Woman-of-all-trades, Karen Walrond, lit up the F***ing Shakespeare studio with her stunning intellect and glorious voice. She's a master storyteller, envy-inducing photographer and writer, and self-avowed twinkle-light-hangin', candle-lighting, biscuit-eating junkie. And we all fell in love with her. You will too. Plus, she knows a thing or two about handling a microphone. Did we mention she hosts her own podcast?
You know how Adam Rippon named himself America's Figure Skating Sweetheart at the Olympics? Well, I'm dubbing Katherine Center America's Author Sweetheart. Because I can. On the show, she talks spotting the Neighborhood Novelist and Why You Should Approach with Reckless Abandon, and why you should, yes, Write What you Know, but also write in the service of others. Seriously. She's awesome.
Also on the podcast: Rejection letters on one-eighth a sheet of paper.
Suggested Readings and Musings from and inspired by Katherine:
- Dwight V. Swain's Techniques of the Selling Writer
- The Danish Art of Hygge
- anything by Laurie Colwin (Jess loves Goodbye without Leaving)
If you love this infectious Katherine Center episode, you will, we promise, love any and all of her books. Check them out: Bright Side of Disaster (2008), Everyone is Beautiful (2009), Get Lucky (2010), The Lost Husband (2013), and Happiness for Beginners (2015).
YA novelist Jennifer Mathieu and co-host Jessica Cole work out once and for all what happened with the election. Turns out “We’re fine!” Plus, she reveals the three rules of writing. Your writing life will never be the same.
Young Adult novelist Kristin Rae explains the similarities between zombies and toddlers and their completely backed-up-by-neuroscientists impact on the mind of a writer. The agent of an author friend of hers once told her, “Life is hard enough, reading should be a joy.” And that’s why our guest, young adult novelist Kristin Rae writes. For the heart flutters and the tingles.
Poet D.F. Brown tells us how nursery rhymes in the 1950s Ozarks are just like Disney movies and not scary at all. And Jessica goes for a walk in the wide, wide world and shares a very special PSA about poetry.
Recommended reading & suggested links from David Brown:
We talk to Mark Dostert about his memoir recounting his time as a juvenile attendant in Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side, choosing the right color white for your juvenile detention center, and the merits of jailing kids with outmoded and punitive drug laws.
Novelist and Brazos bookstore manager Mark Haber gets real worked up about LCD Soundsystem and why nothing else will do for writing inspiration. And then gets real meta about the truth and Mario Belletin. Dear listeners, we’ll let you decide.
Suggested readings from Mark:
- Interview with Argonáutica editor and translator, Efrén Ordóñez
- The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño
- The Large Glass (or anything) by Mario Bellatin