Writers on Writing

Writers on Writing is a weekly podcast hosted by author Barbara DeMarco Barrett and co-host Marrie Stone, on the art and business of writing. More on the show, writers, and writing is at www.writers-on-writing.com. Use this archive to search for an episode or to browse the episode history. read less

ATTENTION: THIS PODCAST HAS MOVED!
04-12-2022
ATTENTION: THIS PODCAST HAS MOVED!
Please read and/or listen to the following special announcement about the "Writers on Writing" podcast, as it has moved. As you likely know, for the past several months, "Writers on Writing" has been experiencing trouble with our Apple and Amazon podcast platforms. Ironically, the problem stems from how long we've been podcasting the show. When we originally began podcasting in 2005, the technology for podcasters was still primitive and new. Since then, it has evolved significantly and we've been forced to change platforms. Unfortunately, so far, Apple and Amazon have been unable to move our subscribers over to the new platform. Rest assured, we've been posting shows on Mondays as usual, but they're now showing on a new "Writers on Writing" podcast. Please consider resubscribing at our new site. It’s entirely free, as always. Search for “Writers on Writing” with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and Marrie Stone. You’ll notice a slightly updated new logo, which includes  a radio tower beaming out its circular signal to the left of the “Writers on Writing” title with the pen. You’ll know you have the correct show when you see recently posted episodes. If you’re experiencing any difficulties, please feel free to reach out to us at marriestone@gmail.com or bdemarcobarrett@gmail.com. Our new website is www.writers-on-writing.com. Thanks again for your ongoing support of the show. We value your listenership. Happy holidays! Download audio.
Novelist Jacinda Townsend, Mother Country
22-08-2022
Novelist Jacinda Townsend, Mother Country
Jacinda Townsend, author of the novel Mother Country (Graywolf), and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett discuss her new book and the setting of Morocco, alternating POVs, slavery, writing with the senses, and more. During her Fulbright year, on a layover in Morocco, Jacinda discovered the city of Marrakech and fell in love. Later that same year, on a trip to Northern Mali, she also first witnessed modern-day slavery: that incident inspired the research that eventually took her to Mauritania, where she met with escaped slaves and anti-slavery activists and began the work that would become her newly published novel, Mother Country (Graywolf, 2022).  Mother Country is told in the voices of an American woman struggling with infertility who kidnaps a young Moroccan girl, and the young mother, escaped from Mauritanian slavery, who loses her. Jacinda is also the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950’s Eastern Kentucky and is a love letter to a Black community that has all but disappeared. Saint Monkey won the 2015 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best fiction written by a woman and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for that year’s best historical fiction. Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.Download audio.  (Recorded via Zoom on July 28, 2022) Music and sound design by Travis Barrett Check out our Patreon page! Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: www.penonfire.com Marrie Stone: www.marriestone.com Travis Barrett: https://travisbarrett.mykajabi.com
Novelist Susan Straight, Mecca
08-08-2022
Novelist Susan Straight, Mecca
Susan Straight, author of the novel, Mecca, which Michael Connelly called "a masterpiece," talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her new novel and how it came to be. Susan Straight was born in Riverside, CA, and still lives there with her family. She’s passionate about home, California, the Santa Ana River, the foothills and the deserts, and has been writing about southern California and the inland area for forty years. From her kitchen window, she can see the hospital where she was born, which her three daughters find kind of hilarious and pathetic; most days, she walks her dog Angel beside the Santa Ana River as she has since childhood, and then past the classrooms at Riverside City College, where she wrote her first short story, at 16, which is also kind of hilarious, but hopeful. She has written about the people of California for her new memoir, In the Country of Women, based on women’s stories told for five generations to Straight and her daughters, in driveways and trucks, at parks and funerals. She’s published that memoir, eight novels, and two books for children. Her short stories and essays have been published everywhere from The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian to Alta, The Believer, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, and Family Circle. She’s been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Prize for Fiction, a California Gold Medal for Fiction, and the Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Download audio. (Recorded on July 12, 2022) Music and sound design by Travis Barrett Support the show on Patreon! Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: www.penonfire.com Marrie Stone: www.marriestone.com Travis Barrett: https://travisbarrett.mykajabi.com