Who Wants to Write a Book? Here is the Better Reading On Writing Podcast Series

Who Wants to Write a Book? Here is the Better Reading On Writing Podcast Series

‘Daily, listeners were contacting me saying that they loved the podcast but wanted to know more about how the writers managed to do what they do. Do they have a special place to write? Do their characters take over their waking life? Do they have conversations with them or do they research like method actors and try to experience the things they put their characters through? There was endless fascination’. Cheryl Akle Founder of Better Reading

With over 300,000 downloads the Better Reading podcast, Stories Behind the Story has given readers ‘behind the scenes’ access to many of their favourite authors. From national treasures such as Tom Keneally, to debut authors like Holly Ringland, there is a strong desire to know where their story came from and ultimately about their lives. Something that has also intrigued many podcast listeners, not so much the step-by-step process but how an author writes and thinks and creates.

In response to this, Better Reading has created a six-part series Better Reading On Writing. The series is not a ‘how to’, rather an inspirational and highly entertaining listen for those who are intrigued about the minds of authors, their processes and their worlds.

In one episode, Candice Fox talks about her jaw-dropping experience of lunching with Bill Clinton and meeting a serial killer on death row on the same day, all in the name of research! Trent Dalton talks about how you need to ‘open up a vein’ when you set out to write and Melina Marchetta finds material everywhere including in the aisles of the supermarket where the most revealing of conversations happen in the most ordinary of places.

“I have my own little thing that I write, and I stick up on the wall every time … the heart of every story comes down to three things: pity, fear and catharsis.” – says Dervla McTiernan

Hand-picked from the writing success stories of 2019, listeners are guided through the creative life of five bestselling authors and one publisher while they share with us how they do it and why they do it. In each episode, Cheryl Akle and the author dicusses one aspect of writing or the business of writing. Accompanying this are also fascinating soundbites from other authors on writing such as Ben Okri, Tim Winton, JR Lonie, Minette Walters, Lee Child, Michael Robotham and more.

The series (specifics of each episode below) includes a number of multi-award winning authors including, Trent Dalton author of Boy Swallows Universe (who has won amongst many awards 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the UTS People’s Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards), Melina Marchetta most known for the internationally bestselling Looking for Alibrandi, and Candice Fox who is award winning in her own right but now also collaborates with James Patterson, which has sky-rocketed her writing career.

This companion podcast is for everyone: writers, teachers and students, would-be authors, and readers who love hearing how their favourite authors work. We are so happy to share it with you.

 

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                    Trent Dalton
                    About the author

                    Trent Dalton

                    Trent Dalton is the author of Beating the Odds which made the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2015 shortlist. His most recent book is entitled Boy Swallows Universe (June 2018)

                    Books by Trent Dalton

                    Dervla McTiernan
                    About the author

                    Dervla McTiernan

                    Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Ruin. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

                    Books by Dervla McTiernan

                    Candice Fox
                    About the author

                    Candice Fox

                    Hades, Candice Fox's first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. All her subsequent novels – FallCrimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the US and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their subsequent novels Fifty FiftyLiar Liar and Hush Hush have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Their most recent collaboration, The Inn, was released in August 2019.Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

                    Books by Candice Fox

                    Belinda Alexandra
                    About the author

                    Belinda Alexandra

                    Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia and New Zealand, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway and Greece. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and Australian father, and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures and languages is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and carer for the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES).

                    Books by Belinda Alexandra

                    Melina Marchetta
                    About the author

                    Melina Marchetta

                    Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. The companion novel to Marchetta’s award-winning book Saving FrancescaThe Piper's Son, also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

                    Books by Melina Marchetta

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                    1. Hi Cheryl, Thank you for this series. I listened carefully to each one, enjoying the individuality of each which you were able to elicit. Your questions and guidance centred each episode, keeping it useful for the intended audience.

                      I learned much from what the authors said about their craft and by the time I had completed the fifth I was enthusiastic about returning to my novel and optimistic about finishing it .

                      I must say though, that the final episode on Publishing eroded some of my enthusiasm. It seems that the multi national publishers still own the game and even though authors are told not to write for trends, it is the trends that sell and Publishers are in the business of making money. Is there any chance you could explore alternative publishing
                      possibilities and interview people who have successfully self published because that is probably more appropriate to many aspiring writers.

                      Thanks for the series, from Moira McAlister