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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Novelist Deborah Gaal on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Deborah Gaal, author of The Dream Stitcher, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Synchronicities on the Avenue of the Saints. While watching a family member struggle with bipolar disorder after exhausting all remedies offered by western medicine, Gaal discovered another way to interpret the condition. This became the foundation for her second novel. 

She talks about the role of magical realism in her everyday life, and how she incorporates some mystical aspects into her own writing practice. Gaal also shares the process that went behind her decision to self publish, how her first novel went on to receive various awards and recognition, and how her background in corporate America, as well as the theater, informs her writing.

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(Recording date: September 29, 2020)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Caroline Leavitt on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, who has penned 12 published novels to date, joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest, With or Without You. She also talks about the many important lessons she’s learned about writing along the way (often the hard way). 


Hear how “Humans of New York” inspires her characters’ looks, how her own demons creep into her novels, and why she invests so much time and energy in promoting the work of other writers. She also discusses the importance of John Truby's Anatomy of a Story and its impact on her work. Listeners can contact Marrie Stone to access Caroline's private worksheets for story structure and plotting their own novels. Visit Marrie's website for more information on how to contact her for those documents.


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(Broadcast date: September 23, 2020)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Novelist Ivy Pochoda, These Women, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Southern California

Ivy Pochoda, author of the novel, These Women, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about writing a serial killer novel from the victims' point of view. Ivy began as a literary fiction writer and her writing continues to be literary, but it's also categorized as crime fiction. She talks about that as well as the art, craft, and business of writing. 

(Broadcast date: Sept. 2, 2020)

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Novelist Sue Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone (an Oprah Book Club selection), The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother (a major motion picture starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson). She joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel, Monogamy

Miller's skill at depicting marriage, domestic intimacies, grief, and loss are well known in the literary world. She talks about her inspirations, recurring themes across her novels, the role of memory and recovered memories in her work, and much more. She also provides significant craft advice for writers, including the benefits of writing her novels in longhand, how to work with minor characters, keeping deceased characters alive on the page, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: September 9, 2020)

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Poet and Essayist Sebastian Matthews on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

In 2011, Sebastian Matthews and his family were in a devastating car accident. When Sebastian emerged from his recovery, several years later, the world had changed around him. Not only was he navigating the trauma of his accident, but the trauma his nation was now suffering. 

Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State is a series of essays that attempt to make sense of Sebastian's experience living in the south as a white, liberal, middle-aged, middle income man in Trump's America. Sebastian confronts race, class, privilege, fatherhood, and his personal struggles with trauma and terror.

Sebastian's recommended writing exercise: Take a walk in a new neighborhood in your town/city. Take it slow, engage people, stop in a shop (even in these pandemic days). Then, when you get back to your own home, sit down and write about the experience. Try to capture what you saw, what you felt, and how your encounters played out. 

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(Recording Date: August 21, 2020)