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Jill Bialosky and Lynn Steger Strong

"I Write to Embarrass My Ancestors."

Lynn and Jill examine Jill's latest novel, The Deceptions, to take a deep dive into a variety of issues, such as personal power, shame, and the complicated ways patriarchal systems affect feminine sensibilities within the creative process, and inform their receptions in the world.

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Rebecca Makkai and Aleksandar Hemon

"Around the World in 84 Books"

In addition to sneak peaks of their  books arriving in early 2023, Rebecca and Aleksandar discuss her new literary initiative Around the World in 84 Books, wherein she will read a single book from 84 different countries beginning in September 2022. 

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Jess Walter and Amor Towles

"Nostalgia Is an Inherited Trait."

These two friends compare their early story-telling inspirations from Hollywood and music, parse the merits of timely vs timeless writing and examine their yearning to have lived in other eras. 

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Bakari Sellers and Jonathan Martin

"Shut Up, Lindsey"

Set against the backdrop of the Jan. 6th hearings, these two friends and colleagues share never before revealed stories, both hilarious and horrifying, of current figures who have been at the center of this political maelstrom.

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Zakiya Dalila Harris and Kellye Garrett

"Write the Story You Want To Write"

Speaking for the first time, Zakiya and Kellye share with each other the role TV writing has played in their book authorship, the courage it takes to write unapologetically about their experience, and how to make the current "golden age” of BIPOC mystery writing more than a trend.

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Keah Brown and Ryan O'Connell

"I Am My Wildest Dream"

In their first ever conversation with each other, multi-hyphenate authors, Keah and Ryan, get real about the benefits of their Virgo-driven ambition, the constant struggle to push back against the limitations placed on them as disabled artists, and the importance of savoring their success. 

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Jean Hanff Korelitz and Emma Straub

"I Did It All In My Pajamas"

Manhattan natives, Jean and Emma, share their love of all things New York (especially the Museum of Natural History), the pleasure of incorporating childhood nostalgia into their novels and how opening a bookstore may be harder than writing. 

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Nicole Chung and Taylor Harris

"Art Out Of Chaos"

Good friends, Nicole and Taylor, delve into their approach to creative non-fiction, the emotional layers of parenting, and the mental health benefits of puppies and cheeseburgers.

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Glory Edim and Blair Imani

"That Would Be My Rap Name:

Young Curmudgeon"

Glory and Blair share their joyful perspectives on literature as a tool for self-healing, the continuing work of self-discovery, and their delight in making diverse stories accessible to all.

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Tracy Wolff and Brigid Kemmerer

"If a Monster with Claws

Attacked a Man in Armor..."

Both Tracy and Brigid are mothers of three boys and they will discuss the challenges of writing books and motherhood, staying true to your process, and going all in on your dreams. And if you need to know what color dragon blood is - tune in!

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Esmé Weijun Wang and Brandon Taylor 

"Take the Big Swing"

In a heart-warming reunion, these two friends, Esmé and Brandon, detail how their shared passion for film photography helps their writing, why they miss the early days of Twitter and what surprises are in store for their editor as they work on their latest novels. Prepare to be surprised, as well. 

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Karen White and Susan Meissner

"But She Also Sees Dead People"

In addition to discussing the inspirations for their popular books, Karen and Susan compare notes on inspirational cemeteries, the power of a good ghost story, and how they got their creative mojo back after the pandemic. 

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Shelby Mahurin & Adrienne Young

"And...Vampires!"

With great humor, Shelby and Adrienne bring you into the world of successful YA authors who manage family, deadlines, and even home improvement projects while creating inspired spin-offs for their loyal readership.

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Mia P. Manansala & Lyn Liao Butler

"I'm Writing A Book, I Swear!"

Mia and Lyn’s discussion offers a frank look into the world of debut writers, where they learn to ward off impostor syndrome, practice self-care to improve their craft, plot new ways to embed their passion for traditional Asian food into their books…and mostly avoid writing steamy sex scenes in their novels.

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Kelly Sue DeConnick & Adrienne Mayor

"A Pedestal is a Different Kind of Box"

Though a generation apart, these two accomplished women begin their discussion with a mutual-admiration love-fest, and then dive into a spirited dialogue that includes super heroes, the myth of a female utopia, grieving like the Greeks and the consequences of having sex at Aphrodite's shrine.

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Jeffery Deaver John Gilstrap

"Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?"

These good friends share their perspectives on genre writing: the difference between mysteries and thrillers, the elements of the perfect thriller, and who outlines stories before writing (plotters) and who writes by the seat of their pants (pantsers).

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Kerri Maher & Fiona Davis

"All of Us in Our Hoop Skirts!"

Kerri and Fiona have a wide-ranging discussion that includes their work, lives, passions and creative process. They cover it all, from fictionalizing real people, to researching real places, to their mutual love of hoop skirts.

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André Aciman & Edmund de Waal

"The Simple Act of Going Back"

André and Edmund engage in a passionate discussion about their lives, creative process and the challenges of capturing their family histories for readers. They cover it all, from Penthouse to Proust.

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ABOUT US

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Always Authors is the new podcast featuring candid conversations between two authors.

A diverse array of authors, representing the broadest spectrum of literary genres, takes listeners behind the keyboard and into their world. They cover their work, lives, inspirations and favorite books. As there are never hosts or academic interviewers, everything is on the table.

Always Authors is proudly sponsored by Bookfinity. Take the Reader Type Quiz and get your personalized account today!

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