization that her original ending wasn't right for the story, and how she discovered her process as an outliner.

In the second half, novelist Affinity Konar, author of Mischling, talks about how her story grew from hearing dialogue in her head between twins, about going "sound-first" into words, and thus being drawn to the word "Mischling" in spite of its ugly meaning and history, and her writing advice to honor your obsessions.

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[Note: Swan Huntley's reading selection was cut down due to audio issues; therefore, her reading starts in the middle of her first chapter, not the beginning.]

(Broadcast date: September 14, 2016)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nora Raleigh Baskin and Alexander Weinstein

Young adult author Nora Raleigh Baskin joins Marrie Stone to discuss her new middle-grade novel, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story.  She discusses survivor's guilt, unprocessed emotion and how books for young readers can be the best way to explore difficult subject-matter, rules for middle grade writers, and more.

In the second half, Alexander Weinstein joins to talk about his debut short story collection, Children of the New World.  He talks about experimental fiction, inventive structures for a story, point of view choices, knowing when things aren't working, as well as a host of practical advice for writers. Here's a review of the book in the New York Times Book Review.

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(Broadcast date: September 7, 2016)

Tin House editor and memoirist Rob Spillman and Lit agent Leigh Eisenman

Rob Spillman, author of All Tomorrow's Parties and NYC literary agent Leigh Eisenman talks with Barbara about the art and craft of writing memoir, Berlin, how being an editor helps or hinders being an author, what agents are looking for, and more.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 21, 2016)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dana Johnson and Anna Solomon with co-host Nicole Nelson

Dana Johnson, author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about how her journalism background informs her documentarian approach to writing about place, the value of reversal in constructing tension, and her affection for the short story form.

In the second half, novelist Anna Solomon, author of Leaving Lucy Pear, talks about her process of having a good idea of the story but not overthinking it in the first draft, the various kinds of research that went into writing a story that takes place in the Prohibition Era, the art of motivating coincidence in a story when a lot is at stake, and how a Post-it note that says, "You will fail," is her key to writing freely.

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(Broadcast date: August 31, 2016)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Marrie Stone talks with bestselling author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings about her latest novel, How to Party with an Infant.  Kaui talks about writing from real life, writing humor, navigating voice, and more.

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(Record date: August, 2016)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Jennifer Armstrong and Lev AC Rosen Talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Jennifer Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia, and Lev AC Rosen, author of Depth and The Memory Wall, talk with show host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their books and the art and craft--and business--of writing.

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(Broadcast date: August 24, 2016) More on the show at www.penonfire.com

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Authors Natashia Deón and Judith D. Schwartz with Nicole Nelson

Debut novelist Natashia Deón, author of Grace, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about writing complex characters, letting readers laugh in tense situations, taking her story from a screenplay to a novel, and getting to a place of honesty.

In the second half, environmental journalist Judith D. Schwartz, author of Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World talks about how highlighting hope is important when writing about climate change, how her career in journalism evolved, how technology has affected her reading life, and more.

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(Broadcast date: August 17, 2016)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Patrick Ryan and Ottessa Moshfegh

Short story writer and editor Patrick Ryan, author of The Dream Life of Astronauts, talks with Marrie Stone about the short story form, writing from the space of childhood, how being an editor impacts his writing, how stories reveal themselves over time, and more.

In the second half, Ottessa Moshfegh joins to talk about her novel, Eileen.  Moshfegh creates psychologically complex and challenging characters, and talks about her intense relationship with the people she creates, what fuels her, what satisfies her, and why her novel will leave a lasting and important impression.

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(Broadcast date: August 10, 2016)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Molly Antopol & Brad Watson

Short story writer Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, returns to talk with Marrie Stone about craft, inspiration, family history, and the role of art and fiction in an uncertain and unstable world.

In the second half, Brad Watson joins to share his latest novel, Miss Jane.  He talks about the power of inhabiting another POV, writing from a different time and place, how relationships and intersections between characters can create powerful plot, and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 27, 2016)

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Poetry Panel with Kim Dower, Dean Rader & Tess Taylor

Marrie Stone hosts a poetry panel with poets Kim Dower, Last Train to the Missing Planet; Tess Taylor, Work and Days; and Dean Rader, Self-Portrait as a Wikipedia Entry (forthcoming).

The panel discusses poetry as both fiction and nonfiction, why everyone should be reading poems, why you shouldn't be scared of poetry, what a good poem can do for your soul, how to teach poetry, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: June 1, 2016)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Novelists J.J. Amaworo Wilson and Edan Lepucki on with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Novelists JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados, and Edan Lepucki, author of California, talk with author/host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about getting the setting just right, flashbacks, alternating points of view, keeping a journal, cliffhangers, sequels, and more.
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(Broadcast date: August 3, 2016)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Daniel Calvisi, author of Story Maps: TV Drama, and memoirist George Hodgman, author of Bettyville talk with Barbara about writing for TV and why if you want to be a screenwriter, TV is the way to go, while George talks about leaving NYC to move to Missouri, his hometown, to care for his mother. One of my favorite memoirs of all time.

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(Broadcast date: July 6, 2016)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Playwright Dan duling and scriptwriter William Rabkin

Dan Duling, playwright and scriptwriter (for the last 36 years) at Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, and William Rabkin, author of Writing the Pilot.

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 (Broadcast date: July 20, 2016)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rick Bass & Mary Roach

Short story legend Rick Bass joins co-host Marrie Stone to talk about his latest collection, For a Little While.  The conversation underscores how difficult it is to talk about the writing process, the elusive nature of good fiction, the feral qualities of the short story, and why most rules so often don't apply.

In the second half, the hilarious and irreverent science writer Mary Roach joins to talk about her latest, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.   She talks about keeping her voice and humor in the face of serious subject matter, the value of a strong editor, what makes a subject matter "Roach worthy," and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 29, 2016)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Zora O'Neill and Chris McCormick on with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Travel writer and memoirist Zora O'Neill, author of All Strangers are Kin, and fiction writer Chris McCormick, author of the story collection Desert Boys talk with Barbara about--what else?--writing.

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 (Broadcast date: July 6, 2016)

Monday, July 04, 2016

Rebecca Schiff and Molly Prentiss with Nicole Nelson

Rebecca Schiff, author of The Bed Moved, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about finding her voice, revision being the place where much of her characteristic sparseness and humor get sharpened, and her advice to write from a place of being excited rather than to be attached to what you have written.

In the second half, Molly Prentiss, author of Tuesday Nights in 1980talks about the feelings of doubt that artists face, the conflicts in her story and how they evolved over time, and the value of coincidence in drama.

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(Broadcast date: June 22, 2016)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Asali Solomon and Tracy Barone with Nicole Nelson

Asali Solomon, author of Disgruntled, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about writing a young protagonist, developing characters from plot, taking an episodic approach to novel writing, and more.

In the second half, debut novelist Tracy Barone, author of Happy Family, talks about pacing the novel, drawing from her experience as a screenwriter and playwright, and writing toward an end that she envisioned early on.

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(Broadcast date: June 8, 2016)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Karan Bajaj and Christopher LeGras

Karan Bajaj joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, The Yoga of Max's Discontent.  Karan discusses the importance of showing character through action instead of reflection, how yoga and meditation have improved his writing, the value of living a bold life, and more.

In the second half, Chris LeGras shares his debut novel in stories, Weather to Fly.  Chris talks about writing the book you want to write, instead of the book you think the world wants.  He argues that living a rich life of varied experiences produces rich books of interest.  Story, he says, is more important than fancy words.   Click below to hear many more words of writerly wisdom.

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(Broadcast date: June 15, 2016)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Charles Bock

Charles Bock joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, Alice and Oliver.  Charles shares his insights on fictionalizing real life events, his process of finding character, capturing New York in the 1990s, and his own emotional account of living with -- and in the aftermath of -- cancer.

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(Broadcast date: May 11, 2016)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Novelists Dana Spiotta & Jung Yun

Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others, and Jung Yun, author of Shelter talk with Barbara about outlines or the lack thereof, POV, tense, film, home invasions, where stories come from, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: May 25, 2016)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Arna Bontemps Hemenway and Patricia Engel with Nicole Nelson

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of the short story collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, joins co-host Nicole Nelson to discuss writing about loss, inhabiting his characters emotionally, overcoming a challenging period in his own writing life post-MFA, and how the most important thing you can make a story isn't clever or topical, or anything else besides making it meaningful to you.

In the second half, Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean, talks about the origins of this novel as a short story, her strategy for handling plot, doing research as needed, using dialogue sparingly, letting her life by the ocean influence the story, and more.

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[Note: Audio begins immediately with the interview with Arna, without a show introduction, due to technical difficulties.]

(Broadcast date: May 18, 2016)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Boris Fishman

Bestselling novelist Chitra Divakaruni joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel in stories, Before We Visit the Goddess  She talks about the importance of writers' groups, the revision process, the distance necessary to write about place, the immigrant experience, how her characters have grown with her, and what subjects retain her focus and interest.

In the second half, Boris Fishman joins to talk about his novel, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo.  He shares his rules for writing authentic sex scenes, writing from a woman's point of view, the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone as a writer, how Montana has captured his heart, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 27, 2016)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Memoirists Wendy Lawless and Rob Roberge

Wendy Lawless, author of Heart of Glass, and Rob Roberge, author of Liar, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art and craft of writing memoir. Both will be featured authors at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series on May 17, 2016. More here.

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 (Broadcast date: May 4, 2016)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Ayelet Tsabari and Markus Zusak

Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari joins Marrie Stone to talk about her short story collection, The Best Place on Earth. She talks about writing in her second language, creating a compelling setting, the unique Israeli perspective on the world and how it impacts her writing, and much more.

In the second half, international bestselling author Markus Zusak talks about the re-release of his highly acclaimed novel, The Book Thief.  He shares many insights into his writing process, his writing notebooks, how he arrived at the novel's unique point of view, his favorite characters, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 13, 2016)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jarett Kobek and John D'Agata with Nicole Nelson

Jarett Kobek, author of I Hate the Internetjoins Nicole Nelson to talk about developing a POV that was influenced by Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, his attempt to try to mirror the jagged way information comes at you on the internet, and his advice to writers: learn to enjoy suffering.

Then John D'Agata, editor of The Making of the American Essay talks about his twenty years working on this three-volume series of anthologies on essays that concludes with this work. He also shares thoughts on what makes an essay a challenging form to write, but one that when done right has the potential to capture and share a piece of humanity.

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(Broadcast date: April 20, 2016)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Markus Zusak

Marrie Stone interviews Markus Zusak.

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(Broadcast date: April 13, 2016)

Friday, April 08, 2016

Novelists Dawn Tripp and Christopher Sorrentino

Dawn Tripp, author of Georgia, a novel about Georgia O'Keeffe, and Christopher Sorrentino, author of The Fugitives join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about their new novels, author photos, writing about real people and real situations, the publishing industry, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 6, 2016)

Monday, April 04, 2016

Elizabeth Strout and Dawn Anahid MacKeen

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Strout joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, My Name is Lucy Barton.  She discusses recurring themes in her work, her intense interest in character over plot, how she constructs novels through scenes, and more.

In the second half, Dawn MacKeen joins to share her grandfather's story of surviving the Armenian genocide.  The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey is part memoir, part reportage, and part historical research.  Dawn discusses why this book is more relevant today than ever, what it took to uncover the story, and the power of perseverance. 

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(Broadcast date: March 30, 2016)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Maya Lang and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney with co-host Nicole Nelson

Maya Lang, author of The Sixteenth of June, talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about the challenges of writing a story that takes place all in one day, her experience searching for an agent, and basing her novel on Ulysses.

In the second half, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest, talks about how the story came to her beginning with a scene that captured her imagination, how voice for the book came naturally (but structure presented a challenge), and how time pressures can work to one's advantage.

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(Broadcast date: March 23, 2016)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Amy Gottlieb and Anna Winger with Nicole Nelson

Debut novelist Amy Gottlieb, author of The Beautiful Possible, talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about finding inspiration from a childhood of listening to her mother's friends, using poetry to sustain her when she felt bogged down by the novel, and working with characters who wouldn't let go.

In the second half, Anna Winger, author of the novel This Must be the Place and co-creator and writer of the Sundance drama series Deutschland 83, talks about pushing the limits of credibility in the name of creating suspense, combining the visual with narrative in telling a story for television, and how writers can find common experiences with various types of characters, even those with lives very different from their own.

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(Broadcast date: March 16, 2016)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Kristina McMorris and Ruty Sepetys

Marrie Stone chats with historical fiction novelist Kristina McMorris about her latest novel, The Edge of Lost.  Kristina shares her research process, her fascination with history, her secrets to effective dialogue, her relationship with minor characters, and more.

In the second half, Ruta Sepetys returns to the show to talk about her latest YA novel, Salt to the Sea.  Ruta discusses how fiction can convey a greater range of truths than non-fiction, why the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff remains a relatively unknown event, how she creates compelling characters, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 9, 2016)

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Elizabeth Marro and T. Jefferson Parker with B.D. Barrett on Writers on Writing

Elizabeth Marro, author of Casualties, and T. Jefferson Parker, author of Crazy Blood talk with B. DeMarco-Barrett about point of view, beginnings, promotion, and more. Both authors will be featured at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series & Salon on March 8, 2016. More info here.

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 (Broadcast date: March 2, 2016)

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Mary Rakow and Suzanne Redfearn

Theologist and novelist Mary Rakow joins Marrie Stone on "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM 88.9 to discuss her latest novel,  This Is Why I Came.  She shares her personal history with religion, the importance of the Bible for secular readers, what sustained her on her decade-long path with the novel, the importance of language, and more.

In the second half, Suzanne Redfearn shares her latest book, No Ordinary Life.  She shares her experiences with the publishing industry, branding, compelling narratives, the difference between writing and storytelling, and more.

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(Broadcast date: February 24, 2016)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Christopher Castellani & Noy Holland with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Christopher Castellani, author of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, and Noy Holland, author of the novel Bird join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss their books and the art and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 17, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Yann Martel and Tessa Hadley on with Marrie Stone

International bestselling author Yann Martel (Life of Pi) talks about his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal.  He shares his deep interest in the subject of faith and grief, talks about playing the form of the novel, and writing in the aftermath of success.

In the second half, Tessa Hadley joins to discuss her latest work, The Past.  She talks about the origins of her stories, why families and houses create compelling fiction, her work at The New Yorker, and her long road to success.

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(Broadcast date: February 10, 2016)

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Rachel Cantor and Tracy Robert with Nicole

Novelist Rachel Cantor, author of Good on Paper, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about the finer points of the art of translation, her approach to writing complex child characters, and the benefits of taking advantage of artists' colony residency opportunities. Then Tracy Robert, author of the novel Flashcards and The Curse of Ambrosia, talks about the role of setting in her work, her experience following her story into a dystopian world, and her advice to embrace messiness, recognizing it as a prerequisite for creating art.

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(Broadcast date: February 3, 2016)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Jean Thompson and Michael Czyzniejewski

Novelist and short story maven Jean Thompson joins Marrie Stone to give decades worth of writing advice and share a preview of her forthcoming novel, due in June 2016.  Jean discusses finding the telling details, how to approach new work, when to abandon things that aren't working, and much more.  Jean in the author of six novels and six short story collections.  Her collection Who Do You Love was a finalist for the National Book Award.

In the second half, writer and professor Michael Czyzniejewski joins to talk about his collection, I'll Love You For the Rest of My Life: Break-up Stories.   He also shares his awesome blog, Story 366, where Mike reviews a new short story every day in 2016.  Check it out.  He is full of wonderful writing advice, as well as some incredible story recommendations.

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(Broadcast date: January 27, 2016)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ryan Gattis and Jen Beagin

Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, talks to Nicole Nelson about the energy in his work discovered by writing in first person, the challenge of authenticity, and the way talking to people -- and really listening -- can be as useful as getting an MFA. Then debut novelist Jen Beagin, author of Pretend I'm Dead, talks about her preference for third person (even when journaling), how she uses dialogue as a point of entry to a story, and the importance of knowing your inner critic's sleeping habits, so that you can build your writing practice around those hours.

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Ryan's TedX talk "Pain and Art: Write What you Honestly Know."

(Broadcast date: January 20, 2016)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Eric Weiner and Sari Wilson

Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Genius, joins Marrie Stone to offer ideas about sparking creativity.  While we can't all be geniuses, we can all benefit from techniques that stimulate genius ideas.  From walking to collaborating, traveling to drinking a little, there are a number of practices writers and artists can use to further their craft.

In the second half, Sari Wilson talks about her debut novel, Girl Through Glass.  Drawing on inspiration from her own youth, Sari discusses why certain subjects won't leave writers alone, how ballet helped and hurt her as a writer, the conflicts between the corporeal woman and the spiritual woman, and the best advice Grace Paley ever gave her.

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(Broadcast date: January 13, 2016)

Friday, January 08, 2016

Wendy Lesser and Kevin Hazzard on Writers on Writing

Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenney Review and author of Why I Read, and Kevin Hazzard, author of A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art and business of writing--what else?

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(Broadcast date: Jan. 6, 2016)