diymfa ep 145 katherine neville

DIY MFA Radio Episode 145: Interview with Katherine Neville — Writing the Epic Quest Novel

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews bestselling author Katherine Neville about literature, chess, and her groundbreaking book, The Eight. Listen to this podcast episode to hear them talk about drawing inspiration from classics—Homer, Virgil, and Chaucer, among others—as well as the process for crafting a truly epic adventure novel.


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