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.
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Dean Wesley Smith about the nature of his prolific work ethic, killing the sacred cows of publishing, and making the transition from traditional to self-publishing. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/113.
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Jerry Jenkins about learning the process of writing and publishing. They debunk some of the common myths writers believe about their craft and about publishing. They also talk about the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild which launches in September 2016. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/112.
In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Erin Petti about her debut novel, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee. They discuss the most important aspects of writing middle grade series and how to build a setting that feels real by using the experiences you have in everyday, real-life places. They discuss the importance of diversity in books for young people. And Petti shares what it’s like being a debut author: the challenges, surprises, and fun parts. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/111
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