Kobo Writing Life Podcast

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre speaks with former college professor Gilian Baker about her new novel Blogging is Murder. In the discussion, the two explore:

  • The transition from teaching academic writing and literature for twenty years to the challenge of writing; first approached through blogging and ghost-writing
  • Her original blogging experience, which was created for college students who were reluctant writers
  • How her daughter managed to convince Gillian to join NaNoWriMo one year after long and enjoyable discussions about writing
  • How long the idea of Jade and her world had sat in the back of Gillian’s mind before she sat down to write the book
  • Elements that helped to make the characters in the story very real for readers; in particular the old woman character of Phyllis who is often called out by reviewers as a favorite character
  • What the novel has to say about cybersecurity, identity-theft and online transactions and the tips available on Gillian’s Blog regarding that. (http://gilianbaker.com/2017/01/23/cyber-security-tips-hackers/)
  • The differences and similarities between academic writing, ghost-writing and fiction writing

 

After the interview, Mark discusses the age-old advice of “Write What You Know” that is not only often shared with writers, but also debated among writing circles. He points out a few examples of authors who have drawn from their personal experience and passions, including a few of his own personal examples, including using “things he knew” in both novels as well as non-fiction titles.

Mark then asks the listeners on their own thoughts on the “write what you know debate” that people can answer either in the comments below or on the Kobo Writing Life Community Forum

 

Gilian Baker is a former writing and literature professor who finally threw in the towel and decided to just show ‘em how it’s done. She has gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger & ghostwriter to her CV. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain cozy mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggled up with her husband watching British mysteries or discussing literary theory with her daughter.

In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines.

 

Links of Interest

 

Gillian Baker’s Website: www.gilianbaker.com

Gillian Baker on Twitter: @gillianbaker

Gillian Baker on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GilianBakerAuthor/

 

 

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_081_BloggingIsMurder_with_GilianBaker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm PST

Kobo was delighted to recently host Emily Schultz in a “Kobo in Conversation” chat in the Kobo Café a few weeks ago while she was coming through Toronto on a book tour. Kobo Merchandiser Nora Parker interviewed Emily. In the interview, Emily and Nora talk about:

  • The fact that Emily had started working on this novel before her previously released novel The Blondes
  • The rum-runner history in Emily’s family and the different manner by which they traversed the water to conduct their rum running in the winter and summer
  • How the story of a relative who was lost during one of these winter-time runs crashing through the ice helped to inspire Emily’s desire to explore this narrative
  • The explosions of culture, literature, music and sexuality in the 1920s.
  • The contrast and clash of society being both “open” and “closed” during the Prohibition Era
  • Various methods of research, including old photographs, documentaries, silent films and novels written from that time period
  • The concept of justice in the novel and the line “you never get caught for what you think you’re going to” that encapsulates that
  • Elements of “the person who is not who they appear to be” in particular relation to religion
  • The balance of mixing the “true” with the “fictional” in this historical novel
  • The additional balance of being an author of fiction being a founder and senior editor of Joyland (http://www.joylandmagazine.com/) magazine
  • Pairing oneself with other writers in particular locales to help ensure a slightly larger crowd at an author event
  • The fun of onomatope words that came from the jazz scene of the time

Mark then highlights a few things from the interview with Emily that he wanted to call attention to. In particular, the research that she conducted for the Prohibition era time period the novel was set in as well as the manner by which she collaborated with local writers when traveling on a book tour.

There is a reminder of the Kobo Plus Subscription service available through Kobo in the Netherlands and Belgium with Kobo’s retail partner, BOL which is open to Kobo Writing Life authors via the “Rights and Distribution” tab.

Links:

Emily’s Website - http://www.emilyschultz.com/

Emily on Twitter: https://twitter.com/manualofstyle?lang=en

Joyland Magazine - www.joylandmagazine.com/

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_080_EmilySchultz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29am PST

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