In each episode of the Secrets from the Green Room podcast hosts Craig Cormick and Irma Gold chat with a writer about their experience of the writing and publishing process in honest green room-style, uncovering some of the plain and simple truths, as well as some of the secrets – whether they be mundane or salubrious – and having a lot of fun in the process.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival: Episode 4: Natasha Lester
In a special series direct from the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Irma chats with Natasha Lester about how utter despair before an award ceremony preceded the best moment of her life, the lightbulb moment that changed the course of her career, the rewards of constructive sulking after rejection, how a fraught editing process almost destroyed her current book, how she manages three books at a time in different stages of writing, editing and promoting, the high of hitting the New York Times bestseller list, and why the Muse doesn’t actually exist.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival: Episode 3: Craig Silvey
In a special series direct from the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Irma chats with Craig Silvey about the author school visit as a child that changed his life, the careful considerations around writing characters from marginalised communities, why he thinks writing to word counts is unhelpful, how writing is like an illness, the hardest manuscript he had to abandon, and the most frightening library display of his book.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival: Episode 2: Brooke Davis and Rhett Davis
Blurb: In a special series direct from the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Irma chats with siblings Rhett and Brooke Davis about what it’s like sharing the world of publishing with a sibling, their very different paths to becoming published authors, the downsides of a worldwide tour when your book is a smash hit, the childhood books that shaped them and are now echoed in their writing, how grief led to them both publishing novels, the pressure of writing a second novel when your debut has been an international bestseller, seeing famous writers in the green room and realising how petrified they are, and horrifying realisations gleaned from diary writing.
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival: Episode 1: Claire G Coleman
In a special series direct from the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Irma talks to Claire G. Coleman about how poetry influences her non-fiction style, the downsides of book touring, how she deals with Twitter trolls, the complications of working with two publishers, her love-hate relationship with the editing process, and how she responds to criticisms that she’s ‘not blak enough’.
Season 2.10: Episode 21. Robert Watkins
Craig and Irma unpack the role Amazon plays in the book world. Then Irma chats with Ultimo Press publisher Robert Watkins about why diverse publishing is so important to him, how to nab an editorial job, the way that authors should own the publicity stage and be proud, what makes him want to publish a manuscript, what good sales mean in terms of hard numbers, the impact of Covid on the publishing landscape, and a case of mistaken identity in the green room.
Season 2.9: Episode 20: Tony Birch
Craig and Irma talk about books that have wowed them. Then Tony Birch chats to Irma about the sensitivity around fictionalising family, the importance of First Nations writing, who has the right to tell certain stories, the problems with teaching writing at university, the rejections that have really stung, the time his mum threatened a radio host, and the famous writers who have snubbed him in green rooms.
Valerie Parv : always the consummate story teller
Engaging banter with Craig and Valerie : lots to learn from Valerie!
More listening pleasure about writing on its way
This first episode of Secrets form the Green Room promises so much listening pleasure and insight. All promises are fulfilled. The listener feels like they are having coffee with old friends talking about their experiences in a deep but also light-hearted and friendly way. Listening to Anna I felt great encouragement to return to the blank page and keep going. Insights into writing craft, life, and publishing, that resonate, are all here. I am excited for the next episode. Congratulations!
Fabulous insights for writers
Loved the personal stories and insight into the struggles that even successful writers face.