May 14, 2021 • 39M

Episode 263: No, Really, It's #Fiction: Writing novels that reflect (but differ dramatically from) your life with Emma Gannon

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Emma Gannon is a best-selling author, a podcaster, a journalist, writer of fiction and non-fiction and just general woman-about-town, as known for her writing about the new world of work as she soon will be for her fiction. Her debut novel, Olive, centers on a journalist who loves her career and the many other things that fill her world, friends, fun, family—and is in the process of owning her sense that children won’t be one of those things. Emma, like her protagonist, is happily without spawn—and that’s what we’re talking about on the pod. No, not deciding whether to have kids, you know us better than that—but turning your personal life into fiction—advantages, disadvantages, and what comes next.


Emma: Animal by Lisa Taddeo

The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck

Jess: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley

KJ: Would I lie to you by Judi Ketteler

Find our guest, Emma Gannon, on Twitter at @emmagannon, her website, and check out her podcast—Ctrl Alt Dlt.

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