Writing literary fiction – podcast and video interview with Joanna Penn

Today – roughly 24 hours ahead of schedule if you saw the note on the red blog – I’m at Joanna Penn’s online home, The Creative Penn. Joanna’s one of my favourite podcasters and her interviewees run the gamut of book marketing specialists to fiction authors to creativity consultants to anyone else you never knew you needed to know. A recent podcast of hers is on how to write fight scenes – which is cued up on my Creative Muvo to accompany my run today. (If you meet me, don’t get in my way.)

Earlier this year, when she was writing her best-selling religious thriller Pentecost, she interviewed me about my book Nail Your Novel. Now she’s invited me back to quiz me about writing My Memories of a Future Life – and we discuss the differences between literary and genre fiction, developing characters, using research and honing prose style. We also laughed rather a lot.

You can read a text summary, listen to a podcast, or even watch us on video. Whatever your pleasure, come and join us for a jolly discussion.

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  1. #1 by 26 Countries and 1 Kitchen on October 1, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    Wonderful interview! Thank you for all the advice and tips for writers!

    Brittany Roshelle

    The Write Stuff

  2. #3 by journalpulp on October 1, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    I loved your interview. I posted a (longish) comment on Joanna’s blog, but her spam-catcher swallowed up my words like so many martinis (I’m a bartender, you see).

    “Out from under the sheet.”

    Did you know that in bartending, “between the sheets,” a phrase you can add to virtually any cocktail, always means add half-and-half? For instance: Ray, I’d like a mojito between the sheets.

    Certainly, Miss. Certainly.

    • #4 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on October 2, 2011 - 10:04 am

      The mysterious Ray – your words weren’t swallowed by Joanna’s blog, merely held in limbo like a soul from a past or future life. Nice to see you here as well!

      Sheets? Ghosting sheets don’t do things by halves. It’s total concealment.

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