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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 Kimberly McCreight writes for her readers above all else. By avoiding genre stereotypes and unsolvable twists, and instead aiming for the emotional satisfaction of her fanbase, she maintains a loyal and dedicated following that keeps coming back for more. McCreight is a bestselling author of three novels, with her most popular being Reconstructing Amelia, and has been nominated for various awards. To purchase her latest novel, Friends Like These, follow the link below.


Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, WHERE THEY FOUND HER, A GOOD MARRIAGE and THE OUTLIERS, a young adult trilogy. She’s been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Alex awards and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to get past the first page
  • How Kim’s college experience inspired her writing
  • Why genre labels are obsolete
  • Why the best work prompts bigger questions


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Friends Like These

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great interview today guys. Interesting that Kimberley doesn’t think about genre – cue some Indies getting very uncomfortable. I like the parallel between running and writing. As a pantser I often use running to solve plot problems.
    Interesting about beta readers not being writers. Not a fan of writer critique groups – they either ignore my requests – I don’t care about punctuation as this is only draft A – or, like theatre critics they find fault in everything. I’ve rarely had a critique where I’ve thought wow, what a great idea. OK maybe that’s me being arrogant.
    Totally agree an important part of a story is the emotional journey of the reader – note, not the character. Emotion keeps a reader reading and if they also get emotional satisfaction from the ending, that will encourage them to buy your next book. Reader emotion is probably the most powerful tool to wield in writing.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      “Reader emotion is probably the most powerful tool to wield in writing.”

      Totally agree! Thanks for listening 😉

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