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Join me, Charlie Place, every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month as I chat with authors about their books.

This podcast is part of The Worm Hole book blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com

Follow The Worm Hole on Twitter: @Carnelianvalley
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Charlie and Terri Fleming (Perception) discuss looking at the further lives of Mary and Kitty Bennet, working with Austen's original stories and prose, Mr and Mrs Bennet's relationship, and organising bookshelves. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-15-terri-fleming The Romantic Novelists' Association website Question Index 00:37: Tell us about your background - writing and Australia 00:59: Have you been able to write articles regardless of the career switch? 03:12: Why Pride and Prejudice? 04:06: Who are you other favourite writers? 04:49: How long have you been a member of the RNA? 05:50: Were your initial thoughts for your book different to how it played out? 08:41: Did it take time to get the balance between your own Mary and Austen's just right, and were you worried about the reception? 15:09: How did you go about creating the gentlemen? 17:11: Was there anything difficult about using Pride and Prejudice as a base? 24:43: What was the best part of writing Kitty's story? 27:08: Did you find anything out about Pride and Prejudice that readers may not know? 29:10: What's your opinion on the dynamic between Mr and Mrs Bennet? 32:36: How do you organise your bookshelves? 34:15: What's next? Purchasing Links Perception: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble Photograph used with the permission of the author.
Charlie and Zoe Duncan (The Shifting Pools) discuss coping with and healing from war trauma in reality and fiction, the use and power of dreams, employing various styles and formats, and how fascinating reader interpretations can be. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-14-zoe-duncan Interview with Danuta Kean for Mslexia magazine On Cornwall and Enanti Article in The Times about Zoe's life and work Question Index 00:46: How long have you been writing? 01:55: Favourite poet? 02:40: Tell us about your childhood (that relates to the book) 03:53: What was it like being in England? 08:32: Is there a reason for the lack of a name for the place Eve lives in? 09:41: How did you come to use Enanti as Eve's coping method? 11:08: How do you see the ending, do you have an answer for it for yourself? 12:53: Was water always to be the healing element? 14:32: The style and structure - what was the purpose of it? 19:23: Was Time something you were thinking about when writing? 21:04: What did you learn about dreams in the context of the subconscious? 24:00: Was the idea of womanhood, sisters, siblings, a theme? 31:04: There is so much hope in the book... 31:48: What did you want readers to take away? 33:47: What is the impact of long-term trauma and grief if not dealt with? 36:07: Was the book cathartic for you? 37:40: What's next? 39:56: (Given everything we've discussed) it must have been busy in your head whilst you were writing? Purchasing Links The Shifting Pools: Publisher's website Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit: Ashvin Mistry.
Charlie and Dan Richards (Holloway, The Beechwood Airship Interviews, Climbing Days, Outpost) discuss asking to join well-known people for lunch and producing fascinating interviews for your book, travelling the less beaten paths of your mountaineering great-great aunt, finding society in isolated places, and looking ahead to how we might continue to approach humanity's harming of nature after the benefits to scaling back have been shown by this current crisis. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-13-dan-richards Dan’s articles at Caught by the River 'Dream ticket – the night train from Cologne to Vienna’ ‘My search for the real Moominland’ BBC Radio 4: Start the Week – Life in the Wilderness Wikipedia’s entry for Dorothy Pilley (includes photographs) Second-hand copies of Dorothy’s memoir on AbeBooks (there are a couple of 1935 and 1965 editions on there) Question Index 00:46: How did you get into writing, specifically the type you do? 02:39: The first book to be written was the second published… 03:37: Tell us about the interviewing process for The Beechwood Airship Interviews. 07:43: Has this book had a knock-on affect on your further work in ways we may not pick up on? 08:56: These books are a mixture of travel/adventure (and so on) and there’s a lot of your personality there… 10:11: Tell us about mountaineer Dorothy Pilley and how she inspired you. 15:00: How did the women mountaineers of the time help future generations? 18:58: Is Dorothy’s 1935 memoir available to purchase? 19:51: What was the easiest part of your Climbing Days adventure? 22:26: What did you learn about yourself? 27:27: What draws you to the wilderness? 27:57: You talk about our human destruction of nature – what do you hope will happen following this time that we’re living in right now? 31:01: Tell us about the supernatural aspect of the first outpost; did you experience anything yourself? 34:27: In all the outposts you went to, what surprised you the most? 35:11: How did the social aspect of these otherwise isolated places impact your experience of it? 38:52: What’s next? Purchasing Links Holloway: Amazon UK Waterstones Hive The Beechwood Airship Interviews: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Barnes & Noble Climbing Days (2016): Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive Outpost: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble Photograph used with the permission of the author.
Charlie and Weike Wang (Chemistry) discuss having both a scientific – in epidemiology no less! – and a writer background, making use of extracts and white space and preferring them beyond more long-form prose, the difficulties of studies and incorporating friends’ experiences in your stories, and fictional dogs who are inherently important to the text. For the main page, see http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-12-weike-wang
Charlie Place and Laura Pearson (Missing Pieces; Nobody’s Wife; I Wanted You To Know) discuss the process of grieving for various members of a family, writing a book about cancer when you are working through the same, and changing stories almost entirely from their beginnings. For the main page, see http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-11-laura-pearson
Charlie Place and Camilla Bruce (You Let Me In) discuss the darker side of faerie, being as in the dark about answers as your readers are, survival and coping methods following trauma, and the habits of cats inspiring your work. For the main page, go to:  http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-10-camilla-bruce Photo credit: Lene J. Lokkhaug
Charlie Place and Fran Cooper (These Dividing Walls, The Two Houses) discuss open mic nights, current and recent sociopolitical situations in Paris (and the world), the way we talk about women and motherhood, and the complexity of relationships. For the main page, see http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-09-fran-cooper/ Photo credit: Alex Mantei
Charlie and Andrew Blackman (On the Holloway Road, A Virtual Love) discuss life on the road, following in Jack Kerouac’s footsteps, offline and online identity, writing an entire book about a character but never giving them a voice, current climate change activism, and withholding – for very good reason – the endings your readers expect. Andrew's round up of his travels in 2019 A list of selected articles written For the transcript, question index, and other show notes go to: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-08-andrew-blackman Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: On the Holloway Road Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holloway-Road-Andrew-Blackman/dp/1906558086 Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Holloway-Road-Andrew-Blackman/dp/1906558086 Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/on-the-holloway-road/andrew-blackman/9781906558086 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Andrew-Blackman/On-The-Holloway-Road/7486957 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/on-the-holloway-road-andrew-blackman/1117434013?ean=9781906558086 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/On-Holloway-Road-Andrew-Blackman/9781906558086?ref=grid-view&qid=1580254304831&sr=1-2 A Virtual Love Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Virtual-Love-Andrew-Blackman/dp/1909039454 Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Love-Andrew-Blackman/dp/1909039454 Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-virtual-love/andrew-blackman/9781909039452 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Andrew-Blackman/A-Virtual-Love/14614817 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-virtual-love-andrew-blackman/1114653410?ean=9781909039452 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Virtual-Love-Andrew-Blackman/9781909039452?ref=grid-view&qid=1580254304831&sr=1-1 Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit Genie Austin.
Charlie Place and E C Fremantle (The Poison Bed; also Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady, The Girl in the Glass Tower) discuss changing pen names, a horrific murder case in the Stuart nobility, coping as a new mother in a one-of-a-kind situation, and the historical line between witchcraft and 'simple' superstition. Liz and Charlie's previous conversation (YouTube) The painting of Frances Howard by William Larkin, included in Liz's blog post. For the transcript, question index, and other show notes go to: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-07-e-c-fremantle/ Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links The Poison Bed Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poison-Bed-Gone-meets-Miniaturist/dp/1405920076/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1643130242/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-poison-bed/e-c-fremantle/9781405920070 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/E-C-Fremantle/The-Poison-Bed--Gone-Girl-meets-The-Miniaturist/23058307 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-poison-bed-e-c-fremantle/1127688374?ean=9781643130248 Queen's Gambit Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queens-Gambit-Trilogy-Elizabeth-Fremantle/dp/1405909382/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476703078/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/queens-gambit/elizabeth-fremantle/9781405909389 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Elizabeth-Fremantle/Queens-Gambit/11645336 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queens-gambit-elizabeth-fremantle/1117502639?ean=9781476703077 Sisters Of Treason Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sisters-Treason-Tudor-Trilogy-Fremantle/dp/1405909404/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476703108/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/sisters-of-treason/elizabeth-fremantle/9781405909402 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Elizabeth-Fremantle/Sisters-of-Treason/11649743 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sisters-of-treason-elizabeth-fremantle/1117313692?ean=9781476703107 Watch The Lady Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watch-Lady-Tudor-Trilogy-Fremantle/dp/1405909447/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476703124/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/watch-the-lady/elizabeth-fremantle/9781405909440 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Elizabeth-Fremantle/Watch-the-Lady/11648249 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/watch-the-lady-elizabeth-fremantle/1120678906?ean=9781476703121 The Girl In The Glass Tower Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Glass-Tower-C-Fremantle/dp/1405920041/ Amazon US (Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019PPA31Q/ Waterstones: https://cdn.waterstones.com/bookjackets/medium/9781/4059/9781405920049 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Elizabeth-Fremantle/The-Girl-in-the-Glass-Tower/20291340 Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit: JP Masclet.
Charlie Place and Nancy Bilyeau (The Crown; The Chalice; The Tapestry; The Blue; Dreamland) discuss the lifestyle of Dissolution-era nuns, using a website's 'contact me' form to great success, there being more relics than there were items, using your family's name in your work, and the grand amusement parks and luxury hotels of New York's past. For the Transcript go to: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-06-nancy-bilyeau/ Nancy will be discussing Dreamland at the Astoria Bookshop (31-29 31st Street, Astoria NY) on Thursday 16th January, 19:00-20:00 Dartford Museum's website: https://www.dartford.gov.uk/by-category/leisure-and-culture2/museums-and-galleries Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun, the artist who painted Marie Antoinette: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89lisabeth_Vig%C3%A9e_Le_Brun Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: The Crown Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crown-Joanna-Stafford-1/dp/1409135799/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Crown-Novel-Joanna-Stafford/dp/145162686X/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-crown/nancy-bilyeau/9781409135791 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nancy-Bilyeau/The-Crown/14402982 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Crown-Nancy-Bilyeau/9781409135791 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crown-nancy-bilyeau/1100817545?ean=9781451626865 The Chalice Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chalice-Joanna-Stafford-Nancy-Bilyeau/dp/1409135802/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Chalice-Novel-Joanna-Stafford/dp/1476708665/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-chalice/nancy-bilyeau/9781409135807 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nancy-Bilyeau/The-Chalice/15310487 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Chalice-Nancy-Bilyeau/9781476708669 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chalice-nancy-bilyeau/1112033317?ean=9781476708669 The Tapestry Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tapestry-Joanna-Stafford-Book-ebook/dp/B00V165ACA/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tapestry-Novel-Joanna-Stafford/dp/1476756384/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-tapestry/nancy-bilyeau/9781476756387 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nancy-Bilyeau/The-Tapestry--A-Novel/18139955 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tapestry-Nancy-Bilyeau/9781476756387 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-tapestry-nancy-bilyeau/1119883997?ean=9781476756387#/ The Blue Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Nancy-Bilyeau/dp/1911445626/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Nancy-Bilyeau/dp/1911445898/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-blue/nancy-bilyeau/9781911445623 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nancy-Bilyeau/The-Blue/23085253 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Blue-Nancy-Bilyeau/9781911445623 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blue-nancy-bilyeau/1131626195?ean=9781911445890 Dreamland Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreamland-Nancy-Bilyeau/dp/1911445774/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-Nancy-Bilyeau/dp/1911445960/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/dreamland/nancy-bilyeau/9781911445777 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nancy-Bilyeau/Dreamland/24310783 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Dreamland-Nancy-Bilyeau/9781911445968 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamland-nancy-bilyeau/1134341605?ean=9781911445968 The Ghost Of Madison Avenue Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Madison-Avenue-Novella-ebook/dp/B082LXJ8X8 Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Madison-Avenue-Novella-ebook/dp/B082LXJ8X8 Photograph used with permission from the publisher. Credit: Joshua Kessler.
Tune in as Charlie Place and Samantha Sotto (Before Ever After, Love and Gravity, A Dream of Trees) discuss characters that join you in your car in the midst of a traffic jam, time travelling with Issac Newton, switching from your fully researched work in progress to a story that needs to be told, and... chickens? The trailer for Love and Gravity as mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ6d4GH-R-I For the transcript, go to http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/the-worm-hole-podcast-episode-05-samantha-sotto Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: Before Ever After Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-Ever-After-Samantha-Sotto/dp/030771988X/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Before-Ever-After-Samantha-Sotto/dp/030771988X/ Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Samantha-Sotto/Before-Ever-After--A-Novel/14032607 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Before-Ever-After-Samantha-Sotto/9780307719881 Love And Gravity Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Gravity-Novel-Samantha-Sotto-ebook/dp/B01DRXCPP4/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Gravity-Novel-Samantha-Sotto-ebook/dp/B01DRXCPP4/ A Dream Of Trees Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Trees-Samantha-Sotto-ebook/dp/B07VJ6YJWS/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Trees-Samantha-Sotto-ebook/dp/B07VJ6YJWS/ Photograph used with permission from the author. Credit: Samantha Sotto.
Charlie Place and Phillip Lewis (The Barrowfields) discuss planning out fictional houses, the detail and beauty of classical music, books about books, and how real life in all its ups and downs makes its mark on your work. For the transcript go to: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast-episode-04-phillip-lewis Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: The Barrowfields Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-barrowfields/phillip-lewis/9781473636842 Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barrowfields-Phillip-Lewis/dp/1473636841/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Barrowfields-Phillip-Lewis/dp/1473636841/ Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Phillip-Lewis/The-Barrowfields/21222078 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-barrowfields-phillip-lewis/1124083924?ean=9780451495655 Photograph used with permission from the author. Copyright © Isil Dohnke.
Tune in as Charlie Place and author Naomi Hamill (How To Be A Kosovan Bride) discuss post-war Kosovo, using a narrative method that divides opinion, and researching Albanian folklore. Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: How To Be A Kosovan Bride Publisher's website: https://www.saltpublishing.com/collections/author-naomi-hamill/products/how-to-be-a-kosovan-bride-9781784630959 Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Kosovan-Bride-Naomi-Hamill/dp/1784630950/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kosovan-Bride-Naomi-Hamill-author/dp/1784630950/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-to-be-a-kosovan-bride/naomi-hamill/9781784630959 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Naomi-Hamill/How-To-Be-a-Kosovan-Bride/20921195 Photo used with permission from the author and publisher.
Tune in as book blogger Charlie Place and author Orlando Ortega-Medina (Jerusalem Ablaze; The Death of Baseball) discuss celebrity fictional reincarnation, writing short stories that don't have messages, and working with ideas that could - if misinterpreted - look like something else. Subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed Purchase links: Jerusalem Ablaze Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jerusalem-Ablaze-Stories-Other-Obsessions/dp/0995465703/ Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Ablaze-Stories-Other-Obsessions/dp/1526202530/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/jerusalem-ablaze-stories-of-love-and-other-obsessions/orlando-ortega-medina/9781526202536 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Orlando-Ortega-Medina/Jerusalem-Ablaze-Stories-of-Love-and-Other-Obsessions/20371304 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jerusalem-ablaze-orlando-ortega-medina/1125787296 The Death of Baseball Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Baseball-Orlando-Ortega-Medina/dp/1999587359/ Amazon US (pre-order for 23rd Nov): https://www.amazon.com/The-Death-of-Baseball/dp/1999587359/ Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-death-of-baseball/orlando-ortega-medina/9781999587352 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Orlando-Ortega-Medina/The-Death-of-Baseball/23540504 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-death-of-baseball-orlando-ortega-medina/1130976526 Photograph used with permission from the author. Copyright © Marte Lundby Rekaa.
Tune in as book blogger Charlie Place and author Nicola Cornick (House of Shadows; The Phantom Tree; The Woman in the Lake) discuss burning down your place of work in fiction, every day objects of ill repute, and solving Tudor mysteries yet to be solved. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast/podcast-episode-01-nicola-cornick/ Question Index 00:48: Regency romance to time-slip novelist 01:50: House of Shadows research and creation process 06:29: What was it like burning down your place of work in fiction and what was the reaction? 12:38: Where is your interest in everyday objects from? 14:54: Why the obscure Mary Seymour? 18:27: Was The Woman in the Lake, with its flawed characters and abusive relationships, difficult to write? 21:49: Did smuggling really happen in Swindon? Do you think you might go back to the topic in a future book? 31:36: More about The Forgotten Sister Purchasing Links House of Shadows: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive The Phantom Tree: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive The Woman in the Lake Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive The Forgotten Sister Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Barnes & Noble Photo used with the permission of the author.
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