If you’re an aspiring author and want insights into what’s involved in launching a book into the world, this is the podcast for you. Maggie Smith, author and blogger, interviews debut novelists from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association discussing not only the inspiration behind their book, but also their insights into the writing process, the best advice they ever got, and the joys and sometimes pitfalls they encountered on their path to publication.
68: Anju Gattani- Author of Duty and Desire
Twenty years ago, Anju Gattani saw a fully-formed scene in her dreams and it turned into the last scene in Book 2 of what is planned as a 5-book series, Winds of Fire. She tells how she cycled through four agents and 200 rejections before finding the perfect publisher (Scarsdale Publishing), and the exciting news of her story being optioned for a long-form television series by by Justin Shenkarow, Double Strings Inc. for adaptation to film / TV series only days before we spoke. Who says persistence doesn’t pay off?
Gattani is a fiction author, freelance journalist, writing instructor, blogger and former newspaper reporter, She was born in India but grew up in Hong Kong. She has also lived and published cover stories, short fiction, features, news stories, interviews, travel articles and and opinion pieces in Singapore, India, Australia, New Jersey and Connecticut. She has finally put her roots down in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she lives with her husband, two dashing boys and a rebel lion-head rabbit.
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67: Tracey Enerson Wood- Author of The Engineer's Wife
Tracey's debut novel centers around Emily Roebling, a real life woman and ardent suffragette, who honchoed the building of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband found himself unable to complete the project. In this podcast we discuss her decision to postulate an affair between Emily and P.T. Barnham based on three documented facts from the history of New York in the 1880’s, how she initially queried too early and wound up pulling her story back for revisions, and how her experience as a playwright paid off when faced with crafting believable dialogue for her novel.
Tracey Enerson Wood has always had a writing bug. While working as a Registered Nurse, starting her own Interior Design company, raising two children, and bouncing around the world as a military wife, she indulged in her passion as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She has authored magazine columns and other non-fiction, written and directed plays of all lengths, including Grits, Fleas and Carrots, Rocks and Other Hard Places, Alone, and Fog. Her screenplays include Strike Three and Roebling’s Bridge.
Other passions include food and cooking and honoring military heroes. Her co-authored anthology/cookbook Homefront Cooking, American Veterans share Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom, was released by Skyhorse Publishing in May 2018, and all authors’ profits will be donated to organizations that support veterans.
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66: Jacquline Kang- Author of The Club
Hear how Jacquline uses private Pinterest boards to help flesh out her characters, how she had great fun fashioning her antagonist by channeling every person in her life who’d wronged her, and how her previous work at a health club, with its behind-the-scenes intrigue, inspired the setting for her debut novel.
When not spending her time creating make-believe people and places, Kang lives in Kirkland, WA with her very real family of 1 husband, 2 nephews, 3 children and a dog. In her past life, She's has held jobs as a personal trainer, a spa manager, a dental assistant, and an office manager, but her true love is writing and sharing a well-crafted story. She is a member of The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and The Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
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65: Carol LaHines- Author of Someday Everything Will All Make Sense
In this free-wheeling interview with Carol LaHines we discuss what led her to decide to attempt a novel, pre-Bach musical theory, her best writing advice, and how she injected deadpan humor into a story that centers around her protagonist’s grief at the death of his mother. Hers novel was a finalist for the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel and an American Fiction Award.
Carol's fiction has appeared in many literary journals including Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, The Laurel Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, Syramore Review, Permafrost, revider, Literary Orphans, and Literal Latte. Her short story, “Papijack,” was selected by judge Patrick Ryan as the recipient of the Lamar York Prize for Fiction. Her short stories and novellas have also been finalists for the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction from Sarabande Books, the David Nathan Meyerson fiction prize, the New Letters short story award, and the Disquiet Literary Prize, among others. She is a graduate of New York University, Gallatin Division, and of St. John’s University School of Law. She has studied with Rick Moody and Phil Schultz, among others.
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64: Diane Barnes- Author of More Than
Diane comes to women’s fiction after publishing three romance novels but feeling like this story didn’t revolve around a interpersonal relationship so much as a woman discovering her true self through transforming not only her body but her inner essence as well. A big fan of NaNoWriMo, Diane intends to participate again this year and gives new writers this simple piece of advice – just stay in the room and write.
Diane is the author of the romance novels WAITING FOR ETHAN, and MIXED SIGNALS. She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the health care industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband Steven live in Massachusetts and dream of moving to Turks and Caicos – at least for the winter months.
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63: William Schreiber - Author of Someone to Watch Over
William's debut has been described as Where the Crawdads Sing meets Ghost and definitely fits in the women's fiction/book club fiction space. He shares with me how listening to his editor’s ideas resulted in expanding a part of his novel which has since become a moving touchstone for readers. And if you’ve ever wondered about the differences between a screenplay and a novel, this is the podcast to listen to as William’s novel began life AS an award-winning movie script before he refashioned into his debut novel, which tied for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Rising Star Award in 2019.
This debut novel was adapted from his original screenplay, which has won or been nominated for many competition awards, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He made his screenwriting debut with the coming-of-age family film Captiva Island. Currently at work on his next novel, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Pam.
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