Writing Podcast Episode 597: Kell Woods on her novel ‘After The Forest’.

Meet author Kell Woods, who discusses her approach to writing, her novel After the Forest, a sequel to Hansel and Gretel, and the blend of history and fantasy in her work. Kell shares insights on the research and discipline required to weave together historical accuracy and compelling storytelling.

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 Welcome
03:19 Nat Newman’s Writing Tip: Paragraphs in Fiction
06:36 WIN: The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton
08:41 Word of the Week: Inveigh
10:46 Spotlight on historical fantasy author Kell Woods
28:27 Learning and improving
30:00 Crafting a fantasy world: blending history and magic
32:21 Kell’s journey to publication
43:44 How Kell navigates life of an author: balancing writing with other commitments
47:25 Advice for aspiring writers: persistence, craft, and authenticity
50:52 The world of irreversible binomials!

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Writer in residence: Kell Woods

Kell Woods is an Australian historical fantasy author. She lives near the sea with her husband, two sons, and the most beautiful black cat in the realm. Kell studied English literature, creative writing, and librarianship, so she could always be surrounded by stories. She has worked in libraries for the past twelve years, all the while writing about made-up (and not so made-up) places, people and things you might remember from the fairy tales you read as a child. After the Forest is her first novel.

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