WRITER 593: Liam Pieper on his latest novel ‘Appreciation’ and his ‘day job’ as a ghostwriter for bestselling books.

Meet author and ghostwriter Liam Pieper about his latest novel Appreciation. The novel centres around a famous artist trying to rehabilitate his fame with the help of a ghostwriter. Liam also discusses his “day job” as a ghostwriter, the importance of getting along with the client and shaping their narrative according to their needs.

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
04:20 Writing tip with Nat Newman
09:51 Win: Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter? by Nicci French
14:47 Interview with Liam Pieper: Discussing Appreciation
23:01 The journey into ghostwriting
23:47 Ups and downs of a ghostwriter's career
25:35 The art and joy of ghostwriting
28:14 A ghostwriter's process and challenges
33:36 The creation of the novel Appreciation
48:41 Fun fact: The origin of the word ‘gargoyle'

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Writer in residence: Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper is an author and ABIA-winning ghostwriter of global bestsellers as well as more modest successes with his name on the cover. The first was a memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. His second was the Penguin Special Mistakes Were Made, a collection of funny true stories. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, winner of the 2015 Geoff Dean Short Story Prize, the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague, and the 2018 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing. His novels are The ToymakerSweetness and Light and Appreciation, which is objectively the most fun of the three.

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