In this episode I chat to novelist and film-maker Guy Gunaratne. We chat about how he got into telling stories, the movie that changed his life, and the challenge of listening to the voices of the five very different characters in his debut novel, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY.

We also chat about saunas, road talk, finding the stories that obsess you, freestyle rap battles, and the performative nature of talking about being an author.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– how can I find a character’s voice?
– what are the best techniques for writing in the first-person?
– what are some ways to keep going to the end of my novel?
– how can I discover the stories behind the issues I care about?
– how can I bring a theme or topic to life?

Please support the authors we have on the podcast. You’ll be helping them have careers and write more stories, and also you’ll find yourself reading great novels you didn’t expect to. I urge you to treat yourself to Guy Gunaratne’s brilliant IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY, available with free shipping here.

One way to support the podcast and me is to order my novel, THE HONOURS. You can get it here with free shipping.

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Thank you very much for your continued enthusiasm and support. It means the world.