In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Karen Dionne. They discuss how to craft complex and believable characters in the psychological suspense genre, so that even the villain has their sympathetic moments for readers. Karen takes us behind the scenes of her breakout novel The Marsh King’s Daughter, and how shifting gears in her writing mindset advanced her career from midlist to bestseller. For more detailed show notes:


Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started.