Put through my paces by Guys Can Read: literary writing, storytelling and the brave new world of indie books

Today I’m back at Guys Can Read, the weekly podcast books discussion hosted by Luke Navarro and Kevin McGill. Luke and Kevin adore fiction, period. They review everything from Jonathan Franzen to Star Wars novels, with equal expectations of great storytelling, strong characterisation and robust themes. They’re not afraid to pick apart what doesn’t work, regardless of how hallowed it might be, to venture into genres outside their usual tastes (which are pretty wide anyway) and to celebrate a darn good book even if it’s in a genre that’s normally sneered at. Kevin’s also just released his own rip-roaring fantasy adventure, Nikolas and Company: A Creature Most Foul, now available on Amazon.

I’ve been on their show a few times and was thrilled they wanted me along now that I’ve released My Memories of a Future Life. We started by talking about the novel but soon ventured into wider discussion. We nattered about aspects of literary writing that can get in the way of the story and characters. We talked about indie publishing – as a choice to connect more closely with readers, whether it’s risky for writers with an established career, and how readers and writers will in future be setting the publishing agenda just as much as commercial publishers.  Oh, and whether I get away with opening my novel with a whinge scene. Come on over.

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  1. #1 by Jacinda Little on November 8, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed the interview, Roz. I’m still nodding my head in agreement with your musical/literary associations. The psychology is undeniable.

    This was the kick in the rear I needed to order the book. My old-fashioned paperback is on its way. Yay!

  2. #3 by mrdisvan on November 9, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    Luke and Kevin have one of the best book review shows to be found anywhere on the internet. It was great hearing your gutsy defense of “literary fiction” which seems to have become a pejorative word in the last decade or so, but of course simply applies to any fiction that doesn’t fit in an obvious genre.

    • #4 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on November 9, 2011 - 10:04 pm

      Thank you, Mr Disvan – and so nice to meet a fellow fan of Luke and Kevin. We need more spokesmen – and gals – for good old-fashioned storytelling.

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