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A podcast for readers who want to know the stories behind the pages 📖 Join Caitlin and Michelle, two book nerds who bring you in-depth conversations about writing and publishing from those on the inside. Grab a cuppa and get ready to chat books.

Better Words Michelle Gately & Caitlin Toohey

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

A podcast for readers who want to know the stories behind the pages 📖 Join Caitlin and Michelle, two book nerds who bring you in-depth conversations about writing and publishing from those on the inside. Grab a cuppa and get ready to chat books.

    Liminal spaces, burnout and female friendship with Abigail Bergstrom

    Liminal spaces, burnout and female friendship with Abigail Bergstrom

    Literary agent Abigail Bergstrom discusses her debut novel What a Shame. We also chat about her experience with burnout and tips for aspiring writers.

    Before the interview, Caitlin and Michelle recommend Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone and Now That I See You. If you want to skip that, head to 00:18:00.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Writing a book about grief that isn't sad with Lauren Draper

    Writing a book about grief that isn't sad with Lauren Draper

    Lauren Draper joins us to discuss her debut YA novel, The Museum of Broken Things. We talk about medical artefacts, grief and she shares her journey into publishing.

    Before the interview, Michelle and Caitlin share a chaotic series of recommendations. Caitlin talks about Friends: A Musical Parody, while Michelle recommends 3 podcasts (Unreal, Redhanded and Bad People's Pride Month specials Bi People). You can skip that and head straight to the episode at 00:15:40.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Female anger and family curses with Mary Watson

    Female anger and family curses with Mary Watson

    Mary Watson joins us to talk about her new YA novel, Blood to Poison. We discuss family curses, female anger and weaving light and shade into the story. Mary also talks about starting her writing career again publishing YA after publishing adult literature in South Africa.

    Michelle and Caitlin recommend Book Lovers by Emily Henry and One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J Harris. If you want to skip that, head to 00:12:00

    • 54 min
    Growing up Lebanese and writing for a new audience with Sarah Ayoub

    Growing up Lebanese and writing for a new audience with Sarah Ayoub

    Sarah Ayoub is a bestselling author and journalist. She joins us to discuss her new YA novel, The Cult of Romance, and debut picture book. We also explore her decision to move away from writing for young adults and her fascinating PhD research.

    Before the interview, Michelle and Caitlin discuss the unfortunate timing of Caitlin's Covid and recommend two books: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne and The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex.

    If you want to skip that, head to 00:00:11:30

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Writing about tricky topics in romantic comedy with Mhairi McFarlane

    Writing about tricky topics in romantic comedy with Mhairi McFarlane

    Mhairi McFarlane endures us fangirling about her brilliant books and discusses the way she is able to explore difficult topics (like emotionally abusive relationships) while keeping the comedy and romance of her books. We also chat about her journey as a writer and the processes she works through to plot out her stories.

    Before the interview, Michelle and Caitlin discuss This Is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carven which is basically just them diving into their own weird obsessions. But it's also about why we NEED those things (and why as women we don't prioritise joy enough). Wanna skip that? Head to 00:22:00

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Public speaking clubs and the process of writing a novel with Katherine Collette

    Public speaking clubs and the process of writing a novel with Katherine Collette

    Katherine Collette joins us to chat about her new novel, The Competition. She explains how her time in Toastmasters inspired the novel and explains how she gave up the gym to find time to write her first novel.

    Before the interview, Michelle and Caitlin gush a little about Michelle's Edinburgh elopement and all the books they're going to buy in the UK, then give recommendations for Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew and The No-Show by Beth O'Leary. You can skip to 12:20 to head straight to the interview.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Misscackle ,

Excellent podcast

Such a fabulous podcast. So glad I stumbled upon it.

Jojomac44pins ,

Don’t listen to the start

I listened because I love Sara Tasker and other people interviewed .
There is soooo much rubbish talk at the start that I almost gave up .
Why do podcasters do this ?
If your podcast is about writing I don’t mind pre-chat but it needs to be on brand .

✌Good game ✌ ,

Well done!

Entertaining and informative. I can’t wait to listen to all of these.

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