ANGEL THIEVES took three years and countless hours of research to write even though Kathi grew up on the Houston bayou. Getting the history of the city and the people right and telling the truth as deeply as possible were vital to Kathi as she crafted this complex story. She and Bethany discuss the misrepresentation in history that has shaped us and continues to do so and why Kathi used sensitivity readers to help her represent the characters and world in this novel as honestly as possible. They also discuss the importance of place in fiction and how setting can be the backbone of a story. Both writers share their delight in seeing how children's literature, especially picture books, has expanded to include difficult subjects that, when handled well, can impact children's worldview and teach them empathy. They give a shout-out to friend and fellow author, Kekla Magoon, and her beautiful books and they discuss how the children they write for give them courage to tackle tough topics with honesty as Kekla and many authors do so skillfully in their work. Also, Bethany and Kathi talk about how long stories and ideas can live with us and reassure writers that not every idea has to be written right now. In fact, ANGEL THIEVES was really 25 years in the making rather than just three. Listen today to this inspiring episode with the talented and insightful Kathi Appelt and find out more about Kathi and her work at https://www.kathiappelt.com/
That's right! You heard us correctly, the Porchlight Podcast will now be fully folded under author Bethany Hegedus' Courage to Create Series. Listen to this quick episode to find out exactly what that means! Don't worry listeners, we still full intend to provide you with author interviews, literary life talks, and more.
You can also read more about the change on The Writing Barn Blog.
Do you have great expectations about writing and publishing and how much time your literary life should take? Are you constantly disappointed because your literary life isn't meeting those high standards?
In the tenth episode of Bethany Hegedus' Courage to Create series, she discusses how we can free ourselves from unrealistic expectations and focus on small steps rather than huge milestones. She reminds us that there are no shortcuts in having a writing career nor is there one specific path to follow. We each create that path for ourselves.
Bethany advises us to stop letting time matter and instead to embrace where we are now in our literary lives and look at where we want to go because that's all we can control.
She even walks listeners through the three act plot structure of the literary life: apprentice years, early career, and mastery. Listen today for insights and inspiration to let yourself realize that the time it takes is the time it takes.
Bethany Hegedus is back with episode 8 in her Courage to Create series. This is Bethany's most personal and forthright talk yet where she discusses how to create from personal pain and your unhealed places and how she herself has done this numerous times in her career. Delving deeply into the messiness of life, Bethany monologues on the struggle of good vs. great writing, allowing ourselves to have breakdowns, and examining what we are looking to heal from in our own life and how that shows up in our work. She talks about writers who have influenced her, namely Laurie Halse Anderson and the power of her new, revealing memoir SHOUT, which Bethany also reads aloud from. Tune in today and be inspired as Bethany bravely shares her personal pain to help listeners tap into, use, and heal from their own. Do not miss this lovely and moving episode!