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.
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 littlegentian.com 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 Currently unpublished, she is in the middle of the first of three novels and a collaborative project with her friend who is a 3D artist.
Felipe is a delightful young writer and comedian who just happens to be anxious as hell. He cranks out 20 pages of writing in one sitting by using Flowstate app, an app that will delete everything he has written if he stops typing. While he admits this aggravates his anxiety, the joy he feels after having written makes it worth it. Felipe's procrastination method of choice is FIFA, a soccer video game series. He struggles with organization and tidiness, so he will sometimes schedule a romantic date just to force himself to clean his apartment. He staunchly believes that if you can do something else besides write, you should. For all this and more, have a listen.
Felipe Torres Medina is a Colombian writer living in New York. He really likes the second part of that sentence. He has written for several publications including McSweeney's and BuzzFeed, and also performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.
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.
Amanda’s first interviewee, Jenny Williamson, happens to be a high functioning novelist. While she is not a manic depressive chain smoking alcoholic who passes out in bar bathroom stalls on the reg, she still has her quirks. Some of the topics covered include handling rejection, copy writing as poetry, art as manipulation, romance novels, dark heroes and writing sex scenes. Listen and come to your own conclusions about what is wrong with this woman.
Jenny Williamson is a poet, fiction writer, actress, and model living in New York City. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Speech & Theatre from St. Lawrence University. She acted at the Globe Theatre in London, and worked as a commercial actress, voiceover artist, and print model in New York City for seven years. She has read frequently at New York venues including the Poetry Brothel, Lyrics, Lit & Liquor, Urbana, and Louder Arts. Her first chapbook, Collection of Flaws in a Black Dress, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.
Amanda Erin Miller is an NYC-based writer, actor and comedian who has been working on a novel for over four years. She is about halfway through. For more info on Amanda, visit www.onebreaththenanother.com.