DIY MFA Radio Episode 116: World-Building from the Inside Out — Interview with Amor Towles

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This week, Gabriela Pereira speaks with author Amor Towles about crafting the setting for his new novel A Gentleman in Moscow. In this interview, they talk about the biggest world-building mistake, and how to navigate your way around it so you don’t paint yourself into a corner. They also discuss the ripple effect of world-building, and how the main character is affected by the world around him, and how he in turn also influences that world. Listen in to the conversation below and visit for more detailed show notes. is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a leading book industry publicity firm which for more than 25 years has helped authors discover who they are and who they strive to be through publicity campaigns that are seamless, newsworthy and on target. Many debut authors, those trying to build a following, and established writers come to us for help with positioning, media exposure, marketing and social media.