WRITER 599: Becky Holmes on her memoir ‘Keanu Reeves Is Not In Love With You’

Introducing Story Seeds! A month’s worth of writing prompts that you get for free. Find out how to get Story Seeds for May. The episode features Becky Holmes, author of Keanu Reeves Is Not In Love With You, a memoir and exploration into online romance scams. Becky shares her journey from opening a Twitter account during lockdown that led to interactions with online scammers, to writing a book that delves deep into the world of romance fraud while intertwining her personal experiences. The episode also includes discussions on writing tips, mental health for writers, and an intriguing conversation about theatre performances.

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 to the world of writing and publishing
00:16 Tackling the to-be-read pile: A reader's dilemma
02:19 Introducing story seeds: A creative writing boost
12:57 Mental health tips for writers: Tips from Nat Newman
16:10 Win a copy of Joy Moody is Out of Time by Kerryn Mayne
18:47 Freelance writing insights and opportunities
20:43 Exploring online romance scams with Becky Holmes
28:16 Diving into the world of romance fraud and writing
28:40 The hilarious and dark sides of a must-read book
29:27 Crafting the perfect structure: A writer's challenge
29:43 The post-it note strategy: Organising a book's blueprint
32:22 Setting writing goals amidst life's challenges
34:01 From career loss to Twitter phenomenon
35:16 Exploring personal vulnerabilities in writing
39:40 Investigating romance scams: A deep dive
42:52 The emotional toll of interviewing victims
43:59 Becoming a romance scam expert and public speaker
52:30 The next chapter: Tackling cyber flashing
55:29 Final thoughts and tips for aspiring writers

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Writer in residence: Becky Holmes

Becky Holmes is the creator of, and voice behind, the popular Twitter (X) account @deathtospinach. When she isn't trolling scammers online, Becky can be found accosting people's dogs for a cuddle or staring at things she can't afford on the internet. Becky has a first class BA (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is based in Stratford-upon-Avon (where there are, coincidentally, a lot of dogs to cuddle).

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

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

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