Friends & Fiction
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Episode 2 · 1 year ago

Friends and Fiction with Kristin Hannah

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah gives the Friends & Fiction authors a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her next novel and the process of researching and writing her amazing books. https://kristinhannah.com

Welcome to friends and fiction by bestselling authors, endless stories. Friends in fiction is a podcast withfive best selling novels, whose common love of reading writing and independentbookstores bound them together with chest. Ather interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing these friends discusse thebooks, they've written the books they're reading now and the art ofstory telling, if you love books and you're curiousabout the writing. World you're in the right place: bestselling novelist, Mary T, Andrews,Cristen, Harmel Christ, wodson Harvey Patty Calahan Henry and Mary AlisMonroe, our five long time, friends with more than eighty published booksto their credit at the started, the pendemic they gottogether for a virtual happy hour to talk about their books, tyeur favorite,bookstores, writing, reading and publishing in this new uncharteredterritory. They're still talking and they' added, fascinating discussionswith other bestselling novels, so joined Hem lie on their friends andfiction. FACEBOOK, Grou page every Wednesday at seven PM, eastern orlisten an you later at your leisure, everybody, wope them Bhis, friends andfiction, and it wouldn't be Wednesday, night and friends in fiction. If weweren't having some technical dip, Olcold Popa- U Qi on our gas pisen Hanna to beam in,and hopefully that's going to happen just to catch you up we're fine bestselling Nauvelus and our common love of reading writing and independentbookstores found us together. So with chats and allther interviews andfascinating insider talk about publishing and writing, we and wine-don't forget the wine, that's what we call a Social Lubrcan. The books were riding and reading andthe Artif story telling so you love books and you're curious about thewriting world. You Ere in the right place, eexactly so kind of going around and introduceourselves to you in case you're new here or in case you're old. Like me,and you forget, so I m Mary K Andrews. My latest book is Hello Summer, anMaryalli Tar. Can you het O her I'm Maryellizmagro, and my recent brookis on Ocean Boulevard wealt from everybody I in Patty Callihan and Patticelling and Henry and my latest contemporary is the favorite daughterand my latest historical is becoming Ms Lewis, the improbable love story. A SSLewis Enjoy Tedman, I'm Christy Wittzon Harvey and my Lade Cok is still Ifollowand, I'm just er no onter o the upsoding. The book oclock wo guys outthere in friends and fiction land. This is like the reel behind the scenes likethis is how it happened. Just tow, we cate the magic everybody. I know thisis anigtamrall Wen e authors were not sick. T we're so excited you all ar erea that. Yheud come to join us and we're so excited Jistahanis here and we'regoing to get our questions to her so dontly, okay, she can hear ut throughmy phone Sotonight, probably nothere's, Sik, O ingoobegiding, Ino, Oner Sasing, with our berry favorite author and a good frond,the wonderful amazing Christian Ana. I your off now pison already you o morethan to minorun away ba Ti en yors international through the nightingtow.They were playing with fire here:...

Aed Alcohol, Whereis, Oi welpated, tohave you S, Niceto Ne, to guys cisky, Christan, Christani and Christa IV Tuin twenty five years on Ferso I no we won, go ane tengin nice to ste s et me. Pause and SAV byOur Future Book Cole Liberty, Babook in Washington, State Christan's, favoritestores and well beting a little bit more about itter compy, but for nowjust know that Youcpanea eceony released from liberty, Bay, books andthey're already marked at ten percent off, and the link will be posted on ourfriends and fiction. Page and M. Somebody tonight is going to win aforty dollar gift card from friends, ind fiction from liberty, Babe Son,we'll talk to a little bit more about that. Okay, Kristen! Now that you'rewith us. You know we started ing, T wat togetherR Pant, an t o en GOI NAT ne in I I it's just been really difficult foreverybody. You know I mean having. I talked about this abit just being sofar away from my kids, my grandkids. I was very lucky that for a lot of this Iwas finishing up my book, that's coming out in twsand and twenty one, the forwind, but since I've finished that book, I've been at a little loose end. So Ikinda start looking for cocktail hour to start about four. Thirty and justyou know hope for the best. Maybe you could workon my next book. For me I could use some help if it ka not doing anything ystart asking to questions and I get tothe first one'cause, I'm the hostess, O Kristen, Here's Piban thinkn about you mustrecently San o big sweeping sodter. Is that deliberet on your part? Do youjust need a broader frame T in which to tell your stories? Well, you know I'vebeen doing it obviously for a long long time, and I think more, it's just beenan evolution more than anything else of you know. I started out telling love stories primarily, and I did that,for I guess about. I don't know. Fifteen years about every seven years Iseemed to reinvent myself and I just came to a place where I wanted to tella a bigger story than I ever had before, and one thing about being in the firstcoming from romance and then moving into women's fiction. It's really hardto be given a chance to break out because you're, a woman writing women'sstories, poor women and they like to package. You in a certain way andpromote you in a certain way, and I just got to a point in my career or anage that I guess where I wanted to see if it was possible to to break that mold and do somethingelse, and that's really where the nightingale came from pleasing and I follow up on thatquestion. Where I'll have questions but mine is it fits there? It does takecourage to make that choice and I'm sure people warned you against it ortold you. The TIMG was wrong and even when you made the choice towrite the nightingale one of the things that I thought was so interesting iswith the great success of that book. You went in another direction with thegreat alone which be me away by the way, and I just was curious about theprocess of a people telling you don't...

...do it. It's not time thei courage ofthat choice, but also what leads you to make the choice for the next story thatit w a was that inspiring spark. So it was all very, very deliberate andvery, very conscious. You know sort of that evolution and I had, from the verybeginning of my romance career, been told that what I wanted to do wasn'tgoing to work. I didn't write fast enough. I didn't write the kind ofstories that were going to work in that format and I was fortunate in the earlydays to be with a really great editor at Valentine, who allowed me to sort ofpush the envelope a little bit on those things you know. So I started inhistorical when I first went to a contemporar romance I was, you know,warned against it. When I first went to women's fiction, I was warned againstit when I decided to write books on Speck, which I've done a lot throughoutmy career. I was always warned against it. So someone saying hey, don't dothis. That just tells me I'm on the right track if INEDE O no once you're in though you have tobe all in so like, for example, when I started the nightingale and went youknow full historical for the first time I was coming off books that had beennumber one on the Times. Very recently, so I had just just gotten to number one,and you know there was a lot of conversation about. Maybe this isn'tthe best time push all that aside, but I trulybelieved that it was the only way for me to actually sell more books than Iwas selling, because I had sort of reached a place in women's fictionwhere I felt that I was as big as I could get and that the only way tochange that paradime was to write something else and to risk startingover, and I made a very conscious decision not to package it to myprevious readers not to sell it to just do a cleen break. I was lucky. I think that a lot of themfollowed me anyway, but I was prepared to lose readers. I had to be you know, so that was like the easiest of thedecisions and then in the year, between sort of theNightingale being submitted to my publisher and it' coming out in thestores. Actually it was almost eighteen months Um. I started to get this sense that thebook was going to be successful. You know people were reading it and theywere telling my editor on my agent. Oh, this is a good book and that's Whan. Ithink, for the first time in my career I got really scared. I thought Hoh Thif, it actually works. Then hat youknow 'cause, I didn't have a followup book. I I hadn't like plotted out acareer following that, so everyone said you know you need towrite another world war, twobook and solidify your audience, and my fear wasthat if I wrote another World War Two book, I would never write anythingexcept the World War to B, and so I decided to to write a book that Ithought could not be compared to the NITINGA. I was prepared and I thinkeven embraced the idea that the second book by definition, would fail that itabsolutely had to the nightingales once in a a lifetime kind of book. So I knewwhatever I did. It was going to be less successful, so I just embraced that andI decided to write seventies. You know...

...book about domestic violence with kindof a thrill or angle, and I was shocked that as many people liked it, they did anpe a you know very intense books soand I don't know it kind of served as like a Palot pleanser, because I Irealized that, ultimately, it wasn't about success anymore now than it hadever been. It was always about what I wanted to write and what I wanted toread and you take this sixcess and when you get it and you take the failurewhen you get it and you just keep showing up ye ye es a great answer.Thank you, Cistenbarys Mary, thank you. MRY IWILL find the number when you didit with beats house yeah. Thank you, yeah, a no one wanted to read about turtles.That's all I heard eral e Ar you know. Someone has beeninto business as long as you and we're both started up Inh the same roots.It's really beautiful to Si your courage of your choices, and I admirevery much. You have a clos yet so paking newriting and making changes and bold, courageous choices. Is there anythingthat you can tell us about the four winds because, of course, we're alldying to know a little more about it, and we know that all the friends andfichand listeners are too yes, interestingly enough, I sort ofdid again, I decided to kind of reinvent again- and this is a big depression era, both about onewoman sort of struggled to keep her family together and to survive. Andit's interesting. I was talking to Patty when I was on book tour aboutthis it never I mean I wrote it to be relevant because there's an issue ofimmigration and there's you know, issues about environmental and climatechange and the things that are you know were in conversation three years agowhen I started this, but this whole pandemic has sort of changed. How Ifeel about the book, and it just ends up being right, now, really reallyrelevant and it. It actually gives me a lot of hope right now, because itreminds me th, sort of the strength, end durability of humans and the humanspirit and the ability that we have to rise above these terrible times and notonly survive ultimately but thrive, and so you know, my hope is obviously thatthat we can all come together a little bit more than we have and sort of lookthe past and and learn from them, yeah very kindly very tindy. The book soundswonderful, so Cristan. I just have to start off my saying W e. If I had anickel for every time someone's like. Oh, I loved your book, the Nightingalea'm, like the other, Cristian witan ape. I wish you a wa Ti era. I would just saNo. I never knew what Osa I sa. What I LOK A to it was a great one. Yea I al have toay. I write about World WarTwo and my first world wartune novel was in two thousand and twelve. It wasbed in World War, two Paris and it wasn't relly a thing. People were doingit. So I have to say: Tak you so much for opening up this Jonrathar, I lovedIden. I gave it a place in the conversation and in you know whatpeople are loving, and so, as someone who writes onnet Genre, I just owe youa huge litte rattitude. So thank you dbut. I, my question tonight is so forme one of the hardest things,...

...particularly just coming from ajournalism background where I want to get everything right, is the idea ofnot just getting the big details, Riak Fotr, getting all the little detailsright too, and you do that go beautifull in the nightingale and againin the grade alone, which I just thought was thath an nincredible book.You evote e setting in ha time period, so perfectly using details justexpertly. Can you talk a little bit about how you do your research and howyou use that to give you're such a sense of you know, time and place andauthenticity? Thank you so much that's I mean I don't really feel that Iopened anything up, but I think at what the Nightingale and all the light wecannot see, and you know several of the books that just happened to sort ofarise at that moment, just I think reminded people how much they love thisera and how many stories there are. I mean it's amazing to me how manyremarkable stories there are, and so I guess thank you and as far as thedetails, you know it's basically just I mean you guys all know, we've all beendoing it for years. It's it's picking the detail that speaks to you and th. Iwould se the biggest thing that I've learned from the nightigale and fromthe four winds that has been difficult. It has been this transition from what Iused to write to what I'm writing now is the difficculty in writing, ahistorical novel that tries to get the details right and tries to get theissues right and you know, tries to have something to say historically, butis still, first and foremost a novel about characters about women aboutsisters about friendship, because I find that when I've got a really bighistorical canvas and a lot of facts to deal with, you almost do stand incharacters for a long time. It takes a long time and to remember that thatyou're, still a novelist writing about Characteris, not a historical novelist.So true that makes sense, didn't have much Tah great alher, yeah, no didt!You already ask a question: I've lost track. I've bener now Sucersan, it's sogood to see you. We had such a good time. Talking about, you know,switching genrose, what it neads using the details, and yet when we were together, I wanted toask this question, but the audience had so many questions. So many of yoursweeping Sagas are about survival right in the face of great tragedy orhardship, they're about women, they're about friendship or about sisterhood,and there's this qte an an Elizabeth strout novel. It's called my name isLucy Barton. Have you read that? Yes, so, okay? Well, she writes aboutwraiters. She says you will only have one story and you'll write your onestory. Many ways. Don't ever worry about story. You only have one- and Iremember US talking and I jokingly said. Oh I you know, I know you don't writefrom theme and you said: Oh yes, I do so. I wonder if that's true that wehave kind of one story and we just tell it anice what you O wow. You know that kind of it kind ofleaves me speechless because I'm torn right down the middle with yes, becausewe all have things to say that we feelinprinsically are important and matter, and you know no matter what you beginwith certain themes and ideas and characters reappear in your books overand over an Oak, and I personally am...

...the very commercial, very mysic Um kindof person in in movies and books and everything. So I like theyre aboutsurvival because the states are so big and because that's something I thinkthat we all share, but do I think I have one story I mean I hope not. Ihope that we all can change and grow, and you know, although I can tell youyou know, I want to write a Ya fantasy some day. It'll probably still feellike me, so who knows o? I just think it's such aninteresting idea. 'cause. I think we return as writers to the same themeskind of over and over, but I'm not positive. We return to the same storyover and over, but I just H. I it made me look at my own work and everybodyelse's work and say what do we touch on every time we write this story an I guess. It depends on how youdefine the story. Ro Is Story. PROT is story. Theme is story, Arcis storycharacter. I mean I'll. Tell you what, if I've been writing the same story fortwenty five years, I should be better at it and I e Ta Lik, O Nue Da. I Idream, you know, I agree, you know I think we do have m. a. maybe theme isprobably the better word than story that we something that I it comesthrough our stories, no matter what setting what plot you have and I thinkthat's the voice of the author, you know how can we not bring that out inour stories if it's something we believe in truly? So I think when weread Your Book Christin or certainly, I think at Oll of ours, you like to thinkthat you can meet a few pages and say a a that's Christian's book. Ah, yes,that's Patty's voice. IT'S G! It's the voice, that's actually what I was thinkingafterwards, because that's the question that I get you guys, probably all get amost from beginning authors, beginning writers is where's my voice. What's myvoice, how do I develop my voice and you think in the beginning, that voiceis about how you write and as you get older- and you do this more and more.You understand that that voice is how you see the world and it's yes, it'sthe message that you're, giving and- and that is um certainly recurring inmost of us, because the voice is so fundamenfal to who we are to te ArguraaHai mind. I think it's the hardest thing to find in the beginning, but eyou emulate and you emulate, and then you have to find your own Okayo GreatCo. CRISTA thank e Cul, no Tati. We want to remind you about supportingyour local book sellers at a tough time or locally owned independent businesseseverywhere, and we always encourage people to shop small Um. But if youlove books, all of us can do some good in the world by lending support tobooksellers whoare working really hard to stay in business. It's a good deed tsame time to get great new books to read you get to keep he literarycommunity thriving. I know I called Liberty, Bay books today, just to makesure we were all set up for tonight and they told me that they have just openedtheir doors, which is great now Eah. So if yourein getting any of our bookstonight, H, hello, Sumer, that's Mi Marialis is on ocean. BeaubardChristie's feel like calling patty's becoming msess Lewis, Cristin Hormels,the book of Lat names or Christian Hanna from great alone or thenightingale take advantage of the ten percent discount tha liberty, baybooksis offering you don't eat a coupon code, go to our friends and fiction page andfind the link to the store and tonight,...

...by the way we marked a big mastone.Tonight we passed the four thousand followers Marc who's gonna. Who was going to pick thewinner of the thousand follower thing it's just drawn randomly from oneperson. Um, who is the group of four thousand followers, so you knowwhenever we hit a milestone, we want to reward everybody who's been with us allalong. So it's somebody who's been with us and we wonn remind you to join ourfriends ind fiction group on facebook. If you're, not a member already, pleasedo that. You get all the links. We you remember when you mention tonight andwe're going to be giving more gibaways. So we have asked it's been our turn toask questions and we want you all to do the same thing and we've chosen twoquestions that have been mitted on the website. We want Christen to answer so.First off Diane conmgoldric is asking, I think, Christen Hanna D. by the waywe have an embargo on K names. After that I know Di Oitdida, Coupleo Marys,her clared, I ate, I mean it's really funny itreally Mor. No. This is ifference, mdog wants o know, and this one, Ithink, is for CCHRIS and Hannah. Do you typically have just a single story inyour head when you're writing or there often other stories in your head? Thatare brewing and you put 'em on the backburner, while you're working on thebook at hand. Not only do I only have one while I'm working, I am hardpressed to find a second one. When I needet, I am not one of those authorswho like collect stories or thinks about you know in fact I'm right now.You know I work for three years on before winds and I'm done now and it'stime to to write another book and I literarealyhave Zeroso. If anybodywants to send one and just let me andthat La Oh, you may have opened afloog B, you don't know what you're it works for Atleast the weekend I meanI just wter viewing livthat n, the woman that you know sent in the ideaand said you should write a story about. You know these lost friendsads. So younever know you could find a diamond out there. Well and she had just finishedanother book and Bemaing at Ind Walked thoger O okaycristen, oh Aoer, Qeston is okay, Christian Ridgeway, Berje eKirstin AE. We want to know which characters fromyour books are most like. You Christin Hanneccan. You enter that briefly andthanhe others. Maybe some of us will take a crack at that, too sure thecharacter that is most like me consistently and the book that is mostlike my life is far flylahe and I was kate, not puly. I was in a the at homemom. I don't know if there's a characterwho's the most like me, I can tell you the character I wish was the most likeme and that joy Davidman an misess Lewis, but I don't know if there's acharacter, how about O it's changes over the years. I think I would havesaid in the beachhouse. I was I loved love Y, but she was more my mother, butI I wanted to be like her. I Rasn't herbut. I think now, I'm more thedaughter, because I've been with her for fifteen eighteen years and I'vegrown up with her and so she's more like me and she's becoming thematriarch. So I I get her BUDG. Is She really me? I C, I think all mycharacters are a little bit like me, except the villags, no villats.

I think it's interesting because I findthat, just like you said Mary Allis, I think every character is a little bitus I mean it. You have to get inside the head of your character right to beable to rite them and write them with compassion and understanding, but Ikind o understand myself better with each new character. I write. I it'slike it's almost like you're forced to do a little bit of a deep dive into anemotional side of yourself that you might not have otherwise considered. SoI sort of look at by writing careers just a whole lot of free therapy hat. It's so true. I wish they werepretend psycolanalysts, but we tpsychoanalyze ourselves. I mean wehave to in order to get those characters out on the page. I I feellike at least Christi Wanaim, I kind of agree with Mary Alisan that Ifeel like I've hat a little piece of myself into all of my characters.Finally enough, like for fiels like following, I wrote it in twenty sixteenand now you know it's out in twsand and twenty, and so I had a four year oldwhen I was writing it. But Gray and story has an eight year old son and shehas like a blob that she, like partlaid, into a business kind of like. I do soof course, everyone's, like oh you're, gray, you're great, and then I also geta lot of o your caroline in the Peach Street blos series, which is a littlebit offensive because she is a little snarky but shelike the character she's like theone. That's like that friend that you have that just says whatever they thinkand you're, like a little jealous of that 'cause you're like much, I can tsay whatever I thought like not care, and I cannot do that. IAM like such AFpeople pleasear, but I did't get some of the COMPARAAN. But when I waswriding pizzz tree lass, I strangely sor like Maryalice, was saying reallyrelated to Annesley, who was the mother of these three granddaughters, becauseshe's kind of in this sandwich generation, where she's taking care ofall these uferat people and both of will's parents passed away during theprocess of writing that series, and so we were very much in telay caring forparents, caring for children, and so even though she was you know severaldecades older than I was I felt like. I was putting so much of my current story:andto Her story, which was or of surprising yeah. I think all mycharacters a little bit of Ydna conly Hawkins is the potagonist of my latestbook, Hello Summer and she's a newspaper reporter- and I was you knowlong ago. That was my first career. I was he newspaper Wor, but you knowcomlay's younger, sheshe's, m, more confrontational, she's, more aggressive.I think she probably is the meed that I wish I had been. I gave her. I gave her some superpowersthat I didn't possess and then I gave her some personal problems that I Ididn't have Ng tegaback and forth to each other.Okay, now, are we going to take live questions? Yes, I er waiting. Can Ijust ask Cristin? Are you excited about the movies coming out, Wowa ineeOtistoss out, and you have two movies coming out in Netflix series by the way,tyeat's pretty cool? When does the nightgill Moke? Well, the Nightingaleis December twenty one because of Corona virus. It got cus back a yearand I think fireflylane is Thisoa. That's cool. Can Ma OP TAT book e NowSha just celebrate we shoted. Can we have a big party and watch it all thetimcome back and visit you guys again when I can get my audio work working out, Grat is Lova. I have agood question that I really like so Melissa. Sharpless wants to know how wecome up with our character names, which I think it's a kind of a good question.We haven't answered that before. Have we you know it's shockingly relevant?Isn't it I mean it's like. If the name...

...isn't right, the book just doesn't goforward a couple of times. I have made mistakes and and named charactersincorrectly and and I sort of come to a grinding halt and have to start over.So for me I mean I often start with baby books. I assume other people do aswell and it's really sort of a combination of ethnicity and era, and Iguess just a name that that speaks to the character. I think I'm trying tocreate yeah. I rehearse names for my characters and you know I have moredifficulties with the men yeah Youngo, what the women are named, but sometimeslike I'll think to myself. Okay, I need an asshole name, I'll. Think. Oh what about that? GuyThat I dated you know back in eleventh grade, but then he'll know it was him iave. Also I I like obituaries, I putnames out of abituaries on my desk in my desk door. I just pulled it out. Iha kept all the programs for my kids graduations. I know because it has first last, youknow first middle and last names of you know hhundreds and hundres and hundredbut renniol the wl always teach me so many things. It's the SAST part I meanElyou in Charleston. You just go to the street names 'cause they're, all namedafter Lov Charlesso. It's easy I'LL! Tell you something funny about so theBook Olost names I my book its coming in July. It's about document, forgersand so their whole job, basically is finding names for people so, but by theway, it's so good, I'm on Ly Chapter Three and I like I started it likerandomly in the middle of after and I was like put it away. Christi put itaway, you have to Ge Lier Buoi Ho. May you anyway thank you, but you have tosay that you're, my friend thank you O here it is. I Hav to I'll tell you something that thedocument forgers Dai that was interesting. There was a newspaper atthe time called the GERNAL lificel. That was the official record of all ofthe official acts of the French government. So if you got married, ifthere was a naturalization, if somebody died like it was all reported in thereand that's how a lot of forged names came to be because they had to match upto official records, and so they would just pull them out of this and and theywould have like you now, they would know I they were married to or theywould know when they were naturalized and so for writing a book, a lost game,some of the throwaway character, names, just random characters. Who you seeonce I did the same thing and pulled them from Hejrnalypus yeal. I have awhole stack of them M, Houand, nine utdred and forty Cang. That was areally fun way to get names. I'vd, never done that before yeaheally cool,Ias, fun, okay, so we're going to ask cristen Hanna Christien. I know this iskind of off the cup. But do you have a writing chip you want to share. We allwant to pick your brain himw with you guys seems Um. No, I'm sure you have thesame toolbox and Kip that I have and I'm sure that you've all learned themost important thing, which is the reason that we're all here, because wedidn't give up and we committed to to get better with every single book thatwe did and we support our independent bookstores and we read and we read andwe read and and then I think, like we said earlier and then at some point youdecide not to be afraid not to do what you're told not to write what you'resupposed to write but to explore what it is that that you personally have tosay. So I guess that's that's my big picture on. You know how to keep doing this. It'sReli and it's not relatively ease it's easier to write a book or two or three.I think the the trick and the thing...

...that Um that you have to work reallyhard at is to have a career at this. You know to keep doing this year afteryear after year as tastes, change as covers change as stories change as thereadership changes, as you change and so you're constantly, I thinkreinventing yourself just enough to sort of stay, relevant and- and then,like I said, most importantly, is never think you're good enough. I mean Inever ever think that I am a good enough writer to pull off what I wantto do. So I try something that stretches me just a little bit so thatI, I guess, keep being engaged. THAT'S BEAUTIFUL! Thank you. There hirlybeautifay top when you're falaged or do you mean terrified Wellyou know if you aren't terrified,I'm not sure you're writing the best book that you could be writing becauseit means you're not asking something of yourself that frightens you and youdon't have to be by the way, frightened. Every time you don't have to stretchyourself. I tend to do the big stretch, the fallback, the big stretch, thefallback, because you need to sort of regroup and and understand what you'velearned, but I do think it's important to be afraid. A lot Ye you, I hope youknow that you' just heard a master class do get. I Ra IG money for that okil beautiful. Ijust have to speak, O my heart. That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharingthat showed a lot of wisdom and experience. Ladies, do you all have anybooks? We only try to give U Uout to other authors and talk about what we'rereading, especially debut authors. It's tough to be a debut author. During apen DEMAC, you don't get the kind of attention you don't get a book, Tor Mot,a lot of t authors, don't Giv B toards at all, so who's got Ta, Um, debutnowel. They want to talk about anybody. That's a good question. I think we eyou know what I think. This week we sto focused on getting up and runningwith starting our website and vinalizing our logo, and I think we alllost our minds with like the rest of the episode and Ma Maryky. May I justadd e way you are keeping us all together tonight, despite the problemslike Pang, you were I'm just bowing down to you because you have kept ourcrazy train on the track. Ty Secret Hi secret for writing isallthe same as the secret of friends and fiction. You just have to be alittle terrified. Every Monday itall comes to go anigat a don't. I getit done, Ilike in the book when you get to the Sagi Middle, and you know it'snever going to work out a that's a Ben Wen. I talk about a first de noveland it's by Christine Lancy. It's called the second home. I haven'tgotten it yet, but I'm excited about reading it, and so that's when I thinkthat M it sounds great and I'm supposed to have it any minute now, who elseChristin? What are you reading? Christenhanna Actualyi? Am I'm rightnow, I'm finally reading rules of civility, I loved love, loved agentlemen in Moscow, and so I just started rules of civility and I'm it'sjust beautiful and I did want Ta Save maricade. There's a debut novel calledGhosts of Harvard. Have you guys heard of that? Okay tell them oternow hernamed completely. Is INTMA Iway. That's what I think people should look forthat they'll, really like FRINCESCA Saratella, she's, Lisa, Scotlene's,daughter and she's, a aprashe really oh for heaven, safe carline's, daughter,Franchesca Seratelaa goes to Carbry, okay, we're wanting fine! So now I haveto bury her a hurry up. Thank you, cristen for joinigus tonight. Rememberyou can pick up o gread alone, along with allornew releases at liberty,liberty, Bay, books, whatare. They at...

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