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DIY MFA: Mother-Daughter Writing Team Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews mother-daughter author team Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard. They discuss Around the World Right Now, the picture book multicultural adventure around the world’s 24 time zones. Gina and Bryony take us through the creation of their book sharing with us how to craft a story that is not only entertaining to children but helps them learn, and how writing a picture book is not only one of the most difficult challenges for writers but also one of the most rewarding. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/161. In the timeless picture book Around the World Right Now, Cascone and Sheppard take young readers on a journey across the world to experience the people, places, and…

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DIY MFA: Sitting in with Katherine Nouri Hughes

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This week, Gabriela Pereira sits down with Katherine Nouri Hughes to speak with her about her newest novel that is about to hit stores, The Mapmaker’s Daughter at age 67! You can listen to some amazing details that you may have wanted to know about her novel, such as the historical framework of the novel and the craft of writing the truth in fiction through your own experiences. This involves taking something historical and creating an exciting and believable novel. She also discusses other subjects that would be helpful to anyone who is looking to sit down and write, such as how to keep the proportions of your story’s narrative in check, how to be calm and relaxed when you are writing,…

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DIY MFA: Character Relationships that Resonate with Jane Green

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews New York Times bestselling author Jane Green about her latest novel The Sunshine Sisters, a story with such intricate character relationships that it’s far more than a beach read. Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, seventeen of which are New York Times bestsellers. Her novels have been published in over 25 languages, with over ten million books in print worldwide. In the past, she joined the ABC News Team to help write their first enhanced digital book about the history of Royal marriages, and then joined as a correspondent covering the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Not only has she spent her time writing books and blogs, but she has also contributed…

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DIY MFA Podcast: Interview With Joseph Finder

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews author Joseph Finder about his latest thriller, The Switch. Joseph’s novel is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about how one misstep in an airport can land an ordinary man right in the cross hairs of government secrets and ruthless political ambition. In this interview, Joseph gives us a window into how he crafts a suspense novel with a mistaken identity archetype and how to create an antagonist who readers can’t help but like. He talks about how to create an unlikeable character that is relatable to readers, keep a story gripping, and create a sense of reality in a suspense novel. For more detailed show notes go to: DIYMFA.com/158 ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no…

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DIY MFA Podcast The Debut Author’s Life — Interviews from ThrillerFest 2017

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira was at ThrillerFest 2017 and had a round table discussion with five debut authors. In this panel discussion, Jennifer Soosar, Christina Kovac, Lili Wright, Shelia Sobel, and Alexia Gordon discuss the life of a debut author, and take us behind the scenes of publishing in the broad genre of thriller. They let us in on their happiest moments and biggest surprises of their publishing journeys, and how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the debut author experience. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/157 ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Episode 156: Interview with Courtney Maum, Author of Touch

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In this episode of DIY MFA, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Courtney Maum about her novel, Touch. Courtney’s novel is a satirical, but moving story, that shines a light on the overuse of electronics in our world and how a shift toward in-person interaction is needed to reboot and preserve our intuition. In this interview, Courtney gives insight into how she crafted a strange, yet believable world, in Touch and how we can preserve our creativity and intuition with a shift toward in-person interaction in our own lives. For  detailed show notes, visit: DIYMFA.com/156 ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading +…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 152: Interview with Lisa Preziosi — Writing a Modern Day Fairy Tale

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In this DIY MFA Radio episode Gabriela Pereira interviews author Lisa Preziosi about her debut novel, The Ice Maiden’s Tale. Lisa’s middle grade novel is a modern day fairy tale, with a nested-story framework and dual point of view. In this interview, Lisa gives us a window into she crafted the various layers of this story, and explains how she used traditional motifs, various settings, and strong characters to drive the plot of this unique book. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/152. ABOUT DIY MFA 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 = MFAThis means that to create a do-it-yourself version…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 151: Interview with Robin Lovett — Let’s Talk About Sex (in Romance Novels)

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews romance author and DIY MFA Romance columnist Robin Lovett. They discuss the steamier side of the romance novel, and how to craft love scenes full of tension that make the reader want more. Robin lets us into the world of her dark stalker romances, and teases apart the complex intricacies of crafting a great romance novel.   ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 149: Interview with Mark Gottlieb — How to Pitch Your Book

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews literary agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. They discuss the exciting and terrifying Pitch Slam, and the best way to craft a query that hooks an agent. Mark gives us a window into an agent’s mind at a Pitch Slam event, the best strategies to craft a spoken pitch, and how to pique an agent’s interest with a unique hook. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/149. ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 148: Interview with Jay Swanson — Multimedia Storytelling

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews vlogger and author Jay Swanson. They discuss Into the Nanten, the first ever real-time internet novel and talk about the challenges and joys of sharing your creative work across different media. Jay shares different creative strategies, why they worked (or didn’t) and how he has refined his artistic approach over time. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/148.   ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 147: Interview with Jenni Walsh and Bess Cozby — The Author/Editor Team

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira does something a little bit different and interviews both a debut author, Jenni Walsh, and the editor who helped bring the book to life, Bess Cozby! This interview gives listeners a window into a side of publishing we rarely get to see: the author-editor team. Gabriela moderates an in-depth discussion of all the moving parts involved in bringing Jenni’s debut novel, Becoming Bonnie, to the shelves. For more detailed show notes go to:: DIYMFA.com/147.   ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 142: Interview with Kathleen Audet — Discover Your Authentic Image

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On this week’s DIY MFA episode, Gabriela Pereira hosts image consultant Kathleen Audet on the show. In this information-packed interview, they discuss two different ways that image and appearance play into a writer’s work. On one hand, you can use specific details to bring your characters to life on the page, and use image-related techniques to better understand your characters. On a deeper level, however, image also applies to an author’s career and the importance of first impressions. When you learn some basic concepts around clothing and appearance, you better align how you present yourself on the outside with who you are on the inside. ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 141: From Short Stories to Novels — Interview with Susan Perabo

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In this week’s podcast episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Susan Perabo about short stories vs. novels, and what writers can learn from both forms. In their conversation, they draw examples from Susan’s new novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow. ABOUT DIY MFA 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…

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DIY MFA Episode 138: Writing By Numbers— Interview with Ben Blatt

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This week, Gabriela Pereira hosts Ben Blatt on the show. Ben is the author of the No. 1 Amazon bestseller, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve and in this interview he and Gabriela tackle major writing questions like: Which authors use the most adverbs? Do men and women write differently? Have books gotten dumber over time? What makes for an excellent opening sentence? ABOUT DIY MFA: 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 137: Writing and Human Nature — Interview with Clare Mackintosh

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In this week’s podcast, Gabriela Pereira speaks with crime novelist Clare Mackintosh about her writing process for her latest book, I SEE YOU. During the interview, they discuss finding balance between writing, your “day job” and the rest of your life. Plus, they talk about how both your work and real life can influence your writing, sometimes in not-so-obvious ways. Clare also shares tips for how writers can use “detective thinking” to bring their stories to life, and how to get inside the villain’s head and use that perspective to draw readers into the story.

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 135: The Only Way Forward Is Back — Interview with Brian Meehl

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In this episode, DIY MFA’s Gabriela Pereira talks to author Brian Meehl about his recent YA novel Blowback ‘07. In this interview, they discuss the intersection between fact and fiction, and how to craft stories based on past events but in a way that feels fresh and new to readers. They also talk about the research that goes into writing historical fiction, and how you can incorporate that research into things beyond the pages of your novel (like your author platform or your blog).

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