Writing Podcast Episode 579: Jillian Cantor on her gripping novel ‘The Fiction Writer’.

We chat to best-selling author Jillian Cantor. Jillian shares her experiences with the writing process, and her newest book The Fiction Writer. Discussing her transition from historical to contemporary fiction, how she develops characters, and her writing routine. She also shares her top three tips for aspiring writers. Additionally, Valerie takes a moment to talk about her latest obsession, and the upcoming workshop on writing dual timelines. 

You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.  

00:00 Introduction
01:06 Shoutout to Penelope Janu and her new novel
02:08 Upcoming event: Focus on dual timelines webinar
04:20 Chat with Creative Writing Tutor Nat Newman
09:16 Writing tips and NaNoWriMo aftermath
12:25 Win ‘Leave the World Behind' by Rumaan Alam
14:16 Word of the week segment
15:53 Interview with Jillian Cantor
19:06 The inspiration behind the story
19:34 Transition from historical fiction to contemporary
21:17 The journey of writing a new genre
22:07 The concept of originality in storytelling
23:52 The writer's origin story
27:56 The writing process and discipline
31:21 The evolution of the fiction writer
32:26 The art of characterisation
33:43 The journey from first to twelfth novel
36:48 The adventure of writing young adult fiction
40:16 Top tips for aspiring writers
42:03 Fun fact and conclusion

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Writer in residence: Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor has a BA from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of 11 novels for teens and adults which have been chosen for Indie Next, Library Reads, Amazon Best of the Month and have been translated into 13 languages, including, most recently Beautiful Little Fools. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. Her 12th novel, The Fiction Writer, will be published in 2023 by Park Row Books.

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This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre and our course Creative Writing Stage 1.

Find out more about your host, Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo on Twitter and @valeriekhoo on Instagram).

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