Robin and James commiserate about agoraphobia and how nice is boring before discussing her excellent new book, CRASH COURSE, and the life and craft lessons it contains. Plus, Melanie McNair from Malaprop’s Bookstore discusses how HB2 has impacted business and recommends LGBT titles.
Howard talks to James about his memoir, THE POINT OF VANISHING, and how he was able to create such a vivid portrait of his two years spent living alone in the woods of Vermont. They discuss finding peace in the world and in their writing. Plus Adam Latham from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference gives the history of the conference and tips for applying.
James and Jung talk about her incredible debut novel, Shelter, and the craziness she has ahead of her. They compare the similar traits that made them want to process dark subject matter into fiction and how their spouses forced them to celebrate the good things. Plus, Chris Linendoll from Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, gives five debut recommendations.
Urban Waite was James’s best man and he is one of his BFFs. They discuss his latest manuscript and his novels SOMETIMES THE WOLF, CARRION BIRDS, and THE TERROR OF LIVING. Urban explains how he fought the law and reading won and led to his career writing literary thrillers. Later, Becky Tuch talks lit mags and THE REVIEW REVIEW.
James talks to Dan about his novel, THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST, as well as treating writing like a job, writing longform non-fiction, sticking to the facts, and, of course, Carrot Top. Then he talks all things novella with Nouvella founder and editor Deena Drewis.
In this double-LP-episode-one spectacular, James and Laura discuss her latest novel, FIND ME, her unusual path to becoming a writer, why Florida wants to murder you, and her lacquered table of grunge gods. Second guest Emily Bell, senior editor at FSG, chats about her job and upcoming titles.