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Novel Concept Episode 10: Mahtob Mahmoody

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Many writers feel drawn to the craft from a young age, while others find themselves with a sensational story to tell. Mahtob Mahmoody grew up with the world knowing her story; her mother is Betty Mahmoody, author of the international best seller, Not Without My Daughter (St. Martin’s Press; 1987). The book, which was later turned into a movie starring Sally Field, tells the story of Betty and Mahtob’s escape from Iran where they were being held by Mahtob’s abusive father. Now, years later, Mahtob finally feels ready to tell her side of the traumatic events in her new memoir, My Name is Mahtob (Thomas Nelson; December 2015). On this episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter and Mahtob discuss…

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Novel Concept Episode 7: Angela Palm

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Writing can be a solitary experience, which is why so many authors tend to form writing groups as sources of support both for their writing and themselves. In this episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter speaks with nonfiction author Angela Palm, an occasional BookTrib contributor, about the writing group they share. It’s an intimate look into their own experiences as working writers, what they look for in a support system, and the ways writing groups have shaped their work. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is due to be published in August 16, 2016. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Diagram, The Pilgrim, and Little Fiction.…

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5 Podcasts Discussing Books and Authors that We Have on Heavy Rotation

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Ever since launching Novel Concept this year I’ve become obsessed with listening to literary podcasts. There’s just something soothing about hearing authors talk about their lives, their craft, and the heartaches and triumphs of being in the literary industry. On Novel Concept I talk to authors about the reality of what it’s like to be a working writer: the struggles to get published, the unforeseen work that comes afterward, or even just how hard it can be to work from home everyday. But as much fun as I have interviewing authors, it’s just as fun to listen to their stories and what they truly think about their work. There’s a voyeuristic quality to podcasts that make us feel like we’re…

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Novel Concept Episode 3: Julie Murphy

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On this third episode of Novel Concept, host Rachel Carter chats with Julie Murphy, the young adult author of Side Effects May Vary, and Dumplin’, (Balzer + Bray; September 15, 2015). The topic this week is plus-size heroines: Rachel and Julie discuss what it’s like to see themselves in the books they read and how Dumplin’ is giving readers everywhere a plus-size heroine they can root for.

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