Amanda Heckert, the editor-in-chief at Indianapolis Monthly, stopped by the podcast to talk about the long, weird, and winding road that brought her into publishing, her love of reading, the amazing stories she’s worked on at the magazine, and the South.
Angela Jackson-Brown stopped by to talk about her first book, Drinking from a Bitter Cup (WiDo Publishing), a fictionalized memoir that explores what her life in a small Southern town and abuse she faced as a child.
Sarah Layden, author of the forthcoming novel Trip Through Your Wires, stopped by the Downtown Writers Jam Podcast to discuss what authenticity means for writers, how our lives shape our fiction, and the problem with the idea of “women’s literature.” Oh, and being a faker as a child.
Andrew Neylon’s The Long War” turned out to be one of the most popular stories ever published in The Invictus Writers project. He stopped by the Jam to talk about how his father’s depression and suicide influenced his writing, how his color blindness shapes his vision of the world, and what he’s working on now.
Travis DiNicola has his hand on the pulse of arts, reading, and writing in Indianapolis. Brad met Travis at the Indy Reads Books store to talk about how you end up getting to be the heart of a city’s art community.
Writer Michelle Freed wrote a one-woman stage monologue for the Fringe Festival on a whim. That’s not exactly how you’re told to find a writing career. And yet, here she is. Michelle stopped by the Jam to discuss stumbling into a writing career, doing first and learning later, and the overwhelming world modern writers have to navigate to find success.
Barbara Shoup, the author of Looking for Jack Kerouac and the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, discussed why she waited 20 years between her first and second novel, the secret worlds writers create, and what writers really think about feedback.