Alastair Humphreys: Make a living doing what you love

March 10, 2010

Figuring out how to make a living doing what you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. But Alastair Humphreys has made it happen — and he’s our guest today. Alastair calls himself an “adventurer” — a title that makes me oh-so-jealous. He has biked around the world, an expedition that took him four years. […]

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Dani Shapiro on Devotion, memoir & evolving as a writer

February 1, 2010

Back in July, I read an essay about the making of memoir by an author named Dani Shapiro. She really impressed me, both because she offered insight into the genre and because her piece was so beautifully written. Then I heard she was about to publish another memoir. And I thought, I want to read […]

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Another writer who wandered in Africa: Tanya Shaffer

September 21, 2009

You probably know by now that I read travel memoirs compulsively, particularly those by women traveling alone. One of my favorites is Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa. So I was particularly pleased to connect with the author, Tanya Shaffer. And she’s with us today! Welcome, Tanya. I'm focusing on weaving a […]

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Karen Walker on Following the Whispers

September 14, 2009

Continuing our September series of writer interviews, today Karen Walker shares her experience writing a memoir. Her book, Following the Whispers, is about finding inner peace after a childhood of abuse. Karen blogs, too. We connected through an online book blog tour class. Welcome, Karen! Why don’t you start off by telling us more about […]

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria = Hilarious

September 8, 2009

It’s not often that I read a book in three days. But that’s what happened with First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria. It was THAT good! The author of this hilarious travel memoir slash love story, Eve Brown-Waite, is with us today to talk about the process of writing and publishing her book. At the […]

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Quinn Cummings & Notes from the Underwire

August 10, 2009

Every writer has a story of how she went from idea to manuscript to publication. With us today to share her journey is Quinn Cummings, author of the recently released Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life. Hyperion Books, Quinn’s publisher, on the book: From fighting off a catnip-addled cat to […]

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Rachel Held Evans on the challenges of memoir

June 30, 2009

I’ll try anything to convince myself that even though I’m writing alone in my office, I’m not really alone. That’s why I love connecting with other writers online, particularly those who are working on memoirs. “Meeting” Rachel Held Evans, whose spiritual memoir will be released in early 2010, was particularly exciting because like me, she […]

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Slept Away: Laugh-out-loud YA fiction by Julie Kraut

May 26, 2009

Whenever I have a question about publishing, I turn to Julie Kraut. She entertains all my idiotic newbie inquiries, cracks me up with her sense of humor, and still manages to make it seem like she’s not laughing at me. Julie: I'm 26! This age defying moisturizer isn't working at all, is it? Tell us […]

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