E. Lockhart is the author of the New York Times bestseller “We Were Liars”. In this episode, we dig deep into her newest novel, “Genuine Fraud”, where you’ll learn about the inspiration behind the book and its main characters.
She walks us through how she structured her novel and tackled the challenging timeline, and how she wrote her first action sequence by studying other great action sequences. Further into our conversation, we discuss how E. creates effective and realistic story settings, and how she creates emotional resonance in her writing. Craft-focused writers will love our chat about unreliable narrators and why it’s crucial to never lie to the readers.
On a more personal note, E. walks us through one of the most difficult times in her career and how it became a blessing in disguise that navigated her way to success. We wrap up the episode with actionable advice for you to achieve your writing goals. This episode is packed with some fantastic knowledge bombs and I’m excited for you to dive in.
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“If they [the characters] feel very close to people, it’s because they’re close to me.” -E. Lockhart (Click to tweet)
“Sometimes the door opens but it’s not the door you thought you were knocking on, but it’s still a door.” -E. Lockhart (Click to tweet)
“I’m not going to create my best work if I stay in totally familiar territory.” -E. Lockhart (Click to tweet)
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN TODAY’S EPISODE:
- We deep-dive into the writing inspiration and process behind “Genuine Fraud” and the main characters
- Learn how she structured her novel and tackled the challenging timeline in “Genuine Fraud”
- How E. wrote her first action sequence by studying other great action sequences
- Learn how she challenges herself as a writer by shifting genres
- Creating emotional resonance in your writing
- Writing effective and realistic story settings
- Learn who and what was edited out of “Genuine Fraud”
- E. shares details about one of the most difficult times in her career and how it became a blessing in disguise
- Learn what it’s like for her to shift between from lighter contemporary novels to darker thrillers
- We discuss what makes a narrator unreliable and how E. writes truthfully for all her characters
- E. walks us through actionable advice for you to achieve your writing goals