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JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Bestseller Anthony Marra talks about his latest novel, Mercury Pictures Presents, with new co-host Christine Daigle. Thinking about “how storytelling redeems and uplifts, and how it breaks us,” Anthony and Christine explore tales of creativity and perseverance from both the novel and his writing journey. Anthony is the NYT bestselling author of books like The Tsar of Love of Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. To purchase Mercury Pictures Presents, follow the link below.


Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award. His new novel, Mercury Pictures Presents, will be published in July 2022.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why Anthony’s latest novel was almost named Sunny Siberia
  • The importance of accountability to authors
  • Why you should check in with your writer friends
  • How history becomes fictionalized
  • Why he watched films for writing inspiration


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    I enjoyed the interview today. New website, new interviewer, finally, WI is becoming professional…
    Recording word totals in a diary has always worked as a motivator for me.
    Taking a long time over a book is a powerful way to strengthen a story. How many writers have written and published a book and later thought they could have… or should have…? This is the beauty of the unconscious mind but it needs time to work.
    How to get a film option 101 – write a novel about the film industry. Cynical moi?
    Great interview today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Christine really classes the place up. LOL!

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