We struggled this week with “the big reveal”: the completely out-of-the-blue plot twist. Does the shock take the reader out of the story? Does it improve the plot? Does it change a “routine” experience into a memorable one for all the right reasons? Thoroughly spoiled: “The Crying Game” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” WeContinue reading “Surprise”

Writers Retreat

CC and I chat about our personal writers retreat this week and about writers retreats in general. CC talks about her good and bad experiences at big-time conferences. We also give updates on our three books in the pipeline. Have a listen and let us know what you think! TIA! LYL! Gentle reminder that “StartingContinue reading “Writers Retreat”

Podcast: Irish Themes

Last week, we sent you a verbal postcard of Ireland. This week, we watched six productions placed in The Auld Country of Ireland, and we discuss the use of common themes through these films: Darby O’Gill and the Little PeopleThe Quiet ManDerry GirlsBrooklynDancing at LughnasaThe Boxer Have a listen and feel free to push backContinue reading “Podcast: Irish Themes”

Podcast: Postcard from Ireland!

Writers draw pictures with words, but what if your protagonist is Irish and you’ve never been to Ireland? You’re in luck! Here’s a verbal postcard from Dublin, Cork, & Killarney with castles, pubs, museums, and much more. And we snuck in Scotland, too! Have a listen and let us know what you think Also thisContinue reading “Podcast: Postcard from Ireland!”

Podcast: Proust Speed Round

Episode 20 already! The one where we take the Proust Questionnaire found on the Vanity Fair website. If you’re nosy and want to learn more about us, this podcast is for you! If you want to follow along, here’s the Vanity Fair webpage. And here’s the podcast for you. As always, we crave your feedback.Continue reading “Podcast: Proust Speed Round”

Erin go Bragh

This week’s podcast is the one where we talk about Ireland’s literary and historical heritage. CC goes in depth on how Frank McCourt‘s life and his most famous book, “Angela’s Ashes,” parallels her own mother’s upbringing, and how they influence CC’s life and writing. As always, we learned new things about each other despite beingContinue reading “Erin go Bragh”

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