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The Joy of Writing

Aspiring writer? Join Mark Carew, author of three novels, for an in-depth chat with fellow writers about their books and how and why they write them. Mark and his guests discuss the nitty-gritty of writing, with advice to encourage new writers. Sign up for Mark's monthly newsletter and enjoy book reviews, short stories, and writing news. markcarewauthor.com. Like an episode: please leave a review at podchaser.com - search Joy of Writing and look for the flowers!

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Episode 29 Fiona Melrose on Midwinter

My guest is Fiona Melrose, author of Midwinter, published by Corsair in 2016.  We discuss the book, its themes of coming to terms with grief and a fractured family, and how living in Suffolk informed the story.Publisher: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/fiona-melrose/midwinter/9781472151780/Midwinter is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


30 Apr 2021

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Episode 30 What writing books means to Fiona Melrose and advice to aspiring writers

We discuss several topics in this episode.  How the act and art of writing books is central to Fiona's life.  How her intuitive approach to writing translates into advice for her creative writing students.  And how receiving fancy stationery as a present when young was an inspiration to write stories in the first place.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


30 Apr 2021

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Episode 28. All about NaNoWriMo and why you should give it a go, with Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes is a best selling crime author - seven of her published novels started life in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a community-supported writing event where writers try and write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November.  Learn about how NaNoWriMo works and why it's a good idea for writers to give it a go.http://www.elizabeth-haynes.com/Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


29 Oct 2020

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Episode 27 Online book launches and the impact of Covid-19 on the creative spark, with Tyler Keevil

Covid-19 has forced book launches, readings and festivals online to give a different experience for authors interacting with an audience.  The current situation, however, has not always been so kind on the creative process, and has dampened many efforts to write and even to know what would be worth writing.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


4 Oct 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 26 Writing advice from Tyler Keevil and the wonder of Joyce Carol Oates

We discuss the creative writing courses Tyler teaches on, and how visiting authors are generous with their time and advice to students. Tyler's inspirational book is The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque, by Joyce Carol Oates.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


3 Oct 2020

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Episode 25: Your Still Beating Heart, by Tyler Keevil

My guest is Tyler Keevil, author of Your Still Beating Heart, to be published on 10 September, 2020.  We discuss the book, its themes, and its compelling narrative voice.Publisher: https://myriadeditions.com/books/your-still-beating-heart/Your Still Beating Heart is out in e-book and hardback.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


9 Sep 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 24: Lizzie Enfield on success, and an influential book and author (Charles Dickens' Great Expectations)

What is success to writers?  Getting published?  Making money?  Fame?  Lizzie and I discuss what counts as success and what writers might like to realistically aim for.


1 Sep 2020

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Episode 23: Publicising and marketing Finish Your Book, and writing the next one, with Lizzie Enfield

All writers need at least some skills as publicist and marketeer of their own work.  We learn from Lizzie what it means to take on these roles in support of her book.  We also hear how she is getting on with book number 7.


31 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 22 Finish Your Book: How to complete your half-written novel, by Lizzie Enfield

My guest is Lizzie Enfield, author of Finish Your Book: Complete Your Half-Written Novel.  Published (Amazon) in July 2019.  We discuss the book, and talk about advice to writers who would like to beat the block and finish their work.Publisher: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08D6WCL3K/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0Finish Your Book is out now in e-book and paperback.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


30 Aug 2020

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Episode 21 Advice to aspiring authors from Tom Benjamin, and a book that inspired him

Tom explains how he is wary of writing advice - one size does not fit all. It is one of the pleasures of this podcast that we get to hear such a range of advice and opinions on how to write!  Tom talks more about his influential book: Naples '44, by Norman Lewis.Please leave feedback at podchaser.com/thejoyofwriting


7 Aug 2020

Rank #10