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 a hub for booklovers and dedicated to on-the-rise authors that readers may not have heard of. For readers constantly in search of new titles, authors and ideas for their next read, BookTrib will introduce them under-the-radar writers who might be a perfect match. BookTrib has it all: new and noteworthy, exclusive reviews, video interviews, the hottest book podcasts, and all the buzz to enhance readers' understanding and enjoyment of books and up and coming authors. Top-notch contributors. In-the-know content partners. Expert recommendations. Behind-the-scenes peeks. is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a 25-year-old literary marketing, publicity and social media firm. Visit

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