I absolutely love this chat with award-winning author Juliette Fay, she is so much fun and a blast to talk shop with. This episode is a must for authors and novelists, and especially for those who are balancing a writing career with a family. Juliette discusses (more like dishes) all her writing tips and career advice for novelists and authors with humor and expertise– I hope you’ll really enjoy this chat and find it as valuable as I did!
Learn More About Juliette Fay
Juliette Fay’s latest novel, The Shortest Way Home, was chosen as one of Library Journal‘s Top 5 “Best Books of 2012: Women’s Fiction.” Juliette’s first novel, Shelter Me, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award “Must-Read Book,” a Target Bookmark Club selection, and on the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next list. Her second, Deep Down True, was short-listed for the Women’s Fiction award by the American Library Association. Juliette received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. When she’s not trying to keep track of her kids or daydreaming about her next story, Juliette can be reached on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Juliette’s tried and true way of finding your writer’s authentic voice
- Finding and joining the perfect writer’s group
- ALL about literary agents!
- How Juliette finds inspiration for her plot ideas
- Creating grounded characters that best tell the story
- How humor plays a heavy role in all characters, especially those that encounter tragedy
- Authentically create characters who’ve experienced tragedy, like a loss in their lives, that readers will empathize with
- How to be extremely productive with the writing goals for your novel– Juliette shares her secret
- Why pleasing yourself is crucial (why you must prioritize yourself)
- How Juliette balances her writing career and her family
- Inspiration behind ‘Shelter Me’
Juliette’s Recommended Books & Resources:
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The Boxcar Children Book Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Grub Street (Creative Writing Center in Boston mentioned in Juliette’s Interview)
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