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 DIYMFA.com/116 for more detailed show notes.
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Chad Dundas about his debut novel Champion of the World. Some authors might be tempted to play it safe with their debut, but not Chad. For his debut, he chooses a niche topic and opens the book with an attention-grabbing, albeit daring scene. Listen in to the conversation below and visit DIYMFA.com/115 for more detailed show notes.
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Steven Rowley about his bestselling book Lily and the Octopus. They discuss the the various voices that an author has to contend with when developing a novel, from authorial voice to character voice to the critical voices that try to hold you back. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/114.
Here’s the truth: I don’t know what makes an artist, an artist. They just seem to have this inner-fire pushing them to create. I constantly struggle with what to actually call it. I don’t even know if it has a name; I just know that when people have it they really have it. Only a few people come to mind when I think of art, artists or artistry, as I recognize it to be. And one of those people is Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jennifer Clement, author of Widow Basquiat: A Love Story (Crown Publishing, 2014), writes about Basquiat’s life before he became a famous artist. Sadly, he only witnessed his own fame for a short period of time before dying of a…