So You're A Novelist: What's Wrong With You?

Amanda Erin Miller has been trying to write a novel for over four years with the knowledge that even if she is so triumphant as to finish it one day, there is no guarantee anyone will read it besides her writing group. Nevertheless there is a compulsion to write the damn thing. She can't help but shake her head at the sheer insanity of the undertaking and has concluded that someone who attempts this has to have something (or multiple things) wrong with them. Her curiosity about the inner workings of other humans who attempt to write novels inspired the idea for this podcast. Each episode features a guest novelist interviewed by Amanda. New episodes are released on the first of the month. To find out more about Amanda, visit
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Dec 31, 2016

In this first episode of 2017, Leonora discusses her desire to transfer her fear of failure into a fear of dying before completing her novel, just to get the damn thing done. She also talks about tricking herself out of procrastination by using a vintage timer and small rewards, her chai latte addiction, using her therapist as a sounding board for novel ideas and how her anxiety sometimes causes her to eat her own face. 

Leonora Stein is a high school English teacher and an aspiring novelist. While working on the second draft of her novel, she is also developing a pitch for a television series that will hopefully be as popular as The Walking Dead. For seven years, she ran her own bookstore in Brooklyn, Babbo's Books.

Nov 1, 2016

Tune in to hear the fascinating Michelle Austin talk about collaborative prose writing across continents, anxiety, perfectionism, therapy, her love of fan fiction and much more!

Michelle Austin is a writer in New York City who spends way too much time arguing with New Yorkers about where exactly "Upstate New York" is located. Her blog is going to be three years old in March, and she couldn't be prouder. Currently unpublished, she is in the middle of the first of three novels and a collaborative project with her friend who is a 3D artist.

Sep 1, 2016

It’s not that Amy Dupcak is unaware of the real world, it’s just that she finds it easier to live in the world in her head. She loves to interact with other humans, but she also really needs her alone time. She has been described as always happy, yet she has a penchant for the macabre and suffers from migraines. The protagonist in her first novel, The Grid, sees a pattern of lines that happens to be the underlying fabric of reality, but people think she just has schizophrenia. All this and more in this month’s episode.

Amy Dupcak is the author of the short story collection, Dust, published on Lucid River Press. She has also published fiction and creative nonfiction in Sonora Review, Phoebe, Litro, Fringe, Runaway Parade, Chicago Literati, and other publications. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the New School and teaches writing workshops for kids and teens at Writopia Lab in Manhattan. She loves editing the works of other writers and often reads at Lyrics, Lit & Liquor events, for which she also creates original trivia.