1 hr 31 min

Episode 7: Francine Mathews - The Power of Story and Learning Writing from John McPhee Champion Conversations Podcast

    • Health & Fitness

After earning degrees from Princeton and Stanford, Francine Mathews served as an intelligence analyst in the CIA. Francine authored her first novel in 1992 and left the agency a year later to write full time. She has since written over 30 books, including the New York Times bestseller Jack 1939, which imagines JFK being sent on a fact-finding mission about the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, and Too Bad to Die, which fictionalizes Ian Fleming’s intelligence work long before he wrote the James Bond books. In addition to her standalone novels, Francine is the author of the Merry Folger Nantucket mysteries and, writing as Stephanie Barron, the Jane Austen mysteries.

In this episode, Francine shares:
· What she learned about storytelling from Pulitzer prize-winning writer John McPhee
· Why any aspiring creator needs to commit to being consistent with their art
· How writing a book a year is doable if you continually put down just a couple of pages a day
· What writing historical novels can teach us about the present and future
· Which elements of storytelling connect with us at head, heart, and soul levels

To learn more about Francine’s books, visit her website, https://francinemathews.com, and keep up with her on Instagram.

After earning degrees from Princeton and Stanford, Francine Mathews served as an intelligence analyst in the CIA. Francine authored her first novel in 1992 and left the agency a year later to write full time. She has since written over 30 books, including the New York Times bestseller Jack 1939, which imagines JFK being sent on a fact-finding mission about the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, and Too Bad to Die, which fictionalizes Ian Fleming’s intelligence work long before he wrote the James Bond books. In addition to her standalone novels, Francine is the author of the Merry Folger Nantucket mysteries and, writing as Stephanie Barron, the Jane Austen mysteries.

In this episode, Francine shares:
· What she learned about storytelling from Pulitzer prize-winning writer John McPhee
· Why any aspiring creator needs to commit to being consistent with their art
· How writing a book a year is doable if you continually put down just a couple of pages a day
· What writing historical novels can teach us about the present and future
· Which elements of storytelling connect with us at head, heart, and soul levels

To learn more about Francine’s books, visit her website, https://francinemathews.com, and keep up with her on Instagram.

1 hr 31 min

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