Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Episode 86 features an interview with international bestselling author Catherine Coulter, about one of her most recent titles, Insidious.

 

In the interview, Mark and Catherine talk about:

  • The question Catherine’s sister asked her at a family reunion back in the 1990’s that inspired the her first romantic suspense novel, The Cove (which became the first book in her FBI series)
  • The devious nature involved by the author when writing in a series where each book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel
  • The reason why, when most books in the series are set about 2 weeks apart from one another, there’s a 5-year time-lag between Books 2 and Books 3 in the series
  • The benefits of moving between writing different types of genres as really great exercises for the brain
  • The cross-over in Catherine’s fan base who read both Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense
  • As a self-confessed “pantser” the fact that about 98% of Catherine’s writing is discovery and the backward-building that she does in the re-writing
  • How her husband is her first editor
  • Catherine’s preference for writing dialogue over setting descriptions (as well as her penchant for humor)
  • How it is a wonderful time to be a writer and Catherine’s favorite advice for beginning writers

 

After the interview, Mark gives a bit of an update on Kobo Plus

 

Links of interest

Catherine Coulter’s Website

Catherine Coulter on Facebook

Catherine Coulter’s Books on Kobo

KWL's Instagram Account

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_086_CatherineCoulter.mp3
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Episode 85 of the KWL Podcast contains an interview with Scacchi Koul conducted by Johanna Schneller about Scacchi’s new book One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

Please note that this interview contains adult language which might not be appropriate for all listening audiences.

In the interview, Johanna and Scaachi talk about:

  • The story behind Scacchi’s Twitter profile picture
  • How Scacchi inherited her sense of humor from her father and the role humor has played in her life
  • How men always get to be “complicated” while women are “difficult”
  • The sixth grade writing assignment that might have been the spark to Scacchi’s writing career
  • How “sitting in a room pouring out bitterness” might be the only possible job she could have based on her skill set
  • How most of the content of the book is taboo to her family
  • The topic of “shaking up complacent white media” and a discussion about the fiery debate in the Canadian literary community over race, representation and free speech after a short column titled “Winning the Appropriation Prize” was published in early May
  • The right amount of time required before writing something; the concept of comedy being just tragedy after time.
  • Scacchi’s concern over having just the right balance of humor for this book and the interesting back and forths between writer and editor
  • The use of “being arranged” as a verb when referring to arranged marriages
  • How The Walrus was a magazine that changed Scaachi’s life and made her want to be a writer, and how, with recent events, all that has changed in a significant way
  • The writers who mattered to Scaachi
  • How Scaachi went into writing because she thought it might help other people feel less lonely

 

Scaachi Koul's Website: scaachi.com/odwabdanotwm

Scaachi Koul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scaachi

Scaachi Koul at BuzzFeed - scaachi.koul@buzzfeed.com

 

Other Links of Interest:  The Appropriation Prize Controversy

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_085_ScaachiKoul.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm PDT

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