Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Muse & You #4: Radio for Writers and Readers...with Mark David Gerson

Episode Four ~ Thursday, Oct 15, 1pm ET
(listen to the archived version now)
• Ask the Writing Coach (your questions for me about writing and creativity) and a feature interview with Kristin Bair O'Keeffe author of Thirsty

My first introduction to Kristin Bair O'Keeffe was a few months back on Twitter, where I learned she had amassed this weird and wonderful collection of writers' quirks and eccentricities. "What a fun opener for one of my shows," I thought at the time.

But when I learned more about Kristin, I knew she was more than an opening act.

In addition to her quirky collection, the Pittsburgh native has been living in Shanghai since 2006 and has just published the luminously lyrical Thirsty, a historical novel set amidst the gritty, fire-breathing steel mills of 19th-century Pittsburgh.

During this month's feature interview, Kristin shares her stories about China and Pittsburgh, talks about her writing process and revels some of her quirks, as well as those she's picked up from other writers -- like the one about the writer who wears heavy headphones, not for the music and not to block out extraneous sound. "They just help me focus!" the writer told Kristin. We'll also be looking to hear your peculiar writing habits!

"Thirsty is a rare and special type of book—an intelligent page turner, a forward-thinking historical drama, a picture painted with equal shades of light and darkness."
~ David Crouse, author of
The Man Back There

"A beautiful tale, vivid and gently told."
~ Don De Grazia, author of
American Skin

During the first segment of the show, I'll offer some writing tips and inspiration and take your questions about writing and the creative process and about me and my books, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write and The MoonQuest: A True Fantasy.

tune in, and bring your questions and quirks -- for me and my guests!

There are three ways to ask questions of my and my guests or to post comments:
• Post your questions in the show's chat room (free Blog Talk Radio account required)
• Post your questions directly to me on
Twitter (@markdavidgerson)
• Post your questions directly to me on on my
Facebook wall

The Muse & You, a production of Red River Writers, is all about writing and creativity, and it's for writers and readers alike -- an opportunity to listen to writers and creators of all sorts talk about how and why they create and, of course, about what they create. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your questions -- of me during the first segment of the show, when I offer writing tips and inspiration, and of my guests during the interview portion.

Listen to
The Muse & You on the third Thursday of every month at 1pm ET (10am PT). November guest will be Dan Stone, author of The Rest of Our Lives

The Muse & You Show Archive
If you miss any live broadcast, you can listen to the archived episode, which is available shortly after each show on the show's web page. You can also download any show directly into your computer for later listening.

#3 ~ Sept 17Joanne Chilton and Jeanne Ripley co-authors of Wings to Fly

#2 ~ Aug 20 — Jared Lopatin, author of Rising Sign

#1 ~ July 29 — Julie Isaac, founder of Twitter's #writechat, and Malcom Campbell, author of
The Sun Singer and Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire

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