Patricia Gibney: On Characters Leading To Plot

Patricia Gibney is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! … Read more

Sari Botton: On Finding Compassion Through Memoir

Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. Her work has appeared in the New York Timesthe Guardian, and other. She is a contributing editor at Catapult, and the former Essays Editor for Longreads. She edited the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving NY and its New … Read more

Fiona Barton: On Catching Someone in a Lie

Fiona Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow, The Childand The Suspect. She has trained and worked with all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mailnews editor at the Daily Telegraphand chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year … Read more

Andrew Joseph White: On Finding Hope Through Horror

Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He is a graduate student in George Mason University’s Creative Writing program and has a habit of cuddling random street cats. Andrew writes about trans kids with claws and … Read more

M.P. Woodward: On Authenticity in Spy Thrillers

MP Woodward is a veteran of both US intelligence ops and the entertainment industry. As a naval intelligence officer with the US Pacific Command, he scripted scenario moves and countermoves for US war game exercises in the Middle East. In multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf and Far East, he worked alongside US Special Forces, … Read more

Ann Leary: On the Power of Female Friendship

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels, including The Good House. Her work has been translated into 18 languages, and she has written for The New York Times, PlowsharesNational Public Radio, Redbookand Real Simpleamong other publications. Her essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for … Read more

Madeline Kay Sneed: On Being Open to Constructive Feedback

Madeline Kay Sneed was born and raised in Houston, Texas, a city she dearly loves, despite its sports franchises so frequently breaking her heart. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Baylor University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from Emerson College. She frequently writes about the intersection … Read more

Richard O’Rawe: On Enjoying the Writing Process

Richard O’Rawe is a former IRA operative who was imprisoned for six years—first for bank robbery, and later for political activity—in the Long Kesh penitentiary. During the 1981 hunger strike, which resulted in the death of 10 prisoners, O’Rawe was the IRA’s press officer for the prisoners. He later wrote a bestselling book about the … Read more

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated Glenn Boozan recently took home a 2022 Writers Guild Award winner for her work on CONAN. Most recently a writer on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade and the Hulu talk show from Sarah Silverman I Love You, America, she has also written for the TruTV series Adam Ruins Everything starring Adam … Read more

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London, and a … Read more