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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 153: Interview with Karen Dionne – From Midlist to Breakout Author

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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: DIYMFA.com/153. 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,…

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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 150: Epic 2017 BookExpo Recap

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This week’s installment of DIY MFA Radio is the Epic BookExpo Recap episode. If you don’t already what BookExpo is, it’s the big industry trade show that takes place in the United States every year. This year, things at BookExpo were a little bit new and different so I wanted to give you a rundown of what’s new, what’s still the same, and what I think all these things say about the book industry as a whole. In this episode, Gabriela Pereira gives an inside look at the new vibe at BookExpo (and why she’s really digging the new, smaller, industry focus). She also gives a rundown of what really happens at a book industry trade show, and why she…

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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 146: Interview with K.M. Weiland — Create Compelling Character Arcs

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews author K.M. Weiland about creating strong character arcs. They discuss the three types of character arcs, how to recognize each one, and craft it for maximum effect, plus how to fix a story that has no arc. They also talk about why theme is an essential element in a story, and how to use it well. For more info, go to DIYMFA.com/146. 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 of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose,…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 144: Interview with Herb Freed — Telling a True Story

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In this week’s podcast, Gabriela interviews movie director and author Herb Freed about his book, Bashert. They discuss the process of writing a novel based on real-life events, and why he chose to write this book as a novel rather than a memoir. They talk about how to use fiction to tell true stories and the difference between facts and the truth-with-a-capital-T. Listen in, also, to hear tidbits of how Herb’s background in filmmaking influenced his writing this book. 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…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 143: Interview with K.J. Howe — ThrillerFest and Writing Strong Female Characters

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews K.J. Howe, debut thriller author of The Freedom Broker, Daphne du Maurier Award-winner, and executive director of ThrillerFest. They talk about how to craft strong female leads in thrillers and why it’s important to give even the most heroic characters a flaw or personal obstacle to overcome. Also, for the first time ever on this show, Gabriela shares an obstacle she has faced in her own life. This deep and honest conversation between two authors about how to bring authenticity to your characters. 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 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 Radio Episode 139: Be the Gateway — Interview with Dan Blank

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews marketing mentor Dan Blank about his nonfiction debut, BE THE GATEWAY. In this book, Dan offers a fresh approach to marketing for writers, focusing not on hollow metrics or arbitrary numbers, but on forging genuine connections with their readers. Listen in to learn how to make similar mindset shift in looking at your own platform, so you can focus on what really matters for your author career. 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…

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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 136: Adventures in Metafiction — Interview with Dale Wiley

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In this week’s podcast episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Dale Wiley about the writing process, metafiction, and his latest book: Southern Gothic. Listen in to hear them talk about: how metafiction works, how you can use it to tell your story, and which pitfalls you need to avoid. They also tackle the tricky subject of how to write about writing, why it’s not always a good strategy, but how you can do it right. Plus, you’ll hear Dale share his number one tip for writers.

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