Ep. 104: Matt Bell, Author of Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts

This week I’m chatting with author Matt Bell about his essential new title for writers, Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts.refuse

“I can’t imagine anyone setting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, who won’t want to keep this book permanently close at hand.” —Benjamin Dreyer, New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer’s English

 

 

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About the Author:

Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novels Appleseed (a ny times notable book of 2021), Scrapper (a Michigan Notable Book) and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award). His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Esquire, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, Gulf Coast, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. Learn more at www.mattbell.com.

 

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Ep. 103: Alena Dillon, Author of My Body is a Big Fat Temple

My guest this week is Alena Dillon, author of My Body is a Big Fat Temple, a laugh out loud memoir of pregnancy and early motherhood that is also thought-provoking, powerful, and a bit like an older sister taking you aside to tell you what to really expect.

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“Alena Dillon is one of my favorite writers and to read her journey through pregnancy is a great joy and heartbreak.”Amy Schumer

 

 

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About the Author:

Alena Dillon is the author of Mercy House, a Library Journal Best Book of 2020, which has been optioned as a Paramount+ television series produced by Amy Schumer, as well as The Happiest Girl in the World, and My Body Is A Big Fat Temple, a memoir of pregnancy and early parenting, forthcoming from Woodhall Press October 2021. Alena’s work has appeared in publications including LitHub, River Teeth, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, and Bustle. She teaches creative writing and lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband, son, black lab, and lots of books. Learn more at alenadillon.com

 

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Ep. 102: Lindsey J. Palmer, Author of Reservations for Six

This week, tune in to hear Lindsey Palmer discuss her new novel, Reservations for Six, an entertaining and insightful page-turner about modern marriage and a tight-knit group of friends navigating their 30s and beyond.

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It’s not often you find a book that so perfectly captures the messy complexities of modern mid-life marriages and manages to also be a riveting page turner, yet with Reservations for Six, Palmer somehow pulls it off. I inhaled this book in two days, but these six characters so fully came alive for me that I’ll be thinking about them for much, much longer. Absolutely brilliant.” ―USA Today bestselling author, Colleen Oakley

 

 

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About the Author:

Lindsey J. Palmer is a writer, editor, and educator. She is the author of four novels, RESERVATIONS FOR SIX, OTHERWISE ENGAGED, IF WE LIVED HERE, and PRETTY IN INK. She worked in the magazine industry for many years, most recently as Features Editor at Self, and previously at Redbook and Glamour. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a Master of Arts in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught A.P. Literature and Creative Writing at a Manhattan public school for several years. Nowadays she’s a senior editor at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids, which means she spends her days researching topics as diverse as Alan Turing, Juneteenth, and Mindfulness, and then translating what she’s learned into an engaging, narrative format. Lindsey lives on Cape Cod with her husband and daughter.

 

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Ep. 101: Kristy Woodson Harvey, Author of The Wedding Veil

Today I’m thrilled to share an episode with one of my favorite authors, Kristy Woodson Harvey. We discussed The Wedding Veil, a sweeping new novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family.

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“Masterfully woven…[a] literary homerun. This split-time narrative will delight readers of both contemporary and historical novels. As with all her books, Harvey delivers her trademark glamour and lighthearted spirit, all while weaving in fashion, architectural design, and the dramas that play out in daily life. It’s a delightful, well-shaped novel that leaves readers with a burst of joy in the end.” ―New York Journal of Books

 

 

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About the Author:

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Under the Southern Sky, and The Peachtree Bluff series, which is in development for television with NBC. Her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern Living and USA TODAY and she was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Kristy is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.

 

Listen to Past Episodes of A Bookish Home Featuring Friends & Fiction Authors:

Ep. 96: Patti Callahan Henry on Once Upon A Wardrobe

Ep. 85: Kristin Harmel on The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Ep. 58: Mary Kay Andrews on Hello Summer

Ep. 36: Mary Kay Andrews on Sunset Beach

Ep. 80: Mary Alice Monroe on The Summer of Lost and Found

 

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Ep. 100: Jasmine Guillory, Author of By the Book

This week, we’re celebrating the 100th episode of A Bookish Home! To mark this milestone, I’m speaking with one of my dream guests from the beginning, romance author Jasmine Guillory.

Jasmine’s novel, By the Book, just released and is a bookish reimagining of Beauty and the Beast.

 

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My cheeks hurt from smiling through this delightful book for adults who haven’t outgrown fairytales. And speaking of magic, how does Jasmine Guillory keep getting better and better?” ―Jodi Picoult

 

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About the Author:

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding Date, The Proposal, and While We Were Dating. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.

 

To learn more about Jasmine Guillory and follow her on social media visit https://www.jasmineguillory.com.

 

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Ep. 99: Jason Chin & Andrea Wang on the 2022 Caldecott Medal Winner, Watercress

This week, we have a very special episode. I’m speaking with the team behind this year’s Caldecott winning picture book, Watercress: Andrea Wang and Jason Chin. In case you’re not familiar, the Caldecott is basically the Academy Award for picture books, so this is very exciting! Watercress also won a Newbery Honor and the Asian Pacific/Pacific American Award for Literature.

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“Andrea Wang’s heartfelt and nuanced intergenerational story comes to life through Jason Chin’s brilliant watercolors, making Watercress a feast for the senses. But be warned: Come prepared with tissues.”~ Minh Lê, for NPR

 

 

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About the Author/Illustrator:

Andrea Wang is an acclaimed author of children’s books. Her book Watercress was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a New England Book Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her other books, The Many Meanings of Meilan, Magic Ramen, and The Nian Monster, have also received awards and starred reviews. Her work explores culture, creative thinking, and identity. She is also the author of seven nonfiction titles for the library and school market. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family. To learn more about Andrea Wang and follow her on social media visit https://andreaywang.com.

Jason Chin is a celebrated author and illustrator of many children’s books including Your Place in the Universe, Miranda Paul’s Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book,  and Andrea Wang’s Watercress. His book Grand Canyon was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. His other acclaimed nonfiction titles—RedwoodsCoral Reefs, Island: A Story of the Galápagos, and Gravity—have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades. He is also the illustrator of Stephanie Parsley Ledyard’s debut title, Pie Is for Sharing, and Miranda Paul’s Water Is Water. Jason lives in Vermont with his wife and children. To learn more about Jason Chin and follow him on social media visit https://www.facebook.com/authorjchin/.

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 98: 2022 Newbery Medal Winner- Donna Barba Higuera

This week, I’m honored to be speaking with this year’s Newbery Medal winner, Donna Barba Higuera, author of The Last Cuentista.

In the book, 12-year-old Petra Peña’s suspended animation fails during the 370-year journey to a new planet after Earth is destroyed, so when all the other children are mysteriously reprogrammed and the adults purged, Petra becomes the lone bringer of Earth’s now forbidden stories and her grandmother’s Mexican folklore to a changing humanity.


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     “Deftly blends Mexican folklore with science fiction in this thrilling and emotional post-apocalyptic novel.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

 

 

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Donna Barba Higuera’s Middle Grade and Picture books reinvent history, folklore, and or her own life experience into compelling storylines. She lives in Washington State with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog. 

​Her books include Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, El Cucuy (coo-coo-ee) Is Scared, Too!, and The Last Cuentista, and have won awards including: the Newbery medal, both Pura Belpré medal and honor, PNBA best book of the year award,  and the Sid Fleischman award for best children’s humor book of the year.

To learn more about Donna Barba Higuera and follow her on social media visit https://www.dbhiguera.com.

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 94: Fiona Davis, Author of The Magnolia Palace

This week, Fiona Davis is back on the podcast to discuss her new novel, The Magnolia Palace, which reveals secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

We discuss why The Frick Museum piqued her curiosity, crafting dual timeline historical fiction, the revision stage of her writing process, and much more.

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“I savor every glorious new Fiona Davis novel and The Magnolia Palace has it all—two intriguing heroines, two fabulous time periods to get swept up in, and a delicious mystery that keeps you on tenterhooks. I loved every minute of it!” — Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls and Sunflower Sisters

 

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Fiona Davis is  the New York Times bestselling author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue, which was a Good Morning America book club pick. Her novels have been chosen as “One Book, One Community” reads and her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and O the Oprah magazine.

She first came to New York as an actress, but fell in love with writing after getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she’s based in New York City.

To learn more about Fiona Davis and follow her on social media visit https://www.fionadavisbooks.com.

 

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Ep. 93: Eve Rodsky on Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World

Today I’m excited to share an interview with an author  changing the way we think about the mental load, invisible labor, and equality at home. In her new book Find Your Unicorn Space, Eve Rodsky helps women carve out time for creativity and gives overworked moms “permission to be interesting”⎻minus the guilt. 

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“Magnificent! Eve Rodsky illuminates the importance of investing in the creative pursuits that make your life more deeply fulfilling.” — Reese Witherspoon

 

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Rodsky’s work is backed by Hello Sunshine—Reese Witherspoon’s media company whose mission is to change the narrative for women through storytelling. A Fair Play documentary is the in the works and she also has a new podcast with Dr. Aditi Nerurkar called Time Out that you can listen to here.

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Eve Rodsky received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After working in foundation management at J.P. Morgan, she founded the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise families and charitable foundations on best practices. Rodsky was raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.

To learn more about Eve Rodsky and follow her on social media visit https://www.everodsky.com/ and https://www.fairplaylife.com/. 

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Ep. 92: Suzanne Park, Author of So We Meet Again

Today my guest is Suzanne park, whose new romantic comedy  is called So We Meet Again. In this book a young Korean American woman’s journey to finding a new career and new love means learning to embrace the awkward and unexpected—exploring familial expectations, finding your voice, and unimaginably falling for your childhood rival.

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“Heartwarming and empowering…Jess flourishes as a budding entrepreneur, rediscovering how important her cultural roots and family are to her; meanwhile, she slowly comes to terms with the fact that dashing Daniel may be the perfect fit for her after all. Park is a master in crafting comedic yet endearing moments that become the foundation for intricate character development. This is sure to be a hit.” — Publishers Weekly

Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life Suzanne was a stand up comedian. She also graduated from Columbia University and received an MBA Degree from UCLA. Suzanne currently resides in Los Angeles and her books have been featured in “best of” lists in NPR, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, The Today Show and many more.

 

 

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To learn more about Suzanne Park and follow her on social media visit https://www.suzannepark.com.

 

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